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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a high-level meeting in Islamabad to discuss recent development in the Middle East.

A high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad today resolved that any threat to Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity will evoke a strong response from Pakistan. The meeting discussed recent developments in the Middle East. The meeting was attended by Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif; Advisor on National Security Sartaj Aziz; Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman. The Prime Minister said Pakistan enjoys close and brotherly relations with Saudi Arabia as well as other Gulf Cooperation Council states, and attaches great importance to their security. The meeting decided that a delegation comprising Defence Minister and Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security will visit Saudi Arabia tomorrow to assess the situation. Senior representatives from the armed forces will also accompany the delegation.

 

Pakistan has alerted its diplomatic staff as well as Pakistani community in the wake of the ongoing crisis in Yemen.

Speaking at her weekly press briefing, foreign ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said no decision has been taken to shut down Pakistani mission. The mission has been asked to remain alert for evacuation of Pakistani community in case the situation further deteriorates. Tasnim Aslam said the Saudi request to become part of its coalition against Yemeni rebels is currently being examined. When asked about the registration of case by India against Hurriyat leader Asiya Andrabi for singing Pakistani national song, the spokesperson said the Kashmiri people have a special love for Pakistan. The registration of case against the Hurriyat leader reinforces that the people in occupied Kashmir are being subjected to suppression and denied the right to express their views and sentiments. The spokesperson said Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory. Future of the territory is to be decided by the people of Jammu and Kashmir through exercise of free and fair plebiscite as guaranteed by the un security council resolutions. On the Samjhota train attack case, the spokesperson said the bereaved Pakistani families still await justice despite lapse of so many years.

 

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said the government is vigorously pursuing its four-point agenda of revival of economy, elimination of terrorism, education and health and to end the energy crisis.

Addressing the FPCCI meeting, Ishaq Dar stated that the government is working hard to put economy back on track and initiated various projects to overcome the energy crisis. He said the government policies have steered the country out of crisis. The finance minister said PML-N inherited economic problems and we had to work hard to put economy back on track. The finance minister stated that the extremism and terrorism caused severe economic damages to the country. Pointing out that half of the population is living below the poverty line, Ishaq Dar said the government has introduced various programs to eradicate poverty from the country. He said the tax collection has increased by 13 percent while the foreign remittances have raised by 14 percent.

 

First ship carrying hundred and forty eight thousand cubic meters of liquefied natural gas is docking at port Qasim in Karachi.

Cargo ship from Qatar will undergo 're-gasification' before being injected into the SUI southern gas company ltd network. The LNG will initially be provided to four independent power producers (Ipps) in Punjab, including Kot Addu power company. In the second phase of the operation, fuel will be used for compressed natural gas and in the third, it will be supplied to the fertilizer sector.

 

Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah has said that rangers and police jointly conducting operation in Karachi which is yielding positive results.

While talking to media said that efforts are being made to restore peace in Karachi. He said government is providing assistance to law enforcement agencies and additional budget has been allocated for police and latest equipment is being given to Karachi police. He added that all political parties supported Karachi operation.

 
 
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