“Pakistan rising”– investment conference to be held in London on June 21

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ISLAMABAD: The Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI) announced here on Thursday that it would organise an investment conference, themed ‘Pakistan Rising’, on June 21st in London, United Kingdom. The conference, which will be chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, aimsto bring together the current and potential investors from around the world so that they could be informed about the investment opportunitiesin Pakistan. Sharing his views on the occasion, Finance Minister Asad Umar commented, “This step by the OICCI will serve as a game changer, as it would showcase the real opportunity for investment in Pakistan at an international stage. He said the initiative would help highlight the many existing success stories of foreign investment in Pakistan, besides shaping the narrative for future investors. OICCI President Shazia Syed, in her address, stated, “The investment conference will accelerate the pace of foreign investments in Pakistan. Through this platform, we intend to facilitate first-hand interaction between potential investors and the prime minister.

The gunmen stopped a bus travelling between Gwadar and Karachi, checked the identity cards ofthe passengers and offloaded 16 ofthem, the IGPsaid.According to a local official, some three dozen people in total had been travelling on the bus. Fourteen of those offloaded were shot dead, while two passengers managed to escape and made it alive to the nearestLevies checkpost. They were subsequently shifted to Ormara Hospital for treatment. The bodies of the victims were recovered from Noor Baksh Hotel. One navy and one coast guard personnelwere among those killed, the home secretary confirmed. Levies and otherlaw enforcement personnel later secured the spot and launched an investigation into the incident. The motive behind the killings and the identity of the victims are yet to be disclosed. No one has claimed responsibility for the killings but it is generally believed that this heinous crime was based on racial discrimination. Unconfirmed reports (sofar) claimed that they belonged to Punjab province. Home Minister Zia Langove said that a full-scale investigation had been launched into the attack and to track down the gunmen, who had fled the scene. “Such incidents are intolerable and we will notspare the terrorists who carried out this dastardly attack,” he said. Pakistan Navy personnel were among 14 people killed in Ormara firing. They were travelling in civilian buses when targeted. Police said that the terrorists asked for National Identity Cards (NICs) of all the passengers before shooting them at point blank range inBuziTop area,state-ownedAPP reported. The gunmen “stopped buses on the Makran Coastal Highway and gunned down 14 people”, he said, adding that the vehicles were travelling to Karachi from the coastal town of Ormara. According to Levies sources, the dead bodies were shifted to a nearby health facility in Ormara. A similar incident took place in Balochistan’s Mastung area in 2015, when armedmen kidnapped about two dozen passengers from two Karachi-bound coaches and killed at least 19 of them in the mountainous area of Khad Kocha. Within the past week, Balochistan hasseen a terror attack targeting the Hazara community in Quetta which left at least 21 killed, and a blast in Chaman which targeted security forces. A local official Jehangir Dashti told The Associated Press that the passengers targeted in the attack were killed after the assailants checked theiridentity cards but he could not confirm if all the slain were Punjabis. The travellers were removed from the buses and taken to a second location, where they were shot dead, early on Thursday morning, saidBalochistan Information Minister Zahoor Buledi. “They identified non-Baloch by checking theiridentity cards and employee cards,” said Buledi. “They took them to the nearby mountains and shot them dead after tying their hands.” “Dozens of gunmen”were involved in the attack and fled the scene afterward, Dashtisaid. “In this tragic incident, 14 passengers were forced offthe bus, theywere lined up in a nearby open area and killed by the terrorists,” he said. The Pakistani Navy said its sailors and officers who were travelling to work were also among the slain men. One was a member of the country’s coast guard. Intelligence officials told AP, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk to themedia, nine employees of the Navy were among the dead. Dashti said the passengers targeted in the attack were killed after the assailants checked their identity cards but he could not confirm if all the slain were Punjabis. The travellers were removed from the buses and taken to a second location, where they were shot dead, early on Thursday morning, saidBalochistan Information Minister Zahoor Buledi. “They identified non-Baloch by checking theiridentity cards and employee cards,” said Buledi. “They took them to the nearby mountains and shot them dead after tying their hands.” BRAS takes responsibility The Baloch Raaji Aajoi Sangar (BRAS), an alliance of armed ethnic Baloch separatist groups, claimed responsibility for the attack in an emailed statement released on Thursday. “Those who were targeted carried [identification] cards of the Pakistan Navy and Coast Guards, and they were only killed afterthey were identified,” said Baloch Khan, a BRAS spokesperson. he Baloch Raji Ajoi Sangar (BRAS), an alliance of three Balochi separatist organisations, including the Baloch Liberation Army, Balochistan Liberation Front and Baloch Republican Guard However, Buledi told AlJazeera that the government could not immediately confirm whether those killed were members of the security forces. Fawad Choudhry Meanwhile,reacting to the attack, Federal Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry stated thatrecentterrorist attacksseemto be conducted under a planned pattern. “First Hazara attack, then Hayatabad incident and now coastal highway incident. A planned pattern seems to be working behind these attacks. We have sacrificed a lot for peace. We have gained great success in the war against terrorism but the war has not ended yet,” he wrote.