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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…

Pakistan warns regional peace in danger after new role given to India by US

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has expressed grave concern with the role US is giving to India in the region, warning it will “only aggravate the situation and endanger the peace and stability in this part of the world.” “Partnerships and alliances should not be directed towards other countries. Every country has the right to peaceful development unless it threatens others countries' peace and security. As far as Indo-US coziness is concerned, it should not be based on agenda of containing China or threatening Pakistan,” Foreign…

Dar reiterates Pakistan’s commitment to CAREC program to improve connectivity in region

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Friday reiterated Pakistan's strong commitment to the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program (CAREC) to improve connectivity in the region. "Pakistan supports CAREC's areas of focus in the sectors of energy, trade and transportation network," he said while addressing 16th CAREC Ministerial Conference in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Ishaq Dar emphasized the importance of collective efforts to enhance regional cooperation and achieve the common goals envisaged under the CAREC…

In Syria region under regime siege, children die of hunger

HAMOURIA, Syria: One-month-old Sahar, her ribs protruding under translucent skin, breathed her last on Sunday in Syria's Eastern Ghouta, where a crushing regime siege has pushed hundreds of children to the brink of starvation. Only a trickle of humanitarian aid ever reaches this rebel-held region east of Damascus, under a tight blockade by Assad regime forces since 2013. Eastern Ghouta is one of four "de-escalation zones" set up in May under a deal between backers of rival sides in Syria's devastating six-year war.…

Hezbollah says Israel pushing region to war

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Hezbollah accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government on Sunday of pushing the region to war in Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, and said nowhere in Israel would be safe if such a conflict were to erupt. Tensions have risen this year between Hezbollah and Israel, which last fought a major conflict in 2006. Israel has said it would use all its strength from the start in any new war with Hezbollah. In a speech to followers, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said the Israeli…