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ISLAMABAD: As a United Nations report seeking an international inquiry into multiple human rights violations and abuses and deliverance of justice for people in Kashmir gathers dust, the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) continue to suffer in silence. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet at the start of the 48th session (2021) of the UN Human Rights Council on human rights developments around the world voiced her continued concern over the situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), saying the ongoing use of a tough law, was aimed at quelling…

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Thursday directed the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority to complete the under implementation projects on fast track basis by regaining confidence of the Chinese companies. “According to my personal sources, the Chinese are not happy with the current progress of CPEC projects as they have approached me to help remove the bottlenecks,” Chairman of the Committee Senator Saleem H. Mandviwala said. The Chair asked Special Assistant to Prime Minister on CPEC Affairs Khalid Mansoor to take the responsibility of early completion of under construction projects and removing all…

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MIRPUR (AJK): A total of 13 candidates including one woman candidate, belonging to various political parties and independents, are in the run to contest bye elections in Mirpur –III, LA-3 constituency of Azad Jammu Kashmir Legislative Assembly, scheduled to be held on October 10. The seat of LA-III Mirpur 3 has fallen vacant due to Barrister Sultan Mahamood Choudhry’s election as President of Azad Jammu Kashmir. While LA 12 Kotli 5 had fallen vacant due to the resignation of Ch.Muhammad Yasin from one out of two seats he had won in July 25 general election. Though various impending contestant parties…

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LAHORE: Sports Board Punjab (SBP) Director General Adnan Arshad Aulakh said on Thursday that Punjab’s contingent would participate in the Inter-Provincial Athletics Youth Tournament, being organised in Peshawar from Sept 27 to 29. He said trials for the selection of Punjab’s Under-17 Boys and Under-16 Girls teams will be conducted at Punjab Stadium on Sept 18. “The male and female players from all nine divisions of the province will take part in the trials. Punjab’s Under-17 Boys and Under-16 Girls teams will comprise 16 members and two officials each and these outfits will be selected purely on merit,” he added.…

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DUSHANBE: Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday invited the business community of Tajikistan to invest their capital in Pakistan, assuring them of all out facilitation by his government. Addressing the Pakistan-Tajikistan Joint Business Forum, the prime minister said his government was already on the course of incentivizing and facilitating own business sector through different measures. The prime minister is currently visiting here on two-day visit mainly to attend the SCO Summit here and is accompanied by high level delegation including the representatives of 67 companies of multiple sectors including textiles, minerals, pharmaceuticals, logistics and others. The prime minister, who was accompanied…

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BAGHDAD: Four people, including members of Iraq’s security forces, were killed on Saturday in an attack by Daesh group extremists near the northern city of Mosul, officials said.The attack occurred at night in the Makhmur region south of Mosul, the former stronghold of the Daesh extremists, a security official said on condition of anonymity.It left dead four people, including the mayor of the hamlet, at least one police officer and a member of the pro-Iran Hashed al-Shaabi militia, the official added.Extremists from “Daesh” had targeted a Hashed position at around 2:00 am (2300 GMT), Salih al-Jiburi, an official from a…

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JEDDAH: The Saudi Food and Drug Authority seized 14 tons of expired foodstuffs in warehouses in Jeddah during the regular tours that SFDA inspectors conduct in all regions of the Kingdom.The warehouses stored illegal and expired food products, some of unknown origin. The products show signs of spoilage decay, as they were exposed to high temperatures, which led to their damage.The authority said it had observed many other technical and health issues, such as the low level of hygiene in the facility, traces of rodent residue, the presence of insects and signs of damage on some packages such as rust…

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BEIRUT: Lebanese leaders on Friday agreed to form a 24-minister government led by Najib Mikati after a 13-month vacuum. The breakthrough followed intense pressure exerted by the French on Thursday night while consulting with the Iranian and US sides. Mikati said: “We are now on a plane making an emergency landing. Everyone must fasten their seatbelts and hope that we can soon change the course of this plane. The situation is difficult and our money has dried up, and there is no money for us to keep subsidies. “Let’s put politics aside and work for the people. No one will disrupt…

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RIYADH: Saudi Aramco is to split its gas production division into two as it looks to make greater use of the fuel in power generation and the production of so-called blue hydrogen, Bloomberg reported, citing unnamed people familiar with the plans. According to Arab news, Saudi Aramco declined to comment to Bloomberg. The two new divisions will be called Southern Area Gas Operations and Northern Area Gas Operations, and will be run by Wail Al Jaafari and Jumaan Al Zahrani, the people said. Saudi Arabia is looking to convert its power stations to natural gas, allowing it to divert as…

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Pakistan has the potential to lift its annual gemstone exports to $32 billion for strengthening the country’s economy, said Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Chairman Qurban Ali.In a statement on Tuesday, he said gemstone exporters must go for innovation and adopt modern technology to enhance the value of precious and semi-precious stones in order to enhance competitiveness in the international market. “Pakistan is home to precious and semi-precious stones and to tap the complete potential, we need to establish a technology and innovation-driven industry to attract foreign investors from the European Union and United States,” he…

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