Letter from Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad about the Indian attacks across the line of control.
We are pleased the UK Government is taking this issue up with Indian and Pakistani counterparts, but we disagree on the Kashmir issue being bilateral. It’s not. It’s international
The Deep Sea No.1 energy station independently developed and built by China has been delivered and set sail in East China’s Shandong province.
It is the world’s first 100,000-ton deep-water semi-submersible production and storage platform. #ChinaInfrastructure
The energy station will go south from the Yellow Sea, and arrive at the Lingshui area in the southeast of Hainan Island in February to implement the on-site installation of oil and gas production facilities for the development of China’s first 1,500-meter deep-water self-operated large gas field—Lingshui 17-2 gas field.
The energy station weighs more than 50,000 tons and 120 meters high, and its maximum displacement is 110,000 tons. The project achieved 3 world-class innovations and used 13 domestic pioneering technologies during its construction.
It will take more than four months for the station to be installed and commission oil and gas production facilities in the Lingshui Sea area, which are expected to be ready for production in June this year.
After the Lingshui 17-2 gas field is put into operation, it can meet a fourth of the residential gas requirements in the Greater Bay Area.
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib Statement on the 2nd Impeachment of Donald Trump
January 13, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib released the following statement regarding her vote to impeach Donald Trump for the second time:
“Unity cannot happen without accountability, truth, and reconciliation. Today, I voted to impeach Donald Trump for an unprecedented second time to hold him accountable for his incitement of the deadly attack on the United States Capitol and our democracy last week.
“I’ve called for the impeachment and removal of Donald Trump since the day I arrived in Washington, D.C. Donald Trump is a tyrant who has continued to endanger and bring harm upon the people of the United States, taking cruel joy in inflicting pain on our most vulnerable neighbors. Last week’s attack on the Capitol was the culmination of Trump’s destructive reign in this country and his unending assault on truth and reality. He must be removed and barred from ever holding public office again.
“As white nationalists, unhinged conspiracy theorists, and other Trump loyalists continue to plot armed insurrection on social media platforms and the twice-impeached President insists he’s done nothing wrong, we cannot wait and hope a peaceful transition of power happens on January 20th. Trump and his supporters have already displayed that peace is nowhere in their minds. It’s time for the Senate to act and remove Donald Trump from office
“Let’s be clear: this did not begin with Donald Trump and it certainly will not end with Donald Trump. The Republican Party has actively encouraged and benefitted from the rise of Trump’s brand of bitter fascism. There are members of Congress who must be held accountable for their incitement as well. Above all, the widespread undercurrent of white nationalism running through our society and our chambers must be confronted honestly and eliminated. Deep inequality and state-sanctioned discrimination do not disappear when Trump leaves office and won’t ever unless we root it out.
“The violence, destruction, and oppression of Trumpism will continue to happen, unless we, as elected leaders in this country, commit to doing the hard work of ensuring that every one of our neighbors has a country operating upon a foundation of true justice and equity for all.”
Prime Minister’s Office, Pakistan
Prime Minister Imran Khan has stated that the Broadsheet revelations have once again exposed the ruling elite’s corruption and money laundering. He has called for complete transparency from the firm regarding the money laundering and on who stopped the investigations.
Nancy Patricia Pelosi is an American politician serving as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
All indications are some came fully armed. Congresswoman may shudder to think how things might have ended had she been found inside her office. She has received threats.
Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the United States House of Representatives office was broken into on 6 January 2021 by protester/s supporting President USA Donald Trump.
Straight out of Crocodile Dundee. Known as Richard Bigo Barnett in the picture. Hard work getting here breaking into Nancy Pelosi’s office enjoying comfort of the chair.
He is pointing at a Rambo Knife / Dagger. As is seen in the picture .
Combat dagger. Also known as hunting dagger / knife. Visible handle represents the size of blade to be about 12”
Left to interpretations, what ever is meant here by this note, . “WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN” Man seen in the picture left a note on Nancy Pelosi desk “
History will rightly remember today’s violence at the Capitol, incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation. But we’d be kidding ourselves if we treated it as a total surprise.
For two months now, a political party and its accompanying media ecosystem has too often been unwilling to tell their followers the truth — that this was not a particularly close election and that President-Elect Biden will be inaugurated on January 20. Their fantasy narrative has spiraled further and further from reality, and it builds upon years of sown resentments. Now we’re seeing the consequences, whipped up into a violent crescendo.
Right now, Republican leaders have a choice made clear in the desecrated chambers of democracy. They can continue down this road and keep stoking the raging fires. Or they can choose reality and take the first steps toward extinguishing the flames. They can choose America.
I’ve been heartened to see many members of the President’s party speak up forcefully today. Their voices add to the examples of Republican state and local election officials in states like Georgia who’ve refused to be intimidated and have discharged their duties honorably. We need more leaders like these — right now and in the days, weeks, and months ahead as President-Elect Biden works to restore a common purpose to our politics. It’s up to all of us as Americans, regardless of party, to support him in that goal.
Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Holds Telephone Conversation with China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi
In order to reaffirm the depth and breadth of Pakistan and China’s “All-Weather Strategic Co-operative Partnership”, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a telephone call, today. During the conversation, views were exchanged on COVID-19, bilateral relations, and regional and international issues of mutual interest. The call lasted for an hour.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi reiterated that Pakistan was committed to ‘One-China’ policy and firmly supported China on issues of its core interest including Taiwan, Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong and South China Sea. The Foreign Minister underscored that the deep-rooted relationship between China and Pakistan was aimed at promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the region.
The Foreign Minister underlined that both Pakistan and China were making strenuous efforts to contain and combat the COVID-19 and, in that regard, had established various mechanisms which were playing a useful role in controlling the pandemic, resuming economic growth and restoring supply chains across the region.
Foreign Minister Qureshi emphasized that China had made remarkable achievement in developing COVID-19 vaccines, adding that the Phase-III clinical trials of China’s vaccine were progressing well in Pakistan. He maintained that the government had approved Sinopharm vaccine for emergency use in Pakistan and expressed hope for its early availability from China. Foreign Minister Wang Yi assured that China would work to provide over one million doses of the vaccine to Pakistan for emergency use.
Foreign Minister Qureshi briefed State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi about India’s aggressive posture in the region and how New Delhi’s bellicose and irresponsible policies were imperiling regional peace and stability.
The Foreign Minister also emphasized that Pakistan and China must continue to closely coordinate efforts to advance the shared objectives of peace, stability and economic development in Afghanistan.
Foreign Minister Qureshi underscored that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was a transformational project, and BRI and CPEC would become the hub of trade and economic activity, sustainable development and greater people-to-people exchanges. He underlined that Pakistan and China were taking relevant measures for timely completion of CPEC projects. He underscored that the 10th JCC meeting, to be held shortly, would play an instrumental role in this regard.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed satisfaction over Pakistan and China’s cooperation on regional and international issues and reaffirmed the vitality of the time-tested All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership which remained unaffected by the vicissitudes of the regional and international developments and continued to move from strength to strength. He expressed hope that the next year would witness further deepening of Pakistan-China time-tested relationship.
Both Foreign Ministers agreed to maintain strategic communication and consultation, at all levels, to promote mutual goals of peace and stability in the region and beyond, and expressed commitment to further strengthening all-round cooperation and taking the bilateral relationship to a higher level for shared benefit of the two countries.
With a view to maintaining momentum of high-level exchanges, Foreign Minister Wang Yi extended an invitation to Foreign Minister Qureshi to visit China at his earliest convenience. Foreign Minister Qureshi accepted the gracious invitation.
31 December 2020
Pakistan and China deepen cooperation to promote CPEC’s expansion
The Second Meeting of CPEC Joint Working Group on International Cooperation and Coordination was held in Urumqi, China. The meeting was co-chaired by Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood and Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Luo Zhaouhi. The meeting reviewed the progress of the JWG since its inaugural meeting held on 9 April 2019 in Beijing.
The Foreign Secretary underscored that the CPEC is a transformational project and has opened up significant and far-reaching economic opportunities for Pakistan. There is complete national consensus on CPEC’s indispensability for our national development efforts. In the first phase of CPEC, we have made major advancement in the domain of energy and infrastructure.
The Foreign Secretary added that the CPEC had entered its second phase with vigorous focus on industrialization, agriculture and socio-economic development. Pakistan hoped that the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) being developed under CPEC will rejuvenate Pakistan’s process of industrialization and further spur economic development. He reaffirmed the government’s resolve to complete CPEC projects in a timely manner.
The Foreign Secretary hoped that the 10th JCC, to be held in the near future, will help create more economic opportunities and contribute to further expansion of CPEC projects. He reiterated that Pakistan would welcome relocation of industry from China and in that regard was instituting a regime to encourage inflow of Chinese investments to Pakistan.
Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood highlighted efforts made by the Pakistan government, think-tanks, academia, and the media to promote a factual, objective, and coherent view of the CPEC projects carefully and transparently designed through mutual consultations. He particularly underlined that there was a need for the international community to comprehensively and objectively analyze the impact of CPEC on Pakistan and the regional economy. Emphasizing that CPEC was a fiscally responsible project, he reiterated that both sides will welcome third party participation in CPEC projects through mutual consultations.
It was reaffirmed in the meeting that China and Pakistan will continue to work closely to promote CPEC’s positive contributions and would encourage think-tanks, media and opinion-makers to understand and examine it as a case-study for international co-operation, economic development, and people-to-people exchanges. Foreign Secretary also welcomed efforts of academia community and policy experts to enhance sharing of best practices and experience in CPEC and BRI development through greater international communication and cooperation.
The next round of JWG will be held in 2021 on mutually agreed dates.
31 December 2020
Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad
Embassy of Pakistan, Sofia
Ambassador Mariam Madiha Aftab met with Mr. Tsvetan Simeonov, President of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
During the meeting, the two dignitaries took stock of economic and trade relations between Bulgaria and Pakistan and discussed ways and means to further augment them in various fields.
Earlier today, the Coroner released her verdict in the Inquest of Shukri Abdi. The verdict of ‘accidental death’, brings to a close a painful chapter for the family, one which has been made even more painful due to the failure of all the institutions that were meant to protect Shukri.
17 months ago, this campaign was created in the wake of the tragic death of our beloved young sister Shukri Abdi. Since then her mother Zamzam Arab Ture and her family have faced what can only be described as a never-ending nightmare as she demanded answers and the truth of her beloved daughter’s last moments on this earth.
This vulnerable refugee mother, whose daughter was taken from her in incredibly dubious circumstances, was left in limbo with unanswered questions and her own trauma to deal with all the while trying to support her other children come to terms with what had happened to their older sister.
Her family protected her the moment she stepped onto UK soil, but sadly those authorities who should have protected Shukri Abdi, categorically and without question, failed her. The facts are now firmly out there for the world to see that this was not merely a ‘tragic accident’.
This campaign was set up to protect and provide immediate support for the family, and to fight alongside the legal team to ensure that the truth of Shukri’s death was exposed, and to ensure that no family ever has to experience the obstacles this mother had to face to simply get to the truth surrounding the events that led to her beautiful child’s death. That was and has only ever been our objective. It was only through the determination and persistence of the family and this campaign that a deeper investigation was secured and only through widespread calls for action that we have got here today.
The investigation of Shukri Abdi’s death & subsequent investigations by the school, police and other local authorities have come to represent yet another example of the institutional racism riddled throughout this country.
Shukri’s family were failed by the school who failed in their duty of care to protect her despite being aware of the bullying she was facing, and after her death they treated the family so badly Zamzam felt the need to walk out of a meeting after a whitewashed report was put in front of them and Zamzam denied an interpreter.
Shukri’s family were failed by the police who did not investigate her death comprehensively, and throughout this period they have spoken down to Zamzam and her family. They have learned no lessons since the Macpherson report.
Shukri’s family were failed by the very institutions they were meant to trust – by the ones that were meant to protect them. If the school has taken Zamzam’s concerns seriously, we may never have had to be here today. Playground racism whether the SIkh Boy in Telford, Jamal the Syrian refugee in Huddersfield or even the tragedy of Ahmed Iqbal Ullah in Manchester all those years ago – schools have failed to learn any lessons and to protect our children.
This year has seen a increased light shone on racial injustice in this country, with millions across the world joining #BlackLivesMatter demonstrations and Shukri’s name rang out in cities across the globe to mark one year since her tragic death.
Shukri is no longer with us, but the underlying issues that led to this tragedy remain. Institutional racism, Islamophobia, the demonisation of refugees and migrants continues to this day. We ask everyone to carry forward the determination and strength Zamzam and her family have shown in the struggle against these injustices and this time when we demand action, we must persist because no family should ever have to go through this ever again.
It is with the support of those people who loved her, her community and all those who made sure her name was heard across the world that we declare this campaign has not ended – it will go on as we support the family as they come to terms with the end of the Inquest and continue on the long hard road to justice.
The struggle continues..
No Justice No Peace ✊🏾
Justice 4 Shukri