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US envoy hopes for Afghan peace deal before April election

US envoy hopes for Afghan peace deal before April election

KABUL (AFP) – US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said Sunday he hoped the Taliban and Afghan government would strike a peace deal within five months — even as the militants inflict record high casualties on security forces.Back in Kabul after a second round of regional meetings that are believed to have included the Taliban, Afghan-born Khalilzad […]

After meeting Taliban in Qatar, US envoy hopes for peace deal in 2019

After meeting Taliban in Qatar, US envoy hopes for peace deal in 2019

KABUL: The US special envoy to Afghanistan hopes to cement a peace deal with Taliban insurgents by April 2019, local media reported on Sunday.Zalmay Khalilzad, in Kabul to lead talks between the United States, the Taliban and the Afghan government, told reporters he hopes “a peace deal is reached before April 20 next year”, when Afghanistan […]

Petroleum Division gears up to deal with likely gas crisis in Punjab

Petroleum Division gears up to deal with likely gas crisis in Punjab

ISLAMABAD: The Petroleum Division is set to table a plan before the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the cabinet for giving direct subsidy to state-run Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) on supply of imported gas to the consumers.The plan comes ahead of a gas crisis that is likely to hit over 50% of domestic consumers […]

IMF says Pakistan has not approached fund for deal

IMF says Pakistan has not approached fund for deal

BALI (AFP) – The International Monetary Fund said Tuesday Pakistan has not approached the body to begin negotiations for a possible bailout to stem a balance of payments crisis, hours after Islamabad announced it will enter talks.Prime Minister Imran Khan’s new administration took office in August vowing to weigh up whether to seek an IMF […]

Mashhood backtracks from ‘deal’ claim, says statement misinterpreted

Mashhood backtracks from ‘deal’ claim, says statement misinterpreted

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Rana Mashhood on Wednesday said the party has always “respected state institutions” as he backtracked from his earlier statement alleging an ‘understanding’ had been reached between the party and the establishment in the run-up to the general elections.Addressing the media on Wednesday, Mashhood said he did not mention any ‘deal’ in the news […]

Hyundai signs deal to sell 1,000 hydrogen-powered trucks

Hyundai signs deal to sell 1,000 hydrogen-powered trucks

SEOUL: Hyundai said on Wednesday it will sell 1,000 hydrogen-powered trucks in Switzerland over the next five years through a new tie-up, betting the vehicles could beat battery-powered models sold by the likes of Tesla Inc.South Korea’s Hyundai and Japan’s Toyota are among a handful of car makers doubling down on hydrogen vehicles amid an intensifying […]

Pakistan loses business deal worth $940 million due to approval issues

Pakistan loses business deal worth $940 million due to approval issues

KARACHI: Pakistan has lost a business deal worth $940 million after the foreign acquirer of a telecom business in the country faced delays in getting regulatory approvals from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), which is running without a proper head for about 10 months.According to a notice filed by Dawood Hercules at the Pakistan Stock Exchange […]

Rouhani in Vienna to shore up nuclear deal, dogged by diplomat’s arrest

Rouhani in Vienna to shore up nuclear deal, dogged by diplomat’s arrest

VIENNA: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednes­day was on the second leg of his European tour seeking assurances over the 2015 nuclear deal, a trip clouded by the arrest of a Tehran diplomat over an alleged bomb plot against opposition exiles in Paris. Hoping to boost economic cooperation to help offset the return of US sanctions […]

China’s Xi backs nuclear deal in talks with Iran leader

China’s Xi backs nuclear deal in talks with Iran leader

Chinese leader Xi Jinping called for the Iran nuclear deal to be “earnestly” implemented as he met the country s president following the US withdrawal from the pact, state media said Monday. Xi met one-on-one with Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Sunday following a two-day regional security summit in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao that […]

China hosts summit with Russia, Iran as nuclear deal wobbles

China hosts summit with Russia, Iran as nuclear deal wobbles

BEIJING (AFP) – Iran, China and Russia may seek ways to salvage the nuclear deal ditched by Donald Trump when their leaders meet this weekend at a summit on the Chinese coast. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a regional security bloc led by China and Russia, is set to hold its 18th annual gathering in […]

Pakistan, Russia set to sign $10b offshore pipeline deal next week

Pakistan, Russia set to sign $10b offshore pipeline deal next week

ISLAMABAD: In a major breakthrough, Pakistan and Russia are poised to sign a $10-billion offshore gas pipeline deal, a project planned by the latter to capture the energy market of Pakistan. Sources told The Express Tribune that the cabinet had approved the signing of the gas pipeline laying deal and Pakistan ambassador to Russia had been authorised to ink […]

No arrangements in sight to deal with heatwave in Karachi

No arrangements in sight to deal with heatwave in Karachi

KARACHI ;Several areas in Karachi lack heatstroke camps despite the claims of district administration and Metropolitan Corporation to gear up efforts to save lives during extreme weather conditions.The mercury level in Karachi crossed 41ºC on Wednesday and is expected to surge up to 45ºC.Director General (DG) Met Ghulam Rasool has warned that the fresh heatwave […]

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