Pak-Malaysia to boost defence coop
10th Joint Committee of Defence Coop reviewed
Akhtar JamalIslamabad—Pakistan and Malaysia have agreed to further strengthen their defence and strategic relationship following the conclusion of 10th Pakistan-Malaysia Joint Committee of Defence Cooperation (JCDC) Meeting held in Islamabad.
A high-powered Malaysian delegation led by Dato Sri Dr Haji Ismail Haji Ahmed, Secretary General of the Ministry of Defence, Malaysia attended the JCDC meeting and held constructive meetings with several top officials of Pakistani defence establishments. The two sides also agreed to the need for further promotion of closer cooperation particularly in areas of Defence and Defence Production.
Opposition parties weighing grand anti-PPP alliance
Islamabad—The victory of Abdul Qadir Gilani, son of the former Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and a candidate of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in the recent by-election of the NA-151, Multan, has raised concerns in the ranks and files of all the opposition parties compelling them to reassess their political strategies.
An independent candidate Shaukat Hayat Bosan who despite enjoying support of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI), Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) could not upset the Gilanis’ apple cart and went down fighting with 60,764 votes against Qadir GIlani’s 64,340 votes.
300 rockets from Pak territory fired: Kabul
Kabul—Afghanistan Sunday claimed that more than 300 heavy artillery shells and rockets were fired from Pakistani territory into Dangam district of eastern Kunar province in Friday and Saturday, killing at least four people.
According to the province spokesman, Afghanistan warned Pakistan that any further cross-border shelling could significantly harm relations, just days after the leaders of the two strife-torn neighbours met to talk peace.
Mukherjee wins Indian presidency
New Delhi—Former finance minister Pranab Mukherjee was elected Indian president on Sunday after votes from national and state lawmakers were counted in the race for the mainly ceremonial post.
Some analysts believe Mukherjee, a veteran from the ruling Congress party, may take a more active approach to the job than his predecessors as India struggles with a parliamentary deadlock and slowing economic growth.