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Pakistan backs China’s efforts for socio-economic growth in Xinjiang: FO

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  • Iftikhar says Pakistan appreciates Beijing’s “constructive engagement” with UN and OIC on human rights.
  • Says China has successfully taken over 700mn people out of poverty in last three decades.
  • Says Pakistan has taken note of OHCHR report on human rights in Xinjiang.

The Foreign Office on Tuesday said that Pakistan supports China’s efforts for social and economic development, harmony, peace and stability in the Xinjiang region, which is home to Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities.

FO spokesperson Asim Iftikhar said that China has successfully taken over 700 million people out of poverty in the last three decades, thus improving their quality of life and entitling them to fundamental human rights.

The spokesperson also said that Pakistan appreciates Beijing’s “constructive engagement” with the United Nations’ system of protecting human rights and OIC General Secretariat, as reflected in the recent visits of the former UN high commissioner for human rights and OIC delegation to China.

Pakistan has taken note of the release of the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) report on human rights in Xinjiang, he said.

The spokesperson that as a responsible member of the UN with strong commitment to multilateralism, Pakistan believes in the principles of the UN charter including respect for political independence, sovereignty and non-interference in internal affairs of state.

“It is our consistent position that non-politicisation, universality, objectivity, dialogue and constructive engagement should be the main tools to promote universal respect for human rights,” Iftikhar said.

Pakistan reaffirms its abiding commitment to advance all human rights universally in accordance with the principles of the UN Charter, he added.

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Train hits dumper at Gojra level crossing

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At an unmanned level crossing in Gojra late on Sunday night, a train carrying two Rehman Baba Express drivers was injured when it struck a dumper.

Rehman Baba Express struck a dumper at Gojra level crossing No. 99 while traveling from Peshawar to Karachi, according to details. Two train drivers were stranded inside the debris, and the train’s engine sustained significant damage in the crash.

When rescue personnel arrived, they broke the engine’s body to free the drivers who were still in critical condition. All of the passengers were safe throughout the collision, according to railway authorities.

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PTI to abstain from voting in Senate chairman and deputy elections

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The election of the Senate’s chairman and deputy chairman is going to be boycotted by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

The PTI’s political and core committee declares that it is unlawful to elect the Senate’s chairman and deputy chairman. The party has chosen to file a legal challenge to the election.

The sources from the core committee claimed that the election of the chairman and deputy chairman was unlawful and that the House of Federation was incomplete.

The constitutional plan was also violated by the Senate election that took place without Khyber Pakhtunkhwa senators being elected. According to sources, the Senate was not operating without a chairman.

The Senate Secretariat was only able to make administrative decisions. The source stated that the Senate secretary was not authorized to interpret the Constitution on his own while under duress and that the Upper House was only able to function as one department in the absence of the Senate chairman.

They said that this was the first time in a democratic regime that the Senate had stopped operating.

The PTI claimed that individuals responsible for the upper house’s non-functioning should face consequences for trampling on the constitutional structure.

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There won’t be a total solar eclipse today in Pakistan.

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This Wednesday will be the first full solar eclipse of the year. But it won’t be visible in Asia.

Around 11:07 am PDT, or 9:07 pm local time in Pakistan, the eclipse will initially be visible near the Pacific Coast of Mexico. After that, the eclipse will pass through a large region of the United States, from Texas to Maine, and into Canada.

The total eclipse will last for four minutes, and the eclipse will continue for five hours and ten minutes.

The eclipse will proceed into Texas, passing through over a dozen states before reaching southern Ontario in Canada, according to NASA. At around 5:16 p.m. NDT, the eclipse will leave mainland North America and go out of Newfoundland, Canada.

According to NASA, there is a path where the eclipse will be visible in its entirety, and outside of this area, spectators may notice a partial eclipse, in which the moon covers part of the sun but not all of it.

In the ensuing two decades, there won’t be another full solar eclipse. On October 2, South America will witness the second solar eclipse of the year. Yet it will just be a portion of it.

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