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PM Imran condoles with Indonesian president over loss of lives   

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday telephoned Indonesian President Joko Widodo and expressed his grief over the loss of precious lives and destruction caused by volcano-triggered tsunami. Talking to the president, the PM Imran Khan expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives in Sunda Strait and added that it is a testing time for Indonesia. He said that the brave Indonesian people would overcome the natural disaster by the grace of Allah. The prime minister reiterated his resolve to further strengthen…

Indonesian president Joko Widodo arrives in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrived here on Friday on a two-day state visit to Pakistan. President Mamnoon Hussain and the first lady greeted the Indonesian president and first lady Iriana Widodo at Noor Khan Air Base at Chaklala. Mr Widodo will address the joint session of the parliament today. He will be the second president of Indonesia who will address the joint sitting of parliament. Earlier, President of Indonesia Dr. Ahmed Soekarno had addressed the National Assembly of Pakistan on 26th June…

Indonesia begins countdown to 2018 Asian Games

JAKARTA: Indonesia on Friday launched the one-year countdown to hosting the 2018 Asian Games with fireworks and a traditional dance as it sought to display to the region it was up to hosting the tournament. Thousands of people packed around the national monument, or Monas, in central Jakarta to watch a light show and performances by musicians and entertainers. President Joko Widodo shot a bow and arrow to set off laser lights and two digital clocks that will count down to the opening ceremony in exactly one year. Jakarta…

Indonesian President orders officers to shoot drug traffickers

JAKARTA: Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has instructed law enforcement officers to shoot drug traffickers to deal with a narcotics emergency facing the country. "Be firm, especially to foreign drug dealers who enter the country and resist arrest. Shoot them because we indeed are in a narcotics emergency position now," Widodo said in a speech delivered at an event held by one of Indonesia's political parties late on Friday. His remarks have drawn comparison to that of Philippine's President Rodrigo Duterte, who…

Obama visits childhood home Jakarta

BOGOR: Former US president Barack Obama arrived on Friday in his former childhood home Jakarta, where he met Indonesia's president at the end of a ten-day family holiday. Indonesia's President Joko Widodo met with Obama at the presidential palace on the outskirts of Jakarta, with Obama delighting local media by greeting Widodo with "apa kabar" -- how are you in Indonesian. The former first family arrived a week ago on the resort island of Bali and then visited the historic Yogyakarta city in central Java before coming…

Obama kicks off tropical holiday in Indonesia

JAKARTA: Barack Obama kicked off a 10-day family holiday in Indonesia that will take in Bali and Jakarta, the city where he spent part of his childhood, officials said on Saturday. The casually dressed former president arrived in the resort island of Bali with his wife Michelle and their two daughters, a local military commander said. "They arrived late last night and went straight to the hotel in Ubud," a local military commander, I Gede Widiyana, told AFP. Obama woke up early and did some exercise in the lush green…