Last update: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 03am

General News: Pakistan


Finance Minister of Sri Lanka, Mr Ravi Karunanayake, called on Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar in Islamabad Saturday. Karunanayake was in Islamabad as head of Sri Lankan delegation which attended the 8th meeting of the SAARC Finance Ministers. Mr Karunanayake congratulated the Finance Minister on successful hosting of the SAARC Finance Ministers' meeting and stated that decisions reached in the meeting would further strengthen the SAARC process.
Police in Indian-held Kashmir have arrested, his aide said Saturday, as the region's chief minister met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and defended a 50-day lockdown on the region. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chief cleric and head of All Parties Hurriyat (Freedom) Conference, a political coalition opposed to the Indian rule of Kashmir, was arrested near held Srinagar on Friday, his aide, Tariq Buch told AFP.
The government has decided to send 22 parliamentarians as special envoys to 11 countries with the objective to highlight ongoing brutalities and human rights abuses committed by India in Indian held Kashmir.
Prime Minister of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Raja Farooq Haider on Saturday called on the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Engineer Iqbal Zafar Jhagrra at Governor's House and discussed matters of mutual interests. Talking on the occasion, the Governor welcomed the Prime Minister of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir and said that the Kashmir is the life line of Pakistan and the incomplete agenda of the division of Indian Sub-continent.
The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Geelani, has asked the Indian forces to read the writing on the wall and quit Kashmir. Syed Ali Geelani, who is under house arrest for a very long time now, released his written message titled 'Quit Jammu and Kashmir, an appeal to Indian soldiers, please go home', in English, Hindi and Urdu languages.
Saudi Defence Minister Prince Muhammad Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud will arrive in Pakistan on Sunday (today). According to official sources, he will hold meetings with the Pakistani leadership including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and discuss matters of bilateral interest and regional situation. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy close brotherly relations and they have identical view point on major regional and international issues.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that implementation of National Action Plan (NAP) and restoration of law & order are his top priorities. Therefore, indiscriminate action against the criminals and outlaw must be continued. "We are committed to purge this city of terrorists and criminals," he added.