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Pakistan has not put Somalia in negative list: sources

Pakistan has not put Somalia in negative list: sources

ISLAMABAD, MAR 18 (DNA)-. The sources in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan have dispelled the impression given in a  section of the press that Somalia has been put in the negative visa list.It may be mentioned here that according to some websites, it was reported that according to new visa policy, Pakistan along with India has also put Somalia in the negative list.Sources say the news is correct only in the case of India while for Somalia no such decision has been taken.

Foreign Minister of New Zealand phones FM Qureshi

Foreign Minister of New Zealand phones FM Qureshi

ISLAMABAD, MAR 17 (DNA) – The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of New Zealand, Rt. Honourable Winston Peters, called Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, on telephone and expressed his deepest condolences over the killing of Nine Pakistani nationals and one critically injured, in the terrorist attack on two mosques in the Christchurch, New Zealand, on 15 March.He conveyed his condolences and sympathies with the bereaved families of the innocent victims.

New Zealand wants answers from tech giants after mosque attack livestream

New Zealand wants answers from tech giants after mosque attack livestream

WELLINGTON: (DNA) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Sunday said she would be looking for answers from Facebook and other social media firms about how an attack that killed 50 mosque-goers was livestreamed on their platforms.Saying there were “further questions to be answered” by the tech giants, Ardern said Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg had been in contact and “acknowledged what has occurred here in New Zealand”.A horrific video shot by the gunmen who carried out the mosque massacre was livestreamed on Facebook before being removed by the company.

Band performance; delicious cuisines add color to Francophonie festival

Band performance; delicious cuisines add color to Francophonie festival

ISLAMABAD, MAR 17 (DNA) – Spell-binding band performances and delicious delicacies of various Francophonie member countries added color to the Francophonie Festival held the French Culture Center.Embassies of Argentina, France, Tunisia, Belgium and Switzerland displayed various items at the stalls. Visitors enjoyed home-made delicacies especially prepared by the spouses of the ambassadors for the event.Visitors literally pounced upon the Tunisian stall when it was opened for people. A variety of Tunisian delicacies and traditional Tunisian handicrafts attracted audience in large number.

Iran envoy emphasizes strong counter-terrorism cooperation

Iran envoy emphasizes strong counter-terrorism cooperation

ISLAMABAD, MAR 16 (DNA): Ambassador of Iran to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost has called for stronger counter-terrorism cooperation between Iran and Pakistan.The ambassador was speaking at a seminar on ‘Pak-Iran Relations: Current scenario and future prospects’ at Islamabad Policy Institute (IPI).“Iran and Pakistan are victims of terrorism. This concern should be at the top of the agenda of negotiations and consultations between the relevant authorities,” he said.

Belt and Road cooperation brings benefits to Sri Lanka

Belt and Road cooperation brings benefits to Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, MAR 16 (DNA): In recent years, western scholars and media have been pointing fingers at China-Sri Lanka cooperation under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, accusing China of leading Sri Lanka into a “debt trap”.However, with cooperation between the two countries growing stronger and broader, such accusations have been proven to be totally baseless.The cooperation between China and Sri Lanka dates back to decades ago. Even during Sri Lanka’s civil war which lasted for nearly 30 years and ended in 2009, China helped Sri Lanka by constructing the A9 Highway in the war-torn areas.

Six Pakistanis martyred in Christchurch terror attacks, confirms FO

Six Pakistanis martyred in Christchurch terror attacks, confirms FO

ISLAMABAD, MAR 16 (DNA) – At least six Pakistani citizens have died in the Christchurch terrorist attack, Foreign Office confirmed on Saturday.Three other Pakistanis are still missing and yet to be identified, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said in a statement on Twitter.Authorities in New Zealand have identified the Pakistani martyred as Sohail Shahid, Syed Jahandad Ali, Syed Areeb Ahmed, Mahboob Haroon, Naeem Rashid and his son Talha Naeem.