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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan Wednesday said there was no formal communications so far between Islamabad and New Delhi over the opening of Kartarpur Corridor. Speaking at weekly news briefing, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammed Faisal however, said Pakistan was “open” on this ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan aims to win over the United States as the two countries try to remove misunderstandings and revive friendship, officials said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will try to convince US Secretary of State ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Tuesday said the joint opposition would devise a strategy if the government ignored the alleged rigging in the general elections. Speaking to journalists here, Bilawal however, welcomed the formation of a Parliamentary ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  -  Pakistan on Monday said that it will mobilise the international community against Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir. In meeting with a delegation of All Parties Parliamentary Kashmir group comprising the British parliamentarians, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  -  Pakistan is bidding to placate the United States before the Foreign Minister-level talks in New York by deciding to naturalise the Afghan refugees who were born in the country, officials said. Over the weekend, Prime Minister Imran Khan pledged to offer Pakistani ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - The Unites States is happy over Pakistan’s efforts for Afghanistan peace, diplomatic sources said. The sources told The Nation that the US had conveyed its support to Pakistan for achieving the goal of peace in Afghanistan. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi visited ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan and Turkey Friday agreed to bolster defence ties and cooperation in other fields. The understanding came during talks between both the countries in Islamabad in which Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi led the Pakistani side while his Turkish counterpart Mevlut ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - The British High Commission Friday said that although there was no extradition treaty between Pakistan and the United Kingdom yet such requests could still be made. Commenting on former finance minister Ishaq Dar’s possible extradition, a spokesperson of the British High ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  -  Pakistan on Thursday said the joint United States-India statement after high-level talks in New Delhi against Pakistan was unacceptable. Speaking at a weekly news briefing here, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammed Faisal said Pakistan takes exception to the statement ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  -  Pakistan People’s Party chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Thursday decided that the PPP will fully participate in funeral of Kulsoom Nawaz – wife of former premier Mian Nawaz Sharif – in Jati Umra today. The PPP leader named a delegation including former ...

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  • TPakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is likely to attend former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom Nawaz’s funeral at the Jati Umra residence of the Sharif family tomorrow.  Close aides of the PPP leader told The Nation that Bilawal had in principle ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan has intensified contacts with China after the ‘misunderstanding’ on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor telling Beijing that CPEC was a matter of ‘life and death’ for Pakistan, official sources said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The ...

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  • T­ ISLAMABAD - Hours after the death of former first lady Kulsoom Nawaz, Pakistan People’s Party leader Aitzaz Ahsan yesterday tendered an ‘unconditional’ apology to the Sharif family for hurting their sentiments during her cancer treatment. Ahsan said he was deeply ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  -  Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will visit Kabul on September 15 for ‘challenging’ anti-terror talks, officials said. This will be his first foreign trip as the Foreign Minister at the invitation of his Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani. Senior ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  -  There is no confirmation yet about a bilateral meeting between Pakistan and Indian foreign ministers on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly this month, officials said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that efforts were underway for ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - The government has cancelled the diplomatic passport of former finance minister Ishaq Dar – a close relative of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) supremo Nawaz Sharif – as he did not surrender the document after his term as the cabinet member lapsed in November last year, ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - China and Saudi Arabia promised to support Pakistan’s efforts to overcome the looming water crisis, officials said on Sunday. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Imran Khan held meetings with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Saudi Information and Culture Minister Dr Awwad bin ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  -  Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday launched a fundraising appeal to construct new water storage dams to tackle droughts, warning that the country's current capacity would not last beyond a month. In a televised address, Imran Khan announced the launch of a fund to address ...

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  • TISLAMABAD   -  Chinese Foreign Wang Yi arrived in Islamabad Friday for talks with the Pakistani civilian and military leadership aiming at enhancing the partnership. The Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister will be in Islamabad until September 9. He is accompanied by a ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s upcoming visit to Pakistan has gained significance as it comes days after the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s all-important trip. Yi is expected to arrive on September 7 (today) for a 3-day visit and will hold meetings with the civil ...

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  • TISLAMABAD   -  Pakistan and the US have agreed to make a fresh start in their relationship for peace and prosperity of the region and the world, officials said yesterday. This came as a high level US delegation, headed by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, met with Pakistani ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  -  The Federal Cabinet Wednesday decided to constitute a special unit at the Prime Minister House and promulgate a whistle-blower law for early recovery of the public money embezzled through corruption and the wealth stashed abroad illegally. The cabinet meeting was held here ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari believes that the ‘new Pakistan’ represented uncertainty, indecisiveness, lack of respect for law and a total lack of direction. The PPP chief said that the first 20 days of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - A tense Pakistan-US dialogue is likely today (September 5) as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford land in Islamabad with some ‘serious messages’ for the Pakistani leadership. The duo is expected to meet Prime ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tuesday urged Afghanistan to avoid statements which would vitiate the existing positive spirit of cooperation in Pak-Afghan bilateral relations. Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammed Faisal said Pakistan “dismisses reported comments by deputy spokesperson of the ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Replicating the Prime Minister’s elections last month, the opposition parties led by the Pakistan People’s Party and the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) stuck to their own candidates – Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Aitzaz Ahsan. There were a series of meetings before the ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan and Afghanistan Monday agreed to remove misunderstandings and improve ties as Islamabad prepared to hold talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford this week. Pompeo and Dunford are expected in Pakistan on September 5 ...

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  • TISLAMABAD   -   Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi yesterday said that the Pakistan-United States ties were currently at a ‘standstill’ as the US has cancelled $300 million aid to Pakistan. Speaking to journalists here, Qureshi said the US had not cut aid but the ...

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  • TISLAMABAD   -  Prime Minister Imran Khan yesterday said his government will not accept any unjust demand by the United States. Speaking to television anchorpersons here, the prime minister said Pakistan cannot fight with the US and wanted good ties with the superpower. He, however, ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  -  Pakistan Friday supported Iran's stand on the nuclear agreement after the US withdrawal from the deal and also hoped that other signatories would continue to stick to its terms. In a meeting here with Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi ...

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