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Relationship with Pakistan “not smooth” but “important”: US

WASHINGTON: Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary on Thursday spoke about ‘not-so-friendly’ relationship with Pakistan, particularly over the last eight years but stressed the ally was important for the United States. “The US relationship with Pakistan is one that's quite complicated, particularly when you consider our overlapping national security interests.  The relations between our two countries, particularly over the last eight years, have not been smooth - consistently smooth, particularly in the aftermath of…

Trump’s team confirms “productive” not flowery chat with PM Sharif

NEW YORK: After all the confusion and media debate over Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s “candid and flowery conversation” with the United States President-elect Donald J. Trump, the latter’s transition team confirmed a “productive talk” between the two leaders. “President-elect Trump and the Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif spoke today and had a productive conversation about how the United States and Pakistan will have a strong working relationship in the future,” said Trump’s transition team in a readout of…

Even ‘letter from Trump’ cannot save Nawaz Sharif: Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: Commenting on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s surprise conversation with the United States president-elect Donald Trump, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-i-Pakistan (PTI) Imran Khan on Thursday said that even the future US president cannot “save him” from the Panamagate scandal. Imran Khan expressed his views in a tweet and said, it was good news when Trump spoke to the premier but that very chat too could not help him in the high-profile case at the Supreme Court. Good news is Trump spoke to Nawaz Sharif. Bad news…

Supreme Court seeks details of ‘Jeddah Steel Mill’ in Panamagate case

ISLAMABAD: From buying and until it was sold, the apex court on Wednesday sought complete details of Sharif family’s Jeddah Steel Mill after it resumed the hearing of Panamagate case. All the documents submitted to the court by the Sharif family as responses were different from the speeches made in the assembly, said the apex court in its remarks. The court asked: How the finances were raised for Jeddah Steel Mill? How loans were taken from Saudi banks? How and at what value, Jeddah Steel Mill was sold? How was money…

New army chief brings no change in policy: defence minister

ISLAMABAD: There will be no immediate shift in Pakistan's military policy under the new army chief, said Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appointed a new military leader on Saturday. Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa will replace retiring Army Chief General Raheel Sharif when his three-year term ends on Tuesday, a rare example of a smooth transition in a nation where army chiefs have a history of clinging to power. General Sharif, who is not related to the prime minister, has proved…

Search for Pakistan’s new army chief likely to end in next 24 hours

ISLAMABAD: A decision about Pakistan’s new army chief is expected in the next few hours for which deliberations with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have already been made. The premier will name his pick on his return from Turkmenistan. Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif is stepping down after winning the hearts of millions with his bruising campaign against militants, leaving a vacancy for arguably the most powerful job in the country. Whoever steps into General Sharif's shoes will play an outsize role…

Pakistan will not tolerate attacks on civilians, says PM Nawaz

ISLAMABAD: Terming Kashmir an unfinished agenda of the partition, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said, “Pakistan would never abandon Kashmiris in their struggle for freedom” while chairing a meeting after Indian forces hit a passenger bus near Neelum valley on Wednesday and killed civilians. “The world in general and India, in particular, should know that the Pakistani nation would never abandon their Kashmiri brethren and would continue to support them in their just and UN-mandated freedom struggle,” he said.…

Parliamentarians get increment as PM convenes meeting to pick ‘new army chief’

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif convened a federal cabinet meeting on Wednesday in a bid to decide upon the new face of Pakistan’s powerful military. While lauding Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif’s services for Pakistan, the high-level meeting deliberated on the key choices the premier has regarding who will run the armed forces next. A three-year term of the current Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif will end this month. PM Sharif has until November 28 to name his…

Pakistan’s economy growing…but is it enough?

KARACHI: Shah Nawaz walks Karachi's dusty streets, one of thousands in the financial hub who are being fed by charities as Pakistan's economy picks up pace - but, some say, not fast enough for its poverty-stricken millions. Confidence in Pakistan is growing, with the International Monetary Fund claiming in October that the country has emerged from crisis and stabilised its economy after completing a bailout programme. Its credit rating has improved, while there are encouraging signs of foreign investment, such as…

Change of command to bring new army chief on November 29

RAWALPINDI: Arrangements to welcome new army chief begins in the garrison city after Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif began a round of farewell visits on Monday, damping speculation he might receive an extension when his three-year term ends this month. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had named the then Lieutenant-General Raheel Sharif, brother of a war hero, on November 27, 2013, to take charge of the world’s sixth-largest army, with a formal handover from General Ashfaq Kayani. The general has…