Nawaz Sharif

  • Nawaz Sharif meets China's PM Li Keqiang 10-04-2014 07:54 PM

    Beijing: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday met his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang and discussed global and regional issues of mutual interest. Sharif met Li on the sidelines of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) in Hainan province. Pakistan Premier arrived in China on Wednesday, his second visit after...
  • Modi is unpredictable, says advisor to Sharif 04-04-2014 07:27 PM

    Unlike Atal Bihari Vajpayee, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is unpredictable, says an advisor to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Sartaj Aziz, the Pakistani advisor on foreign policy and national security, said in comments published Thursday that Modi "is unpredictable compared to Vajpayee". This is because of Modi's occasional...
  • Lawyers of Pervez Musharraf call for suspension of trial 22-03-2014 12:41 AM

    Lawyers of Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on Friday called for an "immediate and unconditional" suspension of his treason trial, claiming the government is colluding with elements of the judiciary to "fix and manipulate" the proceedings. In a statement issued in London, the lawyers alleged that Prime Minister Nawaz...
  • Pakistan suspends 3 policemen after cat eats Nawaz Sharif's peacock 20-03-2014 05:45 PM

    Three police officials deployed at Pakistan Premier Nawaz Sharif's farm house on the outskirts of Lahore have been suspended for negligence after a cat devoured one of the peacocks kept there, according to a media report on Thursday. A gardener found the peacock's body on Tuesday on the lawns of...
  • Pak will 'fine tune' trade with new government in India after LS polls 06-03-2014 08:34 PM

    Lahore: Pakistan, which has deferred granting MFN status to India, on Thursday said will "fine tune" its trade policies with the new government that will come to power after the general elections in April. "Pakistan will fine tune our trade with India when a new government is formed after the...
  • PM's wish to visit his birth place in Pakistan may not materialise 03-03-2014 06:14 PM

    Manmohan Singh's long-cherished wish to visit his birth place in Pakistan's Punjab province, where he was born over 81 years ago, may not be fulfilled before the end of his prime ministerial tenure. Asked whether Singh will be able to squeeze in a trip to Pakistan before the upcoming Lok...
  • Pakistani Taliban say government must embrace Islamic law 22-02-2014 11:35 PM

    The Pakistani Taliban told the government there was no chance of peace in the country unless Pakistan changed its political and legal system and officially embraced Islamic law. The government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wants to find a negotiated settlement to years of fighting with the militants but talks...
  • Troops capable of countering any threat: Pakistan Army chief 21-02-2014 09:52 PM

    Days after the Pakistan government suspended peace talks with the Taliban over the killing of 23 troops, army chief Gen Raheel Sharif on Friday said the armed forces were "battle hardened" and capable of countering any internal or external threat. Sharif made the remarks during a visit to the Frontier...
  • Taliban fighter arrested near PM Sharif's home in Lahore 20-02-2014 04:42 PM

    Police have arrested an alleged Taliban fighter near the private residence of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the capital of central Punjab province, officials said on Thursday. Acting on a tip-off, police yesterday raided a house at Raiwind, where Sharif's sprawling residence is located, and arrested the terror suspect....
  • Peace talks between Pakistan and Taliban collapse after killings 17-02-2014 10:13 PM

    Islamabad: Peace talks between the Pakistani government and Taliban insurgents broke down on Monday after insurgents said they executed 23 soldiers in revenge for army operations in the volatile tribal regions on the Afghan border. Pakistan watchers have always been skeptical that negotiations with the outlawed militant group could ever...
  • Nawaz Sharif sacks Zaka Ashraf as PCB chief 10-02-2014 04:08 PM

    Karachi: In another stunning twist in Pakistan's cricket administration, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has sacked Zaka Ashraf as the Chairman of the PCB and suspended the Governing board with immediate effect. In a notification issued by the ministry of inter provincial coordination, the Prime Minister, in his capacity as patron...
  • India, Pakistan should do away with old thinking, says Salman Khurshid 29-01-2014 04:56 PM

    Islamabad: India and Pakistan should do away with their old thinking and take new measures for solution of problems and lasting peace in the region, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said on Wednesday. In a meeting with a visiting Pakistani media delegation in New Delhi, Khurshid said Pakistan's Prime Minister...
  • Pakistan has resumed dialogue with militants: Minister 16-01-2014 10:06 PM

    Islamabad: Pakistan has resumed dialogue with militants to find a "durable solution" to the problem of terrorism after the process was disrupted by a US drone strike, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Thursday. The government is also in the final stages of framing a National Security Policy...
  • Pakistan: Musharraf unlikely to appear before court today 16-01-2014 09:30 AM

    Islamabad: Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf is unlikely to appear on Thursday before the special court to face high treason charges against him, his lawyer said on Wednesday. Musharraf's lawyer Ahmad Raza Kasuri said the doctors have not yet declared his client fit, Geo News reported. He said Musharraf could...
  • India, Pak discuss ways to normalise, enhance trade ties 16-01-2014 08:15 AM

    New Delhi: Ahead of the meeting between their commerce ministers on Saturday, India and Pakistan on Wednesday discussed "impediments" hampering the normalisation of trade ties, in a bid to remove them and move forward. During the meeting between Commerce Secretary S R Rao and his Pakistani counterpart Qasim M Niyaz,...
  • PCB's interim body gets three-month extension 12-01-2014 04:02 PM

    Karachi: The Interim Management Committee (IMC) of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been granted a three-month extension by country's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to run the game's affairs. An official of the board confirmed that they had received a notification from the Ministry of Inter-provincial Coordination extending the term of...
  • Thank you but no thanks, Musharraf tells Pakistan government 28-12-2013 04:55 PM

    Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has rejected "with thanks" the government's offer to bring his ailing mother to Pakistan from Dubai, one of his aides said on Saturday. "Thank you very much but don't try to fool people," Aasia Ishaque, Musharraf's spokesperson, said when she was asked about his reaction...
  • Resuming dialogue with India among policy initiatives, says Sharif 27-12-2013 05:03 PM

    Pakistan has taken several foreign policy initiatives, including steps to resume dialogue with India, and the country's diplomatic corps should work for a peaceful neighbourhood, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Friday. Sharif made the remarks at the inauguration of a new block of the Foreign Office in Islamabad named...
  • India, Pakistan set to hold commerce secretary level talks 26-12-2013 10:50 PM

    New Delhi: After the meeting of the India and Pakistan director generals of military operations after 14 years, the commerce secretaries of both countries are set to meet next month - in another major step towards normalization of relations between the two neighbours. Pakistan has proposed two sets of dates...
  • Pakistan describes Indo-Pak DGMO meet 'positive step forward' 26-12-2013 05:08 PM

    Describing the meeting of the DGMOs of the two countries as a "positive step forward", Pakistan on Thursday said better relations with India is a top priority. "This meeting is a positive step forward," Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said about the December 24 meet between the Directors General of...
  • China commits $6.5 billion for Pakistani nuclear project: Reports 24-12-2013 03:07 PM

    China has committed $6.5 billion to finance the construction of a major nuclear power project in Pakistan's port city of Karachi as it seeks to strengthen ties with its strategic partner, Pakistani officials said. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif broke ground on the $9.59 billion project last month but officials...
  • Pakistan appoints Aizaz Chaudhury as new Foreign Secretary 20-12-2013 03:55 PM

    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has cleared the appointment of career diplomat Aizaz Chaudhry, one of the key officials who handled the fallout of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, as Pakistan's new Foreign Secretary. Chaudhry, a moderate known for his strong conviction, earlier served as Foreign Office spokesman and Additional Foreign Secretary....
  • Pakistan appoints Abdul Basit as new High Commissioner to India 19-12-2013 04:52 PM

    Pakistan on Thursday appointed career diplomat Abdul Basit as its new High Commissioner to India. Basit, 55, was earlier tipped to take over as Foreign Secretary but the government recently made several changes in proposed appointments. The government initially zeroed in on Syed Ibne Abbas as the new envoy to...
  • India, Pakistan DGMOs to meet on December 24 to ensure peace along LoC 17-12-2013 09:56 PM

    New Delhi/Islamabad: DGMOs of India and Pakistan will meet at the Wagah border on December 24 to discuss ways to ensure ceasefire on the Line of Control, three months after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his counterpart Nawaz Sharif proposed this meeting to defuse tensions. The meeting of the Director...
  • No option but to live in peace with India, says Sharif 11-12-2013 07:04 PM

    Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said his country believes in resolving all issues with India peacefully and diplomatically "through dialogue based on parity". Talking to Indian High Commissioner TCA Raghavan in Islamabad, Sharif said Pakistan desired friendly relations with all its neighbours, particularly with India. "We have...
  • US drone strikes not answer to terrorism, says Nawaz Sharif 10-12-2013 06:08 PM

    Pakistan is determined to root out terrorism and extremism but US drone strikes are not the answer as they are counterproductive, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Tuesday. "You are fully aware of the counterproductive impact of the continuing drone strikes," he said while addressing a luncheon he hosted for...
  • Kashmir can trigger another Indo-Pak war: Nawaz Sharif 04-12-2013 02:19 PM

    Kashmir is a flashpoint that can trigger a fourth war between Pakistan and India any time, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said, seeking an early settlement of the issue. He also said he had a dream of seeing Indian Kashmir free and hoped to see it happen during his...
  • Pak government reviving peace talks with Taliban 02-12-2013 02:45 PM

    Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif-led government is at the "conclusive stage" of revival of proposed talks with the Pakistan Taliban, a senior minister has said. "Yes, we're (almost) at the conclusive stage to resume talks with the TTP," Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid was quoted as saying by the Express Tribune...
  • Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States and an Epic History of Misunderstanding 30-11-2013 10:05 PM

    Author: Husain Haqqani The letter from the US Secretary of State should have struck a chill in the recipient's hearts. Yet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif didn't even open the envelope handed to him by the US Ambassador to Pakistan on behalf of Secy James Baker. The letter, delivered on May...
  • General Raheel Sharif assumes charge as Pakistan's new army chief 29-11-2013 01:48 PM

    Career infantry officer General Raheel Sharif, considered to be a moderate and an old India hand, on Friday took over the command of the 600,000-strong Pakistan Army from General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. General Kayani, the longest serving army chief under a civilian government, passed the baton of command to 57-year-...