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Artist Imran Qureshi honoured at the Prestigious Asia Arts Game Changer Awards

LAHORE: Internationally acclaimed and award winning Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi has been honored at the Prestigious Asia Arts Game Changer.The awardees for this year also include Christine Ay Tjoe, Fang Lijun and Natee Utarit.Qureshi was honoured at a ceremony hosted by the Asia Society in Hong Kong on 29th March 2019 at the Four Seasons Hotel.The Asia Arts Game Changer Awards is a signature event honoring the Asia Arts Game Changers.
Every year, major art collectors, artists, gallerists and dignitaries from the art world along with Asia Society trustees and patrons gather to celebrate contemporary art in Asia and honor artists and arts professionals for their significant contributions to contemporary art. For more than twenty years, Asia Society has been a pioneer in identifying and fostering the latest contemporary Asian artists, and engaging new audiences for their work.
Past honorees include: Cai Guo-Qiang, Hon Chi Fun, Abir Karmakar, Krishen Khanna, Bharti Kher, Kimsooja, Lee Ufan, Liu Guosong, Nalini Malani, Nyoman Masriadi, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Do Ho Suh, teamLab, Wucius Wong, Xu Bing, Zeng Fanzhi, and Zhang Xiaogang to name a few.Speaking about receiving the Asia Arts Game Changer Award, Imran Qureshi said, “I am honoured to receive this prestigious award – it is for Pakistan.
Art transcends boundaries and this award will also highlight the art in and from my country.”Imran Qureshi is renowned for his site-specific paintings, installations, and videos created in the style of Indo-Persian miniature painting as a means to explore contemporary socio-political themes.His elegant miniatures often juxtapose figures in modern dress against ornate landscapes that reflect contemporary life in Pakistan while his large-scale works feature red leaves and floral patterns that are meant to provoke thoughtful reflection on the sometimes tenuous and often bloody relationship between religious ideologies and warfare. Qureshi has exhibited internationally, including at The Curve, Barbican Centre, London (2016); the 55th Venice Biennale (2013); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2013); the 10th Sharjah Biennial (2011); and Asia Society Museum, New York (2009).

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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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FM Qureshi arrives in China on three-day visit

ISLAMABAD : Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi reached China on a three-day visit on Monday. The foreign minister will attend the first Pakistan-China Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue during his visit, Radio Pakistan reported.
The foreign minister will attend the first Pakistan-China Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue during his visit, Radio Pakistan reported.Chinese envoy Mr. Yao Jing, Ambassador to China Masood Khalid and other embassy officials welcomed FM Qureshi upon his arrival.A Foreign Office (FO) statement said both sides will hold comprehensive discussions on the entire range of bilateral relations, including China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and also discuss regional situation and cooperation at multilateral forums.During the visit, FM Qureshi will address the Political Parties Forum on CPEC and participate in the ruling parties’ dialogue between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Communist Party of China.The foreign minister will also call on the Chinese leadership.In a video message, the Qureshi said that China is a time tested friend of Pakistan and supported Islamabad at every critical time.‘NZ attack grim reminder of Islamophobia sweeping the world’Time has come to hold consultations with China and make a joint strategy for the future, the foreign minister went on to add.FM Qureshis visit is of high importance in the current political scenario.

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Pakistan will not attend OIC moot: FM Qureshi

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is invited to the OIC moot as a guest of honour despite strong protest from Pakistan.

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is invited to the OIC moot as a guest of honour despite strong protest from Pakistan. FM Qureshi informed the lawmakers that did not attend the conference in UAE in protest.The invitation was sent without consultation. Hence, I have decided to not attend the session, he told the Parliament.The foreign minister also wrote a letter addressed to the OIC content of which was approved by the members of the Lower House and political parties.India is not a member of the OIC, he asserted and added that Ankara and Tehran were also displeased over extending an invitation to New Delhi.Qureshi, briefing the parliament on his conversation with United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said: He said the invitation was extended before the Pulwama attack. But the crown prince showed the willingness to rethink the decision.
We have a total of 19 resolutions at the OIC – all include human rights violations committed by the Indian occupying forces in the disputed valley. Our stance will be presented at the conference by  officials from the foreign ministry.”“Any bid to grant observer’s status to India will be opposed by Pakistan at the OIC.The foreign minister further said that the decision was backed by Turkey and the country had promised to play their role in it.
In Hanoi, United States President Donald Trump said he did not want instability in the sub-continent. The US has long-standing ties with Pakistan, recently its relations with India have improved.Trump directed US envoys to play their part in de-escalating the recent situating. I thank him for the efforts.
In my trip to Moscow before the Pulwama attack, I had expressed concerns about possible misadventures from the Indian side. Today, the Indian nation and political opposition are vindicating Pakistan’s stance that Narendra Modi is escalating the situation for political gains, he said as he referred to Bharatiya Janata Partys (BJP) regional chief boasting that the air strike will secure at least 22 more seats for the party.
PM Imran tried to contact Modi thric Shehbaz Sharif lauds Turkeys supportTaking the floor after the foreign ministers address, Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif thanked Turkey for standing by Pakistan side in tumultuous times.Shehbaz regretted that other allies of the country did not issue statements favouring Pakistan’s stance.“It would have helped to strengthen our position globally.”The PML-N president further suggested sending a delegation to allied countries to push Islamabad’s narrative.
In the end, he thanked the armed forces for their sacrifice and paid tribute to the three armed services.PM throws ball in Modis courtPakistan should have engaged the OICPakistan Peoples Party co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari, however, disagreed with the government’s decision to not attend the OIC conference.
“I feel Pakistan should have engaged the OIC as disengagement is not a solution. It will only drive India further.”Zardari stressed that OIC members were Pakistan’s friends. “I believe we should strengthen our ties with neighbours and allies.In 2008, after the Mumbai attack, we contained the situation through diplomatic channels by engaging our allies. I accept the government’s decision to not attend the conference but I would rather we went and held talks with the members.”The former president also thanked Pakistan Air Force (PAF) pilot Hasan Siddiqui for defending the country. “Yes, we are both nuclear-armed countries.
I would like to mention that Benazir Bhutto brought nuclear technology to Pakistan.”“We are emotional at the moment but we should not forget that wars are fought between nations and not just armies.And the nation is ready – but it should be our last resort.”“Modi’s adventurism has backfired.
God has been very kind. We managed to come out of the situation with dignity – we should hold on to it, not squander it.”Zardari said the captured pilot’s release was a welcome move. “It is soft diplomacy – and it is the need of the hour.
The move depicts us in a better light in the world. India is painting us as a terrorist state but our actions show that we are a democratic state.”Trump hints at de-escalation between India, Pakistan as US mediatesFully capable to defend our bordersFinance Minister Asad Umar began his address by paying tribute to the armed forces. “It is because of them that we can sleep peacefully at night.”Umar was impressed by Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan’s talk. “The forces are doing their job, the responsibility to ensure regional peace lies with the political leadership.”The PTI leader said that the nation was united at the moment, unlike India. He further urged the Modi-led government to contain war-hysteria.
“Pakistan may be going through an economic crisis but we are fully capable to defend our borders.”Pakistan to hand over captured IAF pilot to Indian authorities at Wagah BorderSupport FM Qureshi’s decisionFormer foreign minister Khawaja Asif expressed pleasure at the united front being shown to the world.
“India is using its Muslim population as leverage to become a member of the OIC. Today, they have been invited as a guest of honour, next they will vie for observer’s status.Hence, I support FM Qureshi’s decision to not attend the OIC.”He urged the Parliament to stand united and send a message to the world that Pakistan is eliminating terrorism.“The United State is ready to engage in dialogue after 17-year-long conflict. We are providing them an escape route,” he said.
Referring to PM Imran’s call to Modi – which the Indian premier ignored – Asif lamented that Nawaz Sharif was called a traitor for opening a dialogue with Modi. “Nawaz saw it coming.He urged economic development and ties. Today, Imran is doing the same thing.
And we are standing behind him [Imran],” he said as he urged for unity.Asif quipped that Imran can call Modi but shies away from shaking opposition leader’s hands.On Kashmir, he said freedom was every Kashmiri’s birthright. “Even the United Nations have endorsed that Kashmiris have a right to self-determination which India is denying.

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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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Indian LoC violation: UN chief reassures Pakistan of ‘complete support’

ISLAMABAD : Pakistan has continued its diplomatic efforts to highlight Indian aggression and took the international community into confidence following India’s violation of the country’s airspace early Tuesday morning.
Qureshi spoke to UN chief Antonio Guterres on the phone on Wednesday and discussed the regional situation following Indias violation of Pakistani airspace on Tuesday.
We had concerns that the Indian government would try to disrupt regional peace to achieve political gains, said FM Qureshi, adding that we have kept the international community informed about out reservations and concerns.Qureshi also gave reference of his two letters to the UN chief on the matter.Indias act of aggression is a violation of UN charter and international diplomatic laws.The UN chief has reassured Pakistan of its complete support and cooperation.
Earlier, FM Qureshi in a letter to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres invited his attention towards the deteriorating security situation in the region in the wake of violation of Pakistans airspace by India, Radio Pakistan reported.This aggressive act by India has severe repercussions for the regional peace and security, said Qureshi, and added that, The Indian government is issuing threatening statements in the aftermath of Pulwama incident on the pretext of terrorism, in order to divert the world opinion from its grave human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.
FM Qureshi categorically stated that Pakistan reserves the right to take an appropriate action in self-defence.The foreign minister also briefed the members of the diplomatic corps about the Indian violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in Islamabad.He also informed the diplomatic corps that at approximately 0254 hours, 6-8 Indian Air Force (IAF) jets were effectively intercepted by Pakistani Air Force (PAF) Jets and forced to scuttle back. The IAF randomly releasing their ordnance which landed in an uninhabited remote area, the foreign minister informed.
FM Qureshi strongly refuted the Indian purported claims of having targeted a large terrorist camp and resultant causalities. Its completely absurd and is based on a false narrative designed to placate the Indian domestic audience.
FM Qureshi also wrote a letter to the Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Countries Dr Yousuf bin Ahmed.Qureshi, referring to his letter from February 24, highlighted the Indian violation of the LoC and threat it posed to regional stability.IAF jets violated the Pakistani airspace by entering from the Muzaffarabad sector, they were faced by the Pakistani air force and were forced to return.The Indian act of aggression is a violation of international laws and is an act of misadventure.
Pakistan reserves the right to respond in order to defend itself, the foreign minister stated in the letter.Qureshi also highlighted the secretary general to reconsider the invitation given by the UAE to Indian minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj to attend the OIC meeting on March 1 as a special guest, saying that Pakistan would have to reconsider its stance regarding the summit, and asked the secretary general to review this situation.Reactions on Indias LoC violationPakistani Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Maleeha Lodhi has also spread the countrys stance at the UN loud and clear, and said that, as a target of aggression, Pakistan will respond to India at a time and place of its choosing, Radio Pakistan reported.Ambassador Lodhi held a series of intense meetings with key diplomats and UN officials following Indias blatant violations of the Line of Control (LoC) by Indian war planes that worsened the already dangerous situation between the two countries.
She also gave interviews to representatives of international media.“We will not sit back,” she told BBC radio when asked whether Pakistan will respond to India’s attack.PAF chases away Indian jets after LoC airspace violationAmbassador Lodhi said that following the February 14 Pulwama attack in IoK, Prime Minister Imran Khan has offered investigation if actionable evidence was provided but none was forthcoming.The prime minister also proposed discussions and dialogue, but regrettably India responded by launching an attack on Pakistan in violation of UN Charter and international law, posing a threat to international peace and security.“This is not how countries act when responding to challenges,” the Pakistani envoy said.

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UNSC condemns Pulwama attack

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday condemned the Pulwama attack in occupied Kashmir and named Jaish-e-Muhammad as the perpetrators behind the attack, read a statement released by the world body.
The statement further underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice.There was no mention of Pakistan in the statement.PM Imran offers India probe into Kashmir suicide attack“The members of the Security Council reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.
They reaffirmed the need for all States to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law, including international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts,” the statement read further.The statement also urged states to cooperate actively with the Government of India and all other relevant authorities in this regard.
The UNSC statement also reaffirmed that terrorism remains one of most serious threats to international peace and security.FM Qureshi meets Pakistan’s top envoy in India amid Pulwama attack allegationsThe attack — around 20 kilometres from the city of Srinagar on the main highway to Jammu  reportedly claimed by the banned Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) was the worst in Indian-occupied Kashmir in three decades.Prime Minister Imran Khan in an address to the nation – offered India an olive branch and said Islamabad was willing to act upon ‘actionable intelligence’ after sections of the Indian government and media accused the country of being involved in the attack

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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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