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FO spokesperson expresses regret over Modi’s Dhaka speech

ISLAMABAD: Taking note of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statements during his visit to Bangladesh, Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi M. Khalilullah said on Tuesday that it confirms Pakistan’s stance on India’s negative role against a sovereign neighbouring state. In the referred speech, Modi had acknowledged the Indian government’s interference in ...

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Defence budget raised by 11.6pc to Rs781 billion

ISLAMABAD: The government has increased defence spending for the next financial year by 11.6 per cent to Rs781 billion. Presenting the budget in the National Assembly, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said: “The defence budget is being increased from Rs700bn for the outgoing fiscal year to Rs 780bn for 2015-16.” The ...

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Ishaq Dar presents federal budget 2015-16

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Friday approved the budget for the fiscal year 2015-16, with a total expected outlay of Rs4.2 trillion. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar is presenting the budget on the floor of the National Assembly. The minister briefed the cabinet about the salient features of the budget and ...

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Pakistan rules out sharing nukes with Saudis, anyone else

WASHINGTON: Pakistan ruled out sharing its nuclear weapons with Saudi Arabia, insisting Thursday that the atomic arsenal would continue serving solely for the country’s national defence even as world powers and Iran near a possible nuclear agreement. Closing a wide-ranging trip to Washington, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry angrily rejected ...

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Access to peaceful nuclear technology a priority, US told

WASHINGTON: Pakistan told US officials that access to peaceful nuclear technology was a socio-economic priority for the energy-starved nation, says a joint statement issued on Wednesday. Pakistan reassured the United States that “it will not be the first in its region to resume nuclear testing” and also explained its reluctance ...

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Imran offers re-election to parties and ECP

ISLAMABAD: As the controversies surrounding last week’s local government elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa deepen, the provincial ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) is finding it difficult to respond in an effective manner. Perhaps this was why a visibly perturbed PTI chief offered on Tuesday to hold re-elections if the contesting political ...

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