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  • PM arrives in Kathmandu: India will have to take initiative for talks, says Nawaz Sharif

    Dated: 2014-11-26

    KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan was willing to talk to India but India will have to take the initiative this time.

    India had earlier cancelled talks between foreign ministers.

    Talking to media upon arrival at Kathmandu Prime Minister said that it’s been 30 years since SAARC came into being but no notable development where as European Union and other regional organizations have made great progress.

    He also said that Pakistan was willing to talk to India but India will have to take the initiative this time as we want meaningful dialogue based on mutual respect.

    India had earlier cancelled talks between foreign ministers.

    PM arrived in Kathmandu to represent Pakistan at the two-day 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit beginning Wednesday.

    He was received by Deputy Nepalese Prime

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  • Nawaz, Modi won't meet in Kathmandu: Sartaj Aziz

    Dated: 2014-11-26

    KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will not meet on the sidelines of the Saarc Summit, according to private media reports.

    The premier’s senior aide, Sartaj Aziz, on his arrival at Kathmandu clarified there were no plan for a Nawaz-Modi bilateral meeting.

    However, he added a meeting between the two leaders could be arranged if Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made a request and said it was up to India to have ‘informal talks’ with Pakistan.

    There has been speculation about the possibility of a meeting between the two leaders on the sidelines of the Saarc summit against the backdrop of simmering border tensions.

    Earlier, a statement issued by the foreign ministry said that on the sidelines of the SAARC summit, PM Nawaz would meet other leaders of member countries to discuss issues of bilateral an

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  • President Mamnoon accepts Zahid Hamid resignation

    Dated: 2014-11-26

    ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain Tuesday accepted resignation of Zahid Hamid as federal minister for science and technology on the advice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

    According to presidential spokesman, a summary in this regard was dispatched to the president by the cabinet division.

    Hamid had tendered resignation three days ago after a special court accepted former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf’s plea to nominate three others including Zahid Hamid in the treason trial.

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  • Musharraf terms treason charges politically motivated

    Dated: 2014-11-26

    ISLAMABAD: Former military rulers and All Pakistan Muslim League chief Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday said treason charges against him were politically motivated and he was being victimized through the trial.

    In an interview to BBC, he said “All the allegations against me are fabricated and politically motivated, he said adding that he was being singled out through the treason trial from which he will be acquitted honorably.

    Pervez Musharraf termed the proceedings as a mean of revenge against him. Mushraff had unseated Nawaz Sharif in a bloodless coup in 1999 and ruled the country for over eight years.

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  • Council of Ministers takes stock of SAARC’s progress

    Dated: 2014-11-26

    ISLAMABAD: Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs has said SAARC must be responsive to the aspirations of its people to become a viable regional organization.

    Speaking at the SAARC Ministerial Meeting in Kathmandu on Tuesday, he stressed for formulating and pursuing a regional cooperation strategy by the member states.

    The Council of Ministers took stock of the SAARC’s progress and discussed the recommendations made by the Standing Committee that met on the 23rd and the 24th of this month.

    The Council also took a range of decisions for the strengthening of the SAARC processes. The Council prepared recommendations for consideration at the Summit and also finalized the Declaration of the Summit for adoption by the leaders.

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  • Military air strikes in NWA kill 19 militants

    Dated: 2014-11-26

    MIRANSHAH: Military air strikes in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) has killed at least 19 terrorists and eight others in the volatile region in an ongoing operation Zarb-e-Azb.

    Media reports said those killed in the attack included a senior commander of militants.

    Air strikes, artillery, mortars and ground troops have all been used to retake the rugged mountainous territory, which had become a haven for militants of all stripes — including Al-Qaeda and the homegrown Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) as well as foreign fighters including Uzbeks.

    In June the army began an offensive against militant hideouts in the North Waziristan tribal agency after a bloody raid on Karachi Airport ended faltering peace talks between the government and the Taliban.

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  • Traders call for banning political rallies and sit-ins in Islamabad

    Dated: 2014-11-26

    Islamabad: The local traders have been suffering huge losses for the last four months due to political rallies and sit-ins in the federal capital, therefore, government should ban all such activities in Islamabad and allocate a separate place for rallies and sit-ins out of the city.

    This was demanded by Sarfraz Mughal, President, Traders Welfare Association, Super Market, Islamabad while addressing representatives of various markets.

    He said the trend of political protests have brought business activities to standstill in Islamabad due to which the traders are unable to pay utility bills and salaries of employees. He appealed to the Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Nawaz Sharif and Federal Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan to ensure due compensation to the traders affected by sit-ins and metro bus project.

    Sarfraz Mughal also appealed to the landlords to exempt traders from at least two months’ rent so that they could be able to revive business activities.

    Muhammad

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  • TTP chief Fazlullah narrowly escapes US drone attack

    Dated: 2014-11-26

    PESHAWAR: Chief of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Mullah Fazlullah has narrowly escaped a US drone attack in Nazyan area of Afghanistan, bordering with Pakistan’s Bajaur tribal region, which was carried out on Monday, Nov 24.

    According to security sources, TTP head Fazlullah was present in Nazyan district of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, for the last 18 hours.

    A US predator fired missiles on a house in Nazyan area. The sources said that the missiles hit a house next to the one where the dreaded TTP chief was present. The sources said that Fazlullah narrowly escaped the attack.

    According to reports, the attack killed some five persons and injured about dozens.

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  • FO denies diplomat sacking in Brussels

    Dated: 2014-11-26

    RUSSLES: Dispelling the impression that a diplomat posted in Pakistani embassy in Brussels has been sacked for ‘damaging the country’s reputation’, Foreign Office Tuesday said that the official has completed his term in Belgium.

    Police department in Belgium circulated a photograph of Pakistani amateur cricket player Assim Abassi, son of the diplomat posted in Brussels, apparently armed with a weapon last week.

    Publication of the photo in a local newspaper reportedly generated terror scare, with the newspaper headline describing as “anti-Semitic killer”, the daily Telegraph reported. However, reports said, Abassi contacted the police to clarify that he was not armed but only carrying his cricket bat on way to a practice session. He said he wrapped his bat in his sweatshirt to save it from rainwater.

    It was reported that the Pakistan embassy in Brussels sacked Tuffail Abassi, a diplomat, for “damaging Pakistan’s rep

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  • Pakistan wants to resolve all issues with India through dialogue’

    Dated: 2014-11-26

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will present his viewpoint on regional cooperation in the SAARC summit.

    Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Tuesday afternoon, Prime Minister's spokesman Musadik Malik said SAARC is an important platform for regional cooperation, which is quite imperative for economic progress and fighting an effective war against hunger and poverty. He said a close coordination and trade among the SAARC member states will bring a revolution to the region.

    To a question, the spokesman said Pakistan did not express desire for meeting between the two premiers on the side-lines of the SAARC summit nor was such an invitation received from India. He said Pakistan extended a hand of friendship to India soon after formation of the new government there, but India cancelled the

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  • LAHORE: An aged man selling fries at his stall in the suburbs of the provincial capital.
  • LAHORE: Students return from school in a village in the suburbs of the provincial capital.
  • KARACHI: Firefighters extinguishing fire which erupted in a godown of wood at Ranchore Lines Area.
  • KARACHI: Firefighters extinguishing fire which erupted in a godown of wood at Ranchore Lines Area.
  • KARACHI: People gather at the site after fire erupted in a godown of wood at Ranchore Lines Area.
  • KARACHI: A man buying warm caps from a stall in Karachi.
  • KARACHI: People gather at the site after a traffic accident on Tariq Road. 2 people lost their life in the accident.
  • KARACHI: Additional IG Police Ghulam Qadir Thebo presenting a shield to Consul General of Korea during their visit to Police Head Office.
  • KARACHI: Models posing for a group photo during a fashion show in Karachi.
  • LAHORE: Activists of Qasaab Baradri hold a demonstration in support of their demands on Mall Road.
  • LAHORE: Activists of Anjuman Mazaraeen Punjab hold a demonstration in support of their demands at Faisal Chowk.
  • LAHORE: Activists of Anjuman Mazaraeen Punjab hold a demonstration in support of their demands at Faisal Chowk.
  • LAHORE: Activists of All Pakistan Clerks Association hold a demonstration in support of their demands at Faisal Chowk.
  • LAHORE: Activists of All Pakistan Clerks Association hold a demonstration in support of their demands at Faisal Chowk.
  • LAHORE: A man selling wild fruit (Singhara) on his bicycle in the provincial capital.
  • RAWALPINDI: People buying warm clothes from Landa Bazaar in Rawalpindi.
  • LAHORE: Chairman Tanzeem Khidmat e Khalq, Shahrian e Lahore Muhammad Shafiq Raza Qadri showing solidarity with the nurses during a demonstration organized by the nurses of Jinnah Hospital.
  • LAHORE: Students enjoying themselves during Fall Festival at Lahore College University for Women.
  • LAHORE: Students enjoying themselves during Fall Festival at Lahore College University for Women.
  • LAHORE: Students enjoying themselves during Fall Festival at Lahore College University for Women.
  • LAHORE: Students enjoying themselves during Fall Festival at Lahore College University for Women.
  • BANNU: Students of University of Science & Technology IT Department hold a demonstration in support of their demands outside Bannu Press Club.
  • BANNU: People buying coconuts from a stall in Bannu.
  • SUKKUR: Motorists are stuck in a traffic jam on Military Road.
  • NATHIAGALI: District Govt. workers demolishing Illegal Constructed Shops during anti-encroachment drive in Nathiagali Bazar.
  • LAHORE: Indian Hindu pilgrims arrive in Lahore through wagah border to take part in Hindu Religious Festival Shivratri.
  • LAHORE: Indian Hindu pilgrims arrive in Lahore through wagah border to take part in Hindu Religious Festival Shivratri.
  • SIALKOT: A man selling chicken corn soup at his stall in Sialkot.
  • DERAGHAZIKHAN: Chairman Standing Committee on Religious Affairs Dr Hafiz Abdul Kareem talking to the media persons at DG Khan.
  • PESHAWAR: Activists of All Pakistan Clerks Association hold a demonstration in support of their demands in Peshawar.
  • PESHAWAR: Grade IV employees hold a demonstration in support of their demands on GT Road.
  • PESHAWAR: Activists of Khyber Students Union hold a demonstration in support of their demands outside Peshawar Press Club.
  • PESHAWAR: Residents of Bara, Khyber Agency, hold a demonstration in support of their demands outside Peshawar Press Club.
  • HYDERABAD: MNA and member of Senate standing committee for water and power Syed Waseem Hussain and HESCO officials listening complaints of the consumers at Mehran Arts Council.
  • HYDERABAD: Residents of Hali road hold a protest against bad law and order situation and robberies.
  • HYDERABAD: Residents of Dadu hold a protest in support of their demands outside HPC.
  • HYDERABAD: Commuters facing problems due to Sewage water inundated in Latifabad Railway underpass.
  • HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah and others pray on the sad demise of brother in law of senior journalist Muhammad Hussain Khan at his residence.
  • HYDERABAD: Residents of Qasimabad hold a protest against demolishing their houses during removal of encroachment, outside HPC.
  • HYDERABAD: Patients take nap after eye operation in a Free eye camp organized by Lions Club at police ground.
  • HYDERABAD: Doctors doing EYE operation of in Free EYE camp organized by Lions Club at police ground.
  • ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Jordon Nawaf Sarairen, Ambassador of Algeria Dr Ahmad Benflis, Ambassador of Pallestine Walid AM Abu Ali, Managing Director Interiors Gallery Haq Nawaz looking at the paintings displayed during the launching ceremony of the gallery in Islamabad.
  • ISLAMABAD: Leader of All Pakistan Minorities Alliance J. Salik leading a protest against loadsheddings, outside National Press Club.
  • ISLAMABAD: Women hold placards during a protest organized by All Pakistan Minorities Alliance against loadsheddings, outside National Press Club.
  • ISLAMABAD: A girl takes keen interest in painting displayed during opening of a new art gallery in Super Market
  • RAWALPINDI: Traffic passing through Benazir Bhutto Road where tract of Metro Bus Service is being constructed.
  • RAWALPINDI: A view of public swimming pool filled with mud at Rumi Park in Cantonment area.
  • FAISALABAD: A view of broken gate of Allied Hospital which needs to be repaired as people face inconvenience.
  • FAISALABAD: CPO Dr Sohail Habib Tajik and CTO Muhammad Masoom distributing safety helmets arranged by City Traffic Police for the citizens to reduced fatal injuries during accidents of bike riders.
  • FAISALABAD: People struggle to get safety helmets arranged by City Traffic Police for the citizens to reduced fatal injuries during accidents of bike riders.
  • ISLAMABAD: A view of match of Federal Board Inter Collegiate Girls Hockey Tournament at Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium.
  • ISLAMABAD: A view of match of Federal Board Inter Collegiate Girls Hockey Tournament at Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium.
  • LAHORE: A view of containers of relief items arranged by Pakistan army for the affectees of famine hit area of Tharparkar.
  • LAHORE: Soldiers loading beds in a truct before dispatching relief items arranged by Pakistan army for the affectees of famine hit area of Tharparkar.
  • QUM: Chairman Council of Islamic Ideology Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani addressing a conference held in the city of Qum, Iran.
  • KARACHI: Applicants who seek jobs in Sindh police, seen holding their files in a queue outside the office of Senior Superintendent of Police City District South Zone Karachi.
  • KARACHI: A large number of pigeons seen sitting in a tree at Nomaish Chorangi.
  • KARACHI: Men seen carrying heavy load on small donkey cart which can cause accident in the port city.
  • KARACHI: Vendors selling warm clothes at roadside in the area of Teen Hatti.
  • KARACHI: Customers buying warm clothes from stalls at Empress Market as demand increased due to cold weather.
  • KARACHI: Vendor of onions and potatoes takes a nap at a bus stop near Arts Council.
  • KARACHI: Official of Sindh Nurses Action Joint Forum James Watt addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club.
  • KARACHI: Cricket Coach Muhammad Younas addressing a press conference regarding fitness of his player Monas at Karachi Press Club.
  • KARACHI: A view of lawn of Mazar-e-Quaid where no grass can be seen due to negligence of concerned authorities.
  • KARACHI: Men seen selling big balloons to earn livelihood for their families in Saddar.
  • KARACHI: People seen at the construction site of bridge on nullah where one labourer was killed and four suffered from health problems due to poisonous gas, at Shafique Mor, Rashid Minhas Road.
  • KARACHI: Leader of Sindh United Party Jalal Mehmood Shah addressing a press conference at Haider Manzil.
  • KARACHI: Applicants who seek jobs in Sindh police, seen standing in queue outside SSP Office.
  • ATTOCK: Students of various schools stage a protest against Professor Tahir Naeemi of Punjab College.
  • ATTOCK: Participants of tent pegging competition seen on their horses before the starting of the game.
  • ATTOCK: Horse riders participate in tent pegging competition in Attock.
  • ATTOCK: Nawabzada Kot Fateh Khan Malik Muhammad Saeed and Malik Hameed Akbar in a group photo with participants of tent pegging competition in Attock.
  • ATTOCK: Ulema of Jamaat Ahl-e-Sunnat addressing a press conference against Professor Tahir Naeemi of Punjab College.
  • ATTOCK: Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad addressing a ceremony.
  • MULTAN: Provincial Minister for Prison Chaudhary Abdul Waheed Arain talking to media persons on the occasion of distribution of quilts among flood affectees.
  • MULTAN: Workers of a local NGO demonstrate to demand legislation to stop Domestic Violence and Child Marriage, outside Multan Arts Council.
  • KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif being greeted by the Education Minister of Nepal Chitra Lekha Yadev upon his arrival at the SAARC Villa in Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif receiving salute upon his arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal for attending the 18th SAARC Summit.
  • KARACHI: Experts of Bomb Disposal Squad and security personnel seen at the site of blast of a bomb which was planted in a bike.
  • KARACHI: Security person stands near auto rickshaw which was burnt due to blast of a bomb which was planted in a bike at Korangi Crossing.
  • KARACHI: View of wreckage of bike which was used in bomb blast seen with the identity cards of people who came under the range of the blast which occurred at Korangi Crossing.
  • KARACHI: A view of police truck which was targeted in a bomb blast which occurred at Korangi Crossing.
  • KARACHI: Models walk on the ramp during Pakistan Fashion Week held at a local hotel.
  • KARACHI: Models walk on the ramp during Pakistan Fashion Week held at a local hotel.