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US special envoy Khalilzad put no conditions to Pakistan: FO

ISLAMABAD: Spokesperson of Foreign Office (FO) Dr. Muhammad Faisal said on Thursday that US special envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalamay Khalilzad put forward no conditions to Pakistan during his visit.  While addressing media in weekly press brief, Dr. Faisal stated that US president Donald Trump’s letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan highlighted the fact that Afghanistan is an important issue of the region. Shedding light on the recent visit of the US representative, Dr. Faisal said, Khalilzad met with Foreign…

Lowest voter turnout in IoK polls indicates people’s frustration: FO

ISLAMABAD: “Lowest voters' turn out in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK), indicates ‘frustration’ of people of held valley”, said Foreign Spokesperson Dr. Faisal on Friday. Addressing in a ceremony, aimed to highlight the Kashmir issue here, he said, Britain parliament has also endorsed the rights’ violation in held Kashmir by the occupation forces. “Rights council of the United Nation has also highlighted the worst state terrorism in the valley”, the FO spokesperson contented. Mr. Faisal said, the lowest turnout in…

‘US must not forget top Al-Qaida leaders were killed by Pak’s cooperation,’ FO lodges protest

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office (FO) on Tuesday summoned United States (US) charge d'affaires in Pakistan, Paul Jones, to register a 'strong' protest over the recent tirade of President Donald Trump against the South Asian giant.     According to details, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua handed a letter of protest to the US representative when he arrived at the Foreign Office. The foreign secretary conveyed "her government's disappointment on the recent tweets and comments by the US president" and told the US charge…

FO denies news of Pakistani student’s killing in China

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office (FO) here on Monday refuted the news of Pakistani student, Osama Ahmed Khan's killing in China and termed it as "fake", ARY NEWS reported on Monday. The Foreign Office in a statement utterly turned down the reports about Pakistani student's killing, who was studying in China, adding " he had committed suicide." "The body of the student has been shifted to Beijing, to fly for Pakistan tonight," the FO spokesman Dr Faisal said. Reacting to the video making rounds on the social media…

Pakistan lauds Saudi decision to indict those behind Khashoggi murder

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday appreciated an announcement by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to initiate the process of indictment of those responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.  Commencement of this process demonstrates the resolve and commitment of the Saudi authorities to hold the culprits and their associates to account and fulfill the imperatives of justice, as has been mutually reaffirmed by both Saudi Arabia and Turkey, said a statement issued by the Foreign Office. Earlier today, Saudi Arabia…

Afghanistan delays handing over SP Tahir’s body; Pakistan records protest

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has recorded a protest with Afghanistan on its inability to hand over the body of slain Superintendent of Police (SP) Tahir Khan Dawar on immediate basis, who was kidnapped from Islamabad on Oct 26 and later found murdered. Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal on Thursday notified of the development during his weekly press brief. “We lodged a protest with with Afghanistan over the delay in handing over SP Dawar’s body,” he said. “We have demanded that his body be handed over to…

Canadian FM lauds Aasia Bibi case ruling in phone call with Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland telephoned her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi to discuss various issues, including the Supreme Court’s verdict of acquitting Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman, of blasphemy charge. Dr Muhammad Faisal, a Foreign Office spokesperson, tweeted: “Canadian FM telephoned FM Qureshi yesterday. Among other issues, Asia Bibi was discussed. Canadian FM appreciated Supreme Court’s courageous decision & PM’s positive speech.” Canadian FM telephoned FM Qureshi…

FO calls for check on social media accounts spreading false news

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has asked the Ministries of Interior and Information to look into social media accounts spreading fake news and take appropriate action against them as per the law. It took notice of fake news doing rounds on social media regarding relations between Pakistan and Israel attributed to Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. "We are asking the Ministries of Interior and Information to look into accounts generating such false news and to take appropriate action against them, as per the law," the…

Resolutions at UN committee testify Pakistan’s commitment to peace: Foreign Office

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal Saturday said that adoption of three resolutions by the main committee of the United Nations was a testimony to Pakistan’s commitment to regional and international peace and security. “Pakistan will continue bringing more focus on these, with a view to supporting global disarmament efforts aimed at strengthening regional and global peace and stability,” he posted on his twitter account. These resolutions moved by Pakistan and adopted on November 8, were focused…

Pakistan voices concern over Indian nuclear submarine patrol

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday expressed concern over the first "deterrence" patrol of an Indian nuclear submarine. Speaking at a press briefing in Islamabad, Foreign Office spokesperson Muhammad Faisal said this development marks the first actual deployment of ready-to-fire nuclear warheads in South Asia, which is a matter of concern not only for the Indian Ocean littoral states but also for the international community. He said aggressive statements from the top Indian leadership highlights threats to strategic…