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  • Islamabad-Among the 200 million Pakistani population nearly half are challenged by the menace of poverty translating into all sorts of ills and deprivations. Children from this background are exposed from birth to the harsher realities of life, ending up in wrong hands, falling prey to exploiters ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  US President Donald Trump’s pro-Israeli stance has disappointed Pakistan as Islamabad expected Washington to help resolve international issues rather than complicating them, the foreign ministry officials told The Nation on Monday. Senior officials at the foreign ministry ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan is gearing up to work with the new US President Donald Trump, seen as a new challenge for the diplomatic corps. Trump took oath on January 20, vowing to put “America first” in his foreign policy. He also used the term “Islamic terrorism” in his ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Three top candidates for the soon-to-be-vacant slot of foreign secretary are in a neck-and-neck race to clinch the post, The Nation has learnt. Incumbent foreign secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry is set to fly to Washington to replace Jalil Abbas Jilani as ambassador. His name has ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan yesterday accused Hindu terrorist organisations, with all-out support from Indian government, of carrying out ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Muslims in Jammu region of Occupied Kashmir The Foreign Office maintained that the Kashmiris were being killed by Indian security ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Former president Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday urged the international community to acknowledge Pakistan’s efforts to defeat the menace of terrorism as it was a global issue. Zardari, the Pakistan People’s Party-Parliamentarians (PPPP) chief, is in the United States, ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry will fly to Washington this month to replace outgoing ambassador Syed Jalil Abbas Jilani, official sources said on Tuesday. The officials at the Foreign Ministry said the summary of Chaudhry’s appointment as ambassador to US had been approved ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari aims to politically conquer Punjab as his party bids to return to power in 2018, party leaders said. Punjab was once a stronghold of the PPP during the peak of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto but it slowly drifted away to the right-wing or ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - United States President-elect Donald Trump’s ‘invitation’ to Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) chief Asif Ali Zardari to attend his presidential inauguration on January 20 has boosted his international political standing, giving a push to his bid to ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will take up the issues of Indian interference and human rights violations in Kashmir when he meets with the UN chief and world leaders on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s annual meeting in Davos. The prime minister will attend ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan yesterday said that the nexus between India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security was a permanent source of tension for Islamabad. Rejecting Kabul’s claims about militant safe havens in the Federally ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Thursday said the Karachi-Gawadar-Muscat ferry service will multiply facilities for the regular travellers. In a meeting with Oman State Council President Dr Yahya Mahfoodh Salim Al-Manthri here, he welcomed the proposal to launch a ferry service ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan has once again assured China that its soil can never be used against the time-tested friend, foreign ministry officials said on Wednesday. Senior officials at the ministry told The Nation that Islamabad had contacted Beijing to reiterate its commitment to friendship with ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has told Iran that it was committed to friendship with the brotherly and will not become part of any grouping targeting Tehran amid reports that former army chief Gen (retd) Raheel Sharif might assume leadership of a Saudi-led military alliance of Arab countries, The Nation ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan People’s Party and its extension – the Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians – will request the Election Commission of Pakistan to grant ‘arrow’ symbol to both the parties for the by-elections to be contested by Bilawal Bhutto ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan has launched diplomatic efforts to get a United Nations’ verdict against India – days after Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi, delivered a dossier on India’s interference and terrorism in Pakistan to the UN ...

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  •  ISLAMABAD -  The United Nations was Friday urged to end massacres, gang-rapes and excesses in the Indian occupied Kashmir. A resolution adopted after a two-day ‘International Seminar on Kashmir’ asked the UN to stop state-sponsored terrorism in the held valley. The seminar ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Thursday said it was committed to multilateralism and advancing the objectives of the United Nations in all domains, including international peace and security. Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz wrote a letter of felicitation to new UN Secretary General ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday urged world leaders to tell India “enough is enough” for its intransigent attitude in resolving the longstanding Kashmir dispute. The premier vowed to continue moral, political and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir in their ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Former president Asif Ali Zardari will enter the parliament through a by-election as ‘Mr Clean’ as he has been cleared by all the courts of law, close aides said. The Pakistan People’s Party leaders said Zardari had never been convicted in the ‘politically ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Former president Asif Ali Zardari will attend the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump later this month, close aides said. Trump, who won the US election against Democrat Hillary Clinton in November, will take oath on January 20th in Washington. This will mark an end to ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan will focus on improving ties with the United States, defusing tension with India and removing misunderstandings of Afghanistan in the year 2017, officials said. Besides this, officials said, Pakistan will also make efforts to enhance ties with Russia and further cement ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - A parliamentary body on Monday unanimously passed “The Hindu Marriage Bill 2016” already cleared by the National Assembly that bars marriage of Hindu couples below the age of 18. The Senate Committee on Human Rights - which met with Senator Nasreen Jalil in the chair – ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Sunday said that India was trying to hide its own terror network by hurling allegations at Pakistan for allegedly promoting terrorism. Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said that the UN had rejected India’s politically motivated proposal to impose sanctions on ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and India yesterday exchanged lists of their nuclear installations and facilities under a 1988 agreement amid the ongoing tension, officials here said. The nuclear armed neighbours had agreed in 1988 not to attack each other’s nuclear facilities. Under the deal, the two ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Sunday dared the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief, Imran Khan, to challenge former president Asif Ali Zardari in a by-election in the coming weeks. The PPP said it welcomed Imran Khan’s announcement that the PTI would field ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - The “Grossi formula” to induct non-signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is discriminatory and designed to knock out Pakistan, a senior official of the Strategic Plans Division (SDP) said on Friday. Dr Adil Sultan, a senior ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Friday said that Pakistan was committed to defeating terrorism and had so far achieved considerable success. He said Pakistan was a strong advocate of a world where freedom, justice and equity prevailed. Aziz, while addressing ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has finalised a dossier against arrested Indian spy Kulbushan Yadav and Indian subversive activities inside Pakistan, a foreign ministry official said on Friday. The dossier, according to the foreign ministry officials, has been sent to Pakistan’s permanent representative ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan on Thursday said that it sought criteria-based approach for the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership. Addressing the weekly media briefing here, Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan met every criteria for the NGG membership. Pakistan has been urging ...

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