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Saudi Arabia denies meeting with Israeli minister

That Trade Minister Majid bin Abdullah al-Qasabi was standing with his Nigerian counterpart when an unknown person approached the minister to congratulate him, said Saudi media.

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Abu Dhabi: Saudi Arabia has denied that there was a meeting between its trade minister and his Israeli counterpart on Monday.

A video of the alleged conversation between the Saudi trade minister and his Israeli counterpart on the sidelines of the World Trade Organization (WTO) conference in Abu Dhabi went viral.

Saudi Arabia's official news agency Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported, citing official Saudi sources, that Trade Minister Majid bin Abdullah al-Qasabi was standing with his Nigerian counterpart when an unknown person approached the minister to congratulate him.

He later introduced himself as the Minister of Economy in the Israeli government, SPA said, citing official Saudi sources.

Israel's Minister of Economy and Industry Nir Barkat, referring to the talks held on Monday, expressed confidence that the two countries can make history together.

It is pertinent to note that trade ministers from around the world gathered on Monday for a four-day meeting of the WTO aimed at setting new global trade rules.

Talks between the two countries were rare due to the lack of formal ties, although efforts were made by the United States to bring Israel and the United States closer together.

According to the Saudi Press Agency, sources say that Saudi Arabia's steadfast stance on the Palestinian cause and the support of the Palestinian people against Israeli aggression were also emphasized.

On the other hand, US President Joe Biden addressing an interview said that Saudi Arabia is ready to recognize Israel. Biden stated that he is in contact with six Arab countries, including Qatar.

He added that the cease-fire in Gaza will give them an opportunity to move in the direction that many Arab countries are ready for.

The American president continued to say that a two-state solution is necessary to maintain the existence of Israel. If Israel does not ensure the safety of the lives of Palestinians in Rafah, it will lose international support.

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Bilawal forms committee for presidential elections campaign 

According to the details, spokesperson of Bilawal house stated that Yusuf Raza Gillani, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Khursheed Shah and Naveed Qamar included in this committee.

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Karachi: Pakistan Peoples party’s (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has formed a committee for presidential elections campaign.

According to the details, spokesperson of Bilawal house stated that Yusuf Raza Gillani, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Khursheed Shah and Naveed Qamar included in this committee.

It should be noted that Bilawal Bhutto stated that Arif Alvi could not handle the presidency so instead of impeachment bring a new president through the elections process.

PPP’s chairman said that it is declared in the constitution that in any case assembly’s session will be summoned on February 29.

He claimed that two case will be filed against Arif Alvi, one will be to break the assembly on the time of vote of no confidence and the second one will be not summoning the national assembly’s session according to the constitution.

Bilawal affirmed that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will also be a part of Asif Zardari’s reconciliation process.  

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US dismisses Imran Khan's allegations as lies

Matthew Miller replied that these accusations are false and fake. 'I want the Pakistani people to be able to decide the future of their government and the country’.

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Washington DC: The United States has dismissed the allegations of former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan regarding interference in Pakistani politics as false and false.

The spokesperson of US State Department Matthew Miller reacted strongly to the question in this regard.

Journalists asked the spokesperson that the United States wants to win the hearts of people in other countries by spending millions of dollars, but now its reputation has been affected due to the irresponsible statements of some politicians. The former President of US Donald Trump had said that America has interfered in Pakistani politics and now there are slogans raised against US on the streets of Pakistan.

Matthew Miller replied that these accusations are false and fake. ‘All I can do is stand here and speak the truth. I want the Pakistani people to be able to decide the future of their government and the country’. We want to see the right to freedom of expression around the world, including Pakistan.

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Court released Imran Khan, Faisal Javed in long march case

On the other hand, prosecutor said that Imran Khan and others deliberately blocked the GT road to create mess for the citizens.

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Islamabad: District and Session court Islamabad has released Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) founder Imran Khan, Senator Faisal Javed, Raja Khurram Nawaz, Ali Nawaz Awan and Asad Umar in long march vandalism case.

According to the details, judicial magistrate Shabbir Bhatti has approved the plea of release.

The court stated that according to the lawyers of the applicants Imran Khan and others did not know about the implemented section 144 in that area. Additional district magistrate did not issue the notification of section 144.

The court said that this case which was filed against Imran Khan and others is only for political revenge.

On the other hand, prosecutor said that Imran Khan and others deliberately blocked the GT road to create mess for the citizens.

The court further said that no notification appeared of imposed section 144 by the ruling government at that time. The police officer does not have the right to file the case. 11 witnesses were included in challan and no one came to court to record the statement.

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MQM directs its members to reach in Islamabad today

Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) coordination committee directed its newly elected members of national assembly to reach in Islamabad today (Wednesday)

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Karachi: Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) coordination committee directed its newly elected members of national assembly to reach in Islamabad today (Wednesday)

According to the details, MQM’s coordination committee members of national assembly and senator’s session will be held today in Islamabad in which important decision will be made regarding the ministries in government. 

MQM’s leaders will decide in this session to sit in opposition or in government. They will discuss about the senate and presidential elections that whether they will vote for Asif Zardari or not.

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FIA to physically remand journalist Asad Toor for five days

The journalist was produced before Magistrate Mohammad Shabbir who also allowed Toor to meet his legal team for an hour.

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Islamabad: The journalist Asad Ali Toor has been handed over to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on five-day physical remand.

After the arrest, Asad Ali Toor was produced in the District and Sessions Court of Islamabad, where the court handed him over to the FIA for five days in the case of running anti-judiciary campaign on social media.

The journalist was produced before Magistrate Mohammad Shabbir who also allowed Toor to meet his legal team for an hour.

During the hearing, Asad told the court that he is a journalist and cannot give his mobile phone, adding that “I twice appeared before FIA, my lawyer stated that he received the notice on February 24,”.

Ali Toor stated that he approached the High Court against the notice, and reached the FIA office with the order of high court's order stating to investigate about the First Information Report (FIR) and the allegations filed against him.

According to the text of the FIR, Asad allegedly conducted a hateful campaign against the judiciary of Pakistan on social media platforms YouTube and X (Twitter).

The FIR added that the journalist has been involved in the anti-state activities using social media platforms, therefore a case has been filed against him under the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) 2016.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has expressed concern over the arrest of journalist Asad Ali and demanded his immediate release.

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Two brothers killed as car rams into people sleeping on footpath

The dead and injured people belonged to the Hindu community and had come to Karachi from Larkana a few days ago for labor.

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Karachi: In an unfortunate incident, two brothers have been killed and three sustained the injuries as a speeding car ran over people sleeping on the footpath near Nagan Chowrangi Bridge in Karachi.

According to the details, the deceased siblings have been identified as 18-year-old Ashok and 22-year-old Bali.

Three people were also injured in the incident who were shifted to Jinnah Hospital Karachi.

The deceased and the injured belonged to the same family. According to the eyewitness, two fast cars were racing, and one of them got out of control and fell off the footpath.

The dead and injured people belonged to the Hindu community and had come to Karachi from Larkana a few days ago for labor.

Police stated that there were two people in the car who were driving under the influence of alcohol and after the incident they fled from the scene.

The police have taken the car into custody and started searching for the accused involved in the incident.

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CM Sindh desires to improve peaceful situation

According to the details, Murad Ali chaired a session on peace and order situation in which District General rangers, Inspector General Sindh, Commissioners and others were included.

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Karachi: The newly elected chief minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah stated that he is not satisfied with the current street crime’s situation and desired to improve the peace and order of Karachi.

According to the details, Murad Ali chaired a session on peace and order situation in which District General rangers, Inspector General (IG) Sindh, Commissioners and others were included. In this session Murad Ali Shah was briefed by the officials of the current crime situation in Sindh.

Chief Minister Sindh stated that his first priority is to save nation and the belongings of it. Its been a few months since the situation in the areas of Karachi badly got effected amid crime.

He claimed that he will bring changes into the peace and order situation so that people can easily move around without having any fear of crime.

Murad ordered to IG to impose a ban to display the weapons and also on the flash lights on cars. He directed that only police petroling cars will have the flash lights. Nowadays people sat in the car while having armed guards. 

He approved 2Rs billion for the construction of 708 police stations which are damaged in the province. He also instructed to fill the 25,000 vacant seats in police branch. These seats will be given only on merits. 

 

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