SHAFQAT ALI

  • TISLAMABAD - The erstwhile Federally Administrated Tribal Areas will get three percent share under the National Finance Commission Award, the federal cabinet decided Thursday. Briefing journalists after the cabinet meeting here, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry and Petroleum Minister Ghulam ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan Thursday urged the United Nations to investigate use of chemical weapons by India in Held Kashmir to crush the freedom movement. Speaking at a weekly news briefing here, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said Pakistan wanted a thorough and independent ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  -   Pakistan warned Iran that conspiracies were being hatched against Pak-Iran ties so both the countries need to be careful, officials said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Islamabad and Tehran had been in contact since the abduction of 12 ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistani and the US experts on Wednesday said that expanded financial inclusion and simplified regulation could add Rs1.5 trillion to the economy. The experts said that Pakistan’s GDP would jump 2 percent if all Pakistanis entered into formal banking system, and another 2 percent ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan has urged Russia to enhance the defence ties as the new partners prepare to hold joint military drills ‘Friendship 2018’ this month, officials said on Tuesday. Senior government officials told The Nation that Islamabad had made it clear to Moscow it was against any ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan Monday said that his upcoming visit to China will provide an opportunity to underscore the importance of the all weather strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries. He was talking to minister of International Development of the Communist Party ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  -  Pakistan is set to discuss the Chinese debt details with the United States before briefing the International Monetary Fund about the Beijing loans as Islamabad awaits an IMF bailout package, official sources said on Sunday. Senior government officials told The Nation that ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan has contacted the United States seeking support for the International Monetary Fund bailout package as Washington ‘closely examined’ Islamabad’s request to the international lender. Senior government officials told The Nation that Pakistan had urged the US ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  – Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Thursday that the country was borrowing money from international donors to repay the loans received by the previous governments. His statement came after he chaired a federal cabinet meeting which discussed the current balance of payments ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan Thursday said it was against an arms race in the region but was firmly committed to maintaining credible minimum deterrence. Speaking at a weekly news briefing here, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammed Faisal said: “We are opposed to any arms race in South Asia and ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad Wednesday said that peace in Afghanistan was vital to stability in Pakistan. Zalmay Khalilzad visited Islamabad on October 9 in his first visit to Pakistan since being named as Special Representative by ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan and the United States Tuesday agreed to work jointly to placate the Taliban and bring them on the talks table, officials said. Senior officials told The Nation after meetings between US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - The Pakistan People’s Party will consider supporting the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz to topple the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led provincial government in Punjab after by-elections this weekend, close aides of the PPP leadership said. Senior PPP leaders told The Nation the party ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan Sunday announced to reopen the Jalalabad Consulate General as Afghanistan assured security. On August 30, Pakistan had shut down its Consulate General in Jalalabad City in Nangarhar province for an ‘indefinite period’ to protest against Afghan officials’ ...

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  • TISLAMABAD    -   Pakistan People’s Party leader Syed Khurshid Shah Friday said that National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser should have been approached before arresting opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif. In a statement, Shah said the opposition leader had been arrested ...

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  • TLAHORE/ISLAMABAD   -   PML-N has decided to forcefully protest the arrest of party president and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif, both inside and outside the parliament. It however has decided to keep their protest peaceful and within the legal ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday said that Pakistan wanted relations with the United States on equality basis as a sovereign country. Speaking to Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who briefed him about his visit to the US here, PM Khan said Pakistan and the US needed each other to ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - The Foreign Office on Thursday said that its relations with the United States were on a positive trajectory. Speaking at a weekly news briefing here, Foreign Office spokesman Dr Muhammed Faisal said that during Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s interaction with delegates of ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - PPP leader Nafisa Shah Thursday called the 50-day performance of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf-led government a repetition of U-turns. Speaking at a news conference here, Shah said the PTI had lived up to its reputation of taking U-turns at every step and reneged on their promises. ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan and the United Stars have agreed on a new tit-for-tat cooperation as the uneasy allies struggle to revive the friendship, officials said on Wednesday. The two countries, the officials told The Nation, had agreed to use their influence in Afghanistan and India. “Pakistan ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan will assure Chinese President Xi Jinping and other leaders of Pakistan’s unbreakable trust on the ‘iron brother’ when he visits Beijing this month, officials said. The dates for the visit have not yet been finalised however, the Prime Minister ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan and the United States yesterday agreed to move forward but failed to make any big announcement as Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi met US National Security Advisor John Bolton and his American counterpart Mike Pompeo. In the meetings held at the White House, Qureshi tried ...

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  • TISLAMABAD   -   Hours before meeting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi hinted at discussing contentious issue of Osama Bin Laden’s hunter Dr Shakil Afridi with his American counterpart – a likely departure from the original ...

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  • TSLAMABAD  -  This year’s United Nations General Assembly soared the Pak-India tension further as the foreign ministers of the nuclear armed neighbours accused each other of sponsoring terrorism. After the UNGA speech, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi warned India that if it ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa Friday discussed the threats hurled by Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and vowed to give a befitting reply if a war was imposed on the country. The two leaders agreed that war with India should not be an option as the ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan is set to visit China in mid-October aims at expanding the bilateral partnership to ‘new levels’, officials said. The details of PM’s trip are being finalised through the diplomatic channels, said the officials. This would be Imran ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan is making efforts to revive the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation’s glory amid tensions with India, officials said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Pakistan will highlight India’s “negativity” with the SAARC ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  -  Pakistan will devise a comprehensive policy on Afghan refugees before giving them any extension for stay in the country, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said Thursday. Briefing the journalists after the federal cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan here, ...

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  • T­­ISLAMABAD  -   Pakistan People’s Party chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari yesterday said he was not afraid of jails. Speaking to journalists here, Bilawal said the PPP leaders had remained imprisoned in the past and cannot be blackmailed by the rulers. The PPP chief said ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday said that the ‘selected’ Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government was ruling the country through social media. Speaking at a multi-party conference here to mark 15th death anniversary of democracy ...

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