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TTP picks a books writer as new chief

Germany back in the race with 2-1 win against Sweden

Women tied to trees and raped for days: ICC files

Netanyahu Held Secret Talks With Saudi Prince Salman in Amman

Ramzan Mengal among four ASWJ leaders cleared to contest Elections

Hajj observation committee condemns Saudi ban on Qataris and Syrians

Political rise of Barelvism: Can powerful TLP replace Deobandi political parties?

Nominees of terror groups plan to run in Pakistani election

Why the PTI must win?

Is Ahmed Shahzad a drug addict?

AIOU’s M.Phil Mass Comm workshop begins on July 2

Dirty politics: Did corrupt elite hijack PTI?

Saudi guardianship system still 'enslaves' women despite driving ban removal: Activist

Whitewashing Yemen Genocide

Is Nawaz Sharif a real estate Tycoon of UK?

Pakistani teenager Raza conducts coin toss in Brazil-Costa Rica game

21-year-old girl kidnapped, raped in Karachi's Gulshan-i-Hadeed

Who killed Shujaat Bukhari?

An overt threat: For Pakistan Trump sends more sticks without carrots

Why does everyone want to win Karachi?

Croatia crushes Argentina 3-0 to reach knockout stage

Pak offers 308 stipends to S. Lankan students

Elections 2018: PML-N expects 110, PTI 79 Punjab NA seats

Fanatics in politics: MML claims 185 provincial, 80 NA candidates for elections

A dynasty towards end : Zaeem Qadri says can't polish Hamza's boots

Punjab minister relieved of education ministry

One person displaced in every two seconds in 2017: UNHCR

Panama Papers: What does new leak say about Pakistanis

CPEC 2018 Summit: Is CPEC the next East India Company?

A camel under mountain: NAB to probe scam involving DHA, Bahria Town, CDA

Spain Narrowly Defeat Iran in 2018 World Cup

Saudis raping Yemen women: Ansarullah

Kusloom Nawaz is dead, Nawaz hiding for political gains: Claims indicivil blog

HEC Launches Online Scholarship Disbursement Portal

Celebrated humourist Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi passes away in Karachi

Dr Aafia Siddiqui subjected to physical, sexual abuse in US detention: confidential report

Can election commission sustain pressure on outlawed terrorist groups?

How a beggar reached to a Iran bound flight?

Who rigs polls in Pakistan and how?

Malala's unseen controversial pictures at Oxford University

Guns on Pakistan shoulder: The Price of Mullah Fazullah's death

Hodeidah and the Saudi Coalition’s Deliberate Starvation of Yemen

The Destabilizing and Reckless Mohammed bin Salman

England post new ODI record of highest total 481-6

Hand in the hand of snake: Pak-Saudi ties moving from personal to strategic domain

Transgenders school in Faisalabad provides free education, technical training

Yemeni forces kill 123, capture 160 Saudi-led coalition mercenaries

Pakistanis among thousands killed in Saudi-imposed war on Yemen

Who has a better chance in polls?

Saudi World Cup team´s plane suffers mystery engine fire

Nadra's data breach: A well conceived plan for Pre-poll rigging

No end of honor killing : Another Teen girl shot dead for ‘honour’

Iran president rules out military approach to Yemen crisis

A surprise visit: Netanyahu meets Jordan's King Abdullah II

UK PM, Bin Salman Discuss Confronting Iran

Punjab CM Askari takes notice, demands report on bus hostess murder case

ECP should cancel registration of Rah-i-Haq Party – by Aamir Hussaini

UN Rejects Plan for Immediate Ceasefire in Yemen Port

31 killed in Nigeria suicide blasts

Reham claims PTI scared of her book's contents

Kabul library bus drives Afghan children to read

World Cup 2018: Mexico upset defending champs Germany 1-0

Has PTI closed her doors for Ch.Nisar Ali Khan?

Are Iran and Israel heading toward open warfare?

India should seriously consider 'limited war' with Pakistan: BJP leader

The end of Fazlullah

Did someone attempt to poison Kusloom Nawaz?

Messi misses penalty as Iceland hold out for draw

At least 26 dead in Afghanistan suicide attack during Eid ceasefire

Mullah Fazlullah: Ruthless TTP chief who green-lighted 2014 Peshawar carnage

Ronaldo hat-trick earns Portugal draw with Spain in thriller

Pakistan celebrates Eid with religious zeal and fervour

“Saudi Arabia must not purchase Russian S-400”; Washington threatens its ally with sanctions

State terrorism: India'Rising Kashmir editor-in-chief Shujaat Bukhari gunned down

Dynasties, old and new: How Imran Khan disappointed his workers?

UN on Kashmir: Would mere statement enough to stop Genocide of Kashmiris?

Shellshocked Spain face Portugal in early World Cup treat

Battling depression in educational institutes

Saudi-led warships doomed to destruction: Yemen’s Navy

Kulsoom Nawaz in Critical condition after Cardiac arrest: Maryam asks for prayers

Soccer diplomacy: Is Putin looking for a thaw between Iran and Saudi Arabia?

US drone strike reportedly kills senior TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah in Afghanistan

Fortifying speculations of death: Saudi crown prince absent from King Salman meeting with 24 princes

MWM Chief hosts Iftar party in honour of ambassadors of Muslim countries

UN agency hopes to win reprieve for Afghan refugees

'Man buries deceased father in brand-new BMW in Nigeria'

Eid-ul-Fitar likely on Saturday in Pakistan

Musharraf barred from contesting election

A book against Imran Khan: Is it a last weapon against PTI chief?

NA-247: A dictator, a mayor, an activist – who deserves Karachi’s hot seat?

Five Pakistani students graduate from South Asian University in New Delhi

Yemeni troops repel Saudi attack on Hudaydah port

Saudi Arabia ruined Morocco's World Cup bid, Moroccans say

Pakistan team seals series against Scottish kids

Complicity in War Crimes: UK Facilitating Suspicious Arms Flow to Saudi Arabia

Trump: Our rocket strike against Syria last year was a warning to China!

Did Nawaz deliberately asked Khawaja Haris to quit?

The withdrawal of UN and Red Cross forces from Hodiedah port in Yemen

Can election commission stop JuD offshoots to contest elections?

A Test of nerves for Afghanistan in debut against India

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An overt threat: For Pakistan Trump sends more sticks without carrots

1397/4/1 | 13:54
The United States has reminded Pakistan that it’s still on notice to eliminate all terrorist sanctuaries from its territory, although relations between the two countries show some signs of improvement. The reminder — conveyed by US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice G. Wells at a congressional hearing on Wednesday — re-emphasises the point that Washington never fails to mention the need for Pakistan to eliminate terrorism. “Pakistan is on notice that we expect its unequivocal cooperation ...

Guns on Pakistan shoulder: The Price of Mullah Fazullah's death

1397/3/30 | 13:54
Seeking Pakistan’s help to Trump’s new Afghanistan strategy, the incoming head of US forces in Afghanistan Austin Miller on Thursday told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Pakistan has made many sacrifices and its security forces have fought bravely [against terrorists]. Trump’s nominee to lead allied forces in the 17-year-old war, Gen Austin Miller, who previously ran the secretive Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), during a confirmation hearing, said that he still had “high expectations” for Islamabad in ending the Afghan ...

Hodeidah and the Saudi Coalition’s Deliberate Starvation of Yemen

1397/3/30 | 13:54
  Patrick Cockburn explains what the Trump administration’s support for the attack on Hodeidah will do to Yemen: The US is encouraging the UAE and its allies to take Hodeidah to break the deadlock, by tightening encirclement of the Houthis. But this is a long way from taking Sanaa and forcing the Houthis to surrender. What the Hodeidah operation may do is turn a humanitarian disaster, which the UN is already calling the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, into complete catastrophe. Three quarters of the 27 million Yemenis already ...

Trump: Our rocket strike against Syria last year was a warning to China!

1397/3/23 | 13:54
US President Donald Trump announced that the US missile strike against Syria in April 2017 was a warning to China on how Washington would respond to the use of chemical weapons and weapons of mass destruction. Trump said in an interview with Fox News television that the missile strike coincided with his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at his residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida. The president said he told his Chinese counterpart: “Mr. President, we have launched 58 rockets at specific locations in Syria. He asked me through an interpreter ...

Trump, Kim end summit, but was the deal clearly worded?

1397/3/23 | 13:54
US President Donald Trump says his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore that ended in a joint statement was "tremendous;" but political analysts say the language on disarmament in the statement was similar to that of previous agreements, which ultimately collapsed amid differences over arguments and interpretation about verification. The two leaders met with plenty of photo ops and little time for talk at Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa. Kim committed himself only to working "towards" the denuclearization of ...

Fox News calls Donald Trump a ‘dictator’

1397/3/21 | 13:54
America’s flagship conservative network Fox News has stirred a controversy by referring to Republican President Donald Trump as a “dictator,” in what administration critics are describing as a rather Freudian slip. The embarrassing gaffe occurred on Sunday, when a host on Fox&Friends, Trump’s favorite program on the network, was discussing the June 12 meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore with former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci. “Regardless of what happens in that meeting ...

Approaching elections and US interest in Pakistan's politics

1397/3/18 | 13:54
United States Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday telephoned Caretaker Prime Minister retired Justice Nasir ul Mulk and expressed well wishes for the caretaker government on behalf of US President Donald Trump, Radio Pakistan reported. Mike Pence congratulates PM Mulk on behalf of US President Trump on assuming office" Both the leaders agreed to further strengthen the bilateral relations and also talked about pursuing joint targets of peace and stability in Afghanistan. Moreover, the caretaker prime minister informed Pence that the ...

How Saudia offered oil support to Trump for Iran's decision

1397/3/18 | 13:54
  A day before US President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, one of his senior officials phoned Saudi Arabia to ask the world’s largest oil exporter to help keep prices stable if the decision disrupted supply. Riyadh, Tehran’s arch rival, has long been a close Washington ally, but direct pressure on a member of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) over oil policies is rare. Washington last pressed Saudi Arabia to increase output in 2012. Riyadh has said that even though prices have spiked to over ...

Trump officially nominates new commander for Afghan war

1397/3/9 | 13:54
US President Donald Trump has officially appointed Lieutenant General Austin Scott Miller as commander of the US-led occupying forces in Afghanistan. The announcement was made in a press release by the US Defense Department on Tuesday. "Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis has announced that the president has made the following nomination … Army Lt. Gen. Austin S. Miller for appointment to the grade of general, and assignment as commander, Resolute Support Mission, North Atlantic Treaty Organization; and commander, US Forces-Afghanistan," ...

At least 8 students killed as gunman opens fire at Texas school, US media reports

1397/2/28 | 13:54
At least eight students were killed and many others injured when a gunman opened fire at a Texas high school on Friday, US media reported, as President Donald Trump said the situation was “not looking good.” The incident took place at Santa Fe High School in the city of the same name, located about 30 miles southeast of Houston. A reporter for CBS affiliate KHOU cited three sources saying that at least eight students at Santa Fe High School were killed. NBC's Houston affiliate KPRC reported the same toll. CNN reported “multiple fatalities,” ...

Mysterious departure: Why Pakistan allowed killer US diplomat to fly away?

1397/2/26 | 13:54
    Tensions between Pakistan and the US have simmered down after Col Joseph, the US military attache responsible for the death of a young Pakistani man by running a red traffic light was able to leave the country following a ‘settlement’. American authorities, insiders added, have reassured their Pakistani counterparts that they want good relations with Pakistan. The Trump administration has sped efforts up on a diplomatic level to address Pakistan’s reservations, with some high level officials due to visit the country soon. It ...

North Korea threatens to cancel Trump meeting

1397/2/26 | 13:54
  North Korea has threatened to cancel an unprecedented summit between its leader Kim Jung-un and US President Donald Trump. Washington will "have to undertake careful deliberations about the fate of the planned North Korea-US summit in light of this provocative military" said the North's official news agency KCNA on Tuesday. "This exercise, targeting us, which is being carried out across South Korea, is a flagrant challenge to the Panmunjom Declaration and an intentional military provocation running counter to the positive political ...

US war hawks threaten EU over Iran deal

1397/2/24 | 13:54
  US President Donald Trump's national security advisor refuses to say whether the United States would take on European companies t “It’s possible,” John Bolton said in an interview with CNN on Sunday. Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, another anti-Iran figure in the Trump administration, are trying to promote the reasons for the recent withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Declaring that he would re-impose sanctions on Tehran, Trump warned Tuesday that he ...

Trump links US exit from nuclear deal to Iran military budget

1397/2/23 | 13:54
  US President Donald Trump is erroneously linking the US exit from the Iran nuclear deal to the country’s military budget to justify the move in the wake of pressure from US allies and his opponents inside the country. Trump who withdrew from the international deal recently said in a tweet on Saturday that it was just a “big lie.” The president tacitly censured “the Obama,” former US President Barrack Obama, who was in office during the negotiations involving Tehran, the UK, Russia, Germany, China and France. “Iran’s Military ...

Tearing up Iran deal: Pakistan counts the cost of Trump move

1397/2/21 | 13:54
  Pakistan joined other countries  to question US President Donald Trump’s controversial move to pull out from the Iranian nuclear deal. “Pakistan believes that International treaties and agreements concluded through painstaking negotiations are sacrosanct,” said a statement issued here by the foreign office. The statement suggests that Pakistan was upset with the Trump administration’s unilateral move. “Arbitrarily rescinding such agreements will undermine confidence in the value of dialogue and diplomacy in the conduct of ...

Revoking Iran nuclear deal: A historic US blunder and its consequences

1397/2/20 | 13:54
  It was already clear that Israel was never happy with Iran nuclear deal, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remained the leading critic of the deal. Trump’s announcement did not come as a surprise at all. However, what is saddening about his withdrawal from the deal is that his evidence is the documents recently released by Netanyahu showing that Iran had attempted to develop a nuclear bomb in the previous decade, especially before 2003.   Although he gave no explicit evidence that Iran violated the 2015 deal, he said ...

How Quickly Can Iran Get a Nuclear Weapon?

1397/2/19 | 13:54
  President Donald Trump decided to reimpose sanctions on Iran on Tuesday, a move that ultimately ended U.S. participation in what is known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or the Iran nuclear deal. "I am announcing today that the U.S. will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal," Trump said Tuesday, adding that the U.S. may also sanction countries that do business with Iran. "We will be instituting the highest level of economic sanction, any country that helps Iran in its quest for nuclear weapons could also be ...

Trump announces 'withdrawal' from Iran nuclear deal

1397/2/19 | 13:54
  President Donald Trump has announced his decision to withdraw the United States from Iran’s nuclear deal with the world powers and re-impose sanctions against the Islamic Republic. "I am announcing today that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal," Trump said Tuesday in a televised address from the White House. “This was a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made.” "In a few moments, I will sign a presidential memorandum to begin reinstating US nuclear sanctions on the Iranian regime. ...

Pakistan's pivot to Russia

1397/2/18 | 13:54
  In August last year, US President Trump unveiled his much-awaited strategy for Afghanistan and the wider South Asian region. Trump singled out Pakistan for not doing enough to curb terrorism and threatened to halt security assistance if it continued to play a “double game.” The diatribe and visibly more hostile approach by the Trump administration created ripples in Pakistan. Authorities were concerned about the possible fallout of shift in the US approach towards Islamabad. At the time it looked as if Pakistan was isolated. One ...

Trump administration hired Israeli intel firm to discredit ex-officials Iran nuclear deal: Report

1397/2/16 | 13:54
  Aides to US President Donald Trump have reportedly hired an Israeli private intelligence agency to devise a “dirty ops” campaign against key Obama administration officials who helped negotiate the Iran nuclear deal in a scheme to discredit the agreement. Trump administration officials contacted private investigators in May of last year, directing them to “get dirt” on former deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes and Colin Kahl, the deputy assistant to former President Barack Obama, as part of an elaborate scheme to undermine ...

US Congress urged to bar sales of gunships to Bahrain

1397/2/13 | 13:54
  A human rights group has called upon the US Congress to block the sale of combat helicopters and aircraft missiles to Bahrain in the wake of the ruling Al Khalifah regime’s heavy-handed crackdown on pro-democracy campaigners and political dissidents in the tiny Persian Gulf country. “It is simply absurd that the Trump administration has decided to effectively reward the Bahraini military for violating international law – right after the State Department itself reported on a widespread human rights crisis in Bahrain,” Husain Abdullah, ...

Ex-CIA chief blasts Trump as hypocrite

1397/2/9 | 13:54
  Former CIA Director John Brennan has blasted US President Donald Trump as a hypocrite for his harsh criticism of the country’s former director of National Intelligence James Clapper and referring to the ex-spy chief as a “lying machine.” "Mr. Trump: Your hypocrisy knows no bounds,” Brennan tweeted Saturday, defending his colleague in the US intelligence community, further insisting that “Jim Clapper is a man of integrity, honesty, ethics, & morality. You are not.” The CIA chief under the Obama administration also accused ...

Trump softens stance on Iran nuclear deal after meeting Macron

1397/2/5 | 13:54
  US Pre­sident Donald Trump said on Tuesday that after a White House meeting with French President Emmanuel Mac­ron, he was “fairly close to understanding” the French position on the need to preserve the Iran nuclear deal. Mr Macron is in Washington to persuade Mr Trump to keep the 2015 accord negotiated by the Obama administration. President Trump has been threatening not to extend the pact after a May 12 deadline but France, which played a key role in the negotiations, wants it extended. Besides the US and Iran, Britain, France, ...

Pakistan’s help sought to trace threats to Trump: FIA

1397/2/4 | 13:54
  The Unit­ed States has sought Islamabad’s help in tracing threats to US President Donald Trump originating from Pakistan, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) informed the National Assembly Standing Commit­tee on Government Assura­nces on Monday, regretting that it was hard to track down people who posted blasphemous material on social media. FIA Cyber Crimes direc­tor retired Capt Muhammad Shoaib told the lawmakers that it was hard to identify the culprits behind the posts depicting Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran ...

Russian state TV tells viewers best supplies to pack for Word War III bomb shelters

1397/1/25 | 13:54
  Tensions between Russia and the US are rising over Syria following reports that Syrian forces have used chemical weapons killing dozens of people including children near Damascus . President Donald Trump has threatened to launch missile attacks against Syrian government targets in the wake of the chimerical attack. Earlier this week, Moscow also vetoed a US resolution on Syria in the United Nations Security Council. The relations between Russia and the West have also deteriorated following nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei ...

Syria comes under military attack on Trump's orders, 13 missiles shot down

1397/1/25 | 13:54
  Multiple places in Syria have come under attack by US, British and French military forces after President Donald Trump ordered a military strike against the country despite international warnings against further escalation of the situation. “A short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of” Syria, Trump said in a televised address from the White House on Friday evening. He also warned Russia and Iran, which have been assisting Syria ...

New Scandal: Trump fathers an illegitimate child with an employee at Trump World Tower

1397/1/24 | 13:54
  The National Enquirer magazine paid Donald Trump’s doorman $30,000 to prevent him publicly speaking about a rumour he fathered a love child, it has emerged. The magazine’s publisher, whose chief executive David Pecker is a friend of Mr Trump, has repeatedly been accused of buying rights to unfavourable stories about the US president in order to bury them. Radar Online, a sister publication of the National Enquirer, reported that the magazine had paid Dino Sajudin, who worked at one of Mr Trump’s New York buildings, for the story ...

In own trap: Trump Demands Saudi King Quickly End Qatar Dispute

1397/1/23 | 13:54
  On Tuesday, President Trump surprised many by declaring Qatar an ally in the war on terror. President Trump, after all, had for the past year backed the Saudis in their anti-Qatar measures. Now, Trump wants the Saudis to make nice.   US officials are confirming President Trump called the Saudi King earlier this month and “demanded” that the kingdom and its allies in the GCC quickly resolve the ongoing Qatar dispute. Trump reportedly told the king that his position on Qatar “makes no sense.” Last year, with Trump backing ...

War threats: Can Syrian conundrum trigger world war III?

1397/1/22 | 13:54
US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that “missiles will be coming” in response to an alleged chemical attack in Syria, defying Russian warnings against a strike. Upping the stakes in an escalating confrontation with Moscow, Trump took to Twitter in the strongest assertion yet that he plans to take military action in Syria. “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!' You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people ...

Saudi crown prince wants US military to maintain presence in Syria

1397/1/13 | 13:54
  Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says he wants the US military to extend its presence in Syria, despite American President Donald Trump’s declaration that US forces will withdraw from the war-torn Arab country in the near future. “We believe American troops should stay for at least the mid-term, if not the long-term,” bin Salman said in a wide-ranging interview with the Time on Thursday, a few hours after Trump told a cheering crowd in Richfield, Ohio, that the American troops would soon be pulled out from Syria. The US ...

Trump Says U.S. Troops to Leave Syria 'Like Very Soon'

1397/1/10 | 13:54
Both Russia and the U.S. appeared to suggest Thursday that their missions in war-torn Syria were coming to an end as the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and other insurgents were mostly defeated. As the Moscow-backed Syrian military and its allies forced rebel and jihadi groups in the Damascus suburbs of eastern Ghouta into reconciliation agreements, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told state-run RIA Novosti that the "counter-terrorist operation" near the Syrian capital was "nearly over," according to Reuters. Both ...

US hardliners favour sanctions on Pakistan’s civilian, military and intelligence officials

1397/1/9 | 13:54
  US President Donald Trump’s close aides are weighing unprecedented political penalties on Pakistan for what they accused “harboring Afghan militants waging war on the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan.” These hardliners are discussing revoking Pakistan’s status as a major non-NATO ally, permanently cutting off the U.S. military aid and even imposing visa bans or other sanctions on individuals in the Pakistani government deemed responsible for providing support to the militants, according to chief national security correspondent ...

Increasing US wrath: Why alienating Pakistan is more dangerous?

1397/1/8 | 13:54
    The Trump administration has been looking into a range of new options to incrementally pressure Pakistan into acting against militants, Foreign Policy reported.   According to the American publication, White House functionaries are weighing unprecedented penalties including revoking the country’s major non-NATO ally status, permanently cutting off military aid and imposing a visa bars on Pakistani government officials.   However, the magazine claimed the suggestions stimulated internal debate in Washington circles ...

The trouble for Iran: Is Zionist state pulling strings of Donald Trump?

1397/1/7 | 13:54
  The Islamic Republic of Iran is in trouble — again. This time, the Trump administration has announced criminal charges and sanctions against the Iranians accused in a hacking scheme to pilfer sensitive information from hundreds of universities and American government agencies.   According to the US government, the nine suspects were working at the behest of the Iranian government-tied Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. They nabbed over 31 terabytes of data and fed it back to the Iranian military. Since the beginning of his term ...

Sanctions on Pakistan: So the war begins

1397/1/6 | 13:54
  The Trump administration has added seven Pakistani companies to a list of foreign entities that presumably pose a significant risk to the national security and policy interests of the United States by allegedly engaging in nuclear trade. The move could undermine Pakistan’s ambition of joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), an elite club of countries that can trade fissile materials and nuclear technologies. The move forms a series of decisions aimed at putting a squeeze on Pakistan. The list, prepared by the US Bureau of Industry ...

John Bolton nomination: Is Trump preparing for world war III?

1397/1/5 | 13:54
    After going through two national security advisors in two years, United States President Donald Trump makes perhaps his most dangerous appointment yet; the president has named John Bolton, a hardliner US diplomat, as his new national security adviser. Bolton’s aggressive, pro-war views, are alarming and extremist, even by Trump’s standards. From all angles, Bolton is a war hawk; he is a strong proponent and defender of the Iraq war, and is dismissive of peace attempts, advocating for the military option as the safest response. ...

Saudi Crown Prince says Trump’s son-in-law in his pocket

1397/1/5 | 13:54
  Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman boasted US President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner was "in his pocket", according to a report published in ‘The Intercept’. Citing three sources close to the Saudi and Emirati royal families, the news outlet said Kushner provided the heir to the Saudi throne details about Saudi princes who are not loyal to him. According to a separate source, Mohammed bin Salman is said to have told the Abu Dhabi crown prince, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, that Kushner was ...

Iran, Russia, China must close ranks as US toughens line: MP

1397/1/5 | 13:54
A senior Iranian lawmaker says the Islamic Republic should strengthen relations with Russia and China to counter tougher US policies expected after President Donald Trump's appointment of John Bolton as national security adviser. "The use of hardline elements against the Islamic Republic of Iran shows that the Americans seek to exert more pressure on Iran," Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Alaeddin Boroujerdi told ISNA on Saturday. He added that the harsher US stance vis-à-vis the Islamic ...

What goals driving Bin Salman’s US visit?

1397/1/1 | 13:54
  The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) is scheduled to visit the US today, marking his third foreign trip since becoming heir to the Saudi throne and the second visit to Washington since Donald Trump’s assumption of power at the White House. The changes at the White House and the regional and international developments have created specific circumstances, making the visit of the young prince of serious importance from various aspects. The US, biggest Saudi throne backer The 32-year-old Prince is visiting the US as he ...

Trump asks Saudi crown prince to share kingdom's wealth by buying more American weapons

1397/1/1 | 13:54
  President Donald Trump on Tuesday implored Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince to share his nation's wealth by continuing to purchase American-made weapons. Trump's focus on Saudi purchases of U.S. military equipment came amid a bipartisan effort to limit the United States' role in Yemen's civil war and protests in several U.S. cities over the Saudi-led invasion, which has contributed to a humanitarian crisis. In opening remarks before a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Trump crowed about the sales, running through a ...

Republican senator expects Trump to pull out of Iran deal

1396/12/27 | 13:54
  Republican US Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he expects President Donald Trump to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May. “The Iran deal will be another issue that’s coming up in May, and right now it doesn’t feel like it’s gonna be extended,” Corker told CBS‘ “Face the Nation” in an interview broadcast Sunday. “I think the president likely will move away from it unless my, our European counterparts really come together on a framework. And it doesn’t feel to me ...

Pakistan doing bare minimum to contain Taliban: US official

1396/12/27 | 13:54
  A senior US official has accused Pakistan of doing the “bare minimum” required to squeeze the Taliban and terror groups. An unnamed official from US President Donald Trump’s administration told media outlets on Friday that Islamabad has “done the bare minimum to appear responsive to our requests.” The official cited need to prod the Taliban into negotiations and round up militants operating along the porous Pakistan-Afghanistan border. “The Pakistanis have wanted to appear responsive” the official stated. “We continue ...

Trump: The US has foolishly wasted $7 Trillion in the Middle East

1396/12/22 | 13:54
  US President, Donald Trump, announced on Sunday that the United States has foolishly spent 7 trillion dollars in the Middle East. Pointing out that George W. Bush brought the United States to the Middle East, Trump emphasized that the previous US administrations wasted $ 7 trillion in the region, but now his government has been able to liberate 98 percent of ISIS-controlled areas!! “As of a couple of months ago, we have spent $7 trillion in the Middle East. Seven trillion dollars. What a mistake. But it is what is,” Trump said Monday ...

Saudi Arabia leads flood of arms imports to Middle East: Study

1396/12/22 | 13:54
  A study shows weapons imports to the Middle East and Asia have soared over the past five years, with Saudi Arabia leading the steep rise amid its bloody war on Yemen. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), arms imports to the Middle East between 2013 and 2017 jumped by 103 percent compared with the previous five-year period. Saudi Arabia is now the world’s second largest importer of arms after India. The kingdom registered a 225-percent rise in military purchases - almost all from the US and Europe ...

Trump invites Qatar to Camp David Summit

1396/12/21 | 13:54
  During the past 9 months of the diplomatic row between Qatar and the Saudi-led Arab bloc, the US has declined to follow a straight line of policy in dealing with this important regional case. The US President Donald Trump on June 9, 2017, harshly attacked Qatar and accused the Arab nation of supporting terrorism in the region in the highest level. However, the American real estate mogul-turned-president recently invited Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to attend the Camp David summit, scheduled for May, which will see also ...

Pakistan may suffer from domino effect if world goes to ‘trade war’

1396/12/13 | 13:54
  US President Donald Trump is en route to adopting protectionist policies which may spark a global trade war. While his intended actions will not impact Pakistan directly, experts believe they will create a domino effect that will hit the country. In a big bang, Trump said steel products would face 25% tariffs and aluminum 10% from next week. One way or the other, the policy initiative is going to impact China, the largest steel producer and exporter in the world. Since Pakistan has massively redirected its economic reliance on China ...

Did Trump fail to put Pakistan on the terror finance watch list?

1396/12/9 | 13:54
   Pakistan was not included on the list of countries financing terror, according to a Financial Action Task Force statement released Friday. The report includes a roster of nations with deficiencies on anti-money laundering strategies and combating the financing of terrorism. Ethiopia, Iraq, Serbia, Sri Lanka and Yemen are some of the countries that still fall short of the organization's compliance process. Bosnia and Herzegovina is the only jurisdiction that showed significant progress, according to the statement. The U.S. bid to include ...

Iran plans nuclear submarine in defiance of US warnings

1396/12/8 | 13:54
  Iran has declared its intention to build nuclear submarines despite a succession of warnings from U.S. officials and President Donald Trump that a 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran could be scrapped. A report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog, revealed that in January, Tehran informed the body of its intention to "construct naval nuclear propulsion in the future." According to Agence France-Presse, further details about how and why Iran may want to develop the vessels were unclear, and the ...

Rising tension: US to deploy 1,000s of troops near China’s border

1396/11/23 | 13:54
  The Pentagon is planning to deploy thousands of US Marines and other military forces to East Asia in a bid to form a front against China, a new report has revealed. According to the new plan, the administration of US President Donald Trump would authorize deploying Marine Expeditionary Units, or MEUs, to the region, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier in the week. Comprising about 2,200 Marines complete with their own aircraft, tanks and other heavy weaponry, the MEUs will be deployed in rotating seven-month tours. Some of the ...

Enforced disappearances: A pretext to pressurize Pakistan

1396/11/22 | 13:54
  The enforced disappearances of political activists in Pakistan surfaced in a US Congress subcommittee as lawmakers urged the Trump administration to raise this issue with Islamabad.     At this special hearing of the House Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, lawmakers also accused Pakistan of continuing to allow Afghan extremists to destabilise the government in Kabul, a charge raised at a Senate hearing on Tuesday as well. The lawmakers also backed President Donald Trump’s Jan 4 decision to suspend security assistance ...