Chinese govt’s top diplomat says Beijing not saddling Pakistan with debt

By Saad Sayeed ISLAMABAD, Sept 8 : The Chinese government’s top diplomat defended Beijing’s Belt and Road infrastructure initiative during a visit to Pakistan on Saturday, rejecting criticism the project has saddled Pakistan with expensive debt. State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi was in Pakistan for a three-day visit in the first high-level meetings […]

Pompeo meets new Pakistan PM as US seeks to reset ties

By Phil Stewart ISLAMABAD, Sept 5 : US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on Wednesday, in the first high-level US visit to the new government, looking to reset relations strained over the war in Afghanistan. Tensions between the uneasy allies rose ahead of Wednesday’s visit when the […]

US’s Pompeo meets new Pakistan PM Khan; seeks to “reset” ties

By Phil Stewart ISLAMABAD, Sept 5 : US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on Wednesday, in the first high-level US visit to the new government, looking to “reset” relations strained over the war in Afghanistan. Tensions between the uneasy allies were raised ahead of Wednesday’s visit when […]

US’s Pompeo arrives in Pakistan; to meet new prime minister

By Phil Stewart ISLAMABAD, Sept 5 : US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Pakistan on Wednesday for a brief visit on his whistle-stop tour of the region, with the war in Afghanistan and the issue of Islamist militants once again set to dominate discussions with Pakistan. Pompeo is next due to visit India, […]

CEO of Pakistan’s national airline steps down on order of top court

By Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD, Sept 4 : The chief executive of Pakistan’s loss-making national airline on Tuesday stepped down on the order of the Supreme Court, which has ruled his appointment was made in violation of the rules and regulations. The court order was the latest blow to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), which was reported […]

Pakistan girds for “exchanges” with Pompeo as U.S. halts military funding

By Asif Shahzad and Kay Johnson ISLAMABAD, Sept 3 : Pakistan’s new government said he will “have exchanges” with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over Washington’s cancellation of a $300 million disbursement for the Pakistani military when he visits Islamabad on Wednesday. Adopting a tougher line with an ally that U.S. President Donald Trump […]