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Qureshi for meaningful dialogue with India

BEIJING – Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi yesterday urged the need for a meaningful dialogue with India.Investment in human capital imperative for development:
Speaking at a large gathering of Chinese scholars and researchers at the China Institute for International Strategic Studies here, he highlighted the recent developments in South Asia and Pakistan’s efforts to defuse the tensions.The foreign minister stressed the need for a meaningful dialogue between neighbouring countries to ensure peace. Commenting on Pakistan-China relations, he termed this all-weather relationship as an anchor for regional stability.Established in 1979 as a non-profit academic organization, CIISS is one of the most prestigious think tanks of China for its distinctive historical background, diversified multi-domain teams of experts, academic quality and policy influence.The foreign minister also met with the leadership of CIISS, led by Vice Chairman Gong Xianfu.Earlier, he arrived in Beijing on a three-day visit to China.At the airport, the FM was received by Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing, Pakistani Ambassador in Beijing Masood Khalid and senior officials of the Pakistani embassy.
The foreign minister will participate in the Pakistan-China Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue to discuss important matters of bilateral concern, including the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. They will also ponder upon the issue of peace and security in the region.Qureshi will also call on the senior leaders of China and hold a meeting with his Chinese counterpart.Pakistan, India to finalise Kartarpur corridor alignment todayAmid Pakistan’s commitment to establish the Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh pilgrims, work on the project seems to have expedited as officials from both Pakistan and India are holding another meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) at proposed zero points to finalise the alignment of the corridor.
This meeting will be succeeded by the first round of talks on March 14 when an 18-member Pakistani delegation led by Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal held talks with India for drafting an agreement on Kartarpur Corridor at Attari near Amritsar.Both sides also held expert-level discussions between technical experts on the alignment and other details of the proposed corridor, he said while speaking to the media upon returning from India.He stated that technical experts from both the countries will meet next Tuesday (March 19). Technical team and experts are scheduled to discuss issues relating to the corridor, its construction, road, and other technicalities.
Both sides had also agreed to hold a second round of discussion at Wagah to finalise the modalities for the Kartarpur Corridor on April 2. Last November, both the countries had agreed to set up the corridor linking Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district.
Officials from Pakistan and India on Thursday agreed to expedite work to operationalise the Kartarpur Corridor. Both sides also held expert-level discussions between technical experts on the alignment and other details of the proposed corridor, he read out.He spoke to the media upon his return from India, and said that technical experts from both the countries will meet next Tuesday. Technical team and experts are scheduled to discuss issues relating to the corridor, its construction, road, and other technicalities.He had also praised the Indian delegation by stating that they (India) were welcoming and the environment was conducive.The April 2 meeting will be technical in nature and holds great importance, he further said.

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Pakistan flag to fly at half-mast today in memory of New Zealand martyrs

ISLAMABAD: The national flag will fly at half-mast today (Monday) across the country in reverence of the martyred and injured in the New Zealand mosque attacks.
The government and people of Pakistan stand united and extend solidarity to the grieved families, the notification read.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry also tweeted and said, “As New Zealand prepares to bury mosque victims, Pakistan flag half-mast today.””Dialogue among civilisations is only way forward.Rise of hate mongers on the world stage is making world unsafe. Liberalism needs evolution,its academia’s responsibility to think of solution,” he added.
Addressing a press conference on Sunday, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he had spoken to New Zealand foreign minister on phone on length, after 50 people, including nine Pakistanis, were shot dead by a 28-year-old right-wing extremist who attacked two mosques in Christchurch: the Al Noor Mosque, and another mosque in the suburb of Linwood. Nine Pakistanis martyred in New Zealand mosque attacks 50 people lost their lives in terror attack on two New Zealand mosques in Christchurch on Friday The process of handing over bodies of victims to their respective families would begin today, Qureshi had quoted the New Zealand foreign minister as saying.
The New Zealand foreign minister said the identification of bodies has been completed.Qureshi said the New Zealand foreign minister had informed him that an investigation into the gunman’s motives is under way.“The Pakistan High Commission in New Zealand is making all efforts for the affected Pakistani families. The families of six of the martyred want to bury their dead in New Zealand, while three have expressed wish to bury their dead in Pakistan,” he further said.

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Joint session of Parliament to be held today to discuss Pakistan-India ties

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – A joint session of the Parliament has been convened on Thursday (today) to discuss the prevailing security situation in Pakistan and a sharp escalation of tensions with long-standing rival India, a day after Pakistan shot down.
Reportedly, the session is scheduled to be held at 3pm in the Parliament House where Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan will table the motion to discuss the prevailing external threats.Yesterday, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Major General Asif Ghafoor, the director general (DG) of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), provided the military’s input to the meeting participants at an in-camera session at the Parliament House.Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa was also present in the session.
Qureshi briefed the opposition on the government’s foreign policy strategy and the decisions taken during the National Command Authority (NCA) were also discussed in the meeting.Besides, the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly (NA) Shehbaz Sharif and Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari attended the session along with party delegations.A special meeting of parliamentary leaders was convened at Parliament House today to brief national leadership on the ongoing security situation. The parliamentarians were briefed by FM (foreign minister), followed by DG ISPR, read a press statement issued after the session.
COAS also interacted with the forum after the brief.It said the participants unanimously expressed that they stand united against any aggression against Pakistan and will support the government and its institutions unconditionally.They also expressed hope that those who want peace and stability will prevail, as war is not an option but a failure of policy, the statement said. National leaders of all political parties offered their services for the cause of peace and progress.

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Hope India knows what NCA means?

ISLAMABAD: The National Command Authority (NCA), which oversees the operational command and control of the country’s nuclear arsenals and missile systems, is the top policy making body of the country to authorise possession and use of fire-arms to …
As per the National Command Authority Act 2010, the Authority shall have the powers to perform all such functions that are necessary to implement the objects and purposes of this Act which include to exercise complete command and control over all nuclear and space related technologies, systems and matters.The Act also envisages that the NCA has the authority to Authorise possession and use of fire-arms to security force personnel who are in the service of the Authority and take actions, issue appropriate orders and instructions as it may deem fit or in order to advance or achieve the purposes of its establishment and in order to facilitate the performance of actions or functions that are incidental and ancillary thereto.Prime Minister Imran Khan, who has called the meeting of the Authority on Wednesday in the wake of Indian aggression against Pakistan, is the chairman of the NCA.
Its members include Minister for Foreign Affairs; Minister for Defence; Minister for Finance; Minister for Interior; Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee; Chief of Army Staff; Chief of Naval Staff; and Chief of Air Staff. The Director General Strategic Plans Division acts as the Secretary of the Authority.Under the Act, all the powers and functions rest with the National Command Authority on whose behalf, the chairman will exercise these powers and functions who may in consultation with National Command Authority and subject to such limitations as he may specify, delegate any of these powers and functions to Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and Director General Strategic Plans Division, who may further sub-delegate the same to any employee.Speaking to the media on Tuesday, the DG ISPR Maj General Asif Ghafoor while referring to the National Command Authority meeting convened by the PM on Wednesday said, I hope you know what the NCA means and what it constitutes.
The Pak military spokesman had a clear and unambiguous media for India, I said that we will surprise you. Wait for that surprise.I said that our response will be different. The response will come differently.
You have chosen a path of war without knowing the consequence for the peace and stability of the region.Within hours after Indian aggression, the National Security Committee of the government met to decide, Pakistan shall respond at the time and place of its choosing.Later in a press conference addressed by a team of ministers led by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also said Pakistan shall respond.Same message was conveyed by the DG ISPR in a candid manner but with the fingers crossed the entire nation awaits what would be the surprise response of Pakistan.
ISLAMABAD: The National Command Authority (NCA), which oversees the operational command and control of the country’s nuclear arsenals and missile systems, is the top policy making body of the country to authorise possession and use of fire-arms to security force personnel who are in the service of the Authority.As per the National Command Authority Act 2010, the Authority shall have the powers to perform all such functions that are necessary to implement the objects and purposes of this Act which include to exercise complete command and control over all nuclear and space related technologies, systems and matters.
The Act also envisages that the NCA has the authority to “Authorise possession and use of fire-arms to security force personnel who are in the service of the Authority” and “take actions, issue appropriate orders and instructions as it may deem fit or in order to advance or achieve the purposes of its establishment and in order to facilitate the performance of actions or functions that are incidental and ancillary thereto.”Prime Minister Imran Khan, who has called the meeting of the Authority on Wednesday in the wake of Indian aggression against Pakistan, is the chairman of the NCA.
Its members include Minister for Foreign Affairs; Minister for Defence; Minister for Finance; Minister for Interior; Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee; Chief of Army Staff; Chief of Naval Staff; and Chief of Air Staff. The Director General Strategic Plans Division acts as the Secretary of the Authority.Under the Act, all the powers and functions rest with the National Command Authority on whose behalf, the chairman will exercise these powers and functions who may in consultation with National Command Authority and subject to such limitations as he may specify, delegate any of these powers and functions to Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and Director General Strategic Plans Division, who may further sub-delegate the same to any employee.Speaking to the media on Tuesday, the DG ISPR Maj General Asif Ghafoor while referring to the National Command Authority meeting convened by the PM on Wednesday said, “I hope you know what the NCA means and what it constitutes.
”The Pak military spokesman had a clear and unambiguous media for India, “I said that we will surprise you. Wait for that surprise.
I said that our response will be different. The response will come differently,You have chosen a path of war without knowing the consequence for the peace and stability of the region.”Within hours after Indian aggression, the National Security Committee of the government met to decide, “Pakistan shall respond at the time and place of its choosing.” Later in a press conference addressed by a team of ministers led by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also said Pakistan “shall respond”.Same message was conveyed by the DG ISPR in a candid manner but with the fingers crossed the entire nation awaits what would be the “surprise” response of Pakistan.

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Unrest, chaos won’t serve anyone’s interest: FM

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi Tuesday said Pakistan wants peace in the region as unrest and chaos will not serve any one’s interest.
Talking to Pakistans High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood, who called on him in Islamabad, the foreign minister said Islamabad is seriously reviewing the emerging situation following the Pulwama attack in Indian-held Kashmir.
Mahmood was called back to Islamabad for consultations following the suicide bombing in which over 40 Indian soldiers were killed. India has accused Pakistan of having a hand in the attack, but Pakistan has rejected any insinuation that seeks to link it to Islamabad without investigation.We are seriously reviewing the emerging situation and I have written a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres apprising him about the situation, the foreign minister said.Minister says Indian leadership should not disturb peace in entire region for the sake of its internal politicsMeanwhile talking to media persons at Circuit House in Multan, Qureshi said Pakistan will not be deterred by Indian war threats.
In case of any misadventure, Pakistan reserves the right to retaliate in a befitting manner. It is easy to wage war but it is very difficult to wrap it up, he said.
The minister said Pakistan will act promptly since India was creating an environment of jingoism among its people after the Pulwama incident. He said Indian leadership should not disturb peace in the region for the sake of its internal politics.Pakistan will cooperate in case India provides actionable evidence about Pulwama incident, he added.Qureshi said India was trying to isolate Pakistan diplomatically, but it would not succeed in its designs.
He reiterated that Pakistan will not allow anyone to use its soil for terrorism. Pakistan has rendered over 70,000 sacrifices in the war against terror we can feel the sufferings and pains of families of those who have lost their dear ones in war against terrorism, he added.The minister also urged the leadership of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to not threaten regional peace and stability with the aim of furthering their political agenda. He once more impressed upon India the need for the two sides to sit down for dialogue and resolve all outstanding disputes including that of Jammu and Kashmir 2019.

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