Saturday, August 19, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

Acting Assistant Secretary of State Alice Wells travels to Pakistan

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standingImage may contain: 2 people, people sitting, table and indoorIslamabad, August 04, 2017: Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs and Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Alice Wells visited Islamabad August 3 and 4 as part of her introductory trip to the region.
In Islamabad, she met with Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Zubair Hayat. She also met with a group of Pakistani students and teachers who have participated in a U.S. Department of State-funded two- year English-language course of study known as the Access Microscholarship program.
In her meetings with Pakistan’s leaders, Ambassador Wells expressed appreciation for Pakistan’s significant sacrifices in the fight against terrorism. Noting the ongoing South Asia Policy Review, Ambassador Wells underscored the value of cooperation across a range of sectors and mutual interests, including security, trade, and the stability and security of Afghanistan. She stressed that Pakistani soil must not be used to plan or conduct terrorist attacks against its neighbors.
Ambassador Wells congratulated Pakistan on the upcoming 70th anniversary of its independence, noting the occasion also marked the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations and partnership between America and Pakistan.

Contact: U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section (051-201-5427, 051-201-4423)

QUESTION: Thank you. This is Jahanzaib Ali from ARY News TV. The under secretary of state, Alice Wells, just came back from Pakistan --
QUESTION: -- and can you just tell us what kind of discussions were held there to bring peace in the region? And secondly, you just talked about the Afghan policy, and you just said that it’s under review. You said like a couple of weeks ago that military option is not the only option in Afghanistan. So what kind of efforts are being initiated to bring the Taliban or other stakeholders on the table with other countries? Thank you so much.
MS NAUERT: So as you mentioned, Alice Wells, our acting assistant secretary, just returned from the region, where she was in Pakistan, she was in India, and I believe she may have been in Afghanistan as well. I know that was her first initial trip in this position in order to talk with people and learn more about some of their priorities and their thoughts. Beyond that, I have not had a chance to sit down and talk with her, specifically about what she learned and what our plan is. As you well know, our Afghan review policy is underway as is our Pakistan review policy. I don’t want to get ahead of those. I don’t want to get ahead of where the administration is going to come down because those conversations are still ongoing. Okay. Okay.

امریکی فوج کی سینٹرل کمانڈ کے وفد کا دورہ پاکستان

Saturday, August 5, 2017

PM Abbasi's First Cabinet Sworn-in

Here is the list of cabinet members and their portfolios

ISLAMABAD: Forty-six member Federal Cabinet of Interim Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi took oath at a ceremony at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on Friday.

The cabinet includes 28 federal ministers and 18 ministers of state.

Yesterday, a 47-member cabinet was finalised by PML-N leadership; however, due to the refusal of Daniyal Aziz to take oath, the number of cabinet members stood at 46.

Reports said Daniyal Aziz had arrived to take oath but got angry when the PML-N leader knew that he has been given the portfolio of State Minister, instead of Federal Minister.

The cabinet members and their portfolios are:

1. Ishaq Dar, Federal Minister of Finance

2. Khawaja Asif, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs

3. Ahsan Iqbal, Interior Minister

4. Khurram Dastgir, Defense Minister

5. Sardar Muhammad Yousaf, Minister for Religious Affairs

6. Saad Rafique: Minister of Railways

7. Sheikh Aftab, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs

8. Abdul Qadir Baluch, Minister of SAFRON

9. Baleegh Ur Rehman, Education and Training

10. Akram Durrani, Minister of Housing

11. Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination

12. Mushaid Ullah, Minister of Climate Change

13. Kamran Michael, Minister for Port and Shipping

14. Pervez Malik, Minister for Commerce and Trade

Others who sworn in as the federal ministers included Barjees Tahir, Parvaiz Malik, Zahid Hamid, Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar,  Salahuddin Tirmizi and Rana Tanveer.

While Ministers of States are Tariq Fazal Chaudhry , Mohsin Shah Nawaz Ranjha, Marriyum Aurangzeb,  Pir Ameer ul Hasnat, Anusha Rahman, Jam Kamal Khan, Talal Chuadhry, Barrister Usman Ibrahim, Junaid Anwaar Chaudhary, Abdul Rehman Kanjo, Awais Laghari, Ghalib Khan, Ayaz Shirazi, Chaudhry Jafar Iqbal, Dostain Khan and Saira Afzal Tarar. - Samaa

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Abbasi Sworn-in as interim PM winning 221 votes PMLN protests in NA

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi
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24th Prime Minister of Pakistan
Assumed office
1 August 2017
PresidentMamnoon Hussain
Preceded byNawaz Sharif
Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources
In office
7 June 2013 – 28 July 2017
Prime MinisterNawaz Sharif
Preceded byAsim Hussain
Minister for Commerce
In office
31 March 2008 – 13 May 2008
Prime MinisterYousaf Raza Gillani
Preceded byHumayun Akhtar Khan
Succeeded byAmeen Faheem
Chair of the Pakistan International Airlines
In office
27 December 1997 – 12 October 1999
Prime MinisterNawaz Sharif
Preceded byFarooq Umar
Succeeded byAhmad Saeed
Personal details
Born27 December 1958 (age 58)
Political partyPakistan Muslim League (N)
RelativesKhaqan Abbasi (Father)
Sadia Abbasi (Sister)
EducationUniversity of California, Los Angeles (BSc)
George Washington University(MEng)
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