.: Asia

Date: 12 May 2013

Hameed Shaheen

ISLAMABAD - The next round of talks on the nuclear standoff between Iran and the European bloc of countries, international reports say, would be held on May 15, in Istanbul/Turkey.

Date: 4 May 2013

WASHINGTON, May 04 (INP): U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has appointed veteran U.S. diplomat James Dobbins as Washington’s new special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said on Friday.

Date: 4 May 2013

Gunmen killed Pakistan's main government prosecutor on the Benazir Bhutto murder case in Islamabad before escaping on a motorbike, police said.

State prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali was shot in the head,

Date: 1 May 2013

LORALAI, May 01 (INP): Chairman Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has said that if voted to power, his party would put an end to military operation in Balochistan forever.

Addressing a public gathering in Loralai on Wednesday‚ the PTI chief said that Pakistan will be made an Islamic welfare state where the basic rights of the masses will be safeguarded.

Date: 28 Apr 2013

Hameed Shaheen

ISLAMABAD - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, attended the 3rd Ministerial Conference of the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and delivered the following statement. On the sidelines of the conference,

Date: 25 Apr 2013

LAHORE, April 25 (INP): FormerChief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Mirza Aslam Baig has said that some elements were hatching conspiracy to sabotage the ongoing electoral process and targeting former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf is the continuation of the same plot.

Date: 25 Apr 2013

Hameed Shaheen

ISLAMABAD - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, welcomed the decision of UNESCO to form a committee of experts to study the case of Old City of Jerusalem and its historic walls places,

Date: 16 Apr 2013

Tehran: China has criticized the United States for its increasing military presence in Asia, saying the move is heightening the tensions in the Asia Pacific region.

China's Defense Ministry Spokesman Yang Yujun said on Tuesday that the US is destabilizing the region by sending more troops, ships, and planes and strengthening its military alliances with

Date: 16 Apr 2013

NEW DELHI, April 16 (INP): Indian official sources have confirmed that Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s plans to visit India in May on his first overseas tour after assuming office.

The meeting could see both leaders adding to the confidence building measures that have seen a gradual step up since both sides signed a protocol in 2005 to define rules of behaviour along the line of actual control (LAC).

Date: 14 Apr 2013

NEW DELHI: While Tihar Jail authorities wait for Devender Singh Pal Bhullar to be shifted back to prison from the Institute of Human Behaviour Allied Science (IHBAS), intelligence assessments have started trickling in, warning of an adverse fallout in Punjab of his impending execution. Intelligence circles are already debating whether his hanging should be carried out in secrecy, as was done in the case of Ajmal Kasab and Afzal Guru.

Date: 13 Apr 2013

ISLAMABAD, Apr 13 (INP): Mr Tim Livesey , CEO of Tethyan copper & Gold and Mr Peter Munk Chairman of TCC are reaching Pakistan on Sunday for highly valued secret talks with the officials of the Caretaker government for regaining the Reko Diq project in Balochistan banned by the Supreme Court.

Date: 12 Apr 2013

NEW DELHI (INP): Israel seems all set to bag yet another mega defence deal to equip all the 356 infantry battalions of the Indian Army with third-generation anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs). While Russia is far ahead in the lead, Israel is trying to stave off a strong challenge from the US to remain the second largest arms supplier to India.

Date: 12 Apr 2013

ISLAMABAD, Apr 12 (INP): Ex-Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf acknowledged his government secretly signed off on U.S. drone strikes, the first time a top past or present Pakistani official has admitted publicly to such a deal.

Date: 10 Apr 2013

NEW DELHI, April 10 (INP): They are hostile neighbours widely seen by many as competing to have a bigger nuclear arsenal. However, after its first nuclear test in 1974, India offered to share nuclear technology with Pakistan. In her statement to Indian Parliament after the tests on July 22, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi said she had told her Pakistani counterpart, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto,

Date: 8 Apr 2013

Rajat Pandit

NEW DELHI: India's deep unease over China's growing military might and assertiveness as well as intransigence about the boundary dispute resonated at a military brass conclave on Monday, with defence minister AK Antony also underlining the threat posed by the expansive nexus forged between Beijing and Islamabad.

Date: 2 Apr 2013

Indrani Bagchi

NEW DELHI: With the US withdrawal from Afghanistan looming large, neighbouring countries are hedging against bad outcomes in that part of the world. The jitteriness is palpable, with Afghanistan's neighbours all tying up with each other in different combinations as they scramble to contain what

Date: 1 Apr 2013

QUETTA, Apr 01 (INP): Unknown militants torched five containers, carrying back Nato supplies from Afghanistan to Port Qasim Karachi, in Balochistan’s Bolan district on Monday.

Levies sources said that four motorcycle-riding militants opened fire on containers in Kambiri area of Bolan district adding that the drivers survived the attack.

Date: 30 Mar 2013

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 30 (INP): Pakistan has supported India's stand on the UN Arms Trade Treaty that would regulate the $70 billion conventional arms trade around the world, saying it favours the arms exporting countries and does not protects the interests of importers.

Date: 23 Mar 2013

ISLAMABAD, March 23 (INP): A delegation of Pakistan’s Senate Standing Committee on Defense and Defense Production is due to visit Afghanistan on March 25 for the first parliamentary dialogue between the two countries in the defense sector.

Date: 19 Mar 2013

Hameed Shaheen

ISLAMABAD - The full five years democratic tenure completion by the present headed by two premiers - Syed Yusuf Ragali and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf - with President Asif Ali Zardar as head os the state, is being popularly apprecited, despite heaviest downpore of devastating criticism and parliamentary boycotts.

Date: 18 Mar 2013

ISLAMABAD: Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi Monday arrived here on a state visit at the head of a high-powered delegation on the invitation of President Asif Ali Zardari.

On arrival at the Nur Khan Airbase, President Mursi was welcomed by a 21-gun salute and by a guard of honour at the Presidency.

Date: 16 Mar 2013

Hameed Shaheen

ISLAMABAD - The more US focus on Asia grows as its future policies 'pivot' the regional countries are forging together their normal formal diplomatic relations into responsive strategic paradigm.

Date: 15 Mar 2013

New Delhi: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has strongly opposed the central government’s move to lower the age limit of consensual sex from 18 to 16 years. While consensual sex outside marriage is itself a big social evil, lowering the age limit for consensual sex will further jeopardize the social and family structure in a religious country like India.

Date: 15 Mar 2013

KARACHI (INP): Sindh IG Ghulam Shabir Shaikh has said that Kalashnikovs, bombs, bullets and explosives are not manufactured in Karachi but are smuggled from tribal areas and Afghanistan, terming the activity as the continuation of ‘Afghan Jihad’.

Date: 13 Mar 2013

QUETTA: A group of children believed to be involved in bombings in the city were arrested during a targeted operation.

During a news conference, CCPO Quetta said the children were between the ages of 10 and 16.

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