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  • TISLAMABAD  -   Pakistan is set to release Indian prisoner Hamid Ansari in the coming weeks as he completes his three-year term on December 15, officials said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Ansari will be sent back to India by mid-January. One ...

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  • TISLAMABAD   -  Pakistan and Italy on Thursday agreed to enhance defence and trade ties. Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi held a meeting with Secretary General of Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Elisabetta Balloniat at the Foreign Office to discuss bilateral ties in ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan Wednesday urged the United States to put its own house in order and check racism and exponential rise in Islamophobia. Pakistan rejected the US State Department’s ‘unilateral and politically motivated’ pronouncement released in the context of its annual ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan and the United Kingdom Tuesday showed satisfaction over the prisoners’ swap deal to be signed soon between the two countries, the foreign ministry said. Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi received a telephone call from British Secretary of State for Foreign ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - The blame game will only spoil the cooperation between Pakistan and the United States, Islamabad has told Washington. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Pakistan had made it clear to the US that unless the two sides appreciate each other’s efforts for ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan is hopeful that China-led trilateral dialogue this weekend to resolve Afghanistan issue will be successful, officials said. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will fly to Kabul on December 15 for reconciliation talks led by China. Pakistan and Afghanistan will participate ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Andrew Korybko, an American political analyst based in Russia, yesterday blasted India’s celebrated expert Nandan Unnikrishnan for hitting below the belt when Indian foreign policy was criticised. Nandan Unnikrishnan attacked Korybko on Twitter after an article was published by ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan wants a "proper relationship" with the United States similar to its ties with China, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said. Separately, Foreign Ministry officials said Islamabad has told the United States that Beijing’s role on Afghan peace would not undermine ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan has summoned a special meeting of the federal cabinet on December 10 to review the ministers’ performance, officials said. Sources said the prime minister could consider to change the portfolio on some under-performing ministers. However, the sources ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan Friday celebrated the 34th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Charter Day amid India’s defiance to stop a summit in Islamabad. Pakistan is making efforts to revive the SAARC glory amid tensions with India. SAARC Summit is held in different South Asian ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party on Thursday warned the government against introducing presidential system in the country. Speaking at a news conference along with Farhatullah Babar, PPP Vice President Senator Sherry Rehman said that the PPP would not allow the ruling coalition leader ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi Thursday said that the foreign ministry will continue to act as the first line of defence. In a tweet, Qureshi said: “We will continue to act as the first line of defence and to effectively project Pakistan’s interests on the global ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday said that the United States and Pakistan will work together for peace in Afghanistan and the region. Chairing a federal cabinet meeting here, Imran Khan said Pakistan will continue its positive role in seeking a political settlement in Afghanistan to ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Thursday said that US President Donald Trump’s letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan seeking help to resolve the Afghanistan issue vindicated Pakistan’s stance. Speaking at a weekly news briefing here, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammed Faisal said that ...

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  • TISLAMABAD   -  United States President Donald Trump has appreciated Prime Minister Imran Khan’s positive response on joint efforts for the solution of the Afghanistan issue, officials said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Trump had shown ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  -   Pakistan Wednesday invited Japanese investment in the Special Economic Zones under the multi-billion-dollars China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project. In a meeting with National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister of Japan Kentaro Sonoura here, Foreign Minister ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan and the United States Tuesday agreed to work as a team to resolve the Afghanistan issue and hold reconciliation talks with the Taliban. Speaking to US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad here, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said peace ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan and Iran Tuesday showed complete unanimity over the Afghanistan issue vowing to work together for peace in the war-torn country. The understanding came at the tenth round of Pak-Iran Political Consultations in Islamabad. Pakistani side was led Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  -   Pakistan made it clear to India that it would not replace Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the whim of New Delhi, officials said. Senior officials at foreign ministry told The Nation that India was contacted through diplomatic channels after some controversial ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan yesterday snubbed the ‘colonised minds’ over his ‘chicken formula’ to improve the country’s economy. The premier cited the poultry initiative taken by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates to silence his critics who made his ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party on Saturday issued a ‘white paper’ on the performance of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led federal government in its first 100 days calling it the ‘most opaque.’ In their 100-day plan, the PPP white paper said, the PTI promised the most ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan has asked India not to give lessons to Islamabad over the ideology and respond to the Islamic Republic’s peace efforts, officials said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Indian army chief Bipin Rawat’s controversial statement had been ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan has sought ‘overdue’ payments from the United States amid the nuclear armed country’s economic crises, official sources said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that the pending payments were good enough to get Pakistan out of the ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Khan Friday urged the nation not to panic due to rupee depreciation. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of Chinese automobile JW Forland manufacturing plant here, he said the rupee depreciation and increase in dollar value was temporary and the positive economic policies ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday warned India that one-sided efforts for peace ‘cannot bear any fruit’. Speaking to a group of India journalists here, PM Khan complained that India was not responding to Pakistan’s efforts for talks aimed at the regional ...

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  • TISLAMABAD   -   Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday said that all his ministers were doing good job but urged them to enhance the pace of work. Chairing a meeting of the federal cabinet, Imran Khan asked the ministers to gear up efforts to achieve the ambitious agenda of the ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  -   The foreign ministry Thursday released a 100-day report – since the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government took over in August – claiming massive success on the diplomatic front. Counting the successes, the report said Saudi Arabia granted an economic ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan and Russia Thursday vowed to translate friendship into multidimensional strategic partnership. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi met Russian Ambassador Alexey Y Dedov of the Russian Federation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “The two sides appreciated the ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan faces a big challenge from India to revive the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation as New Delhi sticks to its policy of avoiding engagement with Islamabad. When Pakistani and Indian ministers, joined by Prime Minister Imran Khan, were celebrating the groundbreaking ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan will invite Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit in Islamabad, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammed Faisal said Tuesday. No schedule has been issued for the SAARC summit but it is believed the event will be ...

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