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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan yesterday said the Economic Cooperation Organization member countries should exploit the resources to transform the ECO into a formidable economic bloc. Addressing the meeting after assuming chairmanship of the 22nd Council of Ministers Meeting, Adviser to the Prime Minister on ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani will not attend the 13th Economic Cooperation Organization summit to be held tomorrow (March 1) as Pakistan and Afghanistan struggle to improve ties. Addressing a news conference here after the conclusion of two-day Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) of ...

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  • Islamabad-The British High Commission Monday organised a pre-departure briefing for seven Pakistani journalists who have been awarded the ‘Chevening South Asia Journalism Fellowship 2017’. The briefing was attended by this year’s scholars from Islamabad, previous Chevening SAJP ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry on Sunday stressed the need for creating a world-class logistics infrastructure within the Economic Coordination Organisation (ECO) region for speedy movement of goods and people at a reduced cost that would stimulate investment and ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party leader Senator Rehman Malik Friday said that Afghanistan was spreading drug cancer in South Asia. Addressing a news conference here with Aldo Lale-Demoz, Deputy Executive Director United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Malik said that Afghanistan’s ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan Thursday said that India needs introspection and must clean its own record rather than hurling terrorism allegations against Pakistan. Reacting to Indian Home Minister Raajnath Singh’s statement that Jamaatud Dawa Chief Hafiz Mohammed Saeed’s arrest was ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan and the United States yesterday vowed to defeat terrorism together as Pakistan fights India-sponsored terrorism across its porous border with Afghanistan. US ambassador David Hale met Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry here to discuss the fresh wave of terrorism in ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tuesday said it did not want any confrontation with Afghanistan and was committed to resolve all issues peacefully with the neighbouring country. In a meeting with UN Special Representative of Secretary General for Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto here, Adviser to the Prime ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  The United States has told Pakistan that any action inside Afghanistan against the terrorists must be mutually agreed upon between the two neighbours, The Nation has learnt. Senior officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday said that Washington wanted Kabul and ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Friday asked Afghanistan to cut Jamaatul Ahrar (JuA)’s lifeline by destroying their sanctuaries and safe havens after the terror group instigated bloodshed in Pakistan. Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz spoke over telephone with Afghan ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry on Friday said that the conflicting relations with India and Afghanistan needed to be managed “tactfully”. Chaudhry, while speaking at a discussion on “Pakistan’s foreign policy challenges and opportunities” ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan yesterday said India was bent upon destroying peace in Pakistan and threatening regional stability. Addressing a weekly media briefing here, foreign office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan had taken up the issue of Indian involvement in terrorism and terror financing ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Tension between Pakistan and Afghanistan has threatened to escalate as Islamabad handed over evidence of cross-border terrorism to a senior diplomat from Kabul on Wednesday. Afghan Deputy Head of Mission Syed Abdul Nasir Yousafi was summoned by Additional Secretary (UN and EC) ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan Wednesday formally appointed Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry as new ambassador to the United States as Islamabad looks to improve ties with Washington. Ambassador Chaudhry is a career Foreign Service Officer with over 36 years of bilateral and multilateral experience in the field of ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Reshuffle is imminent in the foreign ministry after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appointed Tehmina Janjua as the foreign secretary, officials at the foreign ministry said while talking to The Nation on Tuesday. Janjua, who has become the first woman to take the top job at the foreign ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Seasoned diplomat Tehmina Janjua on Monday became the first woman foreign secretary of Pakistan as Islamabad aims to improve ties with the United States and defuse tensions with India. Incumbent foreign secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry is set to fly to Washington to replace Jalil Abbas ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - The United States has told Pakistan that the delay in issuance of visa to Senate Deputy Chairman Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri was not part of any decision to impose travel restrictions on Pakistanis, foreign ministry officials said on Sunday. These officials told The Nation, that the ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - India’s propaganda about Pakistan’s isolation at the international level demonstrably failed as all three super powers – the United States, Russia and China - joined a multinational naval exercise that kicked off in Karachi on Friday. Indian Prime Minister Narendra ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday said that the fate of the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas will be discussed in the next cabinet meeting. Speaking to journalists here at the PM’s House, Sharif said the Fata issue will be resolved soon. This week, the federal ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Thursday said India was developing a secret nuclear city in its southern parts and working on intercontinental missiles as part of its arms spree, directly threatening Pakistan. Addressing a weekly news briefing, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said the ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan on Wednesday told foreign envoys that India was hampering regional peace and prosperity by refusing to resolve the longstanding Kashmir issue. Additional Secretary (UN and EC) Tasneem Aslam briefed ambassadors of foreign missions here on the “continuously ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party is eyeing to foster a mind-boggling alliance with right-wing Jamaat-e-Islami and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek for the next general polls, The Nation has learnt. Close aides of the PPP leadership said that the two erstwhile political foes were being convinced ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - The federal cabinet yesterday extended the deadline for Afghan refugees to return home until December. It also approved electoral reforms for presentation to the parliament which will make the Election Commission financially and administratively autonomous, and make it binding on the ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - China on Tuesday acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts to provide security to Chinese nationals working on different projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (EPEC) in the country, the foreign ministry said. Chinese State Commissioner for Counter Terrorism and Security Cheng ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and China on Monady discussed the security of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, economic development and bilateral relations, the foreign ministry said.  Chinese State Commissioner for Counter Terrorism and Security Cheng Guoping called on Special ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and Bahrain Monday vowed to enhance defence and trade ties to strengthen the existing friendly relations. Bahrain also supported Pakistan’s point of view on Kashmir and urged India to hold dialogue with Pakistan to resolve the dispute. Addressing a joint news conference ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan plans to launch a spirited campaign on the social media to expose India’s atrocities in the held Kashmir in its diplomatic push for the resolution of the dispute with India, foreign ministry officials said. There are millions of social media users in Pakistan and the ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said on Sunday that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project was beneficial for all regional countries. In a meeting with Foreign Minister of Bahrain Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Mohammed Al-Khalifa here, the adviser ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and US Ambassador David Hale on Friday showed optimism that the two countries will defeat the menace of terrorism together. The PM adviser and the US ambassador discussed the prospective engagements in the ...

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  • Islamabad -= Pakistan People’s Party Senator Farhatullah Babar Friday said that the intellectual dishonesty has erased Quaid-i-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah’s vision. Speaking at the book launch of “Jinnah as a parliamentarian” - compiled by eminent human rights activist I A ...

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