Pakistan officials say roadside bomb kills 2 soldiers

A bomb blast killed two soldiers in country's Northwest, Pakistan. (AP)
Updated 18 August 2019
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Pakistan officials say roadside bomb kills 2 soldiers

  • Planted bomb exploded when a security forces vehicle was patrolling in South Waziristan
  • Area has been a stronghold of militants until the army carried out multiple offensives against them

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan: Pakistani intelligence officials say a roadside bomb attack has killed two army soldiers in the country’s northwest.
The officials say the planted bomb exploded Saturday afternoon when a security forces vehicle was patrolling in Ladha area of South Waziristan.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but past such attacks have been claimed by Pakistani Taliban.
South Waziristan has been a stronghold of Mahsud militants until the army carried out multiple offensives against them in recent years.
The army claims to have cleared the area near the Afghan border of Islamic militants.


Makkah, Karachi chambers agree to jointly develop business sector

Updated 14 min 56 sec ago
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Makkah, Karachi chambers agree to jointly develop business sector

  • Saudi Arabia is one of the top exporters to Pakistan
  • Mutual events and joint investment can help enhance bilateral business ties, says MCCI chief

MAKKAH: Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) chief Hisham bin Mohammed Kaaki met with his Pakistani counterpart Junaid Ismail, president of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on Sunday in a bid to explore ways of jointly developing the business sector of the two countries, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The meeting, headed by the visiting Saudi official, aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and to mull over areas of shared interests for the business community in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
Ibrahim Bardisi, secretary-general of the MCCI, was also in the attendance.
Kaaki said that the visit to KCCI would help strengthen mutual cooperation, exchange of expertise, arrange bilateral visits and events, in addition to organizing forums and exhibitions to help develop private sector and result in strong ties between the entrepreneurs on both sides. 
He added that interaction between the Saudi and Pakistani business community can be enhanced through various mutual activities, exhibitions and joint investments.
He lauded the relations between the two countries noting that he highly valued his visit to KCCI, which was Pakistan’s largest business body.
Ismail highlighted that Pakistan had a well developed textile and military industry, in addition to offering prospects in technology sector, civil engineering and other scopes of mutual interest. Organizing exhibitions would help strengthen bilateral ties indeed, he said.
The non-oil Saudi exports to Pakistan in the last five years are estimated at SR17 billion ($4.42 billion), including food items and construction material estimated at SR191 million and SR965 million respectively.
The Kingdom is one of the top exporters to Pakistan, while the latter exports textile goods, cloth, processed cotton, rice, meat, fruits, vegetables, spices, leather products, electronic and chemicals to Saudi Arabia.