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[30 Mar 2016 | No Comment | ]

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Whether we like it or not, peace with Pakistan is possible. But peace with The Taliban is not. There are many reasons why, I will examine a few. This will be under the assumption that Nation States are still the most powerful and influential actors in the world. The world has not entered the era of which Nation States have conceded to non-state actors, it is actually the opposite. Nation states are the driving force of many non-state actors to subordinate other nation states. …

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[30 Mar 2016 | No Comment | ]

A spokesman for the High Peace Council on Tuesday said funding for 2,400 HPC projects has been embezzled and that key members of the council are being paid by foreign embassies.
While appearing on a TOLOnews current affairs show, Tawde Khabare, Mawlavi Shahzada Shahid, spokesman for the HPC, let slip that prominent members of the HPC’s secretariat were working for foreign embassies.
“President [Ashraf] Ghani and [Chief Executive Officer] Abdullah Abdullah should know this. A person, who was working in the High Peace Council and is now working at the Ministry of …

Afghan Scene »

[30 Mar 2016 | No Comment | ]

iDeputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai has said the Afghan government believes Pakistan has not fulfilled commitments Islamabad pledged for the revival of direct peace talks with the Taliban group.
He was speaking during a summit organized in capital Kabul which focused on regional cooperation for peace and stability.
Karzai further added that the Afghan government was supposed to participate in direct peace talks with the Taliban group based on an a decision taken during the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) meeting.
He said the Afghan government was optimistic regarding the proposed peace talks …

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[30 Mar 2016 | No Comment | ]

WASHINGTON: Pakistan is re-evaluating the purchase of eight F-16 fighter jets from the US following a hold on the financing put by US congressmen.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a highly placed official familiar with the ongoing proceedings told The News that the need and preference to buy the jets remain but the deal could only be acceptable if it meets the desired criteria.
The deliberations are caused due to a delay in the offer letter from the US and growing speculations that a hold put by the American lawmakers on …

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[30 Mar 2016 | No Comment | ]

WASHINGTON: A nuclear-armed Pakistan is a “very, very vital problem”, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump
has said and asserted that the country needs to “get a hold of” its situation.
“Pakistan is a very, very vital problem and really vital country for us because they have a thing called nuclear weapons. They have to get a
hold of their situation,” Trump told CNN during a town hall in Wisconsin, where the Republican presidential primary is scheduled for April 5.
“When I see that and when I see it put in a park because it …

India Pak Ties »

[30 Mar 2016 | No Comment | ]

The arrival of a five-member Pakistani Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in India to formally probe the Pathankot air force base attack has stirred up controversy. Earlier, the Indian government had accepted Pakistan’s proposal to jointly investigate the January 2 attack on the Pathankot airbase. The Bharatya Janata Party (BJP)-led government’s move has sparked criticism from mainstream opposition parties in India including the India National Congress (INC) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), whose leaders have termed the decision to allow a JIT from Pakistan to visit India unacceptable accusing that the …

India Pak Ties »

[30 Mar 2016 | No Comment | ]

It’s not often that Congress in opposition in India accuses a sitting BJP government of “surrendering to Pakistan” while Delhi defends Islamabad for making “serious efforts towards investigating”. Yet that is precisely why scenes in and outside the Pathankot air base yesterday were indicative of the will on both sides to see this episode through. Problems, meanwhile, continue to mount. The way popular reaction, especially mainstream media, on both sides was so against this cooperation since the beginning, Pakistan’s SIT visiting Pathankot is a small victory in itself.
However, as far …

India Pak Ties »

[30 Mar 2016 | No Comment | ]

The joint press conference held by ISPR Director General Asim Bajwa and Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid was unprecedented in more ways than one. We had the two main spokespersons of the military and civilian setup acting in concert against a perceived external threat and, for once, bringing the public into confidence about an intelligence matter. In playing the six-minute video of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav confessing to working for RAW to destabilise Balochistan and Karachi, Bajwa and Rashid wanted to show that Pakistan’s claims of India fuelling the separatist …

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[30 Mar 2016 | No Comment | ]

BEIJING – A series of extraordinary outbursts of public criticism of Chinese President Xi Jinping in recent weeks has raised the question of whether his crackdown on dissent is backfiring.
The sniping has come from the highest levels of the business community and the media but also, most tellingly, from within the Communist Party itself.
At its core is a growing unhappiness with Xi’s attempts to centralize power and crush dissent, both within the party and outside.
No one is predicting that China’s president is about to be toppled or even that he …

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[30 Mar 2016 | No Comment | ]

Beijing: A Chinese newspaper editor said he is resigning in protest of tighter controls in the media, according to a posting on his social media account, a rare rebuke to China’s Communist leaders.
The move comes amid increasingly louder calls from Beijing for the country’s media to toe the party line.
Only last month President Xi Jinping visited the leading state media organisations where he called on them to “be surnamed party”, which means that above all, they must answer to the party.
Yu Shaolei, the editor of Southern Metropolis Daily newspaper, posted …