From Pakistan News Desk

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said US has accepted Pakistan’s position on foreign troops as Pakistan won’t allow foreign troops on its soil.

Addressing a joint press conference with Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Richard Holbrooke, special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, foreign minister said drone attacks also came under discussion during meeting with US officials. We neither get nor give blank cheques. US also acknowledge anti- terror efforts made by Pakistan. Pakistan is defending its borders.

Qureshi said Afghganistan, US and Pakistan will hold talks on May 6-7 in Washington. War against terrorism is not possible without mutual trust. Pakistan is a victim of terrorism and seeking political support from ‘Friends of Pakistan’.

Richard Holbrooke, special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, said Pakistan, Afghanistan and US facing common threat and these countries have common interests. US wants to assist Pakistan in countering threats. We should look forward.

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at this occasion said US has long commitment to Pakistan. During meetings with Pakistani political leaders, we had tried to develop mutual trust. We are optimistic about Pakistani people and leadership, he added.

The Supreme Court on Monday turned down the government’s request for an in-camera trial of those involved in flogging a girl in Swat and ruled that the facts be brought before the public. An eight-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, is hearing a suo motu case of the flogging incident in Swat.




Pakistan will soon reopen its embassy in Iraqi capital,
Baghdad’s ambassador to Islamabad Qays al-Yaqoubi said Monday. Speaking to Geo News here, he said that Pakistan’s ambassador to Jordan had been making arrangements to reopen embassy in Baghdad and in this regard some progress was expected soon. He expressed the hope that President Asif Ali Zardari would visit Iraq by end of May this year. He further said that re-opening of embassy would improve the bilateral ties between two Iraq and Pakistan.


L'AQUILA, Italy: Rescuers used mechanical diggers and their bare hands to search through the night on Tuesday for survivors of Italy's worst quake in three decades which killed more then 180 people.


Controversial pacer Shoaib Akhtar made yet another comeback on Monday when he was named in a 15-man squad for the one-day series against Australia in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Chief selector Abdul Qadir said that Shoaib has completely recovered from a knee injury and was declared fully fit by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) experts after which he was recalled in the national team for the April 22-May 7 series. “Shoaib has achieved an enormous improvement in his fitness,” Qadir told ‘The News’. “I’ve always said that a fit Shoaib is a great asset for Pakistan and now that he has proved his fitness, he became an automatic selection,” he added.

Rain In Islamabad on Monday dropped the temperature forcing people to again wear warm clothes, especially motorcyclists who were seen wearing jackets while driving.

The Met Office informed ‘The News’ that thunderstorm and the rain would continue for the next 24 to 34 hours and 15mm rain is expected in twin cities.


Source ; News papers Pakistan.

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