America suspends entire security aid to Pakistan


STATE Department spokesperson Heather Nauert says suspension will remain in effect until Pakistan ‘takes decisive action’ against groups such as Taliban that are ‘destabilising the region and targeting US personnel’. WASHINGTON: The Trump administration announced on Thursday it is suspending its entire security assistance to Pakistan until it proves its commitment to fight all terrorist groups operating in the region. ...

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Pakistan has played double game for years: Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley - US ambassador to the UN

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration on Tuesday accused Pakistan of playing a “double game” with the US for years, a behaviour that was no longer acceptable. “The administration is withholding USD255 million in assistance to Pakistan. There are clear reasons for this. Pakistan has played a double game for years,” US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley told reporters in New York. “They (Pakistanis) ...

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US to act against terror safe havens, if Pakistan fails: CIA chief warns


Ahead of the US Defense Secretary James Mattis visit to Pakistan, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo has warned that Washington will launch direct action, if Pakistan fails in shunning terror safe havens in its soil. While televising a new US strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia in August, President Donald Trump had asked Pakistan to shun terror ...

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Taliban and Haqqani network still able to operate from Pakistan: US


Washington has said the Taliban group and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network still retain the ability to operate from Pakistan. Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs and Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Alice G. Wells told reporters on Friday that “We believe that the Taliban leadership and the Haqqani Network still retain an ability to ...

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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 and Kashmir territory. “The One Belt, One Road also goes ...

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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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50 dead, 200 injured in Las Vegas concert shooting, IS claims responsibility


People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gunfire was heard. ─ AP A gunman perched high on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas Strip casino unleashed a shower of bullets down on an outdoor country music festival below, killing at least 50 people and wounding more than 200 as tens of thousands of frantic concert-goers ...

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Russian, Iran provide weapons to Afghan Taliban: Mattis

General Joseph Dunford

KABUL: US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has accused Iran and Russia over armed support to Afghan Taliban, a media report said on Saturday. The Pentagon chief blasted Russia and Iran’s continued support to Taliban jihadists, echoing concerns previously expressed by US officials, including Gen. Nicholson, who has also noted that Pakistan is assisting the terrorist group as well. “Those two countries have suffered ...

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Terror safe havens in Pakistan unacceptable: US

General Joseph Dunford

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s new Afghan policy is based on the assumption that Pakistan cannot be a terrorist safe haven for and as such it is important for the plan to succeed, a top American general said on Tuesday. “There’s a key assumption in our — in the president’s South Asia strategy, that Pakistan cannot continue to be a sanctuary for Haqqanis, Taliban and ...

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Trump pushes Ghani to close Taliban office in Qatar


NEW YORK: The US President Donald Trump has stepped up efforts and pressures on President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani for the closure of the Taliban office in Qatar, a move which is apparently aimed at increasing pressures on the group as part of the new US strategy to combat terrorism and eliminate their sanctuaries from the region. Sources privy of the ...

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