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Catalan leader calls for mediation with Spain over independence

BARCELONA: Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont called Monday (Oct 2) for international mediation in the crisis pitting his regional separatist executive against Madrid, a day after police violence marred an independence referendum banned by the central government. Speaking to reporters, he called for "mediation", "which means there must be the presence of a third party, which must be international to be efficient." Just as he spoke to reporters, Catalans took to the streets of central Barcelona in droves to protest the…

Foreign minister calls for addressing root causes of plight of Rohingya Muslims

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Sunday emphasized on the need to eliminate the root causes of the Rohingya crisis. He said this while talking to Secretary General Amnesty International Salil Shetty, who called on him in New York on Sunday. The Foreign Minister apprised Shetty of Pakistan’s ongoing efforts, including provision of humanitarian assistance and constructive engagement with regional partners to address the plight of Rohingya people. Read More: Here is what Iqrar-ul-Hassan learnt about Rohingya…

Pakistan calls for addressing tensions on Korean peninsula through diplomatic means

ISLAMABAD: National Security Adviser Lt General Retired Nasser Khan Janjua on Monday emphasized that the tension in Korean peninsula should be mitigated by using political and diplomatic means and channels. He was talking to Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan Takashi Kurai in Islamabad. The adviser shared concern about security situation in Korean Peninsula and assured the ambassador that Pakistan would always abide by the United Nations Security Council resolution. The two discussed matters of mutual interests,…

PM calls for efforts to ensure promotion of economic activities in Karachi

KARACHI: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday called for concerted efforts to ensure the promotion of economic activities in Karachi. “The country cannot progress without a strong economy and there is a lot of room for boosting the economy to lead the country on the road of progress and prosperity,” he said talking to a delegation of Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Pakistan Business Council in Karachi. He said the government would continue to pursue the policies of former prime…

EU Commissioner calls for summit over major egg contamination scare

BRUSSELS: The European Commissioner in charge of food safety has called for a meeting of ministers and national regulatory agencies to discuss a widespread European contamination scare, which has seen shops remove millions of eggs from sale. Tensions have risen between agricultural ministers in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany after traces of the moderately toxic insecticide fipronil were found in batches of eggs, linked by authorities to a Dutch supplier of cleaning products. While initially the Belgian food…

Dar calls for effective implementation of new budget

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Saturday stressed the need for effective budget implementation to ensure the intended benefits to the general public. “The measures announced in the budget are aimed at improving the welfare of the general public, and enabling higher, sustainable and inclusive economic growth,” he said while chairing a meeting in Islamabad. He also urged the Finance Division officials to ensure continued pursuance of austerity measures in order to maintain financial discipline. The finance…

China calls for explanation after Paris police shoot dead Chinese man

BEIJING: French police said on Tuesday they opened an inquiry after a Chinese man was shot dead by police at his Paris home, triggering rioting in the French capital by members of the Chinese community and a sharp reaction from Beijing. The shooting on Sunday, which led China's foreign ministry to call in a French diplomat, brought about a 100 members of the French-Chinese community on to the streets in Paris's main Chinatown district on Monday night. Some protesters threw projectiles outside the district's police…