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How Iran Recruited Afghan Refugees to Fight Assad’s War

By ALI M. LATIFI JUNE 30, 2017 BAMIAN, Afghanistan — War and poverty have scattered Afghans across the globe like pieces of shrapnel. Millions of Afghans came of age in refugee camps in Pakistan and Iran or as workers in the Persian Gulf nations. The migration continues. The past few …

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Pakistan still on radar of terror financing watchdog

ISLAMABAD: Despite taking a few significant steps against terror financing, Pakistan remains on the radar of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international watchdog tracking terror financing, over concerns that it is not fully complying with curbs against entities listed with the United Nations. Pakistani officials, however, insist that …

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A red flag: Chinese interests in CPEC

IN recent months, several insightful analyses have been written about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), raising pertinent questions about the lack of transparency around Chinese investments. This being Pakistan, questions were also raised about the patriotism and loyalty of those raising valid issues. An op-ed by a minister went so …

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Wealth, poverty propping up Pakistan’s illegal kidney trade

AFP When Pakistani authorities burst into a makeshift hospital in Lahore this year, doctors were caught mid-way through two illegal kidney transplants, the local donors and Omani clients still unconscious on the tables. The doctors were allowed to finish the operation then arrested, along with their assistants and the Omanis, …

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The militancy trap

Cyril Almeida FORGET Raheel this, Bajwa that, Nawaz stupid, Imran clueless. Step back, breathe, and try and trace where this is going. We are sinking into a militancy trap. There’s a ghoulish metric that everyone knows, but humaneness means most deny: a big one in Parachinar or Quetta equals a …

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Ahead of PM Modi’s visit, US sees no threat to Pakistan from arms deal with India

Reuters NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON: With the United States expected to authorise India’s purchase of naval drones+ , a senior White House official cautioned on Friday that any US military transfer to India would not represent a threat to its rival neighbour Pakistan. The official spoke to reporters in advance of US …

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Unreal estate: The boom in Gwadar’s property market

Gwadar is changing. This is the usual tag line for advertisements promoting the port city as the next best destination for investment in real estate after Dubai. These adverts generally feature a skyline dominated by well-lit, high-rise buildings lining wide avenues and towering over a shimmering waterfront. The Gwadar of …

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America Must Confront Pakistan’s Support of Afghan-Based Terrorism

As the Trump administration should consider creating new pressure points that raise the cost and pain level for Pakistan’s support of terrorism inside Afghanistan. Javid Ahmad June 20, 2017 Kabul is mourning after a spate of deadly attacks over the past few weeks, including a truck bomb that killed nearly …

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White-headed ducks fall into drastic decline in Iran

Farnaz Heidari Long-term population declines for the white-headed duck have recently intensified in Iran as a result of habitat loss at the key sites such as Fars Province, Sistan wa Balochistan Province, Lake Gurigöl and also south of Lake Urmia. Distinguish from other diving ducks Male white-headed ducks are unmistakable …

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Pakistan wants to see Taliban back in political fold: NYT

KABUL (Pajhwok): A new US strategy, even with a troop surge, may not succeed in Afghanistan as long as Pakistan does not reduce support to the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network, an influential American newspaper reported on Friday. An opinion piece in the New York Times justified America’s current …

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