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Islamabad lodges protest with Kabul after four killed

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Islamabad: Islamabad on Sunday lodged a protest with Kabul after four Pakistani soldiers were killed when a rocket was fired at a check-post in a tribal area of Khayber-Agency that borders Afghanistan, the military’s media wing reported.

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Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan Janan Mosazai was called in Islamabad’s foreign office where a strong protest was conveyed to him. Pakistan demanded that Kabul take measures on war-footing to put a curb on such cross-border attacks, Geo TV reported. According to an Inter-Services Public Relations statement, some unidentified men targeted the military check-post, located at an altitude of 8,000 feet, from across the Afghanistan border.

Responding to the attack, the Pakistan Army destroyed a militant hideout, killing a number of terrorists, the ISPR statement said. The attack comes days after Mosazai was called in by Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry to convey concerns over recent spate of Afghan government’s allegations and media campaign to malign Pakistan. This was not the first time a cross-border attack has happened on the Pakistan-Afghan border. The attack comes at a time when relations between Islamabad and Kabul have deteriorated in the wake of a surge in Taliban attacks in Afghanistan and statements of Afghan leaders against Pakistan. Pakistan earlier summoned the Afghan ambassador to lodge a protest over a border clash in which three Frontier Constabulary men were killed on August 16-17.

(IANS)

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Beijing Plans to Invest $1 Billion in Development Projects in Islamabad

Besides this, he also said the pace of development projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was satisfactory

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He made the announcement while addressing the Islamabad Women's Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI) on Saturday, The Express Tribune reported. Pixabay

Yao Jing, the Ambassador of China to Pakistan, has announced that Beijing has planned to invest $1 billion in development projects in Islamabad.

He made the announcement while addressing the Islamabad Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI) on Saturday, The Express Tribune reported.

Besides this, he also said the pace of development projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was satisfactory and the second phase of the China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA) will be finalised in October after which 90 per cent of Pakistani exports including agricultural products and seafood will attract a 0 per cent duty.

“Market access will increase Pakistan’s exports by $500 million, which will reduce the disparity between bilateral trade,” said Yao.

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Yao Jing, the Ambassador of China to Pakistan, has announced that Beijing has planned to invest $1 billion in development projects in Islamabad. Pixabay

The envoy remarked that Chinese businesswomen would be invited to participate in the fifth Islamabad Expo scheduled in November to explore the market and promote networking.

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“In addition, women entrepreneurs of Pakistan would be sent to China to participate in the expos and explore business opportunities,” he added. (IANS)

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