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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party Tuesday said that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was facing punishment for his defiance. Speaking at a news conference here along with Farhatullah Babar and Nazir Dhoki, PPP leader Sardar Latif Khosa said that his party had proposed separate ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan and the United States are trying to control the damage beyond the verbal spat on the social and mainstream media, officials said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation the situation was not as bad as it seemed and could be ‘managed’. One official ...

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  • TISLAMABAD/Lahore - Donald Trump, who is quite infamous for his reckless remarks, yesterday had a heated exchange with Prime Minister Imran Khan on Twitter over US president’s accusations against Pakistan. Trump sparked the fire when he, in an interview to Fox News on Sunday, said he had ...

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  • TIslamabad/WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump on Sunday defended his administration's decision to stop hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Pakistan, saying the country does not do "a damn thing" for the US and its government had helped Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden hide near its ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday said apt U-turns meant sensible leadership, terming inflexible leaders the ‘most foolish’. Speaking to journalists here at the PM’s House, Imran Khan defended himself against the ‘U-turns’ allegations, saying only real ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will discuss the ‘financial package’ with the United Arab Emirates leaders during his ongoing visit, officials said. Qureshi is originally in the UAE to attend the Bani Yas Forum where the changing environment of Middle East and efforts ...

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  • TISLAMABAD   -  Prime Minister Imran Khan has sent a clear message to Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani that he cannot ‘humiliate’ his cabinet members, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said Thursday. Addressing a news conference after the federal cabinet meeting chaired ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  -   Prime Minister Imran Khan will be paying a two-day state visit to Malaysia on November 20 in search of economic help. PM Khan is bidding to overcome economic crises in the country with minimum reliance on International Monetary Fund (IMF). Foreign Office Spokesperson ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  -  Pakistan on Thursday said that it was on the same page with Russia to resolve Afghanistan issue. Speaking at a weekly news briefing, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said that Pakistan had a policy of constructively engaging at all forums meant for Afghan ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  -   Five of the 12 Iranian border guards have been recovered, the foreign ministry said on Thursday. The Revolutionary Guards personnel had been abducted by a militant group at a border post in the city of Mirjaveh in Sistan-Baluchestan province of Iran last month. On ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Wednesday said that there would be no talks with India before general elections in the nuclear-armed country next year. Speaking to journalists after attending the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs’ meeting here, Qureshi said ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - The United States cannot take Afghanistan ‘to the moon’ so the issue had to be resolved collectively – mainly by regional countries, Chinese diplomats, scholars and experts said on Wednesday. Briefing the journalists here at the Chinese embassy, they said that ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan and Russia are natural allies and Islamabad-Moscow ties are bound to flourish in the coming years, Honorary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Consul General Russia Muhammed Arsallah Khan said. In an exclusive interview with The Nation here, Khan gave the credit of improved ties between ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi yesterday assured his Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland that the rights of Christian woman Aasia Bibi – who was acquitted by the Supreme Court in a blasphemy case last month – would be protected. The foreign ministry said that ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi yesterday assured Dr Aafia Siddiqi’s sister Dr Fauzia Siddiqi that the government will make all efforts to bring her sister back to Pakistan. Dr Fauzia called on the Foreign Minister here to discuss the plight of her sister. “They ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan and the United States have enhanced cooperation to placate Taliban for peace in the war-torn Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that the latest release of the two Taliban leaders was also part of the peace plan. One ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party is ready to support Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government to create the South Punjab province, close aides of the top leadership said. Over the weekend, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the PTI needed the PPP and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Netherlands on Monday resumed visa, passport and consular services in Islamabad after a temporary halt amid security threats. Netherlands ambassador in Pakistan Ardi Stoios-Braken announced: “The Embassy of the Netherlands in Pakistan has resumed all consular/visa services. ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - The Afghan refugees’ stay in Pakistan was extended yesterday amid severe weather conditions in the region. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees decided to suspend the repatriation process of Afghan refugees in Pakistan for a few months due to the cold weather, a ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan yesterday rubbished rumours about Christian woman Aasia Bibi’s travel abroad after her acquittal in a blasphemy case. Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohamed Faisal rejected social media reports that Aasia Bibi had left the country. “Aasia Bibi is in Pakistan and all ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Friday that some hidden powers were against the merger of Fata into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and they were using people to accomplish their malicious plan. He said this while chairing a review meeting to assess development regarding Fata merger into KP. The ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan is expecting a financial package from the United Arab Emirates as Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited Islamabad Friday to meet Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi. A foreign ministry statement issued after the meeting said Pakistan and the UAE had ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  -   Pakistan is hoping that the United States will release its financial aid amid improving ties between the uneasy allies, officials said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Pakistan had asked the US not to make it a ‘one-way’ ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - The federal cabinet, on the recommendations of the ministry of interior, has approved taking several suspicious persons into protective custody. The federal cabinet, which met under the chair of Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday, reviewed the law and order situation in the country. ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan Thursday said the Christian woman, Aasia Bibi, was ‘safe’ and had not flown abroad as speculated. Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammed Faisal told journalists that Aasia Bibi “remains at a safe place in Pakistan.” He added: “You are aware of the ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Thursday said that deployment of ready-to-fire nuclear warheads by India was alarming. Speaking at a weekly news briefing here, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammed Faisal said that Pakistan had taken note of the self-congratulatory messages following the first ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  -   The United States opposed China’s role in solution of Afghanistan issue and asked Pakistan not to rely too much on the regional power, officials said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that the US had contacted Pakistan over the plans to ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  -  The United States has promised to ‘look into’ Pakistan’s request to ensure human rights to Dr Aafia Siddiqui, the foreign ministry said Wednesday. Dr Siddiqui was arrested and interrogated by US officials in Afghanistan when she grabbed a rifle and opened ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Finance Minister Asad Umar Tuesday hinted at a financial package from China within the next few days. Briefing the journalists here about the just-concluded visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan and his team to China, the ministers claimed the ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tuesday offered the United States to multiply efforts to engage Taliban for talks with Washington as Islamabad hoped to escape further action by the Financial Action Task Force, official sources said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Pakistan and ...

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