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  • MOSCOW: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands after witnessing signing of 11 MoU s here yesterday.

No entry of spies now as diplomats


MINISTRY STRICTLY CHECKING VISA APPLICATIONS: NISAR  From Our Correspondent ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar has said that agents from foreign intelligence agencies cannot enter the country under the cover of diplomatic assignments. Addressing a press conference here yesterday, the minister said that the interior ministry was thoroughly checking and verifying …

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Iran signs various deals with new friend Russia


MOSCOW: Russia signed yesteday a string of bilateral agreements with Iran as President Vladimir Putin hosted his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani for his first official visit to Moscow.  The meeting between Putin and Rouhani, who have grown closer through their mutual support of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, mostly focused on …

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Five bodies found in river near Attock

From Our Correspondent ATTOCK: A rower yesterday found five bodies floating in Indus River, some 25 kilometers from Attock city. The elderly man said that two of the bodies were stuffed in gunny bags and were recovered from the river with the help of locals. Sub-inspector Saddar Police Station, Attock …

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Arab leaders set to oppose Trump Mideast policy shifts


SWEIMEH: A draft statement to be put to an Arab summit Wednesday opposes plans by President Donald Trump to move Washington’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and consider alternatives to a Palestinian state. The draft, which was drawn up by the Palestinian delegation, was approved by Arab foreign ministers at …

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Rs50 Edhi memorial coin from March 31


By Staff Reporter KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) would issue Rs50 commemorative coin to honour the services of late philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi from March 31, 2017, it said in a statement yesteday. The SBP said that keeping in view the meritorious services rendered by Abdul Sattar Edhi …

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Better prepared for war than ever before: COAS


From Our Correspondent RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa believes that the experience gained by Pakistan in the war against terror has been invaluable. The army chief said that the armed forces had become battle hardened by the fight against terror which has made them well prepared for …

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Navy to sustain peace in Indian Ocean: CNS


From Our Correspondent ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah has urged the field commanders of Pakistan Navy to maintain the highest state of preparedness to tackle the confronting challenges and security of maritime boundaries. He stated this while addressing the concluding session of Command and Staff Conference …

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OIC team urged to highlight Kashmiris’ plight


SARTAJ BRIEFS TEAM ON HR VIOLATIONS IN IHK  From Our Correspondent ISLAMABAD: A high-level delegation of the Organisation of Islamic Countries’ (OIC) Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) called on Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz here yesterday. Welcoming the delegation, Aziz, who is Pakistan’s de …

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One dead as train collides with oil tanker


From Our Correspondent LAHORE: At least one passenger was killed as Karachi-bound Night Coach train collided with an oil tanker near Sheikhupura late yesterday night. Rescue personnel said at least four people were also injured in the accident. Seven carriages of the train caught fire after the collision. Emergency services …

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