Pakistan embassy in Riyadh observes ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’

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Ambassador of Pakistan Raja Ali Ejaz addressing the event regarding ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day.’ (Photo courtesy: Pakistan Embassy in Riyadh)
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The event was well attended by the Pakistani and Kashmiri community. (Photo courtesy: Pakistan Embassy in Riyadh)
Updated 08 February 2019
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Pakistan embassy in Riyadh observes ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’

  • Ambassador highlighted the efforts undertaken by Islamabad in resolving decades-old dispute with New Delhi
  • Riyadh gathering was attended by members of the Pakistani and Kashmiri communities

ISLAMABAD: With an aim to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people, Pakistan’s embassy in Riyadh observed the ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ in the Saudi capital, a statement released by the embassy on Friday read.
The event, which was held on February 7, was attended by the Ambassador of Pakistan, Raja Ali Ejaz and several other community members who highlighted the various aspects of the Kashmir dispute. 
“The ambassador highlighted the efforts of Pakistan for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute. The ambassador stated that the report of United Nations Human Rights Council exposes the grave human rights violations in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir,” the statement read.
Other speakers denounced the indiscriminate use of pellet guns on civilians. During the course of the event, Kashmiri representatives presented a resolution which was endorsed by all the participants. The resolution commended Pakistan for its “political, moral and diplomatic support of the Kashmir dispute”. 
“It also called upon the international community to fulfil its obligations by implementing the UN Security Council’s resolutions on Kashmir which states that the final resolution of the dispute shall be in accordance with the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir conducted through an independent plebiscite under the UN auspices,” the statement added.
Kashmir Solidarity Day is observed across Pakistan on February 5 every year, with Pakistan’s embassies and diplomatic missions across the world organizing special events to mark the occasion. This year, the government of Pakistan re-affirmed its “unflinching support” to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their struggle for self-determination.


Pakistan hands over $24 million Kabul hospital to Afghan authorities

Updated 20 April 2019
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Pakistan hands over $24 million Kabul hospital to Afghan authorities

  • Named ‘Jinnah Hospital’ to honor Pakistan’s founder, the hospital will focus on neurosurgery at this stage
  • It is the second of three medical facilities built by Islamabad in Afghanistan

KABUL: A Kabul-based $24 million hospital funded by Pakistan was officially handed over to Afghan authorities on Saturday, according to a statement issued by the foreign office.
Afghan Vice President Sarwar Danish, Afghan Minister of Public Health Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz and Pakistani Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Muhammad Khan, jointly inaugurated the “200-bed state-of-the-art” hospital in a ceremony held in Kabul, the foreign office said.
Named ‘Jinnah Hospital’ to honor Pakistan’s founder, the hospital will focus on neurosurgery for the time being and in the future will also conduct kidney transplants, Waheed Mayar, spokesman of the Afghan public health ministry told Arab News.
Mayar said the new facility will bring much-needed relief to Afghans who spend over $300 million dollars annually on medical bills and often needed to travel to India, Pakistan and Iran due to the state of Afghanistan’s own hospitals.
According to the press release, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, Zahid Nasrullah Khan, said that the Jinnah Hospital was a “flagship project” of the nation’s $1 billion development assistance to Afghanistan. It is the second of three medical facilities built by Islamabad in Afghanistan with one kidney center in Jalalabad already complete and another 100-bed facility under-construction in Logar, in eastern Afghanistan.