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214 Pakistanis stuck in China have been brought back, says FO

260 passengers of Shaheen Air were reported stranded in the Chinese port city of Guangzhou as the flight could not take off

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Pakistan rejects Indian allegations of “incitement” of Sikh pilgrims

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has categorically rejects Indian allegations of “attempts to incite Indian pilgrims” on the issue of ‘Khalistan.’ The Khalistan is a Sikh nationalist movement that wants to create an independent state for Sikh people, via peaceful struggle, inside the current North-Western Republic of India such a state existed in Punjab. “By spreading such falsehoods,…

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Afghanistan should do more to eliminate TTP sanctuaries: FO

  Pakistan has highlighted the presence of TTP sanctuaries in Afghanistan and it is a matter of satisfaction that the US is addressing the issue. However, more needs to be done, said Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal He was speaking at his weekly briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, reported Radio Pakistan. He said there…

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Pakistan calls High Commissioner to India for consultations

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has called back its High Commission to India for consultations in the wake of continuous harassment and bullying of its officials and their families in New Delhi. “This deliberate bullying, which continues is not confined to a single isolated event and continues unabated despite repeated official protests lodged with the Indian High Commission…

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Pakistan to be placed on FATF ‘grey list’ in June: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office on Wednesday confirmed that Pakistan would be placed a grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in June this year. Speaking at a weekly news briefing, FO spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal said “Pakistan will be assigned to the ‘grey list’ in June, once an Action Plan has been mutually negotiated.”…

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Pakistan expresses concern over US authorizing its military to take action against safe havens

ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan has expressed concern over a White House statement saying the U.S. military has been given authority to eliminate militant safe havens in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.  In an interview with the Urdu service of Voice of America (VOA), the defence minister said he takes the statement “very seriously.” The…

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Afghan authorities shared intelligence on Kabul attacks, confirms FO

ISLAMABAD: Blaming Pakistan for insurgency is unfair as Afghanistan itself has large swathes of ungoverned spaces that are leaving a vacuum for safe havens and terrorist sanctuaries, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Faisal Friday said. During weekly media briefing here, Dr Faisal said Afghan authorities have shared intelligence regarding recent Kabul attacks and after looking into…

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Pakistan handed 27 Afghan Taliban, Haqqani militants to Kabul last year: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal said that 27 individuals suspected of belonging to Tehreek-e-Taliban Afghan (TTA) and Haqqani Network were handed over to Afghanistan in November 2017. “Pakistan continues to push any suspected Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network elements to prevent them from using our soil for any terrorist activity in Afghanistan,” said…

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Pakistan condemns Kabul Military Academy attack

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday strongly condemned a terrorist attack at the military academy in Kabul and conveyed condolences at the loss of precious human lives. According to a statement issued by Foreign Office, the government and the people of Pakistan convey solidarity and support to the government and people of Afghanistan on this attack. “We…

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Pakistan, US need to bridge gap to achieve targets: FO

ISLAMABAD: Spokesperson to Foreign Office (FO), Dr Muhammad Faisal has underlined the need for bridging gap between Pakistan and United States to achieve targets together. Seeking common solution for reducing the gap emerged after the US President Donald Trump tweet, would be imperative for both the countries to move forward, he said while talking to…

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Belongings of Kulbhushan family returned: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office has rejected the Indian objections raised over meeting of Kulbhushan Jhadav with his family. Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal while addressing the weekly news briefing in Islamabad today (Thursday), said the meeting of Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav with his family was arranged purely on humanitarian basis. He said the purpose of…

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Ungoverned areas in Afghanistan pose threat to regional stability: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Faisal Thursday said Pakistan had reiterated its stance in Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit that had been its policy on Palestine issue for decades. During his weekly press briefing here at foreign office, he said Pakistan would follow the decisions of OIC regarding the issue and work for their…

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Indian request to grant visa for Kulbhushan’s mother under consideration: FO

ISLAMABAD: The Afghanistan Government needs to take urgent steps for eradication of poppy cultivation, law enforcement, provision of alternative livelihoods, and public information campaigns to end the production of opium in line with International Drug Conventions. Spokesperson of Foreign Office Muhammad Faisal responding to a query during the weekly media briefing said that Pakistan had…

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Pakistan remains committed to combat terrorism: FO

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan remains committed to combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, Foreign Office said. According to statement issued by foreign office here, Spokesperson Dr Faisal said that the FATF is an international body that sets standards relating to combating of money laundering and terrorist financing. “FATF reviews measures taken by all States on…

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FO lodges protest with UK over display of anti-Pakistan slogans on London cabs

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, called in the British High Commissioner, Thomas Drew, today to convey Pakistan’s serious concern at the display of slogans on London cabs that directly attack Pakistan’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.  The High Commissioner was informed that Pakistan, in line with the UN Charter, reject actions and advertisements with malicious content…

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FO summons Bangladesh’s High Commissioner

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Thursday summoned the High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Islamabad to protest the use of undiplomatic language in a Note Verbale, on an incident of obscure origin. According to Foreign Office’s spokesperson, the High Commissioner was conveyed that sharing of a video by a third party cannot be attributed to Pakistan…

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India’s role in Afghanistan to threaten regional stability: Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: India’s controversial role in Afghanistan is not in the interest of regional stability and not acceptable to Pakistan. During a weekly press briefing, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakriya said Indian role in Afghan’s conflict can threaten regional stability. Pakistan takes this issue very seriously and has raised it on several international fora, he said….

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Foreign Office responds to US Defence Secretary’s remarks on CPEC

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office spokesperson has said the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a development and connectivity project for the betterment of the people in the region and beyond. In response to a media query regarding US Secretary of Defence James Mattis’ statement on CPEC, the spokesperson Saturday said the international community should focus on…

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Terrorists’ outfit in Afghanistan a threat to region: FO

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign office on Thursday said the terrorists’ outfits in Afghanistan are not only threat to Pakistan but for the entire region and cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan is imperative for regional peace. The spokesperson Nafees Zakriya in Weekly Press Briefing here said the Chief of Army Staff’s visit to Kabul accompanied by DG…

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Indian media twisting Khawaja Asif’s comments: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakariya said that a section of Indian media was again twisting Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif’s comments. In response to a media query regarding Khawaja Asif’s comments at the Asia Society in New York, the Spokesperson said that while referring to anti-Pakistan Indian activities in Afghanistan such as the launch of…

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No one can fight war against terror better than us: Khawaja Asif

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said on Thursday that no country could fight the war against terror better than Pakistan. Speaking in light of US President Trump’s comments, Khawaja Asif said that Pakistan would win the war against terrorism. “We have lost a lot and gained nothing,” he said. “It is time now for us…

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