Azhar Masood

  • TISLAMABAD - One of the reasons of Pakistans diplomatic isolation is that it has no state organ exclusively dedicated to nuclear diplomacy. There is no special nuclear diplomacy wing or unit at the Foreign Office, Prime Ministers Secretariat, the Presidency or the prestigious National Defence ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Former Amir of Jamaat-e-Islami Qazi Hussain Ahmad has said Pakistan should be prepared for United States-sponsored sanctions. Talking to TheNation on Saturday, he said: Our partys position remained unchanged that we should not follow 'habit of dependence which amounts to surrendering of ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Over 10,000 Pakistanis working in Libya have lost their jobs due to Islamabads failure to accord recognition to the rebel 'National Transition Council. According to the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis, 6,500 people with their families have already returned to Pakistan while 3,200 have ...

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  • TISLAMABAD A former diplomat says the government is failing the state on diplomatic front, which he says is a crucial area of activity in the modern day world. Talking to TheNation, Tariq Fatemi, a former diplomat who is also an instructor at the National Defence University, said the country is ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan will consult the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia before extending de-jure recognition to new National Transitional Council of Libya, Foreign Office officials told this correspondent here Thursday. Foreign Office officials said, Government of Pakistan is monitoring the situation ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - An important Afghan leader Mullah Muhammad Saleh commonly known as Mullah Malang discreetly visited Islamabad and Quetta this week. It is believed Mullah Malang held crucial meetings with key 'figures in Islamabad regarding future setup in Afghanistan. Mullah Malang, a proved ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Despite Afghan President Hamid Karzais strong opposition towards the presence of main security companies, infamous Blackwater is not only staying in Afghanistan but also thriving, the sources told The Nation here Friday. The Blackwater, according to well-informed sources, is currently ...

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  • TISLAMABAD The Central Intelligence Agency of the United States recruited over 1,500 men from Mazar-e-Sharif for fighting against the Qaddafi forces in Libya. Sources told TheNation: Most of the men have been recruited from Afghanistan. They are Uzbeks, Persians and Hazaras. According to the ...

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  • TFormer Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was a witty man and held a great sense of humor which his daughter Benazir Bhutto inherited too to an extent. On one occasion in Sindh surrounded by Waheed Katpar, Jam Sadiq Ali, Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi, Maulana Kausar Niazi and federal minister for ...

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  • TA triumphant senior George Bush during 1992 presidential electioneering boasted, We have changed the world. We have dismembered the Soviet Union; we will lead the world through our 'New World Order. Senior George Bush not only lost the race for presidency in 1992 to Bill Clinton but his planned ...

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  • TThe beginning of Arab Spring was indicative of a new Lawrence of Arabia styled game by white nations to completely subjugate oil-rich Arab nations. Starting off from Tunisia, removing dictatorship of Hosni Mobarik of Egypt, knocking Libya, creating complete unrest in Syria, supporting uprising in ...

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  • TSeveral political and business community leaders have demanded military action in Karachi to stop unending bloodletting in Pakistans financial capital. It seems that no serious effort is being made to control an unending violence in Karachi where three parties ruling Sindh nurture discordant ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Globally recognised intelligence and forecast STRATFOR has rejected the US Central Intelligence Agency claim that the man killed in Abbottabads compound by US Naval SEALs was al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. This was one of the reasons the CIA kept Pakistans premier intelligence agency ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazalur Rehman stated Wednesday that no body has so far contacted JUI-F for a proposed third alliance. With his usual smile on his face Fazalur Rehman remarked, We did hear about proposals of a third alliance but no one has got in touch with me or ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Former Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Sardar Wazir Ahmad Khan Jogezai has held mandate of PPP-ruling coalition insufficient to deal with the mega constitutional matters. During an exclusive interview with TheNation over proposals for new provinces, he said, PPP-led ruling ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Intelligence officials Monday rounded up three more militants of the defunct Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan as a result of day-long quizzing of Bakhat Farzandi, commander TTP, who was picked up from Sector G-9 on Sunday. Sources told The Nation One commander Raheem from Qari Zia Group with ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Bakhat Farzandi, a commander of the banned Tehrike Taliban-e-Pakistan (TTP), was arrested by intelligence agencies in Islamabad early Sunday. Sources told The Nation that communications of the militant leader were tracked Saturday evening and the agencies in a precision operation ...

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  • TFounder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah loved Balochistan so much that he spent his last days at a beautiful residency of Ziarat - a hill resort of Baluchistan. Its a common story how his remains were treated by his successors. Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan just paid no attention towards ...

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  • TI was born in Quetta. I love the land of beautiful hills, deserts, beaches, orchards, blue skies , unique foods, great traditions, particularly Baloch traditions of extending respect and hospitality, enriched with natural resources (still untapped due to political disharmony) and strategically the ...

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  • TISLAMABAD The human intelligence gathered by the men of Sarwan region of Balochistan and the Frontier Corps has directly linked the planning of Mir Akmal Raisanis assassination on July 31 to Indians Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). The planning was executed by the hired assassins financed by Dr ...

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  • TI have never taken the British Broadcasting Corporation non-seriously. If and when Lyse Doucet conducts a high profile interview, I listen to her questions and answers very seriously. No matter even I have to develop little domestic tiffs. Monday evening Lyse Doucet held a prime time interview with ...

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  • TFourth trilateral meeting of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States will take place in the Federal Capital on Tuesday. The US point-man for Afghanistan and Pakistan (AfPak) Marc Grossman and US envoy to Kabul will be representing the United States at the three-way conference. Afghanistan will ...

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  • TISLAMABAD Hafiz Gul Bahadur, a powerful North Waziristan commander, has offered complete support of his clan to Pakistan Army. A source on condition of anonymity told TheNation from Miranshah that, Hafiz Gul Bahadur had warned Hakimullah Mehsud and other foreign militants, based in different parts ...

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  • TISLAMABAD Pakistan on Wednesday officially invited Expression of Interest (EoI) for its 1.2 billion dollars Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project. The project was delayed due to several bureaucratic bottlenecks and settling price mechanism as it was finally started by the Ministry of Petroleum and ...

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  • TIn a free society, the State does not administer the affairs of men. It administers justice among the men who conduct their own affairs. This is how things should function. Federal government had made Secretary Establishment Suhail Ahmed Officer on Special Duty (OSD) on Tuesday. The Federal ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - One of the top ranking defence analyst Lt General (Retd) Qayyum stated here on Tuesday that 'at no stage Pakistan surrendered or gave up its right of first nuclear strike capability. In an exclusive interview with The Nation, he said Indias doctrine of 'Cold Start is to carry out an ...

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  • TSpeaking in Washington on Friday former military ruler Pervez Musharraf stated absolute negligence and not complicity was behind Osama bin Laden fiasco. Washington and Islamabad must put the episode behind them and rebuild trust. We must convince the world and the United States that the issue of ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistans newly elevated Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar Saturday termed Indo-Pak dialogue a positive step. Talking to mediamen, Khar said the priority of her government during talks with India was to set a future direction in the bilateral relationship. Highlighting Pakistans ...

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  • TISLAMABAD -Pakistan has refused permission to the United States for opening consulate in Quetta, sources told The Nation here Friday. An approval was earlier accorded by Islamabad in 2010 but fast changing circumstances had made Pakistan realise that this can create numerous problems for Pakistan ...

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  • THillary Clinton, US Secretary of State, told a Press Conference in Indian Capital of New Delhi on Tuesday,'India will play its role in Afghanistan. What role, so far the United States has played in landlocked state of Afghanistan often known as 'Graveyard of Empires. Creating uncertainty, rapid ...

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