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PM assures Saudi Arabia of support against any threat   ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have reaffirmed the resolve to enrich their deep and multifaceted relationship as Prime Minister Imran Khan concluded his two-day official visit to the kingdom on Friday before heading to the United States to attend the UN General Assembly session from Sept 21 to 27. During his separate...
Imran says will urge Trump to restart Afghan peace talks   ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday that he would urge US President Donald Trump next week to revive Afghanistan peace talks with the Afghan Taliban. Trump abruptly canceled secret talks with the Taliban at his Camp David retreat that were planned for Sept. 8 and has since said the talks...
Pakistan denies airspace to Modi   ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday turned down India’s request to allow Prime Minister Narendra Modi to use its airspace for his visit to Germany. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the decision was made in light of the situation in Kashmir. “A request was received from India that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wishes to go to Germany...
Kamila Shamsie returns German prize after concerns rise over her BDS stance The organisers of a German literary award are rethinking their decision to give the prize to British-Pakistani novelist Kamila Shamsie over her support for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Shamsie was announced as the winner of the Nelly Sachs Prize, named after a Jewish poet and...
PPP’s Khursheed Shah nabbed in illegal assets probe   NAB Sukkur had summoned ex-NA Opp leader but he excused himself from appearance citing NA session –NAB alleges Shah of owning hotels, petrol pumps and other properties in names of frontmen and benami companies  –Bilawal says ruling PTI’s behaviour towards opponents and critics is ‘reminiscent of Salem witch trials’ RAWALPINDI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader and former leader...
  No talks till India restores Kashmir special status: PM   PESHAWAR: Pledging to present the “Kashmir case” at the United Nations General Assembly “like no one ever did before”, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said there was no use talking to India unless it lifted curfew and restored the special status of held Kashmir. “To India’s misfortune, it has been taken...
Protests announced against Khasadar, Levies legislation   KHAR: Rejecting the passage of the Khasadar and Levies forces bills by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, the All Fata Khasadar and Levies Forces Rights Committee announced the launch of a protest movement to seek the merger of both forces in police in tribal districts. The announcement was made during a conference on ‘Rights of Khasadar...
Oil surges as Saudi attack focuses market on supply risks Oil surges as Saudi attack focuses market on supply risks   Oil prices surged on Monday, with Brent crude posting its biggest intra-day percentage gain since the start of the Gulf War in 1991, after an attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities on Saturday shut in the equivalent of 5 per cent of global...
Accountability should not affect business: Hafeez     ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh has expressed the desire that the accountability process should progress in such a manner as does not negatively affect the business climate as the country is graduating from economic crisis to stability due to “hard decisions” taken by the government. Speaking...
PM Imran constitutes high level committee to address Karachi issues ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday constituted a high-level committee to formulate short, medium and long term plans to address issues being faced by the residents of Karachi. The prime minister constituted the committee on part of the federal government to address various public issues while chairing a meeting to...

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