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India and Afghanistan are likely to announce an air cargo service on Saturday to help increase trade that both say is stymied because of their tense political relations with Pakistan that lies between them. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were meeting in the northern Indian city of Amritsar, a short distance from the Pakistan border, for the Heart of Asia conference aimed at stabilising Afghanistan.
Advisor to PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Saturday arrived in Amritsar to participate in the Heart of Asia Conference, where he also attended a banquet hosted in honour of representatives from different states and international observers. The dinner was hosted for the visiting dignitaries at a heritage village named 'Sadda Pind (our village)' located on the outskirts of Amritsar.
Former Occupied Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister on Saturday said that Pakistan cannot be blamed for the unrest in the Kashmir Valley. New Delhi for being "ignorant" of the situation in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, according to TimesNow television. "Don't be under the false impression that the unrest you are seeing in Kashmir has been ignited by Paksitan. We found that some people at the Centre willingly or unwillingly wanted to keep themselves ignorant about the situation in Kashmir. It was easy for them to blame Pakistan," he said yesterday while addressing the media.
Expanding the scope of investigation against illegal money changers and currency dealers, the Directorate of Intelligence & Investigation Inland Revenue (IR) has also served notices on different money changers in other cities including Karachi and Lahore, following recovery of Pak rupee against the US dollar.
Federal Minister for Finance, Senator Ishaq Dar on Saturday said, "Our Government has always been committed to the development and promotion of Islamic Finance." He expressed these views while chairing the first meeting of the Committee for Implementation of the recommendations of Steering Committee for Promotion of Islamic Banking at the Finance Division.
Foreign investors are continuously selling shares and withdrawing their investment from local equity market despite expectations of attractive returns at the Pakistani bourse, the best performing market in Asia. During the outgoing week, foreign investors sold shares worth $33.562 million as compared to $36.976 million withdrawn during last week.
Poultry export to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been in 'red zone' for last 10 years due to apathy of the commerce ministry and Pakistan Embassy in Abu Dhabi, well-informed sources told Business Recorder. The UAE had imposed a ban on the import of poultry in 2006 after avian influenza (bird flu) broke out in Pakistan. However, Pakistan had been declared disease-free in 2008, which was also certified by the World Health Organisation (WHO).