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



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.


PM Kakar says Israel following path of pharaohs




  • Premier asks ECO member states to rally behind Palestinians.
  • Terms Israel’s incessant, lethal bombardments “deplorable act”.
  • Issue must be addressed via UNSC and OIC resolutions, he says.

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar Thursday strongly condemned Israel’s war on Gaza, particularly the elimination of Palestinian children, likening it to the “pharaohs” who killed children on the advent of Prophet Moses’ birth.

Demanding for Israel’s offensive to be stopped immediately, the premier said: “Unfortunately, the people who claim to be the followers of [Prophet] Moses are following the path of pharaohs.”

PM Kakar’s condemnation came during the 16th Economic Cooperation Organisation Summit in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where he was delivering a speech before participants of member countries.

He insisted all ECO member states immediately rally behind Palestinians, stop the cessation of violence and encourage the humanitarian corridor to help the “unfortunate” and “defenceless” people of Palestine.

Condemning Israel for its atrocities on the residents of Gaza, PM Kakar said: “The incessant and lethal bombardments of Gaza by the Israeli forces is a deplorable act, which calls for international condemnation. This issue needs to be addressed in accordance with the relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) resolutions.”

The prime minister urged all the ECO member states to push for a ceasefire in Gaza, support the call for the provision of humanitarian assistance and rally efforts to hold Israel to account.

He also spoke about the plight of Kashmiris residing in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

“The Kashmir issue should be resolved according to the resolutions of the United Nations,” the premier stated.

PM Kakar acknowledges Afghanistan’s regional role

He said Pakistan seeks to work closely with the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) member states towards the shared goal towards building a peaceful, prosperous and interconnected Afghanistan.

PM Kakar acknowledged Afghanistan’s critical role in regional connectivity.

“Connectivity projects CASA-1000, Trans-Afghan railway, Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India Pipeline (TAPI) and others are not merely economic projects, they are also strategic investments in our shared future,” he said.

Therefore, the premier added, Pakistan looks forward to working with other ECO states for a peaceful, prosperous and interconnected Afghanistan.

Highlighting a major development in the investment landscape of Pakistan, the premier said: “The government has established a Special Investment Facilitation Council that will serve as a single window platform for multi-domain cooperation in five key sections including agriculture, defence production, information technology, energy and mining.”

He said that all state institutions involved in trade and investment are brought together under the SIFC umbrella.

“This body has the mandate to give directions to any government institutions and ensure policy continuation and execution,” Kakar said, addressing the summit attendees.

He emphasised that there are vast opportunities for investment in various sectors in Pakistan

The ECO region, the prime minister said, is blessed with natural resources, geographical contiguity, enterprising people and cultural heritage that is conserved as a basis to expand trade and economic integration in this area.

“Nevertheless, despite our enormous potential and infinite resources, we have a share of only 2% in global trade and 8% in intra-regional trade,” he said.

He maintained that development in the region is possible only through commercial activities in the region and trade corridors between ECO countries will play an important role.

“There is a need for more border and trade corridors in the ECO region,” he said.

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Punjab forms committee to probe PTI allegations of women prisoners’ mistreatment




  • CM Mohsin Naqvi forms two-member committee.
  • Body comprises of DC Lahore and SSP Investigation.
  •  Officers will visit Kot Lakhpat jail today.

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi Monday formed a two-member committee to investigate allegations levelled by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) of mistreatment of its female supporters in prisons who were arrested after the May 9 vandalism.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan had claimed that the party supporters were being “molested and harassed” and urged the Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial to intervene ad take notice of the matter.

Thousands of PTI workers who have been arrested in connection with the May 9 violence also include women, while CM Naqvi had initially claimed that women have been dealt with in line with the law he has now formed a committee to probe the issue.

According to details available with Geo News, the two-member committee — comprising Deputy Commissioner (DC) Lahore Rafia Haider and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Investigation Anoosh Masood — will visit the Kot Lakhpat jail and will speak to the prisoners.

Earlier, CM Naqvi had said the PTI was resorting to propaganda regarding women being mistreated in prisons.

He had revealed that 32 women were arrested and only 11 of them are still in jail now. The chief minister added that it is his government’s duty to ensure that “mothers and sisters remain safe”.

Moreover, speaking to Geo News SSP Masood rejected all claims regarding the “inappropriate treatment” of female prisoners.

She reiterated that a team comprising of female police officers goes for the arrests of women suspects/accused who are then kept under custody in a women’s police station where all the staff members are females.

The SSP further added that no male staff member is allowed to go there where women prisoners are kept.

A day earlier, PTI chief Khan shared a montage on his Twitter handle showing how female workers were treated during the protests held across the country on May 9 after his arrest from the premises of the Islamabad High Court.

“Never have women been humiliated for using their constitutional right to protest peacefully in any democracy let alone in one that is Muslim,” the former prime minister wrote.

He claimed that this was a planned campaign to depoliticise women in the country. 

“The clampdown and terror campaign against women is being done so that their men would discourage their political participation.

“And now there are increasing reports coming that some of the women are being molested and harassed in jail,” he wrote.

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