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Iran mily team in Pak with message of peace & amity2017/05/22
ISLAMABAD: A high-ranking Iranian military delegation from 'Supreme National Defense University' of the country, carrying the message of 'peace and friendship', arrived in Pakistan on Sunday.
Admiral Fariborz Qadirpanah is leading the seven-member Iranian delegation to Islamabad. Second Brigadier General Hassan Salimi is also one of the leading members of the delegation, IRNA reported.
"National Defense University" of Pakistan in Islamabad is hosting the Iranian delegation.
During their four-day visit, members of the delegation will meet with the head and faculty members of National Defense University of Pakistan to discuss ways to promote cooperation between two universities in different fields.
Iran and Pakistan are enjoying regular cooperation in defense and military fields including regular exchange of naval groups between Karachi and Bandar Abbas ports. - NNI

Will shut down Karachi if 16 demands not met: Kamal2017/05/22
KARACHI: Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) Chairman Mustafa Kamal has announced on Sunday that they will shut down Karachi if their 16 demands are not fulfilled.
During a press conference in Karachi, the PSP leader said that they will not compromise on their children's right to water, education and health ...

Iran condemns Bahrain verdict against Shiite renowned cleric2017/05/22
TEHRAN: Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi on Sunday strongly condemned the verdict issued for Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim, Bahrain's most prominent Shiite cleric by Bahraini regime.
Qasemi also expressed concern over security approach adopted by Bahraini government in dealing with such affairs ...

Major chunk of budget goes to defence, says Zubair2017/05/22
KARACHI: Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair has said that provision of basic facilities such as education, health and potable water is the responsibility of the government, which can be criticized for failure, but budget allocations should also be considered as major chunk of the budget goes for the defence spending.
Addressing the participants of Saylani Welfare International Trust Symposium 2017 held at the PAF Museum, the Governor Sindh observed worst conditions of education, health and roads in Sindh. 
"In such circumstances Saylani is the fresh ray of hope. I will personally inform Prime Minister and also to the people in Islamabad about the great contributions of Saylani through welfare activities for the national cause", he added.
"I recommend Saylani should be awarded highest national award for best performance," he told.
Maulana Bashir Faroqui, Patron-In-Chief of Saylani Welfare International Trust lamented that despite the lapse of 70 years, since the creation of Pakistan, the rulers have not done anything for the welfare of the people of the country. Allah may bless us with rulers who should have realization about sufferings of humans, he prayed.
The budget of Saylani has increased to Rs3630 million, he informed adding that with the network of around 125 branches 2000 employees are engaged for wellbeing of poor segment of the society, he told.
He said the Salyani has increased its outreach to 25 countries while at home the activities have been started in Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Chiniot, and many other cities. "Salyani extends its cooperation, if needed, to organizations like Edhi, Ansar Burni, Chippa", he noted.     
Amir Madni, Joint Secretary of Saylani Welfare International Trust said that the organization has completed its 18 years in the service of humanity in the country. "So far 1400 rickshaws and 700 motorcycles have been distributed among the needy. The rickshaw worth Rs 220,000 is being given to the needy for Rs 180,000 in 18 installments of Rs 10,000 each, he noted.
Every day Saylani dastarkhwan facilitates to around 125,000 poor and needy, Madni said adding "The greatest virtue is to please a grieving heart".
"There is no dearth of resources in our country and if the ruler want we can rule the world as more than 150 countries have less resources than what we have", he claimed adding "Our youth population is around 70 percent like only around 10 countries. We are at top in terms of mineral resources such as copper, gold, and coal.  We also stand at top for having best fruits like mango and orange".
"If the whole Pakistan works like Saylani we can feed the whole Asia", he said adding 900 years ago charity and welfare organizations like Saylani were fully functional in Islamic world.     
Yahya Polani, Ex- Chairman of Travel Agents Association of Pakistan speaking on the occasion said that government should facilitate organizations like Saylani. "No even a single penny can be embezzled here", he observed.
Other speakers on the occasion were Yousuf Lakhani, Amjad Chamarya, Afzal Chamarya, Farhan Hanif- Chairman Crown Group, Chairman ABAD Mohsin Shaikhani, Rahim Janno- former Chairman REAP, Hunaid H Lakhani- Chairman Iqra University, Arif Suleman- advisor Thai Consulate Karachi, Shamim Firpo- President KCCI and Moin uddin Haider- former governor Sindh.
Hasan Bakhshi- SVP ABAD, Johar Qandhari- Ex president KATI, Shoaib Siddiqui- Former Commisioner Karachi, Tayyab Tareen- CEO K Electric, Shaikh Tehsin of United Food, Sameer Mir Shaikh of FPCCI, Tariq Polani of Polani Travelers and Abdul Jabbar Dalal of KCCI were also present on the occasion. - NNI

Saudi Arabia, US sign Joint Strategic Vision Declaration2017/05/22
RIYADH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and US President Donald Trump co-signed at Al-Yamamah Palace here today the Saudi-US Joint Strategic Vision Declaration.
In the presence of the two leaders, the signing ceremony of a number of agreements and investment opportunities was held. The agreements and investment opportunities amounted to more than $280 billion that would contribute to transferring knowledge and creating hundreds of thousands job opportunities in both countries.
Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson exchanged two memorandums to modernize and revamp Saudi defense capabilities between the Saudi Ministry of Defense and the US Department of Defense.
An agreement of partnership to manufacture Black Hock choppers in the Kingdom was exchanged by Prince Dr. Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed, Chairman of Board of Directors of Saudi Corporation for Development and Technological Investment and President and Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation Marillyn A. Hewson.
Four agreement in the field of military industries were exchanged by Chief of the Saudi Military Industries Company Ahmed Al-Khateeb and President and Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation Marillyn A. Hewson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Raytheon Company Dr. Thomas A. Kennedy, President of General Dynamics and President of Boeing Company. -NNI

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