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PM Oli, Pakistan PM Abbasi hold talks,agree to revitalize SAARC process

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KATHMANDU — Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi who arrived in Nepal on Monday afternoon held talks with Nepali counterpart KP Sharma Oli in Hotel Yak and Yeti.

Apart from the issues over the SAARC, during the meeting, matters related to enhancing bilateral cooperation in the fields of investment, trade, tourism, agriculture, and human resources development were also discussed. The two leaders agreed to hold regularly the meetings of bilateral mechanisms, according to PM Oli’s secretariat.

They also exchanged views on revitalizing the SAARC process in the spirit of the Charter, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday evening.

Nepal, the chair of the SAARC had held the late 18th summit in 2014 and it was Pakistan’s turn to hold the next summit but was forced to be cancelled after the majority of the member nations expressed their unwillingness to attend.

Abbasi, who arrive here for two day official visit, received the Guard of Honor from the Nepal Army at Tundikhel that lasted for about 30 minutes. The Prime Minister of Pakistan Abbasi was warmly welcomed by Prime Minister Oli at the Army Pavilion, Tundikhel amidst a special ceremony. The Prime Minister of Pakistan inspected the guard of honor.

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Prime Minister Oli later hosted a banquet in honour of the visiting Prime Minister of Pakistan following the bilateral meeting.

Then Abbasi met the leaders of the various portfolio and parties including the Madhesh based parties.

Abbasi who is here to convey a congratulatory message to PM Oli is set to meet President Bidhya Devi Bhandari Tuesday and will return back to Pakistan this afternoon.

Earlier, the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan arrived yesterday afternoon for a two-day official visit. He was received at the Tribhuvan International Airport by Minister for Finance Dr.

Yubaraj Khatiwada, Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi, the Ambassador of Nepal to Pakistan, the Ambassador of Pakistan to Nepal and other senior officials of both countries.

The Prime Minister of Pakistan is accompanied by Secretary to the Prime Minister Fawad Hassan Fawad, Military Secretary to the Prime Minister Brigadier Waseem Iftikhar Cheema and other senior officials of the Government of Pakistan.

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Dozen injured as police baton charge protesters

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JUMLA — Police resorted to baton charge after intense protests from students and locals on Thursday in suuport od agitating Dr Govind KC at Karnali Academy of Health Science premises.

The government has prewpared to airlift Dr Govinda KC, who has been staging a hunger strike at Karnali Academy of Health Sciences in Jumla, adn sent a speicial team anf Nepal Army helicopter from Nepalgunf.

Protests then have erupted at the vicinity of the institution.

The Karnali province government official’s team had reached KAHS to make preparation to send Dr Govinda KC to Kathmandu for medical treatment, forcefully, if necessary.

Karnali CM and Law Minister were barred from seeing the agitating doctor by the students inside the hospital premises and were met with protest outside as they were exiting the academy.

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Meanwhile, over a dozen students and doctors have been injured in the police lathicharge. Students as well as locals are protesting against the government’s move to airlift Dr KC to Kathmandu demanding the government to carry out talks and fulfil Dr KC’s demand in Jumla itself, before taking him to Kathmandu.

The security personnel have also misbehaved with the members of media and threatened to vandalise their equipment if they took photographs of the incident.

After dozens being injured, Dr KC has agreed to come to Kathmandu.

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