News Updates

15th Sep, 2018 - 30th Sep, 2018
  • War with India not an option, says Qureshi
    War with India is not an option, says Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, as a senior US official urges Pakistan to work for promoting peace in South Asia. (Dawn News, September 29, 2018)
  • PM Khan responded to Modi 'in a positive spirit' to resume talks and resolve all issues.
    According to Times of India, PM Khan specifically sought a meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York later this month. (Dawn News, September 20, 2018)
  • Islamabad 'deeply disappointed' over New Delhi's cancellation of meeting between FMs
    A statement issued by the Foreign Office said that the reasons cited by the Indian side for the decision to cancel the foreign ministers' meeting, within 24 hours of its public confirmation, are entirely unconvincing.
    “The so-called ‘disturbing developments’ alluded to in the Indian statement predated the Indian agreement to hold the bilateral meeting in New York,” Islamabad said. (Dawn News, September 21, 2018)
  • What the Indian media is saying about Modi govt's cancellation of UNGA meeting with Pakistan
    "The government needs to clarify its position on what prompted the cancellation of the meeting," says The Hindu. Any hopes of an improvement in Pakistan-India relationship were doused on Friday after New Delhi decided to backtrack on its decision to accept Pakistan's offer of a meeting between the countries' foreign ministers on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. (Dawn News, September 22, 2018)
  • No precedent of how India 'trampled diplomatic norms' by cancelling meeting: FM Qureshi
    Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday said he was "deeply saddened" by how New Delhi first accepted and later backtracked from a meeting between Qureshi and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj. (Dawn News, September 22, 2018)
  • China has been taken into confidence over Saudi Arabia joining the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project as a strategic partner, Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry said. (Dawn News, September 21, 2018)
  • Pak Army shall ensure security of CPEC at all costs, Gen Bajwa tells President Xi Jinping
    Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Bajwa, on special invitation, called on the President of China Xi Jinping in China on to discuss the region's security and the challenges it is faced with, the military's media wing said. (Dawn News, September 19, 2018)
  • De-escalation of violence must for Afghan peace talks: Pakistan envoy
    Pakistan has urged all warring sides in Afghanistan to agree on de-escalation of violence in a bid to create an atmosphere for peace negotiations, emphasising that there is no military solution to the conflict. (Dawn News, September 20, 2018)
  • Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi rightly chose Afghanistan for his first official trip abroad. In a visit to Kabul over the weekend, the foreign minister met the senior Afghan leadership and, according to media reports, discussed a range of subjects, from enhancing regional trade to a Pakistani offer to train Afghan police and other security personnel. Mr Qureshi and his Afghan counterparts also agreed to convene meetings of a number of bilateral and multilateral forums, especially the trilateral dialogue with China and the working groups of the Afghanistan- Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity. (Dawn News, September 17, 2018)
  • Pakistan willing to open Afghan land route for India: US envoy
    Pakistan approached Afghanistan earlier this year, indicating its willingness to discuss the resumption of trade between Afghanistan and India through the Pakistani land route, says a senior US diplomat. (Dawn News, September 16, 2018)
07th Sep, 2018 - 14th Sep, 2018
  • Pakistan and China agreed to broaden CPEC base
  • The two countries agreed to formally invite “third-country” investors to be part of the $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and add social sector and regional development schemes to the existing portfolio of CPEC projects. The understanding on addition of “two major dimensions” to the CPEC projects came about at a long meeting between the Planning, Development and Reforms Commission of Pakistan and the National Development and Reforms Commission (NDRC) of China. (dawn News, September 10, 2018)
  • 'Pakistan's paid dearly in war on terror': France's Macron tells Imran. During telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Imran Khan, in which he acknowledged the “high price” Pakistan has paid in the fight against terrorism. (Dawn News, September 14, 2018)
  • Pakistan values its ties with China, Saudi Arabia, PM said during a meeting with Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Saudi Minister for Information Dr Awwad bin Saleh Al Awwad. (Dawn News, September 10, 2018)
  • FO refutes allegations levelled in Indo-US joint statement, calls it violation of 'diplomatic norms'
  • The Foreign Office has taken "strong exception to the unwarranted reference against Pakistan" in the joint statement issued following the 2+2 India-US dialogue between the US Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defence with their Indian counterparts in New Delhi last week, Radio Pakistan reported.
  • In the Indo-US joint statement issued after the talks, India and US had named and called upon Pakistan to ensure its territory wasn't used to launch terror attacks on other countries. (Dawn News, September 13, 2018)
  • US Secre¬tary of State Mike Pompeo assured Pakistan last week Washington would not try to block any request for a bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said.
  • The remarks, came in stark contrast to the US secretary’s warnings in July that the United States had serious reservations about the IMF giving money to Pakistan due to concerns Islamabad would use the cash to pay off Chinese loans. Those comments rattled Islamabad, which is facing a financial crisis and may have no option but to turn again to the IMF to prop up its foreign currency reserves. (Dawn News, September 12, 2018)
  • The United States will be “very supportive” if conditions are created for productive talks between India and Pakistan, says senior US diplomat Alice G. Wells. Ms Wells, who heads the bureau for South and Central Asian affairs at the State Department, also said at a news briefing that the United States had sent a two-pronged message to Pakistan: a desire to engage constructively and an emphasis on the need for Pakistan to implement its promises to fight all terrorist groups. (Dawn News, September 12, 2018)
  • The Pak¬istan Embassy in the United States sent out an appeal, urging the Pakistani-American community to donate generously to a fund set up by the government to build Diamer-Basha and Mohmand dams. (Dawn News, September 10, 2018)
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday sent a congratulatory message to Arif Alvi on his election as Pakistan's new president. (Xinhua, September 6, 2018)
  • Chinese FM arrives Islamabad for three-day visit after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's transit visit. (Dawn News, September 7, 2018)
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