Pakistan to play positive role for regional peace and stability: Foreign Minister
Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has reiterated Pakistan's stance to play its positive role in bringing peace to the region through measures agreed upon by all relevant stakeholders. Talking to media in Washington, he said Pakistan seeks recognition of its legitimate security concerns in the region. Pakistan greatly values its relationship with the United States. Pakistan is extremely concerned about safe havens of terrorists in Afghanistan. Our armed forces have done extremely well in counter terrorism operations and no other country can match Pakistan's commitment and success.
Pakistan turns the tide against terrorism through series of determined actions: Maleeha
Pakistan's permanent representative to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi, says Pakistan has turned the tide against terrorism through a series of determined actions. Speaking in a debate on terrorism at the UN General Assembly's Sixth Committee, she said these actions have led to the destruction of terrorist infrastructures and bases in its tribal areas and along the Pak-Afghan border region. The threat that we face today is primarily supported and financed from outside of our borders.
Foreign funded elements targeting soft targets in country to create panic among people: Ahsan
Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that a compensation package will be announced for the heirs of those killed in yesterday's terror attack at Jhal Magsi in Balochistan. He said foreign funded elements are targeting soft targets in the country to create an environment of fear and panic amongst people.
UN expresses concern over killing of children in conflicts, wars worldwide
United Nations has expressed deep concern over killing and recruitment of large number of children in conflicts and wars across the world. The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a statement in New York said that more than eight thousand children were killed in conflicts across the world last year.
Saudi Arabia has signed a deal with Russia to purchase S-400 air defense system
Saudi Arabia has signed two point one billion dollars deal with Russia to purchase S-400 air defense system. The deal was signed in Moscow on the first day of the visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz to Russia. Earlier, at a meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Saudi King called for expanded economic ties between the two countries. The King also called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities with regard to the problem of the Rohingya Muslims and find a solution that protects them from violence and gross rights violations.
Bangladesh carving out forest land to shelter desperate Rohingya
Hard-pressed to find space for a massive influx of Rohingya Muslim refugees, Bangladesh plans to chop down forest trees to extend a tent city sheltering destitute families fleeing ethnic violence in neighboring Myanmar. More than half a million Rohingya have arrived from Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine since the end of August in what the United Nations has called the world’s fastest-developing refugee emergency.
US to ask NATO allies to spare 1,000 troops for Afghanistan
The United States is to ask NATO allies to contribute around 1,000 extra troops to help in the battle against the resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan, the new US ambassador to the alliance said on Thursday. Kay Bailey Hutchison said the forces would add to the roughly 3,000 US troops who are already on their way to Afghanistan under President Donald Trump’s new strategy against the militants.
Iran nuclear deal should be preserved: Russia
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday he hoped U.S. President Donald Trump would make a “balanced” decision on whether to remain engaged in the international deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program.
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