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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and Afghanistan inched towards peace on Sunday as China intervened to end the tension between the two Muslim-majority countries. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Afghanistan and Pakistan from June 24 to 25th as part of Beijing’s peace efforts on the invitation of ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Friday said that betrayal had no limits as several former ministers belonging to the party had joined the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the recent weeks. Former ministers Firdous Ashiq Awan and Nazar Mohammed Gondal quit the PPP ...

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  • islamabad -  Acting British High Commissioner Richard Crowder has said that 2017 was a historic year, as it marked the 70th anniversary of UK-Pakistan relations. He hosted an iftar-dinner reception for Chevening Alumni at his residence last night. The reception was attended by Chevening ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  After years of speculations, Babar Awan - former top lieutenant of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari – is set to join the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) today (Friday), political sources said. While Awan himself chose to stay away from the ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Days after striking down an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle, Pakistan Thursday said the United States’ drone strikes violated its sovereignty. Addressing a weekly media briefing here, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan’s position on the US drone ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz yesterday said since former army chief Gen Raheel Sharif was leading the Saudi-led military coalition against terrorism in an individual capacity, he could not be summoned back. Briefing the Senate standing committee here, Aziz ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Former interior minister Rehman Malik Wednesday said that he had nothing to hide before the Joint Investigation Team – probing the Panama leaks scandal. Addressing a news conference here, the Pakistan People’s Party Senator said that some elements were trying to scare him ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Former interior minister Rehman Malik will appear before the joint investigation team (JIT) – probing the Panama leaks scandal – on June 23rd. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader returned from abroad on Monday and had previously sought time from the JIT to appear ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Monday raised the issue of “alarming use of violence” in Kashmir against the civilians. In a statement issued here by the foreign ministry, the OIC condemned the continued and alarming use of violence by the Indian security ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Two Pakistani diplomats – working for the Jalalabad Consulate – have gone missing in eastern Afghanistan, the foreign ministry said Sunday. A statement released by the foreign ministry said that the diplomatic officials disappeared while returning to their home from ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Friday said that China was Pakistan's close and iron friend. Addressing a gathering after inaugurating the Pak-China Study Centre along with Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong here, the adviser said that the multi-billion-dollar ...

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  • islamabad - Pakistani cadet Muhammed Shahrukh Khan Friday left for the United States to join United States Air Force Academy, a US embassy statement said. Khan, resident of Lahore, who was accepted into the USAF Academy for four years of rigorous academic and military training, departed for the ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan looks up to the United States, Russia and China to resolve its tension with India and the regional conflicts as both India and Afghanistan have failed to respond to bilateral efforts, Foreign Ministry officials said. Russia and China have offered Pakistan to play their role in ...

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  • Islamabad - The US Commercial Service is leading this week a delegation of Pakistani companies from Karachi, Islamabad, and Mirpur to the International Franchise Expo 2017, in New York, the US embassy said in a statement. The expo is the largest franchise expo in the United States, and runs from ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz(PMN-L) on Thursday claimed rewriting history after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appeared before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in the Panama leaks case opposition parties pressed the premier to step down. PM Sharif appeared before the JIT ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan on Thursday welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s offer to mediate between Islamabad and New Delhi to ease tension in South Asia. Addressing a weekly media briefing here, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said that Pakistan welcomed UNSC’s ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Finance Minister Ishaq Dar battled to finish his job on Wednesday as a killingly teasing opposition taunted and distracted him during the concluding hours of the debate on the national budget for the fiscal year 2017-2018. Throughout the days that the members of the National Assembly ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan People’s Party Wednesday urged the leaders to unite the nation rather than dividing it. Speaking at an iftar-dinner hosted by PPP Leader Senator Sherry Rehman here, Bilawal said with the fires of conflict, both sectarian and mercenary, threatening to engulf many ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan People’s Party Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Tuesday said that the wickets of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf will fall one by one. Addressing a party meeting here, Bilawal said the government had lost the moral authority to rule. He said the ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has told Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz that Pakistan was committed to the Kingdom’s territorial integrity and safety of the two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madina, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday. Sharif visited Saudi Arabia on June 12 in a ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Monday summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh and lodged a strong protest against the violations along the Line of Control (LoC) by India. A statement issued here by the foreign ministry said that director-general (South Asia and South Asian Association for ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Former interior minister Rehman Malik has sought time from the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) – probing the Panama leaks scandal – for appearance as he was abroad. The JIT on Monday summoned Senator Malik to appear today (Tuesday) in connection with the Panama leaks ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has deployed no troops in Qatar amid the oil-rich country’s standoff with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states, the foreign ministry said on Sunday. Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said in a statement that reports about the deployment of Pakistan Army in Qatar ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Former Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari on Friday said that the rulers could not escape accountability by targeting the judiciary. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman said that his party believed in across-the-board accountability but at the same time it would ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  said on Thursday that India was pushing for a conflict as its forces were continuously engaged in ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary. Addressing a weekly news briefing here, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said that Pakistan had no ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - A handshake and some pleasantries between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi is all the two nations can expect on the sidelines of the two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan starting today (June 8). Both the ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan is considering options to take the Kashmir issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) without violating the bilateral agreements with India, The Nation has learnt. Earlier, India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj claimed that Pakistan could not take ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Saudi Arabia-led decision on Monday to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar has put Pakistan between a rock and a hard place as Islamabad enjoys friendly ties with both the states. Six Arab states – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, Bahrain, Libya and ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Sunday told Afghanistan that the “hateful campaign” will not help peace efforts. Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz rejected baseless allegations against Pakistan after the Kabul terrorist attack. In a statement issued here, Aziz said ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Former president Asif Ali Zardari has asked his party to stop worrying about the “turncoats” and let them leave the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) as part of a “cleansing” process, close aides said. The PPP co-chairman believes said that the party cannot ...

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