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  • Pakistan to support Saudi-led military alliance while maintaining close contact with Iran

    Pakistan highlighted its "successful counter-terrorism operations and the comprehensive National Action Plan" during the first meeting of the defence ministers of countries involved in the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) held last Sunday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said in his weekly briefing on Thursday...

    "The participants discussed ways to boost cooperation for combating terrorism through...

  • Sarfraz-led Pakistan enter new era without Misbah, Younis

    ABU DHABI: Rival captains Sarfraz Ahmed and Dinesh Chandimal hope the upcoming two-Test series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will give them a new beginning with the first match starting here on Thursday...

    Pakistan want to turn the page after the retirement of their two greats Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq while Sri Lanka will look to lift their recent poor showing in the longer format...

  • Pakistan welcomes end of Saudi-led military operation in Yemen

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday welcomed Saudi Arabia's announcement on the end of the kingdom-led military operation in Yemen...

    “This will pave the way for a political solution of the crisis in Yemen,” Foreign Office spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said in a statement, adding that Pakistan shared Saudi Arabia’s desire for a “peaceful settlement of the crisis”...

  • Pakistan joins security bloc led by China, Russia

    ASTANA: Pakistan formally became a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) during the 17th meeting of its Heads of the State Council here on Friday...

    In his address at the summit, Mr Sharif said Pakistan, as a full member of the SCO, would strive further to achieve collective objectives of the organisation for regional cooperation, connectivity and economic prosperity...

  • Pakistan confirms participation in Saudi-led anti-terror alliance

    ISLAMABAD: After initial ambiguity, the Pakistan government confirmed on Wednesday its participation in a Saudi-led military alliance for ‘fighting terrorism’, but said the scope of its participation would be defined after Riyadh shared the details of the coalition it was assembling...

    “Pakistan… is awaiting further details to decide the extent of its participation in different activities of the alliance,” a statement issued by the...

  • Pakistan will not send ground troops as part of Saudi-led military alliance: Aziz

    ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, on Tuesday said Pakistan will not send ground troops to Saudi Arabia or any other country after having joined the 34-state Islamic military alliance led by Saudi Arabia...

    In a briefing to the National Assembly Foreign Affairs Committee at the Parliament House, Aziz said all matters between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have been settled...

  • Shia protesters oppose Pakistan's involvement in Saudi-led coalition

    ISLAMABAD: Hundreds of people joined a Shia-led protest in Islamabad on Friday against the government's decision to join Saudi Arabia's 34-country coalition against extremism, as Riyadh's foreign minister ended a two-day visit to the country...

    The protesters presented a memorandum to the Foreign Office spokesman demanding Pakistan to drop out of the alliance, which was announced in December and is seen as the latest sign of a more...

  • Pakistan welcomes Saudi-led anti-terror alliance: PM

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his meeting with Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince and Defence Minister Muhammad Bin Salman assured him of Pakistan's support if any threat arises to Saudi Arabia's territorial integrity...

    According to a statement released from Prime Minister House, the prime minister welcomed the Saudi initiative to establish a coalition of like minded Islamic countries to counter terrorism and militancy...

  • Misbah-led Pakistan can make history in WI Test rubber: Iqbal

    KARACHI: Former chief selector Iqbal Qasim on Sunday backed Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq to make history in the upcoming series against West Indies, beginning later this month...

    Iqbal, an ex-Pakistan spinner who bagged 171 wickets during a 50-Test career from 1976 to 1988, said Misbah is very determined to set the record straight on the Caribbean soil where Pakistan have never won a Test series...

  • Hafeez-led Pakistan beat Aussies Down Under after 12 years

    MELBOURNE: Pakistan beat Australia by six wickets in the second one-day international at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday, their first ODI win against the hosts on Australian soil for 12 years...

    The win was also Pakistan’s first ODI victory at the MCG since 1985 and levels the five-match series at 1-1...

  • Cigarette giants' lobbying led to dilution of tobacco health warnings in Pakistan: report

    Philip Morris International Inc and British American Tobacco Plc lobbied Pakistan's government to not implement bigger health warnings on cigarette packs, in what officials say was part of an industry-wide campaign that successfully persuaded Islamabad to water down a proposal designed to save lives...

    In Pakistan, where the government estimates tobacco kills more than 100,000 people a year, Philip Morris launched a lobbying campaign...

  • ‘Sarfraz’s fine captaincy led Pakistan to victory’

    KARACHI: “Pakistan regrouped superbly and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed led brilliantly to earn a fantastc win over South Africa in the crucial World Cup game on Sunday...

    Sallu, who had suggested the name of Haris Sohail a day before the match as a replacement for the struggling Shoaib Malik against Proteas, gave full credit to Sarfraz for his strong leadership in Pakistan victory...

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