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China, Pakistan agree to upgrade CPEC, advance development in second phase

China, Pakistan agree to upgrade CPEC, advance development in second phase

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China, Pakistan agree to upgrade CPEC, advance development in second phase

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday held a productive meeting while reaffirming the consensus to high-quality development of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and timely completion of major ongoing projects.

The two leaders also affirmed consensus on up-gradation of the CPEC and advancing the development of the mega project in the second phase.

The prime minister briefed President Xi on Pakistan’s policies for economic reform and sustained growth, industrial development, agricultural modernization and regional connectivity and the critical role played by CPEC in Pakistan’s development.

He asserted Pakistan’s commitment to high-quality development of CPEC and to foster synergy between the development strategies of the two countries through close coordination.

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The meeting between the two leaders was held at the historic Great Hall of the People. The two leaders were accompanied by the federal ministers and senior officials.

It was the first meeting of PM Shehbaz with the President of China since assuming office in 2024. The meeting was marked by traditional warmth reflective of the iron-clad friendship and close strategic ties between the two countries.

The prime minister thanked President Xi Jinping for the warm and gracious welcome accorded to him and his delegation in China.

Also Read: Pakistan, China sign 23 accords for cooperation in industry, key sectors

He recalled the historic visit of the President Xi Jinping to Pakistan in 2015 when the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was formally operationalised marking a new chapter in the bilateral relationship.

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The two leaders reaffirmed the time-honoured ‘All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership’ and expressed the resolve to further deepen cooperation across diverse domains ranging from political and security to economic, trade, and people-to- people exchanges.

They also exchanged views on regional and global developments including Afghanistan, Palestine and South Asia including the human rights situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). The two sides reiterated their longstanding support on each other’s issues of core interest.

Commending President Xi’s visionary Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Global Development Initiative (GDI), the prime minister underscored that as the flagship project of BRI, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) had significantly contributed to Pakistan’s socio-economic development.

He underlined Pakistan’s commitment and full support for safety and security of Chinese nationals, projects and institutions in Pakistan.

President Xi Jinping also hosted a banquet in honour of the prime minister, where another round of discussion on different matters of mutual interests was held.

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NAB probes Imran Khan, Bushra Bibi in new Toshakhana reference

NAB probes Imran Khan, Bushra Bibi in new Toshakhana reference

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The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team, headed by Deputy Director Mustansar Imam Shah probed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan and his spouse Bushra Bibi in the new Toshakhana reference at Adiala Jail.

According to jail sources, today marks the seventh day of the NAB team’s investigation at Adiala Jail and the NAB team will present a progress report on the investigation in court tomorrow.

The NAB team is working to gather information and evidence related to the case.

Sources revealed that the court has ordered the reappearance of the PTI founder and Bushra Bibi on July 22.

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It is pertinent to note that Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi are on eight-day judicial remand in new Toshakhana reference.

NAB TOSHAKHANA REFERENCE

Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi were arrested in a NAB Toshakhana reference, hours after their acquittal in the Iddah nikah case.

According to jail sources, Imran Khan and his wife were arrested for not cooperating in the inquiry.

A NAB team headed by Deputy Director Mohsin Haroon reached Adiala Jail to arrest the former prime minister and his wife in new case.

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The sources said that the new case was related to keeping and selling the ten valuable gifts which was against the law.

According to the NAB inquiry report, the PTI founder is accused of taking and selling seven precious watches which include Rolex, diamonds, and gold watches. The gifts were sold without taking ownership as per the law.

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FO strongly condemns attack on Pakistan consulate in Germany

FO strongly condemns attack on Pakistan consulate in Germany

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Pakistan has strongly condemned the attack by a gang of extremists on its consulate in Frankfurt, Germany.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the foreign office conveyed strong protest to the German government over the failure of its authorities to protect the sanctity and security of the premises of Pakistan’s consulate.

The statement mentioned the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963 under which it is the responsibility of the host government to protect the sanctity of the consular premises and ensure the security of diplomats.

The foreign office added that in yesterday’s incident, the security of Pakistan’s consulate in Frankfurt was breached, endangering the lives of its consular staff.

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It urged the German government to take immediate measures to fulfil its responsibilities under the Vienna Conventions and ensure the security of the diplomatic missions and staff of Pakistan in Germany.

Also Read: Afghan citizens attack Pakistan consulate in Germany, pull down flag

The foreign office also urged the German authorities to take immediate measures to arrest and prosecute those involved in yesterday’s incident and hold to account those responsible for the lapses in security.

The citizens of Afghanistan had pelted stones on the Pakistani consulate and pulled down flag atop the building in Germany’s city Frankfurt.

According to media, the German authorities had allowed Afghan citizens to hold a peaceful protest outside the consulate. But the protesters went berserk and tried to enter the consulate building. They also tried to set the Pakistani flag to fire.

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PTI is involved in Bannu incident, alleges Atta Tarar

PTI is involved in Bannu incident, alleges Atta Tarar

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Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Attaullah Tarar said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was involved in the Bannu incident.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Sunday, he said that PTI has been pursuing an agenda of creating uncertainty in the country to derail economy from the day one.

The minister said creating instability in the country is PTI’s manifesto, which is evident from the fact when its workers attacked the Pakistan Television (PTV) building in Islamabad in 2014. He said it has always promoted the politics of violence and using abusive language against opponents.

Attaullah Tarar said they always look for dead bodies to unleash propaganda against the government, police and security forces.

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He said the incidents of May 9 last year were orchestrated in search of 50 to 60 dead bodies with an aim to derail the entire system and spread anarchy in the country. He said that PTI is not a political party but a terrorist organisation.

Attaullah Tarar said that traders of Bannu had organised a peace march and some political parties, including the PTI, secretly inserted their armed goons to sabotage the event. He said those armed people opened fire, killing a citizen and injuring 22 others.

Also Read: Govt decides to ban PTI, initiate treason case against Imran Khan and Arif Alvi

The minister said now the PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government intends to conduct an inquiry of its own choice into the incident, which we reject. He questioned how you can conduct an inquiry when your own people are involved in the Bannu incident.

On Friday, public in Bannu district came out on streets, demanding peace and security against surge in terrorism.

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However, the situation escalated when clashes erupted between protesters and law-enforcement agencies as a result of which several people were injured and one died.

Tarar also refuted the reports of PTI founder Imran Khan being kept in the death cell in jail.

“He is being kept in the presidential suite with lot of facilities including separate kitchen, exercise machine and a special gallery for walk,” said Tarar.

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