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Iran: U.S. statement on jailed citizens is unacceptable, meddlesome

TEHRAN – Iran on Saturday rejected a White House statement on American citizens jailed in Iran, branding it as “unacceptable and meddlesome”. “As always, the White House’s statements are an instance of interference in Iran’s internal affairs, and are unacceptable and rejected,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said. “According …

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White House warns of ‘serious consequences’ unless Iran releases citizens

The White House has warned Iran of “serious consequences” if it does not release all American citizens imprisoned in the country. “Iran is responsible for the care and well-being of every United States citizen in its custody,” the White House said in a statement on Friday. “President Trump urges Iran …

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Pentagon blocks $50m Coalition Support Fund payment to Pakistan

AFP The US Defense Department withheld $50 million in Pakistan military payments after Pentagon chief Jim Mattis accused Islamabad of not doing enough to counter the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network, an official said Friday. “Secretary Mattis told congressional defense committees that he was not able to certify that Pakistan took sufficient actions against …

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US committee votes for tougher conditions for aid to Pak

WASHINGTON: A key congressional panel has voted to impose tougher conditions on Pakistan to receive US assistance and authorised the secretary of state to suspend aid if Islamabad fails to take effective actions against terrorist groups. The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved by voice vote the 2018 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill, …

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Pakistan treats US as a ‘limitless ATM’: Raymond Davis

WASHINGTON: Pakistan treats America like a “limitless ATM” and most of the US aid to the country goes to the military’s kitty, a private US defence contractor who was responsible for one the worst bilateral tensions, has said. “For Pakistan, no amount of money ever seemed to be enough. The economic aid …

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40-year-old insurgency the real cause of terrorism in Afghanistan: Pak FO

Terrorism in Afghanistan has increased because of the 40-year-long insurgency in the country, Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria stated in his weekly briefing Thursday. Earlier, a report by the Ariana Television Network (ATN) had stated that the Afghan Defence Ministry, in response to the announcement of Khyber-4, had called for military operations in “terrorist centres …

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British HC supports CPEC, development in Balochistan

QUETTA: The British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Mr. Thomas Drew has said that his country is the biggest supporter of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as it will not only pave the way for economic development for Pakistan and Balochistan but also for the entire region. Speaking at the Quetta Chamber …

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US says Pakistan failed to act against Taliban, Haqqani Network

The United States has once again accused Pakistan of not taking significant action against the militant outfits and accusing them of operating from “Pakistan-based safe havens” to threaten the US and Afghan forces in Afghanistan. The US State Department, in its annual “Country Reports on Terrorism 2016” released on Wednesday, …

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US announces new Iran sanctions over ballistic missiles, terrorism support

AFP The United States announced new sanctions against Iran on Tuesday over its ballistic missile programme and what it called Tehran’s support for terrorist groups in the Middle East. The sanctions announced by the State Department target 18 individuals or entities described as supporting Iran’s ballistic missile programme or the …

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Iran Warns US against Sanctions on Revolutionary Guards (IGRC)

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri cautioned the US against the “big risk” of imposing terrorism-related sanctions on the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC). “Drawing an analogy between the IRGC and terrorist groups and imposing the same sanctions (used against …

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