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FO lodges protest with US over religious freedom blacklist

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has lodged strong protest with United States of America (USA) for blacklisting Pakistan over alleged violation of religious freedom in country, ARY News reported on Wednesday. As per details, senior officials of the American consulate were summoned at the ministry of foreign affairs, and were handed over a dossier as a protest over including Pakistan into the list of countries involved in alleged violation of religious freedom. “Minorities are enjoying equal rights and freedom according to the…

Prime Minister to visit Malaysia on November 20, says FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal has said Prime Minister Imran Khan will fly to Malaysia on a two-day visit on November 20. ARY News reported on Thursday. " During the visit, the premier is scheduled to hold meetings with his Malaysian counterpart and other state officials. The focus will be the promotion of economic cooperation between the two sides, said Dr. Faisal while speaking in his weekly briefing to media. Expressing his views with regard to Afghanistan authorities' delay in handing…

Pakistan wants relations with US based on mutual interest, respect: Qureshi

WASHINGTON: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Wednesday said that Pakistan wants a peaceful Afghanistan for regional stability and development, ARY News reported. During his speech in US Institute of Peace in Washington, the foreign minister said that Pakistan has great concerns over the terrorists' hideouts in Afghanistan which are being used to attack on Pakistan. Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan has rendered unprecedented sacrifices in war on terror and the International Community should acknowledge…

Saeed Ghani lambasts centre for inflation, mismanagement at FO

KARACCHI: Sindh Minister for Local Government Saeed Ghani on Tuesday took a dig at the federal government for increase in commodity prices and mismanagement at the Foreign Office, ARY News reported. "In 'Naya Pakistan', when prices on different products go high it is termed that it is being done to provide facilities to the masses," he said while talking to media.  While, the LG minister said, in 'old Pakistan' if prices on gas, urea, electricity were raised, it was completely wrong because it would affect common…

FO terms US state dept statement on Imran-Pompeo call ‘factually incorrect’

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday termed the United States State Department's readout about the call between Prime Minister Imran Khan and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "factually incorrect". A statement issued by the State Department said: "Secretary Pompeo raised the importance of Pakistan taking decisive action against all terrorists operating in Pakistan and its vital role in promoting the Afghan peace process." However, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said, "Pakistan takes exception…

FO condemns unprovoked ceasefire violations by India on LoC

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office on Thursday summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh and condemned unprovoked ceasefire violations by Indian occupation forces in Ghasla village of Mandal Sector along the Line of Control (LoC). One woman, Nusrat Bibi, has martyred as a result of the firing. In a statement, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said the deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas was indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws. He…

Pakistan to continue Kashmiris’ support for their right to self-determination: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal on Thursday said Kashmir is cornerstone of Pakistan's foreign policy and we will continue political, diplomatic and moral support to Kashmiris struggling for their just right to self-determination. "The wave of Indian brutalities continues unabated in the occupied valley," he said while addressing a weekly briefing in Islamabad. The FO spokesperson said Indian forces killed eight Kashmiris last week alone and also injured 170 innocent civilians. He said…

Indian atrocities cannot suppress Kashmiris’ struggle: FO

RAWALPINDI: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal on Sunday said India was relentlessly killing Kashmiri youth in the Occupied Kashmir. In a tweet, on the eve of second martyrdom anniversary of prominent Kashmiri youth leader Burhan Muzaffar Wani, he said Kashmiris' legitimate struggle for self-determination cannot be equated with terrorism. The spokesperson said Burhan Wani was a young man of 20 years, whose life was snuffed out on trumped up charges. He said such atrocities by the Indian occupied forces…

Pakistan will implement action plan negotiated with FATF: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal on Thursday said Pakistan would implement the action plan negotiated with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to address concerns of the international community. "We had announced in February last that Pakistan will implement the action plan after negotiation with the FATF, while remaining in the grey list," he said adding that FATF would likely to announce this tomorrow. Addressing weekly news briefing in Islamabad, he ruled out any chance of placing Pakistan…

Dialogue only way forward for resolution of all disputes with India: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal on Thursday said Pakistan considered uninterrupted dialogue as the only way forward for resolution of all disputes with India. "Pakistan desires to address issues through dialogue but the Indian side has never reciprocated to Pakistan's offer," the FO said at his weekly news briefing in Islamabad. About the Indus Water Treaty (IWT), the spokesperson said Pakistan would continue to agitate with the World Bank over the construction of controversial dams by India…