Last update: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06pm

General News: Pakistan


Welcoming US Republican presidential candidate Donlad Trump's offer of mediation between Pakistan and India, the Foreign Office Thursday urged "American friends" especially those in the US administration to play their due role towards resolving bilateral issues particularly the Kashmir dispute between the two neighbours. Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria, while responding to media queries during his weekly briefing, refrained from commenting on Trump's interview with an Indian newspaper [Hindustan Times] in which he offered to make peace between Pakistan and India, saying "we don't comment on media reports from this podium".
Pakistan has decided to send Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry to Bangladesh with a view to reset its relations which have been strained for the last several months due to ongoing executions of Bangladeshi leaders allegedly for war crimes during the events of 1971.
The Pakistan-Afghanistan Parliamentary friendship group (PFG) in the National Assembly of Pakistan met under its Convenor Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao MNA on Thursday. The PFG expressed great concern over the deterioration of Pakistan-Afghanistan relations and reiterated its position that it is in the interest of the people and the governments of both nations that we build a strong and stable relationship, according to a communiqué issued by Qaumi Watan Party, here on Thursday. The PFG stressed the importance of parliamentary diplomacy which has played vital role in improving Pak-Afghan ties.
Pakistan has talented people particularly youth and the number of start-ups in the country is rapidly growing while the French government is willing to enhance collaboration with Pakistan to foster the innovation and entrepreneurship. Martine Dorance, Ambassador of France to Pakistan, said this on Thursday while speaking at a Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship organised by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) at its premises in collaboration with the Embassy of France and Hello Tomorrow.
Special envoy of Prime Minister of Pakistan, Chairman Finance Committee Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh met with the British Parliamentarians in Parliament House, London. The purpose of this visit is to highlight the contributions of Pakistan for Kashmir dispute. Among others who attended the meeting and spoke on the Kashmir issue included Lord Nazir Ahmed, Lord Qurban Hussain, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Baroness Uddin, Julie Cooper MP, Kate Green MP and Chris Lesley MP.
Army Chief General Raheel Sharif on Thursday said that the entire world acknowledged Pakistan's role in eliminating the menace of terrorism. He was talking to tribal elders and cadets after inaugurating new building of Spinkai Cadet College in South Waziristan. According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), General Raheel said the world wants to learn from the Pakistan's experiences in successfully dealing with the menace of terrorism.
Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed has said that India has deployed additional contingents of troops along Line of Control (LoC) and aircraft squadrons on forward bases which is quite worrisome for peace in the region. Mushahid, who is chairman of Senate Standing Committee on Defence, told reporters after a joint-meeting of Senate Standing Committees on defence and foreign affairs that after a rise in Pak-India tensions, India has deployed additional contingents of troops along the LoC.