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Pakistan, India agree to ensure border peace

ISLAMABAD: Director Generals Military Operations (DGMOs) of Pakistan and India established a special hotline contact and reviewed the prevailing situation along the line of control and the working boundary. They mutually agreed to undertake sincere measures to improve the existing situation ensuring peace and avoidance of hardships to the civilians along the borders, said an ISPR press release. Both DGMOs agreed to fully implement the ceasefire understanding of 2003 in letter and spirit forthwith and to ensure that…

US signs new defense accord with Gulf ally UAE

WASHINGTON: The United States has signed a new, updated defense accord with the United Arab Emirates that could allow Washington to send more troops and equipment there, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, in the latest sign of deepening ties with the close Gulf ally. The agreement, the details of which were first reported by Reuters, replaces a 1994 accord to better "reflect the broad range of military-to-military cooperation that the UAE and U.S. enjoy today," spokesman Christopher Sherwood said. US Defense Secretary Jim…

Nisar suspends accord between Nadra and Mastercard

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday ordered to suspend an accord between National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) and financial services corporation Mastercard with immediate effect. The accord aimed to optimise national identity cards with electronic payments functionality. The ‘strategic collaboration’ would allow Pakistani citizens to carry out financial transactions and sent and receive remittances by utilising the unique identification number of their identity card.…