Prime Minister to embark on visit to Egypt on Monday

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif will be visiting Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt to participate in the Sharm El-Sheikh Climate Implementation Summit starting from Monday.

The Prime Minister will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and other cabinet members and senior officials.

This Summit is taking place as part of the 27th UN Climate Change Conference.

At the invitation of the Egyptian Presidency of COP-27, the Prime Minister would also co-Chair, along with his Norwegian counterpart, a high-level roundtable discussion on Climate Change and the sustainability of vulnerable communities on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister will also participate in other high-level events as a speaker, including the UN Secretary General's roundtable to launch the Early Warning Systems for Executive Action Plan, and the Middle East Green Initiative Summit, being hosted by Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman.

The Prime Minister is also scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with several world leaders on the margins of the Summit.

COP-27 is taking place at a time when millions of people in Pakistan, and millions more in other parts of the world, are facing severe adverse impacts of climate change.

As a developing country most affected by this phenomenon, Pakistan would make a robust call, inter alia, for urgency of climate solidarity and climate justice, based on the established principles of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities.

The COP is the supreme decision making body under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change which meets on annual basis to review and advance collective efforts to address climate change.

As a main stakeholder, Pakistan would continue to, proactively, make positive contributions to the global climate change debate, negotiations and collective action.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Govt requested to take punitive action against perpetrators of institution’s defamation

Inter-Services Public Relations says the baseless and irresponsible allegations by the PTI Chairman against the state institution particularly a senior army officer, are absolutely unacceptable and uncalled-for.

In a news release, ISPR requested the government to take punitive action against perpetrators of the institution's defamation and false accusations made without any evidence.

It said Pakistan Army prides itself for being an extremely professional and well-disciplined organisation with a robust and highly effective internal accountability system, applicable across the board for unlawful acts, if any, committed by uniformed personnel.

The ISPR said baseless allegations hurled at the institution and officials are highly regrettable and strongly condemned. It said no one will be allowed to defame the institution or its soldiers with impunity.

Source: Radio Pakistan

No one will be allowed to blackmail state institutions: Javed

Federal Minister Javed Latif has said nobody will be allowed to blackmail the state institutions.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Saturday, he said we will defend the institutions which are working in accordance with the constitution.

He regretted the allegations hurled by PTI Chairman Imran Khan without any evidence in the wake of Wazirabad incident.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Committee constituted to investigate train’s derailment incident near Shorkot

Minister for Railways, Khawaja Saad Rafique has constituted an inquiry committee to know the causes and fix responsibilities of negligence in the derailment of Special train, carrying Sikh community.

According to an official of Pakistan Railways the investigation committee will present its initial report within three days.

It is pertinent to mention that nine coaches of the Special Sikh Yatri Train, coming from Karachi to Nankana Sahib, was derailed between Shorkot and Peer Mahal stations on Saturday morning.

According to a spokesman of Pakistan Railways, no casualty and injury have been reported.

Source: Radio Pakistan