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US may stop tagging Pakistan with Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: The United States may soon stop tagging Pakistan with Afghanistan, as the State Department moves closer to shutting down the office that linked the two neighbouring countries. The office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) lost its two key officials on Friday and the Trump administration …

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Time for other stakeholders in fight against terrorism to do more: Pak Army Chief

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa during a high-level meeting in Rawalpindi on Saturday called on other stakeholders in the fight against terrorism ─ particularly Afghanistan ─ to ‘do more’, Inter-Services Public Relations said in a press release. The army chief’s latest statement comes in the wake …

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US bill seeks to revoke Pakistan’s major ally status

WASHINGTON: Two US lawmakers have introduced a bipartisan bill in Congress, seeking to revoke Pakistan’s status as a major non-Nato ally (MNNA). The movers also argue that since Pakistan has failed to effectively fight terrorism, it no longer deserves US economic and military assistance. The focus of the bill, however, …

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Recent terror attacks linked to sanctuaries across border: ISPR

Dawn.com  The army’s media wing announced that security and surveillance of the Pak-Afghan border had been intensified after two separate terror attacks in Quetta and Kurram Agency on Friday, which Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) attributed to ‘sanctuaries’ across the border. Director General (DG) ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor made the …

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‘Safe havens’ inside, not outside, Afghanistan, Pakistan tells UNSC

Terrorist “safe havens” are inside, not outside, Afghanistan, Pakistan told the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Wednesday. “The resilience of the insurgency led by the Taliban cannot be explained away by convenient references to external ‘safe havens’ or ‘support centres’,” Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN, …

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Deadly car bomb hits Afghanistan’s Lashkar Gah

At least 29 people killed and more than 50 wounded after car bomb outside a bank. A car bomb exploded outside a bank in Lashkar Gah, capital of the southern Afghan province of Helmand, killing at least 29 people and wounding dozens, provincial governor said. At least 60 people were …

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Pakistan, Afghan envoys in US trade barbs at Washington moot

WASHINGTON: Afghanis­tan cannot blame Pakistan for all its ills, as terrorist attacks happening there originate in that country, says Ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry, Islamabad’s envoy in Washington. His Afghan counterpart Hamdullah Mohib argues that Afghanistan is not alone in blaming Pakistan; other neighbours, including Iran, also accuse it of interfering in …

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America Must Confront Pakistan’s Support of Afghan-Based Terrorism

As the Trump administration should consider creating new pressure points that raise the cost and pain level for Pakistan’s support of terrorism inside Afghanistan. Javid Ahmad June 20, 2017 Kabul is mourning after a spate of deadly attacks over the past few weeks, including a truck bomb that killed nearly …

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Donald Trump may crack down on Pakistan with possible strikes on terror safe havens

Reuters WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump‘s administration appears ready to harden its approach toward Pakistan to crack down on Pakistan-based militants launching attacks in neighboring Afghanistan, US officials told news agency Reuters. Potential Trump administration responses being discussed include expanding US drone strikes, redirecting or withholding some aid to Pakistan and …

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Two Pakistani diplomats in Afghanistan ‘missing’, says FO

Reuters Two diplomats based in the Consulate General of Pakistan in Jalalabad, an eastern Afghan city, went missing June 16 while traveling to Pakistan by road, the Foreign Office (FO) confirmed Sunday. A press release from FO Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria’s office said Islamabad is in constant contact with Afghan authorities, …

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