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Pakistani-origin becomes first female Muslim Australian Senator


Melbourne, Aug 20: Mehreen Faruqi, a Pakistani-origin woman today became the first Muslim female Senator to be sworn-in to Australia’s Parliament. Greens senator Faruqi was sworn-in less than a week after crossbench senator Fraser Anning called for curbs to Muslim migration and a “final solution” on immigration policy, The Sydney Morning Herald reported. “I’m here to shake up the status quo,” ...

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Kashmir issue a reality, need uninterrupted dialogue with India: Pakistan Foreign Minister


Islamabad, Aug 20: Pakistan’s new Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday said that there was a need of “continued and uninterrupted” dialogue with India, which was the only way forward for the two neighbours to resolve outstanding issues. Qureshi, the ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) Vice Chairman, was sworn-in earlier in the day along with 15 other members from the ...

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India ready for constructive engagement with Pakistan: Modi to Imran Khan


New Delhi, Aug 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent a letter to his newly elected Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan, conveying that India was looking for constructive and meaningful engagement with his country. Modi noted that India was committed to peaceful neighbourly ties with Pakistan, official sources said, quoting from the letter. The prime minister also stressed the need to work ...

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Looking forward to work with new civilian govt in Pak: US


Washington, Aug 19: The US has said that it was looking forward to work with Pakistan’s new civilian government to promote peace and prosperity in the country and in the region as it welcomed the swearing-in of Imran Khan as the new Prime Minister. Khan, 65, was sworn in as Pakistan’s 22nd prime minister at a simple ceremony in Islamabad yesterday. ...

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Shah Mahmood Qureshi is Pakistan’s new Foreign Minister


Islamabad, Aug 19: Shah Mahmood Qureshi was appointed as Pakistan’s Foreign Minister on Saturday as Prime Minister Imran Khan approved a 20-member cabinet, Information Minister-designate Fawad Chaudhry said. The ministers will take oath on Monday morning, he said on his official Twitter account. Qureshi, who is a senior leader of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, served as Foreign Minister from March 2008 ...

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Over 2 million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimage


Mecca, Aug 19: More than 2 million Muslims have begun the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. From first light today, throngs of the faithful have circled the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca, one of the holiest sites in Islam. The Kaaba represents the metaphorical house of God and the oneness of God. Observant Muslims around the world face toward the Kaaba ...

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Sidhu under Opposition fire for Pakistan visit, BJP calls it ‘shameful’


Chandigarh, Aug 19: The opposition in Punjab today targeted Navjot Singh Sidhu for attending the swearing-in ceremony of Imran Khan as Pakistan’s Prime Minister, with the BJP describing his visit to Islamabad as “shameful”. It also asked the cricketer-turned-politician whether it was necessary to visit Pakistan at a time when India was mourning the demise of former prime minister Atal Bihari ...

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Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan dies at 80


Srinagar, Aug 18: Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary general, has died at the age of 80, his family announced on Saturday. “It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a ...

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Sidhu hopes Imran Khan’s ascension to PM’s post will be good for Pak, India peace process


Islamabad, Aug 18: Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu today hoped that his friend Imran Khan’s ascension to the prime minister’s post will be good for Pakistan-India peace process. Wearing a blue suit and a pink turban, Sidhu was among the special guests present at Khan’s oath taking ceremony at the Aiwan-e-Sadr (the President House) in Islamabad today. Pakistan Army chief General ...

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China lodges protest over Pentagon report on planned strikes


Beijing, Aug 18: China’s Defence Ministry said it has lodged a formal protest with Washington over a Pentagon report that claimed the Chinese military was training to carry out strikes against the US. The Pentagon report, published on Friday, said China was developing long-range bombers and “likely” training its pilots for strikes against the US and its allies, reports Efe news. ...

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