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Hong Kong ‘patriot’ elections on track for record low turnout


Voter turnout in Hong Kong looked set to hit a record low on Sunday, with just 26.5 per cent of the eligible population – or around 1.18 million people – having cast their ballots in the legislative election shortly before the polls were due to close. Hong Kong media described it as the lowest turnout on record for the Chinese-administered region. The election is the first since Beijing introduced significant electoral changes to a territory that had enjoyed limited democracy. Election booths are set to close at 10:30 pm (1430Read More

Pakistan urges world to engage with Taliban to avert the emerging crisis in Afghanistan

DNA 19-10

By Ali Furqan Islamabad: Pakistan said on Friday that the purpose of OIC Foreign Minister summit is not to recognize the Taliban government, but urging the world to engage with them to avert the emerging crisis. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told the media while informing them about the OIC summit that the focus of the conference is the situation in Afghanistan and to be more specific the humanitarian crisis in the neighboring country. He says there is difference in recognition and engagement, Pakistan is not asking the world toRead More

Qureshi highlights economic crisis in Afghanistan to Kyrgyz Deputy FM


ISLAMABAD /DNA/ – Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a bilateral meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister of Kyrgyz Republic on the sidelines of the Extraordinary Session of OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Islamabad today. The two sides exchanged views on issues of bilateral importance and regional situation. They stressed on enhancing high-level exchanges between the two countries to further deepen bilateral cooperation in all areas. The Foreign Minister underscored the significance of establishing direct air and road connectivity between Pakistan and Kyrgyz Republic to promote business and people-to-people exchanges. He laidRead More

KSA FM lauds Pakistan’s role in Afghan situation

DNA 19-1

RAWALPINDI – /DNA/- FM of KSA called on COAS. Matters of mutual interest, regional security, current situation in Afghanistan & bilateral defence relations were discussed. COAS thanked KSA leadership for convening 17th Extraordinary Session of OIC’ CFM at Islamabad. COAS said that this extraordinary session of OIC is extremely important to channelise international efforts & save Afghanistan from looming security & humanitarian crises. COAS reiterated that Pakistan values its historical & brotherly relations with KSA & acknowledges the  kingdom’s unique place in Islamic world. COAS also emphasized that peaceful resolutionRead More

German defence minister backs stronger sanctions on Russia


German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht on Sunday called for harsher sanctions against Russia over its troop deployment on the Ukrainian border, as she was set to visit Lithuania to inspect NATO troops. Those responsible for any aggression had to face “personal consequences”, Lambrecht told German weekly Bild am Sonntag, adding that Germany and its allies should put Russian President Vladimir Putin and his entourage “in our sights”. “We have to exhaust all the diplomatic and economic sanction possibilities. And all further steps should be agreed with our allies,” the Social Democrat said. The comments came aheadRead More

Pak, Azerbaijan FMs hold meeting in Islamabad


ISLAMABAD /DNA/ – Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has welcomed Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister  Jeyhun Bayramov on the occasion of 17th extraordinary session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers to discuss the situation in neighbouring Afghanistan at the Parliament House in Islamabad.