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Tag: Islamabad

In A First, Pakistan Capital To Get Hindu Temple, Crematorium

Islamabad: The Hindu community living in the Pakistan capital will finally be getting a proper temple, allowing them to offer their religious rituals without having to travel out of this city anymore, besides a crematorium — the first in the city. A simple groundbreaking ceremony was held in Islamabad’s H-9 sector area, allocating at least […]

Two Indian High Commission Officials In Pakistan Go Missing

New Delhi: Two diplomatic officials of the Indian High Commission in Pakistan went missing under mysterious circumstances early on Monday, sources said. Their whereabouts have been untraceable, the sources said, adding that India has taken up the matter with Pakistani counterparts to ensure safety of the officials. “A vehicle with two Central Industrial Security Force […]

FATF Asks 150 Questions To Pak, Seeks Answers Against Madrassas Linked To Banned Outfits

Islamabad: A global watchdog for terror financing has sought more clarifications and data from Pakistan on actions taken by it against madrassas belonging to the banned outfits, weeks after Islamabad submitted a report to the Paris-based body detailing steps taken by the country to curb terrorism and money laundering. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), […]

India Take Unassailable 3-0 Lead In Davis Cup Tie Against Pakistan

Nur-Sultan: India took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the ongoing Davis Cup tie over Pakistan as old warhorse Leander Paes along with debutant Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan won the third rubber here on Saturday. The Indian duo of Paes and Jeevan defeated Pakistani teenagers Mohammed Shoaib and Hufaiza Abdul Rehman 6-1, 6-3 in just 53 minutes. With […]

Pak PM dismisses fears of Islamabad lockdown on Oct 27

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has dismissed fears of an Islamabad lockdown on October 27 by Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, saying he would not be able to exploit the ‘religious card’ against the government at the behest of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). “The prime […]

UNHRC: Pak, India to make statements on J&K

Geneva: India and Pakistan are set to battle it out over Jammu and Kashmir at the UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) on Tuesday, with Islamabad desperately trying to internationalise the abolition of special status of the state. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi is expected to make a statement on Jammu and Kashmir, after which […]

US preparing to withdraw over 5K troops from Afghanistan: Report

Washington: The United States is preparing to withdraw more than 5,000 of its troops from Afghanistan as part of an initial peace deal with the Taliban that would include a ceasefire and renunciation of Al-Qaeda, a media report said Thursday. The White House did not immediately respond to the news report. Later, the authorities denied […]

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Remove Imran, to save nation: Zardari

Islamabad: Former Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has called for the immediate removal of Prime Minister Imran Khan to save the nation and end people’s misery. If the prime minister was not removed soon, he will bring the nation to a point where “we too won’t be able to run the country”, the former president said […]

Indian envoy apologizes after guests at Islamabad iftar party harassed

Islamabad: India’s High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria offered a public apology after numerous Pakistanis trying to attend an iftar party hosted by him were harassed and forced to leave the venue. “I want to apologize to all the friends who were subject to some extra scrutiny outside,” Bisaria said on Saturday, using diplomatic language. […]

US, Pakistan officials discuss Afghan-peace process

Islamabad: US and Pakistani officials held delegation-level talks on the Afghan peace process here on Monday, the media reported. US Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice Wells arrived in Islamabad for a meeting with the government’s interagency delegation led by Additional […]

15 Savage Responses To A Pro-Pakistan Twitter Handle Will Leave You In Splits

The Indian Air Force on Tuesday destroyed a terror camp across the Line of Control (LoC). Following the attack Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi summoned an emergency meeting in Islamabad to discuss security situation. India Foreign Secretary Vijay K. Gokhale told the media that the “non-military pre-emptive action was specifically targeted at the terrorist camp” […]

Afghan Taliban rule out talks with US in Pakistan

Kabul: The Afghan Taliban on Saturday rejected Pakistani media reports of possible talks with the US in Islamabad and reiterated their refusal to deal directly with the Afghan government. The news of possible talks between the militants and the US came to light on Friday following the visit of US President Donald Trump’s Special Envoy […]

Pakistan decides to shelve major CPEC power project

Islamabad: The Pakistan government has decided to shelve a major power project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that was pushed by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s regime, the media reported on Monday. Background discussions with government officials suggest that Islamabad has officially conveyed to Beijing that it was no more interested in the 1,320MW […]

Pakistan PM rejects Donald Trump's allegations

Islamabad: Pakistan’s Prime Minister on Monday rejected the US President’s allegations that Islamabad failed to cooperate with the US and had helped the former Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden hide in the country until his death at the hands of the US military in a covert operation in 2011. Imran Khan said in a […]

Senior Pakistan government official goes missing

Islamabad: A Pakistani government official of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has been missing from the capital, officials said on Friday. Muhammad Ayaz, Deputy Director of CDA, went missing from the G6 sector of Islamabad after he left his office at 2.30 p.m. on Thursday, the authority officials were cited as saying by Xinhua news […]

Pakistani, Russian troops conclude joint military exercises

Islamabad: Pakistani and Russian troops have concluded their two-week joint anti-terrorism military exercises, the military said on Monday. The exercise focused on counter terrorism training of the Special Operation Forces of Pakistan and Ground Forces of Russian Federation while exchanging mutual counter terrorism experiences, an Army statement cited by Xinhua news agency said. Pakistani Army chief […]

Pakistan summons Indian envoy over ceasefire violations

Islamabad: Pakistan on Saturday summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh over alleged ceasefire violations by Indian forces across the Line of Control (LoC) in its administered Kashmir, which it said left a woman dead. Mohammad Faisal, who heads the South Asia wing in the Foreign Office, summoned the Indian envoy and “condemned the unprovoked […]

Imran Khan terms Saudi bailout package big relief

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has described a $6 billion Saudi bailout package as a “big relief” for the country and vowed to mediate between Riyadh and Yemen to end their ongoing conflict. Accusing the previous two governments of plunging the country into its worst financial crisis, Khan in his address to the nation after […]

Pakistan arrests 16 Indian fishermen

Islamabad: The Pakistani authorities detained 16 Indian fishermen on Tuesday for alleged violation of the country’s maritime boundary, security officials said. The Maritime Security Agency (MSA) said that three boats of the fishermen were also seized during the operation in open sea for violating the Pakistan’s coastal territory. The arrested fishermen were handed over to […]

Pakistan, Afghanistan urged to sign treaty on Kabul river water

Islamabad: Experts have urged for an agreement between Pakistan and Afghanistan on the apportionment of the Kabul river water and warned that construction of reservoirs on the river would disturb its entire ecology. The announcement was made on Wednesday during a conference titled “Sustainable usage of the Kabul River: Challenges and opportunities for Pak-Afghan cooperation” […]

Pakistan to seek largest loan package from IMF

Islamabad: Pakis­tan is seeking its largest loan package of up to $8 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to bail itself out from a severe crisis that threatens to cripple its economy, according to diplomatic sources. The sources told Dawn news on Wednesday that the IMF could place strict conditionalities, forcing Pakis­tan to seek […]

US must not view Pakistan ties through Afghan or Indian lens: Qureshi

Islamabad: Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Saturday that Washington should not view its ties with Islamabad only through the perspective of the Afghan issue or the ties with India. Talking to media in Multan city after returning from the US, Qureshi said he had tried to make American officials realise that “it […]

Pakistan asks India to share data of J&K's Kishanganga dam

Islamabad: Pakistan has asked India to immediately share the data showing inflow and discharge of water at the Kishanganga hydropower project in Jammu and Kashmir, a media report said on Friday. It has also sought dates for inspection of the 330MW hydroelectric project that India had agreed to during a two-day meeting held in August […]

Imran Khan to visit China in October

Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit China in October, the media reported on Friday. It will be Khan’s first visit to China after assuming the office. The dates of his visit and meeting schedule with Chinese officials is being finalised, the News International reported. It said that Khan will be accompanied by a […]

Pakistan opposition holds government responsible for India debacle

Islamabad: Pakistan’s two major opposition parties have held the present government responsible for the latest diplomatic debacle following New Delhi’s refusal to hold a meeting between the two foreign ministers in New York. The leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) allege that the government has not done its […]

16 killed in Pakistan anti-terror operation

Islamabad: The Pakistan Army has announced that nine militants and seven soldiers were killed in an anti-terror operation carried out in North Waziristan district bordering Afghanistan. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement late Saturday said the security forces launched the operation in Gharlamai and Spera Kunar Algad, reports Xinhua news agency. The ISPR […]

Pakistani security forces foil major terror bid in Balochistan

Islamabad: Pakistani security forces foiled a major terrorist bid in Pakistan’s southwest Balochistan province and recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition during an operation, officials said on Tuesday. According to paramilitary Frontier Corps Balochistan spokesperson, the forces carried out an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in Kohlu, a district in Balochistan province. During the operation, huge […]

Pakistan, China agree to strengthen strategic cooperation

Islamabad: Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday and both the leaders agreed to strengthen the strategic cooperation partnership between the two countries. Wang, who is on a three-day official visit to Pakistan, and Qureshi held a joint press conference at the Foreign Office after […]

Pakistan to continue water talks with India this week

Islamabad: Pakistan will reiterate its serious objections over two water storage and hydropower projects being built by India during a meet with New Delhi this week in Lahore. A government official told Dawn news on Sunday that Indian Water Commissioner P.K Saxena, along with a delegation, was expected to reach Lahore on Tuesday to begin […]

Imran Khan's cabinet bans first-class air travel for top officials

Islamabad: The cabinet of newly-appointed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has imposed a ban on first-class air travel by the President, Chief Justice, Senate Chairman and the National Assembly speaker. The move comes after the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government on Friday revised working hours in government institutions, abolished discretionary funds of the Prime Minister, […]

Imran Khan announces 21-member Cabinet; Qureshi gets foreign ministry, Umer finance

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced his Cabinet comprising 21 members, the majority of whom previously held key posts in the regime of former military dictator General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. Out of the 21 names announced, 16 will be ministers while five others will perform their duties as advisers to the prime minister, […]

Sidhu hopes Khan's victory proves good for India-Pakistan ties

Islamabad: Former Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday said that he hopes ties between New Delhi and Islamabad will improve after his “friend” Imran Khan was sworn in as Pakistan’s 22nd Prime Minister. Wearing a blue suit and a pink turban, Sidhu was among the notable guests invited to the swearing-in ceremony of the […]

Imran Khan takes oath as 22nd Pakistani PM

Islamabad: Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan on Saturday took oath as Pakistan’s 22nd Prime Minister, three weeks after his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party won the highest number of seats in the general election. Khan, who outvoted opposition and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Shahbaz Sharif in the Prime Minister’s election on Friday, was administered his oath by […]

PTI's Asad Qaiser sworn in as Pakistan's National Assembly Speaker

Islamabad: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Asad Qaiser was elected as the Speaker of the National Assembly or the lower house of the country’s Parliament on Wednesday, beating PPP stalwart Khursheed Shah, who was fielded by an alliance of the opposition parties. Qaiser received 176 votes to be elected to the speakership, whereas Shah got 146 […]

1.67 million ballots rejected in Pakistan polls: Report

Islamabad: About 1.67 million votes were excluded from the count in Pakistan’s July 25 general election, surpassing the number of ballots rejected in 2013 polls, according to a report by an independent poll watchdog. Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) is a coalition of 30 domestic non-governmental organizations that observe general election and mobilize voters. […]

Imran Khan will take oath as PM on August 11

Islamabad: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said that he will take oath as Prime Minister on August 11, the media reported on Monday. Talking to the newly-elected members from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Islamabad, he said a decision regarding nomination of the Chief Minister will be taken soon and in the best interest […]

Pakistan Election: PPP says polls were not free and fair

Islamabad: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Friday rejected the election process and claimed the General Election 2018 was not free and fair. Bilawal, while addressing a press conference on Friday, demanded the resignation of the chief election commissioner over failure to conduct transparent polls, Geo News reported. He said the Election […]

Voting begins for Pakistan general election

Islamabad: Voters in large numbers started flocking outside polling stations across the country to cast their vote in Pakistans 11th general election, according to DawnNewsTV. The first vote was cast in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Charsadda. While polling stations officially opened for voting at 8 a.m., enthusiastic citizens queued up outside their respective stations as early as […]

Anti-polio campaign targeting 3.5 mn children begins in Pakistan

Islamabad: A three-day anti-polio campaign targeting over 3.5 million children has begun in Pakistan’s northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, the media reported. According to Provincial Health Department, more than 3.5 million children up to five years of age will be administered anti-polio drops during the campaign for the eradication of the crippling virus, state-run broadcaster Radio Pakistan […]

Pakistan in talks with Russia for procurement of air defence systems

Islamabad: Pakistani Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan has said that Islamabad was in direct talks with Moscow for the procurement of sophisticated military hardware, including air defence systems, fighter jets and battle tanks. In an interview with Russia’s Sputnik news agency, Kham also talked about increased cooperation with Kremlin which mirrors Pakistan’s wider geo-strategic concerns. […]