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Panama issue cannot be resolved through rallies or speeches: Nisar ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior, Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday said Panama issue cannot be resolved through rallies or speeches and there has to be a forum to determine truth behind allegations of offshore companies.He said the government was ready to sit with the opposition parties to develop consensus on Terms of Reference (TOR) for a transparent probe into Panama papers.In an exclusive interview with SAMAA television, he said, "Those who leaked Panama papers had clearly mentioned that these were mere allegations."Nisar said that he had accepted a demand from Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan to conduct inquiry on the matter from Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) but he later backtracked. The issue has been politicized and if FIA launches an inquiry, it will not be accepted by the opposition," he maintained.He said the government even offered the probe to be carried through a parliamentary committee but opposition backed ...

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Govt forms comprehensive ToRs on Panama Papers: Musadik ISLAMABAD: Spokesman to the Prime Minister, Dr. Musadik Malik Thursday said the government had prepared a comprehensive Terms of Reference (ToRs) on Panama Papers and included all the demands of the opposition in it.The government had formed a judicial commission and authorized the Chief Justice of Supreme Court to carry out investigation of all those mentioned in Panama Papers, he said while talking to a news channel.He said that the Prime Minister's name was not ...

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Ties with India remain tense despite Pakistan's positive overtures: Ambassador  NEW YORK: Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani has called for sincere efforts to address causes of tensions between India and Pakistan, saying despite positive overtures from Islamabad, bilateral relations remains tense between the two countries. Speaking at the annual meeting of 20-20 Investment Association held in partnership with East West Institute, Ambassador Jilani said that an international focus on India has encouraged that country to stay away from engaging with Pakistan ...

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White House says it has concerns about violations of Aleppo truce WASHINGTON: The White House on Thursday said that it had seen some strides made in Syria towards the refreshing of a truce around Aleppo, Syria, but said it continued to be concerned about some violations in the country. "We have seen a reduction in the frequency and intensity of violence in that area of the country. But we do continue to be concerned about some violations, even in that area, that continue," White House spokesman ...

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Xi says China will boost cooperation with foreign groups BEIJING: President Xi Jinping told Walt Disney Co Chief Executive Bob Iger on Thursday China would encourage more cooperation with foreign companies and organisations, amid persistent US-China commercial tensions.Trade friction is an issue in the US presidential race, with presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump asserting China has waged "economic war" on the United States, destroying American jobs. On Sunday, he compared the US trade deficit with China to "rape". China recently passed a law governing ...