Democracy summit will dodge questions on governance gap between China and US

Martin Jacques There is something more than a little ironic about President Biden’s Summit for Democracy this week. The intention is blindingly obvious: to rally the troops in favour of Western-style democracy and draw a line in the sand between “democracy” (ie, the West) and “autocracy” (ie, China and Russia). In this Biden faces two […]

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Ambassador Andreas Ferrarese and Albana Ferrarese advocate women empowerment

Newswire Islamabad: Italy’s Ambassador to Pakistan Andreas Ferrarese and his wife Albana Ferrarese this week advocated for women empowerment, especially in Pakistan. They showed satisfaction with the progress of women in Pakistan as the literacy rate rises and the opportunities grow. Ambassador Ferrarese said that Women economic and social empowerment is essential for the development […]

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Ambassador Andreas Ferrarese shows particular interest in GB gemstone industry

Newswire Islamabad: Italy’s Ambassador to Pakistan Andreas Ferrarese has said that gemstone industry in Gilgit Baltistan (GB) was of particular interest to him and his country. The envoy revealed that the government of Italy was considering establishing a training institute to promote the gems and jewelry and gemstone industry in GB. A meeting in this […]

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Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo concerned about Afghan children’s future

Newswire Rome: NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo said this week that he was concerned about the future of the Afghan children. “Today, on World Children’s Day, my thoughts go to them and their future,” he tweeted, citing the children in the war-torn country where he worked hard for peace until August. Ambassador Stefano […]

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Japan begins accepting new entry applications amid COVID decline

Newswire Tokyo: The Japanese government started accepting new entry applications this week from companies and educational institutions for individuals from overseas, easing restrictions that were introduced in January amid the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 quarantine period has been cut to three days from 10 for business travelers who have been vaccinated as progress in inoculations […]

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Pakistan is a stakeholder, beneficiary of gigantic CPEC: PM’s aide on CPEC

Gwadar Pro Karachi: Pakistan is a stakeholder and beneficiary in the gigantic multi-billion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a top aide of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said. Speaking at a seminar organized by the prestigious Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan on CPEC Affairs Khalid Mansoor reiterated that CPEC […]

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President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Imran Khan promoters of connectivity

Covert Report Lahore: This week, a Roundtable Discussion on “Central-South Asia Regional Connectivity: Grand Initiative by President ShavkatMirziyoyev” was organized by Center for Global & Strategic Studies, Islamabad & Department of History & Pakistan Studies, University of the Punjab in collaboration with Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Islamabad & Regional Integration Center, University of […]

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Pakistan, Iran agree on close coordination for Afghan peace, stability

Islamabad: Pakistan and Iran this week agreed to coordinate closely at bilateral and regional level to reinforce efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan. During the 11th Session of Pakistan-Iran Bilateral Political Consultations, both the sides discussed Afghanistan situation besides bilateral ties. Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood co-chaired the meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister for Political […]

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Imran Khan tasks FIA to probe ‘high-cost’ road construction projects during PML-N tenure

Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan this week said he had given mandate to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to probe the exorbitant cost incurred on the road construction projects undertaken by the government of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz). Addressing at the upgradation of Balochistan’s Jhaljao-Bela Road at an event held here at the PM House, […]

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Pakistan and Australia are close friends: Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri

Canberra: Pakistan’s High Commissioner-designate to Australia Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri has said that Pakistan and Australia are close friends and there is a lot of potential to enhance the cooperation further. Speaking to Covert from Canberra, the senior diplomat said Pakistan gives a special importance to its ties with Australia. “Our relationship has traditionally been good […]

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Tokyo Paralympics comes to a close

Tokyo: After thirteen days of serious competitions with the Paralympians’ best performance, the Tokyo Paralympics comes to a close tonight with the closing ceremony to be held at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.“Harmonious Cacophony”, the theme of the closing ceremony, is acknowledging diversity among people and transforming their difference into a shared unity. Ambassador MATSUDA Kuninori […]

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UK to continue supporting Afghanistan: Dominic Raab

Newswire Islamabad: Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom Dominic Raab said this week that beyond the matter of recognizing the Taliban government in Afghanistan, his country would continue to extend humanitarian assistance to its people.Addressing a joint press conference along with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the British […]

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Turkish Embassy commemorates 99th anniversary of Great Victory

Islamabad: Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan Mustafa Yurdakul has said the Turkish nation demonstrated that they would never accept a yoke on their homeland soaked with martyrs blood. Addressing a reception held in the Turkish Embassy this week to commemorate the 99th anniversary of the Great Victory, the ambassador, while referring to a message of his […]

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Pakistan’s leading companies contributing to 8-10% in exports make bold commitments to net zero emissions

Islamabad: A coalition for Pakistan’s private sector has been launched by the Pakistan Environment Trust, where leading companies have shown their climate stewardship to deliver net zero greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) at the corporate level – 10 companies across textile and FMCG sectors are the first to commit to this goal. The commitment to net […]

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Italy to support ‘Glaciers and Students’ project in GB: Ambassador Andreas Ferrarese

Newswire Islamabad: Italy’s Ambassador to Pakistan Andreas Ferrarese said this week that Italy will support ‘Glaciers and Students’ project in the Gilgit-Baltistan.He was speaking at Pre-COP26 Workshop at the Karakoram Int’l University (KIU) jointly organsied by EvK2CNR and KIU. The Ambassador, addressing the audience virtually, through Zoom, expressed his appreciation for organizing a workshop addressing […]

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CPEC SEZs very important for regional connectivity and development, Acting Senate chief tells Vietnamese envoy

Gwadar Pro Islamabad: “Special Economic Zones (SEZs) under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) are very important for regional connectivity and development,” Acting Chairman of Pakistan’s Senate Mirza Muhammad Afridi said.Afridi expressed these views in a meeting with Ambassador of Vietnam Nguyen Tien Phong, who called on him at the Parliament House. He also emphasized that Vietnamese […]

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Person on no-fly list flown to UK from Afghanistan ‘no longer of interest’

Newswire London: An individual on a “no-fly” list has been flown from Afghanistan to the United Kingdom on a British military plane as part of evacuation efforts from Kabul airport, but is no longer considered a risk, the government said. The unidentified individual was flown into Birmingham in central England, Sky News had earlier reported, […]

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Australia supports Pakistan to strengthen covid-19 surveillance

Newswire Islamabad: The Australian High Commission has launched an initiative with the National Institute of Health (NIH) to help double COVID-19 testing capacity across Islamabad and the four provincial capitals of Pakistan. The Australian grant will be administered by the Asian Development Bank through the National Disaster Risk Management Fund (NDRMF).Australia’s assistance aims to enhance […]

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NA speaker, Azeri FM discuss issues of mutual interest

Newswire Islamabad: The Pakistan parliamentary delegation, headed by National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, recently called on Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov.The two sides discussed issues of mutual interest and also deliberated on the prospects of enhancing cooperation in various fields. The speaker felicitated the Azeri foreign minister on the liberation of territories from Armenia. Pakistan […]

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Ambassador Nicolaus Keller: A huge supporter of Pakistan-Austrian friendship

Newswire Islamabad: Austrian ambassador to Pakistan Nicolaus Keller is a huge supporter of closer Pakistan-Austria ties.He has been meeting Pakistan officials to achieve the goal of further cementing the friendship. Nicolaus Keller, born 1970 in Austria. Sinde 2018 to date, he said Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Austria to the Islamic Republic […]

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Pakistan-Italy cultural linkages important to promote trade: Ambassador Andreas Ferrarese

Newswire Islamabad: Italy’s Ambassador to Pakistan Andreas Ferrarese has underlined the importance of cultural linkages between Pakistan and Italy to promote trade. The envoy said he would encourage exchange of students to further strengthen bilateral relations.In an interview, the Ambassador said serious efforts were being made to enhance Pak-Italy bilateral trade from $1.7 billion to […]

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Mutual trust: Russian troops to operate modern PLA equipment

Liu Xuanzun Beijing: Chinese and Russian troops have been eagerly preparing for the upcoming Zapad/Interaction-2021 exercise in China, with the participating Russian servicemen provided with modern weapons and equipment of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) for the first time in a move Chinese experts said displays high level of mutual trust and will enhance […]

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Panel discussion on the ‘role and influence of non-permanent members of the united nations security council’

The Ambassador of Switzerland to Pakistan, Bénédict de Cerjat, recently hosted a high-level panel discussion entitled “Role and Influence of Non-Permanent Members of the United Nations Security Council” on July 6 at the Swiss Residence in Islamabad. The panel discussion not only highlighted the positive aspects associated with a non-permanent seat on the Council but […]

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Pakistan urges Saudi Arabia to benefit from ‘vast opportunities’ of CPEC SEZs as Prince Faisal visits Islamabad

China Economic Met Islamabad: Pakistan has urged Saudi Arabia to benefit from the “vast opportunities” of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and its Special Economic Zones (SEZs) as Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan visited Islamabad and held talks with the top leadership.The Saudi FM met President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan besides […]

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Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo urges peace in Afghanistan

Newswire Kabul: NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo has urged peace in Afghanistan.He said peace in Afghanistan will be beneficial not only for the country for the region. The envoy cited the US, EU, NATO joint statement, released this week, urging halt in fighting in AfghanistanThe countries in their discussion on Afghanistan […]

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Fouzia Younis spends Eid in Gujar Khan

Newswire Gujar Khan: British High Commission Heads of Communications and Public Diplomacy Fauzia Younis spent the Eid in her native village here. The area is known as Village Kanyal. Many from this village have migrated to the United Kingdom. “Spending Eid in Potohari heartlands this year in Gujarkhan. Wishing everyone a dilli #EidMubarak,” she tweeted […]

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