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  • PM reviews petrol supply situation, implementation of NAP

    Dated: 2015-01-28

    ISLAMABAD: A high-level meeting reviewed petrol supply situation and implementation of the National Action Plan against Terrorism.

    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired the meeting. The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction over availability of petrol in the country. He, however, gave directions for closer coordination among different ministries and departments should ensure seamless coordination to avoid such occurrences in future.

    Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif briefed the meeting about progress of implementation of the National Action Plan in the province.

    The Prime Minister said other provinces should also expedite implementation of the plan. Mian Nawaz Sharif said the government is committed to eradicate terrorism and extremism from the country and asked other provinces to speed up the process of implementing

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  • Army Chief vows to continue operation till elimination of last terrorist

    Dated: 2015-01-28

    RAWALPINDI: Army Chief General Raheel Sharif has said the army will continue its operation till the elimination of last terrorist. Addressing troops in Mohmand Agency, he said a comprehensive and uniform reconstruction and rehabilitation policy across FATA will help eliminate terrorism. He said such policy will help root out terrorism on long term basis by providing education and economic opportunities to the youth. The Army chief appreciated the troops for their professionalism, dedication and the sacrifices in fighting terrorism and bringing stability in Mohmand Agency.

    Appreciating the tribal brethren for playing a significant role in expelling terrorists from their area, Raheel Sharif said the military will never abandon these areas without fully restoring them to functional normalcy.

    Referring to recently launched sanitization operations by Afghan National Army in area opposite to Mohmand and Bajaur Agencies, he said such measures would help check cross-border terrorism incidents.

    The Army Chief said operations in the Afghan areas emphasised the need to further enhance border coordination.

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  • 23 more terrorists killed in second air raid in NWA toll raises to 76

    Dated: 2015-01-28

    Rawalpindi: In second air strike 23 more terrorists killed in North Waziristan on Tuesday mounted death toll to 76, military media wing said here.

    The first air strike took place near Datta Khel area of North Waziristan tribal district while the second strike was focused on Datta Khel.

    At least 35 militants were killed in air strikes on Sunday in the same area.

    "In precise aerial strikes, 53 terrorists including some foreigners were killed," the military said in a statement, adding later that another 23 were killed in further strikes.

    "Six terrorist hideouts, an ammunition dump and seven explosive-laden vehicles were also destroyed" in the air strikes, the statement added.

    Pakistan began a long-awaited push to clear insurgent bases from North Waziristan last June after a bloody Taliban attack on Karachi airport finally sank faltering p

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  • Afghan Taliban, govt hold talks in Dubai

    Dated: 2015-01-28

    ISLAMABAD, January 27 (Online) - Talks between Taliban and Afghan government are going on in Dubai and a fifth round was held Tuesday with facilitators from Pakistan, sources informed.

    “Pakistan is supporting Afghan-owned reconciliation arrangement and it would facilitate the process, and would do what it can,” said Pakistani foreign office Spokesperson Tasneem Aslam, when she was asked about the talks between Afghan Taliban and Afghan government.

    Nevertheless, over the current rounds of Afghan govt-Taliban talks she said, “I don’t have any information about it and unaware of it.”

    Well-placed sources in Afghan government, however, claimed that sympathizers of the people of Afghanistan from Pakistan are facilitating the talks after Afghan government secretly asked for their support.

    Sources in Dubai through an SMS informed that former Taliban Minister Mullah Gul Agha, Mu

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  • Operationalization of Indo-US nuclear deal to disturb regional power balance: Sartaj

    Dated: 2015-01-28

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has warned that operationalization of Indo-US nuclear deal for political and economic expediencies would have a detrimental impact on deterrence stability in South Asia.     Reacting to the statements made and agreements signed during President Obama's visit to India, Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan reserves the right to safeguard its national security interests. In a statement, he said Pakistan is examining the longer term implications of these agreements for its security. Sartaj Aziz pointed out that a country, in violation of UN Security Council resolutions on matters of international peace and security, such as the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, by no means qualifies for a special status in the Security Council. The Advisor said Pakistan is also opposed to yet another country-specific exemption from Nuclear Suppliers Group rules to grant membership to India.

    This would further compound the already fragile strategic stability environment in South Asia, further undermine the credibility of NSG and weaken the non-proliferation regime. He said Pakistan would continue to maintain its constructive engagement with NSG and other export control regimes to build its case for membership.

    Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan is a leading partner of the international community in counter-terrorism. It also expects the same commitment from others. Pakistan’s contribution and sacrifices in the fight against terrorism have been widely acknowledged.

    The Advisor said Pakistan values its relations with the United States and expects it to play a constructive role for strate

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  • Bahrain to promote defence cooperation with Pakistan

    Dated: 2015-01-28

    MANAMA, January 27 (Online): Bahrain has shown keen interest to promote cooperation with Pakistan in the field of defence. This was stated by Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa during a meeting with Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt in Manama on Tuesday. The King expressed his satisfaction on the level of brotherly relations and bilateral cooperation between the two countries in various fields. He welcomed the Air Chief and conveyed his best wishes for the progress and prosperity of Pakistani people.

    MANAMA, January 27 (Online): Bahrain has shown keen interest to promote cooperation with Pakistan in the field of defence. This was stated by Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa during a meeting with Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt in Manama on Tuesday. The King expressed his satisfaction on the level of brotherly relations and bilateral cooperation between the two countries in various fields. He welcomed the Air Chief and conveyed his best wishes for the progress and prosperity of Pakistani people. More details