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2.7 million Pakistanis living in Saudi Arabia, minister tells NA

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Foreign Affairs Khawaja Asif on Friday informed the National Assembly that the ministry was fully cognisant of the issues of overseas Pakistanis and determined to address all matters on priority basis. Replying to a calling attention notice in the National Assembly, the minister said that 2.7 million Pakistanis were living in Saudi Arabia while the number of Community Welfare Officers was very low to address the issues of overseas Pakistanis in that country timely. He said that several Pakistani…

Pakistan asks US to ensure return of Afghan refugees

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has demanded the United States to ensure return of Afghan refugees from Pakistan. Pakistan had started fencing for securing its border with Afghanistan because it was imperative for combating terrorism, he said talking to a private news channel. Afghanistan should focus on the ‘border management’ and fulfill its responsibility in that regard, he said. Expressing serious concerns over the situation in the neighboring country, he said the Allied forces equipped with…

Foreign forces conspiring against PM to make CPEC controversial: minister

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif says some foreign forces are hatching conspiracy against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for making China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Gwadar Port controversial. In an interview on Friday, he said Pakistan under the leadership and vision of Nawaz Sharif will also achieve success on economic front. To a question, the Minister said India is using the soil of Afghanistan for terrorist activities in Pakistan. He said the enemies of Pakistan want to halt development…

Terrorists using Afghan soil to attack Pakistan: Asif

ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khawaja Asif says Afghan soil is being used by the militants for carrying out terrorist activities in Pakistan. In an interview, he said recent terrorism in different parts of the country was carried out under a plan. The Defence Minister said Pakistan has closed Pak-Afghan border for an indefinite period over security reasons and summoned Afghan diplomats at Foreign Office and GHQ to raise the issue. Read: Terror incidents in Pakistan are claimed by militants in Afghanistan, COAS tells…

Terror attacks from Afghanistan to be responded with full might: Asif

ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khawaja Asif says terrorists are launching attacks on Pakistan from their sanctuaries in Afghanistan, underlining that they will be responded with full might. In his tweet, the minister warned that Pakistan would respond to terrorists with full might in future. Terror attacks across country planned frm sanctuaries in Afghanistan will b responded with full might.Zarb e Azb gains r irreversible IA — Khawaja M. Asif (@KhawajaMAsif) February 16, 2017 Hours after the deadly blast at shrine…

Ex-army chief Raheel Sharif didn’t seek NOC for new job: Asif

ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khwaja Asif has said that former army chief General Raheel Sharif didn’t seek ‘no objection certificate’ (NOC) for any foreign vocation, ARY News reported. Issuing a statement in the Senate today, Asif said the Defence Ministry issues NOCs to retired army officers for any such jobs, but Gen (retd) Raheel Sharif didn’t seek any such clearance or certificate. He maintained that prior permission either from Defence Ministry or the Pakistan Army was a prerequisite for any retired army officer…

Indian aggression on border serious threat to regional peace: Asif

ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif says ceasefire violations by the Indian forces on the Line of Control and Working Boundary are being responded befittingly.    The minister said India's aggression on Line of Control was posing serious threat to regional peace. He said Indian provocations against Pakistan reflected New Delhi's frustration out of failure in addressing the domestic issues as well as the positive developments taking place in Pakistan. Mr. Asif said Pakistan's successes against…