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January 16, 2019 12:00 AM US, Russia meet on disputed nuclear treaty in Geneva

GENEVA: US and Russian diplomats were meeting on Tuesday to discuss the fate of a major nuclear missile control treaty that Washington has threatened to ditch over alleged violations by Moscow. The discussions come amid widespread concern over the fate of the bilateral treaty, after US President Donald Trump said in October his country would pull out of the deal unless 21

January 15, 2019 12:00 AM Pompeo on diplomatic tightrope in Saudi talks over Khashoggi murder

RIYADH: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo faced a tough balancing act Monday as he pressed Saudi Arabia's crown prince over critic Jamal Khashoggi's murder while seeking to shore up strategic ties with Riyadh. The top US diplomat, on an extensive Middle East tour, held talks with King Salman and his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Pompeo walked 13

January 13, 2019 5:39 PM Pakistan mulls easing visa rules for 66 countries

LAHORE: Information and Broadcasting Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Sunday said the PTI government was contemplating a proposal to ease visa restrictions for 66 countries in order to promote tourism in Pakistan. "Prime Minister Imran Khan has a vision to promote tourism in the country. He wants foreigners in large number to visit Pakistan and see its beautiful 16

January 13, 2019 12:00 AM Military courts’ extension: PM forms body for talks with opposition

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday formed a committee to hold negotiations with the opposition members pertaining to extension of military courts’ jurisdiction. The task has been handed over to Defence Minister Pervaiz Khattak and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. The committee will present report to the premier after consultation 16

January 10, 2019 12:00 AM Asfandyar wants Afghan govt made part of peace process

CHARSADDA: Awami National Party (ANP) head Asfandyar Wali Khan has urged the regional countries to make the Afghan government part of the ongoing peace process to bring stability to the region. He was talking to a delegation from Afghanistan Wednesday at his residence in Wali Bagh in Charsadda district. The delegation was led by Muhammad Umar Daudzai 15

January 9, 2019 12:00 AM IPL 2019 to be staged in India despite election clash

NEW DELHI: The Indian Premier League will be held in India, the cricket board said on Tuesday, quelling speculation that the Twenty20 extravaganza could be held elsewhere owing to a clash with a general election. The money-spinning competition that lasts two months would be held from March 23 with a detailed schedule to be announced later, the Board 11

January 6, 2019 7:07 AM UAE crown prince meets PM Khan in Islamabad

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan arrived in Islamabad after nearly 12 years on Sunday amid much fanfare for a day-long visit during which he will hold top-level meetings with Pakistani leadership. The Emirati crown prince was given a guard of honour and a fly-past salute during a welcome ceremony at PM House. He met other 41

January 6, 2019 1:31 AM UAE crown prince due in Islamabad today

ISLAMABAD: Emirati Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is reaching here on Sunday for a daylong visit that aims at building on the fresh momentum in ties injected by recent contacts at the leadership level, the Foreign Office said. Prime Minister Khan visited the UAE twice after assuming office in August to seek economic assistance to ward off the foreign 18

January 5, 2019 12:00 AM Khursheed advises opposition to avoid meeting NAB chairman

ISLAMABAD: Former opposition leader in National Assembly and senior leader of Pakistan People’s Party Syed Khursheed Shah Friday opposed the opposition parliamentarians’ desire of meeting National Accountability Bureau Chairman Justice (R) Javed Iqbal and advised them to avoid meeting him. “It will not be a proper step to meet Chairman NAB as he only acts per law. The opposition 8

January 5, 2019 12:00 AM Du Plessis, Bavuma make Pakistan bowlers toil

CAPE TOWN: Faf du Plessis scored a century to put South Africa in a commanding position on the second day of the second Test against Pakistan at Newlands on Friday. Du Plessis made 103, his ninth Test century, as South Africa reached 382 for six at the close, a lead of 205 runs. The South African captain shared a fifth wicket partnership of 156 with Temba 11