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‘Unable to attend Kartarpur border ceremony’: Sushma thanks Pakistan for invite

KARACHI: Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Saturday excused herself from attending the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Border, without giving any specific reason, ARY News reported. In a series of tweets, Sushma Swaraj thanked her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi for inviting her to attend the ceremony, but she said she was unable to travel to Kartarpur border on the scheduled date. She said the Indian side would be represented by her colleagues Union Cabinet Minister of Food…

PM Imran Khan arrives in Saudi Arabia to attend investment conference

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday arrived in Saudi Arabia to participate in 'Future Investment Initiative' conference beginning in Riyadh on Tuesday. He is paying the visit on special invitation of King Salman Bin Abdel Aziz. The prime minister is accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, and Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce and Industry Abdul Razzak Dawood. The conference called 'Davos in the Desert', will bring leading…

PM Imran to attend ‘Future Investment Initiative’ conference in Saudi Arabia

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will leave for Saudi Arabia on Monday to participate in 'Future Investment Initiative' conference beginning in Riyadh on Tuesday. He is paying the visit on special invitation of King Salman Bin Abdel Aziz. The conference termed as "Davos in the Desert" will bring leading businesspersons, investors, corporate giants, representatives of hi-tech industry and major media outlets at one platform. Imran Khan's participation in first day of the conference is aimed at projecting…

Hussain, Hassan Nawaz will not attend Kulsoom’s funeral: sources

KARACHI: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's two sons, Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz, will not come to attend burial ceremony of their mother in Pakistan, ARY News reported. Despite the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government's offer to provide every possible facility to the family of Kulsoom Nawaz, they have decided not to attend the burial ceremony, this was revealed by sources within the Sharif family. It should be noted that the Sharif family did not attend funeral and burial ceremony of Mian Sharif, father of…

PTI invites ex-Indian cricketers to attend Imran’s oath-taking ceremony

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has invited former Indian cricketers to attend oath-taking ceremony of Imran Khan as prime minister, which is expected to be held on August 18, ARY News reported. Talking to media outside Bani Gala in Islamabad, PTI Senator Faisal Javed confirmed ex-Indian cricketers Kapil Dev, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Sunil Gavaskar were contacted through phone and invited to attend the oath-taking event.  "Cricket legends from India and Kaptaan's old friends Kapil Dev, Sidhu and Sunil…

Thousands of Palestinians attend funeral of 11-year-old boy killed by Israeli forces

GAZA CITY: Thousands of Palestinians on Saturday attended the funeral of the 11-year-old son of a Hamas military commander killed by Israeli fire in the southern Gaza Strip, with mourners demanding revenge. Yasser Abu al-Naja, whose father is a member of Hamas's military wing, was shot in the head on Friday in border clashes near the southern city of Khan Yunis. Senior members of Hamas, which rules the blockaded Gaza Strip, and commanders of its Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades attended the funeral. "Yasser's martyrdom…

Israel-born Natalie Portman refuses to attend ceremony for Israeli million-dollar prize

JERUSALEM: Israeli-American Hollywood actress Natalie Portman has refused to attend a ceremony in Israel to accept a million-dollar prize because of the distressing events in the country, the organisers said, announcing the prizegiving had been cancelled. Israel has drawn international criticism in recent weeks for lethal tactics used during clashes with Palestinians along the border with Gaza. Thirty-one Palestinians have been killed and hundreds more wounded. Israel says it is doing what it must to defend its border.…

PM arrives in China to attend Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Sunday arrived in China to lead Pakistani delegation at Boao Forum Annual Conference for Asia. According to Foreign Office statement, the main theme of this conference that began Sunday is "An Open and Innovative Asia for a World of greater Prosperity". The prime minister will be one of the keynote speakers at the forum along with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and other leaders attending the annual forum. Abbasi will also hold bilateral meetings with the Chinese and…

COAS, KP CM, governor attend funeral prayer of martyred soldiers

PESHAWAR: The funeral prayer of 11 security officials who embraced martyrdom in Swat suicide blast was offered in Peshawar on Sunday. Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, KP Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak, corps commander Peshawar and other military and senior civil officials attended the Namaz-e-Janaza. Read More: 11 security officials embrace martyrdom in Swat suicide attack Later, the Army chief also visited CMH Peshawar and met injured of the incident. It…

PM Abbasi arrives in Turkey to attend OIC summit on Jerusalem

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has arrived in Turkey to attend the extraordinary summit of Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Al-Quds (Jerusalem) being held on Wednesday. Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif is also accompanying the prime minister. The summit will discuss the recent US decision to shift its embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem. The OIC leaders will also explore ways to deal with the situation. World powers have already said the US move will impede peace efforts in the…