Chief Editor: Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Japan provides 2nd cache of assistance to fight COVID-19

ISLAMABAD, APR 7 (DNA) – The Government of Japan has decided to provide grant of USD 250,000 through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to the Government of Pakistan to equip Pakistani people to fight against the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection.With this support of IFRC, the Government of Pakistan will be strengthened on surveillance, contact tracing, screening and will also be equipped with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), medical consumables and medical equipment to prevent the spread of COVID-19. IFRC will contribute to reducing morbidity, mortality and social impacts of COVID-19 outbreak by preventing or slowing transmission and helping to ensure communities affected by the outbreak to maintain access to basic social services.

KNB scholarship cancelled for 2020

ISLAMABAD, APR 6 (DNA) -Due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, the Government of Indonesia has decided to cancel the KNB Scholarship 2020.According to a communiqué, those who have submitted the application to Embassy would be considered as applicants for KNB Scholarship 2021.The embassy has thanked the applicants for expressing interest in this scholarship programme.=DNA

22 Uzbek nationals repatriate to Tashkent

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ISLAMABAD, APR 6 (DNA) –  The Embassy of Uzbekistan in Pakistan with help of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan and PIA, successfully repatriated 22 Uzbek citizens from Pakistan to Tashkent through a special flight of Pakistan International Airlines.This flight also brought back 128 stranded Pakistani nationals from Republic of Uzbekistan to Pakistan.Taking this opportunity, Embassy of Uzbekistan and Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Pakistan Furqat Sikikov emphasized that significant and friendly gesture made by Pakistani partners once again demonstrated bright example of brotherly and close relationships between Uzbekistan and Pakistan.

Asad Qaisar writes letter to Larijani

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ISLAMABAD, APR 6 (DNA) – Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan Asad Qaisar has expressed solidarity with Dr. Ali Ardeshir Larijani Speaker of Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran and people of Iran, in a letter written on April 6, 2020.Asad Qaisar said ongoing issue of Coronavirus poses a threat to the well being of the entire humanity, which is all the more reason the world should come together to combat the epidemic disease for safety of our people.

Pakistanis brought back from Uzbekistan

ISLAMABAD, APR 6 (DNA) – One hundred and twenty-eight stranded Pakistanis in Uzbekistan were brought back to the country through a special flight of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Monday.According to a press release issued by the embassy, as a humanitarian gesture, the same flight also brought back 22 Uzbek nationals from Pakistan.These stranded Pakistani nationals included tourists who came to Republic of Uzbekistan on short-term visa and could not return to Pakistan due to suspension of international flights following COVID-19 outbreak.

SCO Secy Gen to visit Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, APR 6 (DNA) – Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephone conversation with the Secretary General of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Mr. Vladimir Norov.Both leaders exchanged views on adopting an effective strategy to contain the COVID-19 Pandemic and facing the challenges posed by it.The Foreign Minister briefed the Secretary General on the measures being taken by Pakistan to contain Covid-19 Pandemic.

Japan offers assistance, expertise to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, APR 6 (DNA) – Ambassador of Japan, Kuninori Matsuda said that the Japanese government was ready to provide its expertise and any sort of assistance to the government of Pakistan if required in the current hard times.“Japanese Government supports the people of Pakistan in these trying times and is ready to offer its expertise and any sort of assistance to the government of Pakistan if the situation so requires,” the Ambassador told Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue, Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh during a call on meeting.