US eager to hear from Pak on ties with India

Washington: The US would be eager to know how Pakistan wants to take relationship forward with India as a top diplomat of the Nawaz Sharif government meets American Secretary of State John Kerry next week. As part of the revitalised US-Pakistan strategic dialogue, Kerry is hosting Pakistan Security and Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaz Aziz for […]

Sikh rights group wants Sonia Gandhi to depose before US court

NEW YORK: A Sikh rights group wants Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi to depose before a federal court here in a human rights violation lawsuit filed against her after she informed the court that she had not visited the US in September last year and was not served summons in the case. Sikhs For Justice […]

Committed to cooperative ties with India: Sharif

Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said Pakistan is committed to friendly and cooperative ties with India to ensure the progress and prosperity of the region. In a message sent to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the eve of India’s Republic Day, Sharif said his government is committed to forging friendly and cooperative relations, […]

Indian envoy pitches for better Indo-Pak ties

Indian envoy pitches for better Indo-Pak ties

Islamabad: If Iran and Afghanistan’s ties with the US can improve, “why not the relations between India and Pakistan”, asked Indian High Commissioner T C A Raghavan today as he pitched for greater bilateral trade. India wants better ties with Pakistan and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has already expressed his desire to strengthen relations with […]

India, Pak discuss ways to normalise, enhance trade ties

New Delhi: Ahead of the meeting between their commerce ministers on Saturday, India and Pakistan on Wednesday discussed “impediments” hampering the normalisation of trade ties, in a bid to remove them and move forward. During the meeting between Commerce Secretary S R Rao and his Pakistani counterpart Qasim M Niyaz, both the sides agreed that […]

‘Bhushan questioned idea of India’

NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid on Wednesday criticised AAP leader Prashant Bhushan’s ‘plebiscite’ pitch in Jammu and Kashmir alleging he was “questioning the integrity of India as a country” through such remarks. “What does plebiscite mean? Army is there because there is a problem, because there is a history. Army is there because […]

No MFN but NDA for India: Pak

Islamabad: On the eve of a ministerial visit to India, Pakistan on Wednesday said it is working on granting Non-Discriminatory Access (NDA) status instead of the contentious Most-Favoured Nation (MFN). “There is no rethink. The correct way is to have a normal trading relationship. What we are working on, at the moment, is what we […]

Pakistan says Indian Army chief’s remarks ‘provocative’

ISLAMABAD: Hours after Indian Army chief Gen Bikram Singh warned against any ceasefire violations on the LoC, the Pakistani military today said such “provocative” statements were counterproductive. A statement issued by the Pakistani military’s media wing claimed Singh’s statement was “contrary to the facts on ground”. “Such accusation and provocative statements are regrettable and counterproductive,” […]

Haj 2014: 20% cut in quota to stay

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday that it would continue to impose a 20 per cent cut in foreign pilgrims and a 50 per cent reduction in domestic pilgrims during the 2014 Haj. “The government will continue to request foreign countries to slash the quota of their Haj pilgrims by 20 per cent due to […]