Islamabad says there are “zero” contacts between Pakistan and India, despite the opening of a border crossing between the two nuclear-armed neighbors for Indian pilgrims to visit a Sikh temple, which was a landmark act of cooperation between the two rivals.
Pakistanis hold an anti-India protest in Islamabad after a rare aerial dogfight between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan in the skies over the disputed territory of Kashmir ignited fears of an all-out conflict, with world powers rushing to urge restraint.
Pakistani Foreign Ministry said on Thursday trade ties with Iran will not be affected by the US sanctions, in yet another comment echoing Islamabad’s readiness to expand relations with its neighbors under Imran Khan.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif plans to pay a visit to Islamabad to hold talks with senior Pakistani officials on ways to strengthen relations and the fight against terrorism and smuggling of narcotics.
Amid frayed Washington-Islamabad ties, Pakistan has ordered its air force to shoot down any drones violating the country’s airspace, including those of the US military, which are deemed responsible for a high number of civilian deaths in the Asian state.
A Pakistani religious group, whose supporters have been holding sit-ins and clashing with police, has ended the protests after the Islamabad government agreed to its demand for the resignation of the law minister.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has paid a visit to Pakistan amid tensions between the two countries. During a brief stay in Islamabad, the US top diplomat met with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and reiterated Washington’s position that Pakistan must do more in the fight against terrorism. PRESS TV’s Kamran Yousaf has the details.