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PM Shehbaz asks Turkish investors to expand footprint in renewable energy

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  • PM says Pakistan to ensure hassle-free investment environment.
  • Turkish investors invited to tap Pakistan’s immense potential.
  • Premier says more Turkish firms eager to invest in Pakistan. 

ISTANBUL: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Saturday called on the Turkish conglomerates to invest in Pakistan’s renewable energy sector as the power-deficient country was in dire need of sustainable sources.

“Turkiye investors are invited to build a solar park that could generate around 10,000 megawatts of energy for the country,” he said speaking to Turkish businessmen at the Pakistan-Turkiye business council meeting in Istanbul.

He said Pakistan paid $27 billion in energy imports in the last fiscal year (2021-22).

“This is an unsustainable amount hence we decided to slash the energy import bill. We rolled out our vision of creating 10,000 MW solar power scheme in Pakistan.” 

“We will fulfil this vision with investment from Turkiye, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE,” he said.

He invited Turkish companies to tap the immense trade potential between the two brotherly countries, which he said should also be reflected in bilateral trade and business.

He reassured Turkish investors that Pakistan would provide a hassle-less and red-tape-free environment to Turkish investors.

“His government would no longer tolerate any snags and impediments in the way of investment from foreign investors including the Turkish brothers,” the PM said addressing a Turkiye-Pakistan Business Council meeting.

He said during his meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, he was informed that more Turkish companies were eager to come to Pakistan.

The PM said it was regrettable that in the past regime the Turkish companies that invested in Pakistan were not paid their dues on time. Similar was the case with the Turkish airlines operating in Pakistan, h added.

PM Sharif said such lethargy and red tape were unacceptable to his government and the people of Pakistan as they had benefited from the Turkish investment and support.

“I want to convey this message to all through you that we are brothers and family and will not tolerate such snags and impediments which hurt our ties,” he said, reassured that his government would remove all the issues and address their genuine issues.

He said to further promote their bilateral trade and business relations, work on the ‘Trade and Goods Agreement’ between the two brotherly countries would be expedited.

He said that they had signed an MoU to enhance the bilateral trade volume up to $5 billion in the next three years.

Turkiye’s annual trade stood at around $250 billion dollars and the trade of goods between Pakistan and Turkiye was hovering around one and a half billion dollars which were peanuts considering the immense potential, he added.

The prime minister stressed that such a scenario did not reflect their exemplary brotherly ties and stressed fully exploring the indefinite potential on both sides.

He said they should make efforts to double this trade volume in the next three years with strong commitment and sincerity of purpose as ‘only hard work and untiring efforts would be key to a wonderful success story.

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Terrorist who martyred two ISI officials in Khanewal gunned down in IBO

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  • Terrorist was at large after killing security officials.
  • Security forces conduct joint operation to nab militant.
  • Niazi succumbs to injuries after being injured in fire exchange.

A terrorist who martyred Naveed Sadiq and Nasir Hussain — the director and inspector of the Inter-Services Intelligence’s (ISI) Counter-Terrorism Wing — was gunned down by law enforcement agencies on Monday in an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP) Kurram Agency.

The slain terrorist, identified as Umar Niazi, was at large after he martyred the two ISI officials on January 3.

The security agencies arrested the terrorist with serious injuries following an exchange of fire. Niazi succumbed to his injuries after a while.

Intelligence agencies nabbed the terrorist before he could slip into Afghanistan.

Earlier this month, the terrorist martyred ISI officials Sadiq and Hussain when they were at a local hotel in Khanewal, Punjab.

Sadiq, meanwhile, was martyred in Khanewal at a time when he was on a mission to take down the network of a banned outfit operating from Afghanistan.

South Punjab Additional Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Sahabzada Shahzad Sultan said the perpetrators were on a motorcycle.

Both officials were posthumously awarded the Hilal-e-Shujaat and Tamgha-e-Shujaat.

Sadiq, who headed the ISI’s CTD wing, was awarded the Sitara-e-Shujaat on March 23, 2021, in recognition of his bravery and courage against anti-national elements.

He joined the police force as a sub-inspector in 2002. After appearing for a high-level exam in 2009, he was appointed to the ISI, the premier intelligence agency, as the assistant director.

During his tenure, the spy agency official exposed key networks of banned outfits. After months of efforts, he gained access to the high command of Daesh. He also neutralised the terrorists after raiding and finding their ambush site in Faisalabad.

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Islamabad court decides to indict Imran Khan in Toshakhana case

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ISLAMABAD: A local court in Islamabad has decided to indict Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in the Toshakhana case.

The court has set February 7 as the date for the indictment of the PTI chairman. 

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Blast in Balochistan’s Kachhi leaves one injured

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  • Blast takes place in Kachhi district.
  • Police say explosives were placed on roadside.
  • Balochistan under constant terror attacks recently.

In yet another terror incident in the restive province of Balochistan, at least one person was injured after an explosion took place in the Kachhi district of the province, police said on Monday. 

The police told media persons that the explosives were placed on a roadside.

Balochistan has been under constant terror attacks recently with several incidents taking place in the province. 

Bolan incident

Recently, at least 18 people were injured after a remote-control bomb detonated on a railway track in Bolan, forcing the train’s engine and seven carriages off the track.

Railway authorities said that the injured had been shifted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Sibi.

The Jaffer Express train was travelling from Machh to Sibi, when the blast occurred, local authorities said.

“A relief train was dispatched from Sibi to rescue passengers of the train and bring them to Sibi safely. Passengers on the Jaffer Express coming from Peshawar to Machh were stopped at Sibi and are now being brought to Quetta via buses,” they added.

According to Deputy Commissioner Kachhi Agha Samiullah, the blast was carried out by a remote-control device.

On the other hand, the carriages of the derailed train are being lifted from the railway track.

Terror attacks

In the annual report issued by the Centre for Research & Security Studies (CRSS), Balochistan suffered from 110 attacks last year, becoming the second most vulnerable province in the country.

Over 250 people lost their lives in terrorist attacks and counter-attacks, whereas over 200 sustained serious injuries in the province.

The last month of the year witnessed over two dozen attacks in quick succession, and that became one-fourth of the total fatalities that occurred in Balochistan, a province which has just 6% of the country’s population.

According to reports, the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and Baloch Nationalist Army (BNA), the terrorist organisations, are mainly involved in terror incidents in the area-wise largest province of the country. In Balochistan, at least 14 major attacks took place mostly on security forces targets.

Security forces remained the primary target of terrorist attacks in the province.

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