PM Abbasi heads to Turkey for OIC Summit on Palestine

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. (AP)
Updated 18 May 2018
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PM Abbasi heads to Turkey for OIC Summit on Palestine

  • Abbasi said Pakistan will continue to support the Palestinians in every forum
  • Solidarity Day was observed across Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi left for Turkey on Friday to attend a special summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to discuss the recent killings of Palestinian civilians in Gaza by Israeli forces, reported Radio Pakistan.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim invited Abbasi to participate in the summit in Istanbul.
Solidarity Day was observed across Pakistan on Friday in support of the Palestinian people, with rallies and gatherings organized. Abbasi said Pakistan will continue to support the Palestinians in every forum.
The news and current affairs channel of Radio Pakistan arranged a special marathon transmission to highlight abuses against the Palestinian people and the recent killings in Gaza.


Thousands of protesters try to storm Georgia parliament

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Thousands of protesters try to storm Georgia parliament

  • Tens of thousands rallied in Tbilisi, demanding speaker Irakli Kobakhidze step down after a Russian lawmaker addressed the country’s parliament from the speaker’s seat
  • The Russian MP’s presence in Georgia’s parliament prompted outrage in the ex-Soviet nation which in 2008 fought and lost a brief but bloody war with Moscow

TBILISI: Thousands of protesters attempted Thursday to storm the Georgian parliament in Tbilisi, furious that a Russian lawmaker addressed the assembly from the speaker’s seat during an international event.
Demanding that the parliamentary speaker resign, about 10,000 protesters broke riot police cordons to enter the parliament courtyard, an AFP reporter witnessed. Police pushed them back, but several protesters continued trying to enter the building.
Earlier, tens of thousands rallied in central Tbilisi, demanding speaker Irakli Kobakhidze step down after a Russian lawmaker controversially addressed the country’s parliament from the speaker’s seat.
Russian Communist lawmaker Sergei Gavrilov was speaking during an annual meeting of the Inter-parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (IAO), a forum of lawmakers from predominantly Orthodox countries.
The Russian MP’s presence in fiercely pro-Western Georgia’s parliament prompted outrage in the ex-Soviet nation which in 2008 fought and lost a brief but bloody war with Moscow over breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
A group of Georgian opposition lawmakers demanded the Russian delegation leave the parliament’s plenary chamber.
Many protesters held Georgian and EU flags and placards that read “Russia is an occupier.”
“This is a spontaneous protest by ordinary Georgians, it has not been organized by any political party,” an MP from opposition European Georgia party, Giga Bokeria, told AFP at the rally.
Georgian oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili — widely believed to be calling the shots in Georgia as the leader of his ruling Georgian Dream party — said in a statement that he “fully shares the sincere outrage of the Georgian citizens.”
He added that he told the speaker to suspend the session.
“It is unacceptable that a representative of the occupier country chairs a forum in the Georgian parliament,” Ivanishvili said.