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PM Kakar says Israel following path of pharaohs



  • Premier asks ECO member states to rally behind Palestinians.
  • Terms Israel’s incessant, lethal bombardments “deplorable act”.
  • Issue must be addressed via UNSC and OIC resolutions, he says.

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar Thursday strongly condemned Israel’s war on Gaza, particularly the elimination of Palestinian children, likening it to the “pharaohs” who killed children on the advent of Prophet Moses’ birth.

Demanding for Israel’s offensive to be stopped immediately, the premier said: “Unfortunately, the people who claim to be the followers of [Prophet] Moses are following the path of pharaohs.”

PM Kakar’s condemnation came during the 16th Economic Cooperation Organisation Summit in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where he was delivering a speech before participants of member countries.

He insisted all ECO member states immediately rally behind Palestinians, stop the cessation of violence and encourage the humanitarian corridor to help the “unfortunate” and “defenceless” people of Palestine.

Condemning Israel for its atrocities on the residents of Gaza, PM Kakar said: “The incessant and lethal bombardments of Gaza by the Israeli forces is a deplorable act, which calls for international condemnation. This issue needs to be addressed in accordance with the relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) resolutions.”

The prime minister urged all the ECO member states to push for a ceasefire in Gaza, support the call for the provision of humanitarian assistance and rally efforts to hold Israel to account.

He also spoke about the plight of Kashmiris residing in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

“The Kashmir issue should be resolved according to the resolutions of the United Nations,” the premier stated.

PM Kakar acknowledges Afghanistan’s regional role

He said Pakistan seeks to work closely with the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) member states towards the shared goal towards building a peaceful, prosperous and interconnected Afghanistan.

PM Kakar acknowledged Afghanistan’s critical role in regional connectivity.

“Connectivity projects CASA-1000, Trans-Afghan railway, Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India Pipeline (TAPI) and others are not merely economic projects, they are also strategic investments in our shared future,” he said.

Therefore, the premier added, Pakistan looks forward to working with other ECO states for a peaceful, prosperous and interconnected Afghanistan.

Highlighting a major development in the investment landscape of Pakistan, the premier said: “The government has established a Special Investment Facilitation Council that will serve as a single window platform for multi-domain cooperation in five key sections including agriculture, defence production, information technology, energy and mining.”

He said that all state institutions involved in trade and investment are brought together under the SIFC umbrella.

“This body has the mandate to give directions to any government institutions and ensure policy continuation and execution,” Kakar said, addressing the summit attendees.

He emphasised that there are vast opportunities for investment in various sectors in Pakistan

The ECO region, the prime minister said, is blessed with natural resources, geographical contiguity, enterprising people and cultural heritage that is conserved as a basis to expand trade and economic integration in this area.

“Nevertheless, despite our enormous potential and infinite resources, we have a share of only 2% in global trade and 8% in intra-regional trade,” he said.

He maintained that development in the region is possible only through commercial activities in the region and trade corridors between ECO countries will play an important role.

“There is a need for more border and trade corridors in the ECO region,” he said.


SHC angered by lack of progress in ten cases involving missing persons




Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto said, “Even after 12 years, it has not yet been decided that the missing persons went themselves or someone took them by force.”

“The provincial Task Force and JIT are undoubtedly holding sessions. Justice Phulpoto stated, “The families of the missing people are concerned that they should receive relief.”

“After being with the AVCC for 12 years, the case of a missing citizen has now come to us,” an IO stated.

The investigating officers were instructed by the court to make daily progress in their inquiry.

The bench also requested reports from all of the nation’s prisons and detention facilities.

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On Quds Day, PM Shehbaz restates Pakistan’s solidarity for the Palestinian people.




In his speech on Juma tul Wida and the International Day of Al-Quds, he vehemently condemned the crimes committed by Israel in Gaza.

According to him, thirty-two thousand Palestinians—including seventeen thousand children—have died in Gaza since October of last year, and seventy thousand more have been injured. Access to humanitarian supplies has been purposefully restricted, and hospitals, refugee camps, and children’s schools have all been targeted.
He lamented that the unprovoked bombing of defenseless civilians in Gaza persisted in spite of the UN security council’s decision calling for a ceasefire.

According to the prime minister, Pakistan will stand by its armless Palestinian brothers and sisters diplomatically and morally until they are freed from Israeli occupation and an independent state is established in accordance with pre-1967 borders.

On the occasion of Juma tul Wida, the Prime Minister made a plea to Muslims worldwide, including those in Pakistan, asking them to remember their brothers and sisters in Palestine and Kashmir and to pray to God Almighty for the ability to overcome their challenges.

On the eve of Juma tul Wida, he also urged the country to pray for Pakistan’s peace, security, progress, and prosperity.

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The Punjab Assembly moved to make the manufacture of kites and strings a non-bailable offence.




Hina Parvez Butt, MPA for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), proposed the resolution. Concerns on the rising number of stray kite string events in the province were voiced in the resolution.

The resolution stated that while stray strings have taken many lives in Punjab, police are unable to contain the growing issue.

In her motion, the PML-N MPA urged the Punjab Assembly House to declare that offences involving kites and strings are not subject to bail, and they also urged judges to deny bail to those accused of the aforementioned crimes.

It is important to note that after a young person in Faisalabad died, Punjab police launched an operation to stop kite flying and sales in the region.

Public announcements cautioned the public against kite flying, while the police filed cases and detained makers of metal and kite strings.

On the orders of Chief Medical Officer Maryam Nawaz, police had on March 25 registered 245 cases and detained 242 kite flyers around the province.

In addition, the Karachi commissioner banned the selling of kites and their flying within the city after multiple people were gravely hurt by loose kite strings.

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