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[30 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]

Surprise, honor and pressure were what Ke Jinhua felt when she was informed in May of being recruited by the Counselors’ Office of the State Council (COSC), a top think tank that can directly conduct political consultations for the central government.
“I felt pressed as I had no idea how the office specifically works and I was uncertain if I could fulfill the commitment,” Ke, 65, a chief editor with the Social Sciences in China Press, told the Global Times on Monday at her office in Beijing.
“But the choice says that …

China, Featured, Headline »

[30 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]

Something funny is going on in Sunzhuang village. Located in Shangcai county, Central China’s Henan Province, the village recently became eligible for poverty alleviation funds from the county to help build up its infrastructure.
But residents are far from poor, and visibly so. “They have cars and have built nice houses, and every family has around 10 million yuan ($1.5 million) in cash,” a local taxi driver told The Beijing News.
What is not so obvious is that the village is a den for con artists. According to data from the Public …

China, Featured, Headline »

[30 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]

The coordinator for US sanctions policy indicated on Wednesday that more Chinese firms were under US investigation for suspected breaches of sanctions on North Korea and Chinese banks and firms should understand that dealing with North Korea was “risky.”
Asked at a congressional hearing if other Chinese firms were under investigation after the United States imposed sanctions on a Chinese industrial machinery wholesale firm on Monday, Daniel Fried, coordinator for sanctions policy at the U.S. State Department, said he “wouldn’t argue” with the suggestion.
China said on Tuesday it was opposed to …

SAUDI-IRAN STAND OFF »

[30 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]

The author is the former High Commissioner of Pakistan and a veteran journalist.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had a comfortable meeting with the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the side lines of the UNGA. They talked about further promotion of economic co-operation between the two countries including the progress on Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline and electricity import from Iran and bilateral trade relations. Iranian president also showed keen interest in CPEC.
One must give credit to former president Asif Ali Zardari’s far sightedness for reaching an agreement for gas pipeline with Iran despite …

SAUDI-IRAN STAND OFF »

[30 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]

QUETTA: Iran’s border guards fired three mortal shells into Pakistani territory in the early hours of Wednesday.
A provincial government official told reporters on the condition of anonymity that the mortar shells fired by Iranian border guards landed in the district of Panjgoor.
The official added that two of the shells landed near Frontier Corps check post, with the third landing at Killi Karim Dad.
No property or human loss was reported in the shelling.
Locals panicked as a result of the attack, and Frontier Corps personnel reached the site to initiate investigations.
Security forces …

PAK US AFGHAN TIES »

[30 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]

The quadrant of land bounded by Kabul, Peshawar, Quetta and Kandahar would, at first glance, seem to be an unlikely piece of real estate for international competition. The quadrilateral – populated primarily by the Pakhtuns and split between Afghanistan and Pakistan – remains marginal to the world economy and possesses insignificant energy resources. The drama over Pakhtun self-determination never captured world attention to the same degree as the self-determination of the Palestinians or the cause of Kurdish independence has. And since the end of the Cold War, prospects of Russia …

PAK US AFGHAN TIES »

[30 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]

The writer heads the independent Centre for Research and Security Studies, Islamabad
Abandoning a project in which the United States and its partners have invested 15 years, billions upon billions of dollars, and thousands of lives with no acceptable outcome in sight is harrowing. Although the United States’ engagement in Afghanistan has not resulted in many of the outcomes it might have preferred, the real failure would be maintaining the current course knowing that doing so is likely to only prolong ultimate defeat — This excerpt from a recent Foreign Affairs …

PAK US AFGHAN TIES »

[30 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar – best known as part of the US war against the Soviets who intervened in Afghanistan in 1979, and later for the havoc he caused in Kabul between 1992 and 1996 as the civil war began – is back in the limelight after a long period in obscurity. Hekmatyar and his Hizb-e-Islami had appeared to fade away into the sunset with the change in the situation in Afghanistan. Initially a hero, he had later been cast as a villain for his brutality and the fact that thousands of …

Afghan Scene »

[30 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]

A splinter group of the Taliban led by Mullah Rasool welcomed the signing of a draft peace agreement between the Afghan government and Hezb-e-Islami led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.
Sources close to Hezb-e-Islami have said Mullah Rasool has endorsed the party’s stance and signing of the draft peace agreement with the Afghan government.
The sources further added that the endorsement by Mullah Rasool faction of the Taliban is based on the stance of Hezb-e-Islami to work for the withdrawal of the foreign forces from the country.
The Mullah Rasool has also called on other …

Afghan Scene »

[30 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]

The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan has claimed to capture a surveillance drone in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.
The group’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the drone was downed in Merano village of Behsud district of Nangarhar province.
He claimed that the drone which seems to be of ScanEagle type belongs to the US forces in Afghanistan but the Afghan army also uses the same drone for the surveillance operations.
The Afghan forces received several ScanEagle drones under a contract from the US government worth $70 million.
The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced …