.: Asia

Date: 12 Jun 2013

Maqbool Malik

ISLAMBAD - Incoming Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has tasked his close aides to find and shortlist suitable candidates, including retired career diplomats, for appointment in Pakistani foreign missions, as several envoys appointed on political basis have resigned.

Date: 6 Jun 2013

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday appointed Aftab Sultan as Director General of the Intelligence Bureau.

According to the spokesperson of Prime Minister’s House, PM Nawaz appointed Sultan who is a BPS-22 officer of the Police Group as DG Intelligence Bureau.

Date: 2 Jun 2013

Tahir Khalil

ISLAMABAD: With the oath taking of newly elected representatives and advent of 14th National Assembly, consultation process in the majority party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), has got momentum.

Date: 30 May 2013

Jammu: Simula Global Group of Companies, largest BPO group of Jammu & Kashmir state, took over Agence India Press operations across the country on Thursday. The assets, manpower and operations of the erstwhile Agence India Press were taken over on an "as is where is" basis just after the formalities of the transaction were completed in Jammu.

Date: 29 May 2013

BEIJING - China's state news agency says the Chinese army will conduct an exercise next month to test new types of combat forces, including units using digital technology.

Xinhua reported Wednesday the drill marks the first time China's military will focus on digitalized combat forces to be used in "informationalized war."

Date: 18 May 2013

ISLAMABAD (Agencies): As the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is set to form its governments at the centre and in Punjab in a couple of weeks, a number of its legislators have started lobbying to get coveted offices in the cabinet.

Date: 15 May 2013

BEIJING - India is adjusting its military strategy to include the possibility of a limited two-front war with both Pakistan and China, the first Blue Book on India published by a Chinese think tank said.

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.

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