Pak summons India’s DHC over ceasefire violations

Islamabad, Oct 15 (PTI) Pakistan today summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner for the third time this month over the alleged “ceasefire violations” by Indian troops along the Line of Control, claiming that two children were killed in the firing. The Foreign Office, in a statement, alleged that Indian forces resorted to firing in Kotli/Nokial sector yesterday which killed two children. The Foreign Ministry said that it summoned the Indian envoy to protest the “unprovoked” violation of a 2003 cease- fire by the Indian forces.”Despite calls for restraint, India continues to indulge in ceasefire violations,? it said. “The deliberate targeting of … Continue reading Pak summons India’s DHC over ceasefire violations

Indian ambassador meets US senator, discusses bilateral ties

Washington–Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna, has met Senator Bernie Sanders and discussed bilateral ties between the two countries. A tweet by the Indian Embassy in the US on Wednesday said: “Ambassador Navtej Sarna warmly received by Sen. Bernie Sanders; enjoyed discussing positive outlook for Indian economy, strong #India US bonds & shared regional perspectives.” According to the embassy, the Sarna-Sanders meeting was restricted to discussions on US-India relationship, Indian economy and a few other issues, The American Bazaar Online reported. Sanders, who is the longest-serving independent in the US congressional history, had lost to his fellow Democrat Hillary … Continue reading Indian ambassador meets US senator, discusses bilateral ties

Pakistan summons Indian envoy over ceasefire violations across LoC

Pakistan on Thursday summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh after two civilians were killed in alleged ceasefire violations across the Line of Control by Indian troops. Director General (SA and SAARC) Mohammad Faisal who summoned the Deputy High Commissioner “condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations”. Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement that firing by Indian troops in Nikial and Nezapir sectors on Wednesday killed two civilians and inured five others. “The deliberate targeting of civilians is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws,” Faisal said. He urged the Indian side to respect … Continue reading Pakistan summons Indian envoy over ceasefire violations across LoC

India-U.S. Trade Ties to be a Focus Area: Kenneth Juster

Kenneth Juster, U.S. President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next envoy to India, said Washington needs to “push a range of economic issues” with New Delhi, including removal of trade barriers to accelerate the process of strengthening ties between the two countries. The United States must focus on economic issues with India, including intellectual property, standard and non-tariff barriers, Juster said in a response to a question from Senator Rob Portman during a congressional hearing. Juster has been one of the key persons behind the Indo-U.S. civil nuclear agreement. The two countries have only begun to scratch the surface, … Continue reading India-U.S. Trade Ties to be a Focus Area: Kenneth Juster

Pak summons Indian envoy after firing along LoC that allegedly killed 6 civilians

Pakistan on Friday summoned India’s High Commissioner here even as it condemned the alleged firing by Indian forces across the Line of Control, in which six Pakistani civilians were killed. A Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) spokesman said that Acting Foreign Secretary Aitzaz Ahmed summoned Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale over “unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces” in Charwa Sector on Thursday. Ahmed “strongly condemned” the firing which killed six civilians, including four women, and injured 26 others, including 15 women and five children in Bini Sulariyan village. Many of the affected are seriously injured and the casualties are … Continue reading Pak summons Indian envoy after firing along LoC that allegedly killed 6 civilians

India, China should start a new chapter: Chinese envoy

It is time India and China turn the old page and start a new chapter, Chinese envoy to India, Luo Zhaohui said today, adding the countries have made a lot of progress at bilateral level. He said Chinese President Xi Jinping met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the BRICS Summit in Xiamen earlier this month, and the two leaders sent a clear message of “reconciliation” and “cooperation”. “We should turn the old page and start a new chapter with the same pace and direction. We should dance together. We should make one plus one eleven. China is the largest trading … Continue reading India, China should start a new chapter: Chinese envoy

Bambawale new envoy to China, Bisaria takes his place in Pakistan

NEW DELHI: India’s high commissioner to Pakistan Gautam Bambawale has been appointed the ambassador to China and India’s ambassador to Poland Ajay Bisaria will be the next high commissioner to Pakistan, top South Block sources told TOI Saturday night. The reshuffle was necessitated by appointment of India’s ambassador to China Vijay Gokhale as Secretary (Economic Relations) in MEA. Gokhale played the lead role in defusing the Doklam crisis with Beijing and is now being tipped as India’s next foreign secretary in case government doesn’t give another extension to S Jaishankar in January. Bambawale and Bisaria are widely acknowledged as MEA’s … Continue reading Bambawale new envoy to China, Bisaria takes his place in Pakistan

Sohail Mahmood takes over as Pakistan envoy to India

Sohail Mahmood took charge as Pakistan’s new High Commissioner to New Delhi on Wednesday amidst border tension between India and Pakistan.  Mahmood, who succeeded Abdul Basit, had served as Pakistan’s ambassador Turkey and Thailand. Mahmood is a career diplomat and has a reputation for being a low-profile officer. His predecessor Basit, who was a former spokesperson of Pakistan foreign ministry, was articulate and controversial too. But the new envoy has no previous experience of serving in any senior positions dealing with India or south Asian countries. A Pakistan Foreign Service Officer of 1985 batch officer, Mahmood had served two terms as junior … Continue reading Sohail Mahmood takes over as Pakistan envoy to India

Japanese envoy’s support to India on Doklam riles China

Beijing asks Kenji Hiramatsu not to randomly make comments without clarifying facts though New Delhi has refused to react to his remarks China reacted sharply to Japanese Ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu’s comments supporting India’s position on Doklam, although India refused to react to the comments that came as the first clear show of backing from a major power on the two-month long standoff at the India-China-Japan trijunction. “I have seen the Japanese Ambassador in India really wants to support India. I want to remind him not to randomly make comments before clarifying the facts,” said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua … Continue reading Japanese envoy’s support to India on Doklam riles China

Pakistan summons Indian envoy over non-issuance of medical visas: Media

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has summoned the Indian envoy here over non-issuance of medical visas to Pakistani nationals seeking treatment in India, Pakistani media reports said today. According to Geo News, thousands of Pakistanis seeking treatment for liver and heart-related ailments at major hospitals in New Delhi, Chennai and other Indian cities have been affected due to non-issuance of medical visas. “India has made it impossible for Pakistanis to get medical visas,” an official was quoted as saying by the channel. Pakistan summoned Indian High Commissioner to Islamabad Gautam Bambawale and expressed concern over the issue, it said. However, there was no … Continue reading Pakistan summons Indian envoy over non-issuance of medical visas: Media