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Afghanistan peace linked with peace in neighbouring countries, FinMin2017/04/24
WASHINGTON: Federal Minister for Finance, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar met his Afghan counterpart Eklil Ahmed Hakimi at Washington early Sunday morning.
Ishaq Dar apprised Eklil Ahmed Hakimi about the economic situation in Pakistan, highlighting the steps taken by the present Govt for enhancing the GDP growth rate and putting Pakistan on the path of sustainable economic growth.
During the course of discussion, both the Finance Ministers agreed that well-coordinated economic and trade policies would enable both Pakistan and Afghanistan to reap fruits of economic progress and development.
Ishaq Dar said that peace in Afghanistan is directly linked with the peace in its neighbouring countries especially Pakistan.
Finance Minister Dar strongly condemned the tragic terrorist attack on the Afghan military in which more than 100 soldiers lost their lives.  
He reiterated that Pakistan is willing to work closely with Afghanistan to establish peace in the region. 
The strong economic ties between the two neighbouring countries are necessary to achieve the goal of peaceful neighbourhood, he concluded.
Both the Ministers agreed to hold meeting of the Joint Economic Commission of Pakistan and Afghanistan in near future. - NNI

Forces inflicted atrocities, inhumanity in IoK2017/04/24
SRINAGAR: Ridiculing Indian Prime Minister Narinder Modi for his statement that "army saved lives in Kashmir floods'', Hurriyat Conference (G) has called it a brazen lie and said, not a single person was rescued by Indian forces, however, they take away a big share of the state budget for helicopter services provided to its army personnel.
In a statement, the Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani has said that Indian forces inflicted atrocities to people in state and never treated them as humans.
Commenting over the statement of Indian Prime Minister, the Hurriyat said that the misleading statement was issued at a time when its forces are thrashing youth and using as human shields. The video clips are uploaded on social, media to create fear psychosis, said Hurriyat (G).
The statement said that they killed nine youth on April nine to stage election drama and injured as many hundreds. It is a deliberate attempt to cover up war crimes committed by its forces, said Hurriyat, while referring to Modi's statement.
Hurriyat (G) said that Indian army during 2014 deluge, rescued and airlifted families of the government forces, tourists and some non-state Hindus, ''but they didn't show any kind of sympathy for the local people and they only dropped some expired biscuit packets among them at few places". Later they grabbed a hefty amount as service charges from local administration, said Hurriyat
The Hurriyat Conference said that stone pelting is a resentment for bullet and pelt policy. People are being killed, blinded and maimed, said Hurriyat. Hurriyat in its statement made it clear that Indian authorities through its colonial mindset continue its occupation and their forces are carrying genocide in a well thought design.
Meanwhile, decrying over nineties like crackdown and inflicting atrocities over civilians in Kanelvan Bijbehara, Hurriyat Conference (G) said that resorting to military might, assault and humiliating womenfolk is highly shameful act. APHC said that threat statements issued by BJP leaders is adding fuel to the fire & deteriorating already charged situations.
Expressing shock, Hurriyat (G) said that local administration instead of taking any action is acting as mute spectator. Hurriyat while referring to recent statement of Mr. Ram Madhav, said that it looks as if his statement has conferred a free hand to its forces for their cold-hearted activities. It has created a scare among civilian population, said Hurriyat. In an issued statement Hurriyat said that there is no guarantee of life and dignity & sexual assault is being employed as a war weapon against women.
Hurriyat (G) said that no one was arrested or prosecuted for Chanpora, Kunan Poshpora & Langate mass rape incidents. - NNI

US lawmaker vows to defend Muslims' rights2017/04/24
NEW YORK: Pledging to uphold the rights of American-Muslims, a U.S lawmaker said Saturday that he would also help in making Pakistan a polio-free country.
Speaking at a large gathering of U.S. citizens of Pakistani origin held at the Pakistan consulate in New York, Republican Congressman Daniel Donovan said that United States Constitution guaranteed freedom of religion, and as such there would be no ban on Muslims coming into this country.
Congressman Donovan, an activist in the fight against polio, said he would do everything possible to boost Pakistan's efforts in wiping the disease as it affects the youth of the country.
A documentary was screened on the polio immunization campaign in Pakistan that drew resounding applause.
He profusely thanked Pakistan Consul General Raja Ali Ejaz, the host of the evening, for organizing the event and paid tributes to the Pakistani community for their hard work and the contribution they were making for the progress of this country.
Welcoming Congressman Donovn, Consul General Ejaz gave a brief background of Pakistan-US relations and expressed the hope that the ties would continue to grow.
Pakistani-American community leaders - Dr. Inam-ul-Haq and Dr. Suhail Muzaffar - spoke about their efforts to improve health and education facilities in Pakistan.
Aziz Memon, chairman of Pakistan PolioPlus Committee, who especially flew in from London to participate in the event, said that Rotarians from over 200 countries would meet in Atlanta, Georgia, in June to discuss various topics that are expected centre on eradication of Polio.
He said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was invited to speak to some 20,000 Rotarians but the Pakistani leader had several engagements at home and would not be able to attend. Instead, he will send a taped message to the conference.
Hanif Channa, an officer of the consulate general, conducted the proceedings while Shafique Siddique, a community activist, delivered the Vote of Thanks to Congressman Donovan and all those involved in organizing the event. - NNI

Every Pakistani is soldier of Op RuF2017/04/24
RAWALPINDI: Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that every Pakistani is soldier of 'Operation Raddul Fasaad'.
A video message posted on Twitter by Major General Asif Ghafoor Bajwa, Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations stated that the army chief has held every citizen of the country a soldier of Raddul Fasaad.
In the tweet's video message, a man comes to rent a van where the owner asks him for his CNIC and license along with the money.
The man asks the business owner to simply rent him a car over cash. Once in the car, the man is seen accompanied by a suicide bomber.
The message of the video urges citizens to remain vigilant over such behaviour as it might compromise the safety of other citizens.
Pakistan on February 22 had launched a nationwide military operation 'Radd-ul-Fasaad', which included broad-spectrum security and counter-terrorism operations in Punjab, and continuation of ongoing operations across the country.  
The operation was started after a suicide bomber targeted a protest outside Punjab Assembly on Mall Road claiming 14 lives and leaving dozens injured. - NNI

Al-Qaeda men among 10 died in Zabul airstrikes2017/04/24
KABUL: At least ten militants including members of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network were killed in a series of airstrikes in southern Zabul province of Afghanistan.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the airstrikes were carried out in the past 24 hours in Shahjoi district.
A statement by MoD said five Al-Qaeda members and five Taliban insurgents including a local commander of the group identified as Mullah Noor Agha were among those killed ...

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