Pakistan’s need to ‘bring its house in order’, says Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal


ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Tuesday said Pakistan needs to bring its house in order before asking the world for investment. Speaking at a China-Pakistan Economic Corridor related seminar, Iqbal said, “I will repeat what Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif have already said — we need to bring our house in order before we ...

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‘Free Balochistan’ campaign in Switzerland irks Pakistan

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GENEVA: Pakistan has urged the Swiss authorities to take action against “Free Balochistan” posters that have been put up in Geneva, the media reported on Monday. Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, in a letter written to Ambassador and Permanent UN Representative Valentin Zellweger said the posters that appeared in the area around Rue de ...

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US should work with countries having influence on Taliban, says Pakistan


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s foreign minister Khwajah Asif has said the United State should work with the countries having influence on Taliban in a bid to open door for peace talks and end the conflict in Afghanistan. Reaffirming Islamabad’s stance against militaristic approach to Afghanistan issue, Asif told The Wall Street Journal in Islamabad that the new approach through military means represents ...

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Prime Minister of Pakistan admits German embassy bombers in Kabul travelled from Pakistan

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Pakistan’s prime minister admits three or four insurgents crossed the border into Afghanistan and carried out the deadly May truck bombing in Kabul. PAKISTAN: The Pakistani Prime Minister in an unprecedented statement has confessed that the bombers who blew up a tanker near the German embassy in Kabul late in May, had likely travelled from Pakistan. PM Abbasi made the ...

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US considering dropping Pakistan as an ally over terror sanctuaries


Washington is considering dropping Pakistan as an ally amid growing pressures regarding the terror sanctuaries that remain intact despite repeated calls to take actions, it has been reported. Sources privy of the development have told the UK-based The Financial Times that Washington is examining tougher measures to quell more than 20 terrorist groups operating using the Pakistani soil. The former ...

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US conduct first airstrike in Pakistan after new strategy declaration

A MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle prepares to land after a mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The Reaper has the ability to carry both precision-guided bombs and air-to-ground missiles. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson)

PAKISTAN: At least three Afghan Taliban members were killed in an airstrike in the tribal regions of Pakistan in what appears to be the first US drone strike after the announcement of the new US strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia. According to the local officials, the airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Kurram Agency in the tribal ...

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Afghan Taliban to support Pakistan against foreign invasion: Sami-ul-Haq


KABUL: A prominent Pakistani politician and religious figure Maulana Sami-ul-Haq has claimed the Afghan Taliban will support Pakistan in the event the country is invaded by the foreigners. The Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam leader in a statement has said the Afghan Taliban leaders have declared their support to Islamabad during a gathering chaired by Mufti Mehmood Zakri. The statement was released from ...

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ANP hopes for United Pashtun future


ISLAMABAD: The multiparty conference held on Thursday to demand the swift merger of Fata with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa not only exposed the lack of coherence among stakeholders, but also saw some of the key players announcing their intention to block the mainstreaming of the tribal areas. Organised by the Awami National Party (ANP) to discuss the early merger of Fata with ...

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Opposition rejects move to extend IHC jurisdiction to Fata

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ISLAMABAD: Opposed to the government decision to extend jurisdiction of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to the Federally Adminis­tered Tribal Areas (Fata), the country’s major opposition parties believe that the move is another ploy to delay the long overdue reforms in the region. The opposition suspects that the government is now backtracking from its earlier agreed plan of merging Fata ...

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Pakistani PM says open to join patrol with Afghanistan amid US pressures

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The Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said Pakistan is open to joint border patrols with the Afghan forces amid persistent US pressures on Pakistan regarding the terror safe havens often blamed for the major attacks in Afghanistan. Abbasi made the remarks during a press conference with the reporters on Tuesday, claiming that Pakistan does not provide safe havens ...

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