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[31 Oct 2016 | No Comment | ]

The Taliban-led insurgency incurred a loss of almost 1 billion Afghanis on monthly basis as the group increased attacks across the country in the past two months, officials in ARG Presidential Palace said Saturday.
President Ghani’s Deputy spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazvi told reportes today that the group incurred a total loss of 2,149,000,000 loss by targeting the government and public compounds.
He said the Taliban has left a legacy of murders, executions and violence during the past 20 years which includes their rein in mid-90s and insurgency after their regime was toppled …

Afghan Scene »

[31 Oct 2016 | No Comment | ]

At least 25 insurgents were killed in an airstrike conducted in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Sunday.
According to MoD, the airstrike was carried out in Sherzad district of Nangarhar, targeting a group of the Taliban insurgents.
The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the report so far.
Nangarhar is among the relatively peaceful provinces in eastern Afghanistan but the anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents and loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group are actively operating in a …

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[31 Oct 2016 | No Comment | ]

As Iraqi forces tighten the noose around Islamic State’s last bastion in the country, it’s tempting to hope that actions to wipe out its self-declared caliphate – one that has been characterised by rape, torture and summary beheadings – could deal the group a fatal blow.
Yet even those involved in the offensive on Mosul – described as the biggest battle in Iraq since the 2003 US invasion – acknowledge that rather than being a key step towards the total defeat of IS, it may instead lead to a shift in …

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[31 Oct 2016 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a former Pakistan ambassador to the UN.
OVER the past decade, a hostile consensus has emerged in Washington against Pakistan. The main reasons for this adverse evolution are: growing Islamophobia after 9/11; visceral opposition to a Muslim nuclear weapon state; the divergence on Afghanistan; and, most importantly, Pakistan’s strategic relationship with China.
This hostile trend was first signalled by the 2006 ‘de-hyphenation’ of US relations with India and Pakistan; exacerbated by the ‘blame game’ for US failure in Afghanistan; confirmed by the 2011 US military interventions against Pakistan; and …

China, Featured, Headline »

[31 Oct 2016 | No Comment | ]

A close ally of President Xi Jinping is tipped to be the new mayor of Beijing, according to several independent sources.
Cai Qi, the deputy director of the Central National Security Commission (CNSC), which was created and chaired by Xi, would replace current Mayor Wang Anshun, who is rumoured to be moving to the Development Research Centre of the State Council, sources told the Sunday Morning Post.
The appointment of Cai, 61, could be the start of a new round of personnel changes after the Communist Party’s sixth plenum meeting, which wrapped …

India Pak Ties »

[31 Oct 2016 | No Comment | ]

The new mantra that seems to be doing the rounds in Islamabad these days is Pakistan’s defence against all kinds of dangers. This is why forces of all hues have threatened to descend on the capital. Imran Khan, Tahirul Qadri, perhaps the Lal Masjid crew and Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) are all on their heels to secure the country from the throes of ‘corruption’ and ‘injustice’.
The DPC threatens India against its occupation of the Kashmir valley and, in the process, aims to defend the country against any external threat. Although the …

India Pak Ties »

[31 Oct 2016 | No Comment | ]

The axe over the Dawn story about civil-military relations has finally fallen, and has resulted in the sacking of the Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed.
The official accounts state that, “Evidence available so far points to a lapse on part of the information minister, who has been directed to step down from the office to enable holding of an independent and detailed inquiry.”
The statement is very telling; it indicates that an inquiry is not yet complete, which means that unfortunately, this a classic case of finding a scapegoat to satisfy the …

India Pak Ties »

[31 Oct 2016 | No Comment | ]

As tensions between India and Pakistan continue to climb higher, multiple fronts have been opened up. Since October 27, there have been several cross-border firing incidents, with claims and counter-claims pouring in. India’s assertion that it killed 15 Rangers personnel in firing on Thursday         after its BSF forces came under attack from across the border has been firmly denied by the ISPR. Pakistan says six civilians, including two women have been killed in the Shakargarh and Nikial sector as a result of unprovoked firing by Indian troops and that the …

India Pak Ties »

[31 Oct 2016 | No Comment | ]

Islamabad: In an apparent bid by the federal government to help resolve the issue of a planted story published in a national daily, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday directed Senator Pervez Rashid to step down as minister for information and broadcasting.
“The planted story related to the National Security Committee (NSC) and National Action Plan (NAP) meetings published in Dawn on October 6 was a breach of national security. Evidence available so far points to a lapse on the part of the information minister who has been directed to step …

India Pak Ties »

[31 Oct 2016 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: Buckling under relentless pressure, the government on Saturday sent its information minister packing after preliminary investigations established a ‘lapse’ on his part vis-à-vis a ‘planted news story’ about a top level huddle on national security.
Tellingly, Senator Pervaiz Rashid’s sacking came barely 48 hours after an unusual meeting of senior government functionaries with army chief General Raheel Sharif at the Army House.
The government refuted the story published in English-language daily Dawn on October 6 as ‘false and fabricated’ not once, not twice but thrice. The repeated denials, however, failed to …