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No plans to grant MFN status to India: Pakistan

Lahore: The Pakistan government has said it has “no immediate plans” to grant Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India. Asked whether the government was considering granting MFN status to India and that Prime Minister Imran Khan was keen to hold peace talks with the Indian government, Adviser to the Prime Minister for Commerce, Textile, Industry […]

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Pakistan refutes reports of Asia Bibi leaving country

Islamabad/Lahore: Pakistani authorities on Thursday rejected as “fake news” reports that a Christian woman who was released from a jail a week after the Supreme Court overturned her conviction and death sentence for blasphemy has left for the Netherlands. Aasia Bibi, 47, acquitted in the blasphemy case was released, amid nationwide anger, from the jail […]

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Setback for Trump as Democrats seize House in US midterm elections

Washington: Democrats rode a wave of dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump to win control of the US House of Representatives on Tuesday, giving them the opportunity to block Trump’s agenda and open his administration to intense scrutiny In midterm elections two years after he won the White House, Trump and his fellow Republicans expanded their majority […]

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Pakistan to maintain strategic balance with India, says NCA Adviser

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the National Command Authority (NCA) retired Lt Gen Khalid Kidwai on Tuesday said Pakistan would not follow India’s suit in developing a defence system against ballistic missiles because it found little value in such systems, but would continue to seek to redress the imbalances caused by Indian moves. “Pakistan remains unfazed and […]

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Saudi Arabia grilled at UN rights review session over Khashoggi killing

Saudi Arabia expressed “regret and pain” over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and asserted its commitment to achieving the “highest possible standards” in human rights in the country as it was grilled by countries at the UN on Monday over the brutal murder. The public debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva […]

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17 dead, 14 million tress uprooted in Italy’s ‘apocalyptic’ storm

Milan: Heavy rain and gales devastating parts of Italy have claimed two more lives, taking the overall death toll to at least 17, and laid waste to vast swathes of forest. A German tourist died on Friday when hit by lightning on the island of Sardinia while another person struck by lightning several days ago […]

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New Caledonia votes on independence from France

NEW CALEDONIA: The French Pacific islands of New Caledonia were voting Sunday on whether to become an independent nation, in a closely-watched test of support for France in one of its many territories scattered around the globe. Some 18,000 kilometres (11,000 miles) from the French mainland, New Caledonia is home to a quarter of the […]

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Kabul officials: Taliban attacks kill 15 Afghan policemen

KABUL — An Afghan official says a Taliban assault in northern Jawzjan province has killed 12 members of the security forces and wounded another 10. Gen. Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani, provincial police chief in Jawzjan, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the attack took place in Qush Typa district late on Monday. Jawzjani says the […]

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Pakistan successfully conducts training launch of Ghauri Missile System

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan today successfully conducted Training Launch of Ghauri Missile System, ISPR reported. The launch was conducted by Army Strategic Forces Command and was aimed at testing the operational and technical readiness of Army Strategic Forces Command. Ghauri Ballistic Missile can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads up to a distance of 1300 kms. The […]

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Future of US-Pakistan relations rests upon progress in Afghanistan: FM

ISLAMABAD: The state of the recently contentious relationship between Pakistan and the Trump administration rests squarely on whether Washington’s new war plan for Afghanistan can turn the tide of the 17-year conflict, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said. US commanders on the ground in Afghanistan, along with officials at the Pentagon and White House, have […]

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