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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…

Middle East leaders paint ‘dark picture’ at Rome conference

ROME: When Italy organised a conference focused on the Middle East, the Gulf and North Africa, it promised to look beyond the turmoil roiling the region and instead promote a "positive agenda". But many of the 45 heads of state, ministers and business leaders who attended the event over the past three days saw little future cheer. Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, captured the gloom, bemoaning "a lack of wisdom" in the region, with "no hope" on hand for ordinary people hoping for an end…

No compromise to be made on Kulbushan Jadhav’s matter: corps commanders

RAWALPINDI: A Corps Commanders’ Conference on Thursday decided no compromise shall by made on the matter of convicted Indian spy Kulbushan Sudhir Jadhav, ARY News reported. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa presided the 201st Corps Commanders' Conference held at General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi. The meeting was briefed about RAW agent Kulbushan Jadhav. The Indian naval officer was awarded death sentence by military court in Pakistan a year after arrest over espionage and facilitating…

PPP to hold national conference on Kashmir issue: Zardari

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Friday announced that the party will host a national all-parties conference to reiterate the nation’s stand on the Kashmir issue. The former president made the announcement with a delegation of the Kashmiri leaders who called on him.  They included Speaker AJK Shah Ghulam Qadir,, Rashid Turabi, former President AJK Sardar Yaqoob Khan, former Prime Minister Sardar Atique, Ghulam M. Safi and Tahir Mashood. “The present government is wavering and the…

NSER is a national asset bigger than BISP: Memon

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State and Chairperson BISP Marvi Memon on Wednesday said that National Socio-Economic Registry (NSER) is a national asset bigger than BISP.  Ms. Memon was addressing an international conference held to share successes, experiences and evolution of the NSER, which is being shared with public and private sector organisations for poverty reduction and development programs. “Currently at number five in the world, BISP, under the PML (N) government, commits to become number one in the field of…

Corps Commanders conference expresses concern over ‘fabricated story’

RAWALPINDI: Participants of the Corps Commanders conference expressed serious concern over feeding of false and fabricated story of an important security meeting held at PM house and viewed it as breach of national security, ARY News reported. The internal and external challenges faced by the country also came under discussion in the high level military meeting which was chaired by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi. All Corps Commanders and Principal Staff Officers were also…

World powers pledge $15 billion for Afghanistan, EU seeks peace

BRUSSELS: World powers raised $15 billion for Afghanistan on Wednesday to fund the country over the next four years, while the European Union said it won support to revive a stalled peace process after almost 40 years of conflict. With the government in Kabul facing a resurgent Taliban 15 years after U.S. forces helped oust the militants, more than 70 governments in Brussels led by the United States and the European Union promised more financial support for a country that governments see as strategic to global security.…

Pakistan to provide $500 mn development aid to Afghanistan

BRUSSELS: Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, while addressing the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, has pledged that the government of Pakistan will provide $500 million for economic development projects in Afghanistan. This is in addition to $500 million existing package under which projects in infrastructure, education and health are nearing completion. Aziz also underlined the importance of a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan for Pakistan. Sartaj Aziz also announced that Pakistan has provided 3000…