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Top US general in Afghanistan: No change in Pakistan’s behavior


The commander of the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan, US Army Gen. John Nicholson, said Thursday that Pakistan had not changed its behavior since President Donald Trump announced his new policy for Afghanistan and the wider region, a policy that specifically called on Pakistan to do more. “No, I haven’t seen any change yet in their behavior,” Nicholson told reporters following ...

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Afghanistan forced Pakistan to stop fencing Durand Line

Fecing the durand wall

KABUL: The Ministry of Borders and Tribal Affairs has strongly rejected the unilateral fencing of Durand Line and tribal people, including border police forces have been stopped Pakistan’s fencing work in Zazai district of Khost province. Addressing a press conference the other day here in Kabul, deputy minister for borders and tribal affairs, Muhammad Yaqoob Ahmadzai came hard over Pakistan ...

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US-Canadian couple held in Afghanistan, kept in Pakistan: CIA chief

A still image from a video posted by the Taliban on social media on December 19, 2016 shows American Caitlan Coleman (L) speaking next to her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle and their two sons.   Courtesy Taliban/Social media via REUTERS

KABUL: Contrary to Pakistan army claims, the CIA Chief has said that the US-Canadian couple kidnapped by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, but they were held inside Pakistan for five years before being freed. CIA Chief’s remark has been doing round in media while it is for the first time a US official has publicly stated that the couple and their ...

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Pakistani military admits links between ISI and militant groups


The Pakistani military has admitted that the military intelligence of the country, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), has links with the militant groups. A spokesman for the Pakistani military, Gen. Asif Ghafoor, told reporters on Thursday that the intelligence agencies have contacts with the militant groups, being part of the duties of such agencies. “Please understand, ‘having links’, and ‘supporting’ [armed ...

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Pashtun women’s rights activist wins Anna Politkovskaya Award

Gulalai Ismail

PESHAWAR: Gulalai Ismail, a Pashtun women’s rights activist from Swabi, was awarded the Reach all Women in War (RAW) Anna Politkovskaya Award on Thursday alongside senior Indian journalist, Gauri Lankesh, according to a report by RAW. Gulalai co-founded a non-governmental organisation, Aware Girls, with her sister Saba Ismail in 2002. The organisation aims to strengthen the leadership skills of young people, ...

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Trump ready for whatever steps necessary regarding Pakistan: Mattis


The US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has warned that President Donald Trump is prepared to take whatever actions are necessary if Washington’s efforts fail to work with Pakistan in Afghanistan. Speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, Mattis said Washington considers to try one more time to work with Pakistan. He said “We need to try one ...

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US considering dropping Pakistan as an ally over terror sanctuaries


Washington is considering dropping Pakistan as an ally amid growing pressures regarding the terror sanctuaries that remain intact despite repeated calls to take actions, it has been reported. Sources privy of the development have told the UK-based The Financial Times that Washington is examining tougher measures to quell more than 20 terrorist groups operating using the Pakistani soil. The former ...

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State of Pakistan still running extremism factories: Afrasiab

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

ISLAMABAD: Awami National Party central leader and former senator Afrasiab Khattak has said the state is still running ‘factories of extremism’ in the country, and the phenomenon cannot be ended in society until the process is continuing. He was speaking to BBC Urdu in connection with its special interview series, titled Vision Pakistan, being conducted on completion of 70 years ...

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BRICS name militant groups as regional security concern

From left, Brazil's President Michel Temer, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South Africa's President Jacob Zuma and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pose for a group photo during the BRICS Summit at the Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Center in Xiamen, southeastern China's Fujian Province, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017.  (Wu Hong/Pool Photo via AP)

XIAMEN: The leaders of the five emerging market BRICS powers have for the first time named militant groups allegedly based in Pakistan as a regional security concern and called for their patrons to be held to account. India welcomed the move — which participated at a summit in the Chinese city of Xiamen — as an important step forward in ...

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Malala, Edhi and Bacha Khan featured as ‘Peace Heroes’ at Vienna Museum


The Vienna Peace Museum in 2014 launched “Peace Heroes” in which they feature personalities that are both historic and contemporary. For their 2017 edition, the museum introduced Malala Yousufzai and Abdul Sattar Edhi as one of their prominent peace heroes. “Peace Museum Vienna attempts to conduct peace education through the lives of its Peace Heroes. These heroes include historic as ...

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