Pakistan PM receives Bahrain’s highest civil award

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Bahrain's King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, right, confers the country's highest civil award to Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan at Al-Sakhir Palace in Bahrain on Dec. 16, 2019. (Supplied)
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Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives at Manama, Bahrain on 16th Dec, 2019. ( Photo Courtesy: Foreign Office Pakistan)
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Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives at Manama, Bahrain on 16th Dec, 2019. ( Photo Courtesy: Foreign Office Pakistan)
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Updated 17 December 2019

Pakistan PM receives Bahrain’s highest civil award

  • This is Khan’s first state visit to Bahrain since assuming office in August 2018
  • Pakistan and Bahrain closely coordinate in multilateral fora including the UN, OIC, and GCC

ISLAMABAD: King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa on Monday conferred Bahrain’s highest civilian recognition on Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Khan arrived at Manama on his first visit to the country since assuming office in August 2018, the PM Office said in a statement.
Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, received the Pakistani premier accompanied by a high-level delegation.




Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives at Manama, Bahrain on Dec. 16, 2019. (Photo courtesy: Foreign Office Pakistan)

“During the visit, (the prime minister) will have a one-on-one meeting with His Majesty Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa and hold delegation-level talks with Crown Prince His Royal Highness Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa,” said the official statement. “The exchange of views would cover the entire gamut of bilateral relations and matters pertaining to regional and international issues.”




Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives at Manama, Bahrain on Dec. 16, 2019. (Photo courtesy: Foreign Office Pakistan)

“Pakistan and Bahrain enjoy close cordial ties based on commonalities of faith and culture and marked by mutual trust and understanding,” the statement added. “The bilateral relationship is broad-based and multifaceted, covering diverse fields … Pakistan and Bahrain closely coordinate in multilateral fora including the UN, OIC, and GCC.”




Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives at Manama, Bahrain on Dec. 16, 2019. (Photo courtesy: Foreign Office Pakistan)

The ministry noted that the two countries had also established institutional mechanisms, including Bilateral Political Consultations and Joint Ministerial Commission, to bolster bilateral cooperation.
“Over 100,000 Pakistani expatriate community, which contributes to the socio-economic development of Bahrain, acts as a strong human bridge between the two countries,” the official handout maintained.
“The Prime Minister’s visit to Bahrain will enable the two sides to explore ways and means to further deepen bilateral trade and investments ties,” the statement continued. “The visit is of special significance and will impart a strong impetus to both sides’ endeavors to forge a closer, multifaceted bilateral relationship.”


At least 105 killed, 96 injured by extreme weather in Pakistan

Updated 17 January 2020

At least 105 killed, 96 injured by extreme weather in Pakistan

  • The majority of casualties have been reported in Azad Kashmir
  • In Balochistan, all blocked roads are already open for traffic

ISLAMABAD: At least 105 people have been killed and 96 injured by avalanches, landslides and other extreme weather-related incidents, mainly in Azad Kashmir, Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) confirmed on Friday.
The number of destroyed houses has risen to nearly 1,300 as rescue efforts continue and more reports are arriving.

Rescue workers clear a snow-covered road to make way for an ambulance to reach the areas affected by heavy snowfall and avalanches, in Neelum Valley near line of control (LoC) in Pakistan on Jan. 14, 2020. (REUTERS)

The majority of casualties have been reported in Azad Kashmir, where heavy rains and snowfall triggered avalanches, especially in the Neelum Valley area.
The avalanches and other rain-related incidents have killed 78 people, NDMA spokesman Saqib Mumtaz, told Arab News on Thursday evening. Fifty-six people were injured in the region.
“Food and non-food relief items including tents, blankets, first aid kits, tarpaulins, kitchen accessories, plastic mats and mattresses were distributed in the affected areas of district Neelum Valley,” the NDMA said in an earlier statement.

A man removes snow from outside his house after heavy snowfall, in Keran, a small town in Neelum Valley, in Azad Kashmir on Jan. 14, 2020. (AP)

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday visited Muzaffarabad, the capital city of Azad Kashmir, to review the ground situation and see the injured at a military hospital in Muzaffarabad.
In Balochistan, local government spokesman Liaquat Shahwani said that 20 people were killed in various extreme weather-related incidents in the province. “The situation is under control and all stranded people have been rescued,” he said. According to NDMA, another 23 people were wounded.

Rescue and relief efforts are underway on Jan. 15. (Photo courtesy: ISPR)

Five people died and 13 were injured in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while two people died and four were injured in Gilgit-Baltistan, according to the NDMA’s data from Friday.
Government authorities are working to clear the roads in the affected areas. In Balochistan, all are already open for traffic.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has warned that heavy rains and snow in northwestern parts of Balochistan may result in flash floods. The province has recorded the heaviest snowfall in two decades, according to the PMD.

Local residents carry water pots above their heads as they walk back to their homes after heavy snowfall in Khanozai area some 75 kms in northeast of the provincial capital Quetta on Jan. 14, 2020. (AFP)

A westerly wave has also engulfed the upper parts of the country, the PMD said in a statement on Tuesday, forecasting cold and dry weather in most parts of Pakistan and extremely frigid climate in north Balochistan.
Floods in Balochistan have reportedly affected the freight train service between Pakistan and Iran.