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[2 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Iftikhar A. Khan in Dawn, June 2nd, 2017
ISLAMABAD: Conceding that the recent US-Arab-Islamic summit in Riyadh widened the sectarian divide in the world, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz observed on Thursday that Pakistan would have to tread carefully in pursuing efforts for greater unity.
While addressing the Senate on a calling attention notice concerning the mandate of the 41-nation military alliance, Mr Aziz ruled out the possibility of an attack on Iran by the coalition. He said the Saudi foreign minister had clarified 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 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

KARACHI: The Commander of Southern Command, Lieutenant General Aamir Riaz, inaugurated the Pakistan Gate at Taftan, Pak-Iran border, on Wednesday.
The spokesman for the Southern Command said the inauguration marks the completion of the first phase of construction of the border terminal at Taftan, which commenced on 16 July, 2016. The construction comprises two gates out of which the first gate was constructed right on the zero line while the other is a monumental gate, constructed 200 metres inside Pakistan, at a dominating ground, which is visible from the distance of …

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[30 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Defence Minister Mohammad bin Salman was upbeat after a brief stopover in Islamabad on his way to an extended East Asia trip.
Soon after his departure from Islamabad after a late-night meeting which continued into the early hours of Monday morning, he sent a ‘thank-you note’ to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, saying that his few hours in the Pakistani capital and military headquarters “underlined the depth of the strategic relationship between the two countries”.
He noted that his stay in Islamabad afforded him the opportunity to “discuss issues of common …

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[18 Jul 2016 | No Comment | ]

KARACHI: Overseas Pakistani workers sent remittances amounting to over $19.9 billion in 2015-16, up 6.4% from the preceding fiscal year, according to data released by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Friday.
As for the last month of 2015-16 alone, home remittances crossed the $2 billion mark for the first time in history. They clocked up at $2.1 billion in June, up 13.8% on a year-on-year basis. The hike in remittances in June can be attributed to Eid, as overseas workers send more money home for the annual celebrations.
The year-on-year …

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[28 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: Addressing tensions surrounding Chabahar, Mehdi Honerdoost, the Iranian ambassador to Pakistan, said the Chabahar port agreement between Iran, India and Afghanistan is ‘not finished’ and ‘not limited to these three countries’.
Speaking on Pakistan-Iran relations at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad (ISSI), the envoy revealed that the offer to cooperate had first been extended to Pakistan and then China, implying neither had expressed interest.
Ahmed Saffee, a research fellow at the ISSI, quoted the Iranian envoy as saying that the deal is still on the table for both Pakistan …

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[23 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

A country’s foreign policy or foreign relations’ policy consists of self-interest strategies adopted by the state to safeguard its national interests and to achieve goals within its international relations milieu. But due to the dependency syndrome, Pakistan has to buckle under pressure from so-called friends and allies to the detriment of its national interest. Indeed, the Syrian crisis has become a predicament for Pakistan, forcing it to adhere to the policies of non-interference and non-intervention as a means of adopting a ‘neutral’ stance, yet subscribing to intervention in the name …

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[23 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) will soon allow banks to resume ties with Iranian counterparts, an official said on Monday, after the government’s recent lifting of sanctions on the neighbouring Persian Gulf country.
“The central bank will soon issue instruction to banks regarding this,” Chief Spokesman Abid Qamar at the SBP said. “After the issuance of instructions to banks, all permissible transactions with Iran will be possible.”
Qamar said currently the central bank-to-central bank contact is not necessary. “The decision of the (Pakistan’s) government will be intimated to Iranian central …

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[23 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

RIYADH: The Middle East’s largest ever war games are now underway and will boost military cooperation between the 20 Muslim nations taking part, host country Saudi Arabia said on Monday, as it seeks to check the growing influence of arch rival Iran.
The Northern Thunder exercises, which began on Feb 14 and will run until March 10, involve more than 150,000 troops from the Gulf Arab nations, Egypt, Morocco, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Jordan, Sudan and Senegal.
“The council of ministers expressed the hope that these exercises achieve what was defined as their goals …

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[16 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a research fellow at Charles Darwin University, Australia.
Saudi Arabia is the Muslim heartland by virtue of its status as birthplace of Islam, land of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and the site of the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. After the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Saudi Arabia emerged as a new Muslim leader and since then it has been enjoying great respect among the Muslim ummah (community) around the globe. Being a leader, it carries the huge responsibility of integrating, shaping and leading the Muslims of …