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On a special invitation from the Afghan National Security Advisor (NSA), Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Lt Gen (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua reached Kabul and held talks with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Mr Abdullah Abdullah, his counterpart Haneef Atmar, Minister of Defense...

Diplomatic standoff

March 19, 2018

Pakistan has decided not to send its high commissioner back to New Delhi until the overall situation improves and Indian secret agencies stop harassing its diplomatic staff and their families. “Our high commissioner will not return to India anytime soon,” said senior foreign office official just hours after Sohail Mahmood returned from New Delhi on Friday. Initially,...

Less than a month after the Punjab government approached paramilitary force, the Rangers, to conduct joint anti-terrorism operations in the province, the terrorists have hit back. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s suicide attack on a police check-post in Lahore that killed 10, including six policemen, and wounded some 20 others....

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on a three-day official visit of Pakistan held meetings with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and also called on National Security Adviser Retired Lieutenant General Nasser Khan Janjua. The Iranian foreign minister was heading a...

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi has announced pleasant news for cricket lovers of the country that West Indies will be touring Pakistan to play three T20 matches next month. Najam Sethi wrote on twitter, “Good news! West Indies have agreed to play three T20 matches in Karachi and Chief Minister Sindh is fully supporting this initiative of PCB. He...

After days of convincing each others to back the desired candidate for the Chairman of Senate, a surprised result for many emerged from Senate of Pakistan on Monday as opposition’s joint candidate, Baluchistan’s Sajid Sirjani, defied the odds to become the Senate Chairman. Similarly second largest party in the Senate with 20 seats, Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP)...

Pakistan on Saturday accused India of harassing its diplomats and their families in the country and threatened to pull out the families if the intimidation did not stop. According to reports, a demarche was made to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad and external affairs ministry in Delhi. In two different incidents in the last week, India violated the diplomatic norms,...

Unfortunate trend

March 12, 2018

The growing intolerance in the political culture and the use of unsavory language against political opponents has finally culminated in the form of physical attacks on politicians. The warning signs were already there but in recent days the dangers that many were alluding to has become a reality. A day after ink was thrown on Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif in Sialkot;...

On Thursday, a Senate select committee was due to meet at Parliament House to discuss the Islamabad Restriction Employment Bill, moved by Senator Sehar Kamran of the PPP. Considering condition of child labour in the country, this bill was containing great importance but unfortunately only two members of the committee out of 27 showed up in the meeting. In a country where...

Another cruel act of using police force was witnessed couple of days before, when police baton-charged the blind protesters, who were protesting outside Punjab Chief Minister (CM) House in order to press for their rights to get permanent government jobs. Members of blind community staged demonstration, but police baton-charged the protesters and resisted them from moving...

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