Great potential for defense cooperation with Egypt — Pakistani president

Egyptian Commander-in-Chief and Minister for Defense and Military Production General Mohamed Ahmed Zaki calls on President Dr. Arif Alvi in Islamabad on Feb. 27, 2020. (APP)
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Updated 27 February 2020

Great potential for defense cooperation with Egypt — Pakistani president

  • Visiting Egyptian defense minister meets Pakistani PM, army chief, president, minister for defense production
  • Discusses military to military ties, defense and security cooperation with General Bajwa

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani President Dr. Arif Alvi said on Thursday Pakistan attaches high value to relations with Egypt and the two countries had strong defense relations.
Talking to Egyptian Commander in Chief and Minister for Defense General Mohamed Ahmed Zaki in Islamabad, Alvi said the two countries had great potential to cooperate in defense production, an official statement about the meeting said.




Egyptian Commander-in-Chief and Minister for Defense and Military Production General Mohamed Ahmed Zaki calls on President Dr. Arif Alvi in Islamabad on Feb. 27, 2020. (APP)

“The visit of Egypt’s Defense Minister was very successful and will further boost bilateral relations which are established on the basis of shared religion and brotherhood. We share Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) membership and have deep rooted relations in diverse fields including defense,” Pakistani foreign office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui told Arab News.
She said Pakistan wanted to strengthen the relationship through more high-level visits between the two countries.
 “We want to expand bilateral relations at all levels across all areas of interest, be it a political, economic, defense and cultural,” Farooqui said.
General Zaki is on a four-day official visit to Pakistan in which he held meetings with both civil and military leaders of the country and discussed bilateral, regional and international issues.
According to a statement by issued by the Prime Minister office, Egyptian Defense Minister called on Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday where Khan highlighted the close, cordial relations between Pakistan and Egypt.
“The Prime Minister underscored the shared commitment of the leadership in the two countries to deepen bilateral collaboration in diverse fields. He also reiterated the resolve to take Pakistan-Egypt relations to a new level,” the statement said, adding that PM Khan had invited President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience. 
“Gen. Zaki expressed satisfaction over the existing level of defense cooperation, including frequent exchange of visits, training exchange programs and joint exercises,” the statement added.
An Egyptian delegation headed by General Zaki also met Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa at GHQ on Wednesday.
During the meeting, matters of mutual interest, military to military ties, defense and security cooperation were discussed, the army’s media wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said.
Pakistan’s Minister for Defense Production Zobaida Jalal also met the visiting delegation and said both countries could put their strengths together and work for joint ventures and cooperation.
“I invite the visiting dignitary to visit Pakistani Defense Industries i.e Pakistan Ordinance Factories’, Heavy Industry Taxila, National Radio Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC) etc to see the defense capabilities of Pakistan,” Jalal said.
During the meeting, General Zaki invited The Pakistani delegation for a reciprocal visit and said, “these visits to defense industries will not only strengthen bilateral ties but will also make us familiar with mutual defense capabilities.”


Council of Islamic Ideology endorses suspension of congregational prayer

Updated 02 April 2020

Council of Islamic Ideology endorses suspension of congregational prayer

  • Chairman Dr. Qibla Ayaz says relatives of COVID-19 victims should be allowed to attend the funeral prayers
  • Says no group or sect was responsible for spreading the coronavirus in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) on Thursday endorsed the government's decision to suspend congregational prayer of more than five people to prevent the spread of coronavirus across the country.
After holding an emergency meeting in Islamabad to review the situation created by the global pandemic, the council chairman, Dr. Qibla Ayaz, addressed a news briefing wherein he highlighted the sanctity of human life in Islam.
According to an official handout circulated by the council that works as a constitutional body responsible for giving legal advice on Islamic matters to the government, the CII head noted that it was not right to consider that mosques had been shut down.
However, he added that the government's decision to limit the number of worshippers must be honored by people under the existing circumstances.
He also urged the administration not to treat religious clerics harshly and seek their assistance on the matter.
The council chairman noted that COVID-19 was not spread by any sect or group, and it was not right to blame the pilgrims or members of the Muslim missionary movement for the outbreak.
He said that the victims of the virus should be buried in accordance with their religious beliefs, adding that the bodies should be washed with precautionary care and the relatives of the deceased individuals should be allowed to participate in the funeral prayers.
Ayaz also noted that those who lose their lives to the infectious respiratory disease should be called martyrs and buried with respect.
The council chairman emphasized it was important to help minority religious communities in Pakistan, urging devout individuals with financial means to use their money set aside for religious rituals and activities to help people facing economic hardships.
He also noted that mosques should act like community centers to assist the unemployed and needy.