Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan
Foreign Minister Qureshi holds wild-ranging talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held wide-ranging talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, Mr. Peter Szijjarto, today. The talks covered bilateral relations and exchange of views on regional and international issues.
Foreign Minister Szijjarto is visiting Pakistan accompanied by a high-level official delegation as well as 17 businessmen. The Foreign Minister fondly recalled his earlier interaction with Foreign Minister Szijjarto during the inauguration of Hungary-Pakistan Trade and Economic Window (HPTEW).
The two Foreign Ministers held one-on-one meeting, which was followed by delegation-level talks. The Foreign Ministers reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and explored ways to deepen existing cooperation across diverse areas such as trade, economic, agriculture research, food industry, aviation, energy, water resource management, science & technology, and higher education. It was agreed to work together to forge a strong bilateral economic partnership.
Foreign Minister Qureshi apprised Foreign Minister Szijjarto of Pakistan’s steadfast support for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan and positive contributions to the Afghan peace process. The Foreign Minister underlined the importance of reduction in violence leading to ceasefire. He also underlined the imperative of responsible withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and continued engagement of the international community to help Afghanistan’s reconstruction and economic development. The Foreign Minister stressed that the Afghan stakeholders must seize this historic opportunity and engage constructively to work out an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political solution, through an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led process.
Regarding Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK), the Foreign Minister highlighted the serious human rights situation. Foreign Minister Qureshi added that the recent reaffirmation of ceasefire understanding on the Line of Control (LoC) was in line with Pakistan’s consistent position on maintaining regional peace and security. The Foreign Minister underscored the importance of peaceful resolution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute, stressing that the onus was on India to create an enabling environment for dialogue. He also mentioned that as a gesture of solidarity with the people of India in the wake of the current wave of Covid-19, Pakistan had offered to provide relief support to India.
Earlier, the two Foreign Ministers jointly addressed the Pakistan-Hungary Economic Diplomacy event and encouraged business community of both countries to enhance mutual collaboration. Foreign Minister Qureshi highlighted Pakistan’s economic security paradigm and underlined the shifting focus from geo-politics to geo-economics. He invited Hungarian companies to take advantage of the business friendly environment in Pakistan.
The two Foreign Ministers witnessed signing of business agreements between Pakistani and Hungarian companies in the fields of dairy, pharmaceuticals and cyber security.
The Hungarian Government has announced an exclusive credit-line of $ 84 million for Hungarian companies to do business with Pakistan. A Loan facility of $ 50 million for projects in fisheries and food processing was announced by the Hungarian government. The two sides will also work towards establishing direct air links.
An MoU on Cooperation within the Framework of the Stipendium Hungaricum Program 2020-22 was signed between the two sides, under which the Hungarian Government will provide 200 scholarships annually to Pakistani students to study in Hungary.
Pakistan and Hungary enjoy friendly relations and close cooperation at bilateral and multilateral fora. The visit of Foreign Minister Szijjarto will contribute to reinforcing bilateral economic partnership and enhancing mutual understanding on regional and international issues.
30 April 2021
China successfully sent a new remote sensing #satellite, Yaogan-34, into space from the #Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 3:27 pm Friday (Beijing Time).
The Yaogan-34 satellite was carried by a Long March-4C #rocket and successfully entered its planned orbit.
The optical remote sensing satellite will be used for the survey of land resources, urban planning, the confirmation of land rights, road network design, crop yield estimation, and disaster prevention and reduction. It will also provide information services for the construction of the Belt and Road. #ChinaTech
FM. M. Shah Mahmood Qureshi
Foreign Minister’s meeting with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas
FMs, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Heiko Maas
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi received Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, today, during his brief visit to Islamabad. Recalling his own recent visit to Berlin, Foreign Minister Qureshi expressed gratitude for the warm welcome accorded to him and appreciated the fruitful outcome of the visit.
Foreign Minister Qureshi underlined the importance of regular high-level exchanges between Pakistan and Germany and maintaining a steady upward trajectory in the relationship. The two Foreign Ministers reviewed bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic. Foreign Minister Qureshi underscored the importance of enhancing mutual cooperation, and collaboration to combat the pandemic in a holistic manner. He thanked the German side for its efforts to ensure earliest possible provision of vaccine through the COVAX initiative.
Foreign Minister Qureshi apprised his German counterpart on Pakistan’s steadfast support for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan and positive contributions to the Afghan peace process. He underscored the importance of responsible withdrawal and steady progress by the Afghan parties towards a negotiated political settlement. He added that all efforts must be made for reduction of violence leading to ceasefire. The Foreign Minister stressed that the Afghan stakeholders must engage constructively to work out an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political solution, through an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led process. Cautioning against the role of ‘spoilers’, the Foreign Minister also underlined the importance of commitment and perseverance in the efforts for peace. The Foreign Minister underscored that peace in Afghanistan would yield other significant dividends including enhanced trade and regional connectivity.
The Foreign Minister also highlighted Pakistan’s shifting focus from geo-politics to geo-economics, within the perspective of economic security paradigm.
Pakistan and Germany enjoy cordial relations based on shared interests. The two Foreign Ministers have regularly been interacting bilaterally as well as at the international fora.
The year 2021 marks the 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Germany. A range of events are envisaged by the two governments to celebrate this milestone in a befitting manner.
29 April 2021
For almost a year, George Floyd’s death under the knee of a police officer. Today, a jury in Minneapolis did the right thing. Barack Obama.
For almost a year, George Floyd’s death under the knee of a police officer has reverberated around the world — inspiring murals and marches, sparking conversations in living rooms and new legislation. But a more basic question has always remained: would justice be done?
In this case, at least, we have our answer. But if we’re being honest with ourselves, we know that true justice is about much more than a single verdict in a single trial.
True justice requires that we come to terms with the fact that Black Americans are treated differently, every day. It requires us to recognize that millions of our friends, family, and fellow citizens live in fear that their next encounter with law enforcement could be their last. And it requires us to do the sometimes thankless, often difficult, but always necessary work of making the America we know more like the America we believe in.
While today’s verdict may have been a necessary step on the road to progress, it was far from a sufficient one. We cannot rest. We will need to follow through with the concrete reforms that will reduce and ultimately eliminate racial bias in our criminal justice system. We will need to redouble efforts to expand economic opportunity for those communities that have been too long marginalized.
And as we continue the fight, we can draw strength from the millions of people — especially young people — who have marched and protested and spoken up over the last year, shining a light on inequity and calling for change. Justice is closer today not simply because of this verdict, but because of their work.
Michelle and I send our prayers to the Floyd family, in the hopes that they may find peace. And we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with all those who are committed to guaranteeing every American the full measure of justice that George and so many others have been denied. Continue reading “For almost a year, George Floyd’s death under the knee of a police officer. Today, a jury in Minneapolis did the right thing. Barack Obama.”
Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan
Pakistan secures membership of three key United Nations Bodies
In elections held at the United Nations headquarters in New York, Pakistan has secured the membership of three key UN bodies – the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ); the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW); and the Commission on Population and Development (CPD). These Commissions play a pivotal role in enhancing international cooperation on various social and economic issues.
The elections were conducted at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), a 54-member principal organ of the UN. Pakistan’s election to CCPCJ and CPD was by the unanimous endorsement of all ECOSOC members. In the balloting to elect CSW members, Pakistan received 50 votes. Pakistan will assume the membership of these three Commissions starting from 1 January 2022.
Pakistan’s simultaneous election to these three important Commissions is a reflection of the international community’s confidence in Pakistan’s active role and constructive contributions at the United Nations. Through its membership of these Commissions, in line with their respective mandates and Pakistan’s commitment to cooperative multilateralism, Pakistan will continue to foster international cooperation for combating transnational organised crime and improving efficiency and fairness of criminal justice administration systems; promote gender equality and women empowerment; and support initiatives aimed at assisting countries in developing their capacity to produce and analyze population data and information.
21 April 2021
China and Russia, are major powers of global influence.
Xi said this year marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Good-neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation between China and Russia.
President #XiJinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday respectively sent congratulatory letters to the ninth meeting of the dialogue mechanism between the ruling parties of China and #Russia, held via video link.
Xi expressed his warm congratulations to the meeting.
Xi said this year marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Good-neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation between China and Russia, and the establishment of relations between the CPC and the United Russia party.
Xi said in the past 20 years, China and Russia have carried forward the vision of lasting friendship and the principle of a new type of international relations while maintaining close comprehensive strategic coordination, which has set an example of developing relations between major countries.
The long-term institutionalized exchanges between the two parties have consolidated political and strategic mutual trust and promoted mutually beneficial cooperation in all dimensions between the two countries, Xi said.
The combined forces of changes and a pandemic both unseen in a century have brought the world into a phase of fluidity and transformation, he said.
Xi called on China and Russia, as major powers of global influence, to deepen comprehensive strategic coordination in the new era, and to play an underpinning role in safeguarding international fairness and justice, maintaining world peace and stability, and promoting common development and prosperity.
Xi expressed his hope that participants from the two parties can engage in in-depth exchanges and build consensus to open a new chapter of strategic cooperation between the two parties and contribute wisdom and strength to comprehensively deepening bilateral relations in the new era, promoting the establishment of a fairer and more reasonable international order, and building a community with a shared future for humanity.
In his letter, Putin noted that dialogue between the two parties has always been an important component of the two countries’ comprehensive strategic cooperation partnership, and in spite of the impact of the #pandemic, the two parties have maintained comprehensive exchanges from the central to local levels.
Putin said the two sides have engaged in in-depth discussions on major issues of bilateral cooperation, and have coordinated to form numerous social-political initiatives on party building and legislative work that meet the needs of reality.
Putin said he hopes participants of the meeting will carry out constructive and effective work to further consolidate the friendship and mutual understanding between the two countries and the two peoples. (Xinhua)
Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad THE RULE OF LAW
1. We believe in democracy and the rule of law.
2. But by declaring a state of emergency, the rule of the existing laws has been suspended.
3. The declaration itself did not follow the law on the declaration of emergency. The declaration had to be laid before Parliament. This was not done. Therefore the declaration is illegal.
4. It is also noted that at the time the Prime Minister advised the Agong to declare a state of Emergency, his claim to be the Prime Minister of Malaysia was in doubt.
5. But the Government doesn’t care about its status. The Gazette that it issued makes it sound as if the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has taken over the Government and is now its Chief Executive.
6. All action and powers exercised under Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance are in the name of the Agong but His Majesty can authorise any person to act for him. The person concerned is not named but all the actions or exercise of power has clearly been carried out by Muhyiddin Yassin as Prime Minister.
7. In fact even when the Yang di-Pertuan Agong expressedly stated that Parliament may sit during the emergency, the Muhyiddin Government effectively rejected it.
8. It is obvious that the Prime Minister is acting based on the provision in the Ordinance that he and his Cabinet continues to exercise the powers under the constitution. But any action or laws that the Government passes which are in conflict or inconsistent with existing laws, the provision of the ordinance shall prevail and supercede.
9. Clearly the provisions of the Ordinance supersede even the Constitution – the supreme law of the country.
10. Thus, when taking temporary possession or in payment of compensation the Ordinance overrides the Federal Constitution. The Federal Government is protected against any action, suit, prosecution or any other proceeding in any court.
11. The immunity of the Prime Minister and his Government against any legal action is further strengthened by the effective suspension of Parliament. Normally a motion of non-confidence in the Prime Minister if passed in Parliament would result in its overthrow.
12. The only means left is a General Election. By not calling for an election even beyond the five-year term, the Government can remain in power.
13. Already several laws have been promulgated by this Government which supercede even existing laws including Constitutional laws. The supreme laws of the country no longer prevail.
14. The country is now ruled by decree. There is no longer any democracy. The voice of the people in a functioning democracy is via Parliament. But it is not open. The only description we can make of this Government is that it is a dictatorship.
15. And so we see wholesale dismissals, or removals of officers in Government institutions or companies in order to install pro-Government politicians in their places. Income taxes being revised allegedly because of wrong submissions before and corruption charges are being made against individuals who seem to have incurred the displeasure of the Government.
16. Business has also been politicised. Some contracts given during the previous Government have been revised and given to pro-Government individuals and parties. Approvals for projects are only for those which belong to Government supporters.
17. Many business people complain of corruption, of being asked for money up front if a project is to be approved.
18. But is the Emergency due to the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic? So far nothing has been done that could not be done under the ordinary laws of the country. Malaysians have never disobeyed any decision to deal with the pandemic. They have accepted the heavy fines and jail terms of ten years without demur.
19. Let us be honest. This declaration of a state of emergency is not about fighting COVID-19. Not at all.
20. It is about politics. It is about a weak Government wanting to stay in power. For the people the price to pay is horrendous. They lose their freedom of speech and their right to change the Government. Many live in fear of being called up for questioning, for detention and harassment.
21. In the meantime the economy is shrinking as the Government grapples with the constraints on normal economic activities.
22. The Government is not even functioning properly as in experienced ministers are not able to deal with the political economic, social and health problems.
23. Wither the rule of law.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad
FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi met HE Sheikh Nayhan bin Mubarak al Nayhan, 🇦🇪 Minister of Tolerance & Coexistence and Commissioner General of @expo2020dubai.
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The #Boao Forum for Asia (BFA), an international organization jointly initiated by 29 member states headquartered in #China, is holding its annual conference in South China’s #Hainan Province. Its mission is to pool positive energy for the development of Asia and the world
Pakistan Embassy Republic of Korea
Ambassador Mumtaz Zahra Baloch held a meeting with Korean Deputy Minister for Economy and Finance Mr.
Yoon Tae Sik to discuss bilateral economic cooperation between Pakistan and the Republic of Korea. Commercial Counselor Imran Razaq also attended the meeting.