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Pakistan’s desire for peace should not be considered its weakness: PM Shehbaz

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  • PM Shehbaz Sharif arrives in Karachi on a day-long visit.
  • Holds meetings with MQM-P and PML-N delegations.
  • Visits Nawabshah to condole with Asif Zardari over his mother’s death.

KARACHI: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said Saturday that Pakistan wants to have good relations with its neighbouring countries, but its desire for peace should not be considered a weakness.

In his address at the passing out ceremony at the naval academy, the prime minister — who is on a day’s visit to Karachi — said the navy plays an important role in guarding the country’s maritime borders.

“…I am also proud of the Pakistan Army for making the defence impregnable,” he added.

The prime minister expressed happiness over witnessing women cadets in the passing out parade.

“You are a guiding light for all Pakistani women,” he said.

On his arrival in the city, Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah received PM Shehbaz and later the premier inspected a guard of honour during the passing out parade at the naval academy.

Political meetings

The prime minister held a detailed meeting with CM Sindh to discuss the overall political and development situation in the province, sources said.

Apart from this, he also met with delegations from the PML-N and MQM-P.

The MQM-P delegation stressed the appointment of a governor and the implementation of the agreement that was made with the PPP when the then-opposition sought MQM-P’s support to oust the PTI government.

MQM-P Convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui led the delegation, while Federal Minister for Information and Technology Aminul Haque, and senior party leaders Wasim Akhtar and Kanwar Naveed Jameel were also part of it.

MQM-P complains to PM over non-implementation of agreement

After the meeting concluded, sources told Geo News that MQM-P complained to PM Shehbaz over non-implementation of the agreement the latter had signed with the PDM parties to topple the Imran Khan-led government.

Sources said that the MQM-P complained to the premier over PPP’s “slowness” in implementing of the agreement that had made with the PDM parties. It also expressed regret over the delay in the legislation that the MQM had demanded to be made on the Sindh local government law in light of the Supreme court decision.

On the other hand, PM Shehbaz assured the MQM-P that he will form a committee for the implementation of the agreement made with the Karachi-based party. He also assured the MQM-P that he will speak to the PPP, which is ruling in Sindh, over the implementation of the agreement.

The sources also told Geo News that the premier took the MQM-P into confidence over the decisions taken by the federal government on the economy.

PM condoles with Asif Ali Zardari

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif (centre right) offers prayers for PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardaris (centre left) mother who passed away earlier this week in Nawabshah, on June 25, 2022. — Prime Ministers Office
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif (centre right) offers prayers for PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari’s (centre left) mother who passed away earlier this week in Nawabshah, on June 25, 2022. — Prime Minister’s Office

Later, the prime minister travelled to Nawabshah to offer condolences to PPP Co-chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari on the demise of the latter’s mother.

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US envoy urges deeper strengthening of relations with Pakistan

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The significance of strengthening relations with Pakistan was highlighted by US Ambassador Donald Blome on Thursday.

Blome visited the Chaukhandi cemetery in Karachi, based on the information. President Donald Blome and other delegates were cordially welcomed by Sindh Minister of Culture and Tourism Syed Zulfiqar Ali Shah on this particular occasion.

Narendra Kumar, Heather Murphy, and Zahra Hajiani were among the delegation members who visited Chaukhandi Graveyard’s historic tombs with the American envoy, Acting Consul General Jimmy Mauldin.

Highlighting the rich historical significance of Chaukhandi graveyard, Minister Zulfiqar Ali Shah shared his ideas with the US ambassador.

Blome highlighted the Chaukhandi tombs for their exquisite craftsmanship and architectural design. He promised to help Pakistani visitors with their visa requirements.

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), he promised to promote the nation’s historical sites.

In the meantime, Shah stated, “The Sindh government is taking steps to provide all sorts of facilities to the tourists.”

Pakistan will receive additional assistance from the US to lower methane gas emissions.

The US decided to help Pakistan lower its methane gas emissions earlier this month.

At a USAID Climate Financing event, US Ambassador Blome stated: “We are working very hard to lower methane gas emissions from dairy farming. The Green Climate Fund in Pakistan will be consulted for funding this initiative.”

“As of 2030, there are global efforts to reduce the temperature by 1 degree Celsius. The US-Pakistan Green Alliance is being followed by the collaboration with Pakistan, according to Blome.

“The problems can only be addressed by providing the stakeholders with financial and technical resources,” he continued.

The government’s first aim is to revitalise the cattle industry, according to Federal Secretary Dr. Fakhre Alam. Raising dairy farming’s production capacity will help it overcome its environmental problems.”

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Shehbaz travels to the UAE in order to strengthen trade relations.

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This visit, which is being accompanied by a high-level delegation made up of important ministers such as Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Ishaq Dar, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Commerce Minister Jam Kamal, Information Minister Ataullah Tarar, and advisor Tariq Fatemi, is intended to strengthen bilateral ties and expand cooperation between the two countries.
Prime Minister Sharif will visit President Muhammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi. The high-level gathering will cover Pakistani and UAE bilateral relations, with an emphasis on commerce and investment.

Along with exploring strategic alliances and shared interests that can help their respective nations, they are also expected to concentrate on talking about ways to advance collaboration across a range of industries.

Prime Minister Sharif has talks planned with other Emirati leaders, businesspeople, and heads of financial organisations in addition to his diplomatic engagements. In an effort to promote economic cooperation and draw in investment, he is also scheduled to meet with businessmen and investors from Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.

The Shehbaz intends to encourage UAE companies to extend their operations into the Pakistani market by interacting with influential businesspeople and highlighting investment prospects in Pakistan.

These exchanges will offer a forum for talking about doable ways to strengthen business relations and carry out initiatives that will benefit both parties. Pakistan’s determination to enhance its political and economic ties with the United Arab Emirates is demonstrated by the visit.

After ending his day-long journey to Iran to offer condolences for the terrible death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his entourage in a helicopter crash on Sunday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has returned to Pakistan.

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Memon accuses temporary government of ‘delaying’ the BRT Red Line project

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On Thursday, Sindh Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon accused the interim administration of “delaying” the Red Line project of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).

Memon stated what he thought, saying, “The BRT Red Line project was mission impossible. However, the project has now begun to be worked on.”

“The reason government is formed is to solve the issues that the people face. “The government is working tirelessly to bring relief to the masses,” he declared.

Memon declared, “It’s also being done about the unlawful bus stands. The passengers will have access to shuttle service from us.”

“A large number of transport projects have already begun. “We aim to ensure that every individual receives a chance to work,” he continued.

Pakistan was ‘started to damage’ by the founder of PTI.

Memon reported on Thursday that a campaign to hurt the nation was started by the founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Memon said at a Karachi event: “Israel discusses the human rights violations in Pakistan. Israel, a party to the Palestinian holocaust, is endorsing the PTI’s founder. Israel has provided election funding to the PTI’s founder.”

“The worst election tampering in 2018 produced the PTI founder’s victory. Police officers, the parliament, and the PTV were all attacked,” he claimed.

“The entire country was closed due to a 126-day protest,” Memon claimed.

The PTI founder was made fun of by Memon, who said, “The PTI founder had always embraced the politics of anarchy.”

Memon stated the following when discussing the state of law and order in Sindh: “The Sindh government is serious about the state of law and order in the province. In terms of keeping Sindh peaceful, everyone is in agreement.”

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