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  • ISLAMABAD -  Since the United Nations General Assembly (session) last month, Pakistan has virtually accepted all the demands by the United States to come closer but Washington – despite showing flexibility towards Islamabad – has been hugging India tightly. The US unprecedented ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan People’s Party Senator Farhatullah Babar on Friday resigned as a member of the Senate’s Standing Committee on Defence due to ‘personal reasons’. Speaking to The Nation after quitting the membership, the lawmaker said he will stay as a member of the ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Thursday said that the Pak-US relationship was gaining strength and the confidence level between the uneasy allies was optimistically high. Addressing a weekly news briefing here, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said there had been many positive developments ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday told his cabinet that democracy would prevail and there would be no technocrats government or autarchy in the country. A federal minister, who attended the federal cabinet meeting here – chaired by the premier – told The ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Iran on Wednesday said the United States supported dictatorship against democracy. In a statement issued here, the Iranian embassy said: “From the very first days of the Islamic revolution, the United States adopted a hostile, interventionist and destabilising approach ...

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  • Islamabad - The British High Commission (BHC) yesterday encouraged the women from across Pakistan to apply for the Chevening Scholarship Programme by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Special Envoy for Gender Equality Joanna Roper CMG ahead of the deadline in three weeks time. The ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  The technocrats’ government is extra-constitutional like a martial law, believes former president Asif Ali Zardari. Close aides to the Pakistan People’s Party Co-Chairman told The Nation that Zardari was against the technocrats’ government or snap polls. A senior ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and the United States (US) are hoping to trust each other after a verbal war that threatened to end the reluctant alliance forever. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that the two nations were holding each other’s hand cautiously due to the below par ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan on Friday said that the successful rescue of a US-Canadian family held for five years by Taliban proved the country is an ally against terrorism and maintained that Islamabad and Washington have agreed that they will remain engaged at all levels. Foreign Office ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Thursday asked the ‘Permanent Five’ countries to stop India from endangering the regional peace by resorting to “unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations” along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary. Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - After weeks of diplomatic bickering marking one of the deepest lows in bilateral ties, the love-hate relationship between Pakistan and the US appears to be heading towards rapprochement. A high-level US delegation yesterday visited Pakistan and met with country’s civilian and ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah Thursday urged Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan to appear before the Election Commission before being humiliated by police. Speaking to journalists here, Khurshid Shah said Imran Khan should learn to respect the ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammed Asif Wednesday said that he had asked the United States to identify the terrorists’ hideouts in Pakistan where Islamabad was not taking action. Speaking to a select group of journalists here, Asif said Washington should pinpoint the hideouts ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Key government ally Maulana Fazlur Rehman - Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal Chief – tasked the government to identify and punish the ‘culprits’ behind the blunder in the  Khatm-e-Nabuwat (finality of the Prophethood) clause when the government least wanted to ...

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  • Islamabad - United States Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale yesterday said that the educated girls can make better future for themselves. US envoy commemorated the International Day of the Girl Child at an event here celebrating the US government’s commitment to girls’ education and ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Tuesday questioned the reinstatement of a senior police officer who was a co-accused in former prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s murder case. The PPP Secretary Information, Chaudhry Manzoor Ahmed, said that the re-appointment of Khurram ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told his cabinet members on Tuesday that Pakistan would hold the upcoming talks with the United States on “equality basis”. A federal minister who attended the cabinet meeting here told The Nation that the premier was confident of reviving ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  The United States wants Pakistan to help it in winning the prolonged war in Afghanistan as the two uneasy allies have resumed the dialogue process, officials said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Washington was hoping to get a “sincere ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Opposition leader Khurshid Shah Monday said that only time would tell who would finalise the names for the caretaker government to conduct the 2018 general elections. Shah, while speaking to reporters here, said that he and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had engaged in ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan cannot allow consular access to a convicted terrorist, writes Islamabad in its reply to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav case. In the reply, to be sent to the ICJ this week, Pakistan invited the United Nations court’s ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Saturday asked the United States and the world to focus on human right violations in held Kashmir instead of finding faults with the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which would benefit the “region and beyond”. Reacting to the US Defence Secretary, James ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Opposition Leader in National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah said on Friday that he was making efforts in consultation with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and all political parties to soon finalize an ‘acceptable’ name for the slot of National Accountability Bureau ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan on Thursday rejected US Gen Joseph Dunford’s allegation that the Inter-Services Intelligence (IS) was running a parallel foreign policy and allegedly had links with terrorists. Speaking at a weekly news briefing here, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Opposition leader Khurshid Shah on Tuesday said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) went berserk in the National Assembly against the “Nawaz Sharif-specific” law the other day only to hide their blunder in the Senate last week ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif flew to the United States on Tuesday on a three-day visit to hold talks with his counterpart Rex Tillerson as Islamabad and Washington aim to normalise ties. Since August, the two uneasy allies have been blaming each other for non-cooperation in the ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - The federal cabinet Tuesday approved a plan to construct a 600MW Natural Gas Combined Cycle Power Plant in Jamshoro with the help of Russia. Pakistan and Russia had been in talks since the last year on the project. The two sides have already discussed the feasibility. The cabinet ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - All the King’s men responded to their leader’s call to ensure passage of the Nawaz Sharif-specific bill in the National Assembly amid deafening protests by the opposition. The opposition led by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chanted slogans and tore the copies of the Election Bill ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - The United States is not considering designating Pakistan “a terrorist state” despite the tense ties, Washington has conveyed to Islamabad. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation, that Washington was aiming to improve ties with Islamabad rather than ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Former president Asif Ali Zardari on Friday said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan’s bid to change the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly would “remain a dream”. Zardari, while speaking at a meeting of the Pakistan People’s ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan has said that India cannot deny injuring thousands of Kashmiris using pellet guns and its intelligence agency is using TTP in Afghanistan to sponsor terror attacks in Pakistan. “India cannot deny injuring thousands of Kashmiris using pellet guns in Occupied Kashmir ...

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