ISLAMABAD: Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells visited Islamabad November 6-7, to review key items on Pak-US bilateral agenda.
Issues the US Envoy discussed with Pakistani authorities included upcoming Geneva Conference on Afghanistan and joint efforts to advance the Afghan peace process.
Ambassador Wells met the Minister of Finance Asad Umer, senior officials from the Ministries of Foreign/Interior Affairs and Director General Military Operations Nauman Zakaria. Ambassador Wells reaffirmed the goal expressed by both Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Qureshi to build a mutually-beneficial relationship based on trust.
She underscored the importance of all actors in the region takings steps to advance security, stability, and cooperation in South Asia, and welcomed the commitment from Pakistani officials to work towards this goal. Ambassador Wells also discussed opportunities to build business and economic ties between the United States and Pakistan and explored other areas for growth in our bilateral relationship.
The visiting Envoy also met think tank representatives, regional security experts, and members of civil society. She highlighted the United States’ commitment to work collaboratively to advance the shared goals of the American and Pakistani people.
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Student groups clash in QAU
ISLAMABAD: Two student groups clashed in Quaid e Azam University (QAU) here on Tuesday however, later due to efforts of the city administration the situation was brought under control.
According to official sources, Deputy Commissioner and Senior Superintendent Police reached the site and controlled the situation.
In a tweet, the Deputy Commissioner said, “Negotiations are going on. It’s unfortunate to see that few mischief mongers have disturbed entire university.”
Fin. Minister briefs PM about talks with IMF
ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Asad Umar, who is accompanying the Prime Minister Imran Khan during his official visit to Malaysia, on Tuesday briefed the prime minister about the visit, meetings, and progress till now with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation in Pakistan.
The finance minister informed the prime minister that efforts were being made to settle bilateral affairs with the IMF in such a way which would have positive results on the economy and which could not put a burden on the people, a press release issued by the PM Media wing here said.
He said that progress on meetings held so far with the Fund was encouraging, however, the final decision regarding the bailout package would be made keeping in view people’s interests and vision of the government.
Asad Umar told the prime minister that the IMF programme had no immediate pressure on Pakistan’s economy, adding that understanding Pakistan’s priorities by the IMF delegation was an encouraging step.
Dams: CJP pinning hopes on Overseas Pakistanis
ISLAMABAD: CJP on Tuesday said that Overseas Pakistanis should play a role in the construction of dams in Pakistan.
Expatriates should come forward for resolution of problems of Pakistan besides provision of funds for construction of water reservoirs, he stated while talking to a private news channel.
Construction of dams was imperative for addressing future demands of water in the country, he said. CJP Saqib Nisar said that Mohmand Dam could have been started earlier than the other dams.
Commenting on the justice system, he said that we have a single system in Pakistan for the dispensation of justice.
“While dealing with the cases, we don’t have two systems of justice here, ” he added. He said that Overseas Pakistanis had great attachment and love for their country.
Pinning the hopes of Pakistanis living abroad, he said that they could play a vital role in steering the country out of the present challenges. We are fully capable to resolve the national issues, he stated.
To another question, he said, “We don’t have a selected system of justice in Pakistan.” Giving a message to the people, he said that everyone should have love and respect for Pakistan.