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[9 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in the News, Aug 9, 2017
Islamabad: Pakistan can avoid ‘rupture’ in relations with the United States by helping it stabilise Afghanistan.
Dr. Moeed Yusuf, Associate Vice President of the Asia Centre at the US Institute of Peace (USIP) Washington, expressed this viewpoint while speaking on ‘Trump Administration’s prospective policy towards Pakistan’ here at the Centre for International Strategic Studies (CISS).
Dr. Yusuf proposed that Pakistan should act against Haqqani Network and Taliban in a verifiable manner. He gave an overview of the ongoing reassessment of US policy on Afghanistan by Trump …

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[22 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

PTI report in The Indian Express online July 21, 2017 at 1.11pm
Washington : Pakistan created terror groups such as the Taliban, the Haqqani network and the Lashkar-e-Taiba to keep India “off balance” and protect Islamabad’s interests in war-torn Afghanistan, according to former US diplomats and officials. William Milam, a former US ambassador to Pakistan, and Philip Reiner, a former senior director for South Asia at the National Security Council during the Obama administration, said Pakistan’s notorious spy agency, the ISI, continues to protect and assist these groups, according to The …

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[22 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

AFP report in Dawn, July 21, 2017
The US Defense Department withheld $50 million in Pakistan military payments after Pentagon chief Jim Mattis accused Islamabad of not doing enough to counter the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network, an official said Friday.
“Secretary Mattis told congressional defense committees that he was not able to certify that Pakistan took sufficient actions against the Haqqani network to permit full reimbursement of the fiscal year 2016 Coalition Support Funds,” Pentagon Spokesman Adam Stump said.
The United States had allotted $900m in military aid to Pakistan through the special fund. …

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[5 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

AFP report in Dawn, July 5th, 2017
KABUL: The United States is counting on Pakistan’s support to eliminate militancy, in particular the Haqqani network, Senator John McCain said during a visit to the Afghan capital on Tuesday.
“We have made it very clear that we expect they (Pakistan) will cooperate with us, particularly against the Haqqani network and against terrorist organisations,” said McCain, chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee, in Kabul.
“If they don’t change their behaviour, maybe we should change our behaviour towards Pakistan as a nation,” he insisted.
The senator’s …

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[5 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Anwar Iqbal in Dawn, June 5th, 2017
WASHINGTON: A US businessman has pleaded guilty to exporting products without a licence to atomic and space agencies in Pakistan, violating US federal laws. Imran Khan, 43, faces up to 20 years in prison.
US Attorney for the District of Connecticut Deirdre Daly said that Khan, a resident of North Haven, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty on Saturday in a Hartford federal court to violating US export law.
Court documents and statements show that from 2012 to December 2016, Khan and others …

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[2 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Iftikhar A. Khan in Dawn, June 2nd, 2017
ISLAMABAD: Conceding that the recent US-Arab-Islamic summit in Riyadh widened the sectarian divide in the world, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz observed on Thursday that Pakistan would have to tread carefully in pursuing efforts for greater unity.
While addressing the Senate on a calling attention notice concerning the mandate of the 41-nation military alliance, Mr Aziz ruled out the possibility of an attack on Iran by the coalition. He said the Saudi foreign minister had clarified that the …

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[7 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

The writer is an author and journalist.
The gathering in Moscow last week — the third in the series of consultations between Russia, China and Pakistan — underlines growing concern about the spillover effect of the Afghan crisis in the region. The initiative is the latest example of Russian assertion of its diplomatic power amidst growing frustration over the American failure to deliver peace in Afghanistan.
An underlying cause of anxiety is the growing threat of the militant Islamic State group spreading its tentacles in the war-torn country. But it is still …

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[7 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

It was always clear that border control along the Durrand line would be a difficult feat. The historically fluid state of affairs along Pakistan’s western borders would naturally resist any attempts to formalise border crossings. Of course, the main reason behind this is common ethnolinguistic populations on both sides of the border. Tribal bonds that cut across borders are not at all easy to circumscribe within geographical bounds of the nation state. Moreover, the transnational economy — rarely formal — that had entrenched itself because of fluid borders even further …

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[7 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

With just over two weeks left till his inauguration, the US President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has been sending mixed signals around the world on different local as well as foreign policy matters. Only a few weeks after the conversation between President-elect Trump and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, where Trump had termed Pakistan as ‘a great’ country and had vowed to work together, a member of his transition, Shalabh Kumar, has said that the incoming President was not going to tolerate a dual role from India’s neighbour. The veiled reference …

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[7 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

WASHINGTON: The United States has noted Afghanistan’s absence from the three-nation Afghan peace talks held in Moscow last week but hoped the meeting would lead to peace.
Pakistan, China and Russia held the three-ways talks in Moscow but failed to invite Afghanistan, earning a strong protest from Kabul.
At a news briefing in Washington on Tuesday afternoon, State Department spokesman John Kirby said the United States recognised Afghanistan’s right to hold all negotiations with other nations on issues that concerned the country and its people.
The US support to the Afghan government remained …