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[23 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]

KHAAMA PRESS, Oct 23 2015, 9:45 am
The Afghan national security forces have taken full control of Khamab district in northern Jawzjan province around three weeks after the Taliban militants captured the district.
According to the local security officials, the district was fully cleared of the militants presence with the Afghan security forces inflicting casualties to the militants during the operations led by the Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum.
Gen. Dostum arrived in Jawzjan province on Tuesday, a month after concluding a major operation against the Taliban militants in northern parts of …

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[23 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]

report in The News, October 23, 2015
PESHAWAR: The Afghan Taliban have rejected reports that they have made an alliance with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and made it clear that they don’t establish links or make alliances with groups operating outside Afghanistan.
Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid stressed that it wasn’t the policy of the Taliban’s Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to interfere in the affairs of other countries or carry out joint activities with any group outside Afghanistan. “We do not have any alliance with the Pakistani Taliban,” he maintained while talking …

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[23 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a senior political economist based in Islamabad
I had written in these columns (May 29) that the “Annual Plan Coordination Committee meeting on May 26 left no doubt where the priority lies” and that “the eastern route has become a fait accompli”. Now the executing agency of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the National Highway Authority (NHA), has informed the Senate Committee on Communication that the allocation for the western route is Rs20 billion compared to Rs110 billion for the eastern alignment. This allocation pattern confirms that the …

Featured, ISI, Pak Army, Pak Media Report, Terrorism »

[23 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]

The writer is Executive Director of Zcomms in Islamabad.
The rising activities of the self-styled Islamic State (Daesh) are posing a serious threat to the regional security in the Subcontinent. Pakistan’s Army Chief General Raheel Sharif’s recent address in London is an eye-opener.
“Daesh is a bigger threat than Al-Qaeda”, the army chief disclosed in his address at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), adding that some elements in Islamabad wanted to join up with Daesh.
General Raheel’s statement was a veiled acknowledgement of the potential threats Pakistan and the world could face …

China, Headline, India, Pakistan »

[23 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]

By Indrani Bagchi in the Times of India, Oct 23, 2015
NEW DELHI: The arrest of former president of the UN General Assembly, John Ashe, on charges of bribery by the Chinese has vindicated India’s suspicion that key top level officials in the UN system were being paid off to delay or scuttle the Security Council reform process, among other things.
Earlier this month, Ashe, former envoy from Antigua & Barbuda was charged by US attorney Preet Bharara for accepting a bribe of $1.3 million from Chinese businessmen and officials for support …