PM Khan reiterates resolve to deepen ties with Oman

A delegation led buy Lt. General Ahmad Bin Harith Bin Nassir Al-Nabhani, Chief of Staff Sultan's Armed Forces, Oman, met Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on Oct. 17, 2019. (PID)
Updated 17 October 2019

PM Khan reiterates resolve to deepen ties with Oman

  • Both sides discussed enhancement of trade and transportation links between the two countries
  • Khan expressed satisfaction on existing level of defense cooperation

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Staff of Sultan’s Armed Forces of Oman Lt. Gen. Ahmed Bin Harith Al-Nabhani called on Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday and discussed bilateral, regional and international issues, PM Office said in a statement.
During the meeting, PM Khan highlighted the close and cordial relations between the two countries and “reiterated the resolve to further deepen bilateral cooperation in diverse fields. Matters related to enhancement of trade and transportation links were also discussed,” read the statement.
Lt. Gen. Al-Nabhani conveyed the cordial greetings of Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Said Al-Said.
“He noted the strong Oman-Pakistan bilateral relations and expressed satisfaction over the existing level of defense cooperation, including frequent exchange of visits, training exchange programs and joint exercises,” the statement added.
Premier Khan apprised the visiting general on the situation in Indian-administered Kashmir, including the inhuman lockdown, curfew and communications blockade which, he pointed out, had continued since August 5 and severely impacted the lives of over eight million Kashmiris.
He stressed that the implementation of the United Nations Security Councils (UNSC) resolutions was the only solution to the protracted dispute.
General Ahmed Bin Harith Al-Nabhani expressed admiration for the prime minister’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly and lauded his initiative for de-escalation of tensions in the Gulf region.
Earlier this week, Oman’s general met with Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday and lauded the role of his institution in fighting terrorism.


Russian vaccine not yet approved in Pakistan, says drug regulator

Updated 24 January 2021

Russian vaccine not yet approved in Pakistan, says drug regulator

  • Data was reviewed by the expert committee and more information is required before approval: DG health
  • So far, Pakistan has approved only two vaccines for emergency use

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has not yet approved the Russian Sputnik V vaccine for emergency use in the country, the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) told Arab News on Sunday, after local media reported it had been green lighted by the government for ‘emergency use.’
“Emergency use of Russian vaccine is not allowed yet,” Akhtar Abbas, spokesperson for DRAP said.
“The matter is pending with registration and policy boards. Sputnik-V vaccine has been registered by the DRAP and registration is half the procedure,” he said, but added that the company that had applied for the vaccine still required clearance for approval.
“Once (clearance) is done, DRAP will give approval for the third vaccine.”
Last week, Pakistan Drug Regulatory Authority (DRAP) authorized the Oxford University-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use in the country, followed a few days later by the Chinese state-owned firm Sinopharm’s Covid-19 vaccine, also for emergency use.
“The emergency use authorization has not been given yet (for Sputnik V). They have applied for it. Their data was reviewed by the expert committee and they asked for more information. It’s in process,” Pakistan’s Director General for health, Dr. Rana Mohammed Safdar, told Arab News on Sunday.
Pakistan has reported 48 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours and an increase of almost 1,600 cases, bringing the total case count in the country to 532,412, according to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) which overseas the national coronavirus response.