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FM Qureshi, Antony J. Blinken discuss bilateral relations

DNA ISLAMABAD, MAY 16 – Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, today. They discussed bilateral relations and important regional developments. The Foreign Minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s desire for a broad-based and comprehensive partnership with the United States that was anchored in close economic cooperation, enhanced regional connectivity and common vision for a peaceful South Asia. Foreign Minister Qureshi highlighted the salience of transformed Pakistan (Naya Pakistan), with its shifting focus on geo-economics. He underscored that this vision rested on three central pillars ofRead More

Muslim states slam Israel — and each other’s ties to it

ISLAMABAD – A league of Muslim nations on Sunday demanded that Israel halt attacks killing Palestinian civilians amid heavy fighting between it and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, even as fissures between countries over their recognition of Israel emerged. A statement by the 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) hewed closely to previous ones issued by the Saudi-based group, including backing the decades-old call for Palestinians to have their own nation with East Jerusalem as its capital. It called for an immediate halt to what it described as Israel’s barbaric attacks onRead More

NAB recovered Rs 321.4829 billion from corrupt elements in 2020

ISLAMABAD, MAY 16 (DNA) – Justice (RETD) Javed Iqbal, Chairman NAB has said that NAB has solid evidence against big fish in the cases related to money laundering, fake accounts, misuse of authority, assets beyond known sources and cheating the public at large. NAB has filed 1269 corruption cases having an accumulative value of Rs 950 billion which are subjudice in the learned accountability courts. Chairman NAB said that NAB during 2020 has recovered Rs 321.4829 billion from corrupt elements which is a record achievement in only one year asRead More

Pakistan calls for ceasefire, terms Israeli aggression against Palestine ‘intolerable’

ISLAMABAD, MAY 16 – Pakistan’s foreign minister said Sunday that Israeli aggression in Palestine was “intolerable” and his country will raise its voice against it at every forum. “The international community should immediately swing into action and stop the use of force by Israel,” said Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the foreign minister, after a virtual meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. “Ceasefire is our priority,” he added. On Sunday, Israeli strikes killed 33 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The heaviest fighting since 2014, sparked by unrest in Jerusalem, saw theRead More

Statement by RiadMalki, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the State of Palestine, before the UN Security Council, 16 May 2021.

Mr. President Allow me to thank China for convening this important meeting and for being represented at Ministerial level, as well as Tunisia for their relentless efforts within this Council, and my Arab brothers who decided to participate in this meeting as an integral part of their efforts to end the aggression against our people, land and holy sites. Allow me also to thank the Secretary General for his participation and ongoing efforts, together with Special Coordinator Tor Wennesland, to end this latest aggression against our people. Mr. President, ThereRead More

China calls for U.N. council action, slams U.S.

BEIJING — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called on the U.N. Security Council to seek an early de-escalation of violence between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers. He also blamed the U.S. for the council’s lack of action so far. “Regrettably, the council has so far failed to reach an agreement, with the United States standing on the opposite side of international justice,” the state-run Xinhua News Agency quoted Wang as saying in a phone conversation Saturday with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. He expressed support for a two-stateRead More