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Senate body asks FO to summon Saudi envoy

ISLAMABAD – The Senate Standing Committee on Interior directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday to call the ambassador of Saudi Arabia immediately and ask him to annul the decision of executing three Pakistanis as they had paid blood money (Diyat) to the heirs of the killed persons in Pakistan.
The Pakistani citizens had been awarded death sentence in a murder case in Saudi Arabia but they had not been released so far despite the payment of Rs 4 million as blood money

UK’s report on Pakistani democracy negative: FO

ISLAMABAD – In its reaction to 2010 Human Rights and Democracy report by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Pakistan on Friday regretted that the report omitted the positive aspects when it talked about the state of democracy and democratic institutions in the country. Responding to a question regarding the report, the Foreign Office spokesperson, Tehmina Janjua said, “Pakistan is today a free, transparent and democratic society where all issues including social and

Gilani and Singh meeting win-win situation for all: FO

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Thursday said the meeting between Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh at the Cricket World Cup semi-final match between the neighboring countries was a win-win situation for both the states in the process of bilateral engagement. “Pakistan looks forward to a meaningful progress in the ongoing dialogue with India,” said Foreign Office spokesman Tehmina Janjua while addressing her weekly press briefing. “Pakistan does not

Pakistan trying not to let Davis issue strain ties with US: FO

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Thursday said it was working with the US to ensure that the diplomatic row with Washington over suspected CIA contractor Raymond Davis, arrested in January for killing two Pakistanis in Lahore, did not impact bilateral relations.
In response to a volley of questions on the Davis’ issue at her weekly press briefing, Foreign Office spokeswoman Tehmina Janjua said, “The matter of Davis is sub-judice and it will be a little early for me to say anything in

Davis issue – FO seeks legal opinion, Law Ministry indecisive

ISLAMABAD – The Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs has not replied to the request forwarded by the Foreign Office (FO) around 15 days back, which sought its legal opinion on the issue of the US national Raymond Davis.
A source in the ministry told Pakistan Today on Saturday that the Foreign Office had sent a request seeking legal opinion on the issue involving the murder of two Pakistanis by Raymond Davis. The FO had also provided all the available record of Davis

President, PM tell FO to ensure Pakistanis in Libya are safe

ISLAMABAD – President Zardari and PM Gilani have ordered Foreign Affairs Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir to ensure the safety of Pakistani expatriates in Libya, Foreign Office Spokeswoman Tehmina Janjua said in a statement on Sunday.
“In implementation of this directive, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up a Special Task Force that is working round-the-clock to monitor the situation and provide assistance through our embassies in Tripoli and

World must support our peace efforts: FO

ISLAMABAD – It is “imperative” for the world to support Pakistan’s efforts to reach out to Afghanistan and India to create an environment that will usher peace, stability and development in the South Asian region, the Foreign Office said on Sunday.
In a reaction to US secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent remarks, Foreign Office spokeswoman Tehmina Janjua said, “Pakistan has reached out to both Afghanistan and India to promote an environment conducive to stability and

Tehmina replaces Basit as FO spokesperson

ISLAMABAD – In the wake of former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s ouster from the federal cabinet, Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit has also been replaced.
Tehmina Janjua, a director general in the Foreign Ministry, has been appointed the new spokesperson for the Foreign Office. Basit has been appointed additional secretary for European Affairs.
However, a source in the Foreign Office denied any link between Basit’s replacement and the former FM’s ouster from the


Davis is a diplomat, enjoys immunity: FO

ISLAMABAD – In a dramatic development, the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday sent a letter to the Law Ministry, declaring Raymond Davis a diplomat enjoying immunity and seeking advice on the legal aspects of the contentious issue. The latest but highly significant move on part of the Foreign Office came at a time when an influential US Senator John Kerry is visiting Pakistan to resolve the diplomatic row with Pakistan over the detention of the US citizen, who was arrested in Lahore on

India lacks courage to unearth Samjhota perpetrators: FO

ISLAMABAD – India lacks courage to unearth the role of Hindu extremists and their links with some Indian Army personnel in the Samjhota Express bombing, Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit told Pakistan Today on Saturday.
He said it was “unfortunate” that India had been unable to complete its investigations into the Samjhota Express blasts, despite the passage of four years. “We do not know how many more years India will need to bring the perpetrators of the Samjhota terrorist