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Pakistan expects to avert blacklisting over terrorism financing

17 Oct 2019

ISLAMABAD Backed by longtime ally China, Pakistan is confident it will avert blacklisting over terrorism financing by a global watchdog on Friday but it will not be completely off the hook until it proves it is genuinely severing ties with Islamist militants, officials and analysts said.

William and Kate embark on 'complex' Pakistan visit

11 Oct 2019

ISLAMABAD Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate visit Pakistan next week in what Kensington Palace has described as the most complex tour undertaken by the couple, given the security and logistical issues.

U.S. Afghanistan envoy meets Taliban in Pakistan - sources

04 Oct 2019

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON A Taliban delegation met U.S. special representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad for more than an hour on Thursday, two sources told Reuters, the first known contact between the sides since U.S. President Donald Trump called off talks last month.

Taliban, U.S. envoy in Pakistan to review broken peace talks

02 Oct 2019

ISLAMABAD Afghan Taliban officials were due in Islamabad on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of reviving talks for a political settlement in Afghanistan, Pakistan's foreign ministry and the insurgent group said.

Quake kills 22, flattens buildings in Pakistani Kashmir

24 Sep 2019

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan/ISLAMABAD An earthquake shook northern Pakistan on Tuesday, destroying buildings, cracking roads, killing 22 people and injuring nearly 200 more, government and police officials said.

Pakistan PM to urge Trump to restart Afghan peace talks

18 Sep 2019

ISLAMABAD Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday that he would urge U.S. President Donald Trump next week to revive Afghanistan peace talks with the Taliban militant group.

Pakistan PM aims to restart Afghan peace talks

18 Sep 2019

ISLAMABAD Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday that his government would try to revive Afghanistan peace talks that recently broke down between the United States and the Taliban militant group.

Pakistan hopes to meet fiscal deficit target set by IMF: finance chief

16 Sep 2019

ISLAMABAD Pakistan is edging towards macro-economic stability after putting in place tough measures to meet a fiscal deficit target set by the International Monetary Fund as part of a $6 billion bailout in July, its finance chief said on Sunday.

Pakistani PM: India's crackdown on Kashmir will spur global Muslim extremism

13 Sep 2019

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan/ISLAMABAD India's crackdown on protests and dissent in Kashmir will drive more of the world's Muslims into extremism, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said during a fiery speech on Friday, in the part of the disputed territory administered by Pakistan.

PM Khan: Pakistan would not use nuclear weapons first, amid tensions with India

02 Sep 2019

ISLAMABAD Pakistan would not use nuclear weapons first, Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday, amid tensions with arch-rival India after New Delhi revoked the special status of its part of the disputed Kashmir region.

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