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[14 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

Reuters report in the Nation, Sept 13, 2017
Al Qaeda militants have called for support for Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, who are facing a security crackdown that has sent about 400,000 of them fleeing to Bangladesh, warning that Myanmar would face “punishment” for its “crimes”.
The exodus of Muslim refugees from Buddhist-majority Myanmar was sparked by a fierce security force response to a series of Rohingya militant attacks on police and army posts in the country’s west on August 25.
The militant group behind the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States issued …

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[14 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Umair Muhammadzai in the Express Tribune, Sept 14, 2017
PESHAWAR: Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has already lost hundreds of youngsters to the ‘charm’ of the various Taliban groups and factions. Now, it appears the Khorasan franchise of the ultra-extremist group Islamic State (IS) has moved in to tap into this recruitment pool, security officials told Daily Express.
Muhammad is 22. He went to the country’s most prestigious boys’ school – Aitchison College in Lahore. He eventually got a scholarship to study in the United States.
Then, two-and-a-half years into his degree programme, he started showing …

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[12 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Marvi Sirmed in Daily Times, September 12th 2017
ISLAMABAD: The latest issue of Jaish-e-Mohammad’s (JeM) weekly magazine Al-Qalam lashes out at the extremist Buddhist monk who has been labelled as ‘Buddhist bin Laden’ by global media.
“This Buddhist terrorist is called ‘bin Laden of Buddhism’, while he is in fact ‘bin rat’,” says the leading column, which regularly appears in every issue of the Al-Qalam and is reportedly authored by the proscribed organisation’s emir Masood Azhar.
JeM’s tirade against the ultra nationalist monk Ashin Wirathu is because of his instigation of Myanmar’s …

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[4 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Irfan Ghauri in The Express Tribune, Sept 2, 2017
ISLAMABAD: The six men accused of facilitating slain Afghan Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansoor acquire a Pakistani identity have been bailed out, according to the interior ministry records.
Mullah Mansoor, along with another man, was killed when a taxicab he was travelling in was targeted by a remotely-piloted American aircraft near Nushki district in Balochistan in May 2016.
A Pakistani passport and computerised national identity card (CNIC) were found near the charred wreckage of the taxi which identified him as Wali Muhammad. A …

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[28 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Anwar Iqbal in Dawn, July 28th, 2017
WASHINGTON: In a rare display of agreement on the Afghan issue, the United States and Pakistan have both reiterated the need for including the Taliban in the Afghan peace process.
Yet differences over the alleged presence of militant safe havens in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) continue to plague a decades-old relationship between the two countries.
“One of the things that the Secretary [of State] feels very strongly about is trying to get to a place where we can have some sort of a …

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[6 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Anthony H. Cordesman, CSIS, June 5, 2016
(The writer is Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C).
For the moment, the key fight for Afghanistan has shifted to Washington and is centered in the White House. It is a struggle over whether President Trump should grant the request of General John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) and the Resolute Support Mission for 3,000 to 5,000 more troops, more U.S. combat air support of Afghan forces, and possibly more …

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[1 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

by ANWAR IQBAL in Dawn, May 1st, 2017
WASHINGTON: The United States should condition its military aid to Pakistan to force Islamabad to rethink its alleged support to the Afghan insurgency, says a report released by the International Crisis Group (ICG) on Sunday.
The transnational think tank, which provides policy inputs to the World Bank, the United Nations and the European Union, emphasises the need for the international community to get more actively involved in resolving the Afghan conflict.
In a report released simultaneously in Europe and the United States, the group warns …

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[4 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: Former Taliban commander, Mullah Akhtar Mansour acquired Pakistani identity in 2005, Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar said Friday as he verbally scathed previous governments over their alleged failure to regulate distribution of fake identity cards.
“The previous government did nothing for national security but now an apparent improvement could be witnessed after the sitting government took over the affairs of the country,” Nisar told reporters at a press briefing here.
The minister claimed that only 519 Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) were cancelled during the era of previous government and no …

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[30 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

The Taliban group founder and ex-supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar not visited Pakistan over the past 25 years, the insurgent group claimed Wednesday.
The group released a statement to reject a report regarding a meeting between Mullah Omar and a Norwegian diplomat in a luxury hotel in Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan.
“A western newspaper ‘The New York Times’ published a report citing a Norwegian diplomat – Alf Arne Ramslien – who claimed initially talking twice on the phone??? with the late Amir ul Mumineen Mullah Muhammad Omar Mujahid (may Allah …

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[26 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said the so-called Durand Line will never be recognised as official border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Speaking during an event in Kabul, Karzai said the line has remained a controversial issue between the two nations for many years, imposed by outsiders.
Karzai further that Afghanistan’s reluctance to recognise as formal line will never mean enmity with Pakistan, insisting that the residents located along the line should decide regarding it and not the nations.
This is not the first time the former Afghan President has spoken against …