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No claim on Jinnah House acceptable to Pakistan: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office in Islamabad on Thursday said that Pakistan's claim on Mumbai's Jinnah House is very old and India had accepted this claim, ARY News reported. Spokesman Dr. Faisal in weekly media briefing of the foreign office in Islamabad said that no other claim from anyone on the historic building will be acceptable. Talking on the Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir, the spokesman said that India could not suppress the voice of oppressed people of Kashmir with naked force. Indian troops martyred 24…

Turkey, US relations can be saved, presidential spokesman says

ISTANBUL: Turkey and the United States can save their relationship, President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman said on Saturday after President Donald Trump threatened to slap sanctions on Ankara in a deepening of tensions between the NATO partners. The two countries are at odds over a number of issues including Washington’s policy in Syria, Ankara’s quest for the extradition of a Muslim cleric blamed for failed coup in 2016 and Washington’s concerns about US citizens and embassy staff detained in Turkey. “The relationship…

Shahid Masood made baseless allegations: Punjab govt spokesman

LAHORE: The Punjab government on Friday said that allegations by anchor Dr. Shahid Masood were completely baseless, and a mischievous attempt to detrack from the original investigation. Punjab government spokesman Malik Ahmed Khan addressing a press conference said that the anchor made certain revelations in the Zainab rape-murder case, and subsequently an investigation team was formed to probe them. He said that it was alleged that the main suspect, Imran Ali, had several bank accounts including foreign currency…

Hamas leader in Cairo to discuss Gaza blockade: spokesman

GAZA: The new chief of Palestinian Hamas Ismail Haniyeh arrived in Cairo on Saturday to hold talks with senior Egyptian officials on his first such visit as leader, a Hamas spokesman said. In the past few months Hamas has sought to mend relations with Egypt, which controls their one border crossing and has, under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, been highly wary of ties between Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, ousted from power by Sisi after mass protests. Hamas controls the Gaza Strip, a densely populated coastal…

Nisar seeks explanation for being excluded from party meetings: ministry

ISLAMABAD: The interior ministry spokesman on Wednesday said that Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has sought an explanation for being excluded from the consultative meetings of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N).  The spokesman denied media reports that Nisar was displeased with the party leadership and efforts are being made to convince him. The statement came hours after Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif met him at the Punjab House to prevent him from holding a press conference to address party matters. READ MORE:…

White House spokesman Sean Spicer resigns

WASHINGTON: White House spokesman Sean Spicer resigned on Friday, ending a brief, turbulent tenure that gained global notoriety, after President Donald Trump named adviser and Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci as his top communications official. A White House official said Spicer, 45, had resigned. Spicer's departure reflected turmoil within Trump's legal and communication teams amid a widening investigation into possible ties between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russia, a problem undermining the White…

Nisar to hold press conference on Sunday: Interior Ministry

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan will hold a press conference on Sunday in Punjab House, the spokesman for Interior Ministry said in a statement today. It seems that the interior minister has finally decided to open up and clear the air about his position in his party. Some reports suggest that he has developed severe differences with his party head Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over the issue of Panama Leaks case and he wants the PM to step down as prime minister. Read More: Chaudhry Nisar wants new…

PM’s spokesman questions if JIT has examined evidences provided by PTI

ISLAMABAD: Spokesperson of Prime Minister Dr Musadik Malik on Thursday leveled a range of allegations on investigation of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the money trail of the Sharif family in Panama Leaks case, ARY News reported. He questioned if the JIT has so far examined the evidences provided by  the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the form of documents. If it has not scrutinised them yet then why not? “The creation of environment of intimidation and that people were through force and threat tried to…

Govt spokesman expresses dismay over judge’s remarks in Nehal Hashmi case

ISLAMABAD: A spokesman of the government has expressed dismay over the remarks passed by an honorable judge during hearing of the Nehal Hashmi suo-moto case.  In a statement, he said the alleged remarks are against the code of conduct and traditions of the senior judiciary. The spokesman said the honorable judge leveled baseless allegations against the government without knowing complete facts. He said the court ignored the disciplinary action taken by the prime minister against Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N)…