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US, UK, China to support Pakistan in flood rehabilitation

Islamabad: Ambassadors from China, the United States, and the United Kingdom assured Finance Minister Ishaq Dar of their full support to Pakistan in the rehabilitation of flood-hit areas. Islamabad has been trying to shore up the support of the international community to provide all possible relief to the calamity-stricken people. According to the Finance Division, the ambassadors held separate meetings with the finance minister, where matters related to bilateral relations, the economy, and the government's works in the flood-hit areas came under discussion.

‘Assassination attempt’ on Pakistan envoy in Afghan capital

On Friday, an “assassination attempt” targeted Pakistan’s top diplomat in Afghanistan. The head of mission, Ubaid-ur-Rehman Nizamani, was the target of an attack on its embassy compound, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said on Friday. “I strongly condemn dastardly assassination attempt on Pakistan Head of Mission, Kabul,” Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Twitter.

Azerbaijan announces tax-free imports of rice from Pakistan

Baku: On Saturday, in a bid to stimulate the growth of mutual trade between the two countries, Azerbaijan announced a five-year tax exemption on rice imports from Pakistan. Addressing an international conference, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev said that the decision was the outcome of his meetings with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif held in the last couple of months. The president said during these meetings, they discussed the agenda of their bilateral relations.

Pakistan sees alarming rise in HIV cases

Islamabad: On Saturday, health authorities in the federal capital said that as many as 9,773 people tested positive for HIV in Pakistan during the last 10 months of 2022. “Every month, more or less 1,000 new HIV cases are being reported from all four provinces, capital Islamabad, Azad Kashmir, and Gilgit Baltistan. This clearly indicates that HIV is now spreading to general population from the key populations including people who inject drugs, male, female and transgender sex workers,” an official of the National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination (NHSR&C) told The News.

Hina Rabbani expected to represent Pakistan in FIFA World Cup

Islamabad: It emerged on Saturday that Minister of State Hina Rabbani Khar was likely to visit Doha to attend the FIFA World Cup in the first week of December. Invitations had been received by the Foreign Office even before the World Cup started with the inaugural being attended by world leaders. Moreover, Ambassador of Qatar Saoud Abdulrahman Al-Thani called on FM Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to extend an invitation from his Qatari counterpart to watch the World Cup.

Pakistan reopens Afghan crossing shut after border hostilities

Quetta: On Nov 21, Pakistan reopened a major Afghan border crossing that was shut for trade and transit after security forces clashed last week, officials from both sides confirmed. Abdul Hameed Zehri, Deputy Commissioner of Chahman, said that the southwestern crossing was reopened after dialogue between Pakistani and Afghan Taliban officials on Sunday. Thousands of people and hundreds of trucks that had been stranded on both sides were able to cross the border on Monday, Zehri said.

Pakistan welcomes COP27’s “loss and damage” fund

Islamabad: On November 20, Pakistan welcomed a UN climate summit's initiative to set up a "loss and damage" fund for vulnerable countries. It termed the development the "first step in reaffirming the core principles of climate justice". "We welcome today’s announcement and joint text hammered out thru many nights. It’s an important first step in reaffirming the core principles of climate justice," Federal Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman.

Turkmenistan offers assistance to energy-struggling Pakistan

On Thursday, Turkmenistan’s Ambassador, Mr. Atadjan Movlamov, suggested the possibility of energy-rich Ashgabat coming to Islamabad’s aid in meeting the rising demand for electricity and gas in the country. During his visit to the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), Movlamov Highlighted the significance of transit trade for Turkmenistan. The diplomat also said that Gwadar and Karachi ports were the shortest route to strengthen bilateral trade between Islamabad and Ashgabat.

PM Shehbaz Sharif to embark on maiden China visit on Nov 1

  Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will embark on two-day visit to China on 1st November. This visit came after invitation by his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang. The premier will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. The PM will hold important meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his counterpart. In this discourse, discussions would be held on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the flood situation in Pakistan.

“Pakistan trying to restore relations with US”: PM Sharif

Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday said that the Pakistani govt was trying to restore its relations with the United States. His remarks came while addressing the passing out parade ceremony of the 48th Specialized Training Programme of the Police Service of Pakistan at the National Police Academy. Moreover, he questioned his predecessor's move to damage relations with Washington.

Rain threat looms over Pakistan-India T20 World Cup clash

According to the reports, the much-anticipated T20 World Cup clash between Pakistan and India on Sunday (Oct 23) could become a casualty of bad weather. According to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, there are 95 percent chances of rain in Melbourne on Oct 23, most likely in the afternoon and evening. The match is scheduled to start at 7 pm (Australia time) and 1 pm (PST).

Pakistan expresses solidarity with Saudi Arabia

Islamabad: In the wake of statements made against the Kingdom in the context of the OPEC+ decision, Pakistan expressed solidarity with the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. "We appreciate the concerns of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for avoiding market volatility and ensuring global economic stability," the Foreign Office said in a statement. It added that Pakistan encourages a constructive approach to such issues based on engagement and mutual respect.

Ishaq Dar to return to Pakistan

London: It emerged that PML-N leader Ishaq Dar would be coming back to Pakistan along with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday. The decision was made by PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif and PM Shehbaz after prolonged meetings that took place between the two leaders over the latter's two-day visit to London. Earlier, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah confirmed that Dar will return to Pakistan next week.

Green Shirts hand over 167-run target to England

Karachi: On Sunday, Pakistan handed over a 167-run target to England after the first innings of the fourth T20 international between the two countries at the National Stadium in Karachi. Pakistan scored 166 runs at the loss of four wickets at the end of the first innings. Opener Mohammad Rizwan and Captain Babar Azam scored 88 and 36 runs, respectively. Meanwhile, England's Reece Topley claimed two wickets against 37 runs.

“Pakistan should suspend debt repayments”: UN paper

Pakistan should suspend international debt repayments and restructure loans with creditors after recent floods added to the country's financial crisis, the Financial Times reported on Friday, citing a UN policy memo. The memorandum states: "the country's creditors should consider debt relief so that policymakers can prioritize financing its disaster response over loan repayment." The memo further proposed debt restructuring or swaps, where creditors would let go of repayments in exchange for Pakistan agreeing to invest in climate change-resilient infrastructure, FT said.

Putin hints at starting gas pipeline with Pakistan

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that pipeline gas supplies to Pakistan were possible, and that part of the necessary infrastructure was already in place. President Putin and Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif met today on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. The high-level meeting came after the prime minister reached the Uzbekistan capital to attend the annual meeting of the SCO's Council of Heads of State (CHS) during a two-day visit, from September 15 to 16.

“US looks to bolster trade, security ties with Pakistan”: Derek Chollet

Islamabad: On September 11, US State Department's Counselor Derek H. Chollet stated that Washington sought to strengthen its relationship with Islamabad with multifaceted priorities. "The US government is dedicated to expanding the full range of trade, security, education, people-to-people, and clean energy and health-related cooperation and ties between the Pakistani and American people to promote a more stable, secure, and prosperous future for both our nations," read a statement issued by the US State Department.

UN Chief seeks int’l help for Pakistan

On Friday, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres showed serious concerns about Pakistan being affected by climate change despite minimal emission of gases. "Pakistan has had little contribution to climate change but [it] is one of the most dramatically impacted by the consequences of climate change," he said during a briefing at the National Flood Response Coordination Centre (NFRCC) alongside PM Shehbaz Sharif. "There is an obligation of the international community to massively support Pakistan in this situation and an obligation to take the need to drastically reduce the emissions seriously," he added.

Pakistan looks ‘like a sea’ after floods: PM Shehbaz

Sehwan: On September 7, Parts of Pakistan seemed "like a sea", Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif stated, after visiting some of the flood-hit areas that cover as much as a third of the South Asian nation. According to the reports, 18 more deaths took the toll from days of rain to 1,343. "You wouldn't believe the scale of destruction there," Sharif told media after a visit to the southern province of Sindh. "It is water everywhere as far as you could see. It is just like a sea."

YouTube service disrupted in Pakistan

On Tuesday evening, YouTube service was disrupted in parts of Pakistan ahead of PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s address at a party power show in Peshawar. NetBlocks, an organization that tracks internet outages, noted that the disruption came despite the Islamabad High Court lifting the PEMRA’s ban on Khan’s speeches. “NetBlocks recommends against the use of network disruptions and social media restrictions to limit political speech, given their disproportionate impact on fundamental rights including freedom of expression and freedom assembly,” the organization said.

High food, petrol prices can trigger protests in Pakistan: IMF

Washington: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned against protests and instability in Pakistan amid rising inflation. "High food and fuel prices could prompt social protest and instability," the IMF said, in an executive summary of the seventh and eighth reviews, released under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF). Pakistan’s inflation measured by the consumer price index (CPI) has hit a 47-year high, accelerating to 27.3% in August 2022, the level last seen in May 1975.

Indian PM offers ‘heartfelt condolences’ to Pakistan

On Monday, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended heartfelt condolences to the families suffering from the extreme rain-induced flooding in Pakistan. Taking to Twitter, the Indian prime minister wrote: "Saddened to see the devastation caused by the floods in Pakistan." "We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, the injured, and all those affected by this natural calamity and hope for an early restoration of normalcy," said Modi.

Pak vs Eng: PCB to donate gate proceeds from first T20I

Lahore: On Sunday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that gate earnings from the first T20I against England would be donated to the Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund 2022. The PCB urged cricket fans and followers to purchase tickets in big numbers once they are made available online for sale. Speaking on the occasion, PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja said: "As cricket unites our proud nation, we stand firmly with the victims and all those involved in the flood relief and rescue operations."

Pakistan, Qatar agree to boost bilateral cooperation

On Wednesday, according to Radio Pakistan, Pakistan and Qatar agreed to promote cooperation in different sectors. The understanding was reached during a meeting between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha today. The two sides also discussed matters pertaining to bilateral and mutual interest during the meeting.

Qatar Investment Authority aims to invest $3 billion in Pakistan

Qatar’s Emiri Diwan said on Wednesday that the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) planned to invest $3 billion in Pakistan lending support to the cash-strapped economy. “The Qatar Investment Authority announced its aspiration to invest $3bn in various commercial and investment sectors in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” the Emiri Diwan said, without giving details. The announcement was made during a visit to Doha by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who held official talks with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Wednesday after a meeting with the QIA on Tuesday.

India sacks officers for firing missile into Pakistan

New Delhi: On Tuesday, the Indian Air Force said that the government had sacked three officers for "accidentally" firing a missile into Pakistan in March. "A Court of Inquiry, set up to establish the facts of the case, including fixing responsibility for the incident, found that deviation from the Standard Operating Procedures by three officers led to the accidental firing of the missile," the air force said in a statement.

Pakistan to receive $1.17b from IMF

Karachi: Pakistan is likely to receive a $1.17 billion loan tranche from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) within six days after the Executive Board’s approval, State Bank of Pakistan Acting Governor Murtaza Syed stated. The executive board of the Washington-based lender is scheduled to meet on August 29. The acting governor said that the country’s forex reserves would shore up to $16 billion by the end of the current fiscal year 2022-23.

England announces Test series with Pakistan

On Monday, England announced that its first Test series in Pakistan in 17 years would begin in Rawalpindi on December 1. “We are pleased that Pakistan and England Test rivalry, which has historically produced close and tight matches, will return to our backyards in December,” Pakistan Cricket Board director Zakir Khan said in a statement. The tour opens with the first Test in Rawalpindi on December 1-5, before Multan hosts the second on December 9-13. The third and final Test will be in Karachi on December 17-21.

Pakistan rejects India’s pre-poll rigging attempts in IIOJ&K

On Friday, Pakistan categorically rejected India's pre-poll rigging attempts in occupied Jammu and Kashmir. It also called on the international community to take cognizance of its attempts at effecting illegal demographic changes in the region. In a statement, the Foreign Office spokesperson said: "Pakistan categorically rejects the deliberate Indian attempts of pre-poll rigging and overt manipulation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir."

Pakistan bowl Netherlands out for 186 in 2nd ODI

On Thursday, Pakistan dismissed the Netherlands for 186 in the second one-day international in Rotterdam as Haris Rauf and Mohammad Nawaz took three wickets apiece. Bas de Leede (89) and Tom Cooper (66) struck battling half-centuries to lift the Dutch from 8-3 but only one other batter passed double figures for the hosts. Naseem Shah removed Vikramjit Singh in the second over as the teenage opener edged behind.