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  • TISLAMABAD  -   Pakistan and the United States are expected to discuss the Afghan issue and the regional issues today (January 17) amid several changes in the schedule. US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad had delayed his arrival in Pakistan and ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan and the United States have agreed on carrot and stick policy for the Afghan Taliban as they aim to establish peace in Afghanistan, officials said. Western media reports claimed Pakistan had detained a senior member of the Afghan Taliban – a significant step after ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan is unlikely to be delisted as the ‘major’ non-NATO ally of the United States despite the difference between the uneasy allies, officials said here on Monday. The popped up after Andy Briggs, an influential US Republican Congressman, introduced a piece of legislation ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan will seek United Nations General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa’s help to bring India on the talks’ table, officials said. Espinosa will visit Pakistan from January 18 at invitation of Pakistani government. This will be the first visit of the 193-member ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan and the United States are finding ways to placate the Afghan Taliban after they cancelled scheduled talks with Washington this week. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Islamabad and Washington were in contact to bring back the Taliban on the table ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - The federal cabinet on Thursday retained names of Pakistan People’s Party chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Exit Control List despite the Supreme Court’s order to lift the travel ban. A federal cabinet meeting here, chaired by Prime ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  -   The United States has intensified efforts to resolve the Afghanistan issue as US Special Representative on Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad is set to hold talks with the Pakistani leaders after Afghan Taliban cancelled peace talks in Qatar. US State Department said ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - The Afghan Taliban have cancelled peace talks with officials from the United States in Qatar due to disagreements over the agenda of the meeting. The two-day talks were scheduled to begin today (January 9) in Qatar’s capital Doha. The Taliban had rejected the participation of ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - A high-ranking Afghan delegation will visit Pakistan today (January 8) to hold talks with the Pakistani counterparts on the prospects of peace with the Afghan Taliban. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s Special Envoy for Regional Affairs on Consensus around peace and head of the High ...

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  • TISLAMABAD-Featuring the history of Japan’s Martial Arts, the Embassy of Japan and the Japan Foundation, in collaboration with the Pakistan National Council of the Arts yesterday organized an exhibition titled “The Spirit of Budo: The History of Japan’s Martial Arts” here at ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - United Arab Emirates on Sunday delivered a $6.2 billion package to Pakistan amid Islamabad’s efforts to come out of the economic crisis. Pakistan rolled out red carpet for UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Muhammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan as he arrived for a brief but meaningful visit. Prime ...

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  • TISLAMABAD/ANKARA - Pakistan and Turkey yesterday resolved to take their historic relations to new heights by forging closer than ever bonds in areas of education, health, trade and defence. Significantly, they agreed to adopt unified positions in areas of foreign relations and regional security, ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan and the United States hope to finalise the settlement of the Afghanistan issue when their top leaders - Imran Khan and Donald Trump - possibly meet in the near future, officials said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that although there was no official ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan Thursday said it was optimistic about positive engagement with the United States at the top leadership level. Speaking at a weekly news briefing Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammed Faisal said US President Donald Trump’s statement that he was willing to meet the new ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party on Thursday said that the government had committed contempt of court by not withdrawing the travel ban on Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Speaking at a news conference here, PPP leader Nafisa Shah said that the government should have ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Tension between Pakistan People’s Party and the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has intensified amid the possible arrest of former president Asif Ali Zardari. The government is also threatening to arrest PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari which the PPP says could become ...

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  • TISLAMABAD   -  The federal cabinet Wednesday sent the names of 172 individuals – including Pakistan People’s Party leaders Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari – to a review committee to reconsider their travel ban. Last week, the federal cabinet had placed ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan and India Tuesday fulfilled the annual obligations of exchanging lists of their nuclear installations and sharing the list of prisoners amid tension along the Line of Control. As Pakistan and India exchanged lists of their nuclear installations and prisoners’ details, ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan and India will soon start negotiations on the terms and conditions of the Kartarpura corridor plan, officials said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that work had already been started on the corridor on the Pakistani side so there was no looking ...

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  • TISLAMABAD   -   Pakistan is making efforts to make Afghan Taliban-US talks fruitful as Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi discussed the Afghanistan situation with his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Muhammed bin Abdul Rahman al Thani on Sunday. Pakistan’s top diplomat met ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  -   Senior Pakistan People’s Party leader Syed Khurshid Shah Sunday said that it would take a lot of courage to arrest PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Speaking to journalists here, Shah said that Bilawal’s arrest would push the country into chaos which would ...

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  • TISLAMABAD  -   Pakistan ended the year 2018 on a high on the foreign policy front as Islamabad started to regain glory at the regional level. The year 2018 which had not started off well with the US President Donald Trump’s announcement to cut off aid to Pakistan, ended on a ...

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  • TISLAMABAD   -   Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday said that money-launderers will not be spared as the government had launched the biggest-ever action against the looters. Speaking at the concluding session of the Envoys’ Conference on economic diplomacy at the foreign ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - The federal cabinet Thursday placed 172 people, including former president Asif Ali Zardari on the Exit Control List. The travel ban has been imposed on all the people mentioned in the Joint Investigation Team in the fake accounts and money-laundering cases. Briefing the journalists ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan Thursday said the ‘new opening’ in Afghanistan was an opportunity to resolve the longstanding issue. Speaking at a weekly news briefing here, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammed Faisal said all concerned countries were positive about the ‘new ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday said as economic diplomacy was need of the hour the government had placed economic revival and growth at the highest pedestal of its reforms agenda. He was addressing the inaugural session of a two-day Envoys Conference on Economic ...

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  • TISLAMABAD   -  Pakistan and Russia have agreed to take the defence ties to ‘new heights’ as the two acknowledged each other’s role for Afghanistan and regional peace, officials said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that the meeting between ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - In a major diplomatic success for Pakistan, the Afghan government and the Taliban have agreed for peace talks, officials said on Tuesday. The development came after this week’s “productive meetings” between  Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and the Afghan ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party is ready to hit back at the government if party co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari is arrested. PPP leaders told The Nation that the party will decide its future strategy today (December 26) at the meeting of the Central Executive Committee in Naudero and ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - The United States does not oppose Pakistan’s ‘outreach in the neighbourhood’ on the Afghanistan issue and the regional peace, officials said on Monday. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Washington supported Pakistan’s active role on ...

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