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KP Assembly resolution seeks execution of Indian spy2017/05/23
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Monday unanimously passed a resolution calling for implementation on death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadav, an Indian spy, as awarded by Military Court.
The resolution was moved by Mufti Said Janan of JUI-F and signed by Minister Shah Farman of PTI, Muhammad Ali of Jamat Islami, Syed Jafar Shah of ANP, Meraj Humayoon of QWP, Amna Sardar of PMLN and Bakht Bedar of QWP. The resolution read as Kulbhushan Jadhav was the agent of RAW and was involved in subversive activities in Pakistan and had admitted his crimes before the interrogation team.
He was arrested by Pakistani intelligence agencies on charges of spying red-handed. Kulbhushan Jadhav was given death sentence by the court.
Therefore, this assembly demanded of the provincial government to recommend to the federal government to implement the death sentence on the Indian spy in accordance with the Pakistani laws, so that in future no country or an individual could resort to such a shameful, unforgivable and unbearable act. - NNI

5pc import duty likely on makeup products2017/05/23
ISLAMABAD: Government has geared up to impose five percent import duty on the cosmetics in upcoming budget for fiscal year 2017 to 2018.
According to Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), the prices of eye makeup items that include mascara, artificial eye lashes and color lenses would be increased to 20 percent from 15 percent ...

Foreign hands busy in fanning terrorism in Pakistan: Zakaria2017/05/23
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria has said that there are some foreign hands, who are engaged in fanning terrorism in Pakistan but they will not succeed in their sordid designs. 
In an interview with state run media, he said, "Arab Islamic American Summit will prove to be a milestone in presenting true picture of Islam."
He said, "Islam is religion of peace, love and brotherhood but some anti-Islam elements are busy in negative propaganda against it."
He said, "Terrorists have no any religion and a joint strategy is dire need of the hour to deal with this menace."
The Spokesperson said, "Pakistan has rendered matchless sacrifices in war against terrorism. Today, the entire world is acknowledging achievements of Pakistan in war on terror."
Nafees Zakaria emphasized the need for addressing root cause of terrorism in order to permanently dismantle this scourge from the society. - NNI

China's position on non-NPT input in NSG not changed2017/05/23
BEIJING: Spokesperson of Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hua Chunying Monday said China's position on participation of India and other non-NPT states in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) has not changed.
"We support the NSG following the mandate of 2016 Plenary Session and consensus as far as the inter-governmental process that is open and transparent and to deal with relevant issue in a two-step approach," she remarked during her regular press briefing in Beijing while responding to a question about admission of India and other non-NPT states in the NSG.
When asked was there any change in the status quo about admission of new members and any new initiative being contemplated by China and rest of the members about the admission of India and other non-NPT states, she said, "The Chinese side was stick to the two-step approach which required the NSG members to work out a solution application to all non-NPT states, and on that basis, to deliberate on joining of specific non-NPT states."
Responding to a question about re-election of Iranian President, Rouhani, she said, "Chinese President, Xi Jinping had sent a message of felicitation to his Iranian counterpart on his re-election."
"We believe under his leadership, the Iranian people would achieve new progress," she added.
Hua Chunying said, "In recent years, the relations between China and Iran had been developing with steady progress and in practical cooperation."
"China attaches high importance to its relations with Iran and would like to work with Iran to move forward China-Iran comprehensive strategic partnership," she added.
On China's position on the South China Sea issue, she said, "Our position is consistent and clear and we are committed to resolving the dispute with parties directly concerned including the Philippines through dialogue and negotiations."
She said, "China advocated resolving disputes for the common development and creating a favorable situation for final settlement."
The Spokesperson informed that, "During recent meeting between President Xi and the President of Philippines, the two leaders held an in-depth discussion on bilateral relations and the relevant issues. The two leaders agreed to enhance coordination on major issues concerning bilateral relations so that it could move forward in a steady way."
Hua Chunying said, "China-Philippines good enhanced cooperation under Belt and Road Initiative for common development and prosperity would contribute to regional peace and stability."
On eighth missile launch by Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) and its decision to deploy it, she said, "China position on the relevant issue is consistent. China opposed launching of missiles as it was violations of the UN Security Council resolutions in this regard."
The Spokesperson said, "The situation on Korean Peninsula was complex and sensitive and urged all the relevant parties to exercise restraint, avoid provoking each other, try to calm down the situation and return to the right track of dialogue and consultations."
"China will also continue with its efforts to de-escalate the tension and return the situation back to the track of properly settlement through peaceful means," she added.
About detention of six Japanese nationals by the Chinese authorities, she said the Japanese nationals were being investigated on grounds of national security by the Chinese officials, adding, "We have also passed on the relevant information to the Japanese counselor office in China." - NNI

Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar meeting2017/05/22
ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar meeting a delegation of Pakistan Dairy Association, here at Ministry of Finance, Sunday. - PID photo

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