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Pakistan PM Abbasi arrives in Kathmandu

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KATHMANDU — Pakistani Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, has arrived in Kathmandu for a two-day official visit.

Minister of Finance, Yubaraj Khatiwada welcomeed the Prime Minister at Tribhuvan International Airport.

The visiting PM will receive Guard of Honor at 5:30 PM at Nepal Army Pavillion, Tudikhel. Following the ceremony, PM Abbasi is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli today. Abbasi will then attend dinner that will be hosted by PM KP Sharma Oli at Hotel Yak and Yeti.

According to a statement released by the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan, PM Abbasi’s visit comes in line with his country’s pro-active efforts to engage with neighbors.

They would be discussing the mutual well-being between the two countries and other issues of bilateral concern of Nepal and Pakistan, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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“Prime Minister will convey felicitations to the Nepalese leadership on the successful conclusion of its democratic process, resulting in the formation of a new government,” a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan stated.

It further added that the “visit will provide an opportunity to further expand and strengthen bilateral relations across all areas of mutual interest including trade, education, tourism, defence and people to people contacts. Ways of invigorating SAARC as an important regional organization will also be discussed.”

The Pakistani PM will pay a courtesy call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Tuesday before returning to Pakistan.

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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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