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President Alvi hopes COAS will reduce trust deficit among institutions

President Dr Arif Alvi Wednesday hoped that newly-appointed Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir would help reduce the trust deficit among institutions, saying the military leadership is committed to steer clear of politics. In an interview with a private news channel, President Alvi praised the army chief and his viewpoints. “The matter [appointment of army chief] has been settled nicely for the next three years,” he said, maintaining that the COAS appointment was done on merit. Commenting on his meeting with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan ahead ofRead More

Putin acknowledges Russia’s war in Ukraine could be a long one

LONDON/KYIV: Russian President Vladimir Putin has acknowledged that his army could be fighting in Ukraine for a long time, but said for now there will be no second call-up of soldiers. Putin has rarely spoken about the duration of a war that he began more than nine months ago but told loyalists in a televised meeting on Wednesday it could go on for some time yet. “This can be a long process,” he said. Russia has been forced into a series of significant retreats in the face of Ukrainian counter-offensives, waged with increasing stocksRead More

Japan provides US$ 3.87 million new grantsfor polio eradication effortsin Pakistan

Mahnoor Ansar ISLAMABAD, 08December 2022 –The Government of Japan extended its support to the Pakistan Polio Eradication Programme by providing more than US$ 3.87 million as a grant.  The grant will be used for the procurement of essential oral polio vaccine, which will reach more than 18.61 million under five years old children in Pakistan living in endemic and outbreak districts. The notes of the grant were signed and exchanged between the Government of Japanand the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)and between Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and UNICEF.Minister AbdulRead More

German envoy highlights

cooperation with Pakistan Staff Report ISLAMABAD: The week-long exhibition is showcasing the efforts of integrating the Merged Areas into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the region’s rich culture and potential as well as Germany’s support to its Pakistan counterparts in local governance, health and education. To mark the development cooperation between Pakistan and Germany, GIZ Pakistan and the Embassy of Germany in Islamabad jointly launched a photo exhibition on the Merged Areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Islamabad. The exhibition is being held at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) from theRead More

COAS Gen Munir, CJCSC Gen Mirza conferred with Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Military)

President Dr Arif Alvi on Thursday conferred Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Military) upon Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) Sahir Shamshad Mirza. The new COAS and CJCSC were conferred with the awards in a special investiture ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadar. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, federal ministers and others attended the ceremony. Last month, Gen Munir assumed command as the new COAS after Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa hung up his boots, while Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza replaced Gen (retd) Nadeem Raza. TheRead More

IHC bars authorities from arresting Suleman Shehbaz upon return

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday ordered Suleman Shehbaz to surrender before it on December 13 and barred authorities from arresting Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s son till then. The court while issuing the directives also asked the authorities not to arrest the petitioner at the airport. The orders were given by IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq while hearing a plea filed by the prime minister’s son for protective bail. During the hearing, Suleman’s lawyer Amjad Pervez told the court that his client is abroad since October 2018 and all the cases wereRead More