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Pakistan ideally located for third country trade: Minister KARACHI: Geographically Pakistan is ideally located for the third country trade and to those countries which are landlocked, said Minister for Defence Production, Rana Tanveer Hussain. He was speaking as chief guest at the First Global Edible Oil Conference (PEOC) in Pakistan at a hotel here on Sunday. The Minister complimented the organisers for what he called taking a great initiative to hold this global moot. Rana Tanveer said he would encourage the country's associations to suggest ways and means to supply end-products like Ghee and cooking oil to landlocked countries which will give Pakistan additional markets for export of end-products. He also pointed out that Pakistan is a huge market for imports of edible oil and oilseeds. "Our total requirement is around 3.5 million tons per annum," he added. The Minister was of the view that since "our indigenous production is very slow, Pakistan has to remain dependent on ...

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Nations aim for Afghan peace talks with Taliban by end-February ISLAMABAD: Officials from the four nations seeking to end Afghanistan's 15-year-old war agreed on Saturday to press for direct talks between Taliban groups and the U.S.-backed government in Kabul by the end of the month.Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China have for weeks been trying to lay the groundwork for talks with the Taliban, which has made gains since the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan in 2014.Rival factions competing for leadership of the ...

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Pervaiz urges political parties not to politicize PIA issue ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Saturday said the PML-N government always respected the mandate of other political parties and never interfered in their affairs but it was not reciprocated by them particularly in the case of Pakistan International Airline (PIA).He said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government was introducing reforms in the health sector and started privatization process of hospitals despite opposition from the doctors. Since it was a ...

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Zubair hopes PIA employees to call off strike ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Privatization and Chairman Privatization Commission, Muhammad Zubair has said the positive development was expected on Friday regarding ending of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) employees strike.In an interview to Radio Pakistan, he said that talks would be held with PIA' union if it called off the strike.He said the joint action committee of PIA' employees has been asked to end the strike as the passengers were facing difficulties.Muhammad Zubair said the ...

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Pakistan to stand by Kashmiris as they struggle for freedom: Maleeha    NEW YORK: Pakistan will continue to support the valiant struggle of Kashmiri people for freedom and self-determination as it has always done, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi told a large gathering of Kashmiri and Pakistani community members on Friday evening. "Until Kashmir is free, our moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people will continue," Dr. Lodhi, Pakistan's permanent representative to the United Nations, declared at the meeting organized by the Consulate General of Pakistan to ...