LAHORE – Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) senior party members from Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been called in the presidency to discuss the party strategy regarding Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) case in the Supreme Court on Tuesday (today). The PPP sources said the meeting was called by the President Asif Ali Zardari, who is also the co-chairman of PPP, to discuss the reference about the re-opening of the ZAB case, relief for people in the upcoming budget and
NEW DELHI – India on Monday sought voice samples of suspected Mumbai terrorist attack plotters believed to be in Pakistan as home secretaries of the two countries met in New Delhi for two days of broad-ranging talks on issues including counter-terrorism and relaxation of visa rules. The talks are due to end on Tuesday, but the focus has already turned to Wednesday’s World Cup cricket semi-final between the two old rivals after Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh invited Prime
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have legendary bilateral, historic and closest relations and the Saudis are involved in many aspects of Pakistani life.
These views were expressed by Federal Minister for Interior Rehman Malik during a meeting with his Royal Highness Prince Bander Bin Sultan, Secretary-General National Security Council (NSC) Saudi Arabia, in the federal capital on Sunday. During the meeting, they discussed matters of mutual interest in detail.
ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Saudi Arabian National Security Council Secretary General Prince Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud on Saturday discussed the alarming situation of public uprising in the Gulf states besides exploring ways and means to restore peace to Afghanistan through a joint strategy of talks with the local warring factions.
The visiting Saudi prince called on the prime minister at the PM’s House and briefed him on the Saudi perception
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan and Saudi Arabia on Friday condemned the recent incident of the deliberate desecration of the Holy Quran by a fanatic in Florida and discussed bilateral relations besides the political situation in the Middle East and the Arab world.
These matters were discussed in a meeting between Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Secretary-General of National Security Council of Saudi Arabia, and President Asif Ali Zardari at the Presidency.
ISLAMABAD – Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Abdul Aziz Ibrahim bin Saleh Al-Ghadeer called on Interior Minister Rehman Malik at his office on Saturday. A source in the interior ministry said both the leaders discussed the overall situation emerging after the release of the US national Raymond Davis who killed two Pakistanis It added that Rehman Malik appreciated the Saudi role in the release of the US national and expressed satisfaction on the modus operandi adopted in this regard. It
PHNOM PENH – Cambodian and US officials held talks on Thursday to explore ways of settling a decades-old “dirty debt” of more than $400 million, both sides said. The low-interest loans from the US were given to the government of General Lon Nol after it came to power in a US-backed coup in 1970. Cambodia says the money helped pay for a devastating bombing campaign on the country by US forces targeting Khmer Rouge guerrillas in the early 1970s.
Prime Minister Hun Sen last year
ISLAMABAD – Federal Law Minister Dr Babar Awan Wednesday said that government was fully determined to uplift living standards of people in southern Punjab and to bring them at par with the rest of the country. He told this to Senator Mohammad Ali Durrani who called on him to discuss the issues of southern Punjab, with a specific reference to Bahawalpur.
Senator Mohammad Ali Durrani discussed various legal and administrative issues regarding the development of less developed areas
ISLAMABAD – The government has convened a meeting of the ministries of Water and Power and Law on Tuesday to resolve the issue of imposition of two percent surcharge per unit on electricity from April 1. An official source said the meeting was called after the Ministry of Law and Ministry of Water and Power failed to devise a mechanism for imposing the surcharge. The Ministry of Law had refused vetting the summary of the Ministry of Power, saying the reasons cited for the surcharge
ISLAMABAD – Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Chief Lt General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, who recently secured another extension in his service, called on Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani here on Friday and discussed with him important issues with the focus on security and terrorism.
Pasha, whose current term as ISI chief comes to an end on March 18, has been given a one-year extension by the president on the advice of the PM, with the former signing the summary in this regard. “The
ISLAMABAD – Negotiation between Pakistan and China on Free Trade Agreement (FTA) concluded yesterday with special onus placed on reducing Pakistan’s trade deficit in bilateral trade and tariff concessions to each other. The first phase of the FTA between the two countries will conclude on 31 December, 2012 and respective organisations of both governments have begun negotiations to finalise modalities for the second phase which would be implemented from January 2013.
ISLAMABAD – Amid reports of the arrival of two leading legal experts from the US to provide legal assistance to Raymond Davis, US Ambassador Cameron P Munter on Saturday met President Asif Ali Zardari at the presidency to discuss the Pak-US joint efforts to resolve the Davis issue.
A well-placed source informed Pakistan Today that the two discussed possible strategies to repatriate Davis, under trial for killing two Pakistanis in Lahore in January. “The two countries are trying
JAMMU – Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Friday he was approaching new peace talks with Pakistan with an “open mind”, saying all disputes, including the long-running feud over Indian-held Kashmir, would be discussed.
New Delhi and Islamabad announced on February 10 that they would resume full peace talks which were suspended more than two years ago. “We wish to resolve all outstanding issues between the two countries through friendly dialogue and constructive and
CAIRO – The Internet activists who triggered Egypt’s popular uprising said Monday they had discussed reforms with the country’s new military rulers, a day after the generals dissolved Hosni Mubarak’s regime.
As the elderly generals and the youthful online campaigners sought to map out the country’s future, a wave strikes and protests swept several public and private sector industries as workers pressed demands for pay rises. In the shadow of the Great Pyramid of Giza, hundreds of
KARACHI – President Asif Ali Zardari is holding a crucial meeting with the members of Pakistan Business Council (PBC) on Feb 17 in Islamabad to discuss economic revival agenda, floated recently by the council. Sources told Pakistan Today on Monday that during the meeting the president, economic team of the government and the PBC’s representatives, who belong to the leading corporate sector entities in the country, would discuss the issues raised by the council to revive the ailing
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Afghanistan held talks on Friday for finalising implementation procedures for installing tracking system, biometric system and establishing bank guarantee system and other international requirements for the start of Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA).
These issues were discussed at the first meeting of the Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade Coordination Authority (APTTCA) on Friday. Commerce Secretary Zafar Mahmood and Afghan Deputy
ISLAMABAD – The sub committee of the Cabinet Committee on Privatisation (CCOP) will discuss the issue of launching equity linked instruments for state owned energy sector companies. The sub committee was formed on February 3 by CCOP for formulating recommendations for the issuance of convertible bonds of state owned entities (SOE), Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL), Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) and Pakistan State Oil (PSO) in international capital markets.