Miscellaneous News

The Pashtun Long March: Reviving the nonviolent creed of Bacha Khan


What could Bacha Khan teach Pakistan in light of the Pashtun Long March? “I am going to give you such a weapon that the police and the army will not be able to stand against it. It is the weapon of the Prophet, but you are not aware of it. That weapon is forgiveness and righteousness. No power on earth ...

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Pakistan has given us nothing but lies and deceit, says Donald Trump


Accusing Pakistan of giving safe haven to terrorists the US hunts in Afghanistan, President Donald Trump on Monday said such a behavior was no longer tolerable. “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools,” Trump said in a tweet Monday morning. “They ...

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Former military dictator calls himself ‘liberal and greatest supporter of Lashkar-e-Taiba’


Former president Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday declared that he is the greatest supporter of proscribed militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). The declaration of support for LeT, Jamaatud Dawa and its chief Hafiz Saeed, who was recently released from house arrest, was made during a discussion pertaining to Musharraf’s recently announced 23-party ‘grand alliance’ on ARY News programme 11th Hour. During the talk show, the host pointed out ...

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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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