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Pakistan could become like ‘Iran or North Korea on steroids’: New US NSA

NEW DELHI: The US’s new National Security Advisor (NSA) John Bolton, known for being an extreme hawk in diplomatic circles, may not be as hard on Pakistan as his President Donald Trump wants him to be. Media interviews with Bolton – named NSA yesterday – from the recent past suggest that while he believes Pakistan does need …

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US won’t resume security aid to Pakistan till it allays concerns on terror safe havens

WASHINGTON: The US will not resume security aid to Pakistan until it addresses America’s concerns on terrorist safe havens, the Pentagon said, underlining that Islamabad’s action against militants would not only help Afghanistan but also protect India and the entire region. The US in January suspended more than $1.15 billion security assistance …

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US urges Pakistan to ‘do more’ against Taliban

Washington: US Vice President Mike Pence has urged Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi that Pakistan “must do more” against the Taliban and other militants, the White House said on Saturday. “Vice President Pence reiterated President (Donald) Trump´s request that the Government of Pakistan must do more to address the continued …

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Talks on Iran nuclear deal amid questions on US commitment

VIENNA: Talks on the Iran nuclear deal got underway in Vienna today amid growing questions about the US commitment to the plan. President Donald Trump has vowed to walk away from the 2015 agreement in mid-May unless European countries join the US in addressing what the president says are its fatal flaws. …

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Pakistan has failed to take decisive actions against terrorists: White House

WASHINGTON: Pakistan has failed to take decisive actions against terror groups as sought by the Trump administration, the White House said on Friday, and warned Islamabad that the US is prepared to take actions on its own to safeguard its personnel in Afghanistan. US President Donald Trumphad announced his South Asia Policy in …

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There have been changes in Pakistan’s behaviour: Jim Mattis

WASHINGTON: There have been changes in Pakistan’s behaviour with respect to fight against terrorism, US defense secretary Jim Mattis has said. Mattis said that there are operations by the Pakistan military that are helping the US’s ongoing efforts against terrorism and have been for some time. “There have been changes in Pakistan’s …

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Pakistan can play key role in shaping Afghan Taliban’s behaviour: US diplomat

Haseeb Baloch A senior US diplomat has said that the United States believes Pakistan can play a much more important role in shaping the Afghan Taliban’s behaviour. A senior US diplomat has said that the United States believes Pakistan can play a much more important role in shaping the Afghan Taliban’s behaviour. The statement was made …

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US general dispels impression of friction with Pakistan

WASHINGTON: A top US general has dispelled the impression that the United States and Pakistan were on a collision course, saying they valued the military-to-military relationship with Pakistan. Gen Joseph Votel — who as head of the Central Command is responsible for all US military operations in the Pakistan-Afghan region …

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Shifting alliances as Pakistan manages relationship with US

AP ISLAMABAD: As Pakistan navigates its troubled relationship with the United States and scrambles to avoid being blacklisted for doing too little, too late to stop terror funding, regional alliances are shifting and analysts ponder whether a cozier relationship with countries like Russia will complicate efforts to move toward peace in neighboring Afghanistan. Russia, …

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U.S. May Seek to Put Pakistan on Terrorism-Finance List

NEW DELHI — The United States has indicated that it will seek to place Pakistan on a watch list of countries that are not doing enough to counter terrorism financing, threatening Islamabad with global isolation, according to a senior Pakistani official. The United States is likely to introduce the motion …

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