Jan-07- 13, 2002
Zhu, Musharraf discuss regional stability
President Pervez Musharraf told China on Thursday
he was willing to work to ease tensions with nuclear rival India
through dialogue, amid concern their crisis could boil over and upset
"Pakistan hopes for peace, opposes war, and is
willing to work to ease the current tensions through dialogue,"
Xinhua news agency quoted President Musharraf as telling Prime
Minister Zhu Rongji at a meeting in Beijing on Thursday evening. But
Musharraf also told Zhu Rongji that the Pakistan government would act
according to its sovereign and people's interests, and at the same
time was taking necessary measures to fight terrorism and restrict
radical forces, Xinhua said.
The Chinese prime minister praised Pakistan's
insistence on pursuing dialogue and peace under tense circumstances,
but called on both sides to exercise the utmost restraint to preserve
peace in the region.
"It is in the interests of both countries and
the expectation of the international community for both Pakistan and
India to maintain the utmost restraint, and safeguard the peace and
stability of South Asia," Zhu Rongji was quoted as saying.
Musharraf was in Beijing for an overnight visit en
route to the seven-nation Saarc summit from Jan 4-6.
The United States and China called on Thursday for
the rivals to use diplomacy to prevent their crisis escalating.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair warned in Dhaka
that the mounting tensions could boil over and create "enormous
problems" for global stability.
And ahead of Musharraf's arrival, Chinese Foreign
Minister Tang Jiaxuan warned that war between India and Pakistan would
be destabilising for all of Asia.
Saarc leaders meet in hope of peace
India and Pakistan are expected to spell out their
widely awaited approaches on Friday to ease a threat of war that has
anguished the world and overshadowed an ambitious social and economic
agenda that had brought together the seven regional countries together
in 1985, diplomats of the South Asian Association for Regional
Cooperation (Saarc) said on Thursday.
The early signs were that both sides were prepared
to put in hard work and compromises to remain unnoticed by the global
glare that will follow them for all of three days in Kathmandu and at
their retreat at a mountain resort, diplomats said. However, both
sides were sticking to their statements that no talks were likely at
any level in Kathmandu.
Leaders assure Musharraf of full support
A wide spectrum of political leadership on Sunday
assured President Gen Pervez Musharraf of their full support in case
of war, and appreciated government policy of exercising
"patience" and "restraint" in the face of Indian
Indian massive troop buildup on the eastern borders
and government's Afghan policy were discussed at a marathon meeting
attended by over 30 heads and leaders of political parties, a
political source said.
French minister meets VCOAS
French Defence Minister Alain Richard called on
Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS) General Mohammad Yusuf Khan at the
General Headquarters on Wednesday.
He remained with him for some time and exchanged
views on matters relating to professional interest. Secretary Defence
Lt-Gen Hamid Nawaz (retired) was also present.
Later, the French defence minister left for
Dushanbe, Tajikistan. He was seen off by Additional Secretary Defence
Maj-Gen Mohammad Ashraf Chaudhry at PAF Base.
Blair due on 7th
British Prime Minister Tony Blair will hold
one-on-one talks with President General Pervez Musharraf on Jan 7, on
the current tension between Pakistan and India.
Mr Blair would arrive in Islamabad on a two-day
visit on Jan 7 after having talks with Indian leaders, diplomatic
sources said on Tuesday. He would return to London on Jan 8, they
During the talks, Mr Blair would discuss 'pressing
issues' and current tension between Pakistan and India over Kashmir
dispute, the sources said.
Relief for Wapda, KESC consumers
National Electric Power Regulatory Authority on
Saturday reduced the Wapda and KESC tariff by an average 9 paisa and
13 paisa per unit, respectively, for the quarter beginning Jan 1.
The decision to give a relief of 9 paisa per unit
to Wapda consumers and 13 paisa per unit to KESC consumers, except for
those consuming less than 50 units a month, has been made in the
quarterly review of the tariff.
PTCL to invest in Paknet shares
Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited has
decided to invest an aggregate sum of Rs150 million in 15 million
ordinary shares of Rs10 each in Paknet Limited, a wholly-owned
subsidiary of the company.
Joint venture prospects bright for UK, Pakistan
The chairman, international association of British
Pakistanis Khurshid Ahmad, has offered full cooperation and some
direct trade relationship to the business community of Sialkot for
enhancing bilateral trade between Pakistan and Great Britain.
He was addressing a joint meeting of local traders,
industrialists and exporters at Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and
Industry on Thursday, after visiting various industrial units in
Sambrial, Daska and Sialkot amid tight security.
The president, AJK Chamber of Commerce and
Industry, Zulfiqar Abbasi, the chairman, Mirpur Dry Port, Raja
Muhammad Jamil and the president, Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and
Industry (SCCI), Daud Ahmad Chatta were also present in the meeting.