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Pakistan claims to support a UN body working to guarantee food security.



Pakistan has stated that it supports the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in building a facility with broader and people-centric criteria to further strengthen its efforts to defeat hunger, improve nutrition, and ensure food security in developing countries. The statement was made at the recently concluded UN Economic and Social (ECOSOC) Youth Forum.

Deputy Permanent Representative of Pakistan, Ambassador Usman Jadoon, stated, “We have considerable potential in the agriculture sector and could play an important role in building the global food supply chains.” Over a thousand young activists and leaders from around the world attended the meeting.

At the same time, he expressed Pakistan’s support for the UN Secretary-General’s demand for immediate reform of the global financial system, emphasising the need to address debt relief on behalf of the billions of impoverished people living in developing nations. He said that this reform was essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 2) of ending world hunger.

Given the growing susceptibility of the world’s food systems to a wide range of problems, Ambassador Jadoon also emphasised the necessity of coordinated worldwide efforts to build robust and sustainable food systems that can survive shocks and disruptions.

He issued a warning that there was a convergence of crises facing the world, including supply chain disruptions, economic contractions, and conflicts. These crises posed serious dangers to the ability of the current food systems to deliver safe, affordable, and nutrient-dense diets for everyone.

According to the envoy from Pakistan, which is the fifth most populated nation in the world and has a sizable youth population, Pakistan understood the vital significance of preserving food systems for coming generations. He said that the country’s economy was based mostly on agriculture, which employed a sizable percentage of the working population and made a major contribution to GDP.

The catastrophic floods in Pakistan in 2022, which damaged 4.4 million acres of standing crops, were cited by Ambassador Usman Jadoon as evidence of the grim realisation that food systems are extremely susceptible and that countries vulnerable to climate change confront urgent concerns.

According to him, Pakistan is facing significant challenges in the agriculture sector due to a series of interconnected crises, which have resulted in a sharp increase in food costs on the global market.

In addition to addressing acute crises, Ambassador Jadoon stated that Pakistan pushed for international aid that gave priority to the long-term resilience and sustainability of food systems in the most vulnerable countries. According to him, ensuring food security required a comprehensive strategy that took into account both immediate problems and long-term opportunities, especially for the young people who are the nation’s future.

He added that Pakistan calls on all stakeholders to work together to create resilient food systems that can survive the challenges of today and tomorrow since the country is dedicated to the welfare of its citizens as well as the global community.

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Punjabi bakers decide to charge Rs. 15 for “roti.”




The bread, known as roti, will be sold for Rs 15 by the bakers association.

During their discussion, the association promised Food Minister Bilal Yasin that the rate of roti will be reduced.

The minister was there when Association President Aftab Gul recorded a video message committing to sell rotis for Rs15 each.

According to him, the administration decided to lower the rate of flour. He continued, saying that the group was supporting the government hand in hand to stop inflation.

The price of flour has been drastically lowered, according to Food Minister Bilal, to help the populace. He stated, “the government aimed at providing quality and affordable bread to the masses.”

He said that the recent reduction of Rs 1,200 in the price of flour was the biggest drop in the commodity’s prices in the nation’s history.

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Day four of the AJK inflation protest begins as talks come to a standstill.




Following the collapse of talks between the Awami Action Committee and the AJK government on Sunday, the shutdown strike and protests in Azad Kashmir over rising flour and energy costs started their fourth day on Monday.

The ongoing shutdown and wheeljam strike would continue until their demands are fulfilled, according to the Awami Action Committee.

AAC-led march on state capital Muzaffarabad today has brought the valley to a near stop. The caravans are coming from many AJK cities, and they are headed towards Rawalakot. The march is being caused by the impasse in the negotiations.

Reportedly, the demonstrators have blocked the 40-kilometer Kohala–Muzaffarabad Road, which connects Kohala Town and Muzaffarabad, multiple times.

Traffic on main thoroughfares and roads has decreased, and large police contingents have been stationed at strategic points and roundabouts.

After fighting broke out between the police and demonstrators in Mirpur on Saturday, which left one policeman dead and numerous others injured, the AJK government dispatched Rangers.

Everything is completely suspended, including internet and cellular services, business, and education.

Under the pretext of talks, Awami Action Committee leader Sardar Umar Nazir Kashmiri has charged that the administration is using deceptive methods.

Apart from the flour subsidy, he continues, the administration will not budge on any other demand.


All parties involved have been asked by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and President Zardari to use moderation and engage in discussions to find a solution. According to both, the demonstrators in Azad Kashmir should have their legitimate demands met.

The issue in AJK will be the topic of a significant meeting that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is calling today, Monday.

The skirmishes between the demonstrators and the AJK police caused anxiety for the premier on Sunday.

Speaking with Chaudhry Anwarul Haq, the prime minister of AJK, he said he also gave the office-bearers of the All-Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz in AJK instructions to speak with the leaders of the Awami Action Committee.

Olive Branch is offered by AJK PM.

Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Chaudhry Anwarul Haq stated on Sunday that his administration was ready to lessen the burden of exorbitant grain and energy costs.

Regarding Saturday’s meetings with the demonstrators, Prime Minister Haq declared, “We are determined to implement the agreement we have reached with the Awami Action Committee.”

Politicians, according to Haq, have found solutions to issues through discussion and “we are ready to talk with the Awami Action Committee at any level and the demands related to the government of Pakistan will be raised before the federation.”

In order to ease the burden of rising flour and power prices, he also expressed a willingness to modify the development budget if needed.

The AJK prime minister stated that his government’s first priority was ensuring public safety, and he further stated that no force was applied to the demonstrators.

Sub-inspector Adnan Qureshi was killed in a confrontation with demonstrators in Mirpur, and hundreds of people attended his funeral on Monday.

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Today’s National Assembly session is scheduled.




The National Assembly (NA) will meet today (Monday) at the invitation of President Asif Ali Zardari.

At 4:00 p.m., the National Assembly will convene in the federal capital at Parliament House. The meeting’s agenda has been released by the assembly secretariat.

As per Article 54(1) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the President has the authority to call a session of the National Assembly.

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