US envoy for Afghan peace in Pakistan for talks on Taliban

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Washington’s special envoy tasked with finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s bloody 17-year-old war met Tuesday with Pakistani officials, and a Taliban official said four members from the group’s political office in the Middle Eastern state of Qatar were also in the Pakistani capital.

But the visit by the Taliban leaders, which included a former Taliban ambassador and a former governor who is also on a United Nations sanctions list, is “private,” the official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Pak President rules out establishing any kind of ties with Israel

By Sajjad Hussain

Islamabad, Oct 28 (PTI) Pakistan President Arif Alvi on Sunday ruled out establishing any kind of relations with Israel as he strongly rejected reports that an Israeli aircraft carrying some officials secretly landed in Islamabad and flew away after several hours at the airport here.

"Islamabad is not establishing any kind of relations with Israel," Alvi told the media before his departure for Turkey on a three-day official visit in the wee hours of Sunday.

Pakistan: All corrupt leaders in Pak will go to jail: PM Khan

Islamabad, Oct 25; PTI: Promising that all corrupt leaders will go to jail, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that no politicians and officials who have put Pakistan into the debt trap through their corrupt practices will get protection from any legislation like the defunct National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO).

Imran Khan calls for dialogue to resolve Kashmir issue

By Sajjad Hussain

Islamabad, Oct 22 (PTI) India should move to resolve the Kashmir issue through dialogue, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said Monday.

His remarks came a day after six civilians were killed after an explosive went off at an encounter site in Kulgam district of South Kashmir.

"Strongly condemn the new cycle of killings of innocent Indian security forces," Khan tweeted.

Voting underway for second round of Pakistan bypolls

Karachi/Peshawar, Oct 21 (PTI) Polling for Pakistan's second round of by-elections in three national and provincial assembly constituencies in Karachi and Peshawar were underway amidst strict security.

A total of 858,866 voters are eligible to cast their ballots in the by-polls, which were necessitated after the candidates elected on them in the July 25 general elections tendered their resignations.

All three of the winners belonged to the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).

U.S. special envoy to hold talks with Pakistani officials on peace reconciliation

ISLAMABAD, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan's peace and reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, will hold talks here on Tuesday with Pakistani officials to discuss ways of cooperation in reconciliation in Afghanistan.

A Pakistani official told Xinhua that the U.S. special representative will meet Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and other senior officials at the ministry.

A U.S. embassy spokesman said Khalilzad will "explore how best to reach a negotiated settlement to the conflict in Afghanistan."

Strong bilateral ties with China is cornerstone of Pak foreign policy: Imran Khan

Islamabad, Oct 8 (PTI) Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said that a strong bilateral relationship with China is the cornerstone of the Pakistan's foreign policy.

Khan chaired a high-level meeting with his Cabinet colleagues and discussed his maiden tour to China next month during which matters related to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is to be discussed, the Express Tribune reported.

Pakistan orders ActionAid to leave: NGO

Islamabad, Oct 4 (AFP) Pakistan has ordered international charity ActionAid, which supports a range of development and women's rights projects, to shut down its operations in the country, the aid group said on Thursday.

A letter from Pakistan's interior ministry sent to ActionAid, and shared with AFP by the group, said it must cease its work within 60 days.

No representative of the interior ministry was immediately available for comment.

Pak cuts CPEC investment in railways by USD 2 bn

Islamabad, Oct 2 (PTI) Pakistan has slashed the Chinese investment in railways by USD 2 billion citing a huge burden of loans, giving credence to reports that the new government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan may scrutinise the multi-billion dollar CPEC, a media report said Tuesday.

Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad said that the share of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in the railways has been reduced from USD 8.2 billion to USD 6.2 billion.

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