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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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US seeks India’s help to ‘keep an eye’ on Pakistan

WASHINGTON: US Am­bassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said that India can help the United States in keeping an eye on Pakistan, as Washington cannot tolerate any government that shelters terrorists. In her address to the US-India Friendship Council in Washington on Tuesday, Ambassador Haley, an American politician of …

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دہشتگرد افغانستان کی سرزمین حملوں کیلئے استعمال کررہے ہیں، سرفراز بگٹی

کوئٹہ: وزیر داخلہ بلوچستان سرفراز بگٹی کا کہنا ہے کہ دہشت گرد افغانستان کی سرزمین پاکستان پر حملوں کے لیے استعمال کررہے ہیں جب کہ غیرملکی ایجنسیاں دہشت گردوں کی مدد کررہی ہیں۔ کوئٹہ میں میڈیا سے بات کرتے ہوئے صوبائی وزیر داخلہ بلوچستان سرفراز بگٹی کا کہنا تھا کہ …

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US commander vows Taliban’s defeat as Afghanistan gets Black Hawk copters

The top US military commander in Afghanistan has vowed imminent “tidal wave of air power” in the 16-year war of attrition against the Taliban militants, boasting that “this is the beginning of the end for the Taliban.” The remarks by Army Gen. John Nicholson came in an “elaborately staged ceremony” …

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Pak Army Chief, Afghan president meet in Kabul, discuss regional security

In an attempt to bridge the growing trust deficit between the two neighbouring countries, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Kabul on Sunday to hold discussions with Afghan authorities. During a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, matters of regional security and counter-terrorism efforts were discussed, Tolo …

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