Matters pertaining to PAF development strategy and future goals were also discussed. The Air Chief briefed the prime minister about operational preparedness of the air force particularly the training aspects. Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar and Adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz were also present on the occasion.

Sartaj Aziz says Pakistan and US strategic partnership is critical to achieve peace and stability in the region and beyond     

Talking to a five-member US Senate delegation led by Senator John McCain in Islamabad, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs underscored the significance of the longstanding cooperation between the two countries and need to make this partnership diverse and multi-dimensional. He also apprises the delegation about Pakistan’s success in combating terrorism through Operation Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fassad. Pakistan remains committed to support efforts for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan. Pakistan firmly believes in the legitimacy of the Kashmir cause and peaceful struggle of the Kashmiri people to claim the right to self-determination.

US acknowledges Pak army's contributions, sacrifices in war on terror

US Senate delegation led by Senator John McCain called on Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi. It was briefed about regional security situation and Pakistan's positive contribution towards peace and stability in the region. The Army Chief reiterates Pakistan has done its best despite constraints and shall continue its efforts for peace and stability. Enduring Pakistan-US security cooperation is a key factor, in this regard. Senator McCain appreciates and acknowledges Pakistan Army's contributions and sacrifices in War on terror. He agreed on importance of Pakistan-Afghan security cooperation and coordination.

Pakistan urges major powers to help resolve Kashmir, Palestine issues

Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr. Maleeha Lodhi urges the major powers to help resolve Kashmir and Palestine issues. In an interview to the London-based Alquds Alarabi Newspaper, she says big powers are obstacles in the way of peaceful solution of these issues, which are reflective of deteriorating situation in the region. In Indian occupied Kashmir, the human rights violations are unprecedented in scope and intensity and these atrocities have been condemned by international media. On Palestine issue, the Security Council has continuously endorsed a two-state solution.

Beijing says it has sovereign rights over the disputed islands

Beijing has called the presence of a US warship near a disputed island in the South China Sea a serious political and military provocation. It claimed that The USS Stethem sailed within the territorial limits of Triton Island. The United States has repeatedly warned China against its occupation of islands in disputed waters, but Beijing says it has sovereign rights over these islands. Meanwhile, China has termed United States missile destroyer trespassing its territorial waters off the Xisha Islands as serious political and military provocation.

Saudi Arabia, allies give Qatar 48 hours to accept demands

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have accepted the Kuwaiti government’s request to extend the deadline by 48 hours for Qatar to respond to its demands. The call for an extension came after Qatar’s Foreign Minister handed over a letter from its Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to the Kuwait’s Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The letter included Qatar’s response to the list of demands passed on by Kuwait to Doha on behalf of the boycotting countries.

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