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‘Pakistan looks at Chabahar as a project complementing CPEC’

ISLAMABAD -UNS – The 32nd AGM and Conference of the PSDE, organized by PIDE, concluded on Thursday with the prestigious Quaid-i-Azam Lecture, delivered by Professor Athar Hussain, Director Asia Research Center, London School of Economics, UK. The theme of his lecture was “Regional and Domestic …

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Cabinet approves permanent secretariat for CCI

ISLAMABAD -UNS : A meeting of the Federal Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, approved establishment of a permanent secretariat of the Council of Common Interest (CCI) on Thursday. The cabinet approved a proposal of the permanent secretariat for the CCI, which consists of …

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Iran hosts Taliban leaders at a conference in Tehran

TEHRAN -UNS –  In an unprecedented move, Tehran is publicly hosting leaders of hardline Taliban movement in the ‘Islamic Unity’ conference. Tehran had previously denied any direct contact with the movement. According to the Iranian Mehr news agency, Iranian cleric Mohsen Araki, who is the …

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Turkey defiant as Kurdish militants claim Istanbul carnage

ISTANBUL – A defiant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday vowed to fight terror “to the end” as a Kurdish militant group claimed twin attacks that ripped through Istanbul, killing 38 people, mostly police. The bloodshed, which took place late on Saturday, saw a car …

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Pakistan to host international conference on maritime economy

ISLAMABAD -UNS – The chairman of the parliamentary committee for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Mushahid Hussain Syed said that Gwadar port was the pivotal point of the corridor. The senator said that maritime economy is crucial to the country’s economic state of affairs. Mushahid Hussain …

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Babra Sharif celebrates 62nd birthday

LAHORE -UNS – Glamorous Lollywood actress Babra Sharif is celebrating her 62nd birthday today (Saturday). The stunning artist started her showbiz career from drama ‘Kiran Kahani’ while her first movie was ‘Intezar’. Mera Naam hai Mohabbat, Pyar ka Wada, Sang Dil, Miss Colombo, Mukhra and …

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33 killed in blast outside Istanbul soccer stadium: Security sources

ISTANBUL: Two explosions, one thought to have been a suicide bomb, killed 33 and 166 injured outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul on Saturday, security sources said, in an attack that appeared to target police hours after a match between two of Turkey’s top teams. …

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Frustrated Western powers call for talks to end Syrian war

Western powers called Saturday for talks between the Syrian regime and the opposition in a bid to end a war that has cost more than 300,000 lives but desperation hung over a meeting in Paris. With Bashar al-Assad’s forces pursuing an onslaught on rebel-held areas …

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Russian ties with Taliban worry Afghans, US

Afghan and American officials are increasingly worried that any deepening of ties between Russia and Taliban militants fighting to topple the government in Kabul could complicate an already precarious security situation. Russian officials have denied they provide aid to the insurgents, who are contesting large …

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Johnson’s comments on Saudi Arabia do not represent “UK govt’s position”:Downing Street

LONDON -UNS/BBC – Downing Street has said Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s comments on Saudi Arabia do not represent “the government’s position”.Footage has emerged from an event last week at which Mr Johnson said UK ally Saudi Arabia was engaging in “proxy wars” in the Middle …

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