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Egypt’s president says Cairo backs Syrian forces

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi says his administration supports Syrian government forces fighting to cleanse Syria of foreign-sponsored terrorists. Sisi said in a recent interview with the Portuguese broadcaster RTP that the Syrian military was capable of restoring stability to the country. “Our priority is to support national armies, for example in ...

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Morocco quits Africa-Arab summit in Equatorial Guinea

Morocco has quit the fourth Africa-Arab World Summit in Equatorial Guinea in protest against the presence of a delegation from the Polisario Front, a group seeking the independence of Western Sahara. The Moroccan delegation made the decision to walk out of the summit in Malabo on Wednesday to protest “the ...

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Aziz summoned to brief Senate on LoC situation today

ISLAMABAD: After senators blasted India for escalating tensions along the Line of Control (LoC) and targeting civilian populations on Wednesday, Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani summoned Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz to the house on Thursday (today) to explain why the United Nations Security Council had ...

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Cabinet approves 146pc rise in salaries of parliamentarians

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has approved a staggering increase of up to 146 per cent in the salary of members of parliament. Briefing reporters about decisions taken by the federal cabinet on Wednesday, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said members of the National Assembly and the ...

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Egypt court overturns ex-president Morsi’s life sentence

An Egyptian appeals court has overturned one of two life sentences issued against ousted President Mohamed Morsi on espionage charges and ordered a retrial.  The Court of Cassation, Egypt’s highest judicial authority, issued the ruling on Tuesday, Morsi’s lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsoud and judicial sources confirmed. The court also ordered the retrial of ...

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New committee to hammer out India policy

ISLAMABAD: A high-level committee, consisting of senior officials from the ministries of defence, inte­rior and information, the Mili­tary Operations Directorate, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Intelligence Bureau (IB), has been formed to formulate “a doable and sustainable India-Kashmir policy”, Sartaj Aziz told the Senate on Tuesday. Speaking about the status of ...

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9 killed as Indian troops target passenger bus near LoC

Indian troops resumed heavy shelling on Wednesday after a day-long lull and targeted a passenger bus in Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s Lawat area, killing nine people and injuring 11 others. Indian troops also fired at an ambulance which went into the area for evacuation, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. “Indian ...

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