August, 2020


Re-opening of the visa sections of the German Embassy Islamabad and the German Consulate General Karachi on 7 September 2020 for national visa applications

Islamabad: National Visas The visa sections of the German Embassy Islamabad and the German Consulate General Karachi will re-open on 7 September 2020 for handling of national visas only (D-visas for stays of more than 90 days). Schengen Visas In line with EU decisions, Germany introduced travel restrictions for entries from outside the Schengen area on 17 March 2020. All corresponding entries from non-EU-citizens and citizens of non-Schengen states by plane or ship are affected. Entry is possible for German citizens and other nationals with a German residence permit. While restrictions for some countries have been eased on 1Read More

Second Review Meeting of Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS), Kabul

Islamabad:  On the invitation of Government of Afghanistan, Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood visited Kabul at the head of the Pakistan delegation comprising senior officers for the second review meeting of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS). The Afghan side was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Mirwais Nab. During the meeting, the entire spectrum of bilateral relations was reviewed. Highlighting the importance of Pakistan-Afghanistan relations, the Foreign Secretary underlined that these historic and fraternal ties were reinforced by a shared desire for regional peace, stability and prosperity. TheRead More


Tourism is one of the world’s most important economic sectors.  It employs one in every ten people on Earth and provides livelihoods to hundreds of millions more. It boosts economies and enables countries to thrive. It allows people to experience some of the world’s cultural and natural riches and brings people closer to each other, highlighting our common humanity. Indeed, one might say that tourism is itself one of the wonders of the world. That is why it has been so painful to see how tourism has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. In theRead More

US Republican Party’s convention to start on Monday to formally nominate President Trump for Nov. polls

NEW YORK: A national convention of US Republican Party is set to kick off on Monday, just days after former Vice President Joe Biden accepted the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, to officially nominate President Donald Trump as its candidate for the November elections. The party has an important mission on hand: To convince voters pessimistic about the state of a country battered by the coronavirus pandemic, economic recession and racial upheaval that Trump deserves four more years at the helm. Convention organizers say the president and his supporters will showcaseRead More

Obama casts Trump as threat to American democracy at Democratic Party’s convention

NEW YORK : Former US President Barack Obama has grimly warned Americans that President Donald Trump posed an existential threat to the country’s democratic values and institutions, and he implored voters to “embrace your own responsibility as citizens”. “That’s what’s at stake right now — our democracy,” Obama said from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on the third night of the Democratic National Convention at which Senator Kamala Devi Harris made history by becoming the first woman of colour to accept a major-party nomination for the vice presidency. “Donald TrumpRead More

No rift in Pak-Saudi ties as strong economic, political, military cooperation continues .Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri

Islamabad: The Foreign Office on Thursday denied any rift between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, saying their relations had “strong economic, political, security and military cooperation at all levels”. Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, at a weekly press briefing here, said “Relations between the two brotherly countries have continued to grow over time.” They enjoyed unique relations deep rooted in historic, religious, cultural and social ties. The spokesperson said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia not only closely cooperated with each other at international fora, but always stood by each other at timesRead More


New York:   Today, we remember and honour all victims of terrorism.  We stand by those who grieve and those who continue to endure the physical and psychological wounds of terrorist atrocities.  The impact of terrorism on victims can last a lifetime and reverberate across generations.  Traumatic memories cannot be erased, but we can help victims and survivors by seeking truth, justice and reparation, amplifying their voices and upholding their human rights.  This third International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism takes place while the world is in turmoil.  TheRead More

The following countries did have relations with Israel at one point in the past. (Time period of relations and reason for breaking them off are in parenthesis)

New York/ Islamabad states have never recognized and/or had foreign relations with Israel The  countries did have relations with Israel at one point in the past. (Time period of relations and reason for breaking them off are in parenthesis) and states have never recognized and/or had foreign relations with Israel.   1. Afghanistan. Accepts Israeli passports. Unofficial Afghan-Israeli Diplomatic relationships exist via the Israeli embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. 2. Azerbaijan — 7 April 1992 Date diplomatic relations established. 3.Bahrain Israel maintained a representative mission in Manama from 1996 until it was closed inRead More

Pakistan committed to Afghan peace: Foreign Secy

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood on Tuesday expressed Pakistan’s steadfast support for Afghanistan’s peace and reconciliation process. The Foreign Minister stated this as outgoing Afghan ambassador Atif Mashal paid a farewell call on him, here at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Foreign Secretary said Pakistan was committed to enhance bilateral cooperation with fraternal Afghanistan. Outgoing ambassador Atif Mashal in a tweet said during the farewell meeting, he expressed gratitude to Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood for a strong support and active cooperation extended to him during his diplomatic mission in Islamabad. “We deliberated on theRead More

ITC and World Bank publish new report on addressing non-tariff measures in Pakistan

Geneva: A new report published by the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the World Bank Group reveals that more than half of Pakistani exporters struggle with domestic and foreign regulatory barriers. Trade regulations in areas such as testing, certification and licensing are challenging for 60% of Pakistan’s agricultural exporters. This is largely because most countries have stringent regulations in place to protect human health and the environment. The survey found that 47% of companies that export manufactured goods also have difficulty with these regulations. Destination countries, particularly in Asia andRead More