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Pakistan media terms Modi's victory emphatic mandate

Islamabad, May 24; PTI/GANASHAKTI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's re-election for a second five-year term drew a mixed response from the media in Pakistan with some calling it an emphatic mandate based on national security while others terming it a global trend of right-wing populists sweeping to victory.

Surprisingly the anti-Modi sting in the media was missing as for many outlets it was not an unexpected outcome of the elections.

Iran’s foreign minister in Pakistan amid tensions with US

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister is in Pakistan on a critically timed visit amid a crisis between Tehran and Washington and ahead of next week’s emergency Arab League meeting called by Saudi Arabia as regional tensions escalate.

Mohammad Javad Zarif was holding talks on Friday with his Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Ahead of his arrival in Islamabad, Pakistan’s foreign ministry had called on “all sides to show restraint, as any miscalculated move, can transmute into a large-scale conflict.”

Pakistan appoints Moin-ul-Haq as India's new envoy

Islamabad, May 21; PTI/GANASHAKTI: Career diplomat Moin-ul-Haq has been appointed as Pakistan's new  High Commissioner to India to start a new process of engagement with the country where a new government will be formed soon, amid strained relations between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday approved appointments of over two dozen ambassadors in various countries including India, China and Japan.

COAS visits troops on forwards posts along Pak-Afghan Border

Dawatoi, NORTH WAZIRISTAN: May 18 (APP): Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited troops on forward posts along Pak-Afghan Border at Dawatoi in North Waziristan on Saturday.

The COAS was briefed about progress on border fencing, sanitisation operation, socio-economic development projects and rehabilitation of TDPs, said a press release issued by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

This is the area where due to cross border terrorist attack from Afghanistan on fencing party, three Pakistan Army soldiers had embraced martyrdom on May 1.

Pakistan govt to reform public sector hospitals as per int’l standards: PM

PESHAWAR, May 18 (APP): Prime Minister Imran Khan Saturday said the government had resolved to improve public sector hospitals as per international standards and there was no plan to privatize them.

A handful of doctors were out to sabotage the health reforms undertaken by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, he said while addressing a fund-raising Iftar dinner of Shuakat Khanum Memorial Hospital Peshawar.

$10mln prize pot for ICC men’s cricket world cup

LAHORE, May 17 (APP): The upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 will see the winners of the 10-team tournament earn a purse of $4 million, the highest prize money to date, along with the trophy that they will lift at Lord’s on 16 July.

The total prize pot of $10 million will see the runners-up assured of $2 million and the losing semifinalists $800,000 each at the end of the 46-day tournament, being played across 11 venues from May 30, said the information made available here by the International Cricket Council here on Friday.

Critics of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor apply double standards

ISLAMABAD, May 18 (Xinhua): The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has delivered benefits to both China and Pakistan, a Pakistani official said, questioning the double standards of certain countries on investment and rebutting the "debt trap" allegations.

The unfounded charges hurled at China's investment in foreign countries are designed to create ill feelings among people by attempting to cast aspersions on motives of Chinese investment, said Asad Umar, chairman of Pakistan's National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance.

AJ Sports named Pakistan’s World Cup kit sponsor

LAHORE, May 16 (APP): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday announced that AJ Sports are their kit sponsor for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which will be played in England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July.

Established in 1987, AJ Sports is an ICC-approved manufacturer, which has also previously sponsored and supplied clothing and cricket equipment to the Pakistan cricket team for various series and also to the Bangladesh and Sri Lanka cricket teams for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003.

9 terrorists killed in shoot-out with police in SW Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, May 16 (Xinhua): At least nine terrorists were killed and four policemen injured in an operation by counter-terrorism department (CTD) of police in Pakistan's southwest Balochistan province on Thursday, local reports said.

The operation was carried out on an intelligence tip-off regarding presence of suspected militants in a compound being used as terrorists' camp in Mustang district of the province, ARY News reported.

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