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Bridging The Gap
US stance towards Pakistan ‘unchanged’. US stance towards Pakistan ‘unchanged’.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Wednesday said tension between Pakistan and the United States still persisted despite recent diplomatic efforts to find a way out of the prevailing impasse. He said this while briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs just a day after a key aide of President Donald Trump, wrapping up her two-day trip to Islamabad, again urged Pakistan to address ...
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Balochistan CM vows to upgrade police force. Balochistan CM vows to upgrade police force.
Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo has said the police force is being upgraded in order to address the problems being faced by the people of the province. “Problems of the people will be solved quickly as I have summoned the official files to issue orders,” said CM Bizenjo while addressing a press conference at the Chief Minister Secretariat on Monday. He was flanked by Pakistan Mu...
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Pakistan wants strategic concerns addressed. Pakistan wants strategic concerns addressed.
Pakistan wants the United States to pay heed to its ‘genuine’ strategic grievances instead of restoring security assistance the Trump administration had suspended recently to persuade Islamabad to take action against alleged sanctuaries of the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network. While the US demands seeking action against the Haqqani network are known, Pakistan has put forth its list of demands...
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PML-Q’s Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo sworn in as Balochistan CM. PML-Q’s Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo sworn in as Balochistan CM.
Amid stringent security in the provincial capital, the Balochistan assembly on Saturday morning voted to elect PML-Q’s Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo as the new leader of the house in Quetta. Bizenjo was sworn in as the CM and the oath was administered at governer house by Mehmood Achakzai. His cabinet took oath the same day, which was also administered by the Balochistan governor. Bizenjo won ove...
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With CPEC in mind, PIA to start Islamabad-Gwadar flights. With CPEC in mind, PIA to start Islamabad-Gwadar flights.
Amid demand emanating from the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is set to start direct flights from Islamabad to Gwadar as the national carrier looks to gain air traffic and reduce its losses. The cash-strapped national carrier faces more than Rs319.1 billion in accumulated losses by the end of March 2017, but is now looking to remove loss-making ro...
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Trade deficit widens to $17.97 billion. Trade deficit widens to $17.97 billion.
Despite taking several measures to correct the imbalance, Pakistan’s trade deficit widened to almost $18 billion during the first half of the current fiscal year — one-fourth higher than the one in the previous year. The value of goods imported exceeded the value of those exported by $17.97 billion in the July-December period, reported the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) on Wednesday. Tr...
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China rejects speculations of military base in Gwadar. China rejects speculations of military base in Gwadar.
China has rejected speculations that it is planning to establish a military base in Gwadar. Briefing the reporters in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang termed the media reports in this connection as unnecessary speculations, Radio Pakistan reports. He said building of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an important part of the One Belt and One Road Initiative...
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Pakistan does not get $1.4b committed aid. Pakistan does not get $1.4b committed aid.
Pakistan did not receive the $1.4 billion worth of aid that various countries have promised to reduce poverty, improve social services in the tribal areas and bring in reforms in the education and health sectors. The countries included members of the European Union, the US, the UK, Japan and Saudi Arabia, showed the official documents of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs. The amou...
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Iran urges cooperation with Pakistan to counter US. Iran urges cooperation with Pakistan to counter US.
Iran on Sunday urged Muslim nations to forge closer cooperation to counter the US policy of seeking to create division among them. “The US’ dishonest, duplicitous and divisive policy towards Muslim countries, including Iran and Pakistan, requires that they bolster cooperation against the US in addition to maintaining vigilance and taking preventive measures,” Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s ...
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We don’t need security aid at the cost of national dignity: DG ISPR. We don’t need security aid at the cost of national dignity: DG ISPR.
Pakistan never fought for money but for peace, Pakistan Army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor said on Friday as the United States suspended at least $900 million in security assistance to Pakistan. “Suspension of US assistance will impact bilateral security cooperation and regional peace efforts but will not deter our resolve to fight terrorism,” DG Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR)...
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