Pakistan blogger claims he was ‘tortured’ during detention: BBC report

Asim Saeed. Photo courtesy BBC

A Pakistani blogger who went missing earlier this year has applied for asylum in Britain after alleging he was tortured by a “state intelligence agency” during his disappearance. Aasim Saeed was one of a group of five liberal social media activists who were abducted in Pakistan in January 2017 before being released after several weeks. The Pakistani military has repeatedly denied ...

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Pakistan gives Tillerson frosty welcome after US warns over Taliban havens


US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson got a frosty welcome to Pakistan Tuesday after Washington turned up the heat on Islamabad for allegedly providing “safe havens” for Taliban militants. America’s top diplomat was quietly greeted by a mid-level Pakistani Foreign Office official at the military airport in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, an AFP photographer saw — a welcome devoid ...

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Pak army chief quietly visits Saudi and UAE as QCG talks on Afghan peace kicks off


The Pakistani army chief Gen. Qamar Bajwa has quietly visited Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates as  the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) talks on Afghan peace kicked off in Muscat of Oman. According to the Pakistani media reports, the quiet visits by Gen. Bajwa coincided with the launch of the QCG talks by Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, and United States. No ...

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Donald Trump is taken in by Pakistan’s deceitful acts

Amrullah Saleh

It seems the Western hostages were in the hands of good terrorists, the ones that listen to GHQ Rawalpindi, don’t hurt Pakistan and in times of need, dance like circus monkeys for visiting spectators according to the diktat of an ISI colonel. By Amrullah Saleh US relations with Pakistan resemble a broken affair between two unequal partners which will neither be ...

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Pak FM asks US to stop airstrikes as drones target Haqqani network in Kurram Agency

Khwaja Asif

Hours after a deadly US airstrike left several militants dead in Kurram Agency of Pakistan, the country’s foreign minister Khawaja Asif called on the United States to stop airstrikes amid ongoing efforts to revive the Afghan peace process. Asif was speaking to a private TV channel after a series of airstrikes targeted a compound of the notorious Haqqani terrorist network ...

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India’s role in Afghanistan not acceptable to Pakistan: Nafees Zakaria


PAKISTAN: The foreign ministry of Pakistan once again reiterated Islamabad’s stance regarding the role of India in Afghanistan, calling it a controversial presence which is against the stability of the region. Speaking to reporters in Islamabad on Friday, the ministry of foreign affairs spokesman Nafees Zakaria claimed that India’s controversial role in Afghanistan is neither in the interest of regional ...

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Haqqani network members raped my wife, killed her baby, says Joshua Boyle


PAKISTAN: The Canadian man Joshua Boyle who was freed from the captivity of the Haqqani terrorist network has said the members of the group have raped his wife and killed her infant daughter while they were kept as hostages. Boyle in a written statement to the Associated Press has disclosed regarding the harrowing crimes committed by the members of the ...

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Pakistan’s foreign minister says Islamabad attempting to start Afghan peace process

Foreign minister of Pakistan Khawajah Asif

The foreign minister of Pakistan Khawaja Asif has said Islamabad is attempting to resume the Afghan peace process in a bid to end the ongoing violence in the country. Asif, quoted by local media outlets, has said Islamabad has called for a meeting in Muscat of Oman and has requested all the concerned groups to participate in the talks. He ...

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Thousands protest to demand tribal area reforms in Pakistan

fata merge Bushra

Thousands of protesters gathered in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, are demanding reforms in the restive northwestern tribal region. Lawmakers, activists, and supporters of nearly half a dozen major political parties gathered in front of the Pakistani Parliament to demand the unification of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with the neighboring northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. A majority of the ...

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Top US officials to visit Islamabad with tough message from President Trump


Senior US officials are expected to visit Islamabad at the end of this month and earlier next month amid reports the officials will deliver tough message by President Donald Trump to the Pakistani officials regarding the circumstances surrounding the fight against terrorism. US and Pakistani officials privy of the scheduled visit are saying that the senior US officials expected to ...

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