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Four UAE soldiers killed in Yemen helicopter crash

ABU DHABI: Four soldiers from the United Arab Emirates were killed when their helicopter crashed during a mission in Yemen, the UAE military confirmed on Saturday. The Saudi-led coalition supporting the Yemeni government against Shia rebels had initially played down Friday evening’s incident, saying that the pilot had been forced to …

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Russia, Iran pushing their influence in Afghanistan as country’s future grows shaky

For 16 years, the United States has tried to stabilize and rebuild Afghanistan with a goal of preventing the war-torn country from once again being used as a launching pad for international terrorism – as it was during the September 11 attacks. But despite spending more than $600 billion and …

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Trump says he doesn’t think Iran is complying with nuclear agreement

President Trump on Thursday said he doesn’t believe Iran is in compliance with the 2015 deal to curtail its nuclear weapons program, weeks after his administration certified that it is in compliance. The president made the comments to reporters during his working vacation in Bedminster, New Jersey, after his administration …

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Congress, White House dither on Afghan policy: US Secretary of State

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Trump administration has been looking at full range of options in the process of crafting new strategy for Afghanistan, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday. Reports in the US media claimed that the team, tasked to formulate Afghan policy was still struggling with the task, as …

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Iran Sees Pakistan’s Security in Line with Its Own: President Rouhani

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described security as a major issue in the region and said the Islamic Republic considers Pakistan’s security to be in line with its own. Speaking at a meeting with Chairman of Pakistan’s Senate Reza Rabbani in Tehran on Monday, Rouhani described closer ties …

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India Holds Talks with Iran over Development of Chabahar Port

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – India’s Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said he has held talks with Iranian officials on a range of issues, including the development of Iran’s port of Chabahar. Gadkari said that during his recent trip to Tehran, he held talks with Iranian officials on a wide range …

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Baloch activists gather against China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Indian Media

BERLIN: Exiled Baloch leaders and activists will gather in Berlin, Germany, on August 11 to voice their protest against the under construction multi-billion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The event titled “China’s One Belt One Road Initiative – Its adverse impact on Balochistan & the region” would be organized by the …

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Can CPEC weather Pakistan’s political storm?

In a highly partisan political environment, China reiterated its neutrality towards the internal affairs of the country by stating its resolve to abide by ‘a strategic cooperative partnership with Pakistan’. Despite this stance the momentum of the CPEC initiative seems to have been compromised over the last two months. Senior …

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Pakistan rejects allegation army is pushing militants into Afghanistan

The Foreign Office (FO) on Monday rejected an Afghan governor’s allegation that the Pakistan Army’s Operation Khyber-IV was meant to push militants into Afghanistan. “The militants, most of them influenced by [the Pakistani military], are sent across the Durand Line. It [the Pakistani military] wants to show that it has …

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India sees Iran’s Chabahar ‘a gateway to golden opportunities’

PTI Keen on boosting bilateral trade and ties, India and Iran have expressed commitment to operationalize the strategic Chabahar Port at the earliest. On the sidelines of the inauguration of the second tenure of Hassan Rouhani as the President of Iran, the Indian union minister Nitin Gadkari, representing Prime Minister …

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