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China invites Britain to attend new Silk Road summit

Leaders from 20 countries have confirmed their attendance at the summit being held in May.

China has invited British Prime Minister Theresa May to attend a major summit in May on its “One Belt, One Road” initiative to build a new Silk Road, diplomatic sources told Reuters, as London said she would visit China this year. “One Belt, One Road” is Chinese President Xi Jinping’s landmark programme to invest billions of dollars in infrastructure projects ... Read More »

General Bajwa takes charge as Pakistan’s 16th army chief

Outgoing military chief Gen Raheel Sharif on Tuesday handed over the command of the army to Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa. He passed the baton of command to Gen Bajwa at a ceremony held in the Army Hockey Stadium, close to the General Headquarters (GHQ). Gen Raheel Sharif addressed the ceremony after reviewing the guard of honour. ... Read More »

Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat takes over as CJCSC

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Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat took over as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) on Monday from the outgoing chairman General Rashad Mehmood during an official ceremony at the joint staff headquarters in Rawalpindi. Gen Hayat, who has become the 17th CJCSC of Pakistan, was presented with a guard of honour at a ceremony attended by all chiefs of staff, ... Read More »

PM picks Gen Qamar Bajwa to head army

CHIEF of the Army Staff-designate Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa calls on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday.—APP

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minis­ter Nawaz Sharif on Saturday named the new military command, appointing Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat as the chief of army staff and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), respectively, in the hope of stabilising the fragile civil-military balance. The appointments were set in motion by the impending retirement of ... Read More »

Services chiefs warn India against aggression

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LANDI KOTAL/KARACHI: The three services chiefs have said their troops are fully prepared to counter any external aggression and protect the motherland and warned India not to underestimate fighting capabilities of Pakistan’s armed forces. Addressing a tribal jirga in Bara, Khyber Agency, on Thursday, Chief of the Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif termed India’s claim about surgical strikes a drama ... Read More »

PM, Saudi defence minister vow to boost ties

PRIME Minister Nawaz Sharif and Saudi Defence Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman shake hands at PM House on Sunday.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minis­ter Nawaz Sharif and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday pledged to strengthen bilateral cooperation in different fields. Prince Mohammed, who is also his country’s defence minister, called on Mr Sharif here at the PM House after he made a stopover in Islamabad on his way to China for a three day-visit beginning on Monday. ... Read More »

No ‘technical traces’ about varsity attack found, Kabul told

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan informed the Afghan government on Thursday that no “technical traces” of telephonic contacts between the Kabul university attackers and people on its side of the border could be found, and sought more evidence. This was conveyed during a telephonic conversation between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif, according to a security source. President Ghani ... Read More »

NAP implementation needs to be fast-tracked, says Sharif

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif defended on Wednesday the progress being made in implementing the National Action Plan (NAP) to counter terrorism, saying it was satisfactory, although he admitted that it needed to be fast-tracked. “The prime minister expressed his satisfaction on the progress made by various provincial and federal agencies so far and directed that the pace of implementation ... Read More »

UK formally contacted over Altaf’s remarks, says Nisar

KARACHI: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan meeting Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah at CM House on Wednesday.— Online

KARACHI: The federal government has formally contacted British authorities to take action against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain for his recent “anti-Pakistan remarks” and inciting his workers to violence that led to an attack on television channels earlier this week. The government vowed to pursue the matter more aggressively than the cases of Dr Imran Farooq’s murder and ... Read More »

MQM’s imprisoned Waseem Akhtar elected Karachi mayor

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KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) Waseem Akhtar has been elected Karachi’s mayor on Wednesday. “Let bygones be bygones,” said Akhtar while addressing media persons after the elections concluded. “Its enough, we have fought enough and enough blood has been spilt, we need to stop that and we want to follow the guidelines of Jinnah.” Karachi’s newly elected mayor vowed to ... Read More »