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President, Saudi Arabian king discuss bilateral economic relations

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi held a meeting with Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdul Aziz in Riyadh on Wednesday. They discussed matters of mutual interest, including trade, investment and economic relations. Acting Ambassador of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia Zeeshan Ahmed and Pakistan's Counsel General in Jeddah were also present during the meeting. Separately, Minister for Religious Affairs Noor ul Haq Qadri met President Dr Arif Alvi in Madina Munawara and briefed him about the on-going talks with Saudi…

Pakistan, Afghanistan discuss ways to ensure dignified return of Afghan nationals

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday discussed the ways to ensure dignified and complete return of Afghan nationals. The neighbouring countries held second meeting of the Refugee Working Group under the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Stability (APAPPS) in this regard in Islamabad. The Afghan delegation was headed by Deputy Minister for Afghan Ministry of Refugee Affairs Dr Alema.  Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (Safron) Secretary Mohammad Aslam led the Pakistan side in the meeting.…

Finance minister, US ambassador discuss bilateral economic ties

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Asad Umar and US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Ambassador Alice G Wells on Tuesday discussed the current state of Pakistan and US relations with focus on economic cooperation. The ambassador had called on the minister in Islamabad. The overall security situation in the region also came under discussion. The finance minister said that such visits contributed to enhancing understanding of each other’s point of view on issues of bilateral significance.…

COAS Bajwa, Commander UAE Land Forces discuss defence cooperation

RAWALPINDI: Major General Saleh Mohammad Saleh Megren Al-Ameri, Commander of UAE Land Forces called on General Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Headquarters (GHQ), Rawalpindi, on Monday. During the meeting, regional security situation and issues of mutual interest including cooperation in the fields of defence, security and military training between both the armies were discussed. Visiting dignitary acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan Army’s efforts in fight against terrorism. Earlier,…

FM Qureshi, US state secretary discuss bilateral relations

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday held a meeting with the United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington and discussed bilateral relations. Overall situation of South Asia including Afghanistan also came under discussion during the meeting.  Earlier, the foreign minister also held a meeting with National Security Advisor of the US in Washington. Pakistan-US relations and overall situation of South Asia was also discussed in the meeting. Shah Mehmood Qureshi will also…

Turkey’s finance minister, French counterpart discuss US sanctions, cooperation

ANKARA: Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak and his French counterpart Bruno Le Maire spoke by phone on Friday and discussed US sanctions steps against Turkey, agreeing to act together in response to such moves, Albayrak’s ministry said. The statement said that the two ministers decided to work closely to develop cooperation between Turkey and France and agreed to meet in Paris on Aug. 27. US threatens Turkey with more sanctions Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Thursday said that the United States would levy more…

Chairman Army ESC, CEC discuss security matters for general elections

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Army Election Support Centre Lieutenant General Hamood uz Zaman Khan called on Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza in Islamabad on Saturday to discuss matters pertaining to security in upcoming general elections.  Hamood uz Zaman Khan on behalf of Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa assured the chief election commissioner that Pakistan army would play its role under the constitution. Sardar Raza appreciated the resolve of Pakistan Army and hoped all provincial governments…

President, caretaker PM discuss matters regarding general elections

ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk on Friday called on President Mamnoon Hussain in Islamabad on Friday and discussed matters pertaining to caretaker government and general elections. The president felicitated Nasirul Mulk on assuming responsibilities as caretaker prime minister. He expressed hope that he would perform his best for ensuring transparent elections. On the occasion, the caretaker PM said he will do his level best to perform his responsibilities. Earlier after taking oath as the PM, …

NSC meeting called to discuss Nawaz’s misleading statement on Mumbai attacks

RAWALPINDI: A meeting of the National Security Council has been called on Monday to discuss the misleading statement of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif about the Mumbai attacks, ARY News reported. "NSC meeting suggested to Prime Minister (Shahid Khaqan Abbasi) to discuss recent misleading media statement regarding Bombay incident. Being held tomorrow morning," said Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor in a tweet on Sunday. NSC meeting suggested to Prime Minister to discuss…

Pakistan committed to cause of Kashmir, says national security adviser

ISLAMABAD: National Security Adviser (NSA) Lt General (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua  on Tuesday said Pakistan was deeply committed to the cause of Kashmir and supported to resolve the Kashmir conflict politically and according to the aspirations of Kashmiri people. "Process of dialogue is the only way forward to resolve our disputes. It is by way of peaceful resolution of our disputes which can enable both the countries to belong to the future,” this he said while Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria made a courtesy call to…