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US urges Pakistan to expel 'Taliban leaders'

Japanese capital holds evacuation drills in face of North Korean missile attack

Dozens of Saudi mercenaries killed as Yemeni forces hit base in Ta’izz

Germany stops arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Israel plans for railway connecting it with Saudi Arabia

Mossad has killed at least 3,000 Palestinians; Zionist expert

The Trump government spent more than $1M in recent Iran riots

Daesh among customers of Pakistani passport forger arrested in Bangkok

Dragging Pakistan into Afghan war: Would new US policy work?

Trump ‘not fit to clean toilets’: USA Today

Pakistan awaits Afghan ‘fatwa’ against TTP, affiliates

Dirty games: Was SSP Anwar Rao framed?

Saudis Transfer $2 Billion to Prop Up Yemeni Allies’ Currency

Putin calls on Israel to end occupation of Arab lands, proclaims solidarity with Palestine

Season of peace talks: Is the Super power begging for dialogues with Taliban?

Indian clandestine support for Korean nukes

US and Pakistan clash at UN over Afghanistan

Did Netanyahu offer friendship to Pakistan?

At least 5 killed as gunmen storm Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul

Another demand for Sharia: The political motives behind Pir Sialv's demand

North Korean logistical delegation arrives in Seoul

Israel’s Mossad behind Lebanon car bomb attack against Hamas member: Report

US Escalates Afghan Airstrikes Through Winter, But Will It Matter?

Saudi Crown Prince to form a private army with help from American Blackwater Corporation!

Iranian youth are fully supportive of their political system: Asia Times

Pakistan’s enemy is our enemy, not in favor of Baloch separatists: US

ASWJ-allied Deobandi Fazalur Rehman elected MMA president

Encounter specialist: Can Zardari save his arm child Rao Anwar in Naqeebullah’s murder case?

Waging war against Pakistan army prohibited in Islam: Ex-Terrorist organization Chief Sufi Muhammad

Free Karachi: Another smear campaign against Pakistan in US newspaper

US military edge over Russia, China eroding: Mattis

5,000 Yemen Children Killed or Wounded in War Since 2015

Iran reiterates Missile program non-negotiable

Trump no longer following Saudi-UAE script on Qatar, says former envoy

Allama Raja Nasir lashes out at Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif

Did TTP really assassinate Benazir Bhutto?

A Jewish plot: Pushing India against China, Pakistan and Iran

An old headache: How did Haqqani network bring US on the knees

India successfully test-fires nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile: New Delhi

Saudis wasting billions by buying outdated weapons from US: Analyst

HRW urges UN sanctions on Saudi crown prince over Yemen war

Another minor raped: Why is Pakistan hesitant to hang rapists?

Modi and Netanyahu may get along great, but there are serious limitations to India-Israel relations

Season of protests: Is another national debacle in the offing?

Pakistan attaches importance to significant role of Iran in regional developments: Speaker

Hidden Israeli-Iranian war in Syria

Is Jordan breaking alliance with Saudi Arabia, West?

Russia weights behind Pakistan:  The end of US hegemony in South Asia?

Damage control: Has Trump conceded his defeat against Pakistan?

North, South Korea to march under 'unified flag' at Winter Olympics

US 'arrant erring' on al-Quds futile: Ayatollah Khamenei

Netanyahu: $500mn Israel-India arms deal 'back on track'

Saudi politicization of holy places is unislamic, we will continue to oppose

Israel prepares for air bridge to India over Saudi Arabia

Don’t forget old friends to make new one

Ulema decree against terrorism: Would religious card prove a true success against terrorism?

New network should be created to confront US-Israel alliance: Raza Rabbani

America seeks to use Taiwan against China: Today Online

Pakistan’s ruthless response to US: Why is India worried?

Shafaqna Exclusive: Is Govt hiding arrest of Zainab’s murderer for political purpose?

US new strategy seeks to create complex situation for Iran: Defense minister

Hamas blames Israeli regime for assassination attempt on its commander

US attacking North Korea would be like trying to get rid of Allah: Retired South Korean General

Egypt is not an honest broker for Palestinian reconciliation

Pakistan and Iran consult each other on many issues, says former diplomat

Surrendering of TTP terrorist: Is Pakistan gradually winning war against terrorism?

Inciting Pakistan: Is India inviting conventional war with Pakistan?

The secret behind Sharif's electoral success and popularity

Tel Aviv ‘disappointed’ by India’s rejection of Al-Quds as Israeli capital: Netanyahu

Syria militants in US seeking CIA dollars to ‘confront Iran’s influence’

US ‘policy of Armageddon’ means nuclear attack even against non-nuclear states

Rape, murder of 7-year-old Pakistani girl seem work of serial killer: Officials

Yemeni snipers kill three Saudi troopers in retaliatory attacks

Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution

US to sell 17 Black Hawk aircrafts to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia seeks arrest of citizens on wanted list who are abroad

US deploying 1,000 troops to Afghanistan

Israel Keeps Bombing Syria and Nobody Is Doing Anything About It

Fire-breathing rhetoric: Pakistani guns on China’s shoulder

Meeting with Trump: Did Imran Khan give US a hidden signal for future role?

Netanyahu in India: A dangerous alliance against Pakistan

Pakistan can’t be forced to compromise on national interests: US historian

Netanyahu Visits India: Muslims Burn Israeli Effigies in Protest

US-led coalition intends to create large new border force in Syria: Report

Interference of Saudi Intelligence services in Tehran’s deep operations

Hariri lauds Hezbollah, wants ‘best of relations’ with Iran

16 US troops and officers killed in Afghanistan

A hidden cost: Pakistan’s Psychological cost of war

Security agencies issue threat alert due plots of Daesh and Taliban factions

Can Pakistan’s judicial system punish killers of Innocent Zainab?

Is Balochistan a next ground of proxy war between Saudia and Iran?

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Trump Gives World Four Months to Change Iran Nuclear Deal

Anti-Trump demonstrators march in Swiss capital

All parties must continue to implement JCPOA: Warns China's FM

Yemen's Displaced Families Escape Death from Saudi War to Makeshift Camps

Amnesty International urges probe after Myanmar’s Army admits its troops killed Muslims

Kasur Tragedy: Is Pakistani nation completely dead?

Trump Says He ‘Probably’ Has Good Relationship With Kim Jong Un

Pentagon Investigates Video of US Soldier Shooting Afghan Civilian

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US urges Pakistan to expel 'Taliban leaders'

1396/11/3 | 12:46
  Condemning the deadly attack on a luxury hotel in Afghanistan's capital city, The United States urged Pakistan to expel Taliban leaders, the White House said in a statement Monday night. The leaders of the terrorist outfit need to be banned "from operating on Pakistani soil," it said in a statement disclosed by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. On Sunday, rejecting knee-jerk allegations by some Afghan circles of the attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Pakistan called for credible investigation into the attack, including ...

The Trump government spent more than $1M in recent Iran riots

1396/11/2 | 12:46
  Nafeez Ahmed, a British author and investigative journalist wrote on INSURGE intelligence: The US Department of State has spent $ 1 million on the recent riots in Iran. According to Nafeez  Ahmed, who is also the executive director of the Institute for Policy Research and Development (IPRD), the US government seeks to take advantage of political unrest and other crises like water crisis-to mobilize public against the Iranian government.   Nafeez  Ahmed’s report shows that the US Foreign Ministry has misused the protests in Iran and ...

Trump ‘not fit to clean toilets’: USA Today

1396/11/2 | 12:46
A top US newspaper on Wednesday blasted President Donald Trump with a withering editorial, saying he was not fit to even “clean the toilets” in Barack Obama’s presidential library or shine George W. Bush’s shoes.   USA Today, a mass-market paper with one of the biggest circulations in the country, published the piece after Trump attacked a Democratic female US senator in a crude tweet. “Will Trump’s lows ever hit rock bottom?”, blared the headline of the piece from the paper’s editorial board, which excoriated the president ...

US and Pakistan clash at UN over Afghanistan

1396/11/1 | 12:46
  The United States has urged Pakistan not to give sanctuary to terrorist organisations while Pakistan has demanded that the Trump administration address safe havens inside Afghanistan and its income from the narcotics trade. The exchange took place Friday at a Security Council meeting on the issue of Afghanistan’s relations with its Central Asia neighbours and the link between peace and security, according to AP. US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said the US cannot work with Pakistan if it continues to give sanctuary to terrorist ...

Season of peace talks: Is the Super power begging for dialogues with Taliban?

1396/11/1 | 12:46
A delegation approved by the Taliban’s supreme leader visited Islamabad this week for exploratory talks on restarting peace negotiations to end Afghanistan’s 16-year war, two senior officials in the movement said.   It was unclear if any progress was made in the unofficial meetings with a representative of a prominent Afghan politician. Many previous attempts have failed to revive direct talks that ended nearly as soon as they started in 2015.     A delegation approved by the Taliban’s supreme leader visited Islamabad ...

Iranian youth are fully supportive of their political system: Asia Times

1396/10/30 | 12:46
Anyone who is aware of Iran and Iranian society knows that the Iranian system is very strong, and it won't be affected by any measures.   The Asia Times wrote about the support of Western countries on Iran’s protest that: The West is talking about the protesters, but, is not talking about the reaction of the Iranian government towards this protest. We should all see that if such incident took place in France or Germany, how would have police of these countries reacted.   During the visit of the Iranian cities, I came to know that ...

US Escalates Afghan Airstrikes Through Winter, But Will It Matter?

1396/10/30 | 12:46
  Throughout the 16+ year Afghan War there have been winter lulls and spring offensives, and even in recent years, when officials have insisted they were continuing the fight right on through winter, operations still slowed substantially.   Not so this winter, however, where US airstrikes continued to escalate right through December, taking the 65 strikes from 2016 and increasing it over eight-fold to 455 strikes in 2017.That’s the highest number of December strikes in the entire war, more than double the figure from 2012, the ...

Pakistan’s enemy is our enemy, not in favor of Baloch separatists: US

1396/10/30 | 12:46
  The US Department of State’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Ambassador Alice Wells, has said that room for negotiations and spot in the Kabul government were available for the Afghan Taliban.   However, she added that no agreements would be made using guns. Wells said that Pakistan’s enemy was their enemy. “We will also fight the terrorists who are standing against Pakistan. We are not in favour of Baloch separatists,” she said.   Talking to senior journalist and ...

Free Karachi: Another smear campaign against Pakistan in US newspaper

1396/10/30 | 12:46
The United States has assured Pakistan that it does not support any group threatening the country’s territorial integrity, a traditional US position re-emphasised following a recent advertising campaign targeting Islamabad. “We took it up with the State Department and they assured us that they continue to support Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity as strongly as they always have,” said Pakistan’s ambassador in Washington, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhary. He noted that during a recent visit to Islamabad, US Assistant Secretary ...

US military edge over Russia, China eroding: Mattis

1396/10/30 | 12:46
  Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has warned of “growing threats” from Russia and China, saying the US military’s advantages over the two countries have eroded in recent years. The assessment is part of an unclassified summary of the Pentagon's new National Defense Strategy Mattis unveiled on Friday. "We face growing threats from revisionist powers as different as China and Russia, nations that seek to create a world consistent with their authoritarian models,” he said in a speech at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School ...

Trump no longer following Saudi-UAE script on Qatar, says former envoy

1396/10/29 | 12:46
  Former US Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations Martin Indyk has taken to Twitter to announce that US President Donald Trump is no longer following the Saudi/UAE script on Qatar.       Indyk explained that this may be because Qatar is now cooperating regarding the fight against terrorism and is willing to discuss the conflict between Doha and the countries that imposed the blockade on it.     Two days ago, in a telephone conversation with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Trump ...

An old headache: How did Haqqani network bring US on the knees

1396/10/29 | 12:46
  Just days after President Donald Trump’s tweet slamming Pakistan for ‘not doing enough’ in the fight against terrorism, a top US commander, who is overseeing the campaign in Afghanistan, reached out to the Pakistani military leadership. The telephone call by General Josph Votel, the Centcom chief, to army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa was meant to deliver a message as to what exactly the Trump administration wanted from Pakistan to help end the 16-year-old conflict in Afghanistan. Publically, the US said it wanted Pakistan to ...

Saudis wasting billions by buying outdated weapons from US: Analyst

1396/10/29 | 12:46
The United States is selling useless, outdated weapons to Saudi Arabia which is thus wasting billions of dollars on these purchases, according to E. Michael Jones, an American political analyst in Indiana. Jones, a writer, former professor, media commentator and the current editor of the Culture Wars magazine, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Thursday. The US State Department has approved a possible $500-million sale of missile system support services to Saudi Arabia in defiance of global calls for Washington to stop providing ...

Russia weights behind Pakistan:  The end of US hegemony in South Asia?

1396/10/28 | 12:46
  Russia said late on Tuesday that it will provide every possible support to Pakistan to make it a developed country, Radio Pakistan reported.   The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated his country’s support to Islamabad while responding to a question during a press briefing.   Lavrov acknowledged Islamabad’s efforts in the war on terror, observing that militants spread inside Afghanistan along the area bordering Pakistan pose a grave threat.   The foreign minister added that several agreements have ...

US 'arrant erring' on al-Quds futile: Ayatollah Khamenei

1396/10/28 | 12:46
  Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the US is overstepping its bounds in recognizing Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital" and planning to move its embassy there, adding that the measures are in vain. Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks during a meeting with participants in the 13th Session of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Conference in Tehran on Tuesday. Ayatollah Khamenei described the recent decisions by US officials concerning Jerusalem al-Quds as "arrant ...

New network should be created to confront US-Israel alliance: Raza Rabbani

1396/10/27 | 12:46
  Chairman of Pakistan Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has urged that Pakistani people should take ownership of their own natural resources and a new network should be created to confront with US-Israel alliance.     He made the remarks in the 13th Conference of the Inter-Parliamentary Union of the OIC member-states (PUIC) in Tehran on Tuesday. He said that the US government bypasses international law and veto resolutions against Israel, but acts in another manner vis-a-vis other countries. Rabbani said that this conference may warm ...

Pakistan’s ruthless response to US: Why is India worried?

1396/10/27 | 12:46
  Regretting how the United States downplays India’s aggressive posturing along the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary, Defence Minister Khurram Dastagir Khan on Monday called for “ruthlessly candid dialogue” with Washington to remove all types of misconceptions and misunderstandings.     The minister’s statement triggered a debate on the foreign policy issues during which the members both from the ruling coalition and the opposition termed it “insufficient” and “confusing statement”.   The members ...

US new strategy seeks to create complex situation for Iran: Defense minister

1396/10/27 | 12:46
Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami has warned that the US is pursuing its new strategy against Iran by creating a complicated situation for the country. “The US seeks to implement its new strategy against the Islamic Republic of Iran by creating a complicated atmosphere,” Hatami said at a Tuesday conference in Tehran. He pointed to US President Donald Trump’s efforts to change Iran’s nuclear deal with the world powers, and Washington’s opposition to removal of sanctions against Tehran as part of the new US strategy ...

US attacking North Korea would be like trying to get rid of Allah: Retired South Korean General

1396/10/26 | 12:46
A U.S. attack on North Korea would be countered by indoctrinated soldiers fighting with religious fervor on behalf of their leader, Kim Jong Un, who has developed a cult following, a retired South Korean general said.     "I try to explain to the Americans: If we have to go into North Korea, it is not going to be like going into Iraq or Afghanistan. It’s not going to be like toppling [ex-Iraqi President Saddam] Hussein,” retired Lieutenant General In-Bum Chun said at a London think tank event Wednesday. “This would be more ...

Pakistan and Iran consult each other on many issues, says former diplomat

1396/10/26 | 12:46
  Former Pakistani ambassador and renowned diplomat says Iran and Pakistan are two brotherly states and Pakistan highly values its friendship with Iran.     In an interview with IRNA, Ali Sarwar Naqvi, also Executive Director of the Center for International Strategic Studies (CISS) said Iran is the only country with which Pakistan does not have any fundamental dispute. The analyst said a major step in Iran-Pakistan ties came when country’s Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa went to Iran and there, he met with all leaders ...

Syria militants in US seeking CIA dollars to ‘confront Iran’s influence’

1396/10/26 | 12:46
  Syria militant leaders are in the United States demanding American dollars to fund an allegedly defunct CIA program to “confront Iran’s influence.” Representatives of the so-called Free Syrian Army are reportedly pressing Americans to revive the program that provides military aid to the militants fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad. In July, US President Donald Trump reportedly ended the clandestine program, to provide arms and supplies to the militant groups, who attempt to destabilize the situation Syria. Trump ...

US to sell 17 Black Hawk aircrafts to Saudi Arabia

1396/10/25 | 12:46
  The Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation has been awarded foreign military sales contract worth $193.8 million to supply 17 UH-60M Black Hawks, medium-lift, rotary-wing helicopters, to Saudi Arabia, the US Department of Defense announced Thursday.   Saudi Arabia is expected to receive eight UH-60Ms for the kingdom’s National Guard, while the other nine helicopters will go to the Royal special security forces.   The UH-60M Black Hawk, a medium-lift, rotary-wing helicopter, has been in use by military forces around the world since ...

Meeting with Trump: Did Imran Khan give US a hidden signal for future role?

1396/10/25 | 12:46
  Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan termed meeting US President Donald Trump as prime minister of Pakistan would be a “bitter pill” to swallow if his party wins the general elections this year.   The PTI chief, speaking foreign media at Bani Gala on Saturday, said that he would still meet him [Trump], the Voice of America reported.   “I will dread it, but I will have to swallow the bitter pill and meet him,” said Imran, adding, “Whether we would be able to communicate, I am not so sure, but of course ...

US deploying 1,000 troops to Afghanistan

1396/10/25 | 12:46
  The United States is set to deploy an estimated 1,000 new troops to Afghanistan as part of the Donald Trump administration’s planned troop surge, according to reports. US military officials told the Wall Street Journal the Pentagon hopes to dramatically increase the American military presence in Afghanistan in time for spring, when the “fighting season” begins.   A large fleet of armed and unarmed drones will also be sent to the country, which will provide the US advisers with air support, as well as intelligence, surveillance ...

Fire-breathing rhetoric: Pakistani guns on China’s shoulder

1396/10/25 | 12:46
  Last rites, it would appear, need not be performed any time soon over the lately severely troubled relationship between the sole superpower and its apparently forsaken chief ally in the war on terror.   The dire implications of a complete separation or divorce for both parties have belatedly sunk in and reportedly resulted in a more rational and mutually beneficial dialogue behind the scenes.    The appeal of simpler logistics, cost-cutting, short and safe, a quarter-master’s dream, employing Gwadar port and its proximity ...

Netanyahu in India: A dangerous alliance against Pakistan

1396/10/25 | 12:46
  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in New Delhi on Sunday for the first visit by an Israeli leader to India in 15 years, promising closer ties with the regional power.   The visit marks 25 years since India and Israel established diplomatic relations, but comes just weeks after India voted in favour of a United Nations resolution denouncing United States President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.   Netanyahu and his wife Sara were welcomed at the international airport in New Delhi by Indian ...

Pakistan can’t be forced to compromise on national interests: US historian

1396/10/25 | 12:46
Pakistan cannot be bludgeoned into taking steps it believes dangerous to its security, even if it means losing the US aid, argues a new book on Pakistan-US relations. The book — The Leverage Paradox: Pakistan and the United States — by Robert Hathaway, a prominent US scholar of South Asian affairs, traces the history of bilateral relations from the early 1950s to the Trump era, concluding that both nations benefited from this relationship. “There is little in the historical record to support the contention that Pakistan can be bludgeoned ...

A hidden cost: Pakistan’s Psychological cost of war

1396/10/24 | 12:46
  A noted psychiatrist, Professor Dr Khalid Mufti, has said the war on terror left most people traumatised apart from causing immense human and material loss to the country over the last 17 years.   Citing, what Dr Khalid Mufti believed, the worst kind of effect which he had noticed was an increase in number of children suffering from depression.   The doctor has also pointed out the impact this has had on children. While 18 years ago hardly one percent suffered depression, the number now stands at over 13 percent. In areas like Waziristan ...

16 US troops and officers killed in Afghanistan

1396/10/24 | 12:46
  According to the news agency Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban), 16 US officers and troops were killed in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, in Taliban's infiltration attacks.   The statement of this group is as follows:   According to the reports received, two of the influential Mujahedin of the Islamic Emirate attacked the officers and American occupation forces and their mercenaries in the Mamand Valley in the city of Spin Ghar, Nangarhar province.   The attack was carried out at noon yesterday by two Mujahideen ...

Trump Gives World Four Months to Change Iran Nuclear Deal

1396/10/24 | 12:46
  As officials had previously indicated, President Trump on Friday announced he is extending the sanctions relief the US is obliged to offer under the P5+1 nuclear deal, and some new unrelated sanctions against Iran have been unveiled. In an attempt to set the stage for another major political battle, he said this would be “the last time.” The sanctions relief, and by extension US compliance with the P5+1 deal with Iran, will continue for an additional four months, by which time Trump demands that the rest of the world will have dramatically ...

Anti-Trump demonstrators march in Swiss capital

1396/10/24 | 12:46
  Anti-globalization demonstrators took to the streets of the Swiss capital on Saturday to protest against a planned visit by US President Donald Trump to the World Economic Forum this month. Trump announced last week that he would attend the WEF in Davos, an annual meeting of global business and political leaders. Some have suggested that Trump's polarizing persona could resurrect the violent anti-WEF protests seen in the early 2000s. An online petition is circulating telling Trump he is not welcome. On Saturday, around 500 anti-globalization ...

Pentagon Investigates Video of US Soldier Shooting Afghan Civilian

1396/10/23 | 12:46
  A leaked helmet camera video out of Afghanistan showing a US soldier shooting an Afghan civilian driving a truck has been removed from social media sites,and led to a promise of an investigation by the Pentagon.       The video, initially leaked on YouTube, showed a soldier’s camera view as his armored vehicle drives past a civilian truck. He then fires a shotgun directly into the driver’s side window, shattering it.   Central Command (CENTCOM) issued a statement insisting that the video was “not authorized” ...

A soft tone: Did US repent on her policy to alienate Pakistan?

1396/10/23 | 12:46
  Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa received a telephone call from the Commander US Central Command (Centcom), Gen Joseph L. Votel, and another from a US Senator to discuss Pak-US security cooperation in the wake of US President Donald Trump's intense criticism and withholding of aid from Pakistan since the turn of the year, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported on Friday.   Gen Votel reportedly told the COAS that the US values Pakistan’s role in the so-called 'War on Terror' and that the recent turbulence ...

Trump paid porn star $130,000 to stay silent over alleged affair: Report

1396/10/23 | 12:46
US President Donald Trump's lawyer had arranged a $130,000 payment to a former porn star a month before the 2016 election to prevent her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Trump, a report says. According to the report published Friday in The Wall Street Journal, the lawyer brokered payment to Stephanie Clifford, who Trump met at a golf event in 2006, a year after his marriage to Melania. In the fall of 2016, Clifford began talking with ABC News for a story involving an extramarital affair with Trump, but Michael Cohen, ...

CIA Chief secretly visits India and Afghanistan to make new plots

1396/10/22 | 12:46
  United States Central Intelligence Agency’s chief Mike Pompeo has arrived in the region on a secret mission under which he first visited India and then went to Afghanistan, in what appeared to design new plots against Pakistan.   Urdu Daily Jang has reported that DCI Pompeo had travelled to India in a special plane. He had lunch with Indian officials at Hyderabad House and after some meetings flew to Afghanistan along with Indian RAW chief. Indian-based CIA station chief and US defense attaché and other officials also accompanied ...

Will Pakistan be in trouble if US demands early repayment of debts?

1396/10/22 | 12:46
Washington’s freeze on billions in military assistance to Pakistan will have limited impact, thanks to its friendship with China and diminishing importance of aid to the economy, observers say — but there could be trouble if the US calls in its debts.   Exasperated by what it considers Islamabad’s neglect in cracking down on militancy, Donald Trump’s administration last week announced a suspension of the aid, which also goes towards Afghanistan coalition funding. “They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, ...

War of words: Pakistan accuses US for spreading terrorism in Pakistan

1396/10/22 | 12:46
The chief military spokesperson has said that there cannot be lasting peace in the region unless security and stability is ensured in Afghanistan. “There was no terrorism in Pakistan before the Afghan war and our target is to take Pakistan to the pre-war peaceful era,” Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) DG Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said during an interview to a private news channel. “Peace has returned to the Pakistan and its future is prosperous,” he added. The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) could never have defeated ...

Unending bloodshed in Kashmir: Why is not India on watch list?

1396/10/21 | 12:46
  Pakistan has asked the United States why India was not on Washington’s ‘special watch list on the issue of religious freedom’ despite unending bloodshed in held Kashmir and grave violation of minorities’ rights, diplomatic sources said.   Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Pakistan had presented its case to the US , challenging the ‘discriminatory’ watch list .     If someone has to be put on that list , it is India . They are the ones who have been killing the Kashmiris and butchering ...

Is US helpless in Afghanistan without Pakistan’s help?

1396/10/21 | 12:46
  Former US ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson has said that the Trump administration’s attempt at humiliating and penalizing Pakistan is unlikely to work. He added that Pakistan has greater leverage over America than many imagine.   In an opinion piece for The New York Times, he said the Trump administration was unable to understand the geographical and historical significance of this region.   Criticizing Trump’s policy regarding Pakistan, he said that Pakistan has more options than some people in the United States ...

Pakistan reportedly mulls toll tax hike on NATO containers amid Trump rift

1396/10/21 | 12:46
  Pakistan mulls increasing the toll tax of containers carrying military hardware and weapons for NATO troops in Afghanistan, amid a rift between Islamabad and Washington over the so-called war on terror, local reports say. Pakistani authorities will likely put in place a 100 to 150 percent raise in the tax. The Pakistani Ministry of Communication is said to present a revision of the toll tax rate on NATO containers to the prime minister for approval. The government in Islamabad charges $2,500 per NATO container. The trucks use national ...

Trump Team Debates Limited Strikes on North Korea

1396/10/20 | 12:46
North and South Korea have gotten together for their first direct talks in over two years, which is raising hopes of improved relations and reduced tensions after a solid year of war rhetoric. The Trump Administration may have other ideas, however.   Reports from the Wall Street Journal say that a team within the administration continues to debate the possibility of carrying out a unilateral US attack on North Korea just out of the blue, arguing they could get away with a “limited” strike without starting a full-scale war that would ...

US Considers Other Measures Against Pakistan as Blowback Looms

1396/10/20 | 12:46
Substantial cuts to US military aid to Pakistan are already fueling a lot of anger within Pakistan, and calls for some sort of retaliatory measure. Secretary of Defense James Mattis downplayed the risk of this, however, saying he’s seen no sign Pakistan is even considering cutting the US out of its airspace, or preventing the US using its supply line through Karachi.   That could quickly change, however, as Pakistan doesn’t seem settled on doing nothing, and other US officials are openly saying the administration is considering taking ...

Egypt denies ‘tacit’ acceptance of US Jerusalem move

1396/10/19 | 12:46
  Egypt on Sunday denied a US media report claiming that it has given a “tacit” acceptance of President Donald Trump’s decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.   The New York Times said Saturday Cairo allegedly instructed talk show hosts to persuade viewers to accept the US move.   The daily claimed that an Egyptian intelligence officer had placed phone calls to the hosts of several influential talk shows that instead of condemning the US decision, they should persuade the audience to accept ...

Birth of an Insurgency: The US-Israeli “Secret Deal” to Manipulate Protests in Iran

1396/10/19 | 12:46
  Using the recent protests as cover, the governments of the United States and Israel are advancing a much larger plan for covert regime change against the Iranian government, one born out of the “secret deal” negotiated and signed between the two countries right before the widely covered but relatively small protests in Iran began in late December.   That deal, negotiated between National Security Adviser and neocon darling H.R. McMaster and his Israeli counterpart Meir Ben-Shabbat, secured the full cooperation of the Trump ...

Iran: Saudi, US, Israel fanning flames of regional tensions

1396/10/19 | 12:46
Iran says Saudi Arabia, the United States, and Israel are fanning the flames of regional crises through their interventionist policies and invasive actions. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made the remarks in an address to Tehran Security Conference on Monday. The one-day event - held under the banner of ‘Regional Security in West Asia; Emerging Challenges and Trends’ - is the second of its kind organized in the Iranian capital. More than 200 Iranian and international political figures and analysts attended the conference. Zarif blamed ...

Breaking the begging bowl:  Can Pakistan survive without US aid?

1396/10/18 | 12:46
   Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has declared himself mystified by US threats to cut off funding, saying that the US financial assistance was “very, very insignificant” and that Pakistan was “on the forefront of the war on terror”.   In an interview with the Guardian, Abbasi said that reports that the US was considering cuts of up to $2bn in security assistance were bewildering because of the total aid Pakistan – civilian and military – actually received was a tiny fraction of that amount.     The ...

Pakistan cautions US about consequences of anti-Taliban offensive

1396/10/18 | 12:46
Pakistan is believed to have told US interlocutors that a major military offensive against the Taliban from both sides of the Afghan border, if ending in failure, will have negative consequences for the entire region. Diplomatic sources, who spoke to Dawn, believe that the key element in the new US strategy for Afghanistan is to launch a two-pronged military offensive that inflicts a military defeat on the Taliban and forces them to join the Afghan reconciliation process on Kabul’s conditions. Pakistanis do not disagree with the basic thrust ...

A strong rebuttal: US from threatening Pakistan to appeasing Pakistan

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  US Defence Secretary James Mattis on Friday said that the Pentagon was maintaining its communication with the Pakistani military establishment, including with Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, even after suspending its security assistance to Pakistan.   “I think, yesterday Gen Joseph Votel was on the phone with Gen Bajwa, the chief of the army staff. And we’ll continue to coordinate this,” he said at an afternoon news briefing at the Pentagon.     “Obviously, we’ll continue talking with one another, as we ...

Russia, France Slam US Over Emergency UN Meeting on Iran

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  An emergency meeting at the UN Security Council on the subject of week-long protests in Iran saw a series of speeches, including the US reiterating its previous public statements backing demonstrators and threatening Iran, and other nations wondering why this was worth an emergency meeting. French Ambassador Francois Delattre insisted the Iran protests had nothing to do with international peace and security, warning against “attempts to exploit this crisis for personal ends,” which many see as a direct rebuke of the US. Russian ...

Israel PM wants UNRWA closed amid US aid cut threat

1396/10/18 | 12:46
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for the closure of the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees after US President Donald Trump cut the funding for the organization. Netanyahu said at the beginning of his weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem al-Quds on Sunday that the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) needed to pass away from the world. This is a body established separately 70 years ago, just for Palestinian refugees, while the UNHCR exists for all other refugees in the world,” ...