Day: July 9, 2021

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COVID-19 claims 17 more lives, infects 1046 others

Karachi, July 09, 2021 (PPI-OT):As many as 17 more patients of Coronavirus died overnight lifting the death toll to 5,583 and 1046 new cases emerged when 15,391 tests were conducted. This he stated in a statement issued here on Friday. He added that 17 more patients of COVID-19 lost their lives lifting the death toll to 5,583 that constituted 1.6 percent death rate. Mr. Murad Ali Shah said that 15,391 samples were tested which detected 1046 cases that constituted 6.8 percent current detection rate. He added that so far 4,645,992 tests have been conducted against which 345,252 cases were diagnosed,

NA Standing Committee on Communications meets

Islamabad, July 09, 2021 (PPI-OT):7th meeting of the Standing Committee on Communications was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Ibadullah Khan, MNA. The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Chairman welcomed all participants and after a brief introduction of participants the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. The Bill titled “The National Highways Safety (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Government Bill)” was considered and after detailed discussion the Committee recommended that the Bill may be passed by the National Assembly. The Bill titled “The Pakistan Postal Services (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (moved by Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, MNA)”

Clear signs of 4th Covid wave in Pakistan: Asad Umar

Islamabad, July 09, 2021 (PPI-OT):Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar says field reports are showing complete disregard of the condition of vaccination for those attending indoor weddings and going to indoor restaurants and gyms. In a tweet on Friday, he said if the owners of these facilities do not show responsibility and ensure compliance, there will be no choice but to shut them down. He said two weeks back he had tweeted that our artificial intelligence models are showing possible emergence of 4th wave. Now there are clear early signs of 4th wave starting. Asad Umar said poor SOP

COAS, Chinese envoy discuss matters of mutual interest

Islamabad, July 09, 2021 (PPI-OT):Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong called on Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa at GHQ today (Friday). During the meeting, matters of mutual interest, regional security situation, bilateral cooperation in various fields and update on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor were discussed. The COAS thanked the Ambassador for unwavering Chinese support extended to Pakistan during testing times of pandemic. The Chinese Ambassador appreciated and acknowledged Pakistan's positive role in the region and pledged to play his role for further improvement in diplomatic cooperation between both countries. For more information, contact: Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

Prime Minister raises voice of Kashmiris at all international forums including UN, OIC: Farrukh

Islamabad, July 09, 2021 (PPI-OT):Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib says Prime Minister Imran Khan has proved himself a true ambassador of Kashmir. Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, he said Imran Khan has exposed the real face of India in front of the world. The Minister of State said the Prime Minister raised the voice of Kashmiris at all international forums including the United Nations and OIC. He said Pakistan will continue to support the Kashmir cause at any cost. Farrukh Habib said PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz is trying to deceive the people of Azad Kashmir

Pakistan welcomes Iran’s engagement with Afghan parties to achieve negotiated political settlement: Foreign Office

Islamabad, July 09, 2021 (PPI-OT):Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri has said Pakistan welcomes Iran’s engagement with Afghan parties to achieve a negotiated political settlement. In a response to media regarding the visit of Taliban and Afghan government delegations to Tehran, he said Pakistan considers the role of Iran in the Afghan peace process important. Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said Iran, like Pakistan, is a neighboring country of Afghanistan and host to millions of Afghan refugees. He expressed the hope that the Afghan parties would seize the opportunity and achieve an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement. For more information, contact:

Minister for Religious Affairs, EU Ambassador to Pakistan discuss ways to end increasing Islamophobia in west

Islamabad, July 09, 2021 (PPI-OT):Ambassador of European Union to Pakistan Androulla Kaminara called on Minister for Religious Affairs Noor-Ul-Haq Qadri in Islamabad on Friday. They discussed policies and performance of Ministry for religious freedom and rights of minorities. A detail discussion was held to end increasing Islamophobia in the west. For more information, contact: Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Government of Pakistan 4th Floor, Cabinet Block, Pak. Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan Tel: +92-51-9103557 Email: Website:

Securing peace in Afghanistan is shared responsibility of all stakeholders: Foreign Minister

Islamabad, July 09, 2021 (PPI-OT):Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has underscored that securing peace in Afghanistan is the shared responsibility of all stakeholders inside Afghanistan as well as key regional and international players. During a telephonic conversation with the U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, he said it is imperative for all relevant stakeholders to press all Afghan parties to engage constructively towards achieving an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement. He said, for its part, Pakistan will remain a reliable partner for peace in Afghanistan. On bilateral relations, the Foreign Minister emphasized Pakistan's commitment to forging a broad-based,