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Corralled and constrained, Pakistan struggles to find feet against US

  TNN  WASHINGTON: Crossed red lines, jumped red lights and a relationship that is anything but red hot. The already frigid and flaccid ties between the United States and Pakistan continue to spiral down with reports suggesting both countries are poised to constraint diplomats from the other side from free movement in …

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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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Pakistan Prime Minister put through security check in US

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had to undergo a routine security check at a US airport during a recent visit, an ‘indignity’ that has enraged the Pakistani media amid reports that the Trump administration is considering imposing visa bans and other sanctions on individuals in the Pakistani government. Washington also announced …

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Trump White House divided over Pakistan: report

WASHINGTON: The Trump White House is divided over how to deal with Pakistan, with some officials favouring a hardline approach and others warning against alienating a nuclear-armed country of 200 million people, the US media reported on Tuesday. The divide — reported by the prestigious Foreign Policy magazine — is reflected in …

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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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Pakistan defends nuclear safety record after US sanctions companies

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has defended its record on nuclear safety after the United States sanctioned seven Pakistani companies over alleged links to the nuclear trade, saying the suspicions over the companies should not be used to discredit it. Ties between the Washington and Islamabad have frayed in recent years over Pakistan’s …

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Trump administration weighing unprecedented political penalties on Pakistan: Report

WASHINGTON: The Trumpadministration is considering “unprecedented political penalties” on Pakistan for harbouring Afghan militants waging war on the US-backed Afghan government, a media report said on Monday. While the report by Foreign Policy news portal gives no timeline for such an action, it says there is growing frustration among lawmakers, and …

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US sanctions seven Pakistani firms for ‘nuclear trade’

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration has added seven Pakistani companies to a list of foreign entities that presumably pose a significant risk to the national security and policy interests of the United States by allegedly engaging in nuclear trade. The move could undermine Pakistan’s ambition of joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group …

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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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