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Don’t look at CPEC from Indian perspective, Pakistan asks US

WASHINGTON: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal urged the United States on Wednesday not to look at CPEC from the Indian perspective as it was an economic plan for bringing peace and stability to South Asia and adjacent regions and not a security strategy. At a separate meeting on Tuesday evening, Pakistan’s ambassador Aizaz …

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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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Trump sends lieutenants to Pakistan with tough message

AFP WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump will dispatch his top diplomatic and military advisers to Pakistan in the coming weeks, turning up the heat on a nuclear-armed ally accused of harboring terror groups. Weeks after Trump angrily accused Islamabad of providing safe haven to “agents of chaos+ ,” secretary of state Rex Tillerson plans to depart for …

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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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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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US will try to work with Pakistan ‘one more time’, says Mattis

Reuters WASHINGTON: US Defence Secretary James Mattis said on Tuesday Washington would try “one more time” to work with Islamabad on the Afghanistan front before President Donald Trump turned to options to address Pakistan’s alleged support for militant groups. “We need to try one more time to make this strategy …

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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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US interior secretary hints at economic war on Iran

US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says Washington is now better placed to use its “economic dominance” to cut Iran’s oil revenues. American companies have been jacking up shale oil production since President Donald Trump walked away from the Paris climate treaty. US ability to extract energy from vast shale formations has put the country on …

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