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Pakistan’s Sindh province proposes shutting primary schools as Covid-19 soars

Pakistan’s southeastern province Sindh’s health department has proposed closing primary schools as well as banning indoor dining in restaurants as the coronavirus positivity rate climbed to seven percent in the province

The US never asked for military bases in Pakistan: Western diplomat

The United States has “at no stage or any level even asked” Pakistan for military bases in the wake of withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan, a senior Western diplomat has said

'Pakistan does not want a solution to Balochistan problem'

A regional party in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province has accused people in the federal government of not wanting a solution to the province’s problems and claimed every segment of the Baloch society was angry at facing abuse for raising one’s voice for upholding rights

Pakistan’s Balochistan province to benefit from EU-UNICEF education initiative

The European Union (EU) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Saturday signed an agreement to launch an estimated 22.2 million euro education initiative for Pakistan’s Balochistan province

Balochistan parties not convinced by Pakistan PM’s dialogue offer

Leaders of regional parties in Balochistan have expressed their reservations about the government's plan to engage with "insurgents" in Pakistan's restive southwestern province, saying the decision to do so lies with the military leadership only

Ties with Qatar now becoming an enduring partnership: Pakistan Army chief

Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that his country shared a "deep spirit of brotherhood" with Qatar, which is being transformed into an enduring partnership, the military’s media wing said in a statement

Pakistan finds a place among the best-performing countries in handling Covid

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has congratulated the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) — the nerve centre of Pakistan's coronavirus response — the team of the Ehsaas Programme and the State Bank of Pakistan after The Economist ranked Pakistan among the best performing countries in handling the coronavirus pandemic

Pakistan resents inclusion in State Department's 'child soldiers' list; asks US to review

Pakistan has dismissed as “a factual error and lack of understanding” its inclusion in the Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA) list by the United States and urged Washington to review the “baseless assertions” made against the country in the State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, 2021

Strategic challenges and policy shifts in external relations can have repercussions: Pakistan military tells political leadership

Pakistan’s military and intelligence leaders have called for avoiding divisive politics on issues of national interest as they cautioned that strategic challenges and related policy shifts in external relations could have repercussions for the country

Pakistan included in US list on child soldiers, may face strict sanctions

The US has added Pakistan and Turkey to its Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA) list, a designation that could lead to strict sanctions on military assistance and listed countries’ participation in peacekeeping programs

Imran Khan calling Al Qaeda leader Osama martyr is a slip of tongue: Pakistan minister

Pakistan Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said that Prime Minister Imran Khan calling slain Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden a "martyr" last year was a "slip of (the) tongue"

Former aide to Pakistan PM made secret visit Israel: Report

Sayed Zulfi Bukhari, a former special assistant to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, had made a secret visit to Israel last year in November and held meetings with foreign ministry officials and the head of Israeli intelligence, a report in an Israeli newspaper, Israel Hayom, claimed, citing “a source in Islamabad”

‘Hostile intelligence agency’ behind Lahore blast near Lashkar chief house

Usman Buzdar, the chief minister of Pakistan’s Punjab province, has claimed that a “hostile intelligence agency” is involved in the Lahore explosion that took place last week merely 100 meters away from the house of Hafeez Saeed, the head of the extremist organization Lashkar-e-Tayeba

Pakistan remains on FATF grey list

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has announced that Pakistan will continue to remain on the watchdog's "increased monitoring list", also known as the grey list, till it addresses the single remaining item – financial terrorism - on the original action plan agreed to as well as all items on a parallel action plan handed out by the watchdog's regional partner – the Asia Pacific Group (APG) – in 2019

Pakistan Navy to be observer in naval exercise with Israel as participant

Pakistan Navy will participate in the upcoming naval exercise Sea Breeze 2021, co-hosted by US Sixth Fleet and Ukrainian Navy, as an observer in the Black Sea region

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