QUDSSIA AKHLAQUE

  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan’s ambassador-designate to US Jalil Abbas Jilani who is all set to leave for Washington on Friday to take charge of his new challenging assignment says his top priorities as the new envoy will be to build on the positive momentum, promotion of trade and economic ...

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  • TWhen Directors-General Military Operations (DGMOs) of Pakistan and India meet face-to-face today at the Wagah Border, Lahore, to discuss specific measures for strengthening the bilateral ceasefire mechanism, Pakistani side will also raise the issue of India’s plan to erect a wall along the ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - When Directors-General Military Operations (DGMOs) of Pakistan and India meet face-to-face today at the Wagah Border, Lahore, to discuss specific measures for strengthening the bilateral ceasefire mechanism, Pakistani side will also raise the issue of India’s plan to erect a wall ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) that has of late been a subject of controversy over delayed ambassadorial appointments to major world capitals and reversals of nominations to key posts has a ‘change of guard’ with two accomplished diplomats, now re-designated to high ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - As the Karzai government seeks greater role by Pakistan in the Afghan political reconciliation and Islamabad proactively supports this peace process, the PML-N government should now also ensure that Kabul agrees on a joint border mechanism to secure its western border. It is not ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Confusion and uncertainty prevails at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) with the government constantly erring and taking U-turns on key diplomatic appointments. This has virtually turned appointments at the country’s premier institution into a game of musical chairs and ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be sending another letter to his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh, reiterating an earlier invite to visit Pakistan while renewing his resolve for peace and constructive engagement with India.The letter this time will be carried by PM’s Special ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Kashmir dispute continues to be a sore point for the Indians and it was more than obvious last week when Indian High Commissioner TCA Raghavan acted rather undiplomatically by walking out of a Foreign Office function when a speaker mentioned the ‘K’ word.The occasion was a ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - In a significant development Islamabad and Kabul have agreed in principle to work towards setting up a ‘border commission’ with a common objective of enhancing border controls to curb militant activity.This key understanding to secure the porous Pak-Afghan border was reached ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Key security matters, particularly strengthening of border management, Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan’s reconciliation process and enhancing economic cooperation will be the focus of talks when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Hamid Karzai convene for ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Ambiguity prevails on diplomatic status of the US embassy official, named as CIA station chief in Pakistan and accused of ‘committing the gross offences of murder and waging a war against Pakistan’ by PTI, the ruling party in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday.His name along ...

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  • TISLAMABAD -  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s planned visit to Kabul on Saturday comes on the heels of several significant developments with positive implications on Islamabad-Kabul relations. There is reason to believe that even at present Islamabad is engaged in attempting to put together ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - There is still no official word about the proposed meeting between Directors-General Military Operations (DGMOs) of Pakistan and India although the PM’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz had indicated that the date and venue would be finalised by the top ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will not be attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Heads of the Government Summit in Tashkent next week and has nominated his advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, to represent Pakistan.Pakistan has been invited to the ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - A 15-member delegation of the Mumbai Press Club representing the print and electronic media will be visiting Pakistan on the invitation of Karachi Press club for a week starting November 23.Mumbai Press Club is a leading association of media persons in India with more than 3,000 ...

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  • TISLAMABAD -  The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Jammu and Kashmir, Ambassador Abdullah Alam, is scheduled to arrive here today (Wednesday) on an important three-day visit that will focus on the situation along the Line of Control ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - During Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s first official visit to Kabul for consultations with the top Afghan leadership, major joint declarations to establish vital energy and communication links between the two neighbouring countries are expected, according to diplomatic ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - As expected there was no immediate promising outcome of the diplomatic-level talks between Pakistan and India on the margins of the Asia-Europe Foreign Ministers dialogue in New Delhi Tuesday.According to sources, proposals on strengthening and expanding the existing border supervision ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan will again push for its proposal of strengthening and expanding the existing border supervision mechanism to ensure peace on the Line of Control (LoC) when the country’s National Security Advisor meets the Indian External Affairs Minister today, informed sources ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz is all set to leave for New Delhi today (Sunday) aboard a special aircraft to attend the 11th Asia-Europe Foreign Ministers’ meeting (ASEM) being hosted by India. The two-day multilateral event ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  - It will be more of the same old story when the Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz meets Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid in New Delhi next week - another bilateral meeting on the sidelines of yet another multilateral ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - The Iranian oil minister’s alarming declaration last week that Tehran will likely abandon the multi-billion Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project raises key questions about what prompted this statement, its timing and ramifications.Two interesting developments related to the IP ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - As expected, there has been much debate in the media about Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s first bilateral visit to the US with the government billing it as “highly successful”, critics calling it a “complete failure” and Opposition labelling it as a ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Just two days after his return from a high-profile US visit, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is now all set to leave for London to attend the 9th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) being jointly hosted by Malaysia and Britain from October 29 to October 31.Sharif will be among the main ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - There is no end to diplomats jockeying for extension in service at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) to retain key positions as they reach superannuation and governments continue to grant the favour at the expense of blocking career path of many competent officers.The PML-N ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s first summit meeting in Washington with US President Barrack Obama Wednesday will likely define how this relationship progresses in the next five years and to what extent will the PML-N government manage to negotiate its way through the ‘big ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his first meeting with US President Barack Obama in Washington next week will raise key security, energy and economic issues, seeking greater market access for Pakistan as well as better understanding of the PML-N government’s position on the ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - In a promising development on the diplomatic front, this year for the first time a young Hazara woman joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan (FSP) that could mark the beginning of more to follow suit. Sughra Changezi who hails from Quetta is a member of the latest batch and recently ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan approached India through diplomatic channel last week to indicate dates for a meeting between top military officials of the two countries to discuss measures to maintain ceasefire on the Line of Control (LoC) as agreed at the September 29 meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - The PML-N government has decided to go for a political appointee for the key diplomatic slot in London and picked Kamran Shafi, a columnist and a long time friend of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, to be Pakistan’s next High Commissioner to the UK.He will replace Mr Wajid ...

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