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IHC bench formed to decide petition for foreign minister’s disqualification

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice has constituted a new larger bench to hear a petition seeking disqualification of Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif. The three-judge bench, headed by Justice Athar Minallah, will take up the matter on April 05. Earlier, the bench dissolved after Justice Gul Hassan Aurangzeb declined to proceed with the case and subsequently, the matter was referred to IHC Chief Justice Anwar Khan Kasi to reconstitute the bench. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Usman Dar petitioned…

Pakistan given reprieve over terrorist financing watch-list, says minister

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has been given a three-month reprieve by a global watchdog over a U.S.-led motion to put the country on a terrorist financing watch-list, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said late on Tuesday. Pakistan has been scrambling in recent months to avoid being added to a list of countries deemed non-compliant with anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regulations by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a measure that officials fear could hurt its economy. FATF member states have been meeting this…

Foreign minister says India hampering regional peace process

SIALKOT: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif says Pakistan is making hectic efforts to maintain peace in the region but India is creating obstacles in the peace process. Addressing a gathering in Sialkot, the minister said India was in the grip of war hysteria, which is evident from the fact that it had been frequently breaching the ceasefire along the LoC and the Working Boundary, resulting in the death of innocent civilians. Asif made it clear that any Indian misadventure would be befittingly responded. He said…

Foreign Minister urges US to limit Indian influence in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: While there is a trust deficit between Pakistan and the United States, affecting the bilateral ties, the two countries are willing to bridge this trust deficit, said Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Monday. Addressing the media here after the fourth round of Track-II dialogue between Pakistan and the US, he conceded there is difference of opinion between the two countries over the Afghan conflict. He said all stakeholders wanted peace in the region.  Afghanistan faced enormous challenges, including that of…

Huge trust deficit between Pakistan and US, says Asif

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has said that there was a huge trust deficit between Pakistan and the US, souring bilateral ties. In an interview to British news channel, he said, “One key factor is missing in our relationship and that is trust. We have a huge trust deficit.” His interview came hours after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held delegation level talks with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at the PM House here on Tuesday. The Foreign Minister, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Defence Minister…

Tillerson arrives in Islamabad to discuss thorny issues

ISLAMABAD: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday arrived here to hold comprehensive talks with Pakistan’s civil and military leadership on thorny issues. The visit comes on the heels of the US Secretary of State's surprise visit to Kabul on Monday where he renewed US support for the war-torn country days after the Taliban launched a spate of attacks they described as a “message” to America. He will meet Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif and Chief of Army Staff General…

Pakistan has offered US joint operation against Haqqanis: Foreign Minister

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said Pakistan has offered the United States to launch a joint operation against the Haqqani network.    Talking to a news channel in Islamabad, he said the country will never give in to the influence of others and will take steps keeping in view larger national interest. If pressured, friendly countries, like China, Russia, Iran and Tureky will stand by Pakistan, the minister said. He said National Action Plan was evolved to wipe out terrorists from the country…

Khawaja Asif pushes back on US claims of militant support

WASHINGTON: Foreign minister Khawaja Asif Thursday described as “hollow allegations", the comments by senior U.S. officials and lawmakers during his visit to Washington this week  that questioned Islamabad’s resolve in fighting militancy. President Donald Trump’s administration is seeking to implement its regional strategy. While U.S. officials have long been critical of the role Pakistan has played in Afghanistan, senior officials have been more pointed in recent days about Islamabad’s alleged support for militant groups.…

Asif lands in Washington to hold talks with US officials

WASHINGTON: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has arrived in the United States to meet Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to discuss the matters pertaining to bilateral ties and the US South Asia and Afghan policy. Asif was received by Pakistan's Ambassador to the US Aizaz Chaudhry, but no American official came to greet the minister at the airport. The minister will also hold meeting with the United States National Security Adviser Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster during his three-day long visit. Pakistan’s…

Asif leaves for Washington to hold talks with US officials

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif departed on Tuesday for the United States to meet Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to discuss the matters pertaining to bilateral ties and the US South Asia and Afghan policy. The minister will also hold meeting with the United States National Security Adviser Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster during his three-day long visit. Quoting sources, ARY News reported that Pakistan's foreign minister will take up the matters pertaining to Kashmir, Afghanistan and bilateral ties…