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Afghan leaders in Doha to resume talks

News Desk DOHA: A delegation of Afghan political leaders led by top peace official Abdullah Abdullah left for Qatar on Friday to attempt to breathe life into stalled talks with the Taliban as violence escalates around the country. Abdullah, head of the country’s High Council for National Reconciliation and former government chief executive, said that even as conflict rose and districts toppled to the Taliban insurgents, peace needed to be sought at the negotiating table. “We hope that the Taliban side will see this as an opportunity and know thatRead More

Vaccination lowers risk of COVID virus by 7 times

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar on Friday said the people with both doses of vaccine against COVID have seven times lower risk of getting virus compared to those who were not vaccinated. Even the people with first dose have four times lower risk of the disease compared to those without vaccine, Asad Umar said while addressing a media briefing here along with Special Assistant to Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr. Faisal Sultan. Urging the people to get vaccinated against the pandemic, the ministerRead More

Tashkent moot a great success: Fawad

A.M. Bhatti TASHKENT: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has said the international conference being held in Tashkent on Friday is aimed at promoting regional connectivity. In an interview in Tashkhent on Friday, he said over sixty countries are participating in the conference. The Minister said heads of state and Foreign Ministers from different countries gathered in Tashkent to discuss ways to enhance regional trade and economy. The Minister said Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan so that our regional connectivity improves and we are linked to the CentralRead More

Pakistan genuinely wants peace in Afghanistan: PM

Says Afghanistan is the natural land bridge between Central Asia and South Asia, and peace in Afghanistan is the most critical factor for regional connectivity; no country has tried harder to get Taliban on dialogue table than Pakistan Ansar Mahmood Bhatti in Tashkent TASHKENT: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the regional peace and stability is of paramount importance for enhanced trade and economic cooperation in the region. He was addressing the International Conference on “South Asia-Central Asia Regional Connectivity-Challenges and Opportunities in Tashkent on Friday. The Prime Minister saidRead More

Afghan VP allegations ridiculous: Qureshi

A.M. Bhatti TASHKENT: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has termed the allegations of the Afghan Vice President as ridiculous. He was talking to Afghan media people on the sidelines of the Central Asia and South Asia Conference. The Afghan side conveyed to Pakistan its intention of carrying out air operation inside its territory opposite Chaman Sector of Pakistan. Pakistan responded positively to Afghan Government’s right to act in its territory. Inspite of very close border operations normally not acceded to by internationally accepted norms/standards/procedures, Pakistan took necessary measures within itsRead More

Bulgaria keen to deepen relations with Pakistan, says Ambassador Irena

Staff  Report ISLAMABAD: Bulgarian Ambassador Ms Irena Gancheva said that Bulgaria is serious about expanding trade, economic and political relations with Pakistan and she started her diplomatic assignment as  an ambassador to Pakistan  two months ago. She expressed these views during a meeting with Zafar Bakhtawari, Chairman Pakistan Cultural Forum at her embassy in islamabad today . Ahsan Bakhtawari and Waqar Bakhtawari were also present on the occasion. The Bulgarian Ambassador said that peace in Afghanistan is important not only for Pakistan but for the whole world and Pakistan’s effortsRead More