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Pakistan keeps mum over Iran envoy’s remarks about Raheel leading Saudi alliance

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has avoided an immediate reaction to media statements by Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost who expressed reservations about Pakistan clearing former army chief Gen Raheel Sharif to lead a 39-nation military alliance put together by Saudi Arabia. “Not now. We generally do not react to media reports. …

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Iran concerned over Raheel’s appointment as head of Saudi-led military alliance: envoy

Iran has expressed its reservations regarding the appointment of the former army chief, retired Gen Raheel Sharif, as head of the Saudi-led 39-nation Islamic military alliance, saying it is not ‘satisfied’ with the coalition. Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency quoted Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost as saying that Pakistan had …

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Thank you Raheel Sharif?

ABBAS NASIR AFTER the government said it had given its consent to retired Gen Raheel Sharif accepting the offer to head the Saudi-led Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism, there were two scenarios emerging about what may happen over the coming months. The lack of clarity and detail is triggering …

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Joining Saudi military alliance won’t hit Pakistan’s neutrality in Middle East: FO

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office believes that Pakistan’s participation in the Saudi-led 39-nation military alliance will not compromise its long-standing policy of neutrality in Middle Eastern affairs as the alliance is being built to fight terrorism. “You are talking about two different things. The basic purpose of this force is (to) …

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U.S. general makes military threats against Iran

The United States should consider using “military means” against Iran, U.S. Army General Joseph Votel says, calling Tehran “the greatest long-term threat to stability” in the Middle East. Votel, who heads the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), made the hostile remarks while speaking before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday. …

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Iran calls on U.S. to stop harassment

The Iranian defense minister on Thursday called on the United States to leave the Persian Gulf and stop harassment of Iran. The remarks by Hossein Dehqan came as the U.S. top military official in the Middle East, Gen. Joseph Votel, said, “We need to look at opportunities where we can disrupt [Iran] …

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Foreign Office announces Pakistan’s inclusion in Saudi military alliance

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will join the Saudi military alliance, the Foreign Office officially announced on Thursday. Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria told the media during its weekly press briefing that the decision has been taken after considering the terms and conditions of the alliance. About the former army chief, General (retd) …

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Insecurity, regional terrorism originate from Saudi radicalism: Iran

TEHRAN – Iran has rejected accusations that it is imperiling the security of the Middle East, saying regional insecurity and terrorism originates from Saudi Arabia’s radicalism and extremism. “The root cause of terrorism in the region is radical thoughts nurtured in Saudi Arabia which have today become the scourge of …

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Chief of a phantom army

ZAHID HUSSAIN It is now official. Retired Gen Raheel Sharif will soon be taking over the command of the so-called Islamic army that is still to take shape. The ambiguity surrounding the decision to lend the services of the country’s former army chief to Saudi Arabia has finally been cleared. …

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Iran says Russia can use its military bases ‘on case by case basis’

REUTERS Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Reuters on Tuesday that Russia could use Iranian military bases to launch air strikes against militants in Syria on a “case by case basis.” Russia and Iran are both key allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and have played decisive roles in …

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