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Pakistan will not take sides in Qatar-Saudi Dispute

Saudi demand Pakistan’s efforts to cooperate them in isolating Qatar The breaking off all diplomatic ties by Saudi Arabia ally nations with Qatar has created a chaos in many Muslim countries. Qatar who is close ally to Pakistan, by land and sea made headline news around the world, when Saudi asked Pakistan to clear their position “are you with us or with Qatar”. Pakistan in light of the current diplomatic tensions, Islamabad has issue a quick statement in response of Saudi’s demand that Pakistan will not take sides in the brewing diplomatic crisis in the Middle East. The Saudi demand for Pakistan to take a clear position on Qatar came during a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, diplomatic sources unveiled. Premier Sharif, who accompanied by army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and other senior officials, dashed to Jeddah on Monday to discuss the emerging situation in the Arab world. Pakistan has been treading a careful path since Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries snapped diplomatic ties with Qatar after accusing the oil-rich country of supporting terrorist groups. Meanwhile, Riyadh wants Islamabad to side with the kingdom as it ramped up efforts to participate them in isolating Qatar. However, Pakistani leaders instead Saudi expectation and offered to use its influence over Qatar to defuse the situation. Pakistani told the Saudi leadership that Islamabad would support any efforts to foster unity among the Muslim Ummah. However, Pakistan would not take sides in any event that would create divisions within the Muslim world. For this purpose, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will undertake visits to Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey, who are currently spearheading efforts seeking de-escalation of tensions between Qatar and other Gulf countries. Earlier this week, the Gulf States after cutting Qatar relations have given a time of two weeks to the Qataris to leave their shores. Qatar has also been taken out of the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT) fighting in Yemen presently. Abu Dhabi also has announced stopping its flights to and from Doha.

Saudi demand Pakistan’s efforts to cooperate them in isolating Qatar The breaking off all diplomatic ties by Saudi Arabia ally nations with Qatar has created a chaos in many Muslim countries. Qatar who is close ally to Pakistan, by land and sea made headline news around the world, when Saudi asked Pakistan to clear their position “are you with us ... Read More »

Nawaz Sharif met Vladimir Putin at One Belt One Road Forum in Beijing

Nawaz Sharif met Vladimir Putin at ‘One Belt One Road’ Beijing

Russian and Chinese Presidents want to facilitate meeting for Sharif and Modi during upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit On the sidelines of the international summit on China’s new Silk Road plan titled as ‘Belt and Road Forum’ aimed at getting international support to build the world’s largest infrastructure project. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Russian President Vladimir Putin had ... Read More »

U.S. National Security Adviser assures strong bilateral ties with Pakistan

U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster stress “the need to confront terrorism in all its forms” United States National Security Adviser Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster concluded his Pakistan’s visit after high-level meetings with met civilian and military leaders, its first high-level interaction between Pakistan and the US since the Trump administration. H.R McMaster during his daylong trip met civilian and military ... Read More »

More than 100,000 Pakistanis become American citizens in one decade

104,000 Pakistanis have gained US citizenship between 2005 and 2014

104,000 Pakistanis gained American citizenship in 10 years whereas 14,400 Pakistanis immigrated to the US last year As many as 104,000 Pakistanis have gained American citizenship over the past 10 years between 2005 and 2014, United States (U.S.) consulate official informed during a media tour of the Karachi consulate’s visa section on Friday. Around 14,400 Pakistanis immigrated to the U.S. last year. ... Read More »

Pakistan and China launch first joint border patrol

A frontier defense regiment of the PLA in Xinjiang, along with a border police force from Pakistan, carry out a joint patrol along the China-Pakistan border. Photo: 81.cn

Pakistani and Chinese troops are jointly patrolling a stretch of the border connecting Pakistan and China. This is the first time China and Pakistan have carried out joint patrol in the recent years though Chinese troops have been patrolling the area since 2014. Though there are no details of the joint patrolling by China and Pakistan but it coincides with ... Read More »

Pakistan and Turkey share judicial experience to improve the system

Group photo of Pakistan delegation at Turkish Judicial Academy

A high-level delegation comprising members of high judiciary from Pakistan is visiting Turkey at the invitation of the Justice Academy of Turkey ANKARA (Turkey) – Judicial experts of Pakistan and Turkey, held a meeting in Ankara, to share each other’s experiences and improve the judicial system by collaboration in the field of judicial training. A high- level delegation comprising members of high judiciary from Pakistan is visiting Turkey ... Read More »

Pakistan’s Middle East Policy: Striking a balance between Iran and Saudi Arabia

Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia

Is it possible for Pakistan to strike a balance between ties with Saudi Arabia and Iran? The answer is Yes. Former Ambassador Masood Khan explains how.. By Masood Khan The essence of President Hassan Rohani’s visit to Islamabad was bilateral relations between Pakistan and Iran but the strategic overhang of the visit was no less important. Post-nuclear deal with six ... Read More »

Pakistan and Iran vow to boost trade, defence ties

Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in one-on-one meeting at PM House in Islamabad on March 25, 2016.

Pakistan and Iran sign 6 MoUs during the visit of first Iranian head of state to neighbouring Pakistan in the last 14 years. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have vowed to boost cooperation on regional security and trade during talks in Islamabad, the first visit by an Iranian head of state in 14 years. Pakistan and ... Read More »

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