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Pakistan, US trade blame over cross-border terrorism

ISLAMABAD: Top Pakistani and US military commanders blamed each other on Thursday for not doing enough to stop cross-border terrorism. The two-day visit of United States Central Command (Centcom) Commander Gen Joseph Votel, in which he held a series of meetings with senior Pakistani military commanders, including Army Chief Gen …

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US wants no terrorist ‘safe havens’ in Pakistan, says James Mattis

WASHINGTON: As part of its new South Asia strategy, the United States wants to make sure that there are no terrorist safe havens in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the US defence secretary James Norman Mattis has said, asserting that there are ways for the US-led NATO member countries to hold Islamabad …

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U.S. Afghan strategy will be governed by events in Balochistan

The Pentagon is spinning its wheels in Afghanistan, continuing a questionable counterinsurgency and nation-building strategy because, quite literally, it knows that it won’t work, but cannot think of anything else to do. It will not succeed because the U.S. and NATO will never regain the military dominance the alliance had …

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Pakistani diplomat gunned down

PESHAWAR: A Pakistani diplomat serving at the consulate in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad city was shot dead on Monday evening, a private TV Channel reported. According to reports, Nayyer Iqbal was shot six times while returning home after offering evening prayers. Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the Provincial Governor in Nangarhar, said the employee …

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The Fence Driving a Wedge Between Pakistan and Afghanistan

By Ismail Dilawar and Kamran Haider Border smuggling dwarves official trading between neighbors Pakistan has only fenced 43 kilometers of large pourous border On the upper deck of the Hamza Fort border check-point in Pakistan’s South Waziristan, Major General Nauman Zakaria points to a 12-foot high fence just yards away …

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US will eradicate terrorism, with or without Pakistan: Tillerson

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that he did not visit Islamabad earlier this week to lecture or coerce Pakistanis but he did tell them that Washington is determined to eradicate terrorism from the region with their support or “in a different way”. “And that’s not a threat. It’s …

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Afghan President refuses to join CPEC while access to India is blocked

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has taken a firm stand against joining the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) during his recent visit to India, said a Tolo Newsreport. Ghani has said that he would not join CPEC if Islamabad refused to permit connectivity between India and Afghanistan, according to India’s Live Mint news …

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US Secretary of State urges Pakistan to step up action against terrorist ‘safe havens’

AP US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Islamabad on Tuesday (today) where he would be telling Pakistani officials that their cooperation in fighting extremists and driving them from hideouts on their territory is imperative to a good relationship with the US. Talking to media persons during his visit …

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Pakistan, Afghanistan in angry tangle over chicken-wire border fence to keep out terrorists

Reuters ANGOOR ADDA: Pakistan is betting that a pair of nine-foot chain-link fences topped with barbed wire will stop incursions by Islamic terrorists from Afghanistan, which opposes Islamabad’s plans for a barrier along the disputed frontier. Pakistan plans to fence up most of the 2,500 km (1,500 mile) frontier despite Kabul’s protests that …

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US had planned Abbottabad-style raid to rescue American-Canadian family: NYT report

Dawn.com  The United States (US) had allegedly readied a team of Navy SEALs to launch a raid in Pakistan ─ much like the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad ─ after a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) drone picked up footage of American hostage Caitlan Coleman and her …

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