Visit of Secretary Defence of Pakistan to the Republic of Korea

Lt General (Retd) Hamood uz Zaman Khan, Secretary, Ministry of Defence of Pakistan, undertook a two-day visit to Seoul from 10 to 11 Octerber 2022 , to hold bilateral talks with his counterpart, and sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Defence Cooperation between the two countries.

The MOU was signed on 11 October 2022 at Army Club, Ministry of National Defense (MND), Seoul.

During his bilateral talks with H.E Shin Beom Chul, Vice Minister for National Defence of the Republic of Korea, the two reviewed existing bilateral defence cooperation between the two countries.

They expressed satisfaction at the upward trajectory in the relationship, and agreed to further enhance cooperation in the field of defence.

Ambassador Nabeel Munir, Additional Secretary Defence Rear Admiral Faisal Amin and Defence Attache, Col Syed Changez Zafar also attended the meeting and MOU Signing Ceremony at MND, Seoul.

Secretary Defence informed the Vice Minister that Pakistan greatly valued its multidimensional relationship with the ROK, and was keen on further expanding and deepening this partnership in all spheres, including in the field of defence.

Vice Defense Minister Shin acknowledging that Korea-Pakistan bilateral defence relations were rooted in history, hoped his keen desire to further enhance cooperation between the two countries.

After the talks, Secretary Defence and the Vice Minister signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Defence Cooperation.

After the talks, Secretary Defence and the Vice Minister signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Defence Cooperation. 

The MOU will enable both sides to explore further avenues of cooperation, and work together for regional as well as global peace.

Bush mistakenly calls Iraq invasion ‘brutal, unjustified’

Former United States President George W. Bush mistakenly described the invasion of Iraq as “brutal” and “unjustified” before correcting himself to say he meant to refer to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Bush made the comments in a speech during an event in Dallas on Wednesday, while he was criticising Russia’s political system.

“The result is an absence of checks and balances in Russia, and the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq,” Bush said, before correcting himself and shaking his head. “I mean, of Ukraine.”

He jokingly blamed the mistake on his age as the audience burst into laughter.

In 2003, when Bush was president, the United States led an invasion of Iraq over weapons of mass destruction that were never found. The prolonged conflict killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced many more.

Bush’s remarks quickly went viral on social media, gathering over three million views on Twitter alone after the clip was tweeted by a Dallas News reporter.

The former US President also compared Ukranian leader Volodymyr Zelenskiy to Britain’s wartime leader Winston Churchill, while condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin for launching the invasion of Ukraine in February.

China’s Xi tells German Chancellor all efforts must be made to avoid Ukraine conflict from intensifying

BEIJING, May 9 (Reuters) – China’s President Xi Jinping told German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Monday that all efforts must be made to avoid the Ukraine conflict turning into an “unmanageable situation”, Chinese state radio reported.

“All efforts must be made to avoid the intensification and expansion of the Ukraine conflict, which could lead to an unmanageable situation,” Xi said in the video call, according to the report.

Xi also invited Germany to participate in the Global Security Initiative, a broad and vague framework Xi put forward last month that upholds the principle of “indivisible security”, a concept invoked by Russia to justify its attack on Ukraine.

APHC calls for complete shutdown on Friday against genocide of Kashmiris in IIOJK

In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference has appealed to the Kashmiri people to observe a complete shutdown on Friday, March 18, against the spurt in killings, random arrests and other human rights violations by Indian troops in the territory.

The APHC leadership in a statement issued in Srinagar strongly reacted to the surge in killing of innocent youth in the occupied territory and said that Indian forces are engaged in systematic genocide of Kashmiris.

Pertinently, the occupational forces have martyred 11 youth and destroyed over a dozen structures during violent cordon and search operations across the occupied territory since Thursday.

Paying rich tributes to the youth martyred during fresh acts of Indian state terrorism in Srinagar, Pulwama, Ganderbal and Kupwara, the statement said they day is not far when blood of martyrs will bear fruit. The leadership appealed to the UN, OIC and international human rights watchdogs to take serious cognizance of Indian state terrorism in Kashmir and make India bound to fulfill her international commitments vis-a-vis Kashmir imbroglio.

Mohammad Hasnain was suspended from all of the cricket after bowling action is found illegal

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday suspended Quetta Gladiators pacer Mohammad Hasnain from further participation in the ongoing seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) as well as any form of international cricket after a bowling examination found that his right arm exceeds the permissible 15-degree limit.

Hasnain’s bowling action was reported by umpires during a game between Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers in Australia’s Big Bash League on January 2. He was subsequently tested at the International Cricket Council-accredited biomechanics laboratory in Lahore as the fast bowler was due to fly back home in time to compete in the PSL.

“As per the Illegal Bowling Action Regulations, until Hasnain clears his reassessment, he will remain suspended from bowling in the international cricket,” the PCB said in a statement.

The cricket board said it had received a formal and detailed report from Cricket Australia on Hasnain’s assessment test and quoted its bowling experts as saying the “problem can be resolved.”

“The report from the CA stated his elbow extension for Hasnain’s good length delivery, full-length delivery, slow bouncer and bouncer exceeded the 15-degree limits.”

The PCB said “Hasnain is an asset for Pakistan cricket” and one of the very few bowlers to consistently click 145kmp.

“As such, and keeping his future and Pakistan’s interest at the forefront, the PCB, on the recommendation of the HBL PSL 2022 Technical Committee, has decided he will not be allowed to continue to participate in the HBL PSL,” the board said in its statement.

The PCB added that it will now appoint a bowling consultant tasked with working with Hasnain so that he could rectify his bowling action and be ready for a reassessment.

The board said the bowler would now utilise the current time with the PCB-appointed bowling consultant to modify his bowling action so that he could apply for a reassessment and become eligible to “return to international cricket as quickly as practically possible”.