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  • TISLAMABAD   -  In a giant leap, Pakistan will launch its first indigenous satellite next month, putting Pakistan among the nations with advanced space technology. Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammed Faisal said that the satellite will be launched in space next month. He said the ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan has told the United States that it had done enough against terror and being ‘on notice’ was unfair, diplomatic sources said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Pakistan had contacted the US and protested after Bureau of South and Central ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan Thursday feared that governor’s rule in Held Kashmir will multiply Indian brutalities. Addressing a weekly news briefing here, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammed Faisal said the governor’s rule in Kashmir was one of the ploys adopted by New Delhi from time to ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan has asked China to keep up pressure on India for peace talks with Pakistan in the regional interest, diplomatic sources said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Pakistan believed China had a role to play in the region as the spearhead of the ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party senior leader Rehman Malik said Monday that former president Asif Ali Zardari was the ‘natural heir’ to the late Benazir Bhutto, a two-time prime minister, who was assassinated in 2007. In an exclusive interview with The Nation on the eve of ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will concentrate on Punjab after Eid in a bid to gain some seats from the populous province, political aides said. PPP leaders told The Nation that Zardari and Bilawal were satisfied with ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - As the United States and North Korea buried the hatchet to set an example for Pakistan and India, the nuclear-armed neighbours on Thursday started a new argument over Kashmir. Pakistan rejected Indian protest against Azad Jammu and Kashmir Interim Constitution (13th Amendment) Act 2018 ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - The federal cabinet Wednesday ordered key postings and transfers to ensure free and fair polls on July 25. The cabinet approved posting and transfer of chief secretaries and inspectors general of all the four provinces to ensure impartial and transparent elections, said an official ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan is thrilled at China’s intervention for Pak-India peace amid the ever-increasing tension, diplomatic sources said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Pakistan had thanked Beijing for the efforts for regional peace. One official said: ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Tuesday hoped that the meeting between the United States and North Korean leaders will lead to lasting peace and stability. Earlier in the day, unprecedented and surreal talks between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un culminated with declarations ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - The Pakistan People’s Party is optimistic to win enough seats in the National Assembly to become ‘irresistible’ even if they do not beat the two main rivals – the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf – in the July 25 polls. The PPP ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  - Pakistan, Russia and China have formed an unofficial bloc on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Qingdao, vowing to work together in the coming years, diplomatic sources said. President Mamnoon Hussain, who represented Pakistan at the SCO Council of ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan hopes to make big achievements from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization after gaining its full membership as the group makes efforts to bring all the members – especially Pakistan and India - closer. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost has said that Pakistan and Iran should jointly work to resolve the Palestine issue. Speaking to The Nation, he said it was necessary that all the governments, nations and Islamic societies especially Iran and Pakistan with 200 million of the ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  - In an apparent sign of easing tensions, Pakistan and the United States Thursday agreed to jointly achieve common targets of peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region. US Vice president Mike Pence telephoned Caretaker Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk to discuss the bilateral ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  - Pakistan Thursday said the matter of river waters is as important to it as jugular vein but Islamabad wants to resolve all issues with India through dialogue. Addressing a weekly news briefing here, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammed Faisal said: “For Pakistan, water ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  - Despite being a political appointee, Pakistan’s new Ambassador to the United States Ali Jehangir Siddiqui has not resigned after the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz completed its tenure on May 31, diplomatic sources said. Siddiqui had left for Washington late last month to ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk Wednesday said that holding the general election on time – July 25 - was the prime target of the caretaker government. Chairing his first federal cabinet meeting here, Mulk said that all preparations should be completed before the polls. A federal ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - International observers will be ‘generously’ granted visas to monitor Pakistan general elections on July 25, diplomatic sources said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Pakistan wanted the observers to come and witness the polls. One official ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Former President Asif Ali Zardari’s older daughter Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari will not contest the July general elections as Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Aseefa Bhutto Zardari prepare to file the nomination papers. This will be the first election for the Pakistan People’s ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - The United States does not want a delay in the general elections in Pakistan scheduled for July 25, diplomatic sources said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that the US was backing the efforts to hold the elections on time. One official said: “We continue ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Former president Asif Ali Zardari has asked his Pakistan People’s Party leaders to stop defections as the party goes into the July 25 polls as an underdog in the Punjab province. Close aides to the PPP co-chairman told The Nation that the PPP supremo had tasked his party ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Former chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) Nasirul Mulk will take oath as caretaker prime minister today (Friday) as the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz completed its five-year term on May 31. The National Assembly stood automatically dissolved at midnight on Thursday on completion of its ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Thursday said since the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz had already created a ‘new Pakistan,’ the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf should look for other options. Addressing a news conference here on his last day in the office, Abbasi said the ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Outgoing Foreign Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan yesterday said its relationship with the United States was not at the lowest ebb. Speaking at a news briefing with Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammed Faisal here, Dastgir said Pakistan and the US ties were still not out of ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  -  The United States does not have any favourites among the top political parties contesting the July 25 elections in Pakistan, diplomatic sources said. Speaking to The Nation, US Embassy Spokesperson Richard Snelsire said: “We believe it is up to the people of Pakistan ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Outgoing Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Tuesday chaired a heavy-agenda cabinet meeting - possibly his last in the office before completing his term on May 31. The PM, participants of the meeting told The Nation, may hold a farewell cabinet meeting before bowing ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - The Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians will contest the July 25 elections on its traditional ‘arrow’ symbol in alliance with the PPP, the parent organization. The PPPP announced on Tuesday that despite the Election Commission of Pakistan’s decision to ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan is treating the United States embassy staffers in the same fashion as the Pakistan embassy staffers are being treated in Washington, foreign ministry officials said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Pakistan was not harassing the US diplomats but ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  - Ali Jehangir Siddiqui left for Washington on Sunday to take over as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States – ostensibly a ‘caretaker’ job unless the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz returns to power after the July 25 polls. Siddiqui, who travelled on his ...

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