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Pakistan is carrying out a sustained military campaign against all militants without any discrimination, a Pakistan Embassy spokesman said on Thursday, rejecting insinuations that it was facilitating any terrorist group. "Pakistan has been most actively engaged in a sustained military campaign aimed at rooting out the menace in a non-discriminatory fashion," the embassy spokesman in Washington said while commenting on a news report carried out by Wall Street Journal regarding proposed sale of F-16 aircraft to Pakistan.
As both Pakistan and India are yet to finalise the dates for the foreign secretary-level talks after it was postponed last month, the Foreign Office on Thursday insisted that both sides understand that dialogue is the only way to resolve all outstanding issues between the two countries. The newly-appointed spokesperson, Nafees Zakaria, told the weekly press briefing of Foreign Office that both the sides are in contact to finalise the dates for the foreign secretary-level talks.
Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Raheel Sharif on Thursday confirmed death sentences awarded to 12 more 'hardcore terrorists', who were involved in committing heinous offences relating to terrorism, including breaking of Bannu Jail, attacks on armed forces, law enforcement agencies and civilians, the Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) reported.
The defence secretary has been asked to respond by March 15 in response to a contempt petition a retired solider has filed, seeking post-retirement benefits equal to those of commissioned officers. Retired subedar Ali Ahmad says junior officers have never received such benefits when they retire and urged the Lahore High Court to reverse that for good.
Minister for Interior, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday said provision of security to all educational institutions and media houses in federal Capital was being ensured by taking all stakeholders onboard. He said it is our collective responsibility to make Islamabad safe and assure no educational institution and media house would be left unattended.
Mohammed Nafees Zakaria on Thursday took over charge as the new spokesperson of the Foreign Office, replacing Qazi Khalilullah. A career diplomat around 28 years, Zakaria was aeronautical engineer before joining Foreign Service of Pakistan in November 1988. Since then, he has served at headquarters in Islamabad and Pakistan Diplomatic Missions abroad on various assignments.
National Assembly's Standing Committee on Defence Production was on Thursday informed that both public and private sectors have developed a tremendous capacity to manufacture small and heavy weaponry. The meeting of the committee was chaired by Khawaja Sohail Mansoor. The committee also visited the state of the art display centre recently established by Defence Export Promotion Organisation (DEPO) at Defence Complex.