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Legislator asks US to stop treating Pakistan as ally

WASHINGTON: The head of a United States congressional panel and a former Pentagon official, in a toxic article published on Thursday, urged the Trump administration to stop treating Pakistan as an ally. In a joint piece they wrote for the National Interest magazine, Congressman Ted Poe and James Clad also …

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More US troops needed in Afghanistan: US general

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The top US military commander for the Middle East warned on Thursday (March 9) that the United States would need more troops on the ground in Afghanistan to stave off a resurgent Taliban. General Joseph Votel, who heads US Central Command (Centcom), told the Senate Armed Forces …

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Pakistan activist Waqass Goraya: The state tortured me

A liberal Pakistani activist who went missing earlier this year has said a “government institution” with links to the military held him and tortured him. Waqass Goraya, one of five activists who disappeared in early January, told the BBC he was tortured “for pleasure”. The activists were freed after several …

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Saudi-led coalition used cluster bombs in Yemen: Amnesty

AFP  Amnesty International on Thursday accused the Saudi-led Arab coalition battling rebels in Yemen of using banned cluster munitions in raids on residential areas. The Brazilian-manufactured munitions were fired in a February 15 attack on three residential districts and agricultural land in Saada province of northern Yemen, a stronghold of …

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Time for a Radical Reset with Pakistan

America finally needs to set limits on its indulgence. Ted Poe, James Clad March 8, 2017 For years and, we would say, for decades, the United States has acquiesced in a toxic relationship with Pakistan, putting up with this nominal ally whose military and security leaders play a lethal double …

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Pakistani man allegedly spying for Iran in Europe goes on trial in Germany

A 31-year-old Pakistani man went on trial Wednesday in Berlin for allegedly operating as a spy for Iran in Europe, and collecting information on possible Israeli and Jewish targets for attacks in Germany and France. Haider Syed Mustafa is accused of having collected extensive information for an elite unit of …

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Pakistan needs ‘inclusive, tolerant’ curriculum, says report presented in EU parliament

A relatively imbalanced report presented in the European Union parliament by Brussels-based South Asian Democratic Forum (SADF) has pointed out religious seminaries of Pakistan as a major hindrance in promoting quality education in Pakistan. The report “Education: South Asia’s Foundation for the future”, while recommending necessary steps such as a …

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US Navy ship changes course after Iran vessel interaction: US official

WASHINGTON: Multiple fast-attack vessels from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps came close to a US Navy ship in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, forcing it to change direction, a US official told Reuters on Monday. The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the IRGCN boats came within …

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India-U.S.-Japan cooperation necessary to face China: scholars

In the wake of Beijing’s assertiveness in the strategic Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean regions. Cooperation among India, the United States and Japan is necessary to face the Chinese assertiveness in the strategic Indian Ocean and Pacific regions, a group of Indian and American scholars have said. The scholars during …

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Tony Blair denies he wants to be Trump’s Middle East envoy

Spokeswoman for former British PM rubbishes reports after meeting with US president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner Tony Blair has denied a report that he is pitching to be Donald Trump’s Middle East envoy. Blair, who served as special representative of the quartet of international powersfor almost eight years after leaving Downing Street, met the US president’s …

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