Obama says US supports India's role as regional provider of security

Obama says US supports India's role as regional provider of security

Islamabad, Feb 07 : The national security strategy unveiled by US President Barack Obama notes that the US supports India's role as a regional provider of security.

The document read that the United States and India shared inherent values and mutual interests which was the basis for cooperation between the two nations.

In the note sent to Congress, Obama said that the country also backed India's expanded participation in critical regional institutions, Dawn News reported.

He added in the note that the US saw a strategic convergence with India's Act East policy and its continued implementation of the rebalance to Asia and the Pacific.

Blasphemy lands Veena Malik in Jail for 26 years

Islamabad - The owner of Pakistan's biggest media group, Geo TV along with actor Veena Malik and her husband was sentenced to 26 years in prison by an anti-terrorismcourt for allegedly airing a blasphemous programme.

Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, owner of Geo and Jang group, was accused of allowing the airing of a blasphemous programme by Geo television in May, which played a religious song while staging a mock marriage of Malik with Bashir.

Cross-border attacks: PM Sharif chairs NSC meeting

Nawaz SharifIslamabad, Oct 10 : The National Security Committee met in Islamabad today under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and discussed the situation arising from what it called ' unprovoked firing by the Indian security forces across the Line of Control and the Working Boundary'.

The Committee noted 'with deep concern that the continuing ceasefire violations by Indian forces had led to loss of precious lives and injuries to innocent people, including the fearless soldiers'.

Zardari claims Sharif proposed to take turns ruling Pakistan after 2008 elections

Asif-Ali-ZardariIslamabad, Sep 06 : Former Pakistani president and PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari has claimed that after the 2008 elections, Nawaz Sharif approached him with a proposal to take turns ruling the country.

Zardari said that after 2008 elections that was won by his party, PML-N leadership asked him to take his turn and let them take the next turn, the Express Tribune reports.

The PPP head said that he did not 'extend any favour' at any point of time to the prime minister.

He said that he was following the political ideology of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and late Benazir Bhutto.

Former Pak captain Rashid Latif says Misbah should step down as ODI skipper

Former Pak captain Rashid LatifIslamabad, Sep 03 - After Pakistan's dismal show in ODI series in Sri Lanka, former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif wants Misbah-ul-Haq to step down as ODI skipper.

According to the Dawn, Latif said Pakistan were disastrously under-prepared for the World Cup which is now just four months away.

The former wicket-keeper told the Press Trust of India that it was time for Misbah to be replaced, keeping in mind the way Pakistan performed in Sri Lanka.

Latif said that the team seamed directionless even with the presence of former high profile cricketers like Waqar Younis and Moin Khan.

Pak PM Sharif, army chief agree to resolve ongoing protests in national interest

nawaz-sharifIslamabad, Aug 26 : Pakistan Prime Minister met Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif at his residence here on Tuesday.

A statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office stated, "There was a consensus on the need to resolve the ongoing issue expeditiously in the best national interest."

This move may pay dividends for Sharif, as it is less than a week since reports stated that the army was preparing to give the present government an ultimatum.

The army, in a statement released last week, had said that it would not interfere with the politics of the country.

Pak's Information Minister challenges Lahore court ruling against Sharif

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad, Aug 22 : A Lahore court's ruling ordering the registration of a murder case against Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif , Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, and several other PML-N leaders over the Model Town incident has been challenged by the country's Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed.

According to the Dawn, Rasheed challenged the ruling in the Lahore High Court in a personal capacity, which the court has admitted for hearing.

Lahore High Court's Justice Mehmood Maqbool Bajwa will be hearing the case today.

Imran Khan likely to back down on Nawaz resignation demand: Report

Imran-KhanIslamabad, Aug 16 : Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan is likely to back down on his demand for the immediate resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, sources within the party said.

According to the Dawn, sources say Imran may soften his demand and instead present a set of conditions that it expects the government to deliver as a course of action once he reaches the capital.

An unnamed party insider revealed that PTI will present a set of conditions to the government and if the government is sensible, they will deliver, adding that if the government met nine out of ten demands, the party would accept it.

Pak PM Sharif approves appointment of new defence minister

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad, Aug 4: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has approved the appointment of Lieutenant-General (retired) Mohammad Alam Khattak as the defence secretary, said a notification issued by the defence ministry on Monday.

Khattak replaces former defence secretary Lt. Gen. (retired) Asif Yasin Malik, who stepped down from his position last week after completion of his contract.

Lt. Gen. (retired) Alam Khattak had previously served on key positions in the military, including corps commander Quetta, Inspector General Frontier Corps (FC) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and chief of logistics at the GHQ, the Dawn reports.

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif tells Karzai to stop fleeing militants

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has asked Afghan President Hamid Karzai to plug the entry of militants fleeing into his country following a massive army operation against Taliban, officials said today.

A spokesman of the Prime Minister Office confirmed the telephonic contact between Sharif and Karzai for cooperation against the militants.

The call was made yesterday after reports emerged that more than 2,000 people have entered Afghanistan through the porous border since army launched operation against the Taliban in their stronghold of North Wziristan on Sunday.

Modi bullied Sharif over terrorism?

modi-sharifIslamabad, May 29 : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi "bullied" his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif over terrorism at their first meeting, a writer in a Pakistani newspaper said Thursday.

Jalees Hazir said in The Nation that Modi not "only bullied him over terrorism and (the) Mumbai attack but also showed him the way forward ... brushing issues of importance to Pakistan ... under the carpet.

"The irony is that though he might not be able to say it in so many words, this also seems to be our prime minister’s lopsided blueprint for peace with India," said Hazir, a freelance columnist.

Pakistan hails Obama's Afghan withdrawal plan

Barack-ObamaIslamabad, May 28 : Pakistan Wednesday welcomed US President Barack Obama's plan of withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan, noting that the country stressed the importance of a responsible withdrawal and “cautioned against the creation of a security vacuum”.

The statement came hours after President Obama said that the US plans to pull out all forces from Afghanistan by 2016 and will begin with reducing the troop presence in the country to only 9,800. The US will end its combat mission at the close of 2014.

Facebook eyeing 'lucrative' Indian and Pakistani market to boost revenues

FacebookIslamabad, May 20 : Facebook has targeted users from India, Pakistan and China for their outreach towards the next 5 billion users and augmented revenue rates.

A study of social media strategy conducted by iStrategy Labs indicates the number of users in Pakistan to be 14.2 million and 102 million in India. The social media network also sees China as a possible attribute for growth in revenue patterns.

According to The Express Tribune, Facebook Advertising data also shows China to have just 8,40,000 registered users due to the strict regulations of the country.

Pakistan army chief to meet Afghan, NATO commanders

Raheel SharifIslamabad, May 19 - Pakistani army chief General Raheel Sharif will visit Afghanistan Monday to discuss war against terrorism and security situation with top Afghan and NATO commanders.

It would be General Sharif's first tripartite meeting with Afghan army chief General Sher Mohammad Karimi and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Commander General Joseph Dunford.

"The Chief of the Army Staff will be going to Kabul Monday for a day-long visit. He will hold important meetings with Afghan military and ISAF commanders," Xinhua quoted Pakistani army's media wing as saying in a message.

Pakistan to implement WHO's polio directive from June

polio-vaccination-pakistanIslamabad, May 15 : Pakistan will put into effect from June an international recommendation that requires all travellers from this south Asian country to carry a polio vaccination certificate.

Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended the measure due to the alarming increase in the number of polio cases in the country (61 so far compared to the total of 91 in 2013).

The statistics serve as evidence that Pakistan has become the largest global source of polio infections.

US asks Pakistan to deny safe-haven to militants

William J BurnsIslamabad, May 10 - A top US diplomat has urged Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to "sustain pressure on militant groups, deny them a safe-haven, and prevent cross-border attacks", US officials said Friday.

US Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns spoke on these issues as he concluded his two-day visit to Pakistan after meeting senior political and military leaders Friday.

"Militancy continues to threaten Pakistan's revival. Few countries have paid a heavier price than Pakistan in the fight against extremism.

WHO imposes travel curbs on polio-endemic Pakistan

polio-vaccine-pakistanIslamabad, May 5 : The World Health Organisation (WHO) Monday imposed strict travel restrictions on Pakistan due to the increasing number of polio cases in the country.

WHO has made it mandatory for Pakistanis to travel with a polio vaccination certificate which will determine that they have been vaccinated for the virus, Dawn online reported.

WHO's Emergency Committee has confirmed three countries where the crippling virus is still endemic -- Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.

Musharraf moves Supreme Court over travel ban

Pervez-MusharrafIslamabad, April 3 : A petition was submitted in the Supreme Court Thursday for the removal of former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf's name from the Exit Control List (ECL).

The petition was submitted on behalf of Musharraf by advocate Shah Khawar. It argued the point that every individual possesses the freedom to travel abroad, Dawn online reported.

The petition also mentioned that the former army strongman should be allowed to travel abroad to visit his ailing mother and also for personal treatment.

Afridi blames top-order collapse for World Cup defeat

Afridi blames top-order collapse for World Cup defeatIslamabad, April 3 - Explosive allrounder Shahid Afridi has blamed the negative approach of Pakistan's top order batsmen for the team's heavy defeat by the West Indies and early exit from the World Twenty20.

Talking to the media on the team's return home from Dhaka Wednesday after an 84-run defeat against the defending champions, Afridi was quoted by The Times as saying that the target was not a difficult one.

Pakistan government, Taliban talks in a day or two: Nawaz Sharif

Nawaz SharifIslamabad, March 24 - Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Sunday that the government's direct talks with the Taliban would be held in a day or two.

"Talks between the government team and the Taliban's intermediaries are going ahead at a satisfactory pace and hoped that direct talks will start in a day or two," Xinhua quoted Sharif telling during a function.

"There will be peace and the country would get rid of extremism and terrorism," the prime minister said, adding that the restoration of peace will ensure economic prosperity in the country.

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