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  • ISLAMABAD - The United States has praised Pakistan for engaging in talks with Afghanistan amid the tension between the Muslim-majority nations, foreign ministry officials said. A senior official at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Washington was positive about Foreign Secretary Tehmina ...

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  • Islamabad - The Australian government supports training in improved research techniques to tackle the problem of malnutrition in Pakistan, Acting Australian High Commissioner Jurek Juszczyk said yesterday. Australia has committed AUD 300,000 to build the capacity of the Scaling Up Nutrition ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Former president Asif Ali Zardari arrived in Lahore from Dubai on Tuesday amid speculations of ‘some big political development’ as ousted premier Nawaz Sharif looked up to the Pakistan People’s Party for help. Close aides to the PPP Co-chairman told The Nation that ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Tuesday said the government will make the society weapon-free in the near future. Chairing the federal cabinet meeting here, the premier directed the interior ministry to revalidate data regarding the issued licences. He said that 90 days’ grace ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Senior Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Senator Sherry Rehman has said a flopped foreign policy of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)-led government has put the country in a dangerous position. In an exclusive interview with The Nation at her residence here, the ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said on Monday that Pakistan and the United States were partners in the journey to development both in the socioeconomic and defence sector. Speaking to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the telephone, Asif said that he would strive in his new ...

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  •   ISLAMABAD - Senior Leaguer Sartaj Aziz is unwilling to rejoin the foreign ministry as an adviser to share power with Foreign Minister Khawja Muhammad Asif, The Nation learnt. Sources said the former adviser had told Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi clearly that he would not rejoin the ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Friday said that he would not even pick former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s telephone call let alone supporting him after his unceremonious ouster last month. Addressing a news conference here, Bilawal said ...

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  • Islamabad - Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Thursday directed the Ministry of Housing to submit a comprehensive plan to provide low cost housing to the government servants at the earliest. Chairing a meeting here at the Prime Minister’s Office, he directed to meet the housing needs of ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Thursday said it will review the foreign policy under new hawkish Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammed Asif amid tensions with the neighbours and chilly ties with the United States. Addressing a weekly news briefing here, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said that the ...

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  • Islamabad - The United States is working to create equal access to education for boys and girls, Mission Director United States Agency for International Development, Jerry Bisson said yesterday. The USAID Mission Director spoke to more than 150 participants from academia, public, private and ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Wednesday alleged that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was ‘damaging democracy’. Speaking to journalists here, Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah said that it was because of democracy that Sharif was elected ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party believes former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s August 9 Grand Trunk Road show was designed to put pressure on the national institutions as the deposed premier faces corruption cases. Sharif, disqualified by the Supreme Court last month for hiding ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Tuesday asked India to a stop firing along the Line of Control (LoC) for the sake of peace. Director-General South Asia Dr Mohammad Faisal, summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Tuesday questioned the transformation of Jamaatud Dawa into a political party – the Milli Muslim League. Addressing a dialogue on “Peace possible: Parliamentary initiatives” organised by the Young Parliamentarians Forum at the ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Margaret Adamson Monday said that gender equality and women’s empowerment was a core element of Australia’s foreign policy. Adamson welcomed Australian gender equality advocate Elizabeth Broderick to Pakistan on a visit to engage ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan does not consider itself bound by any of the obligations enshrined in the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty - endorsed by 122 countries at the United Nations headquarters in New York last month, the foreign ministry said on Monday. Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said in a ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Washington has told Islamabad that it supports backchannel contacts between Pakistan and India to ensure peace in South Asia, diplomatic sources said. A senior official at the foreign ministry told The Nation that the US wanted Pakistan and India to engage in some sort of dialogue ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - The United Kingdom has announced an additional $130 million to help end polio in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria, a British High Commission statement said yesterday. The UK is leading the final global push to eliminate polio around the world for good, International Development ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - The foreign ministry is expected to again have a pair running it as a federal minister and an adviser – both equal in rank and responsible to the prime minister, The Nation learnt. While Khawja Asif has officially taken over as the foreign minister, Sartaj Aziz is set to return as ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan Thursday said India must make peace with China and Pakistan as its belligerence was a threat to the region. Speaking at his weekly news briefing here, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said it was in the interest of all the countries of the region to work for ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  The United States seeks a stable, secure and prosperous Pakistan, Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice G Wells told Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua here on Thursday. In a meeting, Ambassador Wells acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices in the ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted as prime minister last week, yesterday approved nominees for the new cabinet – taking in almost the entire team that worked under him. The beleaguered Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader presided over a meeting in Murree which was attended among others ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Wednesday said Imran Khan-like people force the women in the country to remain indoors. Speaking to journalists here, PPP’s Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah said that claims of harassment by lawmaker Ayesha Gulalai ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Many thought they had entered a Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) rally when they stepped into the parliament Tuesday to witness the new Prime Minister’s election. The PML-N workers chanted deafening slogans in favour of Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted as the premier last week by ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  The United States on Tuesday vowed to work with the new Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, for a democratic Pakistan. In a statement issued here by the US embassy, American Ambassador David Hale congratulated Prime Minister Abbasi on his election by the National ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - The opposition parties - led by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf– failed to agree on a joint candidate for the prime minister’s election as a political fight erupted between the PPP and the PTI. The opposition parties however, decided ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will field its own candidate, if the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) persisted with the nomination of Sheikh Rashid Ahmed for the vacant position of the prime minister, top party leaders said. A senior PPP leader, who remained in contact with both ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Former president Asif Ali Zardari believes Nawaz Sharif – who was disqualified by the Supreme Court on Friday under Article 62 of the Constitution – was “unqualified” for the top job. A senior Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader, who spoke to Zardari ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Thursday warned the United States and Afghanistan that blame-game will only damage and weaken the resolve to defeat terrorism. Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria, while addressing a weekly news briefing said that doubting Pakistan’s role in the war on terror ...

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