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PM to discuss counter-terrorism cooperation with Afghan president

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will undertake a daylong visit to Kabul on Friday to hold in-depth consultations with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on economic, security and counter-terrorism cooperation, the Foreign Office announced. The visit on the invitation of Afghan President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani would also allow the leaders to take up matters of mutual interest, strengthening of bilateral ties, return of Afghan refugees, combating drug production and…

Pak-Saudi special forces conduct joint exercises in Riyadh

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan and Saudia Arabia Special Forces are conducting joint counter-terrorism exercise 'Al-Shehab-2' underway at Prince Naif Security City, Riyadh. According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the two weeks long exercise started on November 25 and will continue till December 10. The first joint military exercise 'Al-Shehab 1' was held last year in Pakistan. Pakistani contingent comprising of 68 officers and soldiers of special services group (SSG) is participating in this exercise. The…

Raheel Sharif says Islamic Military Alliance to assist member countries in anti-terrorism operations

RIYADH: Military Commander of The Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) Raheel Sharif on Sunday said the IMCTC will assist member countries in their counter terrorism operations through intelligence sharing and capacity building, ARY News reported. “A number of our member countries are under tremendous pressure while fighting well established terrorist organizations due to capacity shortages of their armed forces and law enforcement agencies," he said during the first meeting of the defence ministers of the…

Saudi Arabia kicks off Islamic counter-terrorism summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia gathered officials from 40 Muslim countries on Sunday in the first meeting of an Islamic counter-terrorism alliance, a move Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman declared a "clear signal" to extremism. "In past years, terrorism has been functioning in all of our countries... with no coordination" among them, he said in his keynote speech. "This ends today, with this alliance." Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the 40 countries were sending a "clear signal" that they would "work together to support the…

Pakistan offers to share counter-terrorism expertise with UN

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday expressed willingness to share the successes of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, one of the largest counter-terrorism operations ever conducted, with the United Nations. "Pakistan has conducted successfully through Operation Zarb-e-Azb one of the largest counter-terrorism operations ever conducted. The lessons learnt and deep expertise gained by Pakistan’s armed forces and law-enforcement agencies constitute an invaluable resource available to the United Nations." This was stated by…

China, Pakistan, Afghanistan agree to step up cooperation on counter-terrorism

BEIJING/ ISLAMABAD: China, Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to step up cooperation on counter-terrorism. A spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Hua Chunying said this in Beijing on Thursday. He said this agreement came during Trilateral Vice-Ministerial consultation on counter-terrorism and security among China, Pakistan and Afghanistan held in Beijing. Read More: Pakistan, China agree to continue efforts for peace in Afghanistan Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Li Huilai, Pakistani Foreign Ministry…

COAS stresses on collective response to eliminate terrorism

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday said that terrorism is a menace that requires collective response. He made these remarks during a visit to the training centre of the army’s elite commando unit, Special Services Group (SSG) at Terbela. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR)’s statement, COAS General Bajwa said that Pakistan Army has vast experience of counter terrorism operations as well as modern training facilities and is happy to play a part in enabling…

DG ISPR briefs Afghan media delegation on Pakistan’s counter-terrorism efforts

RAWALPINDI: A thirteen member Afghan media delegation is on visit to Pakistan. The aim of the visit is to let Afghan media know efforts by Pakistan on war against terrorism which is a common threat to both brotherly countries. The delegation visited Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of States and Frontier Regions, Ministry of Commerce, Higher Education Commission, Headquarters FC Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, NSA and ISPR. Delegation visited Inter Services Public Relation and was briefed by Director General ISPR.  He gave…

Counter-terrorism helpline launched in Punjab

LAHORE: The Rangers on Sunday launched a counter-terror helpline in Punjab, urging people to report any suspicious activity on helpline. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), military’s public affairs wing, statement, “People can directly contact Rangers at 04233220030, in case they see some suspicious activity or individuals in their surrounding.” It also urges people to contact Rangers on WhatsApp at 0340-88880100. “For online complaints and information the forces can be reached on…