News Updates

16 July - 31 July, 2019
  • China backs US offer for improving Pak-India ties
    “We support the international community in playing a constructive role for improving Pakistan-India relations."
    While commenting on US President Donald Trump’s mediation offer to help resolve the Kashmir issue, China on Friday said it supported the international community, including the United States, in playing a constructive role in improving Pakistan-India relations through dialogue. (Dawn, July 27, 2019)
  • India denies Modi asked Trump to mediate Kashmir dispute
    "It has been India's consistent position that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally."
    India's foreign ministry on Monday denied United States President Donald Trump had been asked by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to mediate the Kashmir conflict with Pakistan.
    Trump made the claim while speaking from the Oval Office where he was hosting Prime Minister Imran Khan. (Dawn, July 23. 2019)
8 July - 16 July, 2019
  • ICJ rejects India’s plea for Jadhav's return, grants consular access
    The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday announced its verdict on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, ruling that Jadhav be allowed consular access immediately and asking Pakistan to ensure “effective review and reconsideration of his conviction and sentences”. The ICJ, however, rejected all other remedies sought by India, which included the annulment of the military court decision convicting Jadhav, restricting Pakistan from executing the sentence, securing Jadhav's release and ordering his return to India. (Dawn, July 17, 2019)
  • Pakistan, India 'agree on 80%' of Kartarpur modalities
    The second round of talks between Pakistan and India officials on the Kartarpur Corridor initiative held at Wagah border on Sunday ended on a positive note with the two sides “agreeing on 80%” of the modalities to finalise the draft agreement. (Express Tribune, July 14, 2019)
  • US general calls for maintaining military ties with Pakistan
    The future US military chief said on Thursday that the United States needs to maintain strong military-to-military ties with Pakistan, based on the shared interests of the two countries.

    Gen Mark Milley, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also warned at his nomination hearing that a premature withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan would be a strategic mistake. “If confirmed as chairman, my objective will be to preserve the defence relationship between the United States and Pakistan even as we press Pakistan to take action on US requests,” Gen Milley told the Senate Armed Services Committee at a hearing in Washington. (Dawn, July 12, 2019)
  • PM’s US visit will give new impetus to ties, says FO
    The Foreign Office on Thursday said that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s upcoming visit to the United States would give a new impetus to bilateral ties.

    “The prime minister’s visit will help renew and reinvigorate long-standing ties between Pakistan and the United States. It will contribute towards building a broad-based, long-term and enduring partnership between the two countries on the basis of mutual interest and mutual benefit,” FO spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal said at the weekly media briefing. (Dawn, July 12, 2019)
  • India elbowed out of Afghanistan peace talks
    Pakistan joined the US, Russia and China over the weekend to craft a peace agreement with the Taliban, a development that shows how Islamabad has moved to the centerstage of the Afghan peace process, and how India has been dealt out of the future of Afghanistan. India's participation or voice has been negligible in the evolving situation, while Pakistan has used the opportunity to manoeuvre itself to centerstage of the region's geopolitics. (Times of India, July 15, 2019)
1 July - 7 July, 2019
  • Pakistan, India ready to resume Kartarpur talks on 14th
    Pakistan on Tuesday reaffirmed its commitment to expeditious completion of Kartarpur Corridor as it accepted an Indian proposal for a second bilateral meeting on the modalities for the functioning of visa-free passage in the second week of July. (Dawn, July 03, 2019)
  • PM Imran Khan to meet US President Donald Trump on July 22
    Prime Minister Imran Khan will meet United States President Donald Trump on July 22, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said on Thursday. (Dawn, July 04, 2019)