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US Lawmaker introduces Bill to remove Pak as major non-NATO ally

WASHINGTON: In the US, influential Republican Congressman Andy Briggs has introduced a Bill in the Congress to terminate the designation of Pakistan as a major non-NATO ally. The resolution, introduced in the House of Representatives, seeks termination of Pakistan as a major non-NATO ally and also sets conditions for its …

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Trump Calls On Russia, Pakistan To Take More Active Role In Afghanistan Conflict

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump urged other countries, specifically Russia, Pakistan, and India, to become more involved in the fighting in Afghanistan as he argued against continued long-term presence of U.S. troops in the war-torn country. In televised comments to reporters during a cabinet meeting on January 2, Trump also …

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President Trump ‘to pull thousands of troops’ from Afghanistan

The Trump administration is planning to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan, US media say. Reports, citing unnamed officials, say about 7,000 troops – roughly half the remaining US military presence in the country – could go home within months. The reports come a day after the president announced the …

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China’s ‘Belt and Road’ Plan in Pakistan Takes a Military Turn

Under a program China insisted was peaceful, Pakistan is cooperating on distinctly defense-related projects, including a secret plan to build new fighter jets. By Maria Abi-Habib ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — When President Trump started the new year by suspending billions of dollars of security aid to Pakistan, one theory was that it would …

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پاکستان میں مذہبی آزادیوں کی صورت حال غیر تسلی بخش ہے۔ امریکی محکمہ خارجہ

واشنگٹن — امریکہ کے محکمہ خارجہ نے دنیا بھر میں مذہبی آزادیوں سے متعلق وزیر خارجہ کا بیان جاری کیا ہے جس میں انہوں نے ان ملکوں کا ذکر کیا ہے جنہیں مذہبی آزادیوں کی غیر تسلی بخش صورت حال رکھنے والی فہرست میں شامل کیا گیا ہے۔ اس فہرست …

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Pakistan’s collapsing economy and its impact on Baloch and Sindhi national struggles

Qambar Malik Baloch The collapsing Pakistani economy is not only worrying for its patrons and lenders but the national minorities like the Baloch and Sindhis are increasingly expressing their concerns about its political and social implications on these two nations. Pakistan: the changing allies?  As a client state, historically, since …

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Money, honour, hope – Why Donald Trump’s US & Imran Khan’s Pakistan are having an open spat

HUSAIN HAQQANI New Twitter spat between Donald Trump and Imran Khan is actually an old argument. The exchange of tough messages over the last few days on Twitter between American president Donald Trump and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan created news but was nothing new. Trump accused Pakistan of not …

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Chabahar: Why US shielded India’s interests

SANJAY KAPOOR It perfectly suits the US that India rather than China is developing the Iranian port. Hence, the sanctions waiver for Chabahar Two days before the crucial talks took place in Moscow to find ways to end the unending civil war in Afghanistan, the US government announced a waiver …

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Afghanistan peace conference kicks off in Moscow

The conference marks Russia’s attempt to get the Afghan authorities and the Taliban together at negotiating table. Russia is hosting peace talks in Moscow to end the war in Afghanistan, drawing delegates from the West-backed Kabul government and a group representing the Taliban, as well as representatives from a dozen nations, including …

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Iran’s Chabahar Port Scores an India- and Afghanistan-Inspired Sanctions Exemption

Given the port’s importance to India and Afghanistan, the U.S. has reportedly carved out a sanctions exception for Chabahar. By: Catherine Putz Speaking on background Tuesday, a U.S. State Department spokesperson said that Secretary Mike Pompeo had approved carving an exception from sanctions for Iran’s Chabahar port. According to The …

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