Turkish interior minister arrives in Islamabad, invites PM Khan to visit Turkey

Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, who arrived in Islamabad on Monday morning, invited Prime Minister Imran Khan to visit Turkey during a meeting between the two at the PM Office.

The prime minister also extended an invitation to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as well other Turkish leaders to visit Pakistan.

He expressed satisfaction on the “upward trajectory” of bilateral relations between Pakistan and Turkey.

During the meeting, bilateral relations between the two countries as well as ways to further enhance mutual cooperation in various areas were discussed.

The Turkish minister assured Pakistan of all possible support from Turkey.

Soylu offered PM Khan felicitations on behalf on the Turkish leadership as well as himself for being elected as the country’s premier.

He also conveyed Erdogan’s well wishes to Khan.

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Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi, who was present at the meeting, had received the Turkish minister on his arrival in Islamabad.


OIC strongly condemns ‘terrorist act’ by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir

Hours after Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi called on the international community to “intervene” and stop the ongoing bloodshed in occupied Kashmir, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) issued a statement strongly condemning the “killing of innocent Kashmiris by Indian forces”.

“The OIC General Secretariat expressed strong condemnation of the killing of innocent Kashmiris by Indian forces in Indian-occupied Kashmir where direct shooting at demonstrators in ​​Pulwama region claimed the lives of a number of innocent citizens,” read a statement by the organisation on Monday.

“The secretariat condemned this terrorist act and called upon the international community to play its role in order to reach a just and lasting solution to the conflict in Kashmir, in accordance with the relevant international resolutions adopted by the OIC and the UN Security Council, and fulfill the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.”

It added the condolences of the general secretariat to the families of the victims.

Army’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) via Twittercondemned the “state-sponsored terrorism by Indian Occupation Forces, including unethical targeting of civilian population across LoC [Line of Control]”.

“Bullets can never suppress unarmed brave freedom fighters. Indian army must respect ethics of professional soldiering,” said ISPR on Monday.

While addressing a press conference a day earlier, Foreign Minister Qureshi shared that he had written a letter to the OIC secretary general along with letters to the United Nations secretary general and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Condemning the killing of 14 Kashmiris by Indian forces in Pulwama on Saturday, the foreign minister said he had asked the officials to intervene with haste “so that people could get relief from this brutality”.

The foreign minister also added that he had asked the OIC to immediately convene an inter-ministerial meeting of its’ Contact Group on Kashmir, saying Pakistan was ready to host the event.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday also sharply condemned the killings of innocent civilians at the hands of Indian security forces.

“We will raise [the] issue of India’s human rights violations in IOK & demand UNSC [UN Security Council] fulfill its J&K plebiscite commitment,” the premier said in a tweet.

Security lockdown

Meanwhile, soldiers and police fanned out across occupied Kashmir on Monday to enforce a security lockdown for a second straight day to stop anti-India protests and foil a call by Kashmiri leaders for a march toward India’s main military garrison in the disputed region.

On Saturday, Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had announced that Kashmiri people, under the banner of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) group, “will march towards Badami Bagh Army cantonment on Monday [today]” to ask the Indian forces to “kill all of us at one time rather than killing us daily”.

Indian forces patrolled streets in Srinagar and sealed off all the roads leading to India’s military garrison in the city.

Police and paramilitary soldiers in riot gear and carrying automatic rifles laid steel barricades and coiled razor wire on roads and intersections to cut off neighborhoods in a bid to stop protests.

Authorities also stopped train services and suspended internet on cellphones in the region, a common tactic to make organising protests more difficult and stop dissemination of protest videos by Kashmiris.

The government committed to facilitating investors in Pakistan: PM Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the incumbent government is committed to create ease and facilitate investors in every possible manner it can on Tuesday.

This he stated while talking to CEO of Engro Foods Hein Schumacher who called on him in the federal capital to discuss the development of Pakistan’s dairy sector.

Engro Foods-FrieslandCampina showed its keen interest to further expand its business with the introduction of technology and best practices vis-à-vis nutrition and production techniques in Pakistan during the meeting with the premier.

The Prime Minister appreciated the interest of Engro Foods-FrieslandCampina for expanding their business in the country.

This would help the farmers to increase their productivity and would thus facilitate the country capitalize its export potential in the sector, the PM continued.

He said that the Government was cognizant of the need for putting in place a regulatory framework which would not only help in regulating the informal sector but also towards ensuring the quality of the food products.

Hein Schumacher underscored the need for a coherent regulatory framework which would help in providing better, safer & affordable nutrition to the consumers and the dairy companies to further grow their businesses in the country.

Engro Foods-FrieslandCampina, is a multinational dairy cooperative based in the Netherlands, is the world 6th largest dairy company operating in 34 countries.

ECC directs to ensure offloading of imported urea

Islamabad: The Economic Coordination Committee which met in Islamabad with Finance Minister Asad Umar in the chair discussed the proposal of National Telecommunication Corporation regarding their budget estimates.

The Committee gave consent for submission of the proposal to the Cabinet for approval. It also directed that in future National Telecommunication Corporation Budget may be discussed and approved by NTC Board.

The ECC also directed Ministry of Industries to ensure offloading of imported urea and its urgent supply in the market.