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Flag raising ceremony held at Gawadar port for Chinese National Day.

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Islamabad, the National Day of the People’s Republic of China, a solemn flag-raising ceremony was held in Gwadar Port to warmly celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. At 10:01 in the morning, the Chinese staff, Pakistani staff, local students, dignitaries and representatives from all walks of life in the port area lined up neatly. The students of Faqeer Colony Primary School stood in front with flowers in their hands. The high-spirited flag-raising team marched neatly and cheerfully to escort the national flag to the flag platform, accompanied by the majestic national anthem of the People’s Republic of China. The bright five-star red flag rose steadily.

This is the tenth time the five-star red flag has been raised in Gwadar Port. In the past ten years, Gwadar Port has revamped the economy, benefited people’s livelihood and promoted employment, construction and development. Projects such as Gwadar Faqeer Colony Public School, Gwadar Vocational and Technical Institute and East Bay Expressway aided and constructed by China have been completed and put into operation. Major livelihood projects such as desalination plant are under vigorous construction. With the continuous development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor towards a high-quality target, Gwadar Port, the “jewel in the crown”, will surely become brighter and brighter.

UNITED STATES AND PAKISTAN HONOR 75 YEARS OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS.

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Islamabad, The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad hosted a diplomatic reception to commemorate the 75th anniversary of bilateral relations between the United States and Pakistan. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was the guest of honor, representing the people and government of Pakistan. This pivotal anniversary of diplomatic relations offers a valuable opportunity to reflect on the breadth and depth of the long-standing friendship between the United States and Pakistan, highlight our many joint accomplishments, and build upon the already very strong foundations of our relationship to forge new partnership opportunities.
The strength of the friendship between the United States and Pakistan is demonstrated by the more than $66 million in U.S. support for flood response and disaster resilience in Pakistan, including another $10 million announced this week by Secretary Blinken. Ambassador Blome reaffirmed continuing U.S. support to Pakistan during the difficult recovery process, saying, “While the water is only now receding and the rebuilding just beginning, the people of the United States continue to stand with Pakistan. We are doing what friends and partners do – support each other when it’s needed most.”

The long history of U.S. humanitarian and development assistance to Pakistan is only one of the many ties that bind our countries together. Over the past 75 years, the United States and Pakistan have built a relationship based on mutual respect, shared goals and values, and people-to-people ties, and our partnership has been advantageous to both countries. Over the decades, more than $32 billion dollars in U.S. support has benefited Pakistan’s infrastructure, agricultural and economic sectors, and health and governance systems to improve the lives of the Pakistani people. More than 500,000 Pakistani-Americans in the United States and more than 37,000 U.S. government exchange alumni in Pakistan – including both students and established professionals – have helped build bridges between our two societies.

Looking to the future, Ambassador Blome summarized the many opportunities for continued and expanded partnership between the United States and Pakistan, saying, “While our two democracies have steadfastly stood together over the years, the rapidly changing world provides a pivotal opportunity to reframe the U.S.-Pakistan partnership and recognize that our shared objectives and mutual ambitions go much deeper. When I consider the future of U.S.-Pakistan relations, I see many possibilities to advance our shared interests in trade, investment, clean energy, health, security, education, and other shared priorities. As we look forward to the next 75 years and beyond, I hope you will join me in opening this new door.”

251st Corps Commanders’ Conference was held at GHQ.

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Rawalpindi, 251st Corps Commanders’ Conference was held at GHQ. General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) presided.

Forum was briefed in detail on external and internal security situation with particular focus on flood situation and ongoing relief efforts being undertaken by Army Formations across the country.

Forum expressed solidarity with flood victims who are braving great difficulties and resolved to extend maximum assistance for their relief and rehabilitation.

COAS commended Formations for reaching out to people in distress and helping them to mitigate their sufferings. COAS praised Army Doctors / Paramedics for provision of emergency medical care to flood affectees particularly children & women including measures to check spread of diseases in flood hit areas.

COAS also appreciated Army Engineers / FWO for restoring accessibility of critical routes and communication infrastructure on emergency basis .

COAS directed Formations to focus on relief, rehabilitation, reconstruction and help restore routine life in flood affected areas.

The forum undertook a comprehensive review of security environment with special focus on situation along the borders, internal security and other professional matters of the Army.

Forum resolved that resurgence of terrorism will not be tolerated. Formations must leave no stone unturned to take action against terrorists in coordination with all LEAs, COAS directed. Expressing satisfaction over operational preparedness of Formations, COAS directed all the Formations to maintain strict vigil to guard against any threat.

General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited flood affected areas of Badin today .

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Rawalpindi, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited flood affected areas of Badin today . COAS spent time with flood affected people in relief & medical camps and also met Army troops busy in rescue & relief activities in Malkani Sharif, district Badin.

Later, COAS was flown for aerial reconnaissance of flood affected areas of Badin and surroundings.

COAS also had interaction with business community at Karachi . During the interaction, COAS said that the business community has always helped people of Pakistan during various natural calamities including their support in recent floods. The business community members acknowledged the role and sacrifice made by the Pakistan Army in providing safe environment for the country’s economic prosperity and assured COAS maximum support for the flood affected people .

Indonesian Embassy and Waheed group collaborated to raise funds for the flood victims.

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Islamabad, Indonesian Embassy and Waheed group collaborated to raise funds for the flood victims during the Indonesian Cooking Culinary Demonstration by the famous Indonesian Master Chef Contestant
On 22nd September 2022, the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia and the Waheed group collaborated to host a joint fund-raising event in the form of an Indonesian culinary cooking demonstration in order to show solidarity with the people of Pakistan who have been affected by the flood disaster. The Indonesian Cooking Culinary demonstration was attended by the diplomatic corps with spouses, representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Director of the Waheed group, the Chairman of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society, restaurant owners, the business community, the Indonesian student association in Pakistan, and the Indonesian Diaspora.

The fundraising activity with the Indonesia Culinary Demo featured the famous Chef Budiono, who is currently working as the Executive Chef in Marriott, Nusa Dua Bali, and has had professional expertise in cooking for more than 28 years. He also participated as a Master Chef in the Professional UK contestant series in 2021, and the following year, in 2022, he was a guest judge in Master Chef Indonesia. Chef Budiono introduced Betawi (beef soup), Maranggi chicken satay (chicken tikka), fried noodles, and bakwan (pakora). All Indonesian cuisines were made with the spices available in Pakistan.

Ambassador Tugio said, “many spices such as nutmeg, cloves, and pepper used in famous Pakistani Garam Masala, a combination of 11 spices, also come from Heartland of Spices, Indonesia”. The Embassy has organized this event in line with the Indonesian government’s program called ‘Indonesia Spice Up the World (ISUTW)’ to promote local spices and cuisines, especially at the international stage to boost spice trade activities, he added.

The Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Adam Tugio, Director of Waheed group, Mr. Fahad Waheed, Regional Coordinator of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Mrs. Efi Indriyani, and the chair of Indonesian students in Pakistan, Mr. Ibnu Fikri Ghozali presented a cheque of PKR 1.2 million (USD 5,353), while guests who attended the culinary demonstration at the embassy contributed PKR 300,000 (USD 1,300) for the flood victims. Pakistan Nahdlatul Ulama (PCINU) Special Branch Management also provided logistical assistance (tents, mosquito nets, and food packages), as well as two HemoCue machines for blood donation.
The chairman of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society expressed his deep gratitude to the Indonesian Embassy in Islamabad for arranging a fundraising event for the people of Pakistan who have been affected severely.
The Director of Waheed Group appreciated the efforts of the Indonesian Embassy for the joint collaboration in hosting two Indonesian culinary demos in Islamabad, he also highlighted the similarities of flavor between Indonesian and Pakistani cuisines.
On September 20, 2022, Chef Budiono conducted the Indonesia Culinary Cooking Workshop at the College of Tourism Hotel and Management (COTHM), by introducing Balinese chicken satay and beef curry in front of COTHM students. COTHM Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ahmad Shafiq praised the initiative of the Indonesian Embassy in Islamabad to introduce Indonesian cuisine to students.

This culinary promotion activity is part of the implementation of the Indonesian Spice Up The World program. The Indonesian Embassy in Islamabad is also finalizing a coffee table book, “Indonesia Spice Up Pakistan: Winning Hearts and Minds Through Foods and Flavors”. The book, which is expected to be published in October 2022, captures the opportunity to increase exports of Indonesian spices to Pakistan, and at the same time introduces the culinary arts of the archipelago to the 5 super tourist destinations in the country.

“Significance of Airpower in Future Indo-Pak Conflict”

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Islamabad, ‘Air Power has virtually become an instrument of choice in the hands of political as well as military commanders for achieving their politico-military objectives alone as well as in synergy with other instruments of military application.’

This was the key message of the seminar on ‘Significance of Airpower in Future Indo-Pak Conflict’ organised by the Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS) in Islamabad.

Eminent speakers included Air Vice Marshal Nasser ul Haq Wyne (Retd), Advisor at Air Headquarters, Pakistan Air Force; Air Vice Marshal Faaiz Amir (Retd), former Vice Chancellor, Air University; and Air Marshal Farooq Habib (Retd), Senior Director at CASS. President CASS Air Marshal Farhat Hussain Khan (Retd) delivered the Concluding Remarks, while Air Vice Marshal Faheem Ullah Malik (Retd) moderated the proceedings.

Discussing the employment of airpower in the subcontinent from a strategic perspective, Air Vice Marshal Nasser ul Haq Wyne highlighted the importance of airpower and stressed the need for developing ‘air mindedness’ amongst all segments of society, especially within the political and military leadership. Going over the history of Indo-Pak air engagements, he outlined how air power had contributed to either deter war, or to meet national objectives in wartime as well during peace; and opined that the new conflict scenario could be termed as ‘Air Cold Start.’ He concluded that although PAF’s response in all the conflicts had remained exceedingly well, yet, there was a need to adopt a wholesome approach towards any future conflict/war, which would not be possible without a politically stable Pakistan; steady economy; and professional defence forces, including an Air Force second to none.

On the subject of ‘Evolving Geostrategic Environment and Induction of New Technologies: Impact on Airpower Balance in South Asia,’ Air Vice Marshal Faaiz Amir emphasised that change in the world order would not be a simple change of leadership, rather it would mean a deep, significant, and critical transformation of the entire world system. Such a transition to a new balance of power would mean turbulence and conflict. Sharing examples from history, he opined that reconfiguring of power balance often occurred in the least stable regions. ‘Pakistan will have to take measure to not only ensure its sovereignty but also bring prosperity to its downtrodden populace,’ he said. AVM Amir cautioned that the need to watch conflict drivers in the region had never been greater.

Speaking on the employment of airpower in Indo-Pakistan context, Air Marshal Farooq Habib (Retd), highlighted that existing Full Spectrum Deterrence, had successfully foreclosed options of full-scale wars as well as limited conflicts between India and Pakistan. Even the Cold Start Doctrine, which India had crafted after 2001-02 stand-off, was redundant in the wake of Pakistan’s conventional and nuclear deterrence regimes. He further elaborated that India had thus, resorted to hybrid war against Pakistan at sub conventional level. Within this context, at times India could opt for an aerial strike to draw political mileage domestically. In such cases Pakistan Air Force, he said, was fully geared up to respond with impunity through a quid pro quo plus approach, as shown amply in February 2019.

While delivering the Concluding Remarks, Air Marshal Farhat Hussain Khan (Retd), thanked the speakers for their in-depth analysis. He agreed that air power, being technology intensive, had evolved at an exponential speed vis-a-vis other instruments of military power. Air Marshal Khan highlighted that induction of force multipliers in 21st Century had helped both operators and air planners, plan higher duration missions, enabled them with better situation awareness, enhanced combat effectiveness without adding to the fleet size. This has allowed greater economy, he shared. He further pointed out that non-kinetic means of warfare and induction of emerging technologies like AI, cyber, space, and quantum computing in South Asia, were bound to evolve the nature of air war in terms its duration, severity, surprise, and lethality. ‘Therefore, future Indo-Pak war, if any, with air power alone is likely to be fast, destructive and of short duration.’ He recommended that Pakistan needed to formulate a comprehensive indigenisation strategy to develop its own technologies in avionics, weapons and more so in non-kinetic means of warfare. Mastering the developed technologies, knowledge-based trainings, research and development to get best quality human resource, is the need of the hour, he stressed.

War veterans of the 1965 and 1971 war, senior serving and retired PAF military officers attended the seminar and participated in the interactive Question and Answer session. CASS’ flagship publication ‘Journal of Aerospace & Security Studies’ was also launched at the seminar by ’65 & ’71 war veteran Squadron Leader Ghani Akbar, SJ.

Ambassador of China to Pakistan H.E Nong Rong called on Federal minister for power Engr. khurram Dastgir Khan here today.

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Islamabad, Minister welcomed the ambassador and expressed his reverence for Pak-China friendship. He remarked that back in 2014, no other country was willing to invest in Pakistan, but our brotheren China stood the test of time. The Chinese investment in power sector is of immense importance.
Both parties noted the importance of hydro power projects under CPEC and agreed to expedite the ongoing projects.

Ambassador appreciated the present government for their commitment towards CPEC and continuous engagement. His excellency emphasized that this continued association will bear fruit for Pak-China friendship and improve the investment environment for Pakistan.

UAE Ambassador calls on Syed Naveed Qamar, to enhance bilateral trade.

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ISLAMABAD: United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador to Pakistan Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Saleem Al Zaabi called on Federal Minister for Commerce Syed Naveed Qamar to discuss measures promoting bilateral trade and enhancing mutual cooperation in corporate sector.

Speaking on the occasion, the Federal Minister said Pakistan’s relations with the UAE are built on strong foundations based on mutual love and respect.

He said Pakistan values its ties with the UAE in various fields, as there is lot of potential in agriculture, health, readymade garments and solar sectors.

Syed Naveed Qamar urged to enhance exchange of trade delegations between the two countries which would bolster trade and economic relations.

UAE Ambassador Hamad Obaid said Pakistani business community is playing important role in the economy and development of the UAE for years, however he is willing to enrich them through bilateral comprehensive agreements.

Appreciating the government policies, the UAE envoy stated that for the first time it could be seen that the government, especially Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif are “keen to do something while establishing relationships globally”.

Showing deep concerns and sympathies with people of flood hit areas, he assured full support from the UAE government and said they are with Pakistani brothers in this hour of trail.

Terrorists from inside Afghanistan across the international border, opened fire on Pakistani troops.

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Rawalpindi, Terrorists from inside Afghanistan across the international border, opened fire on Pakistani troops in general area Dwatoi, North Waziristan District. Own troops responded in a befitting manner. As per credible intelligence reports, due to fire of own troops, terrorists suffered heavy casualties.

However, during the fire exchange, Sepoy Nazar Muhammad (age 34 years, resident of Jaffarabad), having fought gallantly, embraced shahadat.

Pakistan strongly condemns the use of Afghan soil by terrorists for activities against Pakistan and expects that the Interim Afghan Government will not allow conduct of such activities, in future.

Pakistan Army is determined to defend Pakistan’s borders against the menace of terrorism and such sacrifices of our brave soldiers further strengthen our resolve.

Pak-RoK Infrastructure Business Forum 2022 Organized by Korean Embassy Islamabad.

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Islamabad, The second edition of the Pakistan Korea Infrastructure Business Forum was organized by the Korean Embassy at Serena Hotel, Islamabad, and it was a continuation of a unique initiative that was envisioned by the Ambassador of Korea, H.E. Suh Sangpyo for the formation of a conducive environment each year where representatives of Pakistan Government can interact with Korean Companies that have ongoing infrastructure projects in Pakistan, as well as to discuss the possibilities and their scopes of investments with prospective Korean companies which are seeking to enter the Pakistani market. The forum was graced by the Federal Minister for Board of Investments, Federal Minister for Energy (Power), Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Special Initiatives, and by various top level representatives from the National and Provincial Energy Sectors, as well as by the senior level officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The Ambassador of Korea, Suh Sangpyo lauding the receptiveness of the Government officials of Pakistan, firstly expressed his utmost sorrow to the precious loss of lives, and livelihoods of the people due to the devastating flooding that has wreaked havoc across the country, and added that the Embassy and the Government of Korea stand by the people of Pakistan during this time of suffering and are committed to providing rapid humanitarian assistance and long term support to the development assistance to the people and the provincial governments. The Ambassador also stated that Korean companies have been expressing a strong desire to further streamline their projects in the country, and he hoped that this forum was able to play a crucial role in building synergies between both sides that would lead to mutually beneficial outcomes. He ended by adding that he sincerely hopes that the successive editions of this forum will continue to serve as a fulcrum between Government representatives and Korean companies in the years to come.

The Minister for Energy (Power), Khurram Dastgir Khan talked about the solar energy initiatives that have been announced under the leadership of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and the opportunities for Korean infrastructure companies to invest and assist Pakistan in developing its technical capabilities and achieving its fullest potential. The Minister for the Board of Investment, Ch. Salik Hussain spoke about the healthy relationship between Pakistani and Korean automotive industries, and he expressed his wish that more Korean companies with even further diversified industrial portfolios would develop similar partnerships and the Board of Investments aims to provide complete support for any Korean company that wishes to reap the potential of Pakistani’s attractive investment opportunities. The Minister for Planning, Development, & Special Initiatives, Ahsan Iqbal emphasized that Pakistan has not been able to fully materialize its bilateral relationships with Korea and Pakistan needs to strive towards developing enhanced economic partnership with Korea and also reflecting upon the mutual historical linkages of Gandhara civilization, he expressed his desire to see a joint collaboration between Pakistan’s and Korea’s academic sectors to one day establish a university in Taxila. The Additional Chief Secretary of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Shahab Ali Shah discussed in great lengths the two ongoing hydropower projects that are currently being undertaken by Korean companies in the province, and he expressed his desire to strong Government to Government Partnerships between Korea and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the near future.

High level representatives from major Korean infrastructure companies such as Star Hydro, KOAK, Lotte E&C, and Sambu Construction were also present at the forum , where they presented their ongoing projects in the countries and shared with the attendees their ambitions for the future.