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Sushma Swaraj evades encounter with Shah Mahmood Qureshi at UN

UNITED NATIONS: As both the neighboring countries having their relation at a new low, India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reportedly avoided any contact with her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi as the two leaders attended a meeting of the SAARC Council of Ministers in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. It was expected that the two leaders would exchange pleasantries when they come face-to-face at the meeting, but it happened contrary to all the speculations. A report from…

India obstacle to progress of SAARC countries, says FM Qureshi

WASHINGTON: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said India’s hostile attitude is a big obstacle to the progress of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries.  He was addressing a SAARC meeting on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York. The foreign minister said they needed to move forward for the progress of the entire region. He said India’s non-serious attitude is blocking the progress of SAARC, adding that it defies the spirit of the forum.…

PM Abbasi’s Nepal visit concludes with CPEC, SAARC in focus

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's two-day visit to Nepal has not only provided an opportunity for the leadership of two countries to discuss bilateral matters but to also share views on issues of global and regional importance including CPEC and SAARC. In a meeting between Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and his Nepalese counterpart Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, particular focus was laid on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) project, which was joined by Nepal…

Pakistan committed to objectives of SAARC charter: PM

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday said Pakistan attached great importance to South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and remained committed to its principles and objectives of its Charter. In a speech during his visit to SAARC Secretariat, the Prime Minister said Pakistan had always strived to make SAARC a vibrant vehicle for regional cooperation based on the principle of sovereign equality. Prime Minister Abbasi said SAARC had immense potential for strengthening the economies…

Pakistan to participate in 3-day SAARC Business Conclave

ISLAMABAD: A delegation of SAARC Chamber Pakistan chapter will participate in the forthcoming 3-days “6th SAARC Business Leaders Conclave” being held from March 16 at Kathmandu, Nepal to explore the investment avenues and promote trade among member countries. The theme of the conclave is “Unleashing Shared Prosperity through Economic Integrity”, and over,500 leading business leaders, eminent international experts and distinguished dignitaries from private and public sectors will grace the occasion. Chairing a meeting…

ECO summit in Islamabad begins on Wednesday

ISLAMABAD: The 13th Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) summit will kick off on this Wednesday in Islamabad, ARY News reported. Addressing a press conference, Special Adviser to Prime Minister Sartaj Aziz Saturday said that the meeting of ECO Foreign Ministers Council will be held on 28th February. Several heads of states have assured their attendance in the summit, Aziz said. He said Pakistan had also hosted the 3rd ECO summit in 1995. He said that the theme of this year's conference is regional…

We do not accept America’s ‘do-more’ policy: Aizaz Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Chaudhry has said that Pakistan does not accept US' "do more" policy which it uses for propaganda, ARY News reported. The newly appointed ambassador to the United States made the statement while addressing a seminar on Pakistan's foreign policy at Islamabad's Air University on Thursday. He stated that America uses "do more" policy to create propaganda through its media. He advised the nation to not get worried over it. Chaudhry said that Pakistan has…

‘Attitude problem’ forced India to miss opportunities to normalise ties: Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said India missed several opportunities for normalising relations with Pakistan due to its negative attitude manifested in the recent South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, South Africa) and the Heart of Asia conferences. In an interview with the state radio, he maintained that the neighbouring countries would not be able to break the ice unless and until India brings about a shift in its attitude and stop the…

No country can isolate Pakistan, says Basit

NEW DELHI: Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit has said that India's conspiracy to isolate Pakistan has failed. Abdul Basit, in an interview to an Indian newspaper, said that no state in the world has the capability of isolating Pakistan as it has significant geo-strategic location and has a population of 200 million people. Basit stated that Indian policy to isolate Pakistan has failed. He added that Pakistan is a key member of the world community. He stated that the negotiations between the two…

Senate approves policy guidelines over rising Pakistan-India tension

ISLAMABAD: The upper house of the parliament on Friday approved a report, containing policy guidelines over the changing regional situation following a recent freeze in relations between Pakistan and India in the wake of Uri attack and cross-border ceasefire violations. Senator Raza Rabbani headed the session today during which a 13-member special senate committee on Pak-India relations proposed a policy guidelines report in the session. The report suggested that a task force should be formed over India Kashmir policy, in…