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Pakistan, US agree to diversify bilateral ties

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the United States have agreed to continue efforts to promote the shared objectives of peace and stability in the region and diversify bilateral relations. The understanding came during the delegation level talks between the two countries in Islamabad on Tuesday. Additional Secretary (Americas) Aftab Khokher led the Pakistan side while the US delegation was headed by US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Alice Wells. The Pakistani side emphasized the need to diversify the relationship with…

Foreign Office says Pakistan against arms race in region

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal on Thursday said Pakistan had emphatically stated that it is against arms race in the region. "The countries which are providing weapons to India should make sure that their assistance does not disturb balance of power in the region," he said while commenting on recent India-Russia air defense system deal during weekly news briefing in Islamabad. He however also made it clear that Pakistani nation and the armed forces were fully ready to respond to any…

Oasis of calm in shattered region, Dubai steps out as art hub

DUBAI: As traditional centers of modern Arab art in Damascus and Baghdad have imploded amid disastrous wars, the sheeny city-state of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates has stepped into the vacuum as a major hub for art sales. But at the annual Art Dubai fair this week, some Mideast artists among the scores of worldwide participants channeled in paint the chaos swirling around this bubble of calm luxury. Tucked among the mostly apolitical photography, sculpture and installation art adorning the vast open-plan space,…

Pakistan to be among strongest countries of region: minister

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Chaudhry Muhammad Barjees Tahir on Sunday said the government had brought cohesion and national harmony by its development projects across the country. “The Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) government during its five year tenure has changed the economic lot of the people and put the country on the path of development and prosperity,” he said in a statement. Read More: National Security Committee reviews international, regional situation Barjees Tahir said…

Gen Bajwa says path to regional peace and stability passes through Afghanistan

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday reiterated that path to regional peace and stability passes through Afghanistan, and that regions develop as a whole, not individual countries. The army chief was attending the Chiefs of Defence conference in Kabul. Commander US CENTCOM, Commander Resolute Support Mission (RSM) and army chiefs of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan also attended. The conference concluded to continue cooperation for peace and…

Pakistan ready to expand trade, economic ties in SCO region

ISLAMABAD: Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday said Pakistan was ready to expand mutually beneficial trade, economic cooperation and connectivity in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) region. "Pakistan encourages trade and transit through its territory as it is upgrading infrastructure, roads, railways and ports," he said while talking to SCO General Secretary Rashid Alimov in Islamabad. He said country was open to become conduit for linking Eurasian landmass, China, Russia and Central…