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FM Qureshi arrives in Qatar on day-long official visit

DOHA: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrived in Qatar on Sunday on a day-long official visit to hold meetings with top leadership of the country. Upon arrival at the airport, he was received by high officials of Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Pakistan Embassy in Doha. During the visit, he will hold meetings with top leadership of Qatar including the country's prime minister and vice prime minister. They will likely exchange views about Afghan reconciliation process, bilateral relations and other…

Hamza Ali Abbasi rubs shoulders with Aishwarya Rai in Doha

Several Pakistani and Indian celebrities were seen recently hanging out at Bollywood designer Manish Malhotra's fashion show in Doha, Qatar. Strikingly beautiful former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan shared the stage with Pakistani models, Sadaf Kanwal, Hamza Ali Abbasi, Husnain Lehri and Azaan Sami Khan. View this post on Instagram Here is a quick recap of #FWI18 💥😍 Swipe 👉🏻 for more pictures ✨ . #FWI2018International #FWI18 #QatarAirways…

Erdogan pledges military support for Qatar on Doha visit

DOHA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged his country’s continued military support for Qatar during a visit to Doha on Wednesday, according to state media, amid an ongoing Gulf political crisis. Erdogan also signalled the "readiness" of Turkey's private sector to help Qatar with its multi-billion projects for the 2022 football World Cup, according to the Qatar News Agency. He held talks with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani during the visit, reported QNA. It also said the two countries signed…

Qatar navigation launches Pakistan service for trade

DUBAI: Major Qatari shipping conglomerate Qatar Navigation (Milaha) is launching a direct service between Qatar and port city of Karachi in Pakistan, the company said on Sunday, as it seeks to counter economic sanctions against Doha by other Arab States. These Arab States include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic and transport links with Doha on June 5, ending the use of Dubai’s Jebel Ali port as a trans-shipment centre for goods flowing to and from Qatar. As a result, imports…

Ankara, Doha insist Turkish base will stay in Qatar

ANKARA: Turkey and Qatar on Friday insisted Ankara would keep a new military base in the emirate, rejecting demands from other Gulf countries for the facility to be closed. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain last month cut diplomatic ties with Qatar over what they allege is Doha's support for "extremist groups" and ties to Iran. Turkey and Qatar on Friday insisted Ankara would keep a new military base in the emirate, rejecting demands from other Gulf countries for the facility to be closed.…

Qatar again rejects four Arab states’ accusations

CAIRO: Qatar dismissed as "baseless" on Friday renewed accusations that it meddles in other countries' affairs and finances terrorism, in its first public response to a statement from four Arab states locked in a diplomatic dispute with the tiny emirate. In the joint statement issued late on Thursday, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt said Doha's refusal to accept their demands to end the diplomatic standoff was proof of its links to terrorist groups. The four also said their 13 demands were now…

Panama probe: Hussain Nawaz meets Qatari Prince in Doha

ISLAMABAD: As the six-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) tasked with probing the money trail of Sharif family’s offshore properties entered a crucial stage to conclude the report, the mystery behind authenticity of Qatari prince’s letters is likely to be resolved, ARY News reported. Sensing the critical situation ahead of the JIT's final report submission on July 10, the ruling family made an all-out effort to bring evidences from their prime witness in money trail case against the Sharif family after the Prime…

Gulf deadline to resolve Qatar rift approaches

DOHA: Qatar faces possible further sanctions by Arab states that have severed ties with Doha over allegations of links to terrorism, as a deadline to accept their demands is expected to expire on Sunday night. Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said the demands were made to be rejected, adding that the Arab ultimatum was aimed not at tackling terrorism but at curtailing his country's sovereignty. But he told reporters in Rome that Doha remained ready to sit down and discuss the grievances…

Qatar rejects Arab demands

ROME: Qatar will reject a series of demands made by several other Arab states, its foreign minister said on Saturday, adding that their ultimatum was aimed not at tackling terrorism but at curtailing his country's sovereignty. But Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, speaking to reporters in Rome, said Doha was still ready to sit down and discuss the grievances raised by its Arab neighbours. "This list of demands is to be rejected, not to be accepted. We are willing to engage in dialogue but under proper conditions,"…