Kashmiris look to Muslim world for help - Qureshi

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi interacting with his Saudi counterpart, Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, in Riyadh. (Photo Courtesy: Foreign Ministry of Pakistan)
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Updated 12 December 2019

Kashmiris look to Muslim world for help - Qureshi

  • Discusses bilateral relations with his Saudi counterpart in Riyadh
  • The two sides pledge to continue working for regional peace and stability

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Wednesday that people of Indian-administered Kashmir were expectantly looking at the international community, particularly the Muslim world, to help them get rid of “Indian atrocities” in the disputed Himalayan territory.
According to an official handout circulated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qureshi expressed these views while interacting with his Saudi counterpart, Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, in Riyadh.





Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi interacting with his Saudi counterpart, Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, in Riyadh. (Photo Courtesy: Foreign Ministry of Pakistan)

The two officials also discussed the bilateral relations between their countries and talked about the prevailing global and regional situation.
Qureshi briefed the Saudi foreign minister on the ongoing state of affairs in Indian-administered Kashmir, pointing out that New Delhi had deprived its residents of their basic human rights for nearly four months.
The two sides pledged to strengthen their diverse relations and continue to work for regional peace and stability.
Last week, representatives of the Saudi Shoura Council, led by the chairman Dr. Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh, arrived in Pakistan for meetings with the country’s top political leadership and members of parliament.
During one of the meetings, Prime Minister Imran Khan reaffirmed his commitment to deepen bilateral ties, and lauded the growing cooperation between the National Assembly and Saudi Shoura Council.


Pakistan to resume outbound international flights on Saturday

Updated 29 May 2020

Pakistan to resume outbound international flights on Saturday

  • International travel was suspended on March 21, as a measure to contain the spread of coronavirus
  • Airlines operating international flights will have to follow the SOPs of their destination countries

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will resume outbound international flight operations from Saturday, after having its airspace closed for commercial flights for over two months.
“Both national and foreign airlines shall be allowed to operate from all international airports of Pakistan with exception of Gwadar and Turbat,” the Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) said in a statement on Friday.
As the pandemic is not over, PCAA said airlines operating the flights will have to follow the standard operating procedures of their destination countries.
“SOPs for outbound international flights have already been issued according to which airlines will be required to follow the SOPs of the destination country. Additionally, disinfection of aircraft will be ensured and no congestion at airports shall be allowed,” the statement read.
International travel was suspended on March 21, as a measure to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Also on Friday, the PCAA said domestic flight volume would be increased, starting from June 1, to up to 45 percent of pre-pandemic operations from the current 20 percent, amid growing business and public demand for air travel. 
Domestic flights resumed at five airports on May 16, when the country started to reboot economic activity and ease coronavirus restrictions on businesses.
The five airports are Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore, Islamabad International Airport (IIAP), Quetta International Airport, and Bacha Khan International Airport in Peshawar.