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  • Pakistan seeks changes in free trade agreement with China

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will try to convince Chinese authorities to revise the existing free trade agreement (FTA) on the less-than-equal reciprocity principle, Commerce Minister Pervaiz Malik told Dawn on Friday...

    “We will demand an early-harvest programme in the existing FTA that will cover 100 items of Pakistan’s export interest,” Mr Malik said...

  • Lessons for Pakistan to learn from Free Trade Agreement with China

    While the Pakistan and China bilateral Trade Agreement, signed in 2006, seemed to be quite enthusiastic and ambitious; the ground realities turned out to be quite different...

    Pakistan’s trade and industry was, and continues to be, adversely affected by the explosion of Chinese goods in the market with special reference to polyesters, textile (made ups and fabrics), table-ware, shoes, chemicals, iron, steel and toys...

  • Pakistan's UN representative asks Swiss authorities to take action against 'Free Balochistan' posters

    Ambassador Farukh Amil, the permanent representative of Pakistan to the United Nations (UN), has written to the Swiss authorities to take action against “Free Balochistan” posters that have appeared in Geneva...

    ”Pakistan’s Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva “has counted eight posters and one digital poster on display since this Monday [September 3],” the letter reads...

  • UK reiterates duty-free access for Pakistan after Brexit

    ISLAMABAD: The United Kingdom reiterated its commitment on Monday to retain duty-free access for Pakistan on the pattern of European Generalised System of Preferences Plus (GSP+) scheme after Brexit early next year...

    The repeat assurance, first given in July, came from United Kingdom Minister of State for Trade Policy Greg Hands in a meeting with Pakistan’s Commerce Minister Pervaiz Malik, the UK High Commission said in a press...

  • Turkey to provide 34 T-37 aircraft to Pakistan free of cost

    ISLAMABAD/ANKARA: Pakistan and Turkey signed a landmark defence cooperation agreement Wednesday under which Turkey will provide Pakistan with 34 ‘T-37 fighter cum training aircraft and its spare parts on a gratis basis...

    ’The agreement was signed after the conclusion of the 11th Meeting of the Pakistan-Turkey High Level Military Dialogue Group (HLMDG) in Ankara...

  • Pakistan will push UN to declare Indian Ocean 'nuclear free zone', says Aziz

    ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Thursday informed Senate that Pakistan is considering to move a resolution in United Nations, urging it to declare the Indian Ocean a "nuclear free zone"...

    He announced that Pakistan is planning to highlight the dangerous implications of India's plans to nuclearise the Indian Ocean at all relevant international forums and a proposal is under consideration to move...

  • 3rd Test: Free-flowing Hafeez leads Pakistan fightback

    SHARJAH: Opener Mohammad Hafeez notched a brilliant 97 under pressure to help Pakistan stage a comeback in the third and final Test against England in Sharjah on Tuesday...

    The 35-year-old was just three runs away from his ninth Test hundred as he took Pakistan to 146-3 at the close on the third day at Sharjah stadium, leading by 74 runs with seven wickets intact...

  • Pakistan eyes free trade pact with Iran

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has decided to initiate a free trade agreement (FTA) with Iran in the wake of lifting of sanctions on Tehran...

    In a meeting with the newly-appointed Ambassador of Iran to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost on Tuesday, Commerce Minister Khurram Dasatgir Khan said Pakistan was interested in negotiating an agreement with Iran...

  • Objective of terror-free Pakistan to be achieved soon: Mamnoon

    ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain said on Tuesday that the Zarb-i-Azb operation was progressing successfully in its final phase and expressed the hope that the objective of terror-free Pakistan would be achieved soon...

    Speaking at a lunch he hosted for ambassadors from Middle Eastern countries at the Aiwan-i-Sadr he said: “All areas of the country including tribal region have been cleared of terrorists and the situation would be...

  • Pakistan will be polio-free in two years, says president

    ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has expressed the hope that Pakistan would rid itself of the crippling poliovirus within two years...

    McGovern, who had called on him along with a delegation at the Presidency on Tuesday, the president was quoted as saying that Pakistan was not responsible for the spread of polio; rather the elements who had spread terrorism in the region should be blamed for it...

  • Pakistan joins WTO bloc to further free trade

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday joined a group of 41 developing and developed countries to support a multilateral trading system for global economic stability, prosperity and development...

    Pakistan’s Ambassador to World Trade Organisation (WTO) Dr Tauqir Shah told Dawn that the country has played a key role to put together this group in support of a multilateral system...

  • Fazl vows to make Pakistan free from terrorism, corruption

    He criticised foreign policy of the country, saying that today Pakistan was standing alone in the comity of nations due to what he called its failed foreign policy...

    In apparent reference to Pakistan Tehree-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan’s statement in which he called those who would attend welcome programmes for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as donkeys, the MMA chief said political leaders should refrain from using...

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