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[5 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Khursheed Sardar in Pakistan Today, July 5, 2017
The author is a freelance writer
On June 26 the US State Department designated Hizbul Mujahideen and United Jihad Council (UJC) commander Syed Salahuddin, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which “imposes sanctions on foreign persons who have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism.”
The sanctions on Salahuddin, who operates Hizb and UJC from Azad Kashmir, expectedly drew a strong reaction from Islamabad. The Foreign Office called out Washington ‘equating …


[13 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

by MALIK ASAD in Dawn, May 13th, 2017
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday directed the Foreign Office (FO) to make a decision within five days regarding Uzma Ahmed’s application to return to India.
Through her counsel, Uzma filed a petition in the IHC seeking the court’s help in returning to India, exemption from police reporting and security from Islamabad to Wagah.
She has cited the foreign affairs secretary and her alleged husband, Tahir Khan as respondents in the petition.
When the case was taken up, her counsel informed the court …

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[12 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Michael Kugelman in The Express Tribune blogs, May 11, 2017
The author is the South Asia associate at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.
Today, the trend lines for Jammu and Kashmir are quite troubling, to say the least.
Nearly a year after Indian security forces killed Burhan Wani, a young Kashmiri militant with a large following, anger hasn’t abated. Tension has risen in recent days after a video surfaced on social media that appeared to depict Indian security forces using heavy-handed tactics against a civilian. On …

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[12 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

PTI report in The Times of India online,| May 12, 2017, 09.23 AM IST
WASHINGTON: Pakistan-based terrorist groups are planning to attack both India and Afghanistan, a top US spymaster has said.
“Islamabad has failed to curb militants and terrorists in Pakistan,” Daniel Coats, Director of National Intelligence told members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during a Congressional hearing on Worldwide threats.
“These groups will present a sustained threat to the United States’s interest in the region and continue to plan and conduct attacks in India and Afghanistan,” Coats said.
Pakistan, he …


[12 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

LAHORE: Internationally-acclaimed real estate tycoon Hussain Ali Sajwani has been listed as the 527th richest man in the world and the third wealthiest individual in the United Arab Emirates by the bi-weekly American “Forbes” magazine on January 10, 2017.
His net wealth has been estimated to be $3.4 billion by “Forbes,” which had recorded a circulation of 931,558 copies in 2013 and is on the course of completing 100 years of its publication on September 15 this year.
Sajwani’s relationship with American president-elect Donald Trump: According to reports appearing in numerous widely-subscribed …


[4 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

In the absence of a foreign minister, Pakistan failed to revamp ties with most of its immediate neighbours in 2016.
The government’s critics, including the Opposition, even went as far as calling the nation’s foreign policy a failure. This prompted a rejoinder from the Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz who posited that Pakistan had been pursuing a proactive foreign policy to secure its national interest in an evolving geostrategic environment.
Let’s look at how the nation’s ties with its neighbours unfolded over the year:
India: Pakistan-India ties have remained tumultuous …


[2 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

WASHINGTON: The US government has announced sanctions against seven Pakistani entities allegedly associated with the country’s missile programme, says an official notification.
The notification by the US Department of Commerce said that the entities added to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) list “have been determined by the US government to be acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States”.
All seven have been placed on the entity list under the destination of Pakistan. They are identified as:
(1) Ahad International Suite 5-6, 2nd Floor, Empress Tower, Empress …


[19 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

WASHINGTON: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi has concluded his visit to the United States without meeting any senior official of the new Trump administration but he still termed his visit successful in enhancing the understanding between the two countries.
Addressing media persons at the Pakistan Embassy here on Thursday, Fatemi said he held productive meetings with influential Republicans and Democrats but meeting senior Trump administration officials was not appropriate at this time.
“I cannot request meetings with officials who are senior than I at a time …


[13 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday approved appointment of Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry – the incumbent foreign secretary – as Pakistan’s new ambassador to the United States to replace Jalil Abbas Jilani in January, officials said.
Tehmina Janjua, Pakistan Ambassador to the United Nations’ Geneva Mission, is likely to return to Islamabad as the new foreign secretary.
Officials said the government wanted to give  extension to Jilani  after January but he did not opt to take the offer.
“There will be some reshuffle after these appointments and postings. Tehmina Janjua is set to …


[30 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]

WASHINGTON: The United States of America is aware of the tensions at Pak-India border, said State Department Spokesman John Kirby.
During a daily media briefing, John Kirby, while replying to a question about killing of soldiers and civilians on both side of border during the last couple of months said, “We’re certainly aware of them. And in at least one case, investigations are just now beginning. We want to respect that process.”
He said US has talked about the threat of extremism there in the region. It affects everybody on both sides.
The …