Iran’s pragmatic Rouhani earns emphatic vote of confidence in initial election results

Courtesy Dawn News TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani earned an emphatic vote of confidence and reformist partners secured surprise gains in parliament in early results from elections that could accelerate the Islamic Republic’s emergence from years of isolation. While gains by moderates and reformists in Friday’s polls were most evident in the capital, Tehran, the…

US to go ahead with F-16 sale, says State Department

Courtesy Of Dawn News WASHINGTON: The US State Department on Friday defended the decision to sell F-16 aircraft to Pakistan and endorsed Islamabad’s position that the planes were being used in counter-terrorism operations. In a separate statement, the Pakistan Embassy in Washington appreciated the Obama administration’s determination to go ahead with the proposed sale. The…