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Nawaz can play pivotal role in solving Saudi-Iran conflict: Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon calls for dialogue on Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon telephoned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday and urged him to use his good office to resolve the Saudi-Iran conflict, said a statement issued by the PM Office. Ban told Nawaz he can play a vital role in normalising ties between the regional rivals as the premier has “good relations with both countries,” reads the statement. It goes on to say that PM Nawaz also briefed the UN secretary general about his recent visits to Riyadh and Tehran in a bid to resolveRead More

India arrests student on sedition charges for organising event on Afzal Guru

NEW DELHI: Indian police arrested Kanhaiya Kumar, a student union leader, on charges of sedition on Friday, a day after a controversial event held at Jawaharlal Nehru University criticised the hanging of Afzal Guru in 2013, according to a report published on The Hindu website. “Some policemen in plain clothes came to the campus, conducted a random check at various places including the hostels and convention centre and picked up Kanhaiya,” said a student. Vice Chancellor of JNU M Jagadesh Kumar said, “While the JNU community upholds the right to freeRead More

India can increase fissile material stocks through NSG waiver

ISLAMABAD: The Nuclear Supplier Group’s (NSG) waiver has allowed India to exponentially increase its fissile material stocks, said Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry on Friday. “Strategic stability in South Asia has been negatively impacted by Indo-US nuclear deal and the discriminatory waiver granted to India by the NSG,” remarked the foreign secretary while speaking at the Institute of Strategic Studies. The foreign secretary further stated that “Pakistan is a peace loving country which was compelled to acquire nuclear deterrence in the face of grave threat to the country’s national security.” AllRead More

More work left to be done in Karachi operation: DG ISPR

briefing on operation Zerb-i-Azb

KARACHI: Boasting the successes and statistics regarding the Rangers-led Karachi operation, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Lt Gen Asim Bajwa said on Friday that more work needed to be done to completely rid the metropolis of violence and terrorism. Addressing a press conference here, Lt Gen Bajwa said the Karachi operation was commenced in Sept 2013 at a time when criminality, targeted killing and kidnapping for ransom were at their peak in the city. During the operation, he said, over 12,000 people were arrested in more than 7,000 raidsRead More

Series of small explosions in Karachi leave residents panicked

KARACHI: Three small explosions within two hours in different parts of Karachi on Friday left residents panicked. A policeman was injured when a homemade grenade was hurled at a police station in the Gulshan-i-Iqbal area, a police spokesman said. Unidentified assailants on a motorbike lobbed a homemade grenade at the Mobina Town police station on Main Abul Hassan Isafahani Road, partially damaging a wall of the building and a car belonging to the Head Moharir of the police station, a police spokesman said. The suspects fled after the attack. ConstableRead More

Canada provides $ 250mln for polio eradication in Pakistan: envoy

ISLAMABAD, FEB 12 (DNA)= The High Commissioner of Canada to Pakistan Heather Cruden has said Canada is keen to help Pakistan in various sectors including commercial as well social sectors.She expressed these views while talking to a select group of media people at her residence.“As part of Canada’s 250-million-dollar commitment to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Canada is providing 20 million dollars to UNICEF’s Polio Plus initiative in Pakistan. We hope to find success in addressing a combination of factors that have led to the continued transmission of the polioRead More