NEW DELHI: Seeking to raise the ante on the first anniversary of the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, the Imran Khan government on Tuesday released a new political map of Pakistan showing the entire erstwhile state, now organised into two Union Territories, in Pakistan. India reacted quickly and called it an “exercise in political absurdity”, which only confirmed the reality of Pakistan’s obsession with “territorial aggrandisement” supported by cross-border terrorism. “We have seen a so-called ‘political map’ of Pakistan that has been released by PM Imran Khan. This is an exercise in political absurdity, laying untenable claims to territories in the Indian state of Gujarat and our Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and of Ladakh,” the government
NEW DELHI: While India’s diplomacy has been restricted to virtual meetings and conferences after the Covid-19 outbreak, the government is considering a proposal by Russia to have a physical meeting of the foreign ministers of SCO and Brics countries on September 10. If it happens, foreign minister S Jaishankar will come face to face with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, and also Pakistan’s Shah Mahmood Qureshi, for the first time after the current border standoff was first reported in early May. After finalising the date, Russians have also conveyed to India and others that they want a physical meeting and not a “mere formality” in the form of a virtual conference. These meetings will be held in run up to
NEW DELHI: In the absence of any "meaningful" consular access for India to Kulbhushan Jadhav, the government is still weighing its options for ensuring justice to the Indian national sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court. Pakistan's deadline for filing a review petition in the high court against Jadhav’s sentencing expired on Monday. India believes that there is no need to react to Pakistan's continuously changing position, and also deadlines, in the case. Islamabad had promulgated an ordinance on May 20 claiming to ensure through it an effective review and reconsideration of Jadhav’s case, as asked by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) last year. As per the ordinance, the review petition had to be filed in 60 days.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi was admitted to Combined Military Hospital in Rawalpindi for further treatment for coronavirus infection, Geo News reported on Saturday, citing sources. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian has wished him a speedy recovery from the illness. "Please stay safe. I wish you a quick recovery," he tweeted tagging Qureshi's post. A day earlier, Qureshi announced he tested positive for Covid-19 and had gone into isolation. "This afternoon I felt a slight fever and immediately quarantined myself at home. I have now tested positive for Covid-19," he said in a tweet. "By the grace of Allah, I feel strong and energetic. I will continue to carry on my duties from
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed on Friday that his government would complete the ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at "any cost" as the $60 billion project is a manifestation of the all-weather friendship between the two countries. Addressing a meeting held here to review progress on the CPEC projects, Khan said it is an excellent project for Pakistan's socio-economic development and the "gigantic multi-faceted initiative would guarantee a bright future for the nation", the Dawn newspaper reported. Lauding the performance of the CPEC Authority, he said measures must be taken to improve its working as well as capacity. “The corridor is a manifestation of Pakistan-China friendship and the government will complete it at any cost and bring its
Pak FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi (File Photo)ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Sunday that his country will give "a befitting response" to India in case of "any misadventure" against it. "Pakistan wants peace and its policy of restraint should not be taken as weakness,” Qureshi told the media in his native town of Multan after offering Eid prayers. "A befitting response will be given to India if it goes for any misadventure against Pakistan," he was quoted as saying by the state-run Radio Pakistan. Qureshi said he has contacted General Secretaries of the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, drawing their attention towards the alleged human rights violations in Kashmir. The minister said he has
इस्लामाबाद: कोरोना (Coronavirus) से जंग में पाकिस्तान का प्रदर्शन बेहद लचर रहा है और बजाय अपने प्रदर्शन को सुधारने के पाकिस्तानी नेता बदजुबानी से बाज नहीं आ रहे हैं. विदेश मंत्री शाह महमूद कुरैशी (Shah Mehmood Qureshi) द्वारा एक पत्रकार से केवल इसलिए बदसुलूकी की गई, क्योंकि उसने सोशल डिस्टेंसिंग पर सवाल पूछ लिया था. इस घटना का वीडियो सोशल मीडिया पर तेजी से वायरल हो रहा है और उतनी ही तेजी से कुरैशी की आलोचना भी शुरू हो गई है. दरअसल, विदेश मंत्री प्रेस से मुखातिब हो रहे थे, तभी एक पत्रकार ने उनसे पूछ लिया कि वे सोशल डिस्टेंसिंग के दिशानिर्देशों का पालन क्यों नहीं कर रहे? इतना सुनते ही मंत्री महोदय का गुस्सा सातवें आसमान पर पहुंच गया.