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Egyptian authorities crack down on televised fatwas

Saudi Arabia’s empty trumpeting for war against Iran

Replacing Finance minister: Is PML-N going to make Ishaq Dar a perfect scapegoat?

Faizabad sit in: Is another model town like action in the offing?

Is Shahbaz Sharif deliberately weakening PML-N?

Would Nawaz seek a presidential pardon?

Senior Iranian official warns Macron against meddling in Iran’s internal affairs

Palestine to freeze ties with US if Trump admin closes mission in Washington

The Martyrdom of Imam Hassan (AS)

Lebanese PM Accepts France Invite: Will This End Crisis?

Arab media: Baghdad not ready to host Saudi Crown Prince

Barzani seeking to mend ties with Iran, worrying US

The series of the arrogant prince

US troops told to ignore child abuse in Afghanistan

Shafaqna special: Did PML-N launch Tehrik.e.Labaik?

Balochistan mass murder:  A terrorist activity or human trafficking?

TTP in Afghanistan: How does Abdullah Abdullah’s confession shift burden from Pakistan to US?

Free Balochistan posters: A new game plan against CPEC

Lebanon's Hariri leaves Saudi capital for France: Lebanese TV

Saudi siege of Yemen leaves three cities without clean water: Red Cross

Social Structure Founded by the Prophet (pbuh)

Death and Burial of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

How has Islamophobia changed over the past 20 years?

West Eyes Nuclear Deal-Style Missile Pact with Iran

Saudi Arabia’s Desperate Moves against Hezbollah

International conference on lovers of Ahlul Bayt (as) and the Takfiri issue

3,000 more US troops deployed to Afghanistan: Pentagon

US Claims North Korea Behind FALLCHILL Malware

Saudi Arabia and Israel want to drag US into war against Iran: Former CIA officer

The story of a French woman who married four ISIS terrorists

'Saudi King Salman to step down next week'

Pakistan, US trade blame over cross-border terrorism

Delinking LeT from Haqqani network: Did US ditch India?

Is PTI backing Tehreek-e-Labbaik protests?

Israel ready to share intel on Iran with Saudi Arabia: Military chief

Saudi Arabia blackmailing detained princes to fill state coffers: Report

Netanyahu: Israel Will Act Alone to Force Iran Out of Syria

50,000 Yemeni children will die by end of the year, says Save the Children

Saudi storms home of detained cleric Salman Al-Ouda

Morsi tells lawyer of threats to his life

How Israel and Saudi Arabia Conspire to Seize Control of the Middle East?

How Trump’s CIA Used Bin Laden Files and a Neocon Think Tank to Escalate Tensions With Iran

Decline in terrorism: Has Pakistan won the proxy war led by Israel and India?

Is TTP returning to South Waziristan again?

Scapegoat: Is Supreme Court going to disqualify Jhangir Tareen?

Is this the end of Nawaz dynasty in Pakistan?

US president takes issue with ‘naïve’ Times op-ed on Xi-Trump ties

Yemeni hospitals will run out of fuel in three weeks: UN

Will new chairman review NAB’s in-house legal view on Musharraf?

How serious is Iraqi Kurdistan about reviewing ties with Washington?

Why Pakistan wants Afghanistan to join CPEC?

Lebanese Bankers Fear Qatar-Style Blockade by Saudis

Corruption in Israel is not just an Israeli issue

New constituency’s controversy: Is PML-N trying to delay the election?

Media Silent as 1 Million Protesters March in Spain to demand the release of Catalan political prisoners

Did Israel enforce Trump to renegotiate nuclear agreement with Iran?

Non-bailable arrest warrants: Has Nawaz Sharif abandoned Ishaq Dar?

Shafaqna Insight: Why India cannot sabotage CPEC?

Zimbabwe army deploys soldiers outside Harare

Sheikh Salman to be tried later this month on false espionage charges

Startling revelations: How politician used terrorists to target their rivals?

Turkish President slams Saudi Crown prince over ’Moderate Islam’

Islamic Jihad vows retaliation for Israeli attack

Don’t get ‘too close’ to Iran: US warning to Pakistan

Re-opening of Hudabiya case: What is the game behind the curtains?

UK Hindu minister urges military aid to Israel

iPhone X owners complain of ‘green line of death’ on screen of $999 device

Rapprochement with Israel carries a heavy price tag for Riyadh

MMA revival: Is it an attempt to induct extremist religious parties into politics?

Shafaqna analysis: Why Pakistan cannot bring Altaf Hussain back?

Strong earthquake hits Iran-Iraq border, kills about 450

US envoy assures Israel that US will move embassy to Jerusalem

The untold story: why Priti Patel’s departure is ‘a great loss for Israel’

Policy flaws: How the electoral endorsement powered a terrorist organization

Mounting debt: Would Nawaz Govt leave a huge economic crisis behind?

Tillerson Warns Against Using Lebanon as Proxy for Mideast Conflict

How Saudi Crown Prince purged royal family rivals

South Sudan using food as weapon of war -UN report

Is Lebanese PM Hariri a Prisoner of Saudi Arabia?

What the Mossad’s female agents do — and don’t do — for the sake of Israel

Revival of MMA: Mullahs on the same page

Tightening noose around Sharifs: The awakening of NAB in Pakistan

Trump’s tweets, thin skin may cause nuclear war: Analyst

130 people killed in Iran’s Kermanshah as quake hits region

Spilling the beans: Karzai’s more revelations about US and Daesh collusion in Afghanistan

Leak: UAE planned financial war against Qatar

Did Trump beg for a war during his Asia trip?

Senior Saudi Princes tortured, beaten in royal purge

Pakistan Awami Itehad:  Who is behind Musharraf’s political gimmick?

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World’s criminal silence on Collapsing Yemen

Wooing Pakistan back: The fodder of CSF for Pakistan

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Yemenis to give 'unprecedented' response to Saudi possible attack on Hudaydah

China urges South Korea to resume talks with North

Ankara’s reading of the recent events in Saudi Arabia

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Report: Daesh leader may be in eastern Syrian border city of Boukamal

Punjab Law Minister threatens MWM leadership of dire consequences

Afghanistan


US troops told to ignore child abuse in Afghanistan

1396/8/27 | 23:12
  The US Department of Defence has advised American soldiers to ignore child sex abuse in Afghanistan as a culturally acceptable phenomenon, says a Pentagon report. The department’s “cultural-awareness training for US personnel deploying to Afghanistan … identified child sexual abuse as a culturally-accepted practice in Afghanistan,” says a report the Pentagon’s Inspector General’s office released on Thursday afternoon. The Inspector General, however, said that his review did not lead him to a specific command or policy guideline ...

TTP in Afghanistan: How does Abdullah Abdullah’s confession shift burden from Pakistan to US?

1396/8/27 | 23:12
  Afghan­istan’s chief executive Abdullah Abdullah has said that Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has a foothold in Afghanistan and did so by taking advantage of the instability created by the insurgents fighting the Afghan government.   In a meeting with editors of the Voice of America radio in Washington on Wednesday afternoon, Mr Abdullah urged Pakistan to see the situation with “clarity” and back international efforts to defeat terrorism in South Asia.   Mr Abdullah is the second most powerful person in the Afghan government ...

3,000 more US troops deployed to Afghanistan: Pentagon

1396/8/26 | 23:12
The US Department of Defense has announced about 3,000 additional American troops have been deployed to Afghanistan under President Donald Trump's new war strategy for the country. The Pentagon had previously said about 11,000 US forces were stationed Afghanistan. The new deployment has raised the number of American troops in the war-torn country to at least 14,000. "We've just completed a force flow into Afghanistan," Joint Staff Director Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie told reporters at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, on Thursday. "The ...

Why Pakistan wants Afghanistan to join CPEC?

1396/8/24 | 23:12
     Pakistan is anxiously awaiting Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani amid tension with the war-ravaged neighbour while Kabul rejoices Iran and India-sponsored Chabahar port.   Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Pakistan had nothing against the Chabahar port but was very much concerned over the tension along the border with Afghanistan.   “We are expecting the Afghan president to visit Pakistan so that we can find out a solution to the militants’ hideouts on the Afghan side. There have ...

Spilling the beans: Karzai’s more revelations about US and Daesh collusion in Afghanistan

1396/8/21 | 23:12
  Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai has accused the United States of colluding with Daesh in Afghanistan and allowing the group to flourish in the war stricken country.   "In my view under the full presence, surveillance, military, political, intelligence, Daesh has emerged" said he in an interview with Al Jazeera.   "And for two years the Afghan people came, cried loud about their suffering, of violations. Nothing was done."   The former president said  the Americans used Islamic State militant group as an excuse ...

Wooing Pakistan back: The fodder of CSF for Pakistan

1396/8/21 | 23:12
  The Ame­rican Congress has authorised up to $700 million in Coalition Support Fund (CSF) to reimburse Pakistan for activities carried out in support of US operations in Afghanistan.   The authorisation is included in the reconciled text of the House and Senate versions of the 2018 National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA-2018), which was released on Thursday.   The reconciled version makes $350m of $700m available to Pakistan under the CSF contingent upon certification from the secretary of defence that Pakistan is taking ...

Trump’s Afghan gamble

1396/8/20 | 23:12
  Trump’s Afghan policy has alienated Pakistan while it continues to bring  more suffering to Afghanistan. Among other drawbacks it  links Afghanistan with Washington’s  South Asia policy  introducing India as a major player. It has thus deepened regional tensions.   Afghanistan has suffered the most from the flawed US policy. With a  larger  involvement of US Air Force in anti-terrorism operations, civilian casualties have increased leading to protests.  The attacks by Afghan Taliban and ISIS  have meanwhile  multiplied. ...

US Strikes Soaring in Afghanistan, Along With Civilian Deaths

1396/8/18 | 23:12
  With the US once again escalating the war in Afghanistan, the number of US warplanes dropping munitions on the central Asian country are on the rise, and with it, the number of civilians being killed in those strikes.     Seemingly every month the US announces that coalition munitions dropped are up dramatically from the month prior, and while a lot of the civilian casualties are officially still just “under investigation,” the UN is openly expressing concern about the rising toll.   The UN has reported 466 civilian ...

Ending honeymoon with Taliban: Pakistan’s paradigm shift in Afghan Policy

1396/8/18 | 23:12
  The United States has admitted to having witnessed disruption in cross-border movement of Afghan Taliban.     The Americans have told us that they could see early signs of Taliban experiencing temporary disruption in movements across the border. They have seen that happen,” Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua said while briefing the committee’s members on recent interactions with the US officials.   It is a rare acknowledgement that Pakistan’s counterterrorism actions and border control measures along the border ...

Killing of diplomat: Did RAW and NDS gave a message to Pakistan?

1396/8/17 | 23:12
    Pakistan on Tuesday strongly condemned the killing of its diplomatic official serving at the Consulate General of Pakistan in Afghanistan.   Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua summoned the Afghan Charge d’Affaires to the foreign office to lodge a strong protest, demanding justice be served.   Denouncing the violent act,  Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif urged the Afghan government to apprehend the assailants and ensure security of Pakistan’s diplomatic personnel and their missions in Afghanistan.     The ...

Pakistani consulate staffer killed in Afghanistan's Jalalabad

1396/8/16 | 23:12
Unidentified assailants have shot dead an employee of the Pakistan consulate in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, officials say. The incident occurred in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Monday, when two gunmen riding a motorbike opened fire on Nayyar Iqbl Rana who had gone shopping without a security detail. "When he went to the hospital he was pronounced dead," said Pakistan's ambassador to Afghanistan, Zahid Nasrullah, adding that he had "absolutely no idea" why Rana had been targeted. The Pakistani diplomat worked in the visa section ...

The burning Parachinar: An Untold story of Shiite oppression

1396/8/15 | 23:12
  Parachinar was once paradise on earth but it has been burning in the fires of terrorism for years. The havoc wreaked by Takfiri terrorists have turned this piece of heave into valley of death and blood.   A geographic area with dense population of Toori and Bangash Tribes, who mainly follow the Shitte School of thought, has become a main target of terrorists due to ideological and religious differences.   Due to its strategic importance and geopolitical location, Parachinar has become a prime target of international powers ...

Chahbhar port: India’s endgame

1396/8/13 | 23:12
  India on Sunday sent its first consignment of wheat to Afghanistan through the Chabahar port in Iran, seen as a "landmark" move to operationalise the new strategic transit route, bypassing Pakistan.     The shipment was flagged off from the Kandla port in Gujarat with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani joining the ceremony through video conferencing.     "The shipment of wheat is a landmark moment as it will pave the way for operationalisation of the Chabahar ...

ICC prosecutor seeks investigation into Afghanistan war crimes

1396/8/13 | 23:12
The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has called for a formal investigation into war crimes in Afghanistan following the US-led invasion of the country in 2001. "Following a meticulous preliminary examination of the situation, I have come to the conclusion that all legal criteria required to commence an investigation have been met", said Fatou Bensouda in a statement on Friday. "There is a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed," Bensouda added. She said US forces ...

Shafaqna Exclusive: India’s historic blunder to tear apart US and Pakistan

1396/8/11 | 23:12
  A day after lawmakers slammed US President Donald Trump's new South Asia policy, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif assured the Senate that their concerns had been heard and Pakistan's foreign policy would be devised keeping their guidelines in mind.     Beginning his speech with an acknowledgement of Trump's assertion that "things have started getting better" in US-Pakistan relations, and thanking the American president for the endorsement, Asif reiterated that Pakistan wishes for a regional solution to the Afghan problem.     "The ...

Pentagon to Keep Afghan War ‘Progress’ Metrics Secret

1396/8/11 | 23:12
  For the last 16 years, the Pentagon’s “progress” in the occupation of Afghanistan has been measured by officials through multiple different statistics, and one most often cited has been the size of the Afghan military.      Those numbers have struggled recently, with Afghanistan not recruiting well nor retaining its recruits. So that’s not a metric anymore.   At least not as far as the public narrative is concerned. The Pentagon has announced that they have decided to make the size of the Afghan military, ...

Did RAW and NDS abducted Afghan political figure to malign Pakistan?

1396/8/10 | 23:12
  Mohammad Nabi Ahmadi, deputy governor of Afghanistan’s Kunar province, came to Peshawar for medical treatment but got abducted by unidentified gunmen.     In May  Haji Mohammad Farid’s bullet-riddled body was found  outside a mosque on the outskirts of  Peshawar. The victim  was Gulbadin Hekmetyar’s personal secretary. He was presumably killed by dissidents who were unhappy over their leader joining hands with the Kabul government.   In February last year former Afghan governor of Herat was kidnapped  from ...

How can China support Pakistan against US influence in Afghanistan and India?

1396/8/9 | 23:12
  US has been constantly accusing Pakistan for alleged support of terrorists and for this it has joined the US chorus despite Pakistan legitimate concerns US never bothered to listen them.     Pakistan’s reasonable concerns fall on deaf ears in Washington and, of course, in New Delhi. Encouraged by US patronage, the Modi government is brutally suppressing the latest revolt of the Kashmiri people.         Not only has the US not opposed Indian brutality in held Kashmir and aggression and threats against Pakistan, ...

The butcher of Kabul is the new ISIS leader

1396/8/9 | 23:12
  We had not yet forgotten the nickname 'The Butcher of Kabul', the name which the Afghani people had given to Galbuddine Hekmatyar.   We had not yet forgotten the nickname ‘The Butcher of Kabul’, the name which the Afghani people had given to Galbuddine Hekmatyar the hard-line Salafist leader, during the Afghani civil war in 1991, since then Hekmetyar had been a bloody example in the Afghani society which suffered the cruelest kinds of oppression and wars.   The butcher is back with one goal; ISIS leadership. There’s ...

Has Pakistan abandoned Haqqani nework?

1396/8/8 | 23:12
  The spectre of Haqqanis continues to haunt the United States and its proteges in Kabul. They believe the Haqqanis are stoking the spiral of deadly violence in Afghanistan — and that the network has covert support from Pakistan — a charge Islamabad vehemently denies.     Afghanistan’s Khaama Press reported on the authority of “unnamed Pakistani and Afghan officials” that ties between Pakistan and the Haqqani network have started deteriorating after the United States stepped up pressure on Islamabad to act against alleged ...

Tillerson’s self-deception: Can US win Afghan war without Pakistan?

1396/8/8 | 23:12
  US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that he did not visit Islamabad earlier this week to lecture or coerce Pakistanis but he did tell them that Washington is determined to eradicate terrorism from the region with their support or “in a different way”.   “And that’s not a threat. It’s just a matter of fact. We have to deal with the conditions on the ground. And as you know, the entire South Asia strategy is a conditions-based strategy,” he said.   Mr Tillerson said the message he delivered to Pakistan ...

American criminals martyred and detained a large number of civilians in Nangarhar Afghanistan

1396/8/6 | 23:12
The US occupation forces in collaboration with their internal mercenaries in Nahr region's 29th city in Ghani Khel, in Nangarhar province rushed to the houses of the people.     During the attack, seven members of a family were martyred and six defenseless people were also detained.   The enemies destroyed a large number of residential houses and took away their valuables while others were beaten and abused.   According to the report, the names of the martyrs are as follows:   Attaulaah, Jamiullah, Khair Mohammad, Sons ...

Divorcing Pakistan : Did US make a historic blunder?

1396/8/6 | 23:12
  Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has said that he has made it clear to the international community that Pakistan cannot be held responsible for the US shortcomings in Afghanistan.     The minister was briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Defence on his recent talks in the United States and his interactions with US think-tanks on relations between the two countries.     Since President Donald Trump’s statement in the UN General Assembly, Pakistan went on to correct its image and rejected the baseless allegations ...

US must accept military defeat in Afghanistan: Pakistan FM

1396/8/4 | 23:12
  The stalemate in Afghanistan will not improve unless the United States acknowledges its defeat in the country, says Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif.   Asif told lawmakers that US policymakers, and not their military commanders, needed to drop the failed military plan and devise a political solution. "There will only be room for improvement if Washington accepts their defeat, their failures in Afghanistan," Asif said. "They are not ready to accept this." "Our country, our military and our police have made sacrifices in ...

CIA shifts its Afghanistan strategy amid open-ended campaign to tackle terrorism: Report

1396/8/1 | 23:12
The US Central Intelligence Agency is reportedly expanding its covert operations in war-ravaged Afghanistan. The spy agency is set to deploy “highly experienced officers and contractors” in a stated effort to take on Taliban militants, The New York Times reported on Sunday. “The new effort will be led by small units known as counterterrorism pursuit teams. They are managed by CIA paramilitary officers from the agency’s Special Activities Division and operatives from the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s intelligence ...

Many Afghan Troops Run Away While in US to Train

1396/7/30 | 23:12
  A new report from the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction warns that the US efforts to bring Afghan troops to America for training have been greatly undermined by the “unacceptably high” number of Afghan troops who run away as soon as they arrive. Some 13% of Afghan trainees go missing, with the majority of them junior officers. 152 Afghan trainees have gone AWOL in the course of this operation, and more than half, 83 of them, have never been found. SIGAR warns the missing troops are bad for morale of the troops ...

15 Afghan army cadets killed in Kabul suicide attack

1396/7/29 | 23:12
  A suicide bomber killed 15 Afghan army trainees as they were leaving their base in Kabul on Saturday, the defence ministry said, in the latest deadly attack in the capital. “This afternoon when a minibus carrying army cadets was coming out of the military academy, a suicide bomber on foot targeted them, martyring 15 and wounding four,” defence ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri told AFP. It was the second suicide attack in the Afghan capital in 24 hours and the seventh major assault in Afghanistan since Tuesday, taking the total death ...

Massacre again: Why ISIS have declared war on Shia of Afghanistan?

1396/7/29 | 23:12
  Adding to the growing number of massive attacks hitting Afghanistan lately, two suicide bombers attacked a pair of Shi’ite mosques on Friday, each killing a large number of civilians, with at least 72 slain across the strikes.     The bigger of the two attacks hit Imam Zaman Mosque in the capital city of Kabul, killing 39 people. The smaller attack was in Ghor Province, and killed 33. Officials say they believe the Ghor attack targeted a local political figure from the Jamiat party.   There has been no claim of responsibility ...

US Forces Shoot Two Afghan Children over Stone Throwing

1396/7/27 | 23:12
  According to a report by RT, head teacher of a local school said two of the eight pupils at a school on the outskirts of the city of Jalalabad in the Nangarhar Province were injured during shooting.   Saying that the incident happened at 7:00 Monday morning, the man explained that he “was standing at the main gate of the school where the pupils enter.”   “The Americans were patrolling the road. Then I heard firing sounds. Some of the pupils were carrying two injured schoolboys,” the teacher added.   The two ...

Excessive drone strikes: Did Pakistan share information on Haqqani network?

1396/7/27 | 23:12
  Another drone strike has been conducted in Afghanistan when a spy drone fired two missiles at a house that killed 5 persons.     Another drone strike was conducted near Pak Afghan border this morning that killed 6 persons.Around the late evening time between Monday and Tuesday, another drone strike was conducted as 6 missiles were fired at a building, killing 20 persons, the strike was conducted 300 yards from the Pak Afghan border.     In one of the drone attack APS attack master mind Mullah Mansoor was also ...

Why is Russia ‘funding’ Afghan Taliban against rise of Islamic State?

1396/7/26 | 23:12
  Russia has stepped up its financial support of the Taliban in Afghanistan in recent months to stave off the rise of Islamic State, Taliban officials have said.   The Time quoted Taliban officials as saying that the Russia was supporting them also to avenge its defeat by western-backed fighters nearly 30 years ago. The Times said in a report on Monday that it had spoken to a 23-year-old treasurer of Taliban in Afghanistan who told the paper that Moscow delivered cash into the hands of Taliban commanders.   “The Russian ...

Muscat Moot: Why US desperately looking for dialogues with Taliban?

1396/7/26 | 23:12
  Representatives of Pakistan, Afgha­n­istan, China and the US gathered in Muscat on Monday to rejuvenate the stalled Quadril­ateral Coordi­nation Group (QCG) working to restore peace in Afghanistan.     However, sources said that the summit was a “symbolic gathering” that was meant to set the ball rolling for the four-state forum that has been inactive for over a year now.     No official statement was issued after the meeting, the sixth such session of the QCG process, which was stalled after Afghan Taliban ...

Who are the Haqqanis, Afghanistan´s most feared insurgents?

1396/7/26 | 23:12
  The rescue of an abducted US-Canadian family in Pakistan last week has spotlighted their captors the Haqqani network, former CIA assets now considered one of the most dangerous factions fighting US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan.   Led by Sirajuddin Haqqani, who doubles as the Afghan Taliban´s deputy leader, the extremist group has been blamed for spectacular attacks across Afghanistan since after the US invasion.   "When you hear US officials, including in private settings, talking about what worries them the most, they ...

Paktia police chief among 32 killed in attacks on Afghan police centre

1396/7/25 | 23:12
  The death toll in a suicide and gun attack on police in southeast Afghanistan has risen to 32 with more than 200 wounded, an official said, in the latest deadly violence to hit the country. The victims include “women, students and police”, Hedayatullah Hamidi, public health director in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province, told AFP. According to ToloNews, security officials have confirmed that Toryalai Abdyani, the police chief for Paktia province, has also been killed in Tuesday morning's deadly suicide bombing in Gardez City. The ...

Indian role in Afghanistan: What is Pakistan’s paranoia?

1396/7/25 | 23:12
  The dramatic rescue of an American-Canadian couple by Pakistani security forces last week appears to have had a positive effect on the troubled ties between Islamabad and Washington.   Pakistan won rare praise from top US leadership including President Donald Trump for its security forces’ swift action to rescue American Caitlin Coleman and her Canadian husband, along with their children.     The interagency US delegation was led by Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Council Senior Director ...

Strategic Shift to Russia: Cost benefit analysis for Pakistan

1396/7/23 | 23:12
  Much to India's disappointment, the emerging axis between Moscow, Islamabad and Beijing seems to have put Pakistan in the driver's seat, according it greater control over the future of Afghanistan.     Russia's diplomatic efforts to accommodate the Taliban as an instrument against the ISIS, in tandem with Pakistan and China, may also have unexpected ramifications for Indo-Russian ties.      The Indian leadership, both publicly and behind diplomatic corridors, has been trying to convince Russia that Pakistan ...

US rendezvous: Is Pakistan trying to woo back US?

1396/7/22 | 23:12
  Federal Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal has said that blaming Pakistan for security failures in Afghanistan is offensive to the people of Pakistan.   “Blaming Pakistan for the security failures in Afghanistan is unhelpful as well as offensive to the people of Pakistan, whose sacrifices in the fight against terrorism are without parallel in the region,” he said. Iqbal said Pakistan shared the international community’s concernsabout the instability in Afghanistan, which continued to spill over into Pakistan. Pakistan ...

Pulling out of Transit trade:  How India is manipulating ties with Afghanistan

1396/7/21 | 23:12
  The meeting between Pakistan’s army chief Qamar Bajwa and Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani over a week ago seemed to have gone off well and hopes were raised that perhaps the ice between both countries might be breaking. However all the hopes went into ashes after India cancelled transit trade agreement by conveying a message via Pakistan’s high commission there, that the Afghan side was not interested in meeting unless India was made part of the talks.    This was never going to play for Pakistan that is anyway engaged ...

Has Pakistan changed tack on the Haqqanis?

1396/7/20 | 23:12
  The Afghan Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network has been a major source of friction between Pakistan and the United States for years.     Washington is far from convinced that Islamabad has abandoned its support to the insurgent group, despite Pakistan taking full control of North Waziristan Agency (NWA), which was once considered the headquarters of the Haqqani Network.   In order to substantiate Pakistan’s claim that it is not playing a ‘double game’, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Monday disclosed that Pakistan had ...

Afghanistan Airstrikes Hit Highest Point in Years

1396/7/19 | 23:12
  The last few months in the US war in Afghanistan has regularly had the same story: US airstrikes in the country are on the rise, and the highest in years. September saw 751 bombs dropped, which is the highest since November of 2010, which saw 866.   It’s not that the strike are just a little bit higher each month, either. The 751 figure of September was nearly 50% up over August, when the US dropped 503 munitions. Increasingly, the US is back to the bad-old-days of the war’s peak years.   President Trump recently announced ...

Memos reveal torture of detainees at CIA black site in Afghanistan

1396/7/19 | 23:12
  New details have been disclosed about the CIA’s torture program at a black site prison near Kabul, Afghanistan, thanks to newly unsealed documents the spy agency and US Defense Department were forced to declassify over a lawsuit filed by victims of the torture program. The newly revealed papers expose in shocking detail how the agency integrated two contract psychologists to design brutal torture techniques to break detainees’ resistance and give torture the appearance of legality. Two surviving prisoners and the family of a detainee ...

An inevitable visit: Why Pakistan and Afghanistan should drive US out of the region?

1396/7/18 | 23:12
  In a new sign of thaw in the frosty relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan, President Ashraf Ghani is likely to visit Islamabad in the “near future”, Afghanistan’s Khaama Press reported on Saturday.   The invitiation to visit Pakistan was given by the Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Baja who made a recent trip to Afghanistan.   This is the first time that he has accepted such an invitation. Given the tentative but decidedly positive changes to the AF-Pak relationship we don’t quite know who we should feel sorrier ...

Dangerous signals: Is Pakistan next in the US list?

1396/7/17 | 23:12
      When Obama began bombing targets inside Syria in September, it was the seventh predominantly Muslim country that had been bombed by the U.S. during his presidency (that did not count Obama’s bombing of the Muslim minority in the Philippines).   This new bombing campaign meant that Obama had become the fourth consecutive U.S. President to order bombs dropped on Iraq. Standing alone, those are both amazingly revealing facts.   American violence is so ongoing and continuous that we barely notice it ...

IS denial in Pakistan?

1396/7/16 | 23:12
  The hoopla about the presence of the Islamic State militant group in Pakistan is quite interesting, not for what it is but for what it does: discouraging Pakistani leaders from summoning their grey cells, if they have any, and muster up all the courage to speak the truth and also some common sense.   However, it’s what noise is supposed to do: drowning out all other voices, especially the ones discrediting the noise-maker.   Students of Jamia Hafsa sent a video message to the leadership of IS in the Middle East to wage ...

Shrine bloodbath: Was the attack planned by Western border?

1396/7/15 | 23:12
  A brief lull in terrorist violence ended on Thursday evening when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest at the entrance to a Sufi saint’s shrine in Jhal Magsi district of Balochistan, killing at least 18 devotees and injuring over two dozens more.   Coincidentally, the DG ISPR addressed the media on the same day and, among other information , he revealed that no terrorist outfit has an organised base in the country anymore.    If that is the case, then the suicide bomber is likely to have travelled all the way to ...

Kabul protesters want foreign forces out of Afghanistan

1396/7/15 | 23:12
Afghans have taken to the streets of the capital Kabul to protest against the presence of foreign troops in the country. The rally was held ahead of the anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan 16 years ago. The protesters on Friday chanted slogans against "occupation," while holding anti-US and anti-NATO placards. “We cannot bear occupation anymore,” said one protester from the Solidarity Party, which organized the rally. "Every day we witness them bombing our cities and thousands of innocent people are killed … we want justice ...

Bluffing Pakistan: Why India cannot deploy its troops in Afghanistan?

1396/7/14 | 23:12
  US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said India’s decision not to send its own troops to Afghanistan after keeping in mind Pakistan’s consideration.     Mattis said Indian troop deployment in Afghanistan would further boil up the situation and create a new conundrum in the region.   India’s contributions to the war-torn country was praised by Mattis before lawmakers at the House Armed Services Committee. “It is really a very holistic approach that India is taking.   You’ll notice I left off (Indian) boots ...

Pakistan FM: US claims against Pakistan ‘hollow allegations’

1396/7/14 | 23:12
  Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has dismissed as “hollow allegations” claims by a number of US officials about his country’s collusion with terrorist groups wreaking havoc in neighboring Afghanistan. Washington has long been chiding Islamabad for not doing enough to curb militant groups like the Taliban. “You want us to sniff them out, we will do that. You want us to take action against them, whatever action you propose, we will do that... [but] these hollow allegations are not acceptable,” Asif told reporters ...

Russia Pak ties and implications on the regional security

1396/7/9 | 23:12
  In the face of fast changing geo-political changes, new alliances are taking shape. Once considered as adversaries are warming up to collectively address the challenges. Over the last few years, one has seen a paradigm shift in relationships and convergence between Pakistan and Russia. The two countries are especially building strong relations in the realm of defence. In October last year, the two countries held their first-ever joint military exercise in Pakistan while a two-week long joint exercise named DRUZBA (friendship) ...