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EU ministers agree terms of ‘painful’ Brexit divorce

BRUSSELS: European ministers signed off on Britain's draft divorce deal on Monday as they launched a "painful" final week of negotiations on future cross-Channel ties. Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and the Union's Austrian rotating presidency said the negotiated text would be presented to EU leaders at a signing summit on Sunday. "The first, difficult step is done," said Austrian European affairs minister Gernot Bluemel, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, after the ministers' meeting. "A painful week…

Iran’s Zarif terms meetings with Pakistan’s civil, military leadership as fruitful

ISLAMABAD: Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif has termed his meetings with civilian and military leadership in Pakistan as fruitful. In his tweet, he emphasized the need for expanding bilateral, regional and global partnership. The Iranian foreign minister said, "Neighbours are our priority." Javad Zarif said it was his eighth trip to Pakistan and he was honored to be the first minister received by the new government. Read More: Iran wishes prosperity to people of Pakistan, Javad Zarif tells Imran Earlier in a…

FO terms US state dept statement on Imran-Pompeo call ‘factually incorrect’

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday termed the United States State Department's readout about the call between Prime Minister Imran Khan and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "factually incorrect". A statement issued by the State Department said: "Secretary Pompeo raised the importance of Pakistan taking decisive action against all terrorists operating in Pakistan and its vital role in promoting the Afghan peace process." However, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said, "Pakistan takes exception…

DG ISPR terms Indian army chief’s statement as irresponsible

RAWALPINDI: Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor has termed statement of Indian army chief against Pakistan as irresponsible. "Such statements do not suit to those who occupy important positions," he said in an interview on Saturday in response to Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat's statement against Pakistan . Read More: Ex-Indian army officer bludgeons six to death in killing spree He said that Pakistan was a responsible nuclear state having vigilant national and…

PM Abbasi terms alleged IB letter as forged

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday said neither he wrote any letter to the Intelligence Bureau (IB) regarding list of the parliamentary members having links with banned outfits nor IB had provided any such list, ARY News reported. He said the letter alleged to be written by the IB containing list of the parliamentarians having links with terrorists was forged and it held no truth. “A private TV channel alleged that the Prime Minister House is involved in preparing the report that was denied by the…

Babar Awan terms budget 2017 death sentence for labourers, farmers, working class

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Senator Babar Awan on Friday termed the federal budget 2016-17 a death sentence for labourers, farmers, working class and fixed income groups. He alleged that the budget was formulated by the International Monitory Fund (IMF) and which was bulging with heavy taxes. “Finance Minister Ishaq Dar is reading out death sentence for labourers, Kisaan, working class and fixed income groups from the papers of IMF budget,” he said in a series of tweets on his social media account…

Aurangzeb terms lies as cause of Imran Khan’s failure

LAHORE: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb on Sunday termed negative politics and lies of Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan as cause of his failure. “The PTI chief should avoid hurling unfounded allegations against others and give answer of his corruption to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB),” she said in a statement. The minister of state said that nation was well aware of the concocted stories of PTI and cannot be betrayed. She said when PTI’s ministers…

Saeed Ghani terms Bilawal’s four points solution for country’s turmoil

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Saeed Ghani on Saturday said that country could perform much better if the government accepted four demands made by PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto. He said Pakistan was facing problems due to not having a permanent foreign minister. One of the four demands of Bilawal is to appoint a foreign minister. In a statement issued by PPP Media Office Islamabad, Saeed Ghani said that terror incidents have increased in the country because National Action Plan has not been…