prime minister – GUWIV http://guwiv.com/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 08:05:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://guwiv.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/guw-150x150.png prime minister – GUWIV http://guwiv.com/ 32 32 Ukraine and Pakistan crisis – Journal https://guwiv.com/ukraine-and-pakistan-crisis-journal/ Sun, 13 Mar 2022 02:11:11 +0000 https://guwiv.com/ukraine-and-pakistan-crisis-journal/ The Russian invasion of Ukraine is an inflection point in world affairs, similar to the American opening to China in the early 1970s and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The situation unfolds . There are many imponderables, including its impact on Russia itself. Its consistency is evident but the direction is unclear. […]]]>

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is an inflection point in world affairs, similar to the American opening to China in the early 1970s and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The situation unfolds . There are many imponderables, including its impact on Russia itself. Its consistency is evident but the direction is unclear. Pakistan should be concerned about what development portends for the future.

Russia has ostensibly acted to secure its periphery. It did so as a great power that puts its perceived interests first rather than showing sensitivity to the principles of state relations enshrined in the UN Charter. The invasion of Ukraine was preceded by deep differences between Moscow and the West led by Washington with the barely concealed ambition to bring into the fold of its political and security system not only the former countries of the Pact of Warsaw, but also Ukraine and Georgia which had once been Soviet. territories. President Putin has repeatedly insisted that Ukraine not be part of NATO.

The quasi-ideological foundation of this ambition was the belief in the emergence of a unipolar world led by the United States which admitted no sphere of influence, security or economic, of a rival power. For nearly three decades, the United States has enjoyed unprecedented economic and military preponderance in the world. This propelled NATO expansion to Russia’s doorstep, taking advantage of the desire of Eastern Europeans themselves albeit in violation of the reported verbal assurance given to Moscow at the time of reunification. Germany. The United States challenged Russia in the Middle East and organized the Quad by enlisting Japan and India as partners in a larger Indo-Pacific strategy. China’s economic rise and signs of a resurgent Russia are seen as a threat. Nevertheless, unipolarism was inherently destabilizing in a world moving towards multipolarity. On the other hand, the Russian invasion shows a total disregard for the principles of the United Nations Charter and international law. Russia has faced no imminent threat to justify its action which deals a crushing blow to principles-based aspirations for world peace, diplomacy and state-to-state discourse. President Putin should have exercised a number of other less blatant options apart from armed aggression against Ukraine.

How has Pakistan got through this first phase of the crisis and what challenges await us?

The United States and Europe responded with the toughest economic sanctions, including the scuttling of the mega Nord Stream gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, and measures to strengthen the security of NATO’s eastern flank and support for Ukraine. Even if the security dimension remains confined to Central Europe and Ukraine, the global economic map will change with new walls blocking the free flow of dollar-based finance and trade. This portends a new world order in which, so far, the United States seems to have a strong position. Europe has moved closer to the United States than ever before.

Beyond the European theater which will now demand greater US attention, the US capacity for proactive security initiatives elsewhere, notably in Asia-Pacific, will diminish. This will increase the comfort space for China.

There are some diplomatic initiatives to stop the conflict although their prospects remain clouded or unclear. Israel attempts mediation. Turkey offered a venue for talks between the Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers who reportedly discussed the resulting humanitarian crisis. In essence, Russia demands nothing less than full surrender, while the Ukrainians who are putting up remarkable resistance demand a ceasefire and Russian withdrawal. There is a faint hope that Moscow can be content with Ukrainian neutrality and firm assurances that NATO will not expand further. Perhaps China, given the congruence of its interests with Russia, particularly in Central Asia, as well as some EU countries can play a role. For any solution, however, Moscow will have to give up its desire to absorb all or part of Ukraine and replace the elected Ukrainian government and Washington will have to suppress its impulse to retain unipolar primacy.

How has Pakistan got through this first phase of the crisis and what challenges await us? Are there any opportunities?

Pakistan’s decision to maintain the Prime Minister’s visit was a good one, considering that for years Pakistan had been trying to inject confidence and ease into our relationship with Moscow. Likewise, our decision to abstain was a logical choice following the Chinese and Indian votes in the Security Council. Pakistan was quite pragmatic in its decisions when a situation involved major powers. In January 1980, as the lead nation in negotiating a resolution in the Security Council on the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan, we successfully resisted the designation of the Soviet Union and called for the withdrawal of “foreign troops “. Our official criticism of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 or US interventions in Syria and Libya was circumspect.

Principles are important, but nations weigh their fundamental interests when making decisions in tense and critical situations. The approach of the ambassadors to the EU was understandable, but they went too far by making their communication with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs public. There was no similar action in New Delhi. How could they entertain greater expectations of Islamabad given their opposition to Pakistan’s interests in the FATF or the Nuclear Suppliers Group or their virtual indifference to the plight of Kashmiris and Indian Muslims discriminated against by the Hindutva? Regardless of this indiscretion, which deserved only a response from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we must maintain a clear emphasis in our statements in favor of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and the prevention of violence against civilians, while calling for diplomacy and a peaceful resolution. But dragging this policy onto public platforms for national political advantage is discouraged.

Are there opportunities for Pakistan? Arguably, Pakistan’s geopolitical relevance to Russia and China will be enhanced, especially for possible trade and communication corridors. Afghanistan remains an obstacle. Moreover, unlike countries endowed with oil by Providence, we will need capabilities to take advantage of our location to build our national strength. Simple aspiration is not enough. So far, our domestic policy has shown an inexcusable apathy towards this imperative, as evidenced by the sad state of our economy and our education. Finally, Pakistan is safe today because nuclear deterrence is an integral part of its security: a lesson reinforced by the Ukrainian crisis.

The writer is a former foreign minister and an author.

Posted in Dawn, March 13, 2022

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National press conference announced as Prime Minister speaks live on Cabinet decisions on rising cost of living – Magnetic Media https://guwiv.com/national-press-conference-announced-as-prime-minister-speaks-live-on-cabinet-decisions-on-rising-cost-of-living-magnetic-media/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://guwiv.com/national-press-conference-announced-as-prime-minister-speaks-live-on-cabinet-decisions-on-rising-cost-of-living-magnetic-media/ By Shanieka Smith and Deandrea Hamilton Personal editor #TheBahamas, March 12, 2022 – His life demonstrated that “you start in the pit, but you don’t have to end in the pit”. Bahamian-born Cynthia Mother Pratt, better known as Mother Pratt, who grew up in a downtown area called Coconut Grove, came from extreme poverty, but […]]]>

By Shanieka Smith and Deandrea Hamilton

Personal editor

#TheBahamas, March 12, 2022 – His life demonstrated that “you start in the pit, but you don’t have to end in the pit”.

Bahamian-born Cynthia Mother Pratt, better known as Mother Pratt, who grew up in a downtown area called Coconut Grove, came from extreme poverty, but rose modestly through the ranks to become Deputy Prime Minister and the first female Minister of Defense of the Bahamas.

His target with this inaugural book is young people, and his message is that their beginning does not determine their end.

A gated community, money or privileges were not the easy way out of the pit for Mother Pratt. It was his inner desires, his hard work, his discipline, his humility and his determination. It was not until the age of 34 that Mother Pratt went to college; she sat, learned and graduated with 17 and 18 year old students.

“Nevertheless, I wanted to achieve my goal,” she said.

Back when Mother Pratt went to school, students had to leave at 14 if their parents couldn’t afford the fees. She said she grew up in the lower class; that then and now is a major discouragement for people in similar situations. This is where the inspiration for one of his three literary contributions, From the Pit to the Palace, came from.

“I want the masses to know, the world to know, that there’s a woman that God took out of the pit, out of the gutter, so to speak, and came out way up on top. If this happened to me , it can happen for them,” she said passionately.

From the Pit to the Palace, an autobiography of Mother Pratt was published in January 2022. According to Mother Pratt, the book is for everyone, young and old.

“You have a lot of adults who tend to give up on life because things haven’t worked out for them. They believe they are a failure, and that’s why the book is going to explain, and encourage, and improve, uplift, to tell them there is hope,” she expressed.

To reinforce the humble nature and soulful message of Mother Pratt in her autobiography: she still resides in a city center after all she has accomplished.

And Dr. Cynthia Mother Pratt has accomplished a lot. While her first term of service to the people was in the teaching profession and as a sports coach, Mother Pratt and her growing popularity drew leaders into the political arena.

“They almost had to force me to get involved in politics first, period, I was never interested; never been to a meeting. But what happened at the time, I was in college in the Bahamas, I was assisting the principal and there with student activities – part-time lecturer, and I got a message from the incumbent Prime Minister that he would like to meet me,” she said.

An invitation was extended and suffice it to say there was a big ‘no’ at first, but the Progressive Liberal Party and Perry Gladstone Christie wouldn’t take a no for an answer. Perseverance paid off for Christie and an attempt, doomed from Mother Pratt’s perspective, turned into a 10-year career in politics, from 2002 until her retirement in 2012.

A deputy party leader, the first for a woman in the Bahamas; a Deputy Prime Minister who would continue to serve as Prime Minister during a period of illness for Mr Christie and many other sensational accolades. Yet none seemed to change his heart, which was first and foremost for God, then for family.

Mother Pratt has six children: three boys, an adopted son, now deceased, and a biological daughter. She also has eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Pratt’s husband, Joseph Benjamin also died.

“They [my children] called me back the other day, they said, mom, we never really had you as our mother because you were always taking care of someone else. And at one point I had six kids in my house until at some point my husband got to the point where he said Cynthia, don’t bring another one here,” laughs- her reminiscing.

Global awards were also not unusual for Mother Pratt, but the one presented to her in 2019 is truly cherished as it bears the name of one of the most valiant freedom fighters in history. In a ceremony at her church, Prayer and Praise Assembly in Coconut Grove, the granddaughter of ‘the Grove’ received the Nelson Mandela Award for her lifelong commitment to community development, and it cemented that a book to chronicle this achievement must be parked. And so it was.

“The problem with my childhood is that I was never satisfied with where I was. I always wanted to belong and when I say belong: belong to those who try to move on to another level I was not satisfied with one thing when I got that I was never satisfied because I knew there was something better And so I knew then that there there was something that made me say you can do it, you can do it, says Mother Pratt, adding that she was never afraid to fail.

It was on her porch that she shared these fascinating nuggets and precious memories with us; his porch in the grove. An area she served and represented in parliament, and an area though often seen as a shady side of the city of Nassau, is cherished as her launching pad, a springboard, and the birthplace of her desire to be. more.

“Downtown is where we live, but we have to make it what it is. The community does not build us; we build the community,” she said.

Dr Pratt, who is admittedly shy on social media, adds that “if you really want to do something with your life, you have to dig deep, pull up your boots and know that if Mother Pratt could do it, so can I. . ”

This former sports coach, who earned the name because she became such a positive force for young people, made it clear that few opportunities arose and it was normal for young people to seize them. The first step, she says, is to believe in yourself.

“[Opportunities] are there, but you have to go out and get it. And in other words, God would give them manna from heaven, but they had to go get the manna. And that’s how you’re going to get there because you have to want to change.

I can’t force you to do it, but you have to want it from within and then take the opportunities when they arise because they may not be there tomorrow.

From the Pit to the Palace is available now on Amazon for $20. It can also be found in Bahamas-based bookstores.

Undoubtedly, as one would expect, the book written by Mother Pratt will be a raw, real, humorous and inspiring account of a life that continues to be well lived.

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bne IntelliNews – North Macedonia adopts €400 million package to ease economic crisis caused by Russian-Ukrainian conflict https://guwiv.com/bne-intellinews-north-macedonia-adopts-e400-million-package-to-ease-economic-crisis-caused-by-russian-ukrainian-conflict/ Thu, 10 Mar 2022 20:00:18 +0000 https://guwiv.com/bne-intellinews-north-macedonia-adopts-e400-million-package-to-ease-economic-crisis-caused-by-russian-ukrainian-conflict/ The government of North Macedonia has abolished VAT on basic food products as part of the measures worth 400 million euros adopted on March 9 to mitigate the effects of the economic crisis caused by the Russian invasion from Ukraine. The government has adopted a set of 26 measures and recommendations divided into two categories […]]]>

The government of North Macedonia has abolished VAT on basic food products as part of the measures worth 400 million euros adopted on March 9 to mitigate the effects of the economic crisis caused by the Russian invasion from Ukraine.

The government has adopted a set of 26 measures and recommendations divided into two categories – for the protection of the standard of living of citizens and the maintenance of liquidity and financial support for businesses.

According to Finance Minister Fatmir Besimi, the package is worth around €400 million, of which €90 million are revenue waivers and around €310 million are direct tax expenditures.

“In post-pandemic conditions, we are facing the greatest economic crisis that Europe and the world can remember in recent times,” Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski said as he presented the measures.

“Globally, the rise in food and energy prices following Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine is being felt. It will be a difficult year, but with good policies and measures we will improve it,” said Kovacevski.

The government has decided to reduce the preferential VAT rate on basic food products such as bread, sugar, flour, edible sunflower oil, UHT milk, fresh meat, rice and eggs, 5% to 0%.

The margins on the sale prices of certain basic food products will also be frozen.

“This measure prevents the creation of excessive profits and will mitigate the impact of the price shock on a selected category of food products,” the government said. Customs duties on the import of foodstuffs will also be abolished.

The application of the preferential tax rate of 5% for the supply of electricity to households will be extended. This measure will mitigate the impact of rising electricity prices on global stock markets and protect the standard of living of citizens.

The preferential tax rate will be valid until December 2022.

The government has decided to extend the imposition of the environmental tax on energy due to the sharp increase in oil prices.

VAT on diesel, unleaded petrol, diesel, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and methane will be reduced from 18% to 10%.

Excise duty on unleaded petrol, diesel and extra light fuel oil will also be reduced. These measures will have a direct impact on the retail price of these fuels.

There will also be a VAT exemption on the import of natural gas, electricity, heat or cooling energy.

Companies will be supported by the granting of advantageous loans.

Prime Minister Kovacevski also called for rational use of energy.

“At the same time, I assure you that there is enough grain, food, fuel and energy in the commodity reserves, so that the citizens do not succumb to any speculation. However, the challenge is different – prices are extremely high on world exchanges and that is what we are facing today,” Kovacevski said.

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Hammad hopes effective economic policies will pull the country out of crisis https://guwiv.com/hammad-hopes-effective-economic-policies-will-pull-the-country-out-of-crisis/ Sun, 06 Mar 2022 18:08:54 +0000 https://guwiv.com/hammad-hopes-effective-economic-policies-will-pull-the-country-out-of-crisis/ Federal Energy Minister Hammad Azhar expressed the government’s willingness to pull the country out of the current challenges by pursuing effective economic policies. Addressing a public rally in Lahore on Sunday, Hammad Azhar said Prime Minister Imran Khan had taken the decision to subsidize petrol and electricity in the public interest. Read more: Shaukat Tarin […]]]>

Federal Energy Minister Hammad Azhar expressed the government’s willingness to pull the country out of the current challenges by pursuing effective economic policies.

Addressing a public rally in Lahore on Sunday, Hammad Azhar said Prime Minister Imran Khan had taken the decision to subsidize petrol and electricity in the public interest.

Read more: Shaukat Tarin hopes Pakistan will come out of FATF gray list this year

He said Pakistan pursues an independent foreign policy and wishes to forge friendly relations with all its neighboring countries.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced that Pakistan will not join any side in the Russian-Ukrainian crisis.

He said this while addressing a public rally in Mailsi on Sunday.

He said that Pakistan was not a slave to any country and would not follow and accept anyone’s dictation. Around 400 drone attacks have been recorded from 2008 to 2018. Never in history has a country fighting for another’s war been targeted.

Prime Minister Imran asked European Union (EU) ambassadors to Pakistan if they had written India the same letter they had sent to Pakistan.

He said it was Pakistan that supported NATO in the war on terror. The leaders of the time supported these countries.

He further asked the EU if it thanked Pakistan for supporting its war on terror when it was suffering greatly. The economy of Pakistan suffered a loss of 100 billion dollars, 80,000 Pakistani soldiers and civilians were martyred and 3.5 million people in the tribal areas were dislocated due to this so-called terror against war.

The Prime Minister said that instead of acknowledging these huge sacrifices, some countries in Europe blamed Pakistan for their failures in Afghanistan.

Read more: Marriyum Aurangzeb calls for immediate sales tax refund to tractor industry

“In Kashmir, India brazenly violated UNSC resolutions. That they criticized or severed ties with India or stopped trade? the prime minister asked a question.

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Boris Johnson attacked in press conference for not having sanctioned Roman Abramovich https://guwiv.com/boris-johnson-attacked-in-press-conference-for-not-having-sanctioned-roman-abramovich/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 12:46:24 +0000 https://guwiv.com/boris-johnson-attacked-in-press-conference-for-not-having-sanctioned-roman-abramovich/ British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was attacked at a press conference on Tuesday over the country’s failure to impose sanctions on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. Ukrainian journalist Daria Kaleniuk delivered an emotional speech to Johnson and she broke down in tears as she described the seriousness of her country’s situation after its invasion by Russia. […]]]>

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was attacked at a press conference on Tuesday over the country’s failure to impose sanctions on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

Ukrainian journalist Daria Kaleniuk delivered an emotional speech to Johnson and she broke down in tears as she described the seriousness of her country’s situation after its invasion by Russia.

Abramovich shares close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin and last week Labor MP Chris Bryant called for Abramovich to be banned from owning the Blues following Russia’s decision to invade its geographical neighbour.

On Saturday, Abramovich announced he was relinquishing “stewardship and care” of Chelsea after stepping into the spotlight in recent days in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Blues owner is believed to have links to Vladimir Putin – which he denies – and his ownership of Chelsea has been thrown into doubt in light of the harsh sanctions imposed on the invading nation.



Boris Johnson (not pictured) answers a question from Ukrainian journalist Daria Kaleniuk

His daughter, Sofia, lambasted the Russian president in a social media post on Friday, blaming the war in Ukraine solely on Putin rather than his subjects.

British Prime Minister Johnson was asked directly about Abramovich’s situation and the lack of sanctions against him by Kaleniuk during Tuesday’s press conference.

Kaleniuk concluded a moving speech to the prime minister by saying, “Ukrainians are in danger. Imagine crossing the border with a baby, or with two children.

“The Ukrainian children are there, taking the hit.

“And you say you’re going to impose more sanctions on the prime minister, but Roman Abramovich hasn’t been sanctioned yet.

“He’s in London. His children are not in the bombings, his children are there in London.

“Putin’s children are in the Netherlands. In Germany. In the mansions.

“Children live in mansions, where have all these mansions been seized? I don’t see that.”



Boris Johnson confronted by the journalist
Boris Johnson confronted by the journalist

Bursting into tears, she said: “My family members, my team members, say we are crying, we don’t know where to run. This is what is happening, Prime Minister.

Boris Johnson replied ‘thank you for coming here today, and I’m glad you could come here.’

He admitted: “We can’t do enough as the UK government to help you the way you want, and I have to be honest about that.”



Daria Kaleniuk scolded the Prime Minister at a press conference in Poland
Daria Kaleniuk scolded the Prime Minister at a press conference in Poland



Today, Mr Johnson announced that refugee support would extend to extended family members, and there would also be a sponsorship route for businesses to bring Ukrainians to the UK.
Today, Mr Johnson announced that refugee support would extend to extended family members, and there would also be a sponsorship route for businesses to bring Ukrainians to the UK.

Johnson added: “We are trying everything we can to tighten the economic noose around Putin’s regime.”

Abramovich has owned Chelsea since 2003 and oversaw the most successful period in the club’s history, winning countless trophies – including the Champions League twice – but is rarely seen at Stamford Bridge these days.

In the summer of 2018, Abramovich had his UK visa renewal application withdrawn by the Home Office.



Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has taken a step back at the club.  (Photo by Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has taken a step back at the club.

Chelsea subsequently halted plans to build a £500million stadium in south-west London due to the ‘unfavorable investment climate’ and lack of assurances over the immigration status of Chelsea. ‘Abramovich, the club owner who planned to invest hundreds of millions of pounds for the construction of the stadium.

Abramovich has since been granted Israeli citizenship, which means he now has the right to enter the UK visa-free for up to six months.

Last week, Johnson confirmed that Abramovich “was not subject to targeted action” after he mistakenly told the House of Commons that he had been sanctioned by the government.

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The MQM-P is committed to supporting the JAC on freedom of the press https://guwiv.com/the-mqm-p-is-committed-to-supporting-the-jac-on-freedom-of-the-press/ Sun, 27 Feb 2022 05:16:29 +0000 https://guwiv.com/the-mqm-p-is-committed-to-supporting-the-jac-on-freedom-of-the-press/ CARACHI: A delegation from the Joint Action Committee (JAC) in a meeting with the leadership of the Muttahida Qaumi-Pakistan Movement on Saturday called the recent amendment to the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) via an order a “restriction fundamental right to freedom of expression”. expression”. The Media Organizations JAC called the head of MQM-P, […]]]>

CARACHI:

A delegation from the Joint Action Committee (JAC) in a meeting with the leadership of the Muttahida Qaumi-Pakistan Movement on Saturday called the recent amendment to the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) via an order a “restriction fundamental right to freedom of expression”. expression”.

The Media Organizations JAC called the head of MQM-P, Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, and Federal Minister of Information Technology and Telecommunications Syed Aminul Haq to the party’s central office at Bahadurabad in Karachi.

Members of the delegation included representatives of AEMEND, CPNE, PBA, APNS and PFUJ. Participants in the meeting included Tahir A Khan, Dr. Jabbar Khattak, Amir Mehmood, Shakeel Masud, Nazafreen Saigol, Shahab Zuberi, Ijazul Haque, Hafiz Tariq, Zahid Mazhar, Shahab Mahmoud, member of Rabta Committee and Assembly of Sindh Javed Hanif and members of the MQM-P Information Service Office.

The meeting held a detailed discussion on the recent PECA Amending Ordinance. The JAC delegation expressed reservations, stating that this decision was an obstacle to the fundamental right to freedom of expression.

Expressing MQM-P’s position on the PECA amending ordinance, Siddiqui maintained that his party always stands with the journalist community in difficult times. “The MQM-P will never support any move to gag the media.”

Read MQM-P leader asks PM Imran to drop idea of ​​amending PECA

Haq, while referring to his written letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, called for involving all stakeholders in the PECA order.

Siddiqui noted that the MQM-P had been the victim of “heinous propaganda” through false and baseless news.

He said that only effective legislation through consultation can ensure strong media where the protection of individual rights and freedom of expression is possible.

He said MQM-P was ready to become the voice of the media on all platforms and the party would raise the issue in parliament and expand cooperation for freedom of expression.

Haq expressed hope that Prime Minister Imran, after realizing the seriousness of the situation, would hold a meeting with all stakeholders and pave the way to address the issue after listening to concerns from journalist circles.

Meeting attendees expressed gratitude to Siddiqui and Haq for writing the letter to Prime Minister Imran and taking a “clear stand” in favor of press freedom.

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JAC representatives meet with party leaders https://guwiv.com/jac-representatives-meet-with-party-leaders/ Sun, 27 Feb 2022 00:51:07 +0000 https://guwiv.com/jac-representatives-meet-with-party-leaders/ KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi-Pakistan Movement (MQMP) leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said on Saturday that his party would never support any measure aimed at undermining press freedom in the country. The statement was released after a brief meeting between MQMP leaders and representatives of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of journalists’ organizations, including Tahir A Khan, Dr. […]]]>

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi-Pakistan Movement (MQMP) leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said on Saturday that his party would never support any measure aimed at undermining press freedom in the country. The statement was released after a brief meeting between MQMP leaders and representatives of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of journalists’ organizations, including Tahir A Khan, Dr. Jabbar Khattak, Aamir Mehmood, Shakeel Masood, Naz Afreen Sehgal , Shahab Zuberi, Ijazul Haq, Hafiz Tariq, Zahid Mazhar and Shahab Mehmood.

Siddiqui reiterated that his party shared deep reservations about the PECA Amendment Act with journalists’ organizations and would never support any action against press freedom. He pointed out that Federal Information Technology Minister Ameen Ul Haq in his letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan had reservations about this.

The federal government should build trust with all stakeholders, he said, adding that the MQMP would make the voice of press freedom heard in all available forums.

Speaking on the occasion, Federal Minister Aminul Haq expressed his hope that the Prime Minister will hold a meeting with journalists to allay their concerns regarding the PECA Amendment Act.

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Russian-Ukrainian crisis: Boris Johnson warns that Vladimir Putin is determined for a “full-scale invasion of Ukraine” https://guwiv.com/russian-ukrainian-crisis-boris-johnson-warns-that-vladimir-putin-is-determined-for-a-full-scale-invasion-of-ukraine/ Tue, 22 Feb 2022 09:00:13 +0000 https://guwiv.com/russian-ukrainian-crisis-boris-johnson-warns-that-vladimir-putin-is-determined-for-a-full-scale-invasion-of-ukraine/ Boris Johnson said UK sanctions would hit “the economic interests that have sustained the Russian war machine”. The Prime Minister said Russian President Vladimir Putin had “completely torn up international law” by his actions in Ukraine and that there would now be an “immediate set of economic sanctions”. He added: “I am afraid that all […]]]>
Boris Johnson said UK sanctions would hit “the economic interests that have sustained the Russian war machine”.

The Prime Minister said Russian President Vladimir Putin had “completely torn up international law” by his actions in Ukraine and that there would now be an “immediate set of economic sanctions”.

He added: “I am afraid that all the evidence shows that President Putin is indeed determined for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the invasion, the subjugation of an independent and sovereign European country and I think, let’s be absolutely clear, that would be absolutely catastrophic.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent troops to two rebel-held regions in eastern Ukraine, after recognizing them as independent states.

Footage released overnight appeared to show Russian military vehicles heading towards the Ukrainian border.

You can follow updates on our live blog.

Last update: Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 9:34 AM

Hungarian airline Wizz Air said it would continue to operate flights between the UK and Ukraine.

He said in a statement: “Wizz Air continues to closely monitor the situation in Ukraine.

“Currently, we have not made any changes to our schedule and all our flights to/from Ukraine continue to operate as normal.

“All passengers who have booked flights to and from Ukraine are advised to check their mailboxes regularly for information on booked flights.”

So what prompted the latest sanctions?

In a televised address last night, Vladimir Putin said Ukraine was an integral part of his country’s history and called eastern Ukraine “former Russian lands”.

He also said he recognized Luhansk and Donetsk as independent parts of Ukraine, adding fuel to a Russian-backed armed rebellion in eastern Ukraine over the past eight years.

Footage released overnight appeared to show Russian military vehicles heading towards the Ukrainian border, with Putin saying he had ordered troops into two rebel-held areas in eastern Ukraine and that they ensure the “keeping of peace” in the separatist region.

Boris Johnson said moving away from Russian oil and gas would help energy security.

The Prime Minister said: “In the UK we have been able to reduce our reliance on Russian gas very significantly.

“Only 3% of our gas supplies now come from Russia.”

Mr Johnson said the response includes licensing the UK’s gas reserves, but also switching to low-carbon energy, including nuclear power.

He added: “The sooner this country can be self-sufficient on its own energy, the more prosperous we will be, but also, of course, the more sustainable our energy prices will be, and that will benefit the UK consumer.”

Boris Johnson has said there was a failure to stand up to Russia in 2014 when it annexed Crimea.

“We have to recognize that we weren’t tough enough and that ultimately we didn’t do enough, as Europeans, to wean ourselves off Russian hydrocarbons, Russian oil and gas,” he said. said the prime minister.

The volatility of gas prices in Europe was a “consequence of this failure”, he said.

“We have to make sure that we cut the umbilicus, we cut the drip into our bloodstream from Nord Stream.

The Prime Minister added that Russian President Vladimir Putin had “seriously miscalculated” the situation, saying: “‘He thinks that Ukraine has no real right to exist as a sovereign and independent country.’

Boris Johnson said UK sanctions would hit “the economic interests that have sustained the Russian war machine”.

Speaking after a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee, the Prime Minister said: ‘They will hit Russia very hard and we are going to do a lot more if there is an invasion.

“Have no doubt that if Russian companies are prevented from raising capital in UK financial markets, if we take the facade of Russian ownership away from companies, from ownership, it will start to hurt.”

Boris Johnson said Britain’s ‘first barrage of economic sanctions on Russia’ would be revealed today as he warned Vladimir Putin was determined for ‘a full-scale invasion of Ukraine’.

After arranging an emergency Cobra meeting, the Prime Minister said: ‘This is where I should highlight just the first barrage of UK economic sanctions against Russia because we expect I fear there will be have more irrational Russian behavior to come.

“I’m afraid that all the evidence shows that President Putin is indeed determined for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the invasion, the subjugation of an independent and sovereign European country and I think, let’s be absolutely clear, that it will be absolutely catastrophic.”

Hello and welcome to our live blog bringing you the latest updates on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine as the UK announces international sanctions against Russia.

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Boris Johnson will give a press conference on the ‘Living with COVID’ plan today https://guwiv.com/boris-johnson-will-give-a-press-conference-on-the-living-with-covid-plan-today/ Mon, 21 Feb 2022 10:14:11 +0000 https://guwiv.com/boris-johnson-will-give-a-press-conference-on-the-living-with-covid-plan-today/ Boris Johnson will give a press conference later this afternoon detailing the restrictions that will be lifted (PA) Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance will accompany Boris Johnson at the Prime Minister’s ‘Living with COVID’ press conference on Monday evening. The presence of Professor Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick […]]]>

Boris Johnson will give a press conference later this afternoon detailing the restrictions that will be lifted (PA)

Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance will accompany Boris Johnson at the Prime Minister’s ‘Living with COVID’ press conference on Monday evening.

The presence of Professor Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick is an indication that two of the most trusted public voices throughout the pandemic have thrown their support behind the proposals.

Johnson is expected to present details of the plans in the House of Commons around 4.30pm, with a televised press conference around 6.30-7pm. He is expected to announce the removal of all nationwide coronavirus restrictions in England from Thursday, including the legal requirement to self-isolate if you have tested positive for COVID.

However, the Prime Minister’s plans were thrown into chaos this morning when he was forced to delay a crucial Cabinet meeting to approve policy minutes before ministers were due to meet amid reports of tensions between Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid.

FEBRUARY 20, 2022: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.  - File Photo by: zz/KGC-512/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 12/24/19 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II taps her annual Christmas broadcast at Windsor Castle on December 24, 2019. (Windsor, Berkshire, England, Kingdom -United)

The Queen tested positive for COVID the day before the announcement (PA)

The pair are said to be at odds over the proposed scrapping of free lateral flow tests amid widespread calls for them to be kept in place to limit the spread of the virus.

Sunak is said to have concerns about the continued cost of free testing, while Javid wants testing to remain widely available.

Read more: Now is the time to move away from the ‘state mandate’ on self-isolation

Johnson said his “Living with COVID” plans would be to “finally give people their freedom back” after “one of the most difficult times in our country’s history.”

The Prime Minister’s announcement on the lifting of all restrictions comes as the nation awaits the outcome of a criminal investigation by the Met Police into alleged parties held at the heart of government during the lockdown.

Read more: Businesses will be required to pay for their own COVID-19 tests when all remaining restrictions are removed

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the Munich Security Conference in Germany where he meets world leaders to discuss tensions in Eastern Europe.  Picture date: Saturday February 19, 2022.

Johnson will announce the measures in the House of Commons at 2.30 p.m.

Johnson is accused of attending several rallies during the lockdown, and last month issued a creeping apology after

Her announcement also comes less than 24 hours after the Queen tested positive for COVID.

The 95-year-old monarch is “experiencing mild cold symptoms but expects to continue with light duties in Windsor over the coming week”.

“She will continue to receive medical care and will follow all appropriate guidelines,” the palace said.

The news that free testing could be scrapped was met with concern by some.

Watch: Country must learn to live with COVID, minister says

Former Tory minister Tim Loughton has said he believes testing should continue to be “widely” available.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour, the MP for East Worthing and Shoreham welcomed the attempt to ‘get back to normal’ but said he had ‘slight apprehensions’ about the reduction in testing free.

“I think we still need the tests to be widely available because I think that’s the reassurance people can have that they’ve taken every precaution possible and they don’t want to infect others. people,” he said.

Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting has slammed the government for plans to end free lateral flow testing.

Speaking to Sky on Trevor Phillips on Sunday, he said: “I’m particularly concerned about the end of free testing. I mean, it’s a bit like being at one with 10 minutes to play and replacing your best defender. “

But government ministers have insisted the plan is the right way forward.

Business Secretary Paul Scully said it was the right decision and the Prime Minister would weigh the balance between a return to normalcy and keeping people safe.

Mr Scully told Sky News: ‘Infections are coming down quite quickly, hospitalizations and deaths are also following – they tend to lag, obviously, the number of cases – but you can still see the trend inside of that.

He said Mr Johnson will ‘look at the best possible advice but find the right balance’.

Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, he added that the Government cannot ‘wrap people in cotton for the rest of our lives’.

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Greek politicians bicker over expelled MEP who criticized government for press freedom – EURACTIV.com https://guwiv.com/greek-politicians-bicker-over-expelled-mep-who-criticized-government-for-press-freedom-euractiv-com/ Mon, 21 Feb 2022 06:05:31 +0000 https://guwiv.com/greek-politicians-bicker-over-expelled-mep-who-criticized-government-for-press-freedom-euractiv-com/ EU lawmaker Giorgios Kyrtsos, who was expelled last week from the centre-right ruling New Democracy (European People’s Party), said Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was more arrogant than Hungary’s Viktor Orbán. On Friday, Mitsotakis kicked EU lawmaker Kyrtsos from its ranks over his criticism of the government over media freedom and the handling of the […]]]>

EU lawmaker Giorgios Kyrtsos, who was expelled last week from the centre-right ruling New Democracy (European People’s Party), said Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was more arrogant than Hungary’s Viktor Orbán.

On Friday, Mitsotakis kicked EU lawmaker Kyrtsos from its ranks over his criticism of the government over media freedom and the handling of the pandemic.

In an interview with Document On Sunday, Kyrtsos lashed out at Greece’s conservative prime minister, adding that the government had “disappeared” him from state television because of his critical approach.

“The practice of Mitsotakis goes beyond Orbán, because the Hungarian prime minister never thought of turning against members of his party,” Kyrtsos said.

“I will ask questions of the European Commission, I will publicize the subject and I will coordinate with other MPs who are worried about the situation in Greece at the expense of the media and the judiciary,” he said. he adds.

Meanwhile, the main opposition party Syriza (EU left) reacted strongly after Mitsotakis told the Munich security conference that a potential victory for the left would mean a “danger” for the democracy.

“In the EU they see everything from prosecuting judge-journalists to controlling the media […] Mitsotakis is panicked because our victory will be a return to democracy,” tweeted main opposition leader Alexis Tsipras.

Moreover, Manfred Weber, the leader of the EPP in the European Parliament, called Kyrtsos’ criticism “unfounded accusations” and announced that an internal procedure would be launched against him.

Mitsotakis has been a close ally of Weber, as he backed him for the presidency of the European Commission in 2019.

(EURACTIV.gr)

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