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Tuesday, January 12th, 2016


Pak will not send ground troops as part of Saudi-led military alliance

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. He said Pakistan will be sharing intelligence with Saudi Arabia to counter terrorism. Aziz told the committee that Pakistan is playing its role to diffuse tensions betweenRead More

No reason to distrust Pakistan: Indian home minister


NEW DELHI: The Indian Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, on Tuesday said there was no reason to distrust Pakistan’s assurances that it will take action against those responsible for the Pathankot attack, reported Indian media. “Pakistani government has said it will take effective action. I think we should wait,” said Singh as reported by Indian media. The Indian home minister added that as Pakistan has given assurances of cooperation to the Indian government, there is no reason to distrust Pakistan so early. Earlier, an alliance of Kashmiri militant groups hadclaimed the deadlyRead More

Militants attack kills 1, injures 5 FWO men

QUETTA: Suspected militants opened fire at a Frontier Works Organization (FWO) vehicle carrying officials on Tuesday, injuring at least five personnel in Balochistan’s Turbat area, while a labourer was killed in a separate firing incident at an FWO camp in the same district, officials said. Levies sources said the FWO personnel were going from Hoshap to Panjgoor area when their vehicle was attacked. The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment, while the assailants escaped unhurt from the spot. In another incident, a labourer was killed whenRead More

Nisar orders inquiry into Rangers raid at journalist’s

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Tuesday took notice of a “search operation” conducted by Rangers at the house of Salman Masood, who is the New York Times Pakistan correspondent living in Islamabad. The interior minister ordered an inquiry into “how, why and on whose orders a raid was conducted at Salman Masood’s house,” read a statement issued from his ministry, adding that an explanation has been sought from police and relevant security agencies. “Such operations and raids are not acceptable at any cost,” said Nisar. Earlier, SalmanRead More

U.S. Embassy celebrates WECREATE handover

ISLAMABAD: U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale joined more than 50 entrepreneurs, members of the business community, and government officials from across Pakistan to celebrate the handover of authority of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Center of Resources, Education, Access, and Training for Economic Empowerment Center (WECREATE).  Islamabad is home to the world’s first WECREATE Center.  The Center opened in February 2015 and is a business incubator specifically designed for female entrepreneurs.  Initially funded by a grant by the U.S. Department of State, the Center has reached a critical milestone in its operations by becomingRead More

American academicians visit AIOU

ISLAMABAD, JAN 12 (DNA) – Senior American academicians along with officials of State department and US Embassy in Islamabad visited Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) here Tuesday and appreciated its academic work. After having detailed discussion with the Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui and taking round of various departments of the University, they termed the AIOU’s educational standard as highly impressive and students’ supportive. They particularly commended the community and research-based academic programs undertaken by Dr. Siddiqui and his team. The visit took place under the ‘Pakistan Distance EducationRead More