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‘Terrorism affecting Afghanistan is product of Pakistan’s policy,’ says Afghan foreign minister at UN Security Council

NEW DELHI: Afghanistan today didn’t mince words in declaring at the UN that terror in Afghanistan is the “product of (a) long-standing policy” of Pakistan. Afghanistan also said that that terror’s “roots are located in terrorist sanctuaries and safe havens outside” its borders. With its unequivocal declarations, Afghanistan today joined US President Donald Trump, …

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India, US resolve to eliminate terror safe havens, enhance strategic ties

TNN NEW DELHI: India has made it clear to the US that it will not contribute combat troops towards stabilizing and securing Afghanistan + but will further crank up its ongoing security, economic and developmental assistance to the war-torn country battling a resurgent Taliban backed by Pakistan. Though President Donald Trump has called upon India to play …

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Afghan president says Pakistan must crush militant hideouts

Abolishing militant hideouts in Pakistan is critical to establishing peace in neighbouring Afghanistan, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Thursday before meeting United States (US) President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Neither Trump nor Ghani mentioned Pakistan when they appeared publicly together after …

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Pakistan raises objection with US over greater role for India in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has raised objection with the US over President Donald Trump advocating greater role for India in the war-torn Afghanistan, the country’s top diplomat said on Wednesday. Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi during a meeting with US Vice-President Mike Pence on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assemblyhere on Tuesday expressed concern over the greater …

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BRICS summit, US, Pakistan and India

James M. Dorsey Pakistan, already furious and reeling from US President Donald J. Trump’s threat to sanction it for supporting militants, has been dealt a potential body blow out of left field. Five major emerging powers, including China and Russia, have for the first time identified Pakistan-backed militant groups as a regional security threat in …

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Pakistan source of ‘significant challenges’ in Afghanistan: US

WASHINGTON: Pakistan has been a source of “significant challenges” in Afghanistan, enabling the Taliban to plan coordinated attacks in the war-torn country, President Donald Trump‘s nominee for the US ambassador to Afghanistan has said. If confirmed by the Senate, John R Bass said, in his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, that he will try to change the …

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Afghanistan asks India to speed up development of Chabahar port

AP  Afghanistan’s foreign minister asked India on Monday to expedite development of a strategic port in Iran to bolster a trade route for land-locked Central Asian countries that would bypass Pakistan. The port would allow India to transport goods to Afghanistan by sea. Pakistan currently does not allow India to …

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The problems with Pakistan’s Afghan policy

THE National Assembly, the government and the COAS have categorically rejected President Trump’s allegations against Pakistan. The furious outrage of the political and military elite in Pakistan brings to mind Hamlet’s mother who said “the lady doth protest too much, methinks” which questions the credibility of overreactions. The reaction in …

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Trump does not blame Pakistan for failure in Afghanistan: US envoy

United States (US) Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale assured National Security Adviser (NSA) Lt Gen (Retd) Nasser Khan Janjua on Thursday that President Donald Trump did not blame Pakistan for the failure of the War on Terror in Afghanistan. As Hale and Janjua met today in Islamabad to discuss the …

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Pakhtun Tribesmen stage protest at Torkham, Chaman borders against Trump’s new policy

The Pak-Afghan border crossings at Chaman and Torkham on Monday saw an influx of tribesmen, political workers and members of the civil society protesting against the US’s new policy for the region. Last week, in a statement that was strongly rejected by the Pakistan government, US President Donald Trump had demanded that Pakistan …

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