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[10 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in The Express Tribune, May 10, 2017
Beijing: Speaking during a regular press conference on May 9, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Geng Shuang, said China’s promotion of CPEC framework has not changed its position on the issue of Kashmir.
Shuang said, “For CPEC, we have stressed many times that it is an economic cooperation initiative. China’s active participation in and promotion of CPEC does not mean that we change our position on the relevant issue.”
“They [CPEC and Kashmir] are two different things. As we have emphasised time and again that the …

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[1 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

AP report on Dawn.com, May 1, 2017
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s security forces said on Sunday they had arrested 46 people for their suspected link to a terrorist cell responsible for a stunning attack outside Masjid-i-Nabwi, in Madina, last year.
Interior Ministry spokesman Maj Gen Mansour al Turki said the group was also behind a suicide bombing near the US consulate in Jeddah.
Both attacks took place in July during the final days of Ramazan.
The bombing outside Masjid-i-Nabwi killed four security officers.
Talking to reporters, Mr Al Turki said that 32 of those arrested were …

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[26 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

by SHAFQAT ALI in The Nation, April 26, 2017
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has failed so far to convince Iran to positively consider the offer joining the Saudi-led military alliance, The Nation has learnt.
Senior officials at the foreign ministry said that Pakistan had been making efforts to persuade Iran to join the multi-nation alliance.
Iran, however, sees the Saudi-led coalition as an alliance of the Sunni states with some ‘hidden agenda’ instead of the joint efforts against terrorism. Iran and Iraq, two Shia-majority countries, are not members of the alliance.
An official …

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[17 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Sulman Ali in the Nation blogs,April 16, 2017, 5:02 pm
Maharaja Ranjit Singh, also known as ‘Lion of Punjab’,may be the most prominent Punjabi ruler who ruled over Punjab.
According to Britannica: “Maharaja Ranjit Singh was the first Indian in a millennium to turn the tide of invasion back into the homelands of the traditional conquerors of India, the Pashtuns (Afghans), and he thus became known as the Lion of the Punjab. At their height, his domains extended from the Khyber Pass in the northwest to the Sutlej River in the …

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[14 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Ahmad Ahmadani in Pakistan Today, Apr 14, 2017
Collection of sensitive information pertaining to banned organisations has allegedly taken place in various parts of the country through the Pakistan Peace Collective (PPC), a UK-funded project.
The activities of the project have now been suspended by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MoIB). Under the aegis of the project, information of sensitive nature has been gathered from 45 districts including Lahore, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Jhang, Hyderabad and parts of Azad Jammu Kashmir.
The services of two multi-national consulting firms – MRB (formerly …

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[8 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Qadeer Tanoli in The Express Tribune, March 8th, 2017.
ISLAMABAD: Opposition parties came down hard on the government for “not having a definite foreign policy” when dealing with the neighbouring countries.
Speaking on a motion moved by PPP’s MP Shahida Rehmani seeking discussion on the country’s foreign policy, lawmakers in the lower house of parliament strongly criticised the government for not appointing a foreign minister. They believe that owing to a weak foreign policy Pakistan is being isolated and relations with the neighbouring countries are turning sour.
Rehmani said Pakistan was being …

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[20 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

While the US has been given leeway to tie any conditions to the aid it gives Pakistan, as it wants to, the release of Shakil Afridi should not be one of them.Tariq Fatemi, Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs, told Voice of America (VOA) on Thursday that Pakistan would be “willing” to discuss with President-elect Donald Trump’s administration the freedom of the jailed Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, who helped the United States track down Osama bin Laden.While our diplomatic strategy to keep the negotiation door open is generally correct, …

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[20 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Former ambassador to United States Abida Hussain on Saturday said Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi’s recent visit ended in a fiasco.
Talking to Daily Times, she regretted that Fatemi failed to hold a single meeting with any senior official of the upcoming Trump administration. Abida, who remained Pakistan’s ambassador to the US from November 1991 to March 1993, said that Fatemi’s visit was premature and it was better that he visited Washington once US President-elect Donald Trump assumed his office.
“It was failure of …

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[15 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan government officials are minutely studying implications of likely inclusion of more Pakistan defence and commercial concerns in the United States export control (entity list) that could harm the ongoing anti-terror military and intelligence-based operations across the country as arms and ammunition manufacturing cost could greatly surge.
With Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi undertaking a visit to the United States to establish initial contacts with US President-elect Donald J Trump’s transition team, officials in Islamabad hope the issue of putting more Pakistani concerns on US entity …

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[15 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

WASHINGTON – Pakistan will work closely with the administration of US President-elect Donald Trump, a top Pakistani diplomat said, while asserting that Trump’s “business background and strong interest in economic ties match the vision and policies” of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
In an interview with The Washington Times, a conservative newspaper, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi also said Pakistan plans to step up its economic and military cooperation with Russia.
Members of Trump’s national security team “know Pakistan paid a heavy price in terms of the …