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Pak-Afghan FMs talk about challenges confronting regional peace



  • Jilani reaffirms Pakistan’s dedication to additional strengthen bilateral ties with Afghanistan
  • Meets Mongolia’s Dy PM, agree to boost cooperation in mining, agri, textile sectors

TIBET, CHINA: Interim International Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani on Thursday met Afghan counterpart Amir Khan Muttaqi in Tibet and mentioned the challenges confronting regional peace and stability.

FM Jilani is in China on a two-day go to to take part within the third Trans-Himalayan Discussion board for Worldwide Cooperation, being held in Nyingchi, Tibet autonomous area, from October 4-5.

The Trans-Himalaya Discussion board, established in 2018, goals at fostering collaboration amongst regional nations on geographical connectivity, environmental conservation, ecological preservation, and the strengthening of cultural ties.

In response to a press release launched by the International Workplace on X on Thursday, Jilani met Afghan International Minister Muttaqi. Throughout the assembly, Jilani reaffirmed Pakistan’s dedication to additional strengthen bilateral ties with Afghanistan.

He additionally underscored that challenges confronting regional peace and stability needs to be addressed in a “collaborative spirit by means of collective methods”.

The assembly comes two days after Pakistan gave an ultimatum to all undocumented immigrants, together with Afghan nationals, to depart Pakistan by October 31, or threat imprisonment and deportation to their respective international locations.

The choice was taken in an apex committee assembly headed by Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar and attended by the military chief, amongst others. The committee additionally determined that motion throughout the border could be topic to passports and visas, whereas digital Afghan identification playing cards (or e-tazkiras) would solely be accepted till Oct 31.

After the passage of the deadline, the authorities will kickstart an operation focusing on unlawful properties and companies owned by immigrants or these being run in collaboration with Pakistani nationals.

The transfer had drawn a response from Afghan authorities, with Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid terming it “unacceptable” whereas urging authorities to revisit the coverage.

Additionally, not less than two folks have been killed and a toddler sustained accidents a day earlier when an Afghan sentry opened hearth on pedestrians on the Pak-Afghan Chaman Border in Balochistan.

Assembly with Mongolia’s Dy PM

Earlier, Caretaker International Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani met Mongolia’s Deputy Prime Minister Sainbuyan Amarsaikhan and held a dialogue with him on bilateral relations, reported on Thursday.

Each leaders agreed to deepen commerce and financial cooperation within the mining, agriculture and textile sectors.

twelfth spherical Pak-Norway bilateral consultations

However, the twelfth spherical of bilateral political consultations between Pakistan and Norway was held on the Ministry of International Affairs.

The Pakistani delegation was led by Extra Secretary (Europe) Muhammad Salim and the Norwegian delegation was led by Director Normal for Regional Affairs Vebjorn Dysvik.

The 2 sides reviewed the progress made after the final bilateral political session held in 2021.

Additionally they agreed to additional strengthen cooperation in areas together with funding, local weather change, renewable power and better schooling.

The Norwegian delegation was additionally briefed in regards to the just lately established Particular Funding Facilitation Council (SIFC) by the Authorities of Pakistan.

The delegation was invited to discover funding alternatives below the SIFC.

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Commerce physique declares closure of retailers unsuitable option to management smog, air pollution



ISLAMABAD: The official commerce physique of the retail sector within the nation has opposed the closure of markets and retailers in view of controlling the rising smog, as the federal government is attempting to manage mitigate air air pollution by decreasing industrial exercise.

Addressing a ceremony on Thursday Chairman CAP Tariq Mehboob noticed that heavy transport, burning of waste and crop residue and non-compliant factories contribute to smog probably the most, not the retail sector.

“No different nation or area is shutting down markets to manage air air pollution. As is the case in China and our neighboring nations, the main focus should be on controlling motion of huge automobiles which use low high quality gas and emit black smoke; cracking down on burning of waste and stopping factories which might be polluting by burning wooden, tyres, and many others. because of the absence of pure fuel,” he identified.

Talking to media, Tariq Mehboob stated, “For the reason that previous one 12 months, the retail timings are already restricted to 10 PM as per the orders of the Court docket. For the previous few weeks, extra restrictions have been utilized together with late opening and full day closures that are leading to big losses to retail companies and allied sectors, employment and tax technology.”

For the reason that Covid-19 pandemic, shutting down retail has turn into the norm each time any disaster emerges and it solely has a superficial influence on the issue. Retailers have skilled over 30 extended bouts of restrictions on working timings and days over the previous 4 years, with compliant retailers being the worst affected each time.

Much less distinguished markets seldom observe any restrictions imposed by authorities resulting from restricted enforcement capability, as per CAP.

“Not too long ago, ad-hoc modifications to notifications have resulted in confusion and abrupt disruptions for our companies and workers. Furthermore, eating places and different service sectors have been allowed to stay open whereas retailers should shut, so motion of small automobiles nonetheless continues throughout closed interval.

We can’t help the closure of any industrial exercise as a result of it doesn’t addressing the basis causes of smog. Shutting down just one sector repeatedly won’t create the specified leads to smog discount or electrical energy saving,” acknowledged Asad Shafi, Vice Chairman CAP.

On this challenge, Tariq Mehboob defined that, “implementation of full retail shutdown in 6 main divisions of Punjab on final Sunday has resulted in a rare lack of Rs. 10 billion for retail companies, the home provide chain and tax revenues.

That is along with losses already incurred over the previous few weeks throughout associated restrictions. November and December is the height season for retail and companies have allotted their funding a number of months prematurely. Whereas nearly all the pieces else stays open, the organized retail sector has repeatedly turn into the sufferer to abrupt selections and knee-jerk reactions from the authorities. Our business is structured to run 7 days per week and after we are restricted in timings or off-days, we take successful as most of our prices proceed for the closed interval. Furthermore, our suppliers and distributors additionally endure as a result of demand of their services and products are affected, resulting in a domino impact. Such counter-productive selections are creating an pointless drag on revitalizing the financial system and boosting employment.”

The federal government ought to take us into confidence at each stage and applied balanced options that don’t damage the financial system. Whereas we wholeheartedly abide by the choice of the Punjab Authorities, we want to suggest an alternate method which will successfully contribute to smog discount with out adversely affecting home commerce.”

“For instance, the federal government is closing retail on weekends that are the best sale days and hypothetically solely decreasing smog for 10-12 hours of retail timing for 2 days.

If retail closure is seen as a vital measure, our suggestion is to contemplate adjusting the day by day retail working hours to start at 1 or 2 pm, permitting for a day by day saving of 4-5 hours within the morning which might be extra sustainable. This modification goals to strike a steadiness between mitigating smog influence and persevering with financial actions, and, consequently, employment and taxation revenues.

Moreover, manufacturers have thousands and thousands of followers on their social media and authorities can collaborate with them to coach and talk to common public for such initiatives on how you can scale back air air pollution and keep away from its dangerous results.

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KP witnessed 563 terror incidents in 2023, reveals report



PESHAWAR: The Anti-Terrorism Division (CTD) on Thursday launched a report on the fear incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2023.

In line with the CTD report, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) witnessed as many as 563 terror incidents this yr. Out of 563 incidents, police had been focused 243 occasions.

In line with the report, the very best 132 incidents of terrorism had been reported in Dera Ismail Khan, 103 incidents in Khyber and 89 terror incidents had been reported in Peshawar?

The report additional revealed that 86 occasions terrorists attacked North Waziristan and 50 occasions South Waziristan? The report additional stated that as many as 837 terrorists had been taken into custody.

The best variety of arrested outlaws was from Peshawar 245.

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Sindh broadcasts winter holidays for colleges



KARACHI: The Sindh authorities on Thursday introduced winter holidays for personal and authorities colleges and different instructional establishments, throughout the province.

In line with a notification issued by the Sindh Schooling and Literacy Division, the winter holidays will begin from December 22 to December 31.

All private and non-private training establishments within the province will stay closed as a result of winter holidays from December 22 to December 31.

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