Chinese Vice President arrives in Pakistan on three day visit

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi received the Chinese vice president at Noor Khan airbase in Rawalpindi on Sunday May 26, 2019 – (Photo by Foreign Office)
Updated 26 May 2019

Chinese Vice President arrives in Pakistan on three day visit

  • ‘Visit is a reflection of the deep relationship between Pakistan and China,’ FM Qureshi
  • VP Qishan will be meeting President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan arrived in Islamabad on Sunday for a three-day visit to Pakistan and was received by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Minister for Planning Khusro Bakhtiar at Rawalpindi’s Nur Khan airbase during a traditional welcome reception.
According to Qureshi, Pakistan and China will be signing five different memos of understanding (MoUs) on bilateral cooperation during Qishan’s visit. The Vice President is also due to meet Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan.
"His three day visit is a reflection of the deep relationship of Pakistan and China," Qureshi said earlier on Sunday, and added that both countries were committed to progress under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a massive $62 billion infrastructure project centred around Pakistan’s southwestern port city of Gwadar, and part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative which spans huge investments in 152 countries.
“The visit is in continuation of high-level exchanges between the two countries, which have acquired an increased momentum," according to a statement from Pakistan’s foreign office.
Qishan's visit is expected to reinforce ties between both countries and add momentum to their increasing, multi-faceted cooperation in diverse fields.


Pakistan’s KP province to sterilize stray dogs, say officials

Updated 15 November 2019

Pakistan’s KP province to sterilize stray dogs, say officials

  • The provincial administration previously killed these animals, but the practice was banned by a court that called it inhumane
  • The overall project to deal with stray dogs may cost about Rs50 million

PESHAWAR: Following a volley of citizen complaints, the Water and Sanitation Services Peshawar (WSSP) in the country’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has decided to start sterilizing thousands of stray dogs to cease their reproduction soon after the completion of the first-ever census of these animals by next week, an official said on Friday.
“Backed by thousands of staff, a comprehensive survey of stray dogs in Peshawar will be completed by coming Monday which will then set the sterilization process of these canines in motion,” Hassan Ai, media manager at the WSSP, told Arab News.
He added the provincial government previously killed stray dogs but a court verdict banned the practice, calling it inhumane.
After a series of meetings and deliberations, the WSSP, in coordination with other departments, reached a sterilization mechanism which would prevent dogs from breeding further and reduce the danger of them biting the general public.
Dr. Syed Masoom Ali, district director of the Livestock Department, told Arab News his team would carry out the sterilization and vaccination process for stray dogs.
“The male dogs will be surgically neutered while the female dogs will undergo spaying surgeries. The dogs will be tagged with microchips and a ribbon will also be tied to their collars to identify them after vaccination and sterilization,” he added.
Dr. Ali said a spacious location had been identified outside the city where these stray dogs would be kept for four days after necessary medical formalities.
The WSSP surged to action after it received an overwhelming number of citizen complaints through an app, Safa Pekhawar (Clean Peshawar), regarding stray dogs in the city.
Depending on the success of the drive, the provincial government could think about extending the program to other big cities of the province as well, said the WSSP media manager.
The vaccination of one dog, he said, would cost Rs2500. The vaccinated animals, he continued, would be kept in a solitary place for 15 days, adding that a rough estimate suggested that the project would cost Rs50 million.
“It is premature to say about the number of stray dogs in Peshawar city, but a ballpark estimate suggests it has surged to 15000,” Hassan Ali said.