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    Pakistan Arms Deal 2015

  • Pakistan at tenth place in list of world's largest arms importers for 2015

    BEIJING: Pakistan was the tenth largest arms importer in the world in 2015, down one spot from number nine the previous year, a military think tank database reveals, while Saudi Arabia was the leading arms importer in the world, followed closely by India...

    The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) database shows India was the top arms importer in 2014...

  • PAC okays unauthorised arms deal between intel agency, motorway police

    ISLAMABAD: Despite opposition from a PML-N lawmaker, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday hastily settled a para regarding an unauthorised weapons deal between Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the National Highways and Motorway Police (NHMP)...

    The committee had taken up NHMP’s audit report for the year 2013-2014, and the fact that the ISI was in the business of selling arms surprised several members of the PAC...

  • US nears $100bn arms deal for Saudi Arabia

    WASHINGTON: The United States is close to completing a series of arms deals for Saudi Arabia totalling more than $100 billion, a senior White House official said on Friday, a week ahead of President Donald Trump’s planned visit to Riyadh...

    The official said the arms package could end up surpassing more than $300 billion over a decade to help Saudi Arabia boost its defensive capabilities while still maintaining US ally Israel’s...

  • S. Arabia, US agree to huge arms deal during Trump visit

    RIYADH: The White House announced a huge arms deal with Saudi Arabia on Saturday as President Donald Trump took his first steps on the world stage, looking to leave mounting troubles behind at home...

    The $110 billion deal for Saudi purchases of US defence equipment and services came at the start of an eight-day foreign tour that will take Trump also to Jerusalem, the Vatican and meetings with leaders in Europe...

  • India’s arms deal with US a hurdle in way of peace, says senator

    ISLAMABAD: The Chairman of the Senate standing committee on defence production, retired Lt Gen Abdul Qayyum, has said that India’s arms deal with the United States can create a big hurdle in the way of regional peace because it will trigger an arms race...

    “India is using the entire lot of mechanised arms and attack formations procured under the deal at Pakistan’s eastern border,” he said...

  • US to speed up arms sales to Gulf states after Iran deal

    DOHA: Washington has agreed to speed up arms sales to Gulf states, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Monday after talks in Doha on their concerns over the Iran nuclear deal...

    His Qatari counterpart, Khalid bin Mohammad Al-Attiyah, told a joint press conference with Kerry that the nuclear deal was “the best option among other options”...

  • Middle East arms race started long before Iran deal

    CRITICS of the Obama administration’s Iran nuclear deal warn that, among other faults, it is setting off a new Middle East arms race...

    In Qatar this week, Secretary of State John Kerry seemingly admitted as much, saying that Washington had “agreed to expedite certain arms sales that are needed and that have taken too long in the past”...

  • Qatar discussed Russian arms deal, but ‘no decision’: emir

    PARIS: The leader of Qatar said on Friday that he had discussed buying an advanced air defence system from Russia with President Vladimir Putin, but that no decision had been taken...

    News that Qatar might be on the verge of buying the S-400 missile system has alarmed the gas-rich Gulf state’s neighbour Saudi Arabia, which is reportedly lobbying hard to try to stop the acquisition
  • Paris fears fallout after Hollande fans controversy over Delhi arms deal

    PARIS: The French government said on Sunday it feared damage to its relations with India after former president Francois Hollande stirred controversy about a major deal to sell fighter jets to New Delhi...

    Hollande, who left office in May last year, said on Friday during a trip to India that French jet manufacturer Dassault Aviation had been given no choice about its local partner in a 2016 deal with the Indian administration...

  • Pakistan’s economy to grow 5.1pc in 2015: ESCAP

    ISLAMABAD: The United Nations latest report on the economic outlook for Asia and the Pacific has feared that Pakistan’s economy will still be constrained by macroeconomic imbalances despite expected economic growth in the coming years...

    The ‘Economic and Social Survey of the Asia and the Pacific 2015’ launched on Thursday, pointed out that persistently high fiscal deficit, financed by borrowings from the banking system including the...

  • Harmony through food: Pakistan-India cookbook wins at Gourmand Awards 2015

    If there is one thing that brings all of us together, it’s food— and this was proven at the 2015 Gourmand Awards when a Pakistani-Indian cookbook Zaiqay Frontier Kay— Dera Ismail Khan Kay Bulay Bisray Pakwan won the World Cookbook award in 'Cookbook For Peace: India-Pakistan' category...

    Speaking about the book’s recognition internationally, Aman said: "This cookbook is no way a mere collection of recipes but rather a tribute to the...

  • In 2015, anti-state violence in Pakistan fell below 2008 levels: HRCP report

    The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in its 'State of Human Rights in 2015 report' found that anti-state violence in Pakistan over the past year fell below 2008 levels, while there was a 40 per cent decrease in violence-related deaths in 2015...

    The report examines Pakistan's performance in various areas, including violence, human rights, rights of women and children, education, health and housing, among others...

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