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Nisar, UK High Commissioner discuss regional security situation ISLAMABAD: High Commissioner of United Kingdom to Pakistan Philip Barton called on Federal Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan here on Tuesday and discussed overall security situation in the region with particular reference to FATA and Afghanistan.The Minister said that peace in Afghanistan is key to peace in entire region and Pakistan will continue to work closely with new Afghan government for establishing lasting peace in the region.He hoped that durable peace would prevail in the region especially in FATA as a result of government's policy of dialogue.He added that government was trying to expedite this process of dialogue with positive outcome without any inordinate delay.Expressing his views on bilateral relations between Pakistan and UK, the Minister said that both countries enjoy decades old political and economic relations which have now flowered into "special relationship".This has been manifested through exchange of high profile visits between the ...

Quality education key to national development: Baligh-ur-Rehman ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education Mohammad Baligh-Ur-Rehman said Tuesday the quality education played vital role in national development.He was addressing a seminar organized by AGHAE, a civil society organization here and stressed the need of public private partnership and to use the positive of both to enhance efficiency.The minister appreciated AGHAE and said that it was assisting government institutions in sustainable development and achieving MDGs besides building communities' ...

Administrative Secretaries directed to re-evaluate recommendations regarding concessionary regime ISLAMABAD: Minister for Finance Mohammad Ishaq Dar on Tuesday directed the administrative Secretaries of different Ministries / Divisions to re-evaluate the recommendations regarding concessionary regime so that new investments in textile, energy and ship making sectors are encouraged and level playing field is created for all the stakeholders in the economy beside harvesting the fruits of GSP plus status accorded to Pakistan.The Finance Minister, stated this while chairing a meeting of the High Powered Committee ...

Russia ready for new sanctions over Ukraine: Medvedev MOSCOW: Russia is ready to face a new round of Western sanctions over Ukraine, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday."I am sure we will be able to minimise their consequences," he said in a televised speech to parliament. "The government is ready to act in conditions when the priority of our work becomes protecting the economy and citizens from such unfriendly acts that could follow due to the escalating foreign policy situation."However, he acknowledged Russia's ...

Biden pledges support for Ukraine's pro-Western leaders KIEV: Vice President Joe Biden said the United States stood by Ukraine's new pro-Western leaders Tuesday in the face of "humiliating threats" as Washington and Moscow traded blame over the crisis in the ex-Soviet country."You face very daunting problems, and some might say, humiliating threats," Biden told a group of lawmakers in a meeting at Ukraine's parliament.The US would "stand with" Ukraine ahead of a presidential poll scheduled for May 25 that "may be the ...

Death toll in South Korea ferry disaster crosses 100 JINDO: The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster passed 100 on Tuesday as divers, under growing pressure from bereaved relatives, speeded up the grim task of recovering scores more bodies from the submerged ship.Improved weather and calm seas spurred their efforts, but underwater visibility was still very poor, requiring divers to grope their way blindly though the corridors and cabins of the ferry that capsized and sank last Wednesday.Nearly one week after one ...


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