Iranian President Rouhani arrives in Pakistan for ECO Summit


ISLAMABAD: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has arrived in Islamabad on a two day official visit to the country. The Iranian President had come to Pakistan on the official invitation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and will participate in the 13th Summit of the heads of Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO).

The Iranian President was also presented with a guard of honor as the Iranian ambassadors and several federal ministers were also present at the occasion. It is pertinent to mention that the meeting the 13th Economic Cooperation Organization Summit will be held in Islamabad on Wednesday. Moreover, the 22nd Meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of Economic Cooperation Organization has also begun in Islamabad today (Tuesday).

The meeting of Council of Foreign Ministers will approve the Islamabad Declaration to be adopted in the 13th ECO Summit. The foreign Minister of Afghanistan, presidents of Azerbaijan, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, PrimeMinisters of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, and Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan are representing their countries at the ECO summit.

The Iranian president was presented a 21-gun-salute on his arrival. A red carpet was rolled out for President Rouhani, while a smartly turned-out contingent of Pakistan Armed Forces presented a guard of honour to him. National anthems of Iran and Pakistan were also played on this occasion.

Pakistan to enhance military cooperation with Russia


RAWALPINDI: Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday said enhancement of military cooperation between Pakistan and Russia will have positive impact on regional security. He was talking to Russian Ambassador Alexey Yurevich Devdov who called on him at the General Headquarters where they discussed matters of regional security.

The ambassador condemned the recent terrorist attacks and expressed grief on behalf of his country. He acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts in fight against terrorism and initiatives for economic growth. He also appreciated the launching of Operation Radd-ul-Fasad and said that it will play a vital role in elimination of terrorism from Pakistan. The Army Chief thanked him for Russian concerns, collaborations and ongoing cooperation with government and armed forces of Pakistan.

Rabbani advocates promotion of parliamentary cooperation with Cuba


ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani Tuesday called for promotion of parliamentary cooperation, exchange of delegations and information between the Senate of Pakistan and Cuban National Assembly.

He also urged the need for enhancing economic, social and political relations between the two countries, a message received here Tuesday said. He invited the president of Cuban national assembly to visit Pakistan as a guest of Senate of Pakistan. He expressed these views during a meeting with President of National Assembly of the People’s Power of Cuba, Deputy Esteban LazoHernandez in Havana.

He thanked Cuban government for offering 1200 scholarships to Pakistani doctors and acknowledged Cuban medical help to Pakistan during disasters. Cuba and Pakistan are true friends, who stood by each other in every difficult time, Cuban medical squad always played a leading role in voluntary services, chairman said. Chairman Senate emphasized the need for chalking out a global peace plan.

Chairman Senate is on official visit to Cuba heading a parliamentary delegation comprising of Parliamentarians including Senators Mushahid Hussain Syed, Dr Jehanzeb Jamaldini, Shahi Syed, Lt Gen r Salahuddin Tirimzi, Gianchand, Mohsin Aziz, Nisar

Muhammad Khan and Secretary Senate Amjed Pervez Malik. Chairman Senate said it was great pleasure to be in Cuba especially in the beautiful city of Havana. He said he was looking forward for this visit which could not take place last year. He was eager and hopeful to meet Commander-in-Chief Dr Fidel Castro Ruz.

He eulogized the services of great revolutionary leader late Fidel Castro for upholding the national interests and welfare of the people. He said three leading lessons of Fidel Castro principles including resilience against super powers, safeguard national interest and welfare of masses would be the model of change for world.

Chairman said Pakistani nation felt pain of Cuban people who not only lost a great leader but also a father, friend and comrade who changed their lives. He said the Cuban leader was a ray of hope for poor who gave a direction to suppressed, down trodden and exploited people to live their life with dignity and fight for their rights rather than giving up before their unjust supremacy. He said great revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, who was the last one among the leaders who change the world with the principles and ideology.

Pakistan, Azerbaijan agree to boost economic cooperation


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Azerbaijan have agreed to attain the optimum level of economic cooperation.This understanding reached during a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Azerbaijan President lham Aliyev on the sidelines of 13th ECO conference in Islamabad on Tuesday evening. The two sides agreed to set the goal of concluding agreements of Preferential Tariff and Trade, investment, energy and other areas of economic cooperation.

The Prime Minister warmly welcomed President Ilham Aliyev to the 13th ECO Summit and thanked for the cordial hospitality extended to the Prime Minister during his last visit to Baku in October 2016. Both leaders reviewed the decision taken during the Prime Minister’s visit and expressed satisfaction at the progress of implementation of those decisions.

The two sides agreed to increase efforts to attain the optimum level of economic cooperation and agreed that the two countries should set the goal of concluding agreements of Preferential Tariff and Trade, investment, energy and other areas of economic cooperation. The leaders underscored that Islamabad Declaration and ECO Vision 2025 are important documents and would offer a roadmap for the success of the organization and common prosperity of the entire region.

The two sides noted that the trade figures do not reflect the potential that exists between the two States in terms of economic cooperation and decided to create more opportunities for increase in trade and economic activities. They expressed the hope that economic relations between the two countries would grow in the near future.

The Prime Minister and the President agreed to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, falling during 2017, as year of friendly exchanges. The Prime Minister appreciated Azerbaijan’s continued support on the Jammu & Kashmir dispute and Azerbaijan’s invaluable role in the OIC Contact Group on Jammu & Kashmir. The Prime Minister reiterated Pakistan’s principle position on Azerbaijan’s stand on Nagorno’ Karabakh issue.

The President of Azerbaijan expressed his pleasure on attending the ECO Summit and tanked the Prime Minister for the generous hospitality accorded to him and his delegation. The President of Azerbaijan thanked the Prime Minister for Pakistan’s continued support on the Nagorno’ Karabakh region. President Ilham Aliyev expressed concern over the escalation of human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir and reiterated Azerbaijan’s support for the exercise of the right to self determination for people of Jammu & Kashmir.

The Two sides signed the Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) between the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on cooperation in the field of Energy. Mr. Natig Aliyev, Minister of Energy, of Azerbaijan and Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbassi Minister for Petroleum & Natural Resources of Pakistan signed the agreement.

No benefit of PSL final in Lahore”: Imran sticks to his stance


LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan, who is former cricket legend, went on with his strong opposition to Pakistan Super League (PSL) final in Lahore, saying that holding of the mega event in Lahore “carries huge risks with no benefit”. No one wants int cricket to return to Pak more than me. But staging the PSL final in Lahore carries huge risks with no benefit at all,” he wrote on Twitter.

A match played under a tight security ring around the stadium will exaggerate Pak’s security issue and God forbid if any mishap happens we can say goodbye to int cricket in Pak for the next decade,” Khan said in a series of tweets.

Yesterday, Imran Khan voiced his strong opposition to holding the PSL final in Lahore, calling it “madness.” “The idea of having the PSL final in Lahore is madness to me,” Imran told. Imran Khan wondered what sort of message would be conveyed to the world by having closed roads around the Gaddafi stadium and heavy security. “What message of peace will we send out in such conditions…..?