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Pakistan opposes US drones deal with India: FO

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday opposed the proposed sale of US drone missiles system to India as the move will disturb the balance of power in the region, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria informed media. In his weekly press briefing, the spokesperson said that the onus is on the international community to ensure the balance of power in the region before going into any such agreement with the neighboring country. He said Pakistan has also informed the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during his visit to…

45 civilians killed in ceasefire violations by India on LoC this year: FO

ISLAMABAD: More than 1100 instances of  ceasefire violations by Indian forces on the Line of Control have led to the killings of 45 people and serious injuries to more than a hundred this year alone, according to the Foreign Office. It said Indian troops have frequently resorted to unprovoked firing from across the border along the LoC dividing the disputed Himalayan region of Azad Jammu and Kashmir between Pakistan and India. The FO said India has violated the ceasefire 1150 times. A day earlier, Foreign Office…

FO deplores Gen Nicholson’s statement about Taliban shuras in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Thursday rejected the recent statements by Commander of United States (US) Forces and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Afghanistan General John Nicholson. Calling Gen John Nicholson’s statements unacceptable and unnecessary, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria addressed several issues with regard to the region and Pakistan’s foreign relations. Deploring terrorist incidents in Afghanistan, Zakaria asserted: “Afghanistan’s war cannot be fought in Pakistan.” He said that…

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…

Two Pakistani officials go missing in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Two Pakistani staffers at the Pakistan consulate in eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad were missing since June 16, said the Foreign Office on Sunday. The incident came days after a visit by UN chief Antonio Guterres to war-torn Afghanistan. Nafees Zakaria, the Foreign Office spokesperson, said the two diplomats, who set off for Pakistan on June 16, have gone missing in Afghanistan as there was no clue to their whereabouts since then. They were coming back home to celebrate Eidul Fitr with their loved ones, he…

Gulf mediation: PM Nawaz to leave for Saudi Arabia today

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will leave for Saudi Arabia on one-day trip to play a role in resolving the Gulf crisis, ARY News reported on Monday. The PM is likely to board a flight for Saudi Arabia at 1:00pm to hold discussions with the officials of the kingdom to help end the diplomatic crisis engulfing the Gulf region. The tensions between Saudi Arabia and Qatar continue to escalate following the former and its allies severing ties with the Gulf state. While commenting on the Gulf crisis, PM Nawaz…

Ehsanullah’s confessional statement an ‘irrefutable proof against India’: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakariya has said that the revelations made by former spokesperson of TTP Ehsansullah Ehsan and the confessional statement of Kulbhushan Yadav are irrefutable proofs against India. At his weekly news briefing in Islamabad today, the spokesperson said India was not only sending spies inside Pakistan to perpetrate terrorism but also using the Afghan soil to destabilize the country. He said India stood fully exposed as a state sponsoring and perpetrating terrorism in Pakistan.…

Nepal Police finds footage of Pakistan’s missing ex-serviceman

KATHMANDU: Nepalese Police authorities have claimed progress in the missing case of Lt. Colonel (retd) Habib Zahir – a former officer of the Pakistan Army who had gone un-traced in Nepal last week, ARY News reported. Media reports quoted the Nepalese police as saying that the CCTV footage available with the authorities have showed an unknown person receiving the retired Lt. Col Zahir at Bhairahawa Airport near Lumbini. Police have confirmed that Zahir flew to Bhairahawa from Kathmandu. “The police are trying to…

Custodian of Delhi shrine goes missing in Lahore

LAHORE: The Custodian of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya shrine in Delhi and his brother who were on a religious visit of Pakistan have gone missing from Lahore. Syed Asif Nizami and his brother Nazim Nizami, who belong to the Nizamuddin Auliya shrine have lost contact with their family. The Indian High Commission in Islamabad has informed Pakistan’s foreign office about missing Syed Asif Ali and his brother. Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said on Thursday that an Indian request seeking assistance for the recovery…

Arms race in South Asia will affect regional peace, says Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has said that arms race in South Asia will affect regional peace, ARY News reported on Thursday. In a media briefing, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said that the foreign office went through the media reports of India deploying its Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) at the Line of Control (LoC) for surveillance. Zakaria said, "Even though defence cooperation between India and United States is their bilateral affair, an arms race in the region will affect the regional peace." He further said…