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  • ISLAMABAD - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres yesterday called for the implementation of the UN resolutions on Kashmir - a strong boost to Pakistan’s stance.Speaking at a joint news conference along with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi here, Antonio Guterres said full respect should ...

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  • ISLAMABAD              -       Pakistan and Turkey on Friday agreed to “further intensify and expand” security and defence cooperation.A joint statement issued here afterTurkish President ...

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  • ISLAMABAD    -         Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said that the problem of Kashmir can be solved only on a ‘just and equitable basis’ rather than through conflict and oppression. “Turkey will continue to stand ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and Turkey yesterday agreed to bolster defence ties and fight together the challenge of Islamophobia. In a meeting here between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Dr Arif Alvi, it was decided that Pakistan and Turkey must continue to work closely to counter ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan yesterday said the United States sale of an integrated air defence weapons systems (IADWS) to India was disturbing as it would destabilise the already volatile region. Speaking at a weekly news briefing here, Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said the advance notice ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives in Islamabad today (February 13) aiming to enhance bilateral cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey to new heights. The foreign ministry said the Turkish President was visiting Pakistan on the invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan from ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has urged the world to stop India from disrupting the regional peace, senior officials said. Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui told The Nation yesterday that Pakistan was raising the issue of India’s warmongering across the world. “Indians ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan is struggling to remain neutral among the regional rivals as it makes efforts to save close ties with Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey and Malaysia, top officials said. All the four Muslim-majority countries have a claim to regional leadership in one way or the other with Pakistan ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan yesterday predicted that a peace deal between the United States and the Afghan Taliban was on the anvil. Speaking at a weekly news briefing here, Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said that US-Taliban talks were a step forward towards the peace agreement. “We ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has urged the worldpowers to intervene on the longstanding Kashmir issue as thewhole region was at the risk of adisastrous war, top officials said.Foreign Minister Shah MehmoodQureshi told The Nation that hewas in contact with his counterparts across the world, especially the ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - There is no ban on flights between China and Pakistan, the Chinese embassy said yesterday. In a statement, the Chinese embassy said the flights were ‘normal’ between the two friendly nations. “Dr Zafar Mirza, Special Assistant to PM on Health has confirmed to the ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Senior Pakistan People’s Party leader Senator Rehman Malik has said that no one can divide Kashmir into two parts and Pakistan should engage in aggressive and pro-active diplomacy to raise the Kashmir issue internationally. In an exclusive panel interview with The ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - A Pakistan-backed peace deal between the Afghan Taliban and the United States is imminent amid Washington’s talks with Islamabad and Kabul, top officials said yesterday. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Pakistan had supported the Afghan peace process as it was in ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan will leave for Malaysia today (February 3) on a two-day visit as Islamabad and Kuala Lumpur aim to sign important agreements, the foreign ministry said yesterday. The PM, a foreign ministry statement said, will be visiting on the invitation of his Malaysian ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party’s of­fer to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement for joining the Sindh government still stands if they quit the federal govern­ment, senior PPP leaders said. Last month, PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had invited the MQM to join Sindh government ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and the United States yesterday showed optimism about the Afghanistan peace as US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad called on Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa here. Gen Bajwa and Khalilzad discussed the regional peace situation and ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Khan is likely to visit Malaysia on February 3 along with a high-level delegation aiming to enhance partnership. “The visit is confirmed. The date is not confirmed yet,” Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui told The Nation yesterday. She added: ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan yesterday said it will open Khunjerab Pass with China in April instead of an early date due to the corona virus emergency. The Khunjerab Pass was closed in November due to heavy snowfall and authorities had previously planned to open it before April. Speaking at a weekly news ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan yesterday out-rightly rejected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “irresponsible and war-mongering” remarks amid tension between the two nuclear armed neighbours. The foreign ministry said that Pakistan “completely rejects” the irresponsible and ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi yesterday said that economic stability was a precondition for an independent foreign policy. In a video message before departure to Kenya, he said, “we are moving ahead on economic diplomacy pursuing it as a principle in foreign ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Holocaust could repeat itself in India under the notorious Citi­zenship Amendment Act 2019 and National Population Reg­ister, concluded a symposium about discriminatory laws here on Monday. The speakers said that the In­dian Holocaust will be designed to justify religious ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi yesterday said that Pakistan was safe from the corona virus and Islamabad was in touch with the Chinese authorities on the issue. Qureshi said that there were around 500 registered Pakistani students in the Wuhan city, while the number of ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has intensified the Kashmir campaign to resolve the longstanding issue as India has unleashed a new spate of state terrorism in the held territory. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told The Nation yesterday that the government will take up the issue at all forums to expose ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Jam Kamal Khan will not be removed as the Balochistan Chief Minister, the ruling alliance announced yesterday. Speaking at a news conference here with  Speaker Balochistan Assembly Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, Minister for Defence Pervez Khattak, Minister for Defence Production ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan yesterday asked its nationals to remain vigilant amid Corona virus outbreak in Wuhan, China. The Foreign Ministry said that it was actively monitoring the situation of corona virus outbreak in Wuhan through the embassy in Beijing. “The Embassy in Beijing and other ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  The United Kingdom yesterday relaxed its travel advice for Pakistan amid improving security situation in the country. A British High Commission statement said the UK had changed its travel advice to reflect the improved security situation in Pakistan. “Today’s ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Major opposition parties – the Pakistan People’s Party and the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) – expect the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf-led government to fall soon paving way for snap polls. PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has already asked his workers to prepare for ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Thursday rejected the United States claims on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and defended the multi-billion-dollar project which was ‘beneficial’ for the whole region. Speaking at a weekly news briefing here, Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan yesterday did not out-rightly reject merger of Azad Jammu Kashmir into the federation as it announced to launch a countrywide campaign on the Kashmir issue from tomorrow (January 25). Speaking at a news conference here, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Prime Minister ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - United States President Donald Trump will soon visit Pakistan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said yesterday. In a statement issued here, the FM said President Trump had assured to visit Pakistan soon to strengthen mutual ties. “A trade delegation from the US will first ...

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