President wants Chinese model of agriculture in Pakistan

WUHAN: President Asif Ali Zardari Saturday said that Pakistan wants to benefit from Chinese experience and technology in the field of agriculture for enhanced production that will help his country in overcoming the grain shortage.

“I am very impressed with China’s development in Agri-sector and we want to emulate the same success in Pakistan,” President Zardari said here in his address to China Hubei-Pakistan Agriculture and Water Resources Cooperation Forum.

The president said that Pakistan and China have always enjoyed cordial relations and expressed the hope that his visit will further strengthen these ties particularly in the fields of agriculture and hydro electricity sectors.

He said the prime objective of his visit, the second in four months, was to learn from Chinese model of agriculture and development of hydro electricity projects.

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Hubei Governor meets President Zardari

WUHAN: Governor of Hubei Lihong Zhong met President Asif Ali Zardari here on Saturday and discussed avenues of cooperation in the field of agriculture and hydro electricity projects.

President Zardari said he has come to Hubei province specially to study the Chinese development and their institutions in these two fields and wants his country to benefit from their knowledge and technology.

He said Pakistan was facing energy and food shortage and China could help them in overcoming these challenges.

The Governor welcomed President Zardari and assured his fullest support to Pakistan in the fields of agriculture and power generation projects. He said a number of Chinese companies were already working in Pakistan in various sectors and was desirous of helping Pakistan in whatever way they could.

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President, PM condemn D. I. Khan blast

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Friday strongly condemned the blast in D I Khan that killed and injured several people.

The President and the Prime Minister said the government would not bow down to the extremists, militants and terrorists and would take all necessary measures to establish the writ of the government.

President Zardari said such acts of violence; bomb blasts and terrorism were a serious threat to the country and directed local administrations to take strict measures so that no such incidents recur.

Prime Minister Gilani taking a strong note of the tragic incident sought a report from the provincial government. He said the government was committed to ensure law and order across the country.

He directed that law enforcing agencies to ensure strict security measures at all large gatherings and investigate the matter to bring the perpetrators to justice.

They also directed the provincial authorities to provide best possible medical care to the injured.

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Outgoing Spanish envoy pays farewell call on President Zardari

ISLAMABAD: The outgoing Ambassador of Spain, Jose Maria Robles Fraga Friday paid a farewell call on President Asif Ali Zardari at the Presidency.

The President appreciated the services of the outgoing ambassador in further cementing the ties between the two countries and wished him good luck for his new assignment. The Ambassador said the four years he spent in Pakistan were an important part of his life and thanked the government of Pakistan for facilitating him in performing his duties and further enhancing relations between the two countries.

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Gilani, Fazal meet President

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) leader Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman met President Asif Ali Zardari here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Friday.

In a brief statement issued here by the President House today, Prime Minister discussed with President the country’s prevailing situation.

JUI-F chief was also present in the meeting which lasted for about 45 minutes.

Geo news sources told that Mumbai report, war against terror, security situation in Swat, next Senate polls and performance of the government came under discussion in the meeting.

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Security beefed up in Peshawar ahead of President’s visit

PESHAWAR: Security has been put on high alert before arrival of President Asif Ali Zardari in the city.

According to reports, strict security arrangements have been put in place while the area from Peshawar Air Base to Governor House has also been sealed. While helicopters are doing the aerial surveillance.

A large number of police and security personnel have been deployed at all exit and entrance points into the city to prevent any untoward incident.

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President Zardari chairs high-level meeting in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: President Asif Ali Zardari arrived Friday on a maiden two-day visit to Peshawar.

According to sources, President Zardari is presiding over a briefing at the Governor House about overall security situation in Fata and NWFP. Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani, Chief Minister Amir Haider Hoti and other officials are also present on this occasion.

While Interior Adviser Rehman Malik, Federal Minister Sherry Rehman, Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, Arbab Alamgir and other top officials are also attending the briefing.

Earlier, the President was received by the governor and the chief minister at the Governor House.

Strict security armaments have been made in the city to prevent any untoward incident.

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Pak needs no lectures on war against terror: Zardari

ISLAMABAD: Advocating the need for recasting Pakistan-U.S. relationship into a long-term partnership for peace, stability and development, President Asif Ali Zardari Wednesday asked President Barack Obama to help resolve the lingering Kashmir dispute that remains at the heart of South Asian unrest and challenges like extremism.

“President Obama understands that for Pakistan to defeat the extremists, it must be stable. For democracy to succeed, Pakistan must be economically viable,” Zardari wrote in a US newspaper article in which he congratulated the new U.S. leader on assumption of office and extended Pakistan’s “hand in friendship”.

As part of economic empowerment efforts, President Zardari called for swift progress towards realization of economic assistance expansion initiative (Biden-Lugar legislation) in Congress as well as the preferential trade program of reconstruction opportunity zones and said, “assistance to Pakistan is not charity.”

“The water crisis in Pakistan is directly linked to relations with India. Resolution could prevent an environmental catastrophe in South Asia, but failure to do so could fuel the fires of discontent that lead to extremism and terrorism. We applaud the president’s desire to engage our nation and India to defuse the tensions between us”, he said.

“Unlike in the 1980s, we are surrogates for no one. With all due respect, we need no lectures on our commitment. This is our war. It is our children and wives who are dying”, the president added.

Zardari renewed Pakistan’s determination to curb the menace of terrorism in its own interest and called for equipping Pakistan with modern security tools and technology to proactively fight the terrorists “on our terms”.

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