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Boycott of presidential election is counterproductive: Wajih

Staff Report ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s presidential candidate, retired Justice Wajihuddin, said on Friday that boycotting the presidential election would be counterproductive, SAMAA reported. Speaking to reporters here at the Election Commission headquarters, the PTI candidate said that boycott of election is not the solution to problems. “It’s not a wise decision. Even defeat can yield…

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White House: Israeli settlement plan “counterproductive”

WASHINGTON: The White House said on Friday a new Israeli settlement expansion plan was “counterproductive” and could make it harder to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table.”We reiterate our longstanding opposition to settlements and East Jerusalem construction and announcements,” White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said.Israel plans to build thousands of new…

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Russia says expelling Syrian envoys counterproductive

MOSCOW: Russia said on Wednesday that the expulsion of Syrian envoys from Western nations is “counterproductive” because it eliminates a channel that could be used to influence President Bashar al-Assad's government.”The expulsion of Syrian ambassadors from the capitals of several leading Western states seems like a counterproductive step to us,” the Foreign Ministry said in…

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Obama’s public criticism of Pakistan counterproductive: Senator Saifullah

ISLAMABAD: U.S. President Barack Obama's warning to Islamabad over suspected ties to militants will hurt efforts to stabilise Afghanistan and fuel anti-Americanism, the chairman of Senate Foreign Affairs Committee said on Friday.”This is not helping either the United States, Afghanistan or Pakistan,” Salim Saifullah told Reuters. “There will be pressure on the (Pakistan) government to…

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Drone attacks ‘counterproductive’ in terror war, Kayani tells Mullen

Staff ReportRAWALPINDI: Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that Admiral Michael G. Mullen, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff (CJCS), United States called on Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani , SAMAA reported late Wednesday.According to ISPR, Admiral Mullen lauded the sacrifices and efforts of People of Pakistan and its security forces…

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