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Stability of institutions, not personalities crucial for democracy: Siraj

LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Ameer Siraj-ul-Haq on Monday said stability of institutions was more important than individual persons for the sake of democracy in the country, ARY News reported. "The political parties doing politics in the name of clans, linguists and personalities are real impediments before democracy," he said while talking to a JI delegation from central Punjab led by Ameer-ul-Azeem in Mansoorah. He said the parties having tyrannical thought had sabotaged democracy. He said for the sake of democratic…

Pakistan making sincere efforts for regional peace, stability: Foreign Office

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is making untiring and sincere efforts to promote peace and stability in the region given its own serious stakes and security concerns, and not in return for any financial compensation. This was stated by Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal on Tuesday while rejecting reported comments by Deputy Spokesperson of the Afghan Chief Executive Omid Meysam yesterday. The Foreign Office said improving internal security situation in Afghanistan, which is the source of regional and international…

China’s top diplomat says supports Turkey’s efforts to safeguard stability

SHANGHAI: China supports the Turkish government’s efforts to safeguard security and economic stability and believes that it will overcome its “temporary difficulties”, China’s top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, told Turkey’s foreign minister on Saturday. China’s foreign ministry said in a statement that Wang had made the comments in a phone call with the Turkish minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu. Read More: Erdogan vows Turkey will not be cowed by US The Turkish lira has lost a third of its value against the dollar this…

India’s attitude threat to regional peace and stability: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal on Thursday said India's confrontational attitude and huge arms build up is a threat to regional peace and stability and may lead to strategic miscalculation. "Indian falsified claims and belligerent statements are motivated by an exaggerated view of its capabilities and hegemonic designs," he said at his weekly news briefing in Islamabad. The spokesperson said the Indian army chief's provocative and irresponsible statements reflect the jingoistic mindset of…

Pakistan expresses concerns over undermining strategic stability in South Asia

RAWALPINDI: The National Command Authority (NCA) has expressed concern over destabilizing actions in Pakistan’s neighbourhood, which undermine the objective of maintaining strategic stability in South Asia. The concerns were expressed during the 23rd meeting of the National Command Authority in Rawalpindi on Thursday with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair. The actions include the massive arms build-up in the conventional domain, nuclearization of the Indian Ocean Region and plans for the development and…

US concerned about stability of Pakistan’s government: Rex Tillerson

NEW DELHI: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, at a joint press conference alongside Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today, said the United States was concerned about stability of the Pakistan government, foreign wire service Reuters reported. Mr. Tillerson arrived from Pakistan and first met Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval. Ahead of Mr. Tillerson’s three-day visit, the External Affairs Ministry had said that there will be detailed discussions on further strengthening India-U.S. partnership.…

Pakistan wants peace and stability in Afghanistan: foreign minister

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Saturday said that Pakistan wanted peace and stability in Afghanistan and its position in this regard was quite clear. According to Foreign Office Spokesperson, in response to a media query regarding President Ashraf Ghani's statement, the minister said that Pakistan would contribute and play its due role in all the initiatives for peace and stability in Afghanistan. Ashraf Ghani in his Eid-ul-Azha message to Pakistan has offered comprehensive negotiations to bring…

Pakistan committed to peace, stability in Afghanistan: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday said that Pakistan was desirous of peace and stability in Afghanistan. “Pakistan has suffered immensely on account of the situation in Afghanistan and it had the greatest stake in that country's return to normalcy,” he said while talking to British High Commissioner Thomas Drew in Islamabad. The prime minister said Pakistan was continuing a successful campaign against terrorism inside the country and made enormous sacrifices. The two sides also discussed the…

Pakistan to work with Afghanistan for security, stability in region: PM

ISLAMABAD: PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday said that terrorism was a common threat to Pakistan and Afghanistan and both countries should work together for security and stability in the region. He made these remarks during the telephonic conversation with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Ashraf Ghani telephoned the Prime Minister to congratulate him on assuming the office of the Prime Minister. The Afghan president expressed satisfaction over the smooth transition and said that it was good for democracy…

Ahsan Iqbal says political stability imperative for sustainable development

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal on Tuesday said political stability was vital for attaining sustainable development and prosperity in the country. “The civilian governments from fifth prime minister of Pakistan Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy to current Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have not been let establish political stability,”  he said while addressing a Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) youth convention in Islamabad. He said whenever the country embarked upon a path of progress,…