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Funeral prayers of SP Tahir Dawar offered in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: The funeral prayers of slain Superintendent of Police (SP) Tahir Khan Dawar were offered at Police Lines in Peshawar on Thursday. KP Governor Shah Farman, Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi, IG KP police Salahuddin Khan Mahsud and other officials attended the funeral. Tahir Khan Dawar, who was kidnapped from Islamabad’s G-10/4 area on Oct 26, was murdered in Afghanistan as his tortured body was found in Dur Baba district of Nangarhar province this week. Afghan…

Pakistan condemns suicide attack in Kabul’s diplomatic enclave

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Wednesday condemned a suicide attack in Afghan capital Kabul's diplomatic enclave that killed at least five people. A day earlier, a suicide bomber believed to be as young as 12, struck Kabul’s heavily fortified diplomatic quarter and killed at least five people, showing that militants can still hit the heart of the city despite tighter security. In a statement on Wednesday, the Foreign Office spokesperson said Pakistan condemned terrorism of every sort and expressed solidarity with the…

US will try to work with Pakistan ‘one more time’, says top Trump official

WASHINGTON: U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday the United States would try “one more time” to work with Pakistan in Afghanistan before President Donald Trump would turn to options to address Islamabad’s alleged support for militant groups. Relations between the two countries have been frayed over the past decade. While officials have long questioned the role Pakistan has played in Afghanistan, the comments by Mattis are likely to cause concern in Islamabad and within the Pakistan military. “We need to try one…

Pakistan concerned over Kurd independence referendum, backs Iraq’s unity

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office of Pakistan on Monday expressed concern over a referendum recently held for the independence of Iraq’s Kurd-dominated areas and said it backs Iraq's unity. Speaking at a press briefing, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said the referendum held on 25th September violated the Iraqi constitution and therefore lacks any legitimacy. He said Pakistan supports the Iraq’s unity, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. Like Iraq, its neighbors, and the international community, Zakaria…

Myanmar’s ambassador summoned over violence against Rohingya

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office here on Saturday summoned Ambassador of Myanmar and lodged Pakistan’s strong protest over ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State of the country. According to state radio, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua on this occasion stressed for effective measures to prevent the recurrence of such violence. Calling for provision of security to Rohingya Muslims, she called upon Myanmar’s government to uphold their rights to live and move without discriminations. Expressing…

Asif says Pakistan wants good ties with all its neighbours

ISLAMABAD: A three-day conference of Pakistani diplomats has begun in Islamabad on Tuesday to review Pakistan’s foreign policy in the wake of latest developments, including the tense diplomatic ties with the United States in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s Afghan strategy and criticism of Pakistan for allegedly housing terrorists. According to details, Pakistan's envoys at the United Nations, United States, Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Afghanistan, Iran and India are participating in the conference to…

Pakistan made sincere efforts for peace in Afghanistan: FO

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has made sincere efforts for peace in Afghanistan, said Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria in a weekly briefing on Friday, while responding to US President Donald Trump’s criticism on Pakistan for “housing the very terrorist Americans are fighting in the war-torn country.” Zakaria said Pakistan’s position on the neighboring country is clear: “It has sincerely striven for peaceful Afghanistan." The international community, including America, had become aware of Pakistan's response to the…

Pakistan summons Indian diplomat over ceasefire violations

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Foreign Office summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner on Tuesday over ceasefire violations by Indian forces along the Line of Control (LoC), ARY News reported. Director General (South Asia and SAARC) Dr Muhammad Faisal summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P Singh and protested over the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian troops in Khuiratta and Karela sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir. He told the Indian diplomat that despite calls for restraint, India continued…

Pakistan committed to nuclear disarmament for peaceful world: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office of Pakistan said on Monday that the treaties banning proliferation of nuclear weapons could not yield results without consensus among nuclear-armed states at global level. Pakistan is committed to the goal of nuclear disarmament in a manner that promotes peace, security and stability at regional and global levels, said Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria in a statement. He said Pakistan reaffirms its commitment to making the world free of nuclear weapons through a universal,…

Prime Minister leaves for Maldives on three-day visit

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday left for Maldives on an official three-day visit at the invitation of Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, ARY News reported. Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz is accompanying him on the visit. The premier will attend the celebrations of 52nd Independence Day of Maldives being celebrated on July 26 (Wednesday). He will also hold official talks with Maldivian President. A number of memorandums of understanding and agreements for…