Prime Minister’s Office of Pakistan
Foreign Minister of Iraq calls on the Prime Minister
The Foreign Minister of the Republic of Iraq, Dr. Fuad Hussein, called on Prime Minister Imran Khan today.
The Prime Minister extended warm welcome to the Foreign Minister and reaffirmed Pakistan’s close fraternal ties with Iraq, founded on strong affinities of faith and culture.
The Prime Minister appreciated Iraq’s resolute efforts to rebuild the country and wished well for the upcoming Parliamentary elections.
While discussing various aspects of bilateral relations, the Prime Minister underscored the importance accorded by Pakistan to further deepening and broadening mutual cooperation with Iraq in diverse fields.
The Prime Minister also reiterated his invitation extended to the Prime Minister of Iraq and expressed the hope that the visit would take place at an early date.
In the regional context, the Prime Minister underscored the importance of resolving issues through dialogue and diplomacy.
On Afghanistan, the Prime Minister reiterated that there was no military solution and that a negotiated political solution was the only way forward. He outlined Pakistan’s consistent support for an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement. While reaffirming Pakistan’s resolve to support the Afghan peace process, the Prime Minister urged the international community to reinforce these efforts as peace in Afghanistan was shared responsibility.
Thanking the Prime Minister for extending warm hospitality to his delegation, Foreign Minister Dr. Fuad Hussein conveyed cordial greetings of the Iraqi leadership. He affirmed Iraq’s desire to forge stronger relationship with Pakistan in pursuance of the vision of the leadership of the two countries.
Thanking the Prime Minister for his invitation to the Iraqi Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Dr. Fuad Hussein conveyed invitation on behalf of the Iraqi Prime Minister to Prime Minister Imran Khan to visit Iraq.
The Foreign Minister also highlighted Iraq’s efforts to defuse tensions in the region and promote cooperative ties among regional countries. The Prime Minister expressed Pakistan’s support for these endeavours.
Zahid-Hafeez-Chaudhri Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan
The OIC-IPHRC delegation concludes its visit to Pakistan and AJK
The Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) concluded its 5-day visit to Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) today. The 12-member IPHRC delegation was led by its Chairperson, Dr. Saeed Al Ghufli.
The visit was undertaken in compliance with the mandate provided by the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) to assess the deteriorating human rights situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). The IPHRC – an independent expert body of the OIC – has established a Standing Mechanism for that purpose which regularly monitors and reports on the dismal state of human rights in IIOJK.
During its stay in Pakistan, the IPHRC delegation was received by Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, and the Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Khan Gandapur. The delegation also met the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Affairs headed by Mr. Shehryar Afridi as well as Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood.
In AJK, the IPHRC delegation called on President Masood Khan and widely interacted with Kashmiri refugees from IIOJK, leadership of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Kashmiri civil society and media representatives. The IPHRC delegation also visited the Line of Control (LoC) and met with the victims of ceasefire violations carried out by Indian security forces.
The aim of these extensive and wide-ranging interactions was to assess the human rights and humanitarian situation in IIOJK, and to investigate and report on the human rights abuses by the Indian security forces in the occupied territory with a view to making recommendations for the promotion and protection of Kashmiris’ basic civil, political, social, economic, religious and cultural rights including their inalienable right to self-determination, guaranteed by numerous resolutions of the UN Security Council.
The IPHRC delegation also witnessed the human impact of the indiscriminate shelling carried out by Indian security forces across the LoC which results in the precious loss of lives, injuries to civilians including women and children, and damage to civilian property and infrastructure in AJK.
The visiting delegation was provided unfettered access by the Government of Pakistan to undertake its mandated task with objectivity. In due course, a detailed report of the findings of IPHRC will be presented, with concrete recommendations, for the consideration of the next (48th) session of the OIC-CFM.
Several requests have been made by the IPHRC to India over the years for allowing a fact-finding mission to IIOJK. However, despite its false claims of “normalcy” in the occupied territory, India continues to deny access to the IPHRC as well as other human rights organizations to visit IIOJK. An IPHRC delegation had earlier visited Pakistan and AJK in March 2017, and issued a detailed report which documented the gross and systematic violations of human rights by Indian security forces in IIOJK.
The second visit of the IPHRC to Pakistan and AJK, from 4-9 August 2021, coincided with the completion of two years of illegal and unilateral steps imposed by India in IIOJK which were accompanied by draconian measures to enforce an inhuman military siege of the occupied territory, followed by unlawful changes to its demographic structure aimed at robbing Kashmiri Muslims of their majority and distinct identity.
Pakistan welcomes the IPHRC’s efforts for bringing to the attention of the international community the plight of Kashmiris enduring gross, systematic and widespread human rights abuses in IIOJK.
9 August 2021
Naz Shah MP I have a large Diaspora within my constituency which is why I am writing to simply ask what scientific data is decision being lead by?
Naz Shah MP
First letter, On 30 March 2021 Naz Shah MP Wrote “I am lead to believe that Pakistan is about to enter the “red list”. I have a large Diaspora within my constituency which is why I am writing to simply ask what scientific data is decision being lead by?”
Also has co-signed a letter asking the government to provide further answers RE: Bangladesh and Pakistan being added to the “red list”.
We have also asked when there will be a review date and what roadmap the government has for countries to be added or removed from the “red list.” Continue reading “Naz Shah MP I have a large Diaspora within my constituency which is why I am writing to simply ask what scientific data is any decision being lead by?”
Shah Mahmood Qureshi
Pleased to address 19th #D8 Council of Ministers meeting. The theme, “Partnership for a Transformative World: Harnessing Power of Youth and Technology” is v relevant in today’s highly digitised world. The future belongs to the youth & they must have a role in shaping it. @D8org
10th #D8 Summit is being held today by Bangladesh with the theme ‘Partnership for a Transformative World: Harnessing Power of Youth & Technology.’ Summit is expected to adopt a Declaration & Decennial Roadmap 2020-2030. Pakistan will be represented by PM Imran Khan PTI and FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi PTI
Quoting Rumi’s saying, Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI has given a thought-provoking advice to the youth of Pakistan. He states that a soul beyond any material price is the real key to truly free, liberated and rich human being.
Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan Goes Up in Popularity Worldwide While Opposition Goes Further Down In Contempt.
Resolution passed. Vote of confidence won by PM Imran Khan
Prime Minister Imran Khan says the government has decided to bring electoral reforms to ensure complete transparency in elections.
Speaking in the National Assembly on Saturday after winning the vote of confidence, he said electronic voting machines will be introduced so that nobody could raise fingers on the credibility of the elections and that the results are acceptable to all.
He said it is also our effort that the Overseas Pakistanis also get their right to franchise.
Expressing apprehension over the malpractices in the recently held Senate elections, the Prime Minister asked the Election Commission of Pakistan to get briefing from the agencies as to how much money was used to purchase votes.
He clarified that his concerns on the Senate elections were not aimed at doing away with the independence of Election Commission of Pakistan.
The Prime Minister once again categorically stated that he will not give NRO to the corrupt elements even though the opposition continues its pressure tactics for the purpose.
He highlighted the importance building the nation on the principles of justice and rule of law on the pattern of the state of Madina.
Describing corruption as one of the biggest issues of the country, the Prime Minister said the entire society will have to fight against this menace to secure the future of coming generations. He underlined the need for improving moral standards of the nation to check this nuisance.
Imran Khan vowed to continue his efforts in this direction and also assured his government’s every possible assistance to the judiciary and the NAB for early conclusion of the corruption cases so that the corrupt elements are punished.
He regretted that billions of rupees were plundered by the previous rulers. He said former President Pervez Musharraf committed a mistake by giving NRO to the leadership of the PML-N and the PPP.
Referring to the performance of the government, the Prime Minister said Pakistan has achieved economic stability and reached the stage to move forward. He said the Current Account Deficit remained surplus for the five months for the first time in seventeen years. This happened regardless of the breakout of Covid-19 which adversely impacted economies around the world.
The Prime Minister said there has been a record increase in remittances. Our focus is now on bringing investment in the country and bolster exports . He said the number of companies registered with the Securities Exchange Commission of Pakistan indicates that people are ready to invest in the country. He, however pointed out that our biggest issue is the expansive power contracts signed in the past. He said we are working to reduce burden on the masses in this regard. He said the agreement signed with the IPPs will also help save money.
Imran Khan said the government has launched mega projects such as Ravi City, Business Center Lahore and Bundal island for the wealth creation to retire the debt. He said these projects will not only bring investments in the country but also go a long way in protecting the environment and develop cities on modern lines.
Regarding inflation, the Prime Minister said efforts are afoot to reduce the burden on the people. He said that the lower strata of society will be given subsidies in the days to come. Under Ehsaas program, direct funds will be transferred to them.
The Prime Minister said the government will soon launch a program to ensure that nobody sleeps hungry. He appreciated the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for extending health insurance to every household in the province. He said the Punjab government also targets to reach every family by the end of this year.
The Prime Minister said a mega program is also being introduced for the farmers to enhance the agri productivity. Cooperation in this regard has also been sought from China.
Imran Khan said given the immense potential Pakistan including its human resource dividend, nobody can stop the country from moving forward. He said the potential of the youth will be exploited including through their technical training.
Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan
5th Round of Pakistan-Italy Annual Bilateral Political Consultations
The 5th Round of Pakistan-Italy Annual Bilateral Political Consultations was held virtually today. Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood led the Pakistan side, while Secretary General of Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ambassador Elisabetta Belloni led the Italian delegation. Entire spectrum of bilateral relations including fight against the Pandemic; political, trade and economic relations; energy; defence; migration and people-to-people exchanges were reviewed during the Consultations. Views were also exchanged on regional and global issues.
Agreeing that Pakistan and Italy have exemplary relations based on mutual trust and principles of cooperation, the two sides resolved to further expand the relationship in all dimensions.
Foreign Secretary expressed condolences over loss of lives in Italy due to Covid-19 and commended the efforts of the Italian Government in containing the pandemic. He briefed his counterpart on the measures taken by the Government of Pakistan to control the second wave of Covid-19, while saving lives, securing livelihoods, and stimulating the economy. The two sides exchanged views on the socio-economic impact of the pandemic and discussed ways of mitigating the adverse effects.
The Foreign Secretary also briefed the Italian side on the vast investment opportunities and avenues in Pakistan and assured that Italian companies and investors will be fully facilitated in all sectors. He thanked the Italian side for its support on GSP Plus status for Pakistan with the European Union. The Foreign Secretary emphasized the need to increase business-to-business interface as soon as the Covid situation subsides.
The Foreign Secretary highlighted the importance of strong Pakistani diaspora in Italy, which acts as a bridge between the two countries. He appreciated Pakistan’s re-inclusion in the seasonal visa program and non-seasonal work visas and stated that the two sides should work together to streamline matters related to migration.
The Foreign Secretary briefed on the grave human rights situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK) and the attempts to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory. He stressed that the international community must take full cognizance of the deteriorating situation in IIOJK and support peaceful settlement of Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions.
With regard to Afghanistan, the Foreign Secretary underlined that there was no military solution to the conflict and that a negotiated political settlement was the only way forward. He highlighted Pakistan’s positive contributions to the Afghan peace process and stressed the importance for the Afghan stakeholders to seize this historic opportunity to secure durable peace and stability in Afghanistan. The Foreign Secretary underlined the need for reduction of violence leading to ceasefire and the imperative of an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political solution through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process.
The Foreign Secretary congratulated Italy on assuming Presidency of G-20 and co-Presidency of COP-26. The two sides expressed satisfaction on existing strong cooperation at international fora, in particular at the United Nations, including on the issue of Security Council Reforms. They agreed to work together to further deepen mutual cooperation in the multilateral arena.
The next round of Bilateral Political Consultations will be held next year on mutually agreed dates.
27 January 2021
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad
Pakistan joins the Digital Cooperation Organisation (DCO) as a founding member
Pakistan has joined the Digital Cooperation Organisation (DCO) as a founding member. Established under an initiative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, other countries that have been invited to join as founding members include Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait and the UAE.
The Organisation was launched at a virtual event today, hosted by H.E. Mr. Abdullah Al-Swaha, the Minister of Communication and Information Technology of Saudi Arabia. Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi participated with a video statement.
Lauding the far-sighted initiative of the Saudi Minister of Communication and Information Technology, the Foreign Minister noted that, at a time when the digital economy is estimated to be worth over USD 11 trillion and is set to expand further in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the creation of DCO would cater to the growing need of international cooperation and collaboration in the digital domain. DCO would offer a platform to promote the global digital agenda in the scientific, health, educational, commercial, social, agricultural, investment and security spheres.
Digital Diplomacy has been a core component of the Foreign Minister’s Public Diplomacy Initiative. The Foreign Minister chairs a dedicated Digital Diplomacy working group comprising some of Pakistan’s brightest IT experts, to bring innovation and enhance Pakistan’s digital diplomacy footprint. For countries like Pakistan, with a talented and well-trained pool of human resource sought globally, the information revolution presents a unique opportunity to leapfrog the development deficit. Pakistan’s membership of DCO would contribute to the attainment of that objective.
26 November 2020
This initiative is from China, but it belongs to the world. It is rooted in history, but it is oriented toward the future
President Xi Jinping
BRI initiative to promote Asia-Pacific Cooperation
The Belt and Road Initiative calls for joint contribution and it has a clear focus, which is to promote infrastructure construction and connectivity, strengthen coordination on economic policies, enhance complementarity of development strategies and boost interconnected development to achieve common prosperity. This initiative is from China, but it belongs to the world. It is rooted in history, but it is oriented toward the future. It focuses on the Asian, European and African continents, but it is open to all partners. I am confident that the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative will create a broader and more dynamic platform for Asia-Pacific cooperation.
To Foster Partnership APEC has fostered a partnership featuring mutual trust, inclusiveness and win-win cooperation, something we all hold dear. As we Asia-Pacific countries vary in national conditions, differences among us are normal. What is important is for us to stay committed to the shared goal of common development, address differences through consultation and explore solutions to common challenges in the spirit of partnership.
To adhere to the development
We should focus on development to deliver more benefits to our peoples. More than anything else, we should strive to deliver better lives to our people. Every country is entitled to an equal right to development; and no one has the right or the power to stop people in developing countries from pursuing a better life. We should strengthen development cooperation and help developing countries eliminate poverty so that people in all countries will live better lives. This is what fairness is essentially about; it is also a moral responsibility of the international community.
Source: Xi’s Moments