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US general dispels impression of friction with Pakistan

WASHINGTON: A top US general has dispelled the impression that the United States and Pakistan were on a collision course, saying they valued the military-to-military relationship with Pakistan. Gen Joseph Votel — who as head of the Central Command is responsible for all US military operations in the Pakistan-Afghan region …

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Afghan president unveils plan for peace talks with Taliban

AFP KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday unveiled a plan to open peace talks with the Taliban, including eventually recognizing them as a political party, days after the militants called for direct negotiations with the US. Civilian casualties have soared in recent months as the Taliban increasingly targets towns and cities in …

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Shifting alliances as Pakistan manages relationship with US

AP ISLAMABAD: As Pakistan navigates its troubled relationship with the United States and scrambles to avoid being blacklisted for doing too little, too late to stop terror funding, regional alliances are shifting and analysts ponder whether a cozier relationship with countries like Russia will complicate efforts to move toward peace in neighboring Afghanistan. Russia, …

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Pakistan prepares to extend border fence to Balochistan

ISLAMABAD: Security officials in Pakistan have announced that the border fence with Afghanistan will be extended to southwestern Balochistan in a bid to check illegal cross-border movement. The army is already fencing the porous border in the country’s tribal areas with Afghanistan, as part of the border-management system. Pakistan and …

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Protests erupt in Kabul over recent attacks, amid allegations of Pakistani involvement

KABUL — Afghan security officials, facing public wrath after a spate of urban terrorist attacks that left more than 130 people dead and hundreds injured, announced Thursday that they had presented Pakistani authorities with “undeniable evidence” that some of the insurgents were trained in Pakistan and that the attacks were …

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Afghanistan wants world powers to step up pressure on Pakistan: US envoy

Returning from a UN Security Council visit to Afghanistan, US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Wednesday stressed the Kabul government wants world powers to step up pressure on Pakistan. Haley joined the 14 other council envoys for talks with top Afghan leaders in Kabul at the weekend as the government considers …

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CPEC: “Iron Brothers,” Unequal Partners

Publication: China Brief Volume: 18 Issue: 1 By: Sudha Ramachandran Serious differences have come to the fore between China and Pakistan over the $60-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). At a Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting at Islamabad in November 2017, China announced its decision to suspend funding for at least three …

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Afghans migrants given 30 days to leave Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Government of Pakistan had given 30 days to all Afghans, both UN refugees and illegal immigrants, to leave Pakistan. It was decided at the Federal Cabinet meeting recently held at the Federal Capital extending 30 days in their stay in Pakistan. Political sources said that it was the …

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White House to announce ‘specific actions’ against Pakistan within days

WASHINGTON: The White House has said it wanted to see Pakistan do more to fight terrorism and that it would likely announce actions to pressure Islamabad within days. “Our goal is that we know that they can do more to stop terrorism and we want them to do that,” White House …

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Radd-ul-Fasaad: ‘NDS facilitator’ held, weapons recovered in Balochistan raids

An Afghan national, allegedly belonging to the country’s spy agency National Directorate of Security (NDS) was apprehended and arms and ammunition with communication equipment were recovered in multiple raids by the security forces in different areas of Balochistan on Friday. Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan, along with intelligence agencies, conducted intelligence-based operations …

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