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Pakistan’s stance on Israel-Palestine battle ‘is and can’ stay identical: FM Jilani



ISLAMABAD: Interim International Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani on Thursday asserted that Pakistan’s stance on the Israel-Palestine battle “is and can stay” the identical because it was previously.

“There isn’t a change in our coverage concerning Israel … our coverage is linked to the rights of Palestinian folks,” he stated.

Pakistan doesn’t have diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv, and believes in a “two-state answer in accordance with the related United Nations and OIC resolutions in addition to worldwide regulation, with pre-1967 borders and Al-Quds Al-Sharif (Jerusalem) because the capital of Palestine”.

The overseas minister’s assertion comes as Israel has elevated efforts to stabilise ties with Saudi Arabia and different Muslim nations.

Final week, Israeli International Minister Eli Cohen instructed journalists that in the course of the United Nations Common Meeting, he met leaders from a number of Muslim nations who had not recognised Israel but.

He additionally recommended that “six or seven” Muslim nations had been prone to normalise ties with Israel, following Saudi Arabia’s potential inclusion within the Abraham Accords. The settlement represents Arab nations keen to normalise ties with Israel, such because the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco, and Sudan.

Throughout a information convention in Islamabad right this moment, the overseas minister was questioned on Pakistan’s ties with Israel. In response, he stated: “Each time we resolve on the matter, we’ll preserve our nationwide pursuits on precedence.”

FM Jilani said that each he and the prime minister had clarified this of their speeches on the UNGA. “Palestinians have to be given unbiased state standing like that of pre-1967 and Pakistan reiterated this stance in all related conferences,” he stated.

“Palestinians’ situation of proper to self-determination is just like that of Kashmiris. That is principally the a part of our nationwide curiosity.”

‘Ongoing dialogue with Afghanistan’

Questioned about Pakistan’s coverage pertaining to Afghanistan amid the rise in cross-border terrorism, FM Jilani stated the federal government had considerations concerning it and was participating with Afghanistan on the matter.

“The presence of terrorists and stopping assaults from their soil is the accountability of the Afghan authorities,” he stated, highlighting that this was the neighbouring nation’s bilateral dedication.

“In our latest assembly, there was a dedication that Afghan soil received’t be used towards Pakistan. I hope the Afghan authorities will abide by their dedication and we hope there received’t be a repeat of incidents that we noticed just lately.”

Speaking concerning the new coverage concerning the crackdown on Afghan nationals in Pakistan, the overseas minister stated: “The brand new coverage authorized by the cupboard doesn’t solely pertain to Afghan migrants, it’s about all those that are residing illegally in Pakistan.

“No nation on the earth will permit you to stay in case you are residing there illegally. We’re additionally doing that and we’ll strictly implement that coverage. Afghan refugees who’re legally residing right here is not going to be requested to depart, however anybody be it Afghan or anybody, must return to their respective nation.”

‘Assassinations have turn into a worldwide agenda for India’

Speaking about Canada’s allegations concerning India’s involvement within the homicide of a Sikh separatist chief on Canadian soil, Jilani stated no matter occurred in Canada was very unlucky however added that Pakistan has been highlighting India’s involvement in such acts.

“India’s techniques of assassinations have been witnessed in all South Asian nations. Their espionage actions are additionally identified and India has been supporting such actions.

“Sadly, assassinations have turn into a worldwide agenda for India and there’s a lot concern on the UN about it,” he stated.

The overseas minister recalled that in his interplay with different world leaders on the UN, a number of nations expressed considerations over India’s actions.

“India’s faux masks has been uncovered and its actuality has turn into evident earlier than the world,” he added.

In response to a query on Indian visa points in the course of the World Cup, the FM stated the Worldwide Cricket Council should pressurise India to permit visiting spectators from different nations to go to.

‘No regulation violated by Russian purchases’

Referring to Pakistan’s latest purchases of Russian gas, FM Jilani stated these offers didn’t surmount breaking any worldwide regulation.

“Pakistan has not likely accomplished something which is totally different from different nations. I don’t assume Pakistan by buying this stuff from Russia has violated any sanction regulation or any worldwide regulation.”

The overseas minister additional said that the federal government wished to take away all obstacles to the Pakistan-Iran fuel pipeline and dialogue in reference to this was below means.

The development of the 1,150-kilometre pipeline undertaking, signed in 2013, was halted because of US sanctions on Iran. The undertaking included a situation that Islamabad can pay billions of {dollars} in penalties if it abandons the undertaking.


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Data Minister’s assertion: PTI questions caretaker regime’s ‘neutrality’



ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) spokesperson on Monday lambasted the caretaker Federal Minister for Data Murtaza Solangi for his “nonsensical and absurd” remarks about PTI’s intra-party polls, saying that his assertion put a stamp on his prejudiced and biased character.

In a strong-worded response, PTI spokesperson mentioned that the caretaker authorities’s solely constitutional accountability was to conduct free, truthful and clear elections inside the constitutionally outlined deadline.

The spokesperson mentioned that Data Minister’s slanderous assertion had uncovered “neutrality of the caretaker regime”, including that the PTI was the one political celebration that buried the normal hereditary and dynastic politics by introducing new and succesful faces into the political panorama of the nation.

Nonetheless, he contended that it was surprising to notice that the present interim regime had fully failed in performing its due constitutional obligations, thus it grew to become an “unconstitutional” and “unlawful”.

PTI spokesperson famous that Solangi didn’t have any constitutional and ethical justification to provide assertion towards inside affairs of any political celebration, including that his assertion questioning PTI intra-party election testified his bias.

He underlined that PTI was the one political events championing the structure and democracy within the nation that fully rejected the idea of heredity and dynastic politics and launched succesful and new faces into the political area of the nation.

PTI spokesperson identified that the caretaker authorities after offering all-out assist to the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) at each step to maintain PTI out of the election course of, the caretaker authorities was now resorting to such a shameful recreation to sabotage the PTI’s intra-party elections.

He went on to say that the weather, who have been enjoying key position to deprive PTI of stage enjoying, needs to be ashamed for giving statements based mostly on lies and accusations.

PTI spokesperson suggested that the unconstitutional Data Minister mere centered on nonsense rhetoric, accusations and distortion of info since assuming the workplace as a substitute of performing his constitutional position.

He recalled that the caretaker authorities failed miserably at each stage starting from holding normal elections on constitutionally mandated timeframe to offering stage enjoying fields to political events for the forthcoming normal elections.

PTI spokesperson requested Solangi that he ought to have a look at his duties assigned to the caretaker authorities within the structure and attempt to implement them as a substitute of educating PTI the lesson of democracy.

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SCCI voices concern over enhance in gasoline costs for industries



PESHAWAR: Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Trade president Fuad Ishaq expressed concern over enhance in gasoline costs for the industries of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, together with textiles to Rs3176 per mmbtu below the blended gasoline coverage.

By imposing 80 per cent pure gasoline and 20 per p.c RLNG fee on KP, he demanded to withdraw 18 per cent gross sales tax on industrial sector because the province is surplus gasoline manufacturing, 

Talking at a joint press convention right here president of Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Trade Fuad Ishaq and Chairman, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Textile Mills Affiliation Kamran Shah right here on the chamber home on Monday stated it’s fully simply to impose extreme gasoline costs on Ok-P whereby gasoline manufacturing is surplus which was additionally sheer violation of the article 158 of the structure of the nation. 

Members of the enterprise group stated 50 p.c industries in KP have shut after imposition of the blended gasoline coverage in KP and RLNG fee, making not solely operating companies and industries troublesome however inconceivable within the province.  

In response to varied queries of the reporters, Fuad Ishaq stated that the overall gasoline manufacturing of KP is 550mmcfds in opposition to its consumption 200mmcfds, and imposition of the blended gasoline coverage on this province is very alarming.  

Not a single industrial gasoline connection was given to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa over the previous 13 years, opposite to that industrial gasoline connections have been offered in Punjab, which was tantamount of discriminatory angle, Fuad Ishaq added. 

In the course of the presser, Senior chief of the businessman discussion board, former senator Ilyas Ahmad Bilour, the SCCI senior vice chairman Sanaullah Khan, vice chairman Ijaz Khan Afridi, former presidents Riaz Arshad, Malik Niaz Ahmad, Faiz Muhammad Faizi, govt member Affaf Ali Khan, former chairman KPTMA Afan Aziz, KPTMA vice chairman Sikandar Kuli Khan Khattak, businessmen connected with textile sector embrace Irfan Moten, Ashaf Ahmad, Engr Ihsanulllah, Muhammad Shoaib, Engr Matiullah, Muhammad Ayub, Arifullah, Muhammad Safdar Khan, former vice chairman Abidullah Yousafzai, and Saddar Gul, Faiz Rasool, Fazl e Wahid, Ishtiaq Muhammad and others current. 

The businessmen stated imposition of the blended gasoline coverage with a ratio of 80/20 was fully unjust and in opposition to the structure of the nation.   

The KPTMA chairman stated the textile trade is the spine for the nation’s financial system. He knowledgeable that out of 15 textile models, seven have nearly shut in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa below the prevailing situation whereas remainder of industrial models have been run with capability of fifty per cent.

Moreover, he knowledgeable textile industries consumed solely 10mmfcds gasoline whereby the gasoline is surplus amount and consumption much less regardless of that discriminatory angle is being carried out by KP industries, which is very deplorable. 

Former president of the KPTMA, Afan Aziz, stated that after growing the costs and supplying gasoline at RLNG charges, the costs have now been doubled below the blended gasoline coverage, which is a whole injustice with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 

He stated that efforts are being made to deprive the province affected by terrorism of constitutional rights which may be very worrying and this discrimination needs to be stopped instantly.

Ilyas Bilour in response to a query of reporters stated it isn’t the responsibility of the enterprise group to battle with the federal government however we’d attempt to elevate problems with the group earlier than it and resolve them with mutual consensus and desk talks. 

He demanded of the federal government to make sure due constitutional rights to KP. He added Punjab can be our brother however there needs to be maintain the rights of smaller provinces. 

Fuad Ishaq to a query relating to any future line of motion or protest, replied that the enterprise group believes in unity, tolerance and concord and would at all times attempt to resolve points by negotiation with authorities and related authorities. 

He, nonetheless, urged the federal government to overview the huge gasoline worth hike and revise its determination in the very best curiosity of industries and the financial system of the nation.

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No disaster on assembly ECP’s monetary necessities: Solangi



ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Minister for Data and Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs Murtaza Solangi on Monday acknowledged that there was no disaster in assembly the monetary wants of the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) for holding the upcoming common elections after stories that the Ministry of Finance had did not launch funds to the election physique regardless of repeated reminders.

Media earlier reported that the scenario resulted within the summoning of the finance secretary by the ECP in addition to prompting the ballot physique to contemplate writing to Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar.

Sources in ECP revealed {that a} whole of Rs42 billion was allotted for holding common elections on this yr’s price range however the finance ministry solely launched Rs10 billion to date. They additional added that the remaining quantity has been delayed with none rationalization.

The ECP officers maintained that the ballot physique instantly wants Rs17 billion to carry common elections on February 8, 2024. Repeatedly, they stated, the finance ministry was approached for releasing the funds however to no avail.

“There isn’t any disaster on assembly the monetary wants of the ECP. The cupboard had accepted Rs42 billion for the budgetary wants of the ECP. An quantity of Rs10 billion was already launched,” Solangi wrote on his official X deal with.

He stated that the ECP has approached to launch Rs17.4 billion out of the budgeted quantity.

“No matter budgeted quantity is required by the ECP might be launched as per its wants accordingly. We firmly stand behind the ECP in holding free and truthful elections as mandated by article 218(3) of the Structure,” he additional asserted.

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