[6 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]
Trump may pick Xi Jinping’s long-time friend as US ambassador to China Report in South China Morning Post, Dec 4, 2016

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, a long-time friend of Chinese President Xi Jinping, is the frontrunner for the crucial post of US ambassador to China.
A decision may follow meetings between Branstad and members of president-elect Donald Trump’s transition team in New York in the coming week, said three people with knowledge of the matter.
The potential move to name Branstad comes at a time of heightened tensions with China after Trump abandoned almost four decades of diplomatic protocol on Friday by speaking directly with the leader of Taiwan, which Beijing considers a …

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[8 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: Senate Chair­man Mian Raza Rabbani on Tuesday advised the government to wait till finalisation of the recommendations of the house about reforms in the Federally Adminis­tered Tribal Areas (Fata) before taking any practical step in this regard.
He made the observation during a meeting of the Committee of the Whole House when Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, while speaking as head of the government committee on Fata reforms, said he would include the speeches of the senators on the issue in his report, which he …

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[8 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

CHARSADDA: The local JUI-F leaders on Tuesday said all Fata reforms except the proposed tribal region’s merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were acceptable to them.
They also said the reports of the Sartaj Aziz committee and KP governor on Fata reforms were ‘intolerable’. These views were expressed by JUI-F Fata chief Maulana Mufti Abdul Shakoor, general secretary Mufti Mohammad Ijaz and other leaders during the party workers’ convention at Darul Uloom Islamiya here.
The speakers said the future of Fata should be decided in line with the aspirations of local residents and that …

PAK SCENE – TERRORISM »

[8 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

LAHORE: A day after Premier Nawaz Sharif posthumously acknowledged the contribution of the first Pakistani Nobel laureate physicist, Dr Abdul Salam, who was an Ahmadi by faith, Punjab’s Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) raided the community’s headquarters in Rabwa and detained four of its members.
Jamaat Ahmadiyya Pakistan’s spokesperson Saleemuddin said the officials, who arrived in three vans, made their forceful entry into the offices of the Jamaat at Rabwa in Chiniot district by beating a guard on duty.
They took into custody four of their members affiliated with their magazines – Alfazal …

Afghan Scene »

[8 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

A coordinated attack by the Taliban militants was repulsed by the Afghan security forces in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan.
Local officials said the attack was launched by scores of Taliban insurgents on Arghistan district which was repulsed after several hours of intense gun battle.
Provincial governor’s spokesman Samim Khpolwak confirmed the attack and said the Taliban insurgents suffered heavy casualties in the clash.
He said the Taliban militants suffered heavy casualties during the clash but did not provide further information regarding the exact number.
According to Khpolwak, an Afghan policeman also lost his …

Afghan Scene »

[8 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

The former Afghan intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), chief Rahmatullah endorsed President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s stance against Pakistan in the Heart of Asia conference.
“I support Afg gov recent position against Pak. A.Ghani rejection of Paki’s doubl-face policy is a positive step, n not tolerable,” Nabil said in a Twitter post.
Nabil has long been criticizing Pakistan for supporting the Afghan insurgency and released several confidential documents by obtained by Afghan intelligence to prove the country’s role in the ongoing violence in the country.
“Despite our intense engagement with Pakistan on bilateral …