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Pakistan rendered great sacrifices in war on terror: president tells SCO

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Monday said Pakistan had rendered unprecedented sacrifices in war on terror to bring peace in the region. Addressing the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit at Qingdao in China, he said law and order situation had improved in Pakistan due to the effective efforts against terrorism and extremism. "Democratic values and democratic institutions have strengthened in Pakistan," he said. Mamnoon Hussain said peace and stability in Afghanistan was Pakistan's common…

Pakistan, India to take part in first joint military drills

NEW DELHI: Pakistan and India are set to make history after they will take part in a joint military exercise for the first time, courtesy the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). The military exercise will be organized by SCO, a bloc of Eurasian countries of which Russia, China, India, and Pakistan are a party to. The drills will be held in August. The military exercises will follow the 18th SCO Summit, scheduled for June 9-10 in Qingdao, Shandong province. The summit will be attended by a galaxy of world leaders.…

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…

PM Abbasi offers to connect CPEC with SCO’s six approved routes to link Eurasia

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday offered to connect China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) with Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s six approved routes to link the Eurasian landmass, China, Russia and Central Asia with the Arabian Sea. The prime minister was talking to Secretary General of Shanghai Cooperation Organization Rashid Alimov who is on his first visit since Pakistan became a full member of the organization. PM Abbasi said that the connectivity will greatly enhance vitality to become…

Pakistan to play active role for regional peace and development: PM Abbasi

SOCHI, RUSSIA: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday said that Pakistan intends to play an active role in the peace, stability and development of the region. PM Abbasi participated in the 16th Meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Sochi, Russia at the invitation of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. In the context of SCO’s Regional Anti Terrorist Structure (RATS),  PM Abbasi reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to support SCO in its fight against the…

PM Sharif discusses bilateral relations with Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan

ASTANA: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif called on President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.  During the bilateral meeting, the prime minister thanked President Nazarbayev for invitation to participate in the ongoing 17th SCO Summit and congratulated him on hosting the summit. PM Sharif reiterated Pakistan’s strong commitment to cooperation with Kazakhstan in energy sector, regional connectivity and human resource development. He also underscored the…

CPEC has potential to bring SCO closer: Sartaj Aziz

BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN: Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Thursday underlined that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has the potential to serve as a vital link that would bring the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) a step close to achieve its vision of peace, security and economic integration in the region and beyond. Aziz, while commenting during the 15th Heads of Government’s Council of the SCO, underlined the importance of regional connectivity for peace, stability and economic progress. He stated…

No backdoor diplomacy between Pakistan and India, says Aziz

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz in a televised interview on Thursday said that Kashmir would remain a focus of Pakistan’s foreign policy and elucidated that there was no backdoor or track-II diplomacy between Pakistan and India as such contacts were established only when conditions were favourable. The adviser said India had a history of blaming Pakistan after every terror incident that hit its soil without providing evidence and this was the reason why several peace talks between…