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Israeli defence minister quits over Gaza truce in blow to Netanyahu

JERUSALEM: Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced his resignation on Wednesday in protest at a Gaza ceasefire, weakening Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s conservative coalition government.  “Were I to stay in office, I would not be able to look southern residents in the eye,” Lieberman told reporters, referring to Israelis subjected to a surge in Palestinian rocket attacks before Tuesday’s truce took hold. Lieberman said his resignation, which will go into effect 48 hours after he submits a formal…

Khattak wants Japan to participate in CPEC

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Defence Pervez Khattak on Monday expressed the hope that Japan would help create economic activities in Pakistan through participation in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and investment in maritime and industrial manufacturing sectors. Talking to Japanese Ambassador Takashi Kurai in Islamabad, the defence minister also appreciated the role of Japan in the promotion of peace and stability in Afghanistan and south Asian region. He also commended the efforts of the Japanese government…

Armed Forces to be strengthened in terms of resources, equipment: defence minister

ISLAMABAD: Defence Minsiter Pervez Khattak on Monday said the Armed Forces of Pakistan would be strengthened in terms of resources and equipment. "Defence of the country will be made impregnable," he said while speaking during an introductory meeting with senior officers of the ministry in Rawalpindi. The minister was briefed about the role and functions of the ministry and its allied organizations. Meanwhile, Zubaida Jalal also assumed the charge of Ministry of Defense Production in Rawalpindi. On arrival at the…

Pervez Khattak takes charge as Defence Minister

RAWALPINDI: Pervez Khattak on Monday assumed charge as Federal Minister for Defence. He was received by newly-appointed Secretary Defence, Lt. General (Retd) Ikram-Ul-Haq at Ministry of Defence, Rawalpindi, said a statement issued here. Pervez Khattak held introductory meeting with the senior officers of the ministry. He was also briefed about the role and functions of Ministry and its allied organizations. Speaking on the occasion, he said that the Armed Forces of the country would be strengthened in terms of…

Troops in Saudi Arabia on training, advisory mission: Defence Minister

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan on Monday informed Senate that Pakistani troops sent to Saudi Arabia are only in the Kingdom for imparting training to Saudi security personnel, ARY News reported. Giving a policy statement in the House, Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir said that currently around sixteen hundred Pakistani troops are on deputation in Saudi Arabia and the prime minister has approved deputing additional Pakistani troops to Saudi Arabia for training and advisory purposes. He said…

Pakistan will pay India in its own coin in case of any misadventure: Defence Minister

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will pay India in its own coin in case of any misadventure, and will robustly defend every inch of its soil, said Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir. In a statement on the security policy in the Senate, the federal minister said any Indian aggression, strategic miscalculation, or misadventure regardless of its scale, mode, or location will not go unpunished and shall be met with an equal and proportionate response. He said instead of blaming Pakistan without substantial evidence, India must answer for…

EU military chief discusses security issues with COAS, Defence Minister

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday received Chairman European Union Military Committee General Mikhail Kostarakos at the General Headquarters. According to the Inter Services Public Relations, both discussed regional security issues and matters of mutual interest during the meeting. The visiting dignitary appreciated the resolve of Pakistan Army and its continuing efforts towards fighting terrorism and bringing peace in the region. The European Union Military Committee (EUMC) is the…

Our prize is stable democratic Afghanistan, says defence minister

ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan has sought Europe's help to make the United States understand Pakistan's point of view on Afghanistan. “We expect the Europeans to convey our point of view to the Americans who are at the moment not very receptive to Pakistan’s point of view. It is to say that again let’s 'keep the eyes on the prize', as the Americans say. And the prize is a stable democratic Afghanistan,” he said in response to a question on Pak-US ties. This he said while talking to the national radio…

Pakistan bearing burden of war against terrorism: Defence Minister

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Defence Khurram Dastgir Khan has said that Pakistan was bearing the burden of war against terrorism not only in terms of financial resources but also the sacrifices of nearly 70,000 lives of civilians and army personnel. The federal minister, is leading a four member parliamentary delegation of Pakistan–EU Friendship Group in Brussels, briefed on Pakistan’s contribution to war against terrorism at the highly prestigious Egmont Institute, Royal Institute of International Relations of Belgian…

Pakistan suspends intelligence, military cooperation with US: Defence Minister

ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir on Thursday said the intelligence and military cooperation with United States has been suspended after a suspension of military assistance to Pakistan, Radio Pakistan reported. According to the state radio website, Dastgir stressed revival of US strategic dialogue with Pakistan to achieve the targets. He maintained that US should avoid threatening attitude against Pakistan since the country has fulfilled its due responsibilities in the war against terror. Coming on…