No Plan For Travel Ban On Pakistanis: US

No Plan For Travel Ban On Pakistanis: US

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration has no plan to ban Pakistani citizens from travelling to the United States because Pakistan is providing the data they need to vet a visitor, US officials say. In recent briefings to various media outlets, White House officials also said the administration had no plan to...

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China Blocks US Move To Designate Jaish Chief Masood Azhar A Terrorist At UN

China Blocks US Move To Designate Jaish Chief Masood Azhar A Terrorist At UN

China on Tuesday blocked a proposal by the United States (US) to designate Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist, Times of India reported. The US, supported by the United Kingdom and France, moved a proposal at the United Nations Security Council Sanctions Committee to blacklist the JeM chief...

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At Least 19 Killed In Suicide Blast At Afghan Supreme Court

At Least 19 Killed In Suicide Blast At Afghan Supreme Court

At least 19 people were killed and 41 wounded Tuesday in a suicide blast at Afghanistan’s Supreme Court in Kabul, officials said, the latest attack to rock the war-torn capital. A suicide bomber on foot detonated as employees were boarding a bus to go home in the parking lot of...

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Interior Ministry Approves Issuance Of Red Warrant Against Altaf Hussain

Interior Ministry Approves Issuance Of Red Warrant Against Altaf Hussain

The interior ministry on Tuesday gave approval for the issuance of a red warrant against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) supremo Altaf Hussain, reported DawnNews. The MQM founder was wanted in various cases including charges of terrorism and incitement to violence, it added. The approval was apparently issued in compliance with...

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China To Pump Over $24bn Into Xinjiang Road Projects

China To Pump Over $24bn Into Xinjiang Road Projects

The Chinese government has decided to invest $24.8 bn into laying a highway network in the Xinjiang region for improved connectivity with Pakistan.

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Cabinet Approves Policy For Repatriation Of Afghan Refugees

Cabinet Approves Policy For Repatriation Of Afghan Refugees

The cabinet on Tuesday approved a policy pertaining to the repatriation of Afghan refugees and barred entry into the country for those refugees who do not have valid visas. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif presided over a meeting of the cabinet during which the refugee repatriation and management policy was approved....

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Pakistan Slams India, Others For Seeking Permanent UNSC Membership

Pakistan Slams India, Others For Seeking Permanent UNSC Membership

“So, if the criteria is the same, why the difference in character and responsibility?” Lodhi asked.

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Use Isolation Threat To Force Policy Change In Pakistan, Report Tells Trump Admin

Use Isolation Threat To Force Policy Change In Pakistan, Report Tells Trump Admin

The report argues that US engagement with Pakistan must be based on a realistic appraisal of the country’s policies, aspirations, and worldview.

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PTI Founding Member Joins PML-N

PTI Founding Member Joins PML-N

PESHAWAR: Muhammad Tahir Khan Umarzai, one of the PTI’s founders and a close aide to Imran Khan, on Monday announced his joining the party’s erstwhile rival the PML-N. “Imran Khan has used Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa for his own means and has played with the sentiments of the people,” Umarzai told reporters at...

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Trump’s Executive Order Adding To Interest In Pakistan’s Property Market

Trump’s Executive Order Adding To Interest In Pakistan’s Property Market

KARACHI: The travel ban imposed by the Donald Trump administration on citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations has sent shock waves around the world. Within the US, the administration argues that his executive order is meant to protect the country. But thousands of kilometres away, its impact is not just being...

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India Signed Urgent Arms Deals Worth INR 200bn For Battle Readiness After Uri: Report

India Signed Urgent Arms Deals Worth INR 200bn For Battle Readiness After Uri: Report

India has signed a number of ’emergency’ arms deals worth 200 billion Indian Rupees (INR) over the past two or three months to ensure its armed forces.

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Chinese Firm Gets Nandipur Plant’s Operation Contract

Chinese Firm Gets Nandipur Plant’s Operation Contract

ISLAMABAD: The government on Monday announced that it had entered into a 10-year contract with a Chinese firm for operation and maintenance of the controversial Nandipur power project at a price shrouded in mystery. According to a statement issued by the water and power ministry, the agreement for a long-term...

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Will Not Air ‘Aisay Nahi Chalay Ga’, Bol News Tells SC

Will Not Air ‘Aisay Nahi Chalay Ga’, Bol News Tells SC

A three-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice Amir Hani Muslim, on Monday directed Bol News to immediately cease airing all ‘hateful content’ or face contempt of court charges. During the hearing, the apex court addressed the TV channel’s director of operations, directing him to submit an assurance...

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Raees Will Not Release In Pakistan, Says The Censor Board

Raees Will Not Release In Pakistan, Says The Censor Board

Rumours of Mahira-SRK starrer Raees releasing in Pakistan were ripe this past week, however, as per latest reports, the film will not be releasing here. Sources within the censor board have said that Mahira Khan’s Bollywood debut will not be released in Pakistan. Sources from the censor board told Images...

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Angry Batsman Hurls Stump, Kills Bangladesh Teen

Angry Batsman Hurls Stump, Kills Bangladesh Teen

A 14-year-old cricketer has died in Bangladesh after he was hit by a stump thrown by an angry batsman during a friendly game between neighbourhood teams, police said Monday. Faisal Hossain was fielding in the southeastern port city of Chittagong when the batsman was given out, assistant police commissioner Jahangir...

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Indian Troops Resort To ‘Unprovoked’ Firing Along Working Boundary

Indian Troops Resort To ‘Unprovoked’ Firing Along Working Boundary

Indian troops resorted to “unprovoked firing” along the Working Boundary on Monday, said a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military’s public relations wing. According to the ISPR statement, the firing took place in Zafarwal sector near the boundary at 8:30am. Pakistan Rangers Punjab responded to the firing...

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Afghan Consulate Official Shot, Killed By Guard In Karachi

Afghan Consulate Official Shot, Killed By Guard In Karachi

An Afghan diplomat was fatally shot by a private security guard in Karachi’s Old Clifton area on Monday. The guard opened fire on the third secretary, Muhammad Zaki, in the lobby of the Afghan consulate after a personal disagreement arose between the two men, according to the Deputy Inspector General...

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Real Estate Sector Set To Go North On Back Of CPEC, Trump

Real Estate Sector Set To Go North On Back Of CPEC, Trump

KARACHI: Pakistan’s property market has attracted billions of rupees over the last three years because of extraordinary returns. These returns come on the back of differences in demand-supply, speculative trading in the real estate sector and its ability to be a safe-haven for tax evaders. The growth story was broadly...

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PM’s Top Aide Won Trump Team Pledges Last Year

PM’s Top Aide Won Trump Team Pledges Last Year

ISLAMABAD: Almost a month before US President Donald Trump formally took charge, the prime minister’s special assistant on foreign affairs travelled to Washington as part of Pakistan’s efforts to establish early contacts with the incoming administration. After spending over a week in the US capital, Tariq Fatemi returned home without...

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Pakistan Hopes To Resume Talks With India After State Elections

Pakistan Hopes To Resume Talks With India After State Elections

ISLAMABAD: Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal hopes that there will be a better environment to pursue peace talks with India after the state assembly elections in the neighboring country. Talking to Voice of America, he said that by March these state elections would be over and there would be...

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Shujaat Meets Musharraf, Moots Merger Of PML Groups

Shujaat Meets Musharraf, Moots Merger Of PML Groups

LAHORE: The Chaudhrys of Gujrat have renewed efforts to bring all factions of the Muslim League, except the N-League, on one platform in order to introduce a new political force before the 2018 general election. Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid leaders Chaudhry Shujaat Husain and Moonis Elahi called on former president and...

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Pakistan’s Net Public Debt Crosses Rs 18 Trillion Mark

Pakistan’s Net Public Debt Crosses Rs 18 Trillion Mark

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s net public debt has crossed the Rs18.28 trillion mark, rising about 35pc during the tenure of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). This was reported by the ministry of finance, in response to a question from Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MNA Shahida Reh­mani in the National Assembly last...

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Trump Dismisses ‘Ridiculous’ Court Ruling Suspending Travel Ban

Trump Dismisses ‘Ridiculous’ Court Ruling Suspending Travel Ban

US President Donald Trump lashed out Saturday at a court ruling suspending his controversial ban on travellers from seven Muslim countries, dismissing it as “ridiculous” and vowing to get it overturned. The order blocking the ban, issued late Friday by Seattle US District Judge James Robart, is valid across the...

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Govt Response Over US Visa Ban Criticised

Govt Response Over US Visa Ban Criticised

Terming a Foreign Office (FO) statement on the United States decision to impose a visa ban on seven Muslim countries “insufficient”, the main opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) wants the government to emphasise upon Washington that such actions can prove counterproductive in the ongoing war against terrorism. Talking to Dawn...

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Envoy Says Qatar Has Nothing To Do With Ex-PM Letters

Envoy Says Qatar Has Nothing To Do With Ex-PM Letters

Qatar’s amb­a­ssador to Pakistan Saqr bin Mubarak Al-Mansouri on Saturday waded into the controversy involving Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family when he categorically said that his government had nothing to do with the letters of a Qatari prince to the Supreme Court hearing the Panama Papers case. Lawyers...

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ISPR Releases Song Expressing Solidarity With People Of IoK

ISPR Releases Song Expressing Solidarity With People Of IoK

The song was released hours ahead of Kashmir Day, which is observed in Pakistan supporting the right of self-determination for the people of India-held Kashmir.

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PM’s Aide, US Envoy Chalk Out Road Map For Meetings

PM’s Aide, US Envoy Chalk Out Road Map For Meetings

ISLAMABAD: While many countries, including several western nations, are struggling to do business with unpredictable US President Donald Trump, Pakistan is confident that its ties with Washington will touch new heights under the new administration. On Friday, Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi held a meeting with...

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Trump Slaps Sanctions On Iran As Tension Mounts After Missile Tests

Trump Slaps Sanctions On Iran As Tension Mounts After Missile Tests

The United States has already protested about Iran’s missile test at the United Nations, arguing it was “inconsistent” with UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

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A US Travel Ban On Pakistan To Be Counterproductive: Minister

A US Travel Ban On Pakistan To Be Counterproductive: Minister

The overwhelming majority of Muslims lives peacefully and pursues its goals like other religious groups and nations.

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Chinese, Pakistani Businesses Build Ties As Beijing Splurges On ‘Silk Road’

Chinese, Pakistani Businesses Build Ties As Beijing Splurges On ‘Silk Road’

Chinese companies are in talks to snap up more businesses and land in Pakistan after sealing two major deals in recent months, a sign of deepening ties after Beijing vowed to plough $57 billion into a new trade route across the South Asian nation. A dozen executives from some of...

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Young Man Shot Dead By Police Officer In Islamabad

Young Man Shot Dead By Police Officer In Islamabad

A young man was fatally shot by a police officer in Islamabad’s Sector I-10/1 in the early hours of Friday allegedly after failing to stop at a checkpoint, DawnNews reported. Taimur received at least one bullet injury to the head after Samiullah Niazi of the police’s Eagle Squad opened fire...

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Nawaz Sharif Inaugurates Karachi-Hyderabad M-9 Motorway

Nawaz Sharif Inaugurates Karachi-Hyderabad M-9 Motorway

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday inaugurated a 75-kilometre-long section of the Karachi-Hyderabad M-9 Motorway. Addressing the inauguration ceremony, the premier expressed satisfaction that work on the motorway is “60 per cent complete”. “Today, people are witnessing a naya Pakistan being built,” Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said. “Motorways are no...

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Trump Moves Toward A Tougher Line On Israeli Settlements

Trump Moves Toward A Tougher Line On Israeli Settlements

United States (US) President Donald Trump is warning Israel that constructing new settlements “may not be helpful” to Middle East peace efforts, shifting toward a tougher line with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. Still, the White House made clear Thursday that the Trump administration “has not taken an official...

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New Evidence: PTI Documents Purport To Show Maryam Owns Flats

New Evidence: PTI Documents Purport To Show Maryam Owns Flats

The PTI has received fresh documents to establish before the apex court’s five-judge larger bench that the prime minister’s daughter Maryam Nawaz.

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CM Sindh’s Three Advisers And Seven Special Assistants Resign

CM Sindh’s Three Advisers And Seven Special Assistants Resign

Three advisers and seven special assistants to Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah resigned on Thursday, following a ruling by the Sindh High Court (SHC). Among those who resigned were Moula Bux Chandio, Saeed Ghani and Asghar Junejo. The resignations were accepted by Shah, acting on the ruling given by...

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Dar’s Confessional Statement Taken Under Duress: Khawaja Asif

Dar’s Confessional Statement Taken Under Duress: Khawaja Asif

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Thursday said that the confessional statement of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, given to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) during Musharraf’s regime, was obtained under duress and that he himself was a witness of the torture faced by Dar. “Being a political worker I don’t think...

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Pakistan Needs Political Will To Try Hafiz Saeed: India

Pakistan Needs Political Will To Try Hafiz Saeed: India

India on Thursday dismissed Pakistan’s demand for concrete evidence against Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed.

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Islamabad Ambivalent On Trump’s Visa Ban Policy

Islamabad Ambivalent On Trump’s Visa Ban Policy

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office took on Thursday an ambivalent position on the Trump administration’s visa ban, saying it was America’s right to decide who could enter their country, but at the same time expressed concern that the move could become a propaganda opportunity for extremists. “It is every country’s sovereign...

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Trump To Focus Counter-Extremism Programme Solely On Islam: Sources

Trump To Focus Counter-Extremism Programme Solely On Islam: Sources

The Trump administration wants to revamp and rename a United States (US) government programme designed to counter all violent ideologies so that it focuses solely on Islamist extremism, five people briefed on the matter told Reuters. The programme, “Countering Violent Extremism,” or CVE, will be changed to “Countering Islamic Extremism”...

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PAF Denies Airlifting Horse Gifted By PM To Qatar Emir

PAF Denies Airlifting Horse Gifted By PM To Qatar Emir

The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on Wednesday denied that its aircraft has been used for the airlifting of a horse to Qatar, gifted by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the Emir of Qatar, reported DawnNews. “It is clarified that the news aired on some channels regarding the airlifting of a...

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Iran Confirms Missile Test, Denies Breach of Nuclear Deal

Iran Confirms Missile Test, Denies Breach of Nuclear Deal

TEHRAN: Iran confirmed on Wednesday that it had tested a ballistic missile, but denied that was a breach of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. The comments from Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan came after the UN Security Council met on Tuesday to discuss the weekend test, which Washington described...

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16 Members of Qatar Emir’s Staff Arrested In Quetta

16 Members of Qatar Emir’s Staff Arrested In Quetta

QUETTA: Levies arres­ted 16 members of the entourage of the Emir of Qatar for breaking the barrier of a checkpoint in the Galngoor area of Noshki district on Wednesday. According to official sources, an advance party of Qatar’s ruler was going to Mashkeel for making arrangements of hunting the houbara...

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CM Sindh Promises To Make Zoo Cage-Free

CM Sindh Promises To Make Zoo Cage-Free

KARACHI: Hundreds of mammals, birds and reptiles confined in harsh conditions of the Karachi Zoological Gardens for a long time may finally get the chance to live in an environment closer to their natural habitat after a pledge to make zoo cage-free came from the chief minister himself when he...

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India Should Look Towards Itself Before Pointing Fingers At Others: FO

India Should Look Towards Itself Before Pointing Fingers At Others: FO

FO Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria, addressing a weekly briefing in Islamabad, said, “India should look towards itself before it points fingers towards others.”

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Army Has Always Lived Up To Nation’s Expectations, COAS

Army Has Always Lived Up To Nation’s Expectations, COAS

The army chief visited the 16 Baloch Regiment at Sialkot Cantonment, where he was commissioned as Second Lt.

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India’s Defense Budget Hiked 10pc To INR 2.74 Trillion

India’s Defense Budget Hiked 10pc To INR 2.74 Trillion

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday announced a more than 10 per cent increase in the country’s defense budget for upcoming fiscal year, The Times of India reported. India’s defense budget was increased to 2.74 trillion Indian rupees (INR) ─ excluding pensions ─ compared to previous fiscal year’s (2016-17)...

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‘Most Wanted’ Lyari Gang War Commander Baba Ladla Killed By Rangers

‘Most Wanted’ Lyari Gang War Commander Baba Ladla Killed By Rangers

Two of Baba Ladla’s close associates — Sikandar alias Sikko and Mohammad Yaseen alias Mama — were also killed in the encounter.

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PML-N MNAs Term Govt ‘Anti-Agriculture’

PML-N MNAs Term Govt ‘Anti-Agriculture’

ISLAMABAD: The PML-N government came under ‘friendly fire’ in the National Assembly on Wednesday when a group of agriculturalists from the treasury benches accused it of treating farmers like the ‘enemy’. In a sitting characterised by sound and fury, the most forceful criticism of the government came from a trio...

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Protesters Demand Release Of Hafiz Saeed, Set Trump, Modi Effigy On Fire

Protesters Demand Release Of Hafiz Saeed, Set Trump, Modi Effigy On Fire

Top Kashmiri militant commander Syed Salahuddin called upon Islamabad to reverse its order placing Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed under house arrest, calling the move “painful and cowardly”. Saeed has been detained under Section 11-EEE(1) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1977, a notification issued by the interior ministry said. The move...

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