Saturday, August 19, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017
Islamabad, 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.
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MS NAUERT: Okay.
QUESTION: Thank you. This is Jahanzaib Ali from ARY News TV. The under secretary of state, Alice Wells, just came back from Pakistan --
MS NAUERT: Yes.
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.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Saturday, August 5, 2017
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
#ShahidKhaqanAbbasi sworn in as Pakistani 28th PM shortly after parliament elects him with clear majority https://t.co/Qb2k5OeAMM pic.twitter.com/TnTyOzabui— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) August 1, 2017
..Pakistani lawmakers elect Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as prime minister to replace ousted Nawaz Sharif pic.twitter.com/AhGpJDXtI0— Reuters Pakistan (@ReutersPakistan) August 1, 2017
|Shahid Khaqan Abbasi|
|24th Prime Minister of Pakistan|
1 August 2017
|Preceded by||Nawaz Sharif|
|Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources|
7 June 2013 – 28 July 2017
|Prime Minister||Nawaz Sharif|
|Preceded by||Asim Hussain|
|Minister for Commerce|
31 March 2008 – 13 May 2008
|Prime Minister||Yousaf Raza Gillani|
|Preceded by||Humayun Akhtar Khan|
|Succeeded by||Ameen Faheem|
|Chair of the Pakistan International Airlines|
27 December 1997 – 12 October 1999
|Prime Minister||Nawaz Sharif|
|Preceded by||Farooq Umar|
|Succeeded by||Ahmad Saeed|
|Born||27 December 1958 (age 58)|
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
|Political party||Pakistan Muslim League (N)|
|Relatives||Khaqan Abbasi (Father)|
Sadia Abbasi (Sister)
|Education||University of California, Los Angeles (BSc)|
George Washington University(MEng)