Pakistan says wants cooperative, mutually beneficial ties with India

Mamnoon HussainIslamabad, Jan. 26  : Pakistan wants cooperative and mutually beneficial relations with India, President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have said.

The messages from eh two dignitaries came on the eve of India's 65th Republic Day.

According to the Nation, Hussain and Sharif, in their greetings to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh , said Pakistan was committed to friendly relations with all its neighbours.

Hussain, in his message to Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, said Pakistan wanted to build 'mutually beneficial' relations with India.(ANI)

Musharraf wants treatment in country of his choice

Pervez MusharrafIslamabad, Jan. 25  : Former Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf has expressed his will to get medical treatment of his choice in another country, citing the findings of his medical report which shows serious illness.

The report prepared by the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) warned that it can be quickly life-threatening in the event of destabilisation, particularly under stress or during a coronary intervention, the Express Tribune reports.

Meanwhile, the doctors said that a coronary angiogram is required urgently to ascertain the need for more medical procedures.

France remained world's most popular tourist destination in 2013

France remained world's most popular tourist destination in 2013Islamabad, Jan 22 : France continued to remain world's most popular tourist destination in 2013 with 83 million international tourist arrivals, while Spain reclaimed the top third spot with a record 60.6 million visitors.

Spain has apparently pushed down China in world tourism and the government said that foreign tourist arrivals went up by 5.6 percent in 2013.

Indian Army chief's statement provocative: Pakistan

Gen Bikram SinghIslamabad, Jan 14 : Pakistan has said Indian Army chief Gen. Bikram Singh's statement on ceasefire violations was provocative and regrettable.

In a clear warning to Pakistan, Gen. Bikram Singh said Monday any militant who crosses the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir would be fired at.

Pakistan's Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) said in a press release later that it is contrary to the facts on ground.

The Pakistan Army respects the ceasefire agreement in letter and spirit, it quoted a Pakistan military's spokesperson as saying.

Resolve issues through dialogue: Shahbaz Sharif

Shahbaz-SharifIslamabad, Jan 6 : Shahbaz Sharif, chief minister of Pakistan's Punjab province, said Monday that India and Pakistan should resolve issues through dialogue.

Meeting Indian High Commissioner T. C. A.  Raghavan, Sharif said people of both countries wanted to live like friends, Geo News reported.

He said the two neighbouring countries achieved nothing except wars during the 66 years of their independence.

Shahbaz Sharif, who is the younger brother of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, visited India in December 2013.

Musharraf reported to be in ICU of army hospital, undergoes blood tests for suspect heart ailment

Pervez-MusharrafIslamabad, Jan 2 : Former Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf has reportedly been shifted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology.

Local media reports are saying that he is suffering from a heart-related ailment that he experienced while heading towards a special court for a hearing of treason case filed against him.

Ahmed Raza Qasuri, counsel of the ex-president, confirmed that Musharraf was shifted to the hospital due to heart problem.

Musharraf says his term was 'golden era' for Pakistan

Pervez MusharrafIslamabad, Jan. 1  : Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has reportedly said that the country's conditions were getting worse with each passing day and his term was a golden era for Pakistan.

Lamenting the country's conditions, Musharraf reflected that when he was stepping down from power, a dollar amounted to 61 rupees.

According to Dawn News, the former army strongman said that all he did during his rule was aimed at ensuring the interests of the country.

Sharif offers to bring home Musharraf's ailing mother

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad, Dec 27  : The Pakistani government Friday offered to send a special plane or air ambulance to bring former president Pervez Musharraf's mother to Pakistan from Dubai.

"The prime minister of Pakistan, on sympathetic grounds, is ready to send a special plane or an air ambulance to bring his mother back home so as to continue her medical treatment in Pakistan and she could be with her son," the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) quoted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's spokesperson Pervaiz Rasheed as saying.

He said the government would provide all facilities for the treatment of Musharraf's mother.

Musharraf to file intra-court appeal with IHC against treason case

Pervez MusharrafIslamabad, Dec. 26 : Former president General Pervez Musharraf has decided to file an intra-court appeal (ICA) with a two-member division bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against the high treason case.

Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan of the IHC had earlier on December 23 dismissed his three petitions against the establishment of the special court, appointment of its judges as well as Akram Sheikh as head of the prosecution team.

One of the counsels for Musharraf said that they will file the ICA against the rejection of the petitions by end of this week, Dawn News reports.

Pakistan to sign electricity import deal with India

electricity-importIslamabad, Dec 24 : Pakistan is set to sign an initial deal for import of electricity from India to overcome a crippling power crisis.

At a time when the international court has allowed India to divert water from the Neelum Jhelum River for the Kishanganga Dam in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

According to The Express Tribune, the Ministry of Water and Power had sent draft of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to the Law Division for vetting, before signing it to pave the way for electricity import.

Moin Khan emerges as favourite to take over as Pak coach following Whatmore's exit

Moin KhanKarachi, Dec 21 - Former Pakistani captain Moin Khan has reportedly emerged as a favourite to take over as head coach of the Pakistani team with current coach Dav Whatmore set to depart after the ongoing home series against Sri Lanka in the UAE.

Whatmore, who remained under criticism throughout his two-year stay, said he was not willing to continue after his contract expires in February next year and after he leaves, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) needs to find a new coach before the Asia Cup, starting from February next year and the World Twenty20, starting on March.

Imran Khan urges Taliban to join peace talks

Imran-KhanIslamabad, Dec 18 : Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan Wednesday appealed to the Pakistani Taliban to participate in the peace talks with the government, a media report said.

Khan, who is the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), said there was a need for peace in the country and urged the Taliban to start the talks, Geo News reported.

He said restoration of peace in Pakistan was not possible until US drone attacks stopped.

The Pakistani Taliban has refused to talk to the government after a US drone attack killed their chief, Hakimullah Mehsud, in North Waziristan tribal region Nov 1.

Court reserves judgment on Musharraf travel ban

Pervez-MusharrafIslamabad, Dec 16 : The Sindh High Court Monday reserved its judgment on former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf's plea for removing his name from the country's exit control list.

Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto were hearing Musharraf's petition for removal of his name from the exit control list, Geo News reported.

During the hearing, Justice Shah said that if Musharraf wanted his name removed from the list, he should approach the government.

Attorney General Munir A. Malik and Musharraf's counsel A. Q. Halepota appeared before the court.

Najam Sethi admits Pak's domestic cricket setup 'rotten'

Najam SethiIslamabad, Dec 16  : Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi admitted on Sunday that the present domestic setup in the country is 'rotten', according to reports.

According to The Express Tribune, Sethi plans to restructure the local cricket system and address the issue of Pakistan playing its home matches abroad.

Sethi said he plans to bring a two-way change, beginning with restructuring the local system and later addressing the issue of Pakistan being forced to play their home matches abroad, the report added.

India beats Pak to retain Kabaddi World Cup title

India beats Pak to retain Kabaddi World Cup titleIslamabad, Dec 15 - India has beaten Pakistan in the final of the 4th men's Kabaddi World Cup in Ludhiana, according to reports.

According to The Express Tribune, Pakistan, who had stormed into the final after decimating the American team, were beaten by India 48-39 at the Guru Nanak stadium in Ludhiana, India.

The win means India retain their world title, the report said.

Prior to the match, Pakistan Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif had said that if India wins, it means Pakistan's neighbour has won and they would congratulate India. (ANI)

Court summons Musharraf in high treason case

Pervez-MusharrafIslamabad, Dec 13 : A special tribunal Friday issued summons to former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf on charges of high treason.

Musharraf, who is charged with treason for suspending the country's constitution when he imposed emergency rule in 2007, was summoned to appear before the court Dec 24, Xinhua reported.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif last month approved the selection of three judges for the special court to try the former military ruler.

Musharraf took over in a bloodless coup when he dismissed the government of then prime minister Nawaz Sharif in 1999.

Pak gets GSP Plus status till 2017 for free access to EU market

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad, Dec 13 : The European Union (EU) has granted Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) Plus status to Pakistan which will grant a duty free access to its products to the EU market.

GSP Plus status to Pakistan has been granted till 2017, which will allow almost 20 percent of its exports to enter the EU market at zero tariff and 70 percent at preferential rates, Dawn News reports.

According to the report, 406 members of the European Parliament voted in favor of GSP Plus status to Pakistan, while 186 lawmakers voted against it.

Improving ties with India top priority: Sharif

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad, Dec 11 : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told Indian High Commissioner T. C. A. Raghavan during a meeting here Wednesday that his country wants to resolve all contentious issues with India, according to a media report.

Bilateral ties between India and Pakistan and matters of mutual interest were discussed in the meeting, Geo News reported.

Sharif said Pakistan and India coming closer could open up a new era of peace and prosperity in the region.

According to the report, Sharif said the restoration of dialogue with India was a top priority.(IANS)

Pak Punjab CM calls for 24-hr trade with India via Wagha border

shahbaz-sharifIslamabad, Dec 11 : Pakistan's Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has called for 24-hour trade with India through the Wagha border, which is presently halted at three p. m. affecting the businesses of both nations intensely.

The CM said that economic relations between India and Pakistan can be strengthened through promotion of mutual trade and the process of custom clearance at Wahga border should continue round the clock as it will benefit both the countries, the Nation reports.

Naseeruddin Shah plays Pakistani diplomat in new play 'Walk in the woods'

Naseeruddin-ShahIslamabad, Dec 6 : Naseeruddin Shah played the role of a Pakistani diplomat in a theatre play, titled ' A walk in the woods' at Alhamra Hall in Lahore.

The play is staged on two actors, Pakistani and an Indian Diplomat, who hold private meetings in the woods and try to achieve a breakthrough in the muddled negotiations between Pakistan and India.

The play was staged by Faiz Foundation Trust in collaboration with Lahore Arts Council and Motely Theatre Production, the Daily Times reported.

A large number of people including celebrities related to drama and theatre industry, youth were present on the occasion.

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