Foreign policy recalibrated to strengthen regional ties — Dastgir

Pakistani Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan. (AFP)
Updated 16 May 2018
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Foreign policy recalibrated to strengthen regional ties — Dastgir

  • Pakistan is consistently engaged with Afghanistan to remove misunderstanding and improve the bilateral relations, says Dastgir
  • About Kashmir dispute, the Foreign Minister said that Pakistan has strongly advocated the long-standing dispute at all international fora

Foreign Minister Khurram Dastgir said that Pakistan has recalibrated its foreign policy framework to further strengthen its relations with countries of the region.

Winding up debate on the cut motions of his ministry in National Assembly on Wednesday, he said that our biggest achievement is that economic relation with our time tested friend China has deepened as a result of China-Pakistan-Economic-Corridor project.

He said our relations with the Central Asian States have further improved and projects like CASA-1000 and TAPI will connect Pakistan with these countries. 

Dastgir said Pakistan is consistently engaged with Afghanistan to remove misunderstanding and improve the bilateral relations.

He said that both the countries have launched an action plan for peace and solidarity.

About Kashmir dispute, the Foreign Minister said that Pakistan has strongly advocated the long-standing dispute at all international fora.

He said permanent membership of SCO is also a big achievement of Pakistan.

He added that our relations with Russia have also improved. We have signed the first defense pact and also held joint military exercises.


Death toll from Pakistan coal mine blast climbs to 13

Updated 14 August 2018
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Death toll from Pakistan coal mine blast climbs to 13

QUETTA: A Pakistani official says rescuers have recovered the bodies of five remaining miners who were missing after a mine caved in following a methane gas explosion this week.
This brings the final death toll from the tragedy to 13.
Iftikhar Ahmed, a mine inspector, said on Tuesday that despite rescue efforts in the mine in the village of Sanjdi, the five could not be saved. Earlier, eight other bodies were recovered.
The mine is located some 50 kilometers, or 30 miles, east of the city of Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan. The explosion happened late Sunday.
Cave-ins and other mining accidents in Pakistan are often attributed to poor enforcement of safety regulations.