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Ready to enhance security, safety of Chinese in Pakistan, PM Shehbaz tells Premier Keqiang

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  • PM Shehbaz Sharif holds telephonic conversation with Premier Li Keqiang.
  • PM says Pakistan attaches importance to safety of Chinese working here.
  • Premier Keqiang assures of readiness to enhance economic cooperation.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Monday assured Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that Pakistan is determined to take all necessary measures for the enhanced security and safety of the Chinese people in Pakistan.

The two leaders held a comprehensive telephonic conversation today, according to the PM Office. Traditional warmth and cordiality marked the talks between the two leaders — a hallmark of the Pakistan-China relationship.

During the talks, the Karachi suicide bomb attack that resulted in the death of three Chinese scholars came under discussion. The interaction between the two leaders came in the backdrop of Chinese academics teaching at the Confucius Institute of the University of Karachi leaving the country.

The prime minister offered his condolences to the Chinese government and people and expressed sympathies with the families of victims of the heinous terrorist attack.

PM Shehbaz strongly condemned the terrorist attack and reaffirmed Pakistan’s firm resolve to hold a thorough investigation and apprehend the perpetrators of this criminal act, bringing them to justice in accordance with local laws.

He also reiterated that Pakistan attached the highest importance to the safety, security and protection of all Chinese nationals working in Pakistan on economic projects and institutions.

Apart from the deliberations on the attack, the two premiers also discussed in detail bilateral matters, while agreeing that Pakistan and China would not allow anyone to harm the time-tested “All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership” between the two countries.

The prime minister thanked China for its firm support of Pakistan’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and national development and reaffirmed his government’s unwavering support to China on all issues of its core interest.

PM Shehbaz affirmed his government’s firm resolve to fast-track both the ongoing as well as the new projects under the transformational China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which had immensely contributed to the socio-economic development of Pakistan and also realise its high-quality development.

He underscored the need for both sides to work together and enhance cooperation between the concerned agencies of the two countries to fully operationalise the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) at an early date.

While recalling Pakistan-China sister-city partnerships, the prime minister expressed his desire to learn from the experience of those Chinese officials, who have remained instrumental in setting up SEZs in their provinces.

The prime minister also expressed his commitment to working with renewed zeal and enthusiasm, in concert with China, especially on projects of strategic significance for both the countries, such as the ML-1 project.

While emphasising people-to-people contacts, PM Shehbaz Sharif also conveyed sentiments of the families of the Pakistani students, who were desirous of returning to China for the resumption of their studies.

Premier Keqiang assured the PM Shehbaz of China’s readiness to enhance economic cooperation, expand trade, and encourage greater investments from China to Pakistan.

Both the prime ministers shared the view that the “Pakistan-China All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership” must continue to serve the vital interests of the peoples of the two countries, as well as the broader interests of peace and stability amidst the evolving regional and global milieu.

To this end, the two leaders agreed to enhance the momentum of exchanges to take bilateral cooperation to even higher levels.

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52 districts in Pakistan have 52 cases of the polio virus.

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Nine kids have also contracted the debilitating illness in the first seven months of the infection.

Environment samples from Dadu, Hyderabad, Karachi South, Karachi Central, Karachi West, Quetta, Loralai, Rawalpindi, and Islamabad, according to a polio program official, found WPV1.

With 52 regions having reported cases of the virus this year, the official confirmed.

In order for parents nationwide to take the polio vaccination, he said, “it is crucial that they comprehend the ongoing threat that this virus poses to their children’s health and make sure to welcome vaccinators.”

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A glimpse of Sania Mirza’s relaxed moments

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After a hiatus following her most recent Hajj trip, former Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza returned to Instagram.

The 37-year-old has a large global fan base, and those followers are quite curious to discover what daily errands Mirza runs.

Though she had been away from social media on her trip to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj last month, it had been a while since she had disclosed specifics about her time spent with friends and family.

Mirza was pictured chilling out with family and friends in her most recent Instagram image.

With a caption that read “Unrolling the B-roll,” the athlete shared images of herself, her gorgeous kid, Izhaan Mirza Malik, and pals, along with a few inane but artistically pleasing shots that showcased the star’s passion for the arts.

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Federal Cabinet once again postpones decision on PTI suspension and Article 6 action against Imran and Alvi

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The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) ban decision was postponed by the federal cabinet on Wednesday once more.

Announcing this to the attendees of the meeting was Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

Here in the Prime Minister’s Office, the cabinet finally convened after being postponed twice. Article 6 proceedings against PTI founder Imran Khan, former National Assembly deputy speaker Qasim Suri, and former president Dr. Arif Alvi could not be decided upon at the meeting.

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