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Kashmir issue has been internationalized; India playing with fire: President Alvi

President Arif Alvi has said that India is playing with fire by revoking the special autonomy of occupied Kashmir and the same fire will eventually "burn the secularity" of the Indian state, it emerged on Saturday. In an interview with Canadian-American media outlet Vice News, the president said the Indian government was "living in a fool's paradise" if it felt...

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Hearing of Safoora carnage case to be held in military court

KARACHI: Interior Ministry on Thursday has approved the hearing of Safoora carnage case in military court. According to sources, the interior ministry dispatched a letter to the concerning military court, stating all the necessary details regarding case and information of the suspects. At least 45 people of the Shia Ismaili community, including 18 women, were killed in an armed attack...

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Normalisation of India-Pakistan ties vital for entire region: US

The United States has said normalisation of India-Pakistan relations is vital not only for both countries but also for the entire region. State Department spokesperson John Kirby said India and Pakistan "stood to benefit from practical cooperation," and the US encouraged both India and Pakistan to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tensions.

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COAS meets Ghani, assures full support against terrorism

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday and pledged his continued support for intelligence sharing, operational coordination and reconciliation process for peace and stability in Afghanistan. According to ISPR here, the meeting focused on regional security with particular reference to the security situation and peace process in Afghanistan. Afghan President, while...

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Pakistan will continue to support Afghan peace process, Nawaz says

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif opened the fifth 'Heart of Asia ─ Istanbul process' ministerial conference in Islamabad on Wednesday. Nawaz, while addressing the conference, called for an intensification of efforts in order to "move forward from a conceptual domain to tangible landmarks for the implementation of concrete ideas, projects and visions in the heart of Asia". "Working for the...

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Ashraf Ghani reaches Pakistan to kick-start Heart of Asia Conference

ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday has reached Islamabad to inaugurate the Fifth Heart of Asia ministerial conference today. Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif received the Afghanistan counterpart at Nur Khan Airbase. Ghani received a 21-gun-salute on his arrival in Pakistan. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Zakaullah and Chief of...

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Indian FM Sushma Swaraj reaches Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in Islamabad on Tuesday evening, amid criticism in New Delhi, to attend the Heart of Asia Conference and hold talks with Pakistan on multiple issues. Swaraj was received by senior foreign office officials. Talking to reporters after her arrival, she said, “It is a crucial conference [Heart of Asia] that I have come...

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PM chairs meeting on agenda of Heart of Asia Conference

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting to discuss the agenda of Heart of Asia Conference. The meeting at the PM House was attended by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, National Security Advisor Lt.Gen. (retd) Nasir Janjua, PM’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj...

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Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj to reach Islamabad today

ISLAMABAD: The bilateral ties between Pakistan and India that had been under strain recently have now finally started to ease up after a meeting between the heads of state of both countries and their national security advisors. The Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj will be reaching the federal capital Islamabad today (Tuesday) as the relations begin to warm up. Swaraj...

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No compromise on public security: Nawaz Sharif

KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that government is committed to Karachi operation for the sake of sustainable peace and security in the mega city. He was addressing a high-level meeting in Karachi today to review law and order situation there. The Prime Minister said there was consensus that a major operation was needed and it has achieved successes...

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Army chief arrives in Karachi to overview law and order situation

KARACHI: General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Monday reached Corps Headquarters Karachi. According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army chief chaired a meeting to review overall security sitaution in Karachi and the Sindh province. During the meeting, General Sharif lauded efforts of Rangers, intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies on noticeable improvement in security situation through...

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Olson, Army Chief discuss regional security situation

RAWALPINDI: US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olson called on Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif in Rawalpindi today. Overall regional security situation with particular reference to situation in Afghanistan came under discussion during the meeting. This was Ambassador Olson’s first visit to General Headquarters after assumption of office of US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan...

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Three accused in Imran Farooq murder case sent on remand

ISLAMABAD: The accused persons in Imran Farooq murder case were presented before the judicial magistrate court in Islamabad today. The court approved one day transit remand of the three suspects – Moazzam, Khalid Shamim and Mohsin. The suspects were presented in the court amid high security. Sources informed that a joint investigation team could be constituted to probe the case....

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LG polls: Karachi chiefs of PTI, PPP, JI suffers defeat as MQM takes lead

KARACHI: The Karachi presidents of both Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lost their seats at the hands of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), as unofficial results for the third phase of local government polls start to pour in. Moreover, the head of Pakistan People’s Party Karachi division was outnumbered by the candidate nominated by PTI-JI alliance. Results of the third...

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Vote count begins as polling ends in 3rd phase of LG polls in Karachi, Punjab

KARACHI: Voting has come to a close and counting begun in twelve districts of Punjab and six districts of Karachi for Local Government elections. However, at those polling stations where voters were still voting to cast their votes within the premises of the polling stations have been allowed to exercise their right to vote. Voters turned up in large numbers...

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LG Polls: At least seven MQM workers injured in clashes in Karachi

KARACHI: MQM claims at least seven party workers have been injured in clashes with MQM Haqiqi in Karachi’s Korangi area. “At least 30 MQM workers, including women, have been injured in clashes since this morning,” MQM leader Farooq Sattar says and has urged all injured workers to gather in party sector office in Landhi. Fifteen polling stations in Landhi are...

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LG Polls: 15 injured as PTI, PML-N workers exchange firing in Punjab

NAROWAL: The PML-N and PTI workers Saturday exchanged firing during final phase of local bodies elections in different areas of Punjab. At least 12 people were injured in the firing incidents. According to reports, the PTI and PML-N workers exchanged firing in Union council 94, in Narowal, in which 10 people were injured. Similarly, the rival political workers exchanged firing...

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