US is the largest export market for Pakistan: Masood Khan

Islamabad, January 21, 2023 (PPI-OT):Pakistan Ambassador to US Masood Khan says United States is the largest export market for Pakistan and in the years to come, bilateral trade is poised to grow. He was talking to the Ambassador Stuart Holliday, CEO of Meridian International Center in Washington.

Masood Khan highlighted that the current phase of Pak-US relations centers around enhancing economic cooperation. He said in recent high-level visits, we have prioritized trade, agriculture, businesses, technology, climate change, green energy, disaster preparedness, environment, health and people-to-people exchanges.

On the occasion, the CEO Meridian International assured the Ambassador that they would help promote closer ties between Pakistan and the United States in the areas of education, leadership training programs, climate change, culture and business.

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Pakistan won’t hold talks with terrorist organizations that don’t respect country’s laws: Foreign Minister

Islamabad, January 21, 2023 (PPI-OT):Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that Pakistan’s new leadership, both political and military, will have no talks with terrorist organizations that don’t respect the country’s laws and constitution. In a wide-ranging interview with The Washington Post in Davos, Switzerland on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum, he said if we can work with the Afghan interim government, which has influence over these groups, we will be successful in maintaining our security.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said the TTP terrorists have been involved in many heinous attacks in Pakistan over the years but Islamabad has been proud of the fact that it was successful in taking on these terrorists in our territory and managed to break the backbone of these groups.

The foreign minister regretted that the previous government conducted a policy of appeasement toward the Pakistani Taliban. He said former Prime Minister Imran Khan not only released their prisoners who were in Pakistan’s custody but also engaged in a dialogue with them.

To a question, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said we hope that the Afghan government would not allow its soil to be used for terrorism. He said we do hope to cooperate with them to deal with terrorists that are a concern to us. He said both Afghanistan and Pakistan need to work together to curb terrorism, as no party can succeed against this menace at its own.

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General elections to be held in October this year: Ahsan Iqbal

Islamabad, January 21, 2023 (PPI-OT):Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has said the general elections will be held in October this year after completion of the population census and subsequent delimitation of the constituencies.

Talking to the media at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology in Jamshoro, he said the census results would be published by April 30. Ahsan Iqbal informed that PML-N’s chief and former PM Mian Nawaz Sharif would return Pakistan to lead the party’s electoral campaign in the next general elections.

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5 dead, 15 injured in Kathua mishap 

Jammu, January 21, 2023 (PPI-OT):In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, five passengers were killed and 15 others injured in a road mishap in Kathua district of Jammu region, today. The incident occurred when a vehicle carrying passengers rolled down into a deep gorge at Dhanu Parole in Billawar area of the district. The vehicle rolled down into a 100-150 meters deep gorge due to slippery conditions during rain.

Dead bodies of five passengers were recovered by the rescue team while 15 passengers with severe injuries were shifted to Sub District Hospital (SDH) Billawar for medical treatment.

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Join BJP or bulldozer is ready: Video goes viral 

New Delhi, January 21, 2023 (PPI-OT):In a show of arrogance and crossing all limits of decency, Madhya Pradesh Panchayat Minister, Mahendra Singh Sisodia, has reportedly asked Congress leaders to join the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party or the bulldozer is ready. The video of the minister making these non-political comments has gone viral on social media, stirring a massive controversy in the state. “Join the BJP. Move towards this side (ruling party) slowly. In 2023 too, the BJP will form the government in MP. Mama’s bulldozer is ready,” Sisodia said while addressing a gathering during the campaigning for the Raghogarh Nagar civic polls.

Reacting to the minister, Congress media department in charge KK Mishra took to the Twitter and said, “Panchayat Minister Mahendra Singh Sisodia said to Congressmen in Raghogarh ‘Join BJP or else bulldozer is ready after 2023’. Minister, your bulldozer is not bigger than the British, we have fought with them.” However, Congress is confident of forming the government in the state after the assembly elections scheduled for this year, he said.

Taking a pledge, Congress leader Phool Singh Baraiya said that he would blacken his face if BJP wins even 50 seats. “If BJP will win even 50 seats in the State Assembly elections this year, then I will blacken my face with my hands in front of Raj Bhawan (Governor House). It is my pledge and I am fully prepared for this,” Baraiya said.

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BBC documentary on Modi, Gujarat Pogrom evokes strong reactions in India 

New Delhi, January 21, 2023 (PPI-OT):A documentary on the 2002 Gujarat pogrom made by the BBC, which holds the then chief minister of Gujarat and now Prime Minister Narendra Modi responsible for the mass anti-Muslim violence in the state, has triggered strong reactions not just in India but also around the word. The first part of the documentary titled “India: The Modi Question”, which was aired in Britain, was not broadcast in India. YouTube also removed the documentary in India apparently on the orders of the authorities.

“Narendra Modi is the leader of the world’s largest democracy, a man who has been elected twice as India’s Prime Minister and is widely seen there as the most powerful politician of his generation. Yet Narendra Modi’s premiership has been dogged by persistent allegations about the attitude of his Government towards India’s Muslim population. This series investigates these allegations and examines Modi’s back story, as well as other questions about his politics when it comes to India’s largest religious minority,” said the BBC about the documentary.

Many people have welcomed the BBC documentary and highlighted its conclusions. Nadine Maenza, an official at the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, highlighted the three key findings of the BBC investigations. “Narendra Modi is directly responsible for widespread and systematic rape of Muslim women and aim was to purge Muslims from Hindu area,” she tweeted the findings.

Dr Shama Mohamed, National Spokesperson of Congress party in India, said that the world is seeing Modi for what he is. “The BBC documentary reveals that the UK government inquiry held @narendramodi ‘Directly Responsible’ for the 2002 Gujarat Riots. No matter how much the BJP govt may try to cover up the truth, the world sees Modi for what he truly is!” she tweeted. Meghnad, author and journalist, said that many people would be shaken by the information provided by the BBC documentary. “30+ people here, please stop dismissing the BBC Documentary as “nothing new”. Show it to your nearest 20 year old instead. I can bet that 90% of those would be shaken by this new information,” he tweeted.

Author and activist Sanjay Jha tweeted, “Right-wingers having a terrible stomach ache after #BBCDocumentary on PM Modi and #Gujarat2002Riots. Bro, history cannot be obliterated. Or rewritten. Samjhe? The documentary cited a UK government report that has not been released so far. The documentary offers a series of images of the text of the report, and in one statement, the inquiry report says that “Narendra Modi is directly responsible” for the 2002 carnage. It refers to the chain of events as a “systematic campaign of violence” which has “all the hallmarks of ethnic cleansing.”

The report was a result of an inquiry set up by the then UK government led by Prime Minister Tony Blair. “I was very worried about it. I took a great deal of personal interest because India is an important country with whom we (the UK) have relations. And so, we had to handle it very carefully,” recalled former foreign secretary, Jack Straw (2001-2006), on camera, in the documentary. “What we did was establish an inquiry and have a team go to Gujarat and find out for themselves what had happened. And they produced a very thorough report.”

The report submitted to the UK government by the inquiry team noted that the “extent of the violence was much greater than reported” and there was a “widespread and systematic rape of Muslim women” as the violence was “politically motivated.” It also suggested that the riots aimed to “purge Muslims from Hindu areas.” “That undoubtedly came from Modi,” it concludes. In the documentary, a former UK diplomat said, “At least 2000 people were killed during the violence where the vast majority had been Muslims. We described it as a pogrom – a deliberate and politically driven effort targeted at the Muslim community.”

In June 2022, the Supreme Court of India rejected a plea by Zakia Jafri, wife of former Member of Parliament from Congress Ehsan Jafri, who was killed during the Gujarat pogrom along with scores of others in the building, challenging the clean chit given to the then chief minister Narendra Modi.

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Five mosques in Haridwar fined over Azaan

Haridwar, January 21, 2023 (PPI-OT):The administration in Haridwar city in the Indian state of Uttarakhand has fined seven mosques over azan on loudspeakers. Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Puran Singh Rana, has taken this action on charges of causing “noise pollution with loudspeakers”. Under certain conditions, the Nainital High Court and government directives permitted loudspeaker installation in mosques.

The authorities blamed seven mosques for giving azan ‘louder’ than usual on their loudspeakers. On the basis of the Sadar Pathri Police Station and Roorkee Pollution Control Board’s investigation reports, notices were issued. Action has been taken to levy a fine of 5,000 Rupees on each mosque if the notice is not answered satisfactorily. When requesting authorization to install loudspeakers, instructions have been issued to pay fines.

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