India’s missile programme ‘a threat to regional peace’: Pak

India’s missile programme ‘a threat to regional peace’: Pak

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday cautioned members of MTCR that introduction of “destabilising systems” like “missile defence programmes” and “inter-continental ballistic missiles” in South Asia pose a “risk” to regional stability, in an apparent reference to India. Pakistan’s “serious concerns” over the introduction of such systems in South Asia were expressed to a delegation of Missile […]

Pak will be recognised as minorities-friendly country: Sharif

Pak will be recognised as minorities-friendly country: Sharif

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will soon be recognised as a “minorities-friendly country”, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said as he ordered renovation of Katas Raj complex, one the most sacred places of Hindus in the Muslim-majority country. Pakistan is pursuing policies to establish the country’s identity as a minority-friendly country and followers of all religions have […]

China not to sit idle if India sells missiles to Vietnam: media

China not to sit idle if India sells missiles to Vietnam: media

BEIJING: Any moves by India to step-up military ties with Vietnam to counter China will create “disturbance” in the region and Beijing will not “sit with its arms crossed”, state media said on Wednesday, taking exception to a report that New Delhi plans to sell surface-to-air Akash missiles to Hanoi. “If the Indian government genuinely […]

Pakistan successfully test-fires first submarine-launched cruise missile: ISPR

Pakistan successfully test-fires first submarine-launched cruise missile: ISPR

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday successfully test-fired its first ever submarine-launched cruise missile Babur-III, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said. The range of the missile is 450 kilometres, the DG ISPR said. Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa congratulated the team behind the launch and the nation on the […]

Egypt terror strike claims 9 policemen, 14 injured

Egypt terror strike claims 9 policemen, 14 injured

CAIRO: At least nine policemen were killed and 14 others injured today when ISIS-linked suicide bombers rammed a garbage truck packed with explosives into an Egyptian security checkpoint, the latest attack in the restive North Sinai governorate. The attack in el- Masaeed district of Al-Arish city was carried out by members of Ansar Beit el-Maqdes, […]

Saudi Arabia lifts Hajj quota cuts

Saudi Arabia lifts Hajj quota cuts

Jeddah: Saudi Arabia has decided to lift from this year the reduction in the quota of Hajj pilgrims imposed five years ago. It said the higher authorities approved a proposal by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior who is also chairman of the Supreme Hajj Committee, to restore the pilgrimage […]

Sindh Governor returns recently passed Minorities Bill against forced conversion

Sindh Governor returns recently passed Minorities Bill against forced conversion

KARACHI: In a setback for Hindu and other minority religious communities in Pakistan, the Sindh Governor on Saturday sent back to the provincial Assembly for reconsideration a recently-passed Minorities Bill which criminalises forced conversions in the Muslim-majority country. The ailing Goveror, Justice (retd) Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui, sent back Criminal Law (Protection of Minorities) Bill without ratifying […]

Gen Raheel appointed chief of Islamic military alliance

Gen Raheel appointed chief of Islamic military alliance

ISLAMABAD: General Raheel Sharif, the former Pakistani army chief, will now head the Saudi Arabia-led 39-nation military coalition formed to serve as a platform for security cooperation and combat terrorism. The decision to appoint Gen (retd) Raheel, who retired in November 2016, was taken after taking the incumbent government into confidence, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif […]

‘Putin ordered campaign to influence prez election’

WASHINGTON: The US intelligence community in a new declassified file on Saturday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering an “influence campaign” to help Donald Trump win the White House and denigrate his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in a bid to undermine public faith in the American democratic process US President-elect Donald Trump was quick […]

Iran hits back at Syria truce criticism from Turkey

Iran hits back at Syria truce criticism from Turkey

TEHRAN: Iran has hit back at “unconstructive” Turkish allegations that Tehran’s allies were violating a fragile ceasefire in Syria, accusing rebels of breaking the truce. “The current ceasefire in Syria has been violated repeatedly by the anti-government armed opposition groups,” foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said. “(Turkey) should take necessary measures to deal with several […]