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OIC urges Pakistan, India to sort out issues

The Express Tribune | Our Correspondent  

ISLAMABAD: The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday stressed the need for a dialogue between arch rivals Pakistan and India to resolve all their outstanding issues including the Kashmir dispute.
This demand was made during a meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir held on the sidelines of 13th OIC summit in Istanbul. According to the Foreign Office, the Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz led the Pakistan delegation at the meeting, which was chaired by OIC Secretary General’s Special Representative on Jammu and Kashmir Ambassador Abdullah Al-Alim.

Read MorePosted Date: April 14, 2016  Last Updated at 0800 PST

RAW set up cell to sabotage CPEC

The Express Tribune | Our Correspondent  ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Defence was informed on Wednesday that India’s premier spy agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), had set up a ‘special cell’ to sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. The revelations came from Defence Secretary Lt Gen (retd) Alam Khattak in an in-camera briefing to the committee on RAW’s involvement in subversive activities in the country.

Read MorePosted Date: April 14, 2016  Last Updated at 0800 PST

OIC reaffirms support to Kashmiris’ right to self-determination

Daily Times | Agencies  ISTANBUL: The OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir has reaffirmed its continued support to the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination. The group reiterated the commitment at its meeting in Istanbul, which was chaired by OIC Secretary General’s Special Representative on Jammu and Kashmir Abdullah Al-Alim on the sidelines of the 13th OIC Summit.

Read MorePosted Date: April 13, 2016  Last Updated at 0800 PST

Access to Jadhav: India goes slow in ‘spy’ case after Tehran launches probe

The Indian Express | Praveen Swami  INDIA HAS slowed down efforts to secure consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is being held in Pakistan on charges of being a spy, with Iran bringing the former Naval officer’s business operations in Chabahar port under the scanner, according to highly placed sources. Iranian investigators are probing whether Jadhav’s mechanised dhow Kaminda may have been used — with or without his knowledge — to run trafficking operations, involving oil, guns, drugs and people, across the Indian Ocean rim, said sources.

Read MorePosted Date: April 14, 2016  Last Updated at 1049 PST

Exim Bank of US has renewed interest in Pakistan

The Express Tribune | Kazim Alam  

KARACHI: It is rare for the head of a large American bank to visit Pakistan. Rarer is a visit by the president of a bank that is backed by the “full faith and credit” of the United States.
Fred P Hochberg, chairman and president of the Export-Import (Exim) Bank of the United States, recently visited Pakistan to look for growth opportunities in what can potentially be one of the major export markets for US manufacturers.

Read MorePosted Date: April 14, 2016  Last Updated at 0800 PST

New law proposes 14-year jail, Rs 50m fine for cyber terrorism

Daily Times | Ijaz Kakakhel  ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly (NA) on Wednesday approved the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2016, which proposed 14-year imprisonment or Rs50 million fine or both for those linked to terrorism through the Internet or mobile. Penalty of one-year imprisonment and fine worth Rs100 million would be imposed in case someone supports banned outfits and hate speech. The Bill stated that access to data of sensitive installations without permission would result in five years of imprisonment or fine worth Rs5 million.

Read MorePosted Date: April 13, 2016  Last Updated at 1658 PST

Italian company keen to explore oil, gas reserves in Pakistan

The Nation | Our Staff Reporter  ISLAMABAD - Former vice prime minister of Italy and current Vice President of ENI, a reputed Italian oil and gas company, Lapo Pistelli, called on Finance Minister Ishaq Dar here on Wednesday. He was accompanied by Italian Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo. Pistelli apprised the minister of ENI team’s interaction with senior officials of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources and Ministry of Water and Power for exploring investment opportunities in Pakistan. It may be mentioned here that Pistelli, along with his delegation, had also met Dar on Tuesday.

Read MorePosted Date: April 14, 2016  Last Updated at 0800 PST

Bill Gates sees eradication of polio in Pakistan by ’17

DAWN | AFP  DOHA: Bill Gates said on Wednesday that “with any luck” polio would be eradicated by 2017 in the last two countries where it remains active — Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Microsoft founder, who has donated billions to fight global diseases, was speaking in Doha at the official announcement of a $50 million donation from Qatar to “The Lives and Livelihood Fund”.

Read MorePosted Date: April 14, 2016  Last Updated at 0840 PST

Mamnoon, Erdogan agree to address challenges jointly

Daily Times | APP  ISTANBUL: President Mamnoon Hussain and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan Wednesday urged the need of joint efforts to tackle challenges confronting Muslim Ummah. The two leaders, who met on the sidelines of the 13th Islamic Summit of the 56-member Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) being hosted by Turkey from April 10 to 15, also discussed the matters of bilateral relations and exchanged views on regional and international issues.

Read MorePosted Date: April 13, 2016  Last Updated at 0800 PST

Pakistan, Turkey vow to fight terrorism

DAWN | The Newspaper's Staff Reporter  ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Turkey have reiterated their resolve to wiping out terrorism from the face of the earth. The two sides expressed their desire when the visiting Turkish parliamentary delegation led by Speaker of the Grand National Assem­bly of Turkey (GNAT) Ismail Kahraman called on Presi­dent Mamnoon Hussain at the Presidency on Tuesday.

Read MorePosted Date: April 13, 2016  Last Updated at 0620 PST

First cargo from China to reach Gwadar this year: Gen Raheel

The Express Tribune | Our Correspondent  

QUETTA: Army chief General Raheel Sharif said on Tuesday that the first cargo from China would reach Gwadar deep seaport this year.
“Insha Allah this year, we will move cargo from heartland China to Gwadar and beyond, fulfilling our dream,” he said while addressing a seminar on prospects of peace and development in Balochistan.

Read MorePosted Date: April 13, 2016  Last Updated at 0800 PST

RAW involved in destabilising Pakistan, says General Raheel

DAWN | Syed Ali Shah  GWADAR: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, speaking at the Peace and Prosperity seminar on Tuesday, said Indian intelligence agency RAW is actively involved in destabilising Pakistan. “Hostile intelligence agencies are averse to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC),” said the chief of army staff.

Read MorePosted Date: April 12, 2016  Last Updated at 1140 PST

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