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[23 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD – The foreign ministry has proposed setting up of a new force for manning the porous Pak-Afghan border to check illegal crossing of people and goods, and introduction of visa system for Afghan travellers.
The country, which has been facing the problem of terrorism for long, is already fencing the border and adopting other measures to check militant infiltration.
The draft, submitted to the interior ministry, has been prepared with input from Adviser to PM on National Security and Foreign Affairs Lt-Gen (r) Nasser Khan Janjua – who in fact is …

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[4 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

Reuters report in The News, Oct 4, 2017
WASHINGTON: In a Senate hearing on Tuesday, the top US military officer said he believed Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) directorate, had ties to militant groups.
“It is clear to me that the ISI has connections with terrorist groups,” Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), told the Senate Armed Services Committee. The Pakistan Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The United States in 2012 designated the Pakistan-based Haqqani network as a terrorist organization.The …


[1 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Anwar Iqbal in Dawn, September 01, 2017
WASHINGTON: The Trump administration has held back previously promised military aid of $255 million to Pakistan by attaching new conditions which, the State Department says, will allow it to review the level of its cooperation with Islamabad before making new commitments.
“The Department notified Congress on August 30 of our intent to obligate $255 million in FY 2016 Foreign Military Financing for Pakistan. At the same time, the Department is placing a pause on spending those funds and on allocating them to any specific …


[24 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Wajid Ali Syed in The News, Aug 24, 2017
WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on Tuesday that Pakistan’s privileged status as a major non-Nato US ally could be in question if it does not change its course from the past.
“We have some leverage,” Tillerson told reporters, “in terms of aid, their status as a non-Nato alliance partner — all of that can be put on the table.” During a press briefing held at the State Department to expand on Trump’s Afghanistan and South Asia strategy, Tillerson conditioned …

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[23 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Andrew deGrandpre in Washington Post, August 22 at 11:23 AM
(Andrew deGrandpre is a staff writer at The Washington Post. Previously, he spent more than 11 years as an editor and reporter for Military Times).
President Trump delivered a sharp warning to Pakistan on Monday, saying he intends to hold its leaders to account for harboring militant groups responsible for perpetuating instability across the border in Afghanistan.
During a prime-time address to the nation, Trump said the United States would once more accelerate its longest military mission and bring renewed focus to …


[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 …


[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 …


[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. …


[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 …