Last update: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12pm

General News: Pakistan


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has approved appointment of Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry as Pakistan's new ambassador to United States, sources said here on Thursday. Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria, however, declined to comment on the development, saying he would not comment on the administrative decisions taken by the government.
The United States on Thursday expressed grief over the crash of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft which claimed 47 lives. Deputy Spokesman of the US State Department Mark Toner, in a press briefing in Washington, said, "American government and people were sad over the plane crash in Pakistan." Mark Toner also offered assistance in relief work and investigation on the behalf of the US government.
The two Austrians and a Chinese man who died in a plane crash in Pakistan worked for Austrian engineering group Andritz on a hydropower project in the north of the country, a spokesman for the company said on Wednesday. None of the 47 passengers on the Pakistan International Airlines flight heading for Islamabad survived the plane's crash into a mountain in northern Pakistan.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi has said that Pakistan has rendered enormous sacrifices in war against terrorism. Addressing a function at United States Institute of Peace, Fatemi said that Pakistan has achieved several milestones on financial and economic front in last three years.
Foreign Office said Thursday that a number of countries including China, Iran as well as world leaders namely US President-elect Donald Trump and UN chief Ban Ki-moon have offered mediation between Pakistan and India to resolve Kashmir dispute but the latter remains intransigent to hold genuine dialogue.
The Minister for Defence Production, Rana Tanveer Hussain, who is on an official visit to Egypt, was received by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, at Ittihadiya Palace, Cairo. President El-Sisi underlined the need to further expand and strengthen bilateral co-operation between the two brotherly countries in all domains, especially in defence production where the two countries could greatly benefit from each other's expertise.
Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday said, "The sharing of best experiences through series of exercises had improved counter terror combat skills of both Chinese and Pakistani troops." He expressed these thoughts while speaking to officers and troops during his visit to the National Counter Terrorism Training Centre (NCTC) Pabbi, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.