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Haqqani network operates from Afghanistan: FO

Foreign Office on Thursday emphatically stated that there is no organized presence of any terror outfit including TTP, Jamaat-ul Ahrar, Daesh and Al-Qaeda on Pakistani land. During the weekly briefing, FO spokesman Nafees Zakaria said the allegations about presence of Haqqani network in tribal areas are mere rhetoric. This is only aimed at putting the blame of its own failures on Pakistan. "There is no organized presence of any of those terror outfits. Let us examine the rhetoric in the backdrop of the statistics I'll…

Over 50, 000 visas were issued to Americans from 2008 to 2011

The Embassy of Pakistan in Washington had issued atleast 52,094 visas of different categories from 2008 to 2011, out of which 13,159 visas were under the category of diplomats/officials, ARY News reported on Saturday. It is pertinent to note here that between 2009-2011, 2,202 visas were issued after the receipt of approval from the office of Defense Advisor, foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar had informed senate on February 9, 2012. As Senator SM Zafar asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs to state the number of visas…

Pakistan COAS meets top defence leaders in US

The talks focused on the situation in Afghanistan and on the military operation Pakistan launched earlier this year to destroy militant hideouts in its tribal belt. Raheel Sharif clarified that the impression of forces not acting against the Haqqani Network are false and unfounded. On the other hand, US forces and security officials praised Pakistan Army’s efforts in war against terror. The Pakistan Army delegation under the leadership of COAS will visit Capital Hill and will also meet US Congress members. UPDATES TO FOLLOW

Haqqani commander among dead in US drone strike

PESHAWAR: A US drone strike killed at least seven militants in Nargas village of Birmil area, some 30 kilometres west of Wana, the main town of South Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border, including an important commander of the feared Haqqani network, security officials said.