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In call with European Council chief, PM calls for solving Russia-Ukraine conflict through ‘dialogue’

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In call with European Council chief, PM calls for solving Russia-Ukraine conflict through 'dialogue'

Prime Minister Imran Khan received a telephone call from European Council President Charles Michel on Monday and reiterated the call for finding a solution to the Russia-Ukraine conflict through “dialogue and diplomacy”.

The premier posted the update on Twitter, saying he shared concerns over the continued military conflict, highlighted its adverse economic impact on developing countries and stressed the urgent need for a ceasefire and de-escalation.

“I emphasised the importance of humanitarian relief and reiterated [the] call for a solution through dialogue and diplomacy. We agreed that countries like Pakistan could play a facilitating role in this endeavour. I look forward to close engagement to promote shared objectives,” he said.

Later, in a detailed statement, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said PM Imran expressed “deep concern” over the military conflict and stressed that further escalation would have a negative impact on the region and the world.

“The prime minister added that he had been persistently highlighting the adverse economic impact of conflict on developing countries,” the statement said.

Emphasising that Pakistan had maintained a principled position that it would only be a partner for peace, the premier stressed the urgent need for a ceasefire as well as the importance of humanitarian relief for civilians in Ukraine.

“The prime minister underlined that Pakistan had friendly ties with Russia and Ukraine and had remained in close contact with both sides. The prime minister expressed the hope that the dispute would be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy.

“The two leaders agreed that countries like Pakistan could play a facilitating role in these endeavours and that both sides would remain closely engaged to promote shared objectives,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, the premier underscored the importance of Pakistan’s relations with the EU and conveyed that he was looking forward to his visit to Brussels to meet the bloc’s leadership. “He also extended an invitation to Michel to visit Pakistan,” the statement said.

PM lashes out at EU envoys

The prime minister’s interaction with Michel comes a day after he lashed out at a statement by European Union ambassadors calling on Pakistan to condemn Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.

In a joint letter written to Pakistan last week, the ambassadors of 23 countries had asked Islamabad to support a United Nations General Assembly resolution condemning Russia’s aggression and demanding its immediate withdrawal.

“Have you ever acknowledged Pakistan’s support in the ‘war against terror’ which claimed 80,000 lives and caused other collateral damage,” he asked while addressing a public meeting in Mailsi town of Vehari district on Sunday.

“Has anyone of you severed trade relations with India or objected to its unlawful actions?” he questioned, adding, “are we slaves and act according to your wishes?”.

The prime minister said Pakistan did not want any confrontation with any country and wanted to have good relations with all — Russia, the US, China and Europe.

“Islamabad is not in any camp. We are neutral and make efforts that the Russia-Ukraine war should come to an end at the earliest as it is a great loss to the world,” he said.

The premier also chided the EU ambassadors for not even appreciating Pakistan’s role in the Nato war.

Last week, the UNGA passed a non-binding resolution, demanding the immediate withdrawal of all Russian troops from Ukraine. Out of five South Asian nations, only Nepal voted for the resolution while Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka decided to abstain.

Pakistan’s Ambassador Munir Akram had also asserted in the UN that Islamabad supported all efforts to restore peace in Ukraine. “We are advocating a ceasefire and negotiations. If we had joined the Ukraine resolution, we would have no political space for diplomacy between the two sides,” he had asserted.

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SHC angered by lack of progress in ten cases involving missing persons

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Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto said, “Even after 12 years, it has not yet been decided that the missing persons went themselves or someone took them by force.”

“The provincial Task Force and JIT are undoubtedly holding sessions. Justice Phulpoto stated, “The families of the missing people are concerned that they should receive relief.”

“After being with the AVCC for 12 years, the case of a missing citizen has now come to us,” an IO stated.

The investigating officers were instructed by the court to make daily progress in their inquiry.

The bench also requested reports from all of the nation’s prisons and detention facilities.

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On Quds Day, PM Shehbaz restates Pakistan’s solidarity for the Palestinian people.

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In his speech on Juma tul Wida and the International Day of Al-Quds, he vehemently condemned the crimes committed by Israel in Gaza.

According to him, thirty-two thousand Palestinians—including seventeen thousand children—have died in Gaza since October of last year, and seventy thousand more have been injured. Access to humanitarian supplies has been purposefully restricted, and hospitals, refugee camps, and children’s schools have all been targeted.
He lamented that the unprovoked bombing of defenseless civilians in Gaza persisted in spite of the UN security council’s decision calling for a ceasefire.

According to the prime minister, Pakistan will stand by its armless Palestinian brothers and sisters diplomatically and morally until they are freed from Israeli occupation and an independent state is established in accordance with pre-1967 borders.

On the occasion of Juma tul Wida, the Prime Minister made a plea to Muslims worldwide, including those in Pakistan, asking them to remember their brothers and sisters in Palestine and Kashmir and to pray to God Almighty for the ability to overcome their challenges.

On the eve of Juma tul Wida, he also urged the country to pray for Pakistan’s peace, security, progress, and prosperity.

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The Punjab Assembly moved to make the manufacture of kites and strings a non-bailable offence.

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Hina Parvez Butt, MPA for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), proposed the resolution. Concerns on the rising number of stray kite string events in the province were voiced in the resolution.

The resolution stated that while stray strings have taken many lives in Punjab, police are unable to contain the growing issue.

In her motion, the PML-N MPA urged the Punjab Assembly House to declare that offences involving kites and strings are not subject to bail, and they also urged judges to deny bail to those accused of the aforementioned crimes.

It is important to note that after a young person in Faisalabad died, Punjab police launched an operation to stop kite flying and sales in the region.

Public announcements cautioned the public against kite flying, while the police filed cases and detained makers of metal and kite strings.

On the orders of Chief Medical Officer Maryam Nawaz, police had on March 25 registered 245 cases and detained 242 kite flyers around the province.

In addition, the Karachi commissioner banned the selling of kites and their flying within the city after multiple people were gravely hurt by loose kite strings.

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