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In Balochistan, Dying Hopes for Peace

Increasing attacks by the Islamic State in Balochistan are connected to Pakistan’s failed strategy of encouraging and using Islamist militants to crush Baloch rebels and separatists. By Malik Siraj Akbar Mr. Akbar is a journalist from Balochistan. On Friday, several hundred tribesmen and students from religious seminaries gathered at a …

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The next American war

Munir Akram THE odds are growing that the next American war will be against Iran. Of the three countries designated by the US as the ‘axis of evil’, Iraq was invaded; North Korea has agreed to an uncertain process for ‘denuclearisation’; Iran remains regionally powerful and defiant. Former US President …

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Iran calls for EU help as shipping giant pulls out for fear of US sanctions

Reuters  AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France/LON­DON: One of the world’s biggest cargo shippers announced on Saturday it was pulling out of Iran for fear of becoming entangled in US sanctions, and President Hassan Rouhani demanded that European countries to do more to offset the US measures. The announcement by France’s CMA CGM that …

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Tears of Sindhu: exploring Sindhi political history

By Hassan Hamdam The new book “Tears of Sindhu: Sindhi national struggle in historical context” authored by Dr Naseer Dashti is one of the most interesting books on the history of Sindh. Authors and writers belonging to powers who subjugated Sindhis for centuries had written Sindhi history in a biased …

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UAE freezes accounts of nine Iranian individuals and entities

Abu Dhabi placed the nine on its list of ‘terrorists’ for suspected connections with Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards. The UAE Securities and Commodities Authority has ordered companies to identify and freeze the accounts and assets of nine Iranian individuals and entities the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has placed on its …

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Amid mounting US pressure, Iranian govt faces discontent among people

ANKARA: Mounting pressure from the Trump administration combined with discontent among many Iranians at the state of the economy are rattling the Islamic Republic, with little sign that its leaders have the answers, officials and analysts say. Three days of protests broke out last week in Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, with hundreds …

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India, US are one in saying Pakistan deserved to be demoted to anti-terror funding group’s ‘grey list’

NEW DELHI: India and the US today welcomed a global terror financing watchdogdemoting Pakistan to a ‘grey list’ + for underperforming in rooting out sources of finance for terrorists within its borders and for not taking enough – or any, at all – action in curbing activities of terror elements who roam …

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FATF decides in favour of keeping Pakistan on grey list

PARIS/KARACHI: Pakistan has been added to the grey list of countries involved in providing monetary assistance to terrorism and related causes, Geo News reported, after a Wednesday meeting of the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF) here confirmed the decision. Presenting Pakistan’s case at the FATF talks in …

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U.S. Signals Zero Tolerance on Future Iran Oil Exports

Senior official says any country that imports Iranian oil after November risks sanctions By Ian Talley WASHINGTON—The U.S. expects all countries to cut oil imports from Iran to “zero” by Nov. 4 or risk sanctions, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Tuesday, expressing a toughening of the Trump …

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Pakistan may be placed in FATF’s ‘grey list’ for financially aiding terrorism: Report

PTI ISLAMABAD: Pakistan could be placed on the blacklist of countries that financially aid terrorism, media reports said on Monday as Islamabad fielded its interim finance minister Shamshad Akhtar to defend the country in Paris where the Financial Action Task Force is meeting. The FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 to combat …

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