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Afghan soil must not be used to export terrorism: Shehbaz Sharif

Afghan soil must not be used to export terrorism: Shehbaz Sharif

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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday pointed to the latest challenges and contemporary realities, including the trend of reversing the globalisation process, as he stressed the need for regional connectivity and economic interconnectivity. While noting that regional peace is directly linked to a stable and peaceful Afghanistan, Shehbaz also called for ensuring that Afghanistan wasn’t used for exporting terrorism to other parts of the world and said the interim Afghan government must be pressed that no terrorist entity could use its soil against any other country. The prime minister said terrorism and extremism needed to be tackled through comprehensive actions, adding that divisive politics and incitement to hate must be condemned. He was addressing the 24th Meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of State (SCO Summit) in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan where Belarus is to be inducted as its 10th member. The bloc – Shanghai Cooperation Council (SCO) – was founded in 2001, comprising China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Later, Pakistan and India joined the regional organisation in 2017, followed by Iran in 2023. Initially, the grouping was focused on settling territorial disputes, but has grown to tackle regional security, economic development and other issues. The SCO has a great potential to influence international affairs given the fact that China is the world’s second largest economy, while India is currently the fastest growing among the major economies. Meanwhile, India and China are also the two most-populated countries of the world, besides hundreds of millions of people calling other members states as their home. It is this background that made Shehbaz stressed the need for rising above the geopolitics and work for poverty alleviation to ensure a peaceful and prosperous future for billions of people. As the prime minister highlighted the importance of economic cooperation, he cited the example of CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) being a model for regional connectivity to make the transnational organisation more effective. He noted that the venture was flagship project under Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – a brainchild of Chinese President Xi Jinping – and CPEC could be used to ensure the goal of connecting the SCO even closer. At the same time, the prime minister said the members states should work on promoting the use of their currencies so that they could remain the immune to the shocks triggered by the dollar in currency markets. The remarks are of great significance that the current economic crisis faced by Pakistan is mainly a result of rupee devaluation, unleashing a cycle that is extremely difficult to reverse. He used the occasion to also highlight the climate change threat, saying Pakistan was among the most vulnerable countries and called for coordinated efforts to save the planet from the disastrous effects of global warming.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday pointed to the latest challenges and contemporary realities, including the trend of reversing the globalisation process, as he stressed the need for regional connectivity and economic interconnectivity.

While noting that regional peace is directly linked to a stable and peaceful Afghanistan, Shehbaz also called for ensuring that Afghanistan wasn’t used for exporting terrorism to other parts of the world and said the interim Afghan government must be pressed that no terrorist entity could use its soil against any other country.

The prime minister said terrorism and extremism needed to be tackled through comprehensive actions, adding that divisive politics and incitement to hate must be condemned.

He was addressing the 24th Meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of State (SCO Summit) in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan where Belarus is to be inducted as its 10th member.

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The bloc – Shanghai Cooperation Council (SCO) – was founded in 2001, comprising China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Later, Pakistan and India joined the regional organisation in 2017, followed by Iran in 2023.

Initially, the grouping was focused on settling territorial disputes, but has grown to tackle regional security, economic development and other issues.

The SCO has a great potential to influence international affairs given the fact that China is the world’s second largest economy, while India is currently the fastest growing among the major economies.

Meanwhile, India and China are also the two most-populated countries of the world, besides hundreds of millions of people calling other members states as their home.

It is this background that made Shehbaz stressed the need for rising above the geopolitics and work for poverty alleviation to ensure a peaceful and prosperous future for billions of people.

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As the prime minister highlighted the importance of economic cooperation, he cited the example of CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) being a model for regional connectivity to make the transnational organisation more effective.

He noted that the venture was flagship project under Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – a brainchild of Chinese President Xi Jinping – and CPEC could be used to ensure the goal of connecting the SCO even closer.

At the same time, the prime minister said the members states should work on promoting the use of their currencies so that they could remain the immune to the shocks triggered by the dollar in currency markets.

The remarks are of great significance that the current economic crisis faced by Pakistan is mainly a result of rupee devaluation, unleashing a cycle that is extremely difficult to reverse.

He used the occasion to also highlight the climate change threat, saying Pakistan was among the most vulnerable countries and called for coordinated efforts to save the planet from the disastrous effects of global warming.

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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.

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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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PTI is involved in Bannu incident, alleges Atta Tarar

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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