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September 25, 2018 12:00 AM Forex reserves fall to four-month low

KARACHI: Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves fell to a four-month low during the week ended September 14, the central bank said on Monday, mainly on the back of external debt repayments. The foreign exchange reserves dropped $279 million, or 1.73 percent, to $15.790 billion, the lowest since May 2018. The forex reserves stood at $15.913 billion in May. Forex

September 25, 2018 12:00 AM Nation to stand by army if India imposes war: Rabbani

ISLAMABAD: Responding to Indian COAS Bipin Rawat’s threatening statement, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)’s Senator Raza Rabbani on Monday said that the whole nation will stand with army to defend its motherland if India imposes war upon Pakistan. During his speech in Senate, the senior PPP leader said that he condemns the Indian COAS’ ‘unacceptable’ statement

September 24, 2018 1:15 PM Pakistan to engage US, China at same time, values relations with both: Qureshi

WASHINGTON: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has stated that Pakistan greatly values its relations with both United States and China and Islamabad would engage both at the same time. Qureshi, who is in New York to attend United Nations General Assembly session, said, “Our Policy is Pakistan, Pakistan and Pakistan.” Briefing the media at Pakistan

September 24, 2018 11:52 AM Zulfi Bukhari assumes charge as PM’s special assistance on overseas Pakistanis

ISLAMABAD: Zulfi Bukhari has assured charge as Prime Minister’s Special Assistance on overseas Pakistanis. Shortly after assuming the office, Zulfi Bukhari held meeting with Federal Secretary Muhammad Asif Shaikh and exchanged views on important matters. Zulfi was briefed on performance of overseas and other related matter. Prime Minister Imran Khan, last week, appointed

September 24, 2018 12:00 AM Civil-military leadership on same page, says minister

KOHAT: Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi on Sunday said the civil and military leadership of the country were on the same page. Talking to reporters during his visit to native Kohat, he said that Pakistan wanted to have cordial relations with its neighbours and its desire for peace in the region should not be construed as its weakness 1

September 23, 2018 12:00 AM Only Abbas able to make peace: former Israel PM Olmert

RAMALLAH: Mahmud Abbas is the only Palestinian leader capable of striking a peace deal with Israel, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert said in comments broadcast Saturday after the two men met in Paris. “The only person among the Palestinian people who is capable of doing it and who proved in the past that he is completely committed to do it is Dr Mahmud 1

September 23, 2018 12:00 AM Turkey detains 85 military personnel over Gulen ties

ANKARA: Turkish police on Friday detained 85 military personnel in countrywide raids over alleged links to the group blamed for the 2016 failed coup, state media reported. Prosecutors in Ankara issued arrest warrants for 110 active duty personnel in the air force, state-run news agency Anadolu said, as part of a probe into followers of US-based Muslim 1

September 23, 2018 12:00 AM 29 killed in Iran military parade attack

TEHRAN: Militants shot dead at least 29 people including women and children in an attack Saturday on an Iranian military parade claimed by the Islamic State group, as Tehran accused a US ally in the region of the assault. The attack in the southwestern city of Ahvaz came as the country marked the anniversary of the start of its 1980-1988 war with Saddam 1

September 23, 2018 12:00 AM Nigerian oil unions threaten strike

ABUJA: Nigeria´s two main oil unions have prepared their members for possible nationwide industrial action over a staffing dispute with Chevron, they said on Saturday. Nigeria, an OPEC member, is Africa´s largest oil producer and crude sales make up around two-thirds of government revenues in West Africa´s largest economy. The dilapidated state of its refineries 1

September 21, 2018 12:00 AM Gulf states should be party to proposed ‘Iran talks’

CAIRO: Washington’s Gulf Arab allies should be included in proposed treaty negotiations with Iran over its ballistic missile programme and regional behaviour, a senior Emiriati official said on Thursday. Brian Hook, US special envoy for Iran, said on Wednesday the United States is seeking to negotiate a treaty with Iran to include Tehran’s ballistic 4