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COAS greets Chinese leaders, people, armed forces on PLA's anniversary RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Thursday greeted the Chinese leadership, people and armed forces on the 89th anniversary of founding of PLA.Talking to gathering at the Chinese Embassy to commemorate the event, COAS said PLA is most formidable force that reminds power of peoples' unity for which no goal too high, no distance too long and no task too hard.Pakistan Army and people of Pakistan take pride in our bonds of friendship he said, adding affinity of views between China and Pakistan reflects our common vision and shared destiny.He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) a strat game changer not just for Pakistan but for entire region to bring significant improvement in lives of hundreds of million of people.COAS said CPEC security is our national undertaking, will leave no stone un-turned to ensure its timely completion and uninterrupted success.He said Operation Zrb-?-Azb will continue to act ...

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45 agreements, MoUs signed so far during Shehbaz Sharif's visit to China LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday reached Qingdao, a big industrial, commercial and economic centre of China. According to a handout, he travelled from Jinan to Qingdao by a fast train. Earlier, the Chief Minister had also travelled from Beijing to Jinan by train. A total of 45 agreements and MoUs have been signed so far during the Chief Minister's visit to China which include 20 agreements and 25 MoUs. The senior ...

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Defiant Merkel cuts short holiday to defend response to attacks BERLIN: Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her leadership style on Thursday after she remained on vacation this week following Islamist attacks in Germany that critics have blamed on her open-door refugee policy. Interrupting her holiday to hold a news conference, Merkel batted away questions about why she had not visited the scene of any of five attacks committed since July 18 that have left 15 people dead -- including four attackers -- and dozens injured. "A ...

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Egypt's IMF talks give hope but only reform will trigger investment CAIRO: The prospect of a $12 billion IMF loan has boosted the mood in Egyptian business circles but it will not translate into foreign investment or inflows until Cairo implements tough reforms and resolves its currency crisis. Egypt said late on Tuesday it was seeking $4 billion a year over three years from the International Monetary Fund to help plug a funding gap. The government hopes to finalise the deal in August. Egyptian stocks have ...

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Pakistan intends close coordination with new British govt: Nisar ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Thursday maintained that Pakistan wanted to open channels of communication and cooperation with the incoming British government at the earliest.The Interior Minister expressed his views during a meeting with the British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew here."The two countries enjoy multi-faceted and multi-pronged cooperation in political, economic, strategic and defense fields," the Interior Minister was quoted as saying by the spokesman of the ministry.The Minister pointed out ...