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PM Shehbaz leaves for UAE after concluding three-day visit to Saudi Arabia



  • PM Shehbaz will leave for UAE today from Saudi Arabia.
  • PM to meet Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
  • PM meets OIC Secretary-General Hissein Brahim Taha.

After completing his three-day visit to Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is heading to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a statement from the premier’s office said on Saturday. 

During his visit to the UAE, the prime minister will meet Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

During the meeting, both sides will discuss “matters of mutual interest, including bilateral relations of the countries”. 

Govt to promote interests of Muslim ummah: PM 

Before leaving for UAE, PM Shehbaz had met Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary-General Hissein Brahim Taha in Makkah. 

In his meeting, PM Shehbaz affirmed his government’s commitment to promoting the interests of the Muslim ummah as a cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy. 

“Pakistan, as the current chair of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, was looking forward to playing a proactive role with regard to the matters of interest and concern to the OIC member states,” the premier maintained. 

Thanking the secretary-general for OIC’s consistent and unequivocal support of the Kashmir cause, he urged the organisation to lead the diplomatic endeavours towards facilitating a peaceful and lasting solution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

Prime Minister Shehbaz invited the OIC to launch a concerted effort to stop the ongoing Israeli aggression against Al-Aqsa Mosque and other occupied Palestinian territories. He stressed that Israel must not be allowed to divide the blessed mosque, temporally and spatially, between the people of a different faith.

The PM also underscored the need for the provision of urgent humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people. 

He emphasised that the OIC should step up its efforts to counter growing Islamophobia at the international level.

The premier invited the secretary-general to pay a visit to Pakistan, to which he accepted the invitation. 

Reiterating his felicitations to the PM on assuming office, secretary-general Hissein also highlighted the important role that Pakistan has always played in the OIC as a founding member.

He also reaffirmed the OIC’s support for a just and peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute and expressed to resolve to work closely with Pakistan on key issues of concern to the Muslim ummah, especially Palestine, Afghanistan and Islamophobia.

PM Shehbaz Sharif meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman

A day earlier, PM Shehbaz had met Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman in Jeddah.

During the meeting, both the leaders discussed bilateral ties, including matters related to expanding business and trade.

Upon arrival at the Al-Salam Palace, Prime Minister Shehbaz was cordially welcomed by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, a guard of honour was also presented to the visiting dignitary.

According to the PM Office, matters related to strengthening bilateral and trade ties including cooperation in various fields were discussed in the meeting.

“PM Shehbaz Sharif met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The matters relating to expanding trade & business ties, increasing investment, & creating opportunities for Pakistan’s manpower came under discussion during the meeting,” said in a statement issued by PM’s office. 

Later, on his personal Twitter account, PM Shehbaz said that he had a “great meeting” with the Saudi crown prince. 

“We reaffirmed our commitment to taking Pakistan-Saudi ties to a new and higher level. I admired his visionary leadership and thanked him for according us a warm welcome and for always standing with Pakistan,” said PM Shehbaz.

He also said that the two leader discussed “ways and means” to further strengthen the bilateral relationship in all areas.

This was PM Shehbaz’s first foreign trip after assuming office earlier this month.

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Chief of Staff of the Turkish Army, called COAS




Chief of the Turkish General Staff General Metin Gürak met with Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir, NI (M), Chief of the Air Staff, and Chief of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu

The Turkish General Staff Chief paid General Syed Asim Munir a visit at GHQ. During their conversation, they covered a wide range of subjects of common concern, including defense, training, and programs meant to support peace and stability in the region. Recognizing their strong alliance, both parties pledged to increase defense cooperation.

The COAS emphasized how critical it is to advance the military cooperation that already exists between their armed forces.

The dignitary who was in Pakistan praised the country’s efforts to promote peace and stability in the region and the role played by the Pakistan Army in fighting terrorism.

The Turkish Army’s Chief of General Staff had earlier laid a floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada as a sign of respect after arriving at GHQ. A smartly uniformed contingent of the Pakistan Army provided the distinguished guest with a guard of honor.

At Air Headquarters in Islamabad, General Metin Gürak also paid a visit to Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu, the Chief of the Air Staff.

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Rain cancels out Pakistan vs. New Zealand’s opening Twenty20 international




As the rain returned, Shaheen Shah Afridi’s expertly timed in-swinger to dismiss Tim Robinson left only a two-ball match going on at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.

On-field umpires Aleem Dar and Ahsan Raza shook hands with the players and decided to call off the contest as soon as the rain started up again. Additionally, there was a thirty-minute delay in the planned fixture toss. Then, after winning the coin toss, Michael Bracewell, the captain of New Zealand, decided to bat first.

The players from both sides assembled shortly after for the national anthems, but more rain caused the proceedings to be postponed.

The match appeared likely to be called off before a ball was played due to the intensity of the second spell of rain. But after the rain stopped, the ground crew worked extremely hard, and the game might go into five overs.

The second game, which takes place at the same location on April 20, will pit the two teams against one another.

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The inaugural flight of Azerbaijan Airlines is between Baku and Karachi.




The national airline of Azerbaijan launched direct flights from Baku to Karachi today. There will be two weekly flights on this route, on Thursdays and Sundays.

The first flight will land in Karachi, and Azerbaijan’s ambassador, Khazar Farhadov, will be there to greet it.

This evening also marks the departure of the inaugural flight from Karachi to Baku, in addition to the arrival of the flight from Baku.

Azerbaijan Airlines said last month that it would be growing its network and flight operations in Pakistan.

Aviation insiders have verified that Azerbaijan Airlines is preparing to launch service to Karachi in the coming month of April.

In addition to its current services in Islamabad and Lahore, the airline plans to launch its Karachi route on April 18, with the inaugural flight anticipated to depart on that date.

Azerbaijan Airlines has been given permission to operate flights on the Karachi route, according to sources within the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Following a bilateral agreement between the two nations, Azerbaijan Airlines has been given permission to extend its operations in Pakistan.

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