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Riyadh signs deal with Moscow to buy S-400 defence systems

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia today signed a deal with Russia to buy S-400 air defence systems and receive during King Salman’s landmark visit to Moscow, the Saudi military industries firm said.

King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz reached Moscow on the first official trip and met Russian President Vladimir Putin at Kremlin.

Under the agreements, Saudi Arabia is set to buy S-400 air defence systems, Kornet anti-tank guided missile systems and multiple rocket launchers.

These agreements are “expected to play a pivotal role in the growth and development of the military and military systems industry in Saudi Arabia,” Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) said.

“The memorandum of understanding includes the transfer of technology for the local production” of the Kornet anti-tank guided missile systems, advanced multiple rocket launchers and automatic grenade launchers.

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Achievements of British Pakistanis celebrated!

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LONDON: The Pakistan High Commission, London and the Consulate General of Pakistan in Manchester organized the fourth Councillors Convention in Manchester on Saturday to celebrate achievements of British Pakistanis.
The theme of the event was “Celebrating Diversity and Multiculturalism in Northwest UK”. Around 100 MPs, MEPs, British Pakistani Councillors, Mayors and community representatives from across the Northwest United Kingdom participated in the event, said a statement issued by the High Commission here Sunday.
Pakistan’s High Commissioner Syed Ibne Abbas presided over the convention. Consul General of Pakistan in Manchester Aamar Aftab Qureshi welcomed the guests and outlined the basic aims and objectives of the important forum.
Syed Ibne Abbas, in his inaugural address, highlighted the importance of constant interaction between elected representatives from the British Pakistani community for social cohesion and better future.
He emphasized the importance of becoming good and responsible British citizens as it would add to the image and prestige of their motherland Pakistan. He highly appreciated the remarkable achievements made by the community, especially in politics and business.
The High Commissioner underlined that engagement with the grassroots tier of Westminster democracy was of vital importance as there were almost 350 Councillors of Pakistani origin in the UK.
He stated that two of the most powerful political positions, that of the Home Secretary and Mayor of London was being currently held by British politicians of Pakistani heritage.
He requested the participants to take this as a motivating factor and keep contributing positively to the social fabric of the UK. The High Commissioner said, “We have gathered to celebrate the success and contribution that our diaspora has made to the progress and development of the UK as well as Pakistan.” He, however, said, over 1.2 million strong Pakistani diaspora could still achieve much more through focus on education and enhanced political and socio-economic participation in the UK.
Giving an overview of Pakistan, the High Commissioner said Pakistan’s economy was doing well. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was a game changer which would make Pakistan a regional economic hub, he added.
He shared with the audience that Pakistan had been ranked as one of the best tourist destinations this year and it had huge investment opportunities on offer in the tourism industry.
The day-long convention was divided into an inaugural session followed by two main sessions featuring panelists from MPs, Councillors, Mayors, and experts from various fields.
Speaking on the occasion, Members of Parliament Tony Lloyd, Mrs. Rebecca Longbailey, Afzal Khan, Jim Mcmohan, Faisal Rashid and Mrs. Yasmin Qureshi in addition to Members of European Parliament Sajjad Karim and Wajid Khan highlighted the importance of multiculturalism and diversity in the North West UK.
They shared their experiences in a multicultural environment and how best this can be used as an opportunity to benefit the entire society. The speakers spoke about understanding and accepting each other as well as effective integration and mainstreaming within the wider British community.
The two main panel discussions were held on the following themes relevant to the British Pakistani community: “A Dialogue with the Next Generation of Youth and Women” and “British Pakistani Community – A Catalyst for Socio-Economic Development”.
While emphasizing the need to reach out and connect with youth and empower women, the panelists emphasized on the enhanced focus on education for children, higher education for youth, the active role of women in various walks of life, and respect for plurality and diversity while retaining one’s own culture, identity, and heritage.
The speakers encouraged the women to be productive citizens and enroll themselves for higher education. They appreciated the importance of devising strategies to further the contribution of the British Pakistanis in the social and economic life of Britain.
The panelists also discussed how focusing on business development and business support at the grassroots level in addition to bigger projects like CPEC can play a vital role in elevating Pakistan’s economic position.
The opportunities and the outward outlook for the post-Brexit UK was discussed at large as it presented an opportunity for enhanced collaboration in economic field between the UK and Pakistan.
The High Commissioner in his concluding remarks thanked the audience for their overwhelming response and appreciated all the important points raised by the panelists. The event provided a platform to the elected representatives of the British Pakistanis to exchange views and share ideas and best practices on issues of mutual interest. The event also offered an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the British Pakistanis in various walks of life.
The purpose of the convention was to carry forward the dialogue initiated in the previous councilors conventions and reach out to the community through the elected leadership of the British Pakistanis. The event was held at the British Muslim Heritage Centre.

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Turkey Polls: Erdogan emerges as winner!

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ISTANBUL: As votes are being counted all over Turkey after the closing of polls today, Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling AK Party emerge as winners.  

Ballot paper featuring the pictures of 6 presidential candidates

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Many held earlier that snap election represented the biggest electoral threat for President Erdoğan in 15 years. While ruling Turkey, Erdoğan had consolidated power and crushed anti-government protests. After the failed military coup of 2016  he fired thouseda of government workers and jailed many.

Though a section of Press – lamenting government dominance of the media alleged mass rigging – it is quite certain that 64-year-old Tayyip Erdogan’s reign has not finished yet.  

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Lyon: Pakistan pavilion in global festival attracts masses

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ISLAMABAD: The colorful and tastefully decorated Pakistan pavilion was thronged by hundreds of visitors at the multicultural world village held in Lyon, the second largest city in the center of France.

Mayor of Lyon Georges Kepenekian formally inaugurated the three-day festival in the presence of ambassadors of all the participating countries. Pakistan was represented by Press Counselor Qamar Bashir and Abbas Sarwar Qureshi, Head of Chancellery, said a message received here Saturday.

The mayor of Lyon specially visited the Pakistan pavilion set up by the Embassy of Pakistan and the Pakistani community of Lyon and deeply appreciated the creatively decorated pavilion which was adorned with traditional art and crafts of Pakistan.

The visitors also watched with great interest documentaries depicting progress made by Pakistan in economic, manufacturing, infrastructure and defense sectors and tourism opportunities.

A variety of Pakistan dishes were offered to visitors free of cost. Specially prepared touristic brochures in the French language were also distributed amongst the visitors.

The participation of Pakistan in the World Cultural Festival, Lyon was a part of the public diplomacy initiative launched by the Embassy in 2016 under the banner “Celebrating Pakistan” to introduce Pakistan’s rich cultural heritage, natural landscapes, archaeological treasures and tourist attractions in all major regions and cities of France.

 LYON:  Mayor Georges Képénékian appreciated the Pakistan Pavilion in the Multicultural World Village. 

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A relevant piece published earlier: The Secretary-General and Co-founder of International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) Sir Rafal Marcin Wasik has appointed and designated Madame Elegant Tabassum Saleem the Ambassador at Large in France. In his official statement, Sir Rafal Marcin Wasik proclaimed: “In exercise of the powers conferred upon me by the constitution of the International Human Rights Commission and issued in accordance with the authorization of the Supervisory Board, I, Secretary General and Co-founder of the International Human Rights Commission Sir. Rafal Marcin Wasik is pleased to appoint and designate Ms. Tabassum Saleem the Ambassador at Large IHRC in France.” (Published on 22nd May 2018)

 

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