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Afghan president says Pakistan must crush militant hideouts

Abolishing militant hideouts in Pakistan is critical to establishing peace in neighbouring Afghanistan, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Thursday before meeting United States (US) President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Neither Trump nor Ghani mentioned Pakistan when they appeared publicly together after …

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Pakistan raises objection with US over greater role for India in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has raised objection with the US over President Donald Trump advocating greater role for India in the war-torn Afghanistan, the country’s top diplomat said on Wednesday. Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi during a meeting with US Vice-President Mike Pence on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assemblyhere on Tuesday expressed concern over the greater …

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Iran claims it has developed ‘the father of all bombs’

Iran has manufactured a 10-ton bomb comparable in scale to the United States’ “Mother of All Bombs“, one the country’s most senior general’s has claimed. “These bombs are at our disposal, can be launched from aircraft and they are highly destructive,” said General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, Airspace Commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards …

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BRICS summit, US, Pakistan and India

James M. Dorsey Pakistan, already furious and reeling from US President Donald J. Trump’s threat to sanction it for supporting militants, has been dealt a potential body blow out of left field. Five major emerging powers, including China and Russia, have for the first time identified Pakistan-backed militant groups as a regional security threat in …

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Pakistan source of ‘significant challenges’ in Afghanistan: US

WASHINGTON: Pakistan has been a source of “significant challenges” in Afghanistan, enabling the Taliban to plan coordinated attacks in the war-torn country, President Donald Trump‘s nominee for the US ambassador to Afghanistan has said. If confirmed by the Senate, John R Bass said, in his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, that he will try to change the …

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Pakistan plays China card, warns US against terror sanctions

Reuters ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said it would be counter-productive for the United States to sanction Pakistani officials or further cut military assistance, warning it would hurt both countries’ fight against militancy. US-Pakistan relations have frayed since President Donald Trump last month set out a new Afghanistan policy and lashed out at …

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Pakistan must change its approach to terrorism, says US

WASHINGTON: While encouraging members of the BRICS alliance to continue playing a constructive role in stabilising the world, the United States reminded Pakistan on Wednesday that it “must change its approach” to terrorism. At a recent meeting leaders of members of the alliance — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South …

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Pak-US ties: why business as usual may not be the alternative this time around

Yet again, the familiar question: will the Pakistan-US relationship survive the present impasse? My answer for years has been that it must. The risks of letting go are too high for both. I stand by this. But I’d be lying if I said that the developments in recent days have not …

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US attaches new conditions to pledged military aid to Pakistan

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration has held back previously promised military aid of $255 million to Pakistan by attaching new conditions which, the State Department says, will allow it to review the level of its cooperation with Islamabad before making new commitments. “The Department notified Congress on August 30 of our intent to …

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Trump does not blame Pakistan for failure in Afghanistan: US envoy

United States (US) Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale assured National Security Adviser (NSA) Lt Gen (Retd) Nasser Khan Janjua on Thursday that President Donald Trump did not blame Pakistan for the failure of the War on Terror in Afghanistan. As Hale and Janjua met today in Islamabad to discuss the …

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