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Khawaja Asif lashes out at Indian army chief over ‘secular Pakistan’ statement

ISLAMABAD: Former defence minister and PML-N leader Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Saturday lashed out at Indian army chief Bipin Rawat’s statement in which he said Pakistan should turn secular if it wants good ties with India. In a tweet, the PML-N stalwart said: “Behind the facade of secularism Hindutva rules..state sponsored terrorism reigns from Kashmir to Manipur & Nagaland..where minorities r burnt alive..caste system brutally practised..life of cow is sacred & humans are lynched..” Behind the facade of…

US warns Russia ‘outlaw’ actions in Ukraine jeopardize ties

WASHINGTON: The United States on Monday warned Russia that "outlaw actions" like the seizure of Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov are preventing normal relations from developing between Washington and Moscow. US Ambassador Nikki Haley told an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council that "the United States would welcome a normal relationship with Russia. But outlaw actions like this one continue to make that impossible." Tensions have flared after the Russian navy on Sunday boarded and seized three Ukrainian ships…

Kartarpur border opening aimed to normalise ties with India: Fawad

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Friday formally endorsed the proposal to develop the Kartarpur corridor to facilitate the Sikh community of India.  Briefing media following a meeting of the cabinet in Islamabad, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said Prime Minister Imran Khan will perform groundbreaking of the Kartarpur border corridor on Wednesday. He said Kartarpur is a sacred place for the Sikh community living across the globe. The minister said it was a longstanding desire of the Sikh…

Pakistan, US agree to diversify bilateral ties

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the United States have agreed to continue efforts to promote the shared objectives of peace and stability in the region and diversify bilateral relations. The understanding came during the delegation level talks between the two countries in Islamabad on Tuesday. Additional Secretary (Americas) Aftab Khokher led the Pakistan side while the US delegation was headed by US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Alice Wells. The Pakistani side emphasized the need to diversify the relationship with…

President Alvi says Pakistan not establishing ties with Israel

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Sunday dismissed reports of an Israeli jet landing in Pakistan, saying the government is not establishing any sort of relations with Israel.  Speaking to media at Islamabad airport before his departure for Turkey, the president said the report about the alleged arrival of the plan is baseless and unfounded. He denied in categorical terms that the PTI government is considering establishing ties with Israel. The president said Turkey is an important friend of Pakistan and had…