Turkey wants peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute

Caption : Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi greets his counterpart, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu at the Ministry of Foreign affairs in Islamabad, Friday 14 September. (Ministry of Foreign Affairs photo)
Updated 15 September 2018
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Turkey wants peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute

  • Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is on a two-day official visit to Islamabad
  • The Turkish news agency said the bilateral trade volume between Turkey and Pakistan stood at $650 million by the end of 2017 and Ankara intended to increase this to $1 billion

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Friday that Turkey was willing to support Islamabad’s quest for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
He added that the latest United Nations report had endorsed Pakistan’s perspective on the protracted problem that had driven the two South Asian nuclear nations apart, noting that the UN had meticulously documented Indian brutalities in the occupied region.
Addressing a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad, Qureshi said that Turkey had also agreed to attend a conference on Kashmir on the sides of the UN session and shared Pakistan’s vision for a peaceful resolution of the dispute.
Bearing a message from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Turkish foreign minister had arrived in Pakistan on Thursday for a two-day official visit. At the top of his agenda were discussions on the bilateral ties of the two countries, enhanced cooperation and views on regional and international developments.
The Turkish News Agency Anadolu said the bilateral trade volume between Turkey and Pakistan stood at $650 million by the end of 2017 and Ankara intended to increase this to $1 billion.
On August 10, US President Donald Trump had slapped steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkey in an attempt to force it to release US pastor Andrew Brunson.
Pakistan has expressed solidarity with Turkey and its government over the economic crisis and the unilateral sanctions imposed by the US government.
“The solution to any and all issues should lie in dialogue, mutual understanding and goodwill. Any steps or actions to the contrary only undermine peace and stability and make the solution to a problem more difficult and intractable,” said a statement issued by Pakistan’s Foreign Office on Aug. 13.
On Friday, the foreign ministers of the two countries recognized each other’s support and noted that the relations between Turkey and Pakistan were between not only the two governments but also their people.


Karachi police chief asks his cops to be clean, lightly armed

Updated 23 September 2018
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Karachi police chief asks his cops to be clean, lightly armed

  • Karachi police to replace Kalashnikovs, Sub Machine Guns (SMGs) with pistols and revolvers for officials on patrol, escort and picket duties
  • Taking back automatic assault weapons from policemen in a city such as Karachi, where people and groups are heavily armed, is not a wise decision, says former IG Sindh, Afzal Ali Shigri

KARACHI: The chief of police in Pakistan’s seaside megacity of Karachi has introduced reforms in an effort to win public hearts.

“The police persons should be nicely dressed, should be neat and lean and should demonstrate good manners,” Dr. Amir Ahmed Shaikh, the city police chief, told Arab News.
Shaikh, on Saturday, issued a notification, reading; “SMG/automatic assault weapon should not be displayed or pointed toward general public during escort movements or mobile patrolling.”
The directives, from Shaikh, which were forwarded for strict compliance to his subordinates, read: “All assault weapons are to be replaced with pistols/revolvers.”
According to priority, the motorcycle squad will have only pistol or revolver.
For escorts, police patrolling mobile, picket points and Madadgar, 15 mobiles will be allowed to have one SMG each. The rest of the police on these duties will have pistols only.
“It has been observed with great concern that all police persons deployed for patrolling, pickets or escort duties are armed with SMGs, and the display of automatic assault weapon in an urban setting not only scares people but also results in casualties in a case of even accidental firing,” reads the notification.
Shaikh, in an interview with Arab News, said he has carried this and all other measures to reform the police who are infamous.
“I am making police people-friendly. I want a police force which is loved by the people and upon seeing them, criminals should run away,” Shaikh said. “Currently the people are running away from the police. It hurts me a lot that the police are defamed due to a few.”
Shaikh said that he had identified 197 officials who are black sheep of the police force. “Policemen are involved in kidnapping. Would anyone call them policemen? They are kidnappers, they are criminals. They are dacoits but they have no more any place in police force,” the enthusiastic police officer vowed.
Although his good intentions are hailed by many, former officials have criticized the decision of taking automatic weapons back from the police.
“It’s no less than a suicide to take back automatic weapons from police in a city where huge caches of arms are recovered on a regular basis,” Afzal Ali Shigri, former Inspector General of Police Sindh, told Arab News.
In the 1980s, Shigri recalled, the policemen in Karachi would have sticks to deal with criminals. “But it’s not Karachi of those past times. It has remained a center of violence although peace has been restored. The city has faced every type of actors of violence which exists in this country. The city has been host to sectarian, ethnic violence besides hardcore terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Islamic State-inspired youths,” he said.
Shigri said even the common people are armed. “How do we expect police with a pistol to deal with a criminal having an assault rifle?” he asked.
One has to take several aspects before taking such major decisions, the former IG said, adding that instead of AK-47 and other assault weapons with a large range, the police should be armed with close-range weapons like the MP5, which are good for urban centers.
Shaikh said that after assuming power as city police chief he has not only focused on finding black sheep within an otherwise great police force but is also working on building their capacity.
On Saturday another notification issued by Shaikh reads: “It is to state that since last two years no firing refresher courses have been arranged for the constabulary, so training should be provided.”
In his letter to principals of the Saeedabad and Razzakabad police training colleges, Shaikh has requested firing training for 540 policemen in the first phase.