Pakistan-India meeting on Kartarpur Corridor positive — FO spokesman

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Meeting between the delegations of Pakistan and India at Attari, Amritsar in India on Friday 14 March 2019. Both countries will discuss the modalities for the Kartarpur Corridor at Attari. (Courtesy: Dr. Mohammad Faisal's twitter)
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Pakistani delegation led by, Dr. Mohammad Faisal, Spokesperson Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Wagha before the meeting with Indian officials at Attari, near Amritsar, on Thursday to finalise modalities of the corridor to the Kartapur. (Courtesy: Dr. Mohammad Faisal's twitter account)
Updated 14 March 2019

Pakistan-India meeting on Kartarpur Corridor positive — FO spokesman

  • Two countries issue joint statement after three years
  • Next round of talks to take place at Wagah on April 2

WAGAH/LAHORE: A meeting between Pakistan and India to discuss details of the Kartarpur Corridor project took place in a “conducive environment and remained positive” the Foreign Office spokesman said on Thursday.
Dr. Muhammad Faisal, who is also the Director General for South Asia and SAARC, led an 18-member delegation from Pakistan on Thursday morning to discuss the draft agreement with officials from across the border. S.C.L. Das, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs led the Indian delegation.
During the course of the meeting, officials from both sides discussed matters related to the project such as construction work and other technicalities.
A joint statement issued after the meeting said that the talks to discuss “the modalities and the draft agreement for the facilitation of pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib” were held “in a cordial environment.”
Before reading the joint communiqué signed by the two delegations at Attari — the Indian side of the border — Dr. Faisal described the meeting as “powerful.”
“It was a powerful meeting, and participants from the two sides (India and Pakistan) held positive talks and issued a joint statement. It is after a long time that the two nations have issued a joint statement as the last one was issued in 2016,” Dr. Faisal said.
He added that the next round of talks would take place in Wagah — the Pakistani side of the border — on April 2, prior to which the two sides would meet on March 19 to discuss the modalities of the projects.
When questioned whether there were any differences of opinion pertaining to the project, Dr. Faisal said: “There are differences on certain aspects but the details of those cannot be revealed at the moment.”
The project seeks to provide easy access to Sikhs from across the world, including India, by connecting the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in the Kartarpur area of Pakistan’s Narowal district with Dera Baba Nanak in India’s Gurdaspur District.

Pakistan’s DG Khan Cement gets export order from Philippines

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Pakistan’s DG Khan Cement gets export order from Philippines

  • This follows on the company’s success in China, PM’s commerce adviser says
  • Says increasing geographical diversification an important part of Pakistan’s strategic trade policy

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s largest cement producer, DG Khan Cement, has won an export order from the Philippines, the prime minister’s adviser on commerce, Abdul Razak Dawood, said on Wednesday.

“This follows on their success in China,” Dawood said in a Twitter post, referring to the company’s history of providing cement to China to be used in projects under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor portfolio. 

Urging other exporters to follow DG Khan Cement’s example, Dawood said: “Once market reach extends, then market share will increase. Increasing geographical diversification is an important part of our strategic trade policy.”

According to its website, DG Khan Cement has a production capacity of 22,400 tons a day, or 6.72 million tons a year.

The company has three plants in Punjab — two in Dera Ghazi Khan and one in Chakwal district — and another one in Hub Lasbela district, Balochistan. All of them rely on dry process technology.

DG Khan Cement has a countrywide distribution network and is listed on the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX).