Pak believes peace efforts with India will survive outcome of elections

Salman-BashirIslamabad, Dec 03 : Pakistan's outgoing envoy to India Salman Bashir has said he saw "light at the end of the tunnel" in diplomatic relations with India and believed that the improvement would survive next year's elections.

Some observers have predicted ties between the rival nations could hit a low, if Narendra Modi emerges as prime minister of India after May elections, the Daily Times reports.

Modi has been an outspoken critic of Pakistan and has accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of not being tough enough towards Islamabad.

Sharif says Pak wants peaceful, stable Afghanistan

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad, Nov 30 : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that achieving peace and stability in Afghanistan is in Islamabad's interests.

During his one-day visit to Kabul, Sharif reiterated that Islamabad wants friendly relations with Kabul based on mutual trust ' respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, Dawn News reports.

Nawaz's visit to Afghanistan is part of efforts to revive the peace process in the country before NATO troops withdraw in 2014.

Pakistan to build six n-power plants: Sharif

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad, Nov 26 : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced Tuesday that his country will build six civil nuclear power plants.

Speaking at a function, Coastal Power Project K-II and K-III in Karachi, Sharif said the country's Atomic Energy Commission has identified six sites where civil nuclear power plants could be built, The News International reported.

According to the prime minister, Pakistan would produce 40,000 MW of power from nuclear plants till 2050 and the government's priority was to start work on power projects to overcome the energy shortage.

No double standards on drone strikes: Sharif

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad, Nov 22 : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Friday said the government has no double standards in condemning the drone strikes by the US.

"The government has always taken a forthright and genuine stance in condemning the drone attacks. We condemn these acts from the core of our heart," the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) quoted Sharif as saying.

The prime minister said the government never took a casual stance on the issue of drone strikes and always termed these as acts violating the country's sovereignty and integrity.

Nawaz Sharif names judges for Musharraf's trial

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad, Nov 20 : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has approved a panel of three judges for a special court for the trial of former president Pervez Musharraf in a high treason case.

The criteria for selection of the three judges was strictly based on seniority, the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported.

The special court will be headed by Justice Faisal Arab from Sindh High Court, while Justice Syed Tahira Safdar of Balochistan High Court and Justice Yawar Ali of Lahore High Court will be members. The government has notified the tribunal.

Pakistani TV channels fined for airing excessive Indian content

Pakistani TV channels fined for airing excessive Indian contentIslamabad, Nov 18 : Ten Pakistani entertainment television channels have been fined a total of Rs. 10 million (around $92,962) by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) for broadcasting excessive Indian content, media reported Monday.

According to a document of the country's ministry of information, broadcasting and national heritage, the channels have violated the code of conduct by broadcasting Indian content beyond the prescribed limits, The News International reported.

Pakistan PM to attend CHOGM in Colombo

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad, Nov 9 : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka next week, state media reported Saturday.

The 23rd CHOGM is scheduled to be held in Colombo Nov 15-17.

Prime Minister Sharif is scheduled to leave for Colombo Nov 14, Xinhua reported citing Radio Pakistan.

On the sidelines of the Commonwealth meeting, the prime minister will hold bilateral meetings with other heads of state including the Sri Lanka president to discuss promotion of bilateral trade.

The theme of this year's CHOGM meeting is "Growth With Equity".

Nawaz Sharif to visit Bangkok for summit

Nawaz SharifIslamabad, Nov 9 : Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will undertake an official visit to Bangkok between Nov 17 and 19 to participate in the Connect Asia Pacific Summit, the foreign ministry said Friday.

Sharif will also pay official bilateral visit to Thailand after the summit commitments at the invitation of his Thai counterpart Yingluck Shinawatra, reported Xinhua citing the ministry in a statement.

His visit is expected to further augment the established close ties between the two friendly countries and their peoples, it added.

Musharraf gets bail in mosque raid case

Pervez-MusharrafIslamabad, Nov 4 : A Pakistani court Monday granted bail to former president Pervez Musharraf in the case pertaining to the military raid on the militant-affiliated Islamabad Red Mosque during his rule in 2007, which led to the death of nearly 90 religious students, lawyers said.

Musharraf was formally arrested in the case last month after the son of the deputy of the mosque, Abdul Rashid Ghazi, who was killed in the military operation, filed a case against him.

Pak hardline party declares Hakeemullah Mehsud 'martyr'

Hakeemullah MehsudIslamabad, Nov. 4 : Jamaat-e-Islami, Kyber Pakhtunkhwa, has reportedly declared the Pak Taliban Chief Hakeemullah Mehsud and his associates, who were recently killed in the drone strike, as martyrs.

The organization has demanded of the federal government to end its strategic alliance with America.

Kyber Panktunkhwa chief Mohammad Ibrahim said that those killed in the recent drone strike are martyrs as they were eliminated when they were in the process of dialogue for permanent peace in Pakistan, Dawn reports.

Ex-Pak spinner Saqlain Mushtaq says Sachin's retirement will be 'big loss' to cricket

Saqlain MushtaqIslamabad, Oct 31 : Former Pakistani spinner Saqlain Mushtaq has said that the retirement of Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar from Tests will be a 'big loss' to world cricket .

Tendulkar will bid adieu to the game after playing his 200th Test against the West Indies in Mumbai in November.

According to the Daily Times, Mushtaq hailed Tendulkar as a 'great human being' and 'amazing player', saying that it was an honour playing against Tendulkar and that he enjoyed bowling to the legendary batsman.

Rohan Bopanna to reunite with Aisam-ul Haq Qureshi for doubles next season

Bopanna QureshiIslamabad, Oct 20 : Pakistan's Aisam-ul Haq Qureshi has confirmed that he will reunite with India's Rohan Bopanna in January for playing doubles with whom he parted ways two years ago.

According to The Express Tribune, Qureshi he first wants to finish the current year on a high note by playing at the London Masters among the top eight doubles teams in the world.

Aisam said that winning the Stockholm Open title would help him to perform better in the Basil Open and then in Paris in the coming weeks, the report said.

Aisam also said that the decision to play with Bopanna was only taken after a detailed discussion.

Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai airports named among world's worst airports in 2013

airportsKarachi, Oct 20  : Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai airports have reportedly been named among the world's worst airports in 2013, along with Islamabad airport, according to an online survey.

Kolkata's Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport has come third on the list of the world's worst airports as compiled by the survey by an online travel company, ahead of Islamabad's Benazir Bhutto International Airport, which is in the fourth place.

Chennai International Airport has been awarded the sixth place, while Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport has come eighth on the list.

Boycott says World Test Championship can be 'shot in arm' to revive red-ball cricket

Geoffrey BoycottKarachi, Oct 19 : England legend Geoffrey Boycott has hailed the introduction of the World Test Championship, which is set to be launched in 2017, saying that the tournament is a good idea as it can give a much-needed 'shot in the arm' to Test cricket.

The Test championship, originally planned for 2013 but delayed because broadcasters wanted a limited overs event, will replace the Champions Trophy, the last edition of which was hosted by England earlier this year.

PML-N determined to end terrorism, energy crisis: Sharif

nawaz-shariIslamabad, Oct 16 : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Wednesday expressed his firm resolve to overcome the challenges of terrorism, extremism and energy crisis during the term of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government with the support of the people.

Addressing PML-N parliamentarians, party workers and people from various walks of life after offering Eid-ul Adha prayers in Lahore Wednesday, the prime minister said that his party took charge of the government at a very difficult time, the Associated Press of Pakistan(APP) reported.

Zardari set to resume political career

Asif-Ali-ZardariIslamabad, Oct 16 : Former Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari is set to resume his political career by holding a meeting with senior Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leaders from Sindh province Thursday.

Five weeks after he stepped down as president, Zardari has invited office-bearers of the PPP's chapters from various divisions in Sindh for dinner Thursday evening, Dawn Wednesday quoted Zardari's spokesman Farhatullah Khan Babar as saying.

Babar said only leaders from Sindh have been invited as it would be difficult for the party leaders from other provinces to reach Larkana on the second day of Eid-ul Adha.

Court orders Zardari to appear in reopened graft cases

asif-ali-zardariIslamabad, Oct 14 : An anti-corruption court in Pakistan Monday summoned former president Asif Ali Zardari to appear in corruption cases opened this month just weeks after he stepped down on completion of his term.

The cases were stalled as Zardari enjoyed presidential immunity, and earlier this month the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court's judge reopened five cases, Xinhua reported.

Zardari completed his five-year constitutional term Sep 6 and became Pakistan's first president to smoothly transfer power to another elected president.

'Ethical' Pak hackers attack Google Malaysia

GooleIslamabad, Oct. 12  : A team of ' ethical' Pakistani hackers have reportedly attacked Google's Malaysian domain, and made the site inaccessible to users for a day.

The hackers, who call themselves ' Team Madleets ', and its lead hacker, who identifies himself a '1337' have claimed responsibility for the attack.

According to Dawn News, the hackers' Facebook page boasts of attacks on several other high-profile intrusions across the world but they insist that they are focused only on helping countries improve their security.

Pakistan's aerial defence impregnable: Sharif

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad, Oct 11 : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said the Pakistan Air Force is capable of safeguarding the country's territorial integrity.

Addressing a graduation ceremony of PAF officers at the Pakistan Air Force Academy in Risalpur, Sharif Thursday said Pakistan was a peace-loving country and had always strived for peace.

He said the country would continue to play a responsible role in the comity of nations, the Associated Press of Pakistan reported.

"However, our enemy must know that Pakistan's aerial defence is impregnable," Sharif added.(IANS)

Malala honoured by Nobel prize nomination

Malala-YousafzaiIslamabad, Oct 10 : Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager attacked by the Taliban for advocating the education of girls, has said that she was hugely honoured by her nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.

However, what was more important for her was the support she received from across the world, including India, Pakistan, the US and Britain, The News international Thursday quoted her as telling a Canadian TV channel in an interview.

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