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Indian aggression will always get most befitting response: Gen Qamar

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that Indian aggression or any misadventure would always get a most befitting response, the military’s media wing said. He has also given directives for enhanced protective measures including the construction of greater community shell protection shelters for the civil population. According to the Inter-Services Public …

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China accuses US warship of violating its sovereignty

SHANGHAI: China’s foreign ministry has accused a US warship of entering its territorial waters without permission and said it would take “necessary measures” to ensure its sovereignty is protected. On the evening of Jan. 17, the missile destroyer USS Hopper came within 12 nautical miles of Huangyan Island in the South …

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U.S. troops will stay in Syria to counter ‘strategic’ threat from Iran

BEIRUT — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday committed the United States to an indefinite military presence in Syria, citing a range of policy goals that extend far beyond the defeat of the Islamic State as conditions for American troops to go home. But a crisis unfolding on the …

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Afghanistan wants world powers to step up pressure on Pakistan: US envoy

Returning from a UN Security Council visit to Afghanistan, US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Wednesday stressed the Kabul government wants world powers to step up pressure on Pakistan. Haley joined the 14 other council envoys for talks with top Afghan leaders in Kabul at the weekend as the government considers …

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Why Balochistan has become a thorn in Pakistan’s crown

MANOJ JOSHI On Saturday, Abdul Quddus Bizenjo of the Pakistan Muslim League (Q), the so-called kings’ party of the Musharraf era, took over as chief minister of Balochistan along with a 14-member cabinet. He is the third chief minister in four and a half years. Bizenjo replaced Sanaullah Zehri of …

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Political uncertainty clouds CPEC

ISLAMABAD: China is understood to be on the verge of putting on hold further investments under CPEC beyond what has already been done – a decision linked to the prevalent uncertain political situation in Pakistan and surging fears of turmoil in the months ahead. The move, sounded out in a …

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ATM skimming case: FIA gets custody of Chinese nationals till Jan 18

KARACHI: Two Chinese nationals allegedly involved in ATM skimming were remanded into the custody of Federal Investigation Agency till January 18 on Monday. The investigating officer (IO) shared that the suspects have trouble understanding English which is becoming a hurdle in the way of investigation. He added that a group of …

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Iran, India Sign Major Rail Deal

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran and India have signed a deal worth 2 billion US dollars for cooperation in the rail sector, a report said. The agreement was inked Friday in India’s capital New Delhi in the presence of Abbas Akhoundi, Iran’s minister of roads and urban development, and his Indian …

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CPEC: “Iron Brothers,” Unequal Partners

Publication: China Brief Volume: 18 Issue: 1 By: Sudha Ramachandran Serious differences have come to the fore between China and Pakistan over the $60-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). At a Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting at Islamabad in November 2017, China announced its decision to suspend funding for at least three …

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Afghans migrants given 30 days to leave Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Government of Pakistan had given 30 days to all Afghans, both UN refugees and illegal immigrants, to leave Pakistan. It was decided at the Federal Cabinet meeting recently held at the Federal Capital extending 30 days in their stay in Pakistan. Political sources said that it was the …

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