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Opposing US is not a crime, says Qureshi

Opposing US is not a crime, says Qureshi

LAHORE – Former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that he had no greed for ministries and opposing the US in the Raymond Davis case was not a crime. Addressing a gathering in Multan on Saturday where thousands accorded him a warm welcome, Qureshi made an emotional speech saying he had been punished for telling the truth about Davis and his claims of having diplomatic immunity.
Qureshi said he belonged to a saintly background and believed that if one door closed,

Davis does not qualify for immunity: Qureshi

ISLAMABAD – Former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Wednesday US national Raymond Davis did not qualify for blanket immunity. “In a meeting at the Foreign Office on January 31, I was told by Foreign Ministry officials that Raymond Davis did not qualify for blanket immunity,” he said.
Addressing a press conference after meeting Senator John Kerry, Qureshi said that the Foreign Ministry officials had reached at the conclusion after going through all relevant record and

Qureshi, Shahbaz have closed door meeting

ISLAMABAD – Former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had a “closed doors” meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif at Opposition Leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s residence on Tuesday. Online sources said Qureshi went to offer condolences over the death of Nisar’s mother, knowing that Shahbaz would be there. The sources insisted it was not a coincidence.
“The interaction between Qureshi and PML-N leaders was somewhat planned and was intended to give out a message to

Shutter-down strike in Sindh towns to support Qureshi

KARACHI – A shutter-down strike was observed in some towns of Sindh by Ghousia Jamaat to support former Foreign Affairs minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and protest the media trial against him. Shops remained close in Umerkot and a rally was staged by Aijaz Palee, Idress Palee and others.
A shutter-down strike was observed in Khipro. A rally in Kunree culminated into a large gathering in front of the press club, where speakers delivered speeches to support Qureshi. Businesses

PPP cannons open fire on Qureshi

ISLAMABAD – Signs of a rift have started to appear in the PPP after President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani dropped some “heavyweights” and changed the portfolios of others while shaping the new cabinet.
The intra-party tension appeared on Sunday when Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan said former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had refused to become part of the cabinet when he found out about the arrest warrant for former president Pervez

All except Qureshi attend president’s luncheon

ISLAMABAD – President Asif Ali Zardari Saturday told the outgoing ministers of the PPP that he had asked his “trusted friends” to offer sacrifice and was proud that they rose to the occasion.
He expressed these views in a meeting with Qamar Zaman Kaira, Pir Aftab Shah Jilani, Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali, Waqar Ahmad Khan, Nazar Mohammad Gondal, Raja Parvez Ashraf, Aijaz Jakhrani, Rana Farooq Ahmed, and others in a luncheon-meeting held here at the presidency.
Interestingly, Shah

Party calling me back to cabinet, says Qureshi

LAHORE – Former Foreign Affairs minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday said that his party (the Pakistan People’s Party) was persuading him to join the federal cabinet again, a private TV channel reported.
During a farewell visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qureshi said that Raymond Davis was not a diplomat, adding that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had asked him to validate Davis as a diplomat, a demand which he refused to accept.
He said US Ambassador

Qureshi stopped from attending Munich conference

ISLAMABAD – Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who was supposed to leave for Germany on Friday to attend the “Munich Security Conference” on Afghanistan, was stopped from the significant visit by President Asif Ali Zardari due to the expedited dissolution of the federal cabinet, following an announcement in this regard by the ruling party, the Pakistan People’s Party.
Qureshi and Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani were to represent Pakistan at the security talk

PML-Q wants Zafar Qureshi removed from FIA team

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) parliamentarians on Thursday demanded that the government remove Zafar Ahmed Qureshi, head of the FIA team investigating the National Insurance Corporation Limited (NICL) scam.
A day after the FIA sought arrest warrants for PML-Q’s Moonis Elahi, two female parliamentarians, Shahnaz Sheikh and Attiya Inayatullah, came to the Chaudhrys’ rescue during Thursday’s session. Speaking on a point of order, Shahnaz Sheikh said, “Zafar

Qureshi calls up Krishna to seek permission for cotton export

ISLAMABAD – Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Indian counterpart on Saturday talked to each other over telephone and discussed the Pak-India dialogue, cotton export to Pakistan and other bilateral issues.
According to media reports, Qureshi made the call Krishna to discuss issues of mutual interest. The foreign minister told Krishna that India should give permission of exporting 100 million bales of cotton to Pakistan.
The Pakistani textile industry has placed

Talks with India should be meaningful: Qureshi

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan wants to resolve all issues with India through talks but dialogue should be meaningful and result-oriented, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Saturday.
while addressing a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, Qureshi said, “Pakistan has been consistent in its policy that it wants good neighbourly relations with India and resolve all disputes through talks. But we want sustained, meaningful and result-oriented

Iman Qureshi – Tennis star in the making

LAHORE – Iman Qureshi, the 13-year old, eighth grade student of Lahore Grammer School, Defence had quite an eventful year, winning a number of international titles, making Pakistan’s presence felt at the junior level of the ITF circuit.
Iman finished the year at an overall 3rd position in Asia in 14 and Under Asian Tennis Ranking. She is the only Pakistani player to have achieved the honour. While playing in the Asian circuit, she managed to win two titles (in Allepo and

LHC adjourns Rehman’s presidential pardon case

LAHORE: Hearing of a petition challenging the pardon granted by President Asif Ali Zardari to Interior Minister Rehman Malik was adjourned to December 24 by a full bench of Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday. Earlier, Deputy Attorney General Naveed Inayat Malik had requested adjournment on behalf of the federation, citing Rehman’s pending adjudication in Supreme Court as an excuse.
Barrister Farooq Hassan, representing the petitioner, opposed the request saying the government was

Qureshi, Bopanna win peace and sport award

MONACO: The India-Pakistan tennis duo of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi on Thursday were honored for their partnership with a Peace and Sport award.
The two players featured on the ATP Tour this year wearing warm-up gear with the slogan “Stop War, Start Tennis” to publicize their belief that friendship between India and Pakistan is possible.
When he presented the award, Joel Bouzou, founder of Peace and Sport, appealed to the governments of India and Pakistan to

Canadian high commissioner discusses bilateral cooperation with Qureshi

The newly appointed Canadian High Commissioner, Ross Hynes called on the Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday.
“Issues of mutual interest came under discussion. It was agreed by the Foreign Minister and High Commissioner that bilateral cooperation may be further strengthened between the two countries especially in the areas of trade and investment,” said a foreign office statement.
The High Commissioner appreciated the role of the Pakistani