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Pakistan and Iran agreed to strengthen bilateral relations

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan held a telephone conversation with the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as part of his contacts to brief important regional countries and their leadership about the regional situation, the Radio Pakistan reported.
According to a ISLAMABAD Prime Minister Imran Khan held a telephone conversation with the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as part of his contacts to brief important regional countries and their leadership about the regional situation, the Radio Pakistan reported.According to a spokesman for the PM House, the premier also took Iranian president into confidence over recent tensions between Pakistan and India.Khan told the Iranian president that Pakistan was making all efforts to improve the current situation through talks.
President Rouhani said that Pakistan Iran were neighbours brotherly countries linked through centuries of closed historic cultural and people to people linkages and their role would remain central in promoting peace,stability and economic development in this important region.March 9, 2019Both leaders reiterated the importance of strengthening bilateral relations.The Prime Minister expressed his heartfelt condolences on the recent terrorist attack in which 27 Iranian guards were killed.Both leaders agreed on the need for closer cooperation among the two intelligence agencies in combatting terrorism.
He also thanked President Rouhani for Irans principled support to the people of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir.President Rouhani said that Pakistan and Iran are neighbours and brotherly countries linked through centuries of closed historic cultural and people to people linkages and their role would remain central in promoting peace, stability and economic development in the region.

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3 ceasefire violations along LoC in one day, says India

India said Pakistan violated the 2003 ceasefire agreement thrice on Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch and Rajouri districts, for the seventh consecutive day, as tension between the neighbouring countries escalated to the worst in years.
Defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand said the latest firing came at 2:15pm in Rajouri’s Nowshera sector.
Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by shelling with mortars and firing of small arms along LoC in Nowshera Sector. The Indian Army is retaliating effectively, Lt Col Anand said.Earlier in the day, Pakistan fired along the LoC in the Krishna Ghati sector at 6am, drawing strong retaliation from the Indian Army. The firing continued till 7am, Lt Col Anand had said.
The firing started again at 1pm in Krishna Ghati Sector of Poonch, he had said.The firings by Pakistan came a day after the air forces of both the neighbours claimed to have downed each other’s fighter jets.Pakistan also captured Indian Air Force’s Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.Also read: First aerial dogfight in 48 years escalates India-Pakistan tensionsPakistan has been violating the 2003 ceasefire agreement and had at least five Indian soldiers were injured on Tuesday as its troops fired across the LoC at several areas in Jammu and Kashmir.
The tension between India and Pakistan has escalated after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed rammed his explosive-laden car and blew up a bus killing 40 CRPF troopers on February 14.India has accused Pakistan of using its air force to target Indian military installations on Wednesday morning in response to pre-dawn counter-terror strikes of Tuesday against Jaish-e-Mohammad camps in Pakistan.
India and Pakistan summoned each other’s envoys on Wednesday over the tension.Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner Syed Haider Shah, who was summoned to the South Block in New Delhi, told Indian officials about capturing of an Indian pilot by Pakistani authorities.In Islamabad, Pakistan’s foreign office also summoned India’s acting high commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia and condemned what it called unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian forces along the Line of Control resulting in the killing of four of its civilians.Villagers along the 744-km long Line of Control and 198-km International Border in Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch districts in Jammu region and in Baramulla district in Kashmir Valley say they have been living in fear following the firings.
Authorities have ordered all government and private schools within a range five km from International Border in Samba, Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch to remain closed on Thursday.They said the situation is tense but no one has migrated so far from Jammu, Samba and Rajouri districts but some families from Chajala Pathri, a village close to the LoC in Poonch, have shifted to safer areas.However, district commissioners of Rajouri and Poonch said there has been no migration as yet.A report by news agency PTI has said that 2018 witnessed the highest number of ceasefire violations 2,936 by Pakistani troops in the last 15 years along the India-Pakistan border.
Pakistan continues to violate the ceasefire understanding of 2003 despite repeated calls for restraint and adherence to the agreement during flag meetings between the border guarding forces of the two countries.World powers have urged restraint as tensions escalated this week after the February 14 suicide car bombing in Pulwama.
US president Donald Trump said on Thursday he hoped the conflict between India and Pakistan will be coming to an end.Also read: We have reasonably decent’ news from India and Pak, says TrumpPakistan’s ambassador to the United States, however, voiced regret that America has not condemned India’s air incursion, saying the stance emboldened New Delhi.Asad Majeed Khan said the US should have pinned blame on India. It is construed and understood as an endorsement of the Indian position and that is what emboldened them even more, Khan told reporters when asked about the US statement.

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Mahira Khan, Veena Malik & Other Pakistani Artists React On #SurgicalStrike2

In the wake of escalating tension between India and Pakistan, Pakistani actress Mahira Khan says there is nothing uglier than war and hopes better sense will prevail.
By IANS -February 27, 2019tweetNothing uglier.Nothing more ignorant than cheering for war. May sense prevail Pakistan Zindabad, Mahira, who starred in Bollywood film Raees, tweeted.Her tweet was a response to a thread on the wall of Fatima Bhutto, author and grand-daughter of former Pakistan Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.Mahira Khan, Veena Malik Other Pakistani Artists React On#SurgicalStrike2Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jets struck terror launch pads in Pakistan administered Kashmir on Tuesday.
The IAF struck the biggest training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) at Balakot in Pakistan just days after a suicide bomber killed 40 CRPF troopers in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir, India.In response to the IAF strike, Pakistans Prime Minister Imran Khan directed the countrys armed forces and citizens to remain prepared for all eventualities.Mawra Hocane, who was seen in Indian film Sanam Teri Kasam, feels it is time to put humanity first.It is the time we understand this as humans.The media needs to take charge and stop being provocative. Its our duty to inculcate peace and use our words for better and not worse.

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Ashoke Pandit: Navjot Singh Sidhu can enter Film City, but we won’t work with him

After the Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association issued a statement on Thursday asserting that they have requested Sony Entertainment to terminate Navjot Singh Sidhu’s services from The Kapil Sharma Show, rumours were rife yesterday.
Archana Puran Singh with SharmaTalking to mid-day, IFTDA president Ashoke Pandit cleared the air: Film City cannot ban him from entering.He can move around in Film City as much as he wants, but our workers and technicians won’t work with him. This is an indefinite ban.
Ashoke Pandit The move comes in the wake of Sidhu’s comments regarding the Pulwama terror attack. The politician-anchor had stated that a nation cannot be held responsible for the acts of terrorists.With his comment sparking outrage across the country and fans demanding his ouster from Kapil Sharma’s comedy show, Sidhu went promptly missing from his anchoring duties. Although Archana Puran Singh replaced him in the last two episodes of the show, it remains unclear if she is a permanent fixture.The show’s producer Salman Khan and the channel have remained tight-lipped about Sidhu’s exit, so far.On his part, Pandit states that he has requested Khan to look into the matter.
We will boycott any show where Sidhu is participating. We have written to the channel as well Salman Khan.He is an intelligent man. He won’t do anything that hurts public sentiments.
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Pakistanis jailed in Saudi start returning home after Khan-MbS deal

LAHORE/RIYADH: More than a 100 prisoners, deported from Saudi Arabia following an agreement between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Prime Minister Imran Khan, arrived here in the city Thursday night.

It was Khan who made the successful appeal to the Crown Prince, commonly known as MbS, during his visit to Islamabad earlier this week for the return of prisoners.Saudi officials have commenced the implementation of their side of the deal between Khan and MbS to release and repatriate more than 2,000 Pakistani citizens jailed in the Kingdom over common or petty crimes.Saudi crown prince orders release of 2,107 Pakistani prisoners PM Imran had raised the issue of Pakistani prisoners in Saudi jails during meeting with MbS The prisoners, whose immigration process was carried out separately from the other passengers, said they were excited to be back in their motherland.Immigration officials, on the other hand, commented that these Pakistani citizens returning from Saudi Arabia after being jailed there for years had to undergo a complete checking process to verify their travelling documents.They were then allowed to go back to their homes.

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DG ISPR to address important press conference today

RAWALPINDI: Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General (DG) Major General Asif Ghafoor is expected to address an “important” press conference at 3 pm on Friday.
The press conference comes at a time when Pakistan and India face heightened tensions after the Pulwama attack in the Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK).
On February 14, at least 49 Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed and many others injured when suspected militants targeted a convoy with a car bomb at Awantipora, in what is the worst attack ever on security personnel in the state.The car bomb attack was reportedly claimed by militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad and carried out by a 20-year-old Kashmiri man.

India has accused Pakistan of facilitating the attack as tensions between the two countries escalated and India announced it would withdraw Pakistan’s ‘Most Favoured Nation’ status. However, Pakistan has denied all allegations of terror financing.Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan directed the Pakistan Army to respond decisively and comprehensively to any aggression or misadventure by India.The premier issued the directives during a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC), which discussed the geo-strategic environment in the region as well as the situation arising after the Pulwama incident.Prior to the NSC meeting, Khan also held a meeting with Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa. The two dignitaries discussed the national and regional security situation, it was reported.

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Fawad Khan’s media team rubbishes reports of him denying anti-polio drops to children

LAHORE: Fawad Khan’s media team has come forth denying reports that suggest he refusing an anti-polio team to administer polio drops to his daughter.
Rubbishing the claims, Fawad’s media team has issued a statement saying: It has been widely reported that an FIR has been registered against Fawad Khan stating that he on February 19 interfered with governmental efforts to vaccinate his daughter at his residence.Nothing could be further from the truth as neither of the parents were home at the time of visit by the anti-polio team.The statement added, “Fawad Khan has been outside Pakistan since February 13, where he performed at the PSL opening ceremony in Dubai and is presently in the United States.
His travel history clearly demonstrates the manufactured nature of the FIR and he has just come to know of the FIR through the press.” “Fawad Khan fully supports the anti-polio drive and is very well aware of the guidelines of WHO and CDC.The vaccination of Fawad’s daughter is up to date and the record there to support the same is available,” it stated further.”Fawad reserves the right for appropriate legal redress, including all such remedies against any damages caused by this event, should the FIR not be cancelled,” concluded the statement.
Khan was booked for not letting polio drops to be administered to his children, said the spokesperson of Prime Minister’s Polio taskforce Babar Bin Ata, on Wednesday. “Mrs Fawad thinks getting their daughter immunised from UK will give the child protection against WPV1 strain.Protection against Wild Poliovirus can only be guaranteed with Oral Polio Vaccine,” Ata said.He went on to add that as told by the Lahore Deputy Commissioner, Khan’s driver and family misbehaved with the anti-polio team.”Fawad is our pride, I request him to allow teams to vaccinate the child. Lahore has had a polio case last week, we must protect the child,” Ata further tweeted.

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Saudi crown prince calls for establishing health center dedicated to Pakistani hero

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has called for the creation of a health center in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province dedicated to the memory of a Pakistani hero who saved 14 lives in Jeddah’s 2009 floods, Saudi state-news agency .
The directive was issued during the crown princes visit to Pakistan on the first leg of his Asia tour.In November 2009, as flash floods roared through the port city, Farman Ali Khan secured a rope to his waist and jumped into the water to rescue people.He managed to save 14 lives, but he drowned as he attempted to rescue the 15th person.He was posthumously awarded the King Abdul Aziz Medal of the First Order by the Saudi government and Pakistans Tamgha-e-Shujat by then President Asif Ali Zardari.The directive was issued during the crown princes visit to Pakistan on the first leg of his Asia tourWhat this man displayed is a rare act of heroism, said Rania Khaled, an account executive in Jeddah.
He didnt pause to think of where these people came from or their nationality all he cared about was that everyone survived the terrible flood. As a result, he lost his life and thats what makes his tale so heroic.He cared for humanity, not just his own well-being and safety.He set a very high example of what a human should aspire to be.Your background, race and nationality shouldnt matter; what matters is that we all stand together and help each other. I think if people lived with a similar mindset to that of Khan, the world would be a better place.Khan managed to save 14 lives, but he drowned as he attempted to rescue the 15th person Razan Sijjeeni, a photography instructor in Jeddah, said: I think what Khan did was not only heroic but also human. It says a lot about the kind of person he was in that moment when he chose to risk his life to save others.
He gives us a lot to reflect on who we are today and how much we should value human lives that are not necessarily related to us.Nora Al-Rifai, who is training to be a life coach, said that she hopes Khans widow and three daughters continue to receive the help and support they deserve.Its a nice gesture that a Jeddah street was named after him as a reminder to all of us and the next generations of his selflessness and heroism,February19th  2019.

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Pakistan to take another $1.4 bln loan to curb power sector arrears: report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan plans to borrow another 200 billion rupees ($1.44 billion) to help clear power sector debt destabilising the finances of the government and private power producers, Reuters reported on Friday, quoting a senior official tasked with  44 billion) to help clear power sector debt destabilising the finances of the government and private power producers, Reuters reported on Friday, quoting a senior official tasked with energy reforms.
Pakistan’s economy and society have been racked by a decade of chronic electricity shortages which have crippled its manufacturing industries and stoked voter anger in the South Asian nation of 208 million people.Electricity shortages have eased in the last 12 months but years of mismanagement and funding shortfalls for subsidies have led to accumulated power sector payment arrears, or circular debt, soaring to 1.4 trillion rupees ($10.1 billion).
Independent power producers (IPPs), angry with late government payments, have warned they face a financial crisis, while economists fear rising circular debt will further widen Pakistan’s yawning fiscal deficit, a key part of ongoing bailout talks with the International Monetary Fund.Pakistan earlier this month raised 200 billion rupees through an Islamic bond to ease a financial crunch in its power sector, but critics say much more needs to be done.
Nadeem Babar, head of the Task Force on Energy Reforms created by new Prime Minister Imran Khan, told Reuters the government plans to ease financial pressures on power generation companies by taking another 200 billion rupee loan by April.That total of 400 billion will not bring the outstanding amount down to zero, but it will pay it down substantially to a point where no generator will be at risk of shutting down or having liquidity issues, Babar told Reuters on Thursday.
The loans are a key part of the government’s strategy to rethink how it deals with power arrears and will give the government breathing room to enact wide-ranging reforms, Babar added.He said Khan’s government is looking to save money by moving power sector arrears from the balance sheet of the independent power producers (IPPs) on to the balance sheet of government-owned distribution companies.
Under Pakistan’s power purchasing system, IPPs bill the government monthly for the power they produce, but when the government fails to pay up, power generators take commercial bank loans to stay afloat and the government is hit with financial penalties for late payments.In the past, to keep debt off the government’s power companies’ balance sheet, the government has allowed a run up of the same debt on IPP balance sheets – but at what cost?, said Babar, who is currently writing Pakistan’s 25-year future energy policy.
The finance minister has understood and agreed that it is nonsensical that we are paying about 3 percent higher interest rate to keep this debt off our balance sheet when we acknowledge that it is our debt, said Babar.Pakistan hiked electricity prices in January and the new tariff, set to gradually increase over the next two and half years, will drastically slow the accumulation of circular debt and will eventually help eradicate it, Babar said.
Transmission losses and theft are also being aggressively targeted by the government, he added.ISLAMABAD: Pakistan plans to borrow another 200 billion rupees ($1.44 billion) to help clear power sector debt destabilising the finances of the government and private power producers, Reuters reported on Friday, quoting a senior official tasked with energy reforms.Pakistan’s economy and society have been racked by a decade of chronic electricity shortages which have crippled its manufacturing industries and stoked voter anger in the South Asian nation of 208 million people.
Electricity shortages have eased in the last 12 months but years of mismanagement and funding shortfalls for subsidies have led to accumulated power sector payment arrears, or “circular debt”, soaring to 1.4 trillion rupees ($10.1 billion).Independent power producers (IPPs), angry with late government payments, have warned they face a financial crisis, while economists fear rising circular debt will further widen Pakistan’s yawning fiscal deficit, a key part of ongoing bailout talks with the International Monetary Fund.
Pakistan earlier this month raised 200 billion rupees through an Islamic bond to ease a financial crunch in its power sector, but critics say much more needs to be done.Nadeem Babar, head of the Task Force on Energy Reforms created by new Prime Minister Imran Khan, told Reuters the government plans to ease financial pressures on power generation companies by taking another 200 billion rupee loan by April.
“That total of 400 billion will not bring the outstanding amount down to zero, but it will pay it down substantially to a point where no generator will be at risk of shutting down or having liquidity issues,” Babar told Reuters on Thursday.The loans are a key part of the government’s strategy to rethink how it deals with power arrears and will give the government breathing room to enact wide-ranging reforms, Babar added.
He said Khan’s government is looking to save money by moving power sector arrears from the balance sheet of the independent power producers (IPPs) on to the balance sheet of government-owned distribution companies.Under Pakistan’s power purchasing system, IPPs bill the government monthly for the power they produce, but when the government fails to pay up, power generators take commercial bank loans to stay afloat and the government is hit with financial penalties for late payments.“In the past, to keep debt off the government’s power companies’ balance sheet, the government has allowed a run up of the same debt on IPP balance sheets – but at what cost?,” said Babar, who is currently writing Pakistan’s 25-year future energy policy.“The finance minister has understood and agreed that it is nonsensical that we are paying about 3 percent higher interest rate to keep this debt off our balance sheet when we acknowledge that it is our debt,” said Babar.
Pakistan hiked electricity prices in January and the new tariff, set to gradually increase over the next two and half years, will drastically slow the accumulation of circular debt and will eventually help eradicate it, Babar said.Transmission losses and theft are also being aggressively targeted by the government, he added.

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