AGL 5.60 Decreased By ▼ -0.18 (-3.11%)
ANL 8.90 Increased By ▲ 0.02 (0.23%)
AVN 76.85 Decreased By ▼ -2.07 (-2.62%)
BOP 5.26 Decreased By ▼ -0.02 (-0.38%)
CNERGY 4.63 Decreased By ▼ -0.07 (-1.49%)
EFERT 81.27 Decreased By ▼ -0.33 (-0.4%)
EPCL 50.08 Decreased By ▼ -0.83 (-1.63%)
FCCL 13.16 Decreased By ▼ -0.22 (-1.64%)
FFL 5.69 Decreased By ▼ -0.03 (-0.52%)
FLYNG 7.07 Decreased By ▼ -0.08 (-1.12%)
FNEL 4.79 Decreased By ▼ -0.03 (-0.62%)
GGGL 8.80 Decreased By ▼ -0.10 (-1.12%)
GGL 14.55 Decreased By ▼ -1.33 (-8.38%)
HUMNL 5.69 Decreased By ▼ -0.08 (-1.39%)
KEL 2.63 Decreased By ▼ -0.03 (-1.13%)
LOTCHEM 28.60 Decreased By ▼ -0.45 (-1.55%)
MLCF 24.49 Decreased By ▼ -0.61 (-2.43%)
OGDC 72.43 Decreased By ▼ -0.02 (-0.03%)
PAEL 15.36 Increased By ▲ 0.01 (0.07%)
PIBTL 5.00 Decreased By ▼ -0.05 (-0.99%)
PRL 16.10 Decreased By ▼ -0.19 (-1.17%)
SILK 1.08 Decreased By ▼ -0.01 (-0.92%)
TELE 9.14 Decreased By ▼ -0.23 (-2.45%)
TPL 7.23 Decreased By ▼ -0.10 (-1.36%)
TPLP 18.61 Decreased By ▼ -0.34 (-1.79%)
TREET 21.68 Decreased By ▼ -0.32 (-1.45%)
TRG 136.71 Decreased By ▼ -4.44 (-3.15%)
UNITY 16.88 Decreased By ▼ -0.14 (-0.82%)
WAVES 9.86 Decreased By ▼ -0.04 (-0.4%)
WTL 1.41 No Change ▼ 0.00 (0%)
BR100 4,225 Decreased By -29.6 (-0.7%)
BR30 15,518 Decreased By -214.7 (-1.36%)
KSE100 42,150 Decreased By -243.4 (-0.57%)
KSE30 15,588 Decreased By -75.7 (-0.48%)

Russia ready to supply wheat amid looming food insecurity: Khawaja Asif

  • Defence minister says Putin has also invited PM Shehbaz to Russia
Published September 17, 2022
Follow us

Federal Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif said on Saturday that in addition to gas, Russia is also ready to offer wheat to Pakistan owing to the projection of food shortage in the country on the back of devastating floods in Pakistan.

In a press conference in Islamabad, he said at the SCO summit in Uzbekistan, which Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif attended, Russia reiterated its resolve to provide Pakistan with wheat in the coming days as there may be shortage of food products.

On the sidelines of the Summit, the Prime Minister held a number of meetings with leaders including the Presidents of China, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Iran, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Turkiye.

He said President Vladimir Putin also invited PM Shehbaz to Russia, the official dates for which will be revealed soon.

Asif's remarks come after Russian President Vladimir Putin also said that pipeline gas supplies to Pakistan are possible, and that part of the necessary infrastructure is already in place, Russian state-owned new agency RIA reported on Thursday.

SCO bloc agrees to expand trade in national currencies

Chinese President Xi Jinping has also invited PM Shehbaz - the visit to China is expected in the first week of November, he added.

In meeting with PM Shehbaz at the summit, President Xi also underlined the importance of stability in Pakistan and promised help for repair of crucial infrastructure damaged by floods, the defence minister said.

Asif added that PM Shehbaz was leaving for the UK to take part in the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, set to take place on September 19, after which he will go to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly meeting.

'The world is ready to help us'

During his SCO visit, the prime minister made it clear to world leaders that emissions from global north have affected 32.5 million Pakistanis and sparked a food security issue in the country, stated the defence minister.

PM urges SCO to make Pakistan-specific climate action plans

“During reconstruction phase after drainage of flood water, we will see the goodwill of the world with Pakistan,” he said. “For now, the world is ready to help us.”

PM Shehbaz ended his visit to Samarkand Uzbekistan on September 16 and his statement at the SCO summit conveyed Pakistan’s vision for the strategic direction of SCO in the face of global political and economic transformation.

Pakistan’s commitment to the principles and purposes of the SCO Charter and to the ‘Shanghai Spirit’ as a core value of SCO was also reaffirmed, said a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

“In his statement, the Prime Minister presented a compelling case for collective action by SCO countries to combat the ravages of climate change,” it said. “He shared details of the human tragedy and the massive devastation caused by the climate calamity that struck Pakistan.”

PM leaves Uzbekistan 'on satisfactory note' after attending SCO Summit

The PM also expressed deep appreciation for the support proffered by SCO leaders for relief and assistance to the people affected by the floods.

Participation in the Samarkand SCO Summit provided a significant opportunity to present Pakistan’s view point on important national, regional and global issues, MOFA said.

Shehbaz, Xi discuss CPEC, regional situation


Comments are closed.

Russia ready to supply wheat amid looming food insecurity: Khawaja Asif

Pak diplomat escapes assassination attempt at Kabul

FY22 trade with US soars 38.3pc to $10.5bn YoY, NA told

Nov POL products’ sales down 12pc to 1.55m tons YoY

PM urges Chinese co to invest in renewable energy sector

PM seeks reform plan: Power sector PDM govt’s Achilles heel

SPI down on decrease in food prices: PBS

Import of urea: PPRA refuses to give fresh exemption

OPEC set to stick or cut more amid plan to cap Russian oil price

Muttaqi speaks to Bilawal

US designates four AQIS, TTP leaders as SDGTs