Chief Editor: Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

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EXCLUSIVE: GREF comes into being to counter anti-CPEC moves

Pakistan, China together with Iran and Russia establish think- tank; Turkey and Afghanistan may also be included at later stage; GREF meant to protect economic interests of member countries

By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

ISLAMABAD, DEC 21 (DNA)-  Pakistan and China together with Iran and Russia have conceived a joint strategy to effectively counter particularly the Indian moves against China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) for which Golden Ring Economic Forum (GREF) has been established.The bloc that would mainly focus on economic challenges being faced by the member countries, is likely to reduce especially Pakistani’s economic dependence on other countries, including the United States of America.


Accountability court summons head of Panamagate JIT with original records

ISLAMABAD, FEB 19 (DNA) – An accountability court in Islamabad, hearing the Avenfield Apartments reference, has summoned Wajid Zia, head of the Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT) with original records on February 22. The original records would be required during statements of two foreign witnesses.This will be the first time Wajid Zia and Nawaz Sharif will be present in the same court together.


Naqeebullah case: SC issues contempt of court notice to Rao Anwar after he fails to appear

ISLAMABAD, FEB 16 (DNA) -The Supreme Court on Friday issued contempt of court notice to former Malir senior superintendent police (SSP) Rao Anwar after he failed to appear in the hearing. The case was heard by a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar at the Islamabad registry. The hearing was adjourned initially as there was no sign of Anwar in the court. After waiting for him quite long, the court issued contempt of court notice and directed all the law enforcement agencies to find the absconding ex-SSP’s location.


Over 50 Palestinians died awaiting Israeli medical permit: WHO

GAZA CITY (DNA) – More than 50 Palestinians died waiting for Israeli visas to travel for medical treatment last year, with only around half of all applications granted, new figures showed Tuesday. A total of 54 Palestinians died awaiting permits in 2017, the World Health Organization said, in what rights activists called an overly bureaucratic system which deprives Palestinians of their right to healthcare. The WHO said it did not have a directly comparable figure for 2016, but Al Mezan Center for Human Rights said it had recorded only a couple per annum in previous years.


Hasnain Raza Mirza: Golden Ring Economic Forum a landmark initiative

Hasnain Raza Mirza is President of Golden Ring Economic Forum (GREF). He talked to Centreline and DNA about various aspect of the Gref. Here is the first part of his interview. Second part shall appear in the next issue of Centreline


What forced you to form the Golden Ring Economic Forum (GREF)?

From the start of civilizations all geopolitical activities were based on economic interests of a nation or the rulers. With the passage of time definitions kept changing but the actual base remained the same. Similarly, the definition of “Strategic Depth” has also changed in today’s world. Now the Strategic Depth is no more a physical land depth but it is economic depth and security. The concept discussed herein is based on this definition.


Democracy best way to serve people: President Widodo



Indonesian President Joko Widodo has called for a firm commitment to democracy as it is the only way to serve interests of the people. He was addressing the joint session of the Parliament in Islamabad soon after his arrival on January 26. The Indonesian President said democracy provides space for people in decision-making process, helps maintain political stability and achieve growth. Joko Widodo said economy of a country or a region can grow if there is political stability and security. He said economic activities will never take place if there is conflict or war. He said conflicts and wars benefit no one and people mainly women and children become most impacted in such situations.

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Jahangir Khan becomes Brand Ambassador for Serena

ISLAMABAD, FEB 06 (DNA) – Serena Hotels announced renowned squash legend, Mr. Jahangir Khan would be the Brand Ambassador of Serena Hotels Sports Diplomacy Initiative. The signing ceremony formalized a relationship that began with Jahangir Khan’s involvement in various squash tournaments supported by Serena Hotels. Serena Hotels sports diplomacy calendar includes a range of tournaments and competitions, in golf, polo, cricket, football, skiing, tennis and squash.