ISLAMABAD: Pak-China Centre and International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) on Friday launched monthly 'Youlin' (Good Neighbours) during a ceremony at the Faisal Mosque Campus.
Speaking on the occasion, IIUI Rector Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik announced opening of China Studies Centre at the university.
A 22-member delegation from China, IIUI Acting President Sahibzada Sajidur Rehman, PML-Q leader Mushahid Hussain Sayed, President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, magazine editor Dushka Syed, Agha Murtaza Poya, Dr Khalid Masood and other scholars attended the event.
Pak-China Centre Chairman Senator Mushahid Hussain said the centre had originated from the IIUI and opening ceremony of 'Youlin' was also taking place on the same campus. He said IIUI is the institution that hosts the highest number of Chinese students in Pakistain. He said Pak-China Centre would fully cooperate with the IIUI for establishment of China Studies Centre.
Professor Malik appreciated Pak-China friendship, saying that Pak-China Centre means non-political and real friendship between the two countries, credit for which goes to Mushahid Hussain Sayed. He said Sayed has a clean personality and his endeavours are resulting into consolidation of Pak-China friendship. He termed Sayed a political scientist and a politician, and stressed the need for political scientists to join practical politics. He also announced that the university intends to set up a China Study Centre, dedicated to research and teaching regional and international affairs related to China. He said Prophet Muhammad (PTUI!)'>(PTUI!)) had advised humanity to seek knowledge even if they have to go to China, adding Pakistain wanted to utilise full benefits of this friendship in the field of knowledge and research. Sahibzada Sajid said peoples of the two countries were tied into historic bonds of fraternity and friendship.
He said, "We take great pride in the fact that China has been most sincere and dependable friend of Pakistain".
KATHMANDU: A mob burned alive a 40-year-old woman on Friday after accusing her of casting black magic spells in a remote village in southern Nepal, police said. Dengani Mahato died after she was severely beaten, doused in kerosene and set alight for allegedly practising witchcraft, Gopal Bhandari, a superintendent of police in Chitwan district, told.
"Nine people started to beat her after a local shaman pointed the finger at her over the death of a boy a year ago," the officer said. "They accused her of having hands in the death of the boy, who had drowned in a river."
Bhandari said the shaman and the nine locals suspected of taking part in the crime had been nabbed on suspicion of murder.
"They poured kerosene and threw straw over her and then set fire to her. No one came to her rescue. By the time we heard about it, she had already died," he told.
The atmosphere was tense in Madi village following the murder, he added, with Mahato's neighbours refusing to allow police to take her body away for a post-mortem examination.
What are the odds that the shaman drowned the boy? 50-50?
Posted by: Eric Jablow ||
Hmmm....wonder if the practice of economic theory by certain elements of financial and economic government central planners qualifies as 'witchcraft'? How about moving their next summit to the summits in Napal?
A Cypriot foreign ministry official, tasked with following up the natural resources issue with Lebanese authorities, held talks with a number of bigwigs during an undisclosed visit to Beirut.
According to As Safir newspaper published on Friday, the result of the visit was described as "positive."
Cypriot Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis is set to also visit Leb before Speaker Nabih Knobby Berri Speaker of the Lebanese parliament, a member of AMAL, a not very subtle Hizbullah sock puppet... 's scheduled trip to the island state end of February, the daily reported.
Berri held talks on Thursday with U.S. State Department special coordinator on Middle East affairs Frederick Hof, stressing that Leb is committed to the drilling of oil within all of its maritime borders.
Al-Joumhouria newspaper quoted Berri as saying "Leb will not retreat one iota from its rights" concerning the issue.
An Nahar daily reported that Hof described his visit as a chance to resolve the dispute over the maritime border in order for Leb to start excavating for its natural resources.
Leb has been slow to exploit its maritime resources compared with other eastern Mediterranean countries. But the government has warned that it will not give up its maritime rights and accuses Israel of violating its waters, territory and air space.
In January, the cabinet endorsed plans to implement legislation that will clear the way for offshore oil and gas exploration as it aims to invite tenders to explore for offshore gas within three months, downplaying the risk of conflict with Israel despite a dispute over the maritime border.
In August, Parliament passed a law setting Leb's maritime boundary and Exclusive Economic Zone.
Leb has also submitted to the United Nations ...aka the Oyster Bay Chowder and Marching Society... a maritime map that conflicts significantly with one proposed by Israel. It argues its map is in line with an armistice accord drawn up in 1949, an agreement which is not contested by Israel.
The disputed zone consists of about 854 square kilometers, and suspected energy reserves there could generate billions of dollars.