OIC Secretary General vows to find solution to issues of oppressed people of IIOJK

Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Hissein Brahim Taha has said Kashmir is on the top priority of the OIC’s agenda.

He was addressing a joint press conference along with Azad Jammu and Kashmir President in Muzaffarabad on Sunday.

He said that he will submit a comprehensive assessment report on the human rights situation in Kashmir to member countries and Foreign Minister’s Council of the member countries and would also seek permission from India to visit the other side of the LOC.

He said he visited AJK today under the resolutions passed by the OIC contact group on Kashmir to assess the situation and express solidarity with the people of Kashmir who had been suffering for long time.

The OIC secretary general assured the oppressed Kashmiri brethren that OIC being a Muslim community is making constant efforts to find a solution to their issue in consultation with the world community.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Six Pakistanis martyred due to unprovoked firing by Afghan border forces

Six civilians were martyred due to unprovoked and indiscriminate fire of heavy weapons by Afghan Border Forces onto the civilian population in Chaman, Balochistan.

According to ISPR, seventeen individuals were also injured.

Pakistani border troops gave befitting albeit measured response against the uncalled for aggression, but avoided targeting innocent civilians in the area.

Pakistan has also approached Afghan authorities at Kabul to highlight severity of the situation and demanded strict action to obviate any such recurrence of the incident in future.

Source: Radio Pakistan

ECC approves agenda items relating to Reko Diq Project

The Economic Coordination Committee has approved two important agenda items related to Reko Diq project, paving the way for early start of the Reko Diq Project.

The meeting of the committee was held today (Sunday) virtually with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the chair.

Ministry of Energy submitted a summary on accrued interest with respect to the amount held in an escrow account in connection with the Reko Diq Project dispute settlement.

It was presented that government of Pakistan and Provincial Government of Baluchistan entered into an out-of-court dispute settlement with Tethyan Copper Company Pvt Limited in respect of Reko Diq Copper-Gold Project in Chaghai district of Baluchistan.

As per settlement terms, Government of Pakistan has to clear liabilities to Antofagasta PLC.

In the light of the terms of agreed settlement, the ECC allowed Finance Division to direct GHPL, OGDCL and PPL to deposit the aggregate amount of interest to the sum of 22,718,173 dollars in the escrow account from March 31, 2022 to December 15, 2022.

The ECC further allowed Finance Division to arrange the interest payable for GoB’s share amounting to 8,519,314 dollars from the loan of 65 billion rupees already raised by the GHPL with the GoP guarantee.

The ECC also considered and approved a proposal of Finance Division through a summary on funding plan of Government of Pakistan for share of Government of Baluchistan in Reko Diq Project.

Source: Radio Pakistan