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Five Pakistanis under-trial in Egypt to be fully supported: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammed Faisal said the five Pakistanis who were under-trial in Egypt would be fully supported. The Pakistanis were earlier stranded on a ship off the coast of Safaga in Egypt and now have been produced in an Egyptian court. In a statement, the foreign office spokesperson said an officer from Pakistan mission in Cairo was deputed to assist the Pakistani nationals during the court proceedings. He said the crew had been charged with involvement in drug smuggling which was…

PM Khan directs FO to project Pakistan’s positive, soft image abroad

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday, directed the foreign office (FO) and ambassadors  posted abroad, to promote soft and positive image of Pakistan at international level through proactive economic diplomacy. Addressing the concluding session of the two-day Envoys Conference on Economic Diplomacy in the federal capital here, he said the nation needs to change its mindset of depending on others and make coordinated national efforts to convert the current challenges at different fronts into opportunities. The…

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…