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Security Council sanctions on terror outfit once located in Af-Pak border area

PTI  UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council has imposed sanctions on a terrorist outfit associated with the Al-Nusrah Front and previously located in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area, imposing an arms embargo, asset freeze and travel ban on it. The Council’s ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee yesterday added Khatiba Imam Al-Bukhari to its sanctions list of …

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Big powers endorse ‘Afghan-led’ peace effort

TASHKENT: The five permanent members of the United Nations Secu­rity Council and more than a dozen other national delegations declared on Tuesday their support for the peace process in Afghanistan after talks that Taliban did not attend. The more than 20 signatories of a declaration, including the United States, Russia, …

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No positive response from Pakistan on South Asia strategy: Afghan NSA

WASHINGTON: There has been no positive response from Pakistan on the South Asia strategy of Trump administration, which has a significant impact on the reduction of violence and capabilities of the terrorists in this war-torn country, a top Afghan official said today. Welcoming the South AsiaStrategy announced by President Donald Trump last August, …

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Pakistan could become like ‘Iran or North Korea on steroids’: New US NSA

NEW DELHI: The US’s new National Security Advisor (NSA) John Bolton, known for being an extreme hawk in diplomatic circles, may not be as hard on Pakistan as his President Donald Trump wants him to be. Media interviews with Bolton – named NSA yesterday – from the recent past suggest that while he believes Pakistan does need …

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US won’t resume security aid to Pakistan till it allays concerns on terror safe havens

WASHINGTON: The US will not resume security aid to Pakistan until it addresses America’s concerns on terrorist safe havens, the Pentagon said, underlining that Islamabad’s action against militants would not only help Afghanistan but also protect India and the entire region. The US in January suspended more than $1.15 billion security assistance …

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Chabahar Port provides the chance for regional convergence: Iranian Envoy

Iran’s ambassador to Kabul described the southeastern Iranian Port of Chabahar as an opportunity for regional convergence in line with serving the common interests of all countries in the region. It needs to facilitate banking relations in order to make use of Chabahar’s capacities, Mohammad Reza Bahrami said in a …

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US urges Pakistan to ‘do more’ against Taliban

Washington: US Vice President Mike Pence has urged Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi that Pakistan “must do more” against the Taliban and other militants, the White House said on Saturday. “Vice President Pence reiterated President (Donald) Trump´s request that the Government of Pakistan must do more to address the continued …

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Pakistan has failed to take decisive actions against terrorists: White House

WASHINGTON: Pakistan has failed to take decisive actions against terror groups as sought by the Trump administration, the White House said on Friday, and warned Islamabad that the US is prepared to take actions on its own to safeguard its personnel in Afghanistan. US President Donald Trumphad announced his South Asia Policy in …

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There have been changes in Pakistan’s behaviour: Jim Mattis

WASHINGTON: There have been changes in Pakistan’s behaviour with respect to fight against terrorism, US defense secretary Jim Mattis has said. Mattis said that there are operations by the Pakistan military that are helping the US’s ongoing efforts against terrorism and have been for some time. “There have been changes in Pakistan’s …

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Pakistan can play key role in shaping Afghan Taliban’s behaviour: US diplomat

Haseeb Baloch A senior US diplomat has said that the United States believes Pakistan can play a much more important role in shaping the Afghan Taliban’s behaviour. A senior US diplomat has said that the United States believes Pakistan can play a much more important role in shaping the Afghan Taliban’s behaviour. The statement was made …

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