Pakistan navy ship Zulfiqar visits Aqaba port in Jordan

Pakistan Navy frigate Zulfiqar partipates in a drill with the Royal Jordanian Naval Force off the port of Aqaba. (Photo courtesy: Pakistan Navy)
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Updated 22 November 2020

Pakistan navy ship Zulfiqar visits Aqaba port in Jordan

  • PNS Zulfiqar's visit was a part of the navy's overseas deployment to the Mediterranean and Red Sea
  • The frigate took part in a passage exercise with the Jordanian fast attack craft Al-Hassan and patrol boats

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani naval ship Zulfiqar has visited the port of Aqaba in southern Jordan for a joint drill with the Royal Jordanian Naval Force, the Pakistan Navy said on Sunday.
PNS Zulfiqar's visit was a part of the navy's overseas deployment to the Mediterranean and Red Sea, according to a statement by the Pakistan Navy.
The commanding officer of PNS Zulfiqar met with government officials and Royal Jordanian Naval Force commander Col. Hisham Khaleel Al-Jarrah, who also inspected the Pakistani ship.
"The visit of PNS Zulfiqar is a reaffirmation of Pakistan Navy-Royal Jordanian Naval Force collaboration and will further serve to foster brotherly relations between Pakistan and Jordan," the statement said.
After the visit, the frigate took part in a passage exercise with the Jordanian fast attack craft Al-Hassan and patrol boats.


UNGA adopts Pakistan-sponsored resolution on respect for ‘sacred religious symbols’

Updated 16 min 37 sec ago

UNGA adopts Pakistan-sponsored resolution on respect for ‘sacred religious symbols’

  • Protests broke out in several Muslim countries, including Pakistan last month, over cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) 
  • Deliberate vilification and negative stereotyping of Islam perpetuates ‘clash of civilizations,’ Pakistan’s envoy to the UN says

ISLAMABAD: Despite opposition from the European Union and other western nations and India, the UN General Assembly Wednesday adopted a Pakistan and Philippines sponsored resolution on inter-religious dialogue that emphasized the need to respect “sacred religious symbols,” Pakistan’s state news agency reported on Thursday. 

The resolution received a majority of 90 votes, none against, with 52 abstentions, APP said.

Protests broke out in several Muslim countries, including Pakistan last month, over France’s response to a deadly attack in October on a teacher who showed cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to pupils during a civics lesson.

For Muslims, depictions of the Prophet are blasphemous.

Pakistan has condemned the recent re-printing of the cartoons. The French president has paid tribute to the murdered teacher, fueling further anger in the Muslim world. 

“Facing strong opposition from the powerful western bloc mainly based on freedom of expression, the Pakistan Mission worked hard to rally the OIC [Organization of Islamic Cooperation] and other developing countries to garner support for inclusion of new elements in the resolution,” APP reported. 

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Munir Akram, referred to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s repeated calls to the international community and the United Nations to counter Islamophobia and promote respect for religious sensitivities.

“Ambassador Akram also emphasized that the deliberate “vilification and negative stereotyping of adherents of one of the largest religions in the world –Islam — only perpetuates dangerous self-fulfilling prophecies such as the ‘clash of civilizations’ and must be addressed on urgent basis,” APP quoted the ambassador as saying. 

“After some intensive lobbying, the resolution acknowledges — for the first time — the significance and respect for religious symbols,” the state news agency added. “It also stressed that the exercise of the right to freedom of expression carries with it special duties and responsibilities, and must therefore be subjected to legitimate restrictions.”

“The resolution condemned any advocacy of religious hatred that constitutes incitement to violence or discrimination,” APP said, “and underlines the importance of interrelgious and intercultural dialogue as a valuable tool for promoting social cohesion, and peace and development in the world.”