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Why India Needs A Balochistan Policy

New Delhi should ascertain what Balochistan means to India and proceed to have a clear policy. The benefits of doing that are plenty, as secure borders will allow India to focus more significantly on its other major goals, including social and economic. It has been well over a year since …

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Tourism is becoming Halal in Iran

TEHRAN – An Iranian tourism official says special attention should be paid to Halal tourism as an emerging economic powerhouse to materialize the goal of attracting 20 million tourists annually by 2025. “For achieving the goal of drawing 20 million [foreign] tourists under a 2025 Tourism Vision Plan, the country …

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Iran warns US on designating Revolutionary Guards terrorist group

Iran said on Tuesday that the United States would be siding with the militant Islamic State (IS) group if it designated the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organisation. “The Guards are the defender of the nation,” government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht told reporters. “If the US wants to put the …

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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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China backs Pakistan, wants US to recognise Islamabad’s efforts to combat terrorism

PTI BEIJING: Amid mounting US pressure on Pakistan to rein in terror groups, China on Saturday backed its all-weather ally and said Washington should “give full recognition” to Islamabad’s “active efforts” to combat terrorism. “Pakistan is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism,” the Chinese foreign ministry said, reacting …

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CPEC passes through disputed territory: US

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration has informed Congress that it too believes the China-Pakistan Econo­mic Corridor (CPEC) passes through a disputed territory — originally an India claim aimed at thwarting the development plan. The $56 billion CPEC passes through Pakis­t­an’s northern areas, which India claims is part of the disputed Jammu …

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How will Iran and Turkey deal with Kurdish state bid?

Iran and Turkey join forces to oppose Kurdish secession in Iraq. Iran and Turkey may seem like unlikely partners following events of the past few years, especially in Syria. But they are saying the same thing about the recent “Yes” vote in the Kurdish referendum, as neither want Kurdish people …

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US: China’s Belt policy crosses ‘disputed’ area

Washington, October 4 The Trump administration today threw its weight behind India’s opposition to China’s ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, saying the $50 billion project passes through “disputed territory” and no country should dictate the belt and road initiative.The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), over which India …

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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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How Iran tries to control news coverage by foreign-based journalists

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns attempts by the Iranian judicial system and intelligence services to influence the Persian-language sections of international media outlets by putting pressure on Iranian journalists based abroad and on their families still in Iran. How do the Iranian intelligence services pressure Iranian journalists who are working …

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