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Pakistan prepares to extend border fence to Balochistan

ISLAMABAD: Security officials in Pakistan have announced that the border fence with Afghanistan will be extended to southwestern Balochistan in a bid to check illegal cross-border movement. The army is already fencing the porous border in the country’s tribal areas with Afghanistan, as part of the border-management system. Pakistan and …

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Protests erupt in Kabul over recent attacks, amid allegations of Pakistani involvement

KABUL — Afghan security officials, facing public wrath after a spate of urban terrorist attacks that left more than 130 people dead and hundreds injured, announced Thursday that they had presented Pakistani authorities with “undeniable evidence” that some of the insurgents were trained in Pakistan and that the attacks were …

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Afghanistan wants world powers to step up pressure on Pakistan: US envoy

Returning from a UN Security Council visit to Afghanistan, US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Wednesday stressed the Kabul government wants world powers to step up pressure on Pakistan. Haley joined the 14 other council envoys for talks with top Afghan leaders in Kabul at the weekend as the government considers …

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CPEC: “Iron Brothers,” Unequal Partners

Publication: China Brief Volume: 18 Issue: 1 By: Sudha Ramachandran Serious differences have come to the fore between China and Pakistan over the $60-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). At a Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting at Islamabad in November 2017, China announced its decision to suspend funding for at least three …

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Afghans migrants given 30 days to leave Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Government of Pakistan had given 30 days to all Afghans, both UN refugees and illegal immigrants, to leave Pakistan. It was decided at the Federal Cabinet meeting recently held at the Federal Capital extending 30 days in their stay in Pakistan. Political sources said that it was the …

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White House to announce ‘specific actions’ against Pakistan within days

WASHINGTON: The White House has said it wanted to see Pakistan do more to fight terrorism and that it would likely announce actions to pressure Islamabad within days. “Our goal is that we know that they can do more to stop terrorism and we want them to do that,” White House …

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Radd-ul-Fasaad: ‘NDS facilitator’ held, weapons recovered in Balochistan raids

An Afghan national, allegedly belonging to the country’s spy agency National Directorate of Security (NDS) was apprehended and arms and ammunition with communication equipment were recovered in multiple raids by the security forces in different areas of Balochistan on Friday. Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan, along with intelligence agencies, conducted intelligence-based operations …

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China, Pakistan, Afghanistan agree on terror cooperation

BEIJING: Ministers from Afghanistan, Pakistan and China met in Beijing on Tuesday where they agreed to work together to tackle the threat of terrorism. The first trilateral meeting of foreign ministers from the countries comes as China steps up its investment in its neighbouring nations as part of its trillion-dollar …

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Pakistan has much to lose by harbouring ‘criminals and terrorists’, warns US vice president

KABUL: Making an unannounced trip to Afghanistan, US Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday said sharp words for Pakistan, which he alleged had provided safe haven to the Taliban and other groups for too long. Pence arrived on a military plane at Bagram Airfield under the cover of darkness on Thursday …

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America urges Pakistan to prove responsible stewardship of nukes

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration’s first foreign policy — announced on Monday — urges Pakistan to demonstrate that it’s a “responsible steward” of its nuclear assets and warns that the fear of a nuclear conflict with India remains a key concern in Washington. The new policy also insists that Pakistan take …

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