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  • India denounces call to give up nukes, sign NPT

    October 13, 2017 5:48 AM 2

    UNITED NATIONS: India has denounced a call to give up its nuclear weapons and sign the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) while it "remains committed to universal, non-discriminatory and verifiable nuclear disarmament". "The question of India joining the NPT as NNWS (non-nuclear weapon states) does not arise," India's top disarmament diplomat Amandeep

  • US-Canadian couple still in Pakistan after release from Taliban

    October 13, 2017 5:02 AM 8

    WASHINGTON: An American-Canadian family that spent years in Taliban captivity was released following a Pakistani operation, officials said Thursday, but refused to immediately board a US-bound jet over concerns about the husband´s past links to a former Guantanamo Bay inmate. US President Donald Trump hailed the couple´s freedom after five years held in the lawless

  • Dhabeji zone attracts investors ahead of inclusion in CPEC

    October 13, 2017 3:57 AM 4

    KARACHI: The Dhabeji Special Economic Zone, which is high on the agenda of Pakistan and China to make it part of the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), has received an overwhelming response from potential foreign and local investors. The zone to be developed over an area of 1,000 acres is most likely to win CPEC status in next meeting

  • US sends high-level delegation in move to repair relations

    October 13, 2017 2:30 AM 8

    ISLAMABAD: Strains in the Pak-US relationship appear to be disappearing fast as the two sides on Thursday agreed to continue bilateral engagement at all levels and reinvigorate relationship to achieve the common objective of defeating terrorism. The consensus was reached when an interagency US delegation led by Lisa Curtis, deputy assistant to the president

  • Civil-Military Tensions Are Rising in Pakistan

    October 12, 2017 11:19 PM 4

    The latest sign of a rift came Oct. 2, when paramilitary troops barred their boss, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, from entering the court hearing a corruption case against former premier Nawaz Sharif. "I cannot be a puppet interior minister," Iqbal said, threatening to resign in protest. “There will be one rule, one government.” Although military spokesman

  • Pakistan overcame all hurdles to ensure regional security: COAS

    October 12, 2017 3:11 PM 12

    RAWALPINDI: The Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Thursday that Pakistan overcame all hurdles to ensure regional security. According to an Inter-Services Public Relations statement, he remarked that Pakistan will continue working for peace as per nation’s resolve. The COAS made the remarks after a meeting with a delegation from the United

  • US delegation 'acknowledges Pakistan’s sacrifices in War on Terror'

    October 12, 2017 3:08 PM 9

    Hours after security forces recovered a US-Canadian couple and their three children who were captured from Afghanistan in 2012, a top US delegation appreciated and acknowledged Pakistan Army’s contributions and the country’s sacrifices in War on Terror. A US delegation comprising senior director for South Asia Lisa Curtis, Ambassador Alice G Wells and Ambassador

  • 'Allah', 'Ali' engraved in Vikings burial costumes

    October 12, 2017 11:27 AM 8

    Arabic scripts engraved in burial costumes have been discovered from Vikings boat graves by researchers in Sweden, implying a connection between the Viking and Muslims worlds. Garments, from the ninth and tenth century graves, woven with silk and silver thread, were found to spell the words ‘Allah’ and ‘Ali’. Kept in storage for more than a century

  • Pakistan ready to work with US for achieving peace in region: Ahsan Iqbal

    October 12, 2017 4:40 AM 16

    Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has reaffirmed Pakistan’s readiness to work with the United States as a partner for achieving peace and security in the region. “Pakistan desires a broader and comprehensive partnership with the United States, beyond security and particularly in the education sector,” he said while addressing a gathering of students, academicians

  • Don’t look at CPEC from Indian perspective, Pakistan asks US

    October 12, 2017 2:30 AM 11

    WASHINGTON: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal urged the United States on Wednesday not to look at CPEC from the Indian perspective as it was an economic plan for bringing peace and stability to South Asia and adjacent regions and not a security strategy. At a separate meeting on Tuesday evening, Pakistan’s ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhary said that recent