ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has decided to issue five-year, multiple-entry visas to US nationals, even though the American government has changed its policy of issuing five-year visas to Pakistanis, the media reported on Monday. In a note sent last month, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad, advised Pakistani diplomatic missions in the US to follow the new policy while issuing visas to American nationals, reports Dawn news.
BEIJING - China on Saturday raised the rate of additional tariffs imposed on US goods worth billions of dollars in retaliation for Washington doubling duties on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. Beijing targeted $60 billion worth of US goods with new punitive tariffs ranging from five to 25 per cent, according to a statement from the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council, cited by Xinhua news agency.
BEIJING - China on Monday said it would raise tariffs on $60 billion of US goods from June 1, a tit-for-tat response to Washington increasing levies on Chinese products last week. China's Ministry of Finance said the additional tariffs will range from 5 per cent to 25 per cent on 5,140 products. "On May 9, 2019, the US government announced that since May 10, 2019, tariffs on the $200 billion lists of goods imported from China have...
BEIJING - The Chinese government has reportedly blocked Microsoft's search engine Bing - the only global search platform that was open for use in the country, the company announced on Thursday. According to a report in Financial Times, mainland Chinese users wrote on social media that attempts to access Bing's China site, cn.bing.com, failed. "Two sources familiar with the government order confirmed that Bing had been blocked. One of the sources explained that China Unicom, one of China's major state-owned...
ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan has accused the US of "pushing Pakistan away" and said he would never want to have a relation with Washington where his country is treated like a "hired gun". "I would never want to have a relationship where Pakistan is treated like a hired gun -- given money to fight someone else's war," Khan said in an interview with the Washington Post on Thursday, referring to the 1980s war against the Soviet Union and the ongoing war on terror.
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday said the country will have to take "some bitter decisions" in the case of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, hinting at his execution. "We will try to move forward under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan. The nation should be ready as we will have to take some bitter decisions," Geo News quoted Qureshi as telling the media in Multan city.
ISLAMABAD - Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan was on Friday elected as Pakistan's 22nd Prime Minister by the National Assembly. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief won with 176 seats while his opponent, Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) President Shehbaz Sharif, secured 96 votes , Dawn online reported. Khan, whose party swept the July 25 general election, will take the oath of office on Saturday.
BEIJING - China on Wednesday continued its attacks on the trade war launched by the US on its exports and said that it would harm global confidence in the economy and growth of international trade. Beijing believes that the series of tariffs imposed by Washington will "drag the world economy into danger" and weaken confidence at the global level, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a press conference here.
ISLAMABAD - Dealing a severe blow to the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) ahead of the general elections, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was on Friday sentenced to 10 years in prison while his daughter Maryam Nawaz was given seven-year jail over graft charges in the purchase of overseas properties. The verdict was delievered by the accountability court in the Avenfield corruption case, which is related to the Sharif family's ownership...
WUHAN - Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping agreed that healthy bilateral ties were important for a better world as the two met in the Chinese city of Wuhan to re-set the ties between India and China hit by last year's military face-off. On the opening day of the two-day summit, when the Chinese rolled out the red carpet for Modi, both the leaders said they would want more such informal meetings. Modi invited Xi to India in 2019.