Last update: Sun, 29 May 2016 02pm

General News: Pakistan


In a first, United States First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Pakistan Embassy in Washington on Friday and Pakistan's Ambassador to US Jalil Abbas Jilani shared pictures of the visit on Twitter. "It was an absolute delight hosting FLOTUS at Pakistan House today," Ambassador Jilani wrote in a Twitter post.
A special cargo plane carrying relief goods for the Sri Lankan flood victims from Pakistan arrived at Bandaranaike International Airport Katunayake this afternoon. The Pakistani cargo plane brought the 3rd consignment of relief good containing medicine, raincoats, rain boots, mosquito replants, shelters and tents which were identified by the Sri Lankan authorities as immediate requirements for the flood victims.
The meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) is delayed due to the scheduled open heart surgery of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday in London and it would be convened once the premier returns to the country, it was learnt. Sources said that the meeting of the NSC was to take place in the coming week to take stock of the situation arising out of the death of Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a US drone strike in Balochistan on May 21, 2016. Sources revealed that it would be convened when the prime minister is back from London on the advice of his doctors.
In an apparent dissatisfaction over Pakistan's opposition to India becoming a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), the US has said it is not about an arms race, but about civilian use of nuclear energy. "This is not about an arms race and it's not about nuclear weapons. This is about the peaceful civil use of nuclear energy, and so we would certainly hope that Pakistan understands that," State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner told a Pakistani reporter at his daily news conference on Friday.
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, who is on an official visit to South Africa, called on Flag Officer Fleet of South African Navy, Rear Admiral Bubele Kitie Mhlana, here on Saturday. Upon arrival at Fleet Command HQs, the Admiral was received by Flag Officer Fleet. A ceremonial guard of honour was presented on the occasion.
The Interior Ministry said on Saturday that two officials have been arrested for helping the Afghan Taliban chief, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, obtain a CNIC and Pakistani citizenship for his second wife and children. The Interior Ministry spokesman said that an accused, Aziz Ahmad, who was working as Risaldar Major in the Levies force in Balochistan, had verified the Pakistani ID card form for Wali Muhammad (Mullah Mansour) in 2001.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is "overseeing the affairs of the state" in London where he will undergo heart surgery as advised by doctors, the Prime Minister House said on Saturday. "The PM is duly assisted by his Principal Secretary, Military Secretary and other staff members," a statement said. The statement came hours after ministers and the family said that Nawaz Sharif will undergo an open heart surgery in London.