Pakistan Saudi interior ministers discuss ways to enhance cooperation

Pakistan’s Minister Ahsan Iqbal met Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef in Jeddah on Sunday (Photo courtesy: Ahsan Iqbal twitter account)
Updated 27 May 2018
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Pakistan Saudi interior ministers discuss ways to enhance cooperation

  • Pakistan and Saudi Arabia discussed bilateral issues.
  • Both sides agreed to sign a transfer of prisoners agreement between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

Pakistan’s Minister of Interior Ahsan Iqbal met Saudi counterpart Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef in Jeddah on Sunday.
Both ministers discussed ways of coordinating the bilateral cooperation between the two ministries.
Issues pertaining to the Pak community also came under discussion.
“Both sides discussed bilateral issues, particularly cooperation in the field of security and immigration,” Iqbal said on his Twitter account.
Iqbal and his Saudi counterpart agreed to promote greater economic cooperation for further strengthening bonds between the two brotherly countries.
Both sides agreed to sign a transfer of prisoners agreement between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, which will allow the transfer of Pakistani prisoners to Pakistani jails from Saudi jails.


Hong Kong bans pro-independence party

In this file photo taken on August 5, 2016, Andy Chan (R), leader of the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party (HKNP), gives a press conference at the start of a rally near the government's headquarters in Hong Kong. (AFP)
Updated 24 September 2018
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Hong Kong bans pro-independence party

  • The ban is likely to raise further questions about Beijing’s growing influence in the former British colony, which was promised semi-autonomy as part of the 1997 handover

HONG KONG: Authorities in Hong Kong on Monday took an unprecedented step against separatist voices by banning a political party that advocates independence for the southern Chinese territory on national security grounds.
John Lee, the territory’s secretary for security, announced that the Hong Kong National Party will be prohibited from operation from Monday.
Lee’s announcement did not provide further details. But Hong Kong’s security bureau had previously said in a letter to the National Party’s leader, 27-year-old Andy Chan, that the party should be dissolved “in the interests of national security or public safety, public order or the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.” Chan had no immediate comment.
That letter had cited a national security law that has not been invoked since 1997. The ban is likely to raise further questions about Beijing’s growing influence in the former British colony, which was promised semi-autonomy as part of the 1997 handover. Chinese President Xi Jinping and other officials have warned separatist activity would not be tolerated.
Chan, the National Party leader, had previously told The Associated Press that police approached him with documents detailing his speeches and activities since the party’s formation in 2016.
The party was founded in response to frustration about Beijing’s treatment of Hong Kong. Despite a promise of autonomy, activists complain mainland influence over its democratic elections is increasing.
Chan and other pro-independence candidates were disqualified from 2016 elections to the Hong Kong legislature after they refused to sign a pledge saying Hong Kong is an inalienable part of China. The Hong Kong National Party has never held any seats on the council.