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Pakistan denies backchannel talks with India, says need for enabling meaningful dialogue

Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry said states have their ways and means to communicate, which remain available even during wars.

‘The Imran I knew…’: Ex-wife Jemima hits out at Pakistan PM over comments on rape

New Delhi: Jemima Goldsmith, British screenwriter and former wife of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, criticised him for blaming "vulgarity" in society for the rise in rape cases and sexual violence in Pakistan. Quoting the Qu'ran, she tweeted Wednesday: “Say to the believing men that they restrain their eyes and guard their private parts...The onus is on men." https://twitter.com/Jemima_Khan/status/1379831180921597956?s=20 She later added: "The Imran I knew used to say, 'Put a veil on the man's eyes not on the woman'." Khan has been facing criticism for his "insensitive" comments made over the weekend. During a televised question-answer session with the public Sunday, a caller had asked the prime minister what his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government is doing about rising sexual violence, particularly against children. The cricketer-turned-politician replied that the concept of 'pardah' in Islam is intended to "keep temptation in check" because “not everyone has willpower”, he said. "Fahashi (vulgarity)" is to blame for the...
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on 7 April, 2021 | Twitter

Pakistan PM meets Russian FM Sergey Lavrov, says Moscow a ‘key foreign policy priority’

Sergey Lavrov, the first Russian foreign minister to visit Pakistan since 2012, discussed bilateral ties & issues of regional and global importance during his meet with Imran Khan.
File photo of Pakistan PM Imran Khan | Facebook//ImranKhanOfficial/

Imran Khan’s U-turn on trade with India puts Delhi in a spot — who to talk to in Pakistan

Will the Modi government be taken in by the sob stories that are going to be told on the back-channel and bite the bait, or will it stick to its guns?
Bajwa and Pakistan Army

Gen Bajwa wanted a ‘paradigm shift’ with India, but Pakistan military isn’t ready

India and Pakistan have begun to talk but they have not arrived at the moment when it becomes possible to imagine anchoring peace.

No trade with India under current circumstances, says Pakistan PM Imran Khan

Pakistan's U-turn came a day after the Economic Coordination Committee recommended importing cotton and sugar from India, lifting a nearly two-year-long ban on its import.

Imran Khan has a gift for Pakistanis — India, the new sugar daddy

Can all Pakistanis who stand for Kashmir every Friday afternoon for half an hour sit down now?
File image of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan | Photographer: Cate Dingley | Bloomberg

Peace possible only if issues like J&K were resolved, says Imran Khan in letter to PM Modi

Khan's letter was in reply to Modi's letter that said 'India desires cordial relations with Pakistan but an atmosphere of trust, devoid of terror and hostility, is imperative for it.'

70-yr pattern, no real shift, analysts say about talk of India-Pakistan bid to ‘bury past’

In recent weeks, there seem to have been signs of easing tensions between India & Pakistan, which appeared to come on edge of war after Pulwama attack & ensuing IAF airstrikes on terror camps.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan in a meeting with his media team on 25 March, 2021 | Twitter@shiblifaraz

Pakistan PM Imran Khan flouts Covid protocols, holds in-person meeting while infected

The Opposition said PM Khan himself violated SOP despite the third wave of Covid and called for registration of an FIR against all those people who attended the meeting.

On Camera

Representational image | A magnified coronavirus germ is displayed on a monitor during coronavirus patient sample detection tests in the virology research labs in a hospital in Leuven, Belgium | Bloomberg

Vaccines won’t be enough. New Covid variants have changed the game

No one is truly safe from Covid until everyone is safe. We are in a race against time to get global transmission rates low enough to prevent the emergence of new variants.
Boeing 737 Max jet

Months after comeback, Boeing’s 737 Max has a new issue that will ground dozens of jets again

US carriers parked a combined 67 of the workhorse planes Friday, about a third of the Max jets currently in service around the world.

Defence

Chinese PLA troops march back from the Pangong Tso area in eastern Ladakh | Photo released by Indian Army

Corps Commander talks ends after 13 hours, India and China discuss further disengagement

Army sources said that the two countries discussed disengagement from remaining friction points, including Gogra heights, Hot Springs and Depsang Plains in the 11th round of talks.

Why mosques in rear view mirror, like Kashi’s Gyanvapi, can crash India’s drive into future

Court’s order to ASI to survey Gyanvapi Mosque for remains of old Kashi Vishwanath Temple questions the optimism that Ayodhya wouldn’t be repeated.