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Speakers in Brussels demand probes of human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: The Embassy of Pakistan in Brussels organized a conference at the Press Club Brussels Europe to observe Black Day for Kashmir with a view to draw attention of international community to the human rights violations in the Indian occupied Kashmir. Members of European and Belgian Parliament and community leaders highlighted atrocities committed by the Indian forces of occupation and demanded independent international investigation of this matter as recommended by the United Nation’s Office of High Commissioner on…

Asia and Europe must join hands to combat Islamophobia: Fehmida Mirza

BRUSSELS: Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination Fehmida Mirza Asia and Europe must join hands to address the issue of Islamophobia, to promote an open, fair, equitable and transparent trading system. According to a statement released from Brussels,  Fehmida Mirza, who represented Pakistan at the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), focused on the importance of cooperation between Asian and European countries to confront mutual challenges and threats. The minister suggested that strong International cooperation…

Brussels gripped by lobbying war over copyright law

BRUSSELS: It has been dubbed one of the most brutal lobbying wars in Brussels history, pitting media firms and Paul McCartney on one side against Big Tech and internet freedom denizens on the other. The fight is over controversial copyright laws that the European Union says will drag the bloc into the 21st century and ensure creators of music, movies and news are paid fairly. “It was a very intensive and aggressive lobbying battle… definitely one of the most intense,” Olivier Hoedeman, of the campaign group Corporate…

Brussels Brexit fears mount after British chaos

BRUSSELS: Britain's political meltdown happened so fast that at one point even European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker didn't know what was happening. "Has he resigned?" a bewildered Juncker could be heard asking an aide at the end of a press conference, as the first reports came through that British foreign minister Boris Johnson had followed Brexit minister David Davis out of the door. But the questions now on everyone's lips in Brussels go far deeper. Can British Prime Minister Theresa May remain in power?…

‘Pakistan’s skilled workforce best for Europe’s needs’

BRUSSELS: Pakistan could play an important role in expanding the pool of skilled immigrants within European Union (EU) as its highly skilled workforce can cater to the needs of any country, a senior Pakistani journalist told the fourth meeting of European Migration Forum. Held for the fourth consecutive year by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the 2018 Forum has, as its main theme, the challenges and opportunities involved in integrating migrants into the EU's labour…

Pakistan bearing burden of war against terrorism: Defence Minister

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Defence Khurram Dastgir Khan has said that Pakistan was bearing the burden of war against terrorism not only in terms of financial resources but also the sacrifices of nearly 70,000 lives of civilians and army personnel. The federal minister, is leading a four member parliamentary delegation of Pakistan–EU Friendship Group in Brussels, briefed on Pakistan’s contribution to war against terrorism at the highly prestigious Egmont Institute, Royal Institute of International Relations of Belgian…

Brussels loses Euro 2020 matches to Wembley

NYO, SWITZERLAND: Wembley Stadium in London will host four Euro 2020 matches originally set to be staged in Brussels, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said on Thursday. Brussels had been one of 13 venues picked to host this unique edition of the European Championship -- to celebrate the tournament's 60th anniversary -- held across the continent rather than in a single host country. But the European football governing body's executive committee decided "unanimously" to strip Brussels of its four matches due to the…