SAARC Secretary-General Arjun Bahadur Thapa met Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other Pakistani officials in Islamabad.
During their meeting, Prime Minister Sharif highlighted that Pakistan valued SAARC as a dynamic regional platform for building economic synergies, deepening regional integration and bringing the people in South Asia together, SAARC said in a statement .
Expressing his encouragement over Sharif's recent visit to India, the top SAARC diplomat hoped that such visit would give further impetus to the SAARC process.
Thapa also met the Pakistani Prime Minister's advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary and other dignitaries.
Aziz expressed Pakistan's commitment to the principles and objectives of the SAARC charter to promote the welfare of people of the region through regional integration.
During his meetings with high dignitaries, Secretary-General Thapa apprised them of the current status of the regional cooperation.
Thapa was on a two-day introductory visit to Pakistan.
Koirala, Dahal discuss to resume House session
Prime Minister Sushil Koirala held discussions with UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal over resuming the Legislature-Parliament session, obstructed by the opposition parties demanding implementation of past pacts and a brake in the “unchecked transfer of funds and expenditures from the Treasury”.
During the meeting at PM Koirala’s official residence in Baluwatar on Tuesday morning, Koirala urged Dahal to resume the parliamentary proceedings.
Dahal, in his response, demanded to form a parliamentary probe panel to look into the alleged vote rigging during the CA election and formation of the High Level Political Committee (HLPC) as agreed earlier.
He also proposed Koirala to immediately appoint the remaining 26 lawmakers and correct the nominees recommended for the post of Additional Inspector General (AIG) of Nepal police, said Dahal's personal aide Chudamani Khadka.
Koirala assured Dahal to resolve all the conflicting matters during the meeting of big three parties .
CIAA files charge-sheet against engineer Devkota
The Commission of the Investigation for Abuse of Authority (CIAA) filed a charge-sheet against three persons including engineer Shalikram Devkota of the District Technical Office, Kathmandu at the Special Court on Tuesday.
Engineer Devkota was arrested after he was caught red-handed from his office while accepting a bribe of Rs.100,000 to issue license in a fast-track manner to Brother's Construction Company, a 'D' category construction company.
The CIAA filed the charge-sheet against Devkota as per the Corruption Prevention Act-2059.
Others named in the charge-sheet include Ruku Khatri, Assistant Officer at the District Development Office, Kathmandu and Resham Bahadur Tamang of Kavre district in connection with their involvement in the case.