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Altaf Hussain meets Khan of Kalat, US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher in

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain on Thursday met with United States (US) Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and self-exiled Baloch leader, the Khan of Kalat Mir Suleman Dawood Jan, at the MQM’s London Secretariat, according to a press release issued through the party’s website. The Khan of Kalat joined the latter half of the meeting, which included lunch and lasted …

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Musharraf’s N-technology disclosure embarrassed Pakistan: Foreign OfficeIftikhar A. Khan (Dawn Newspaper) Aug 12, 2017


ISLAMABAD: The disclosure made by retired General Pervez Musharraf in his 2006 autobiography that Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan transferred sensitive nucl¬ear material to North Korea had come as a big embarrassment to the country, an official of the Foreign Office said on Friday at a meeting of the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee. The disclosure had forced the Foreign Office on …

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Trump seen hardening line toward Pakistan after Afghan war reviewBy Reuters

WASHINGTON, June 20: President Donald Trump’s administration appears ready to harden its approach toward Pakistan to crack down on home-based militants launching attacks in neighbouring Afghanistan, US officials tell Reuters. Potential Trump administration responses being discussed include expanding US drone strikes, redirecting or withholding some aid to Pakistan and perhaps eventually downgrading Pakistan’s status as a major non-NATO ally, the …

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Understanding the China-Pakistan Economic CorridorZamir Ahmed Awan The Express Tribune June 17, 2017


As Chinese philosophy decisively asserts, “you cannot live in a castle made of glass while your neighbour lives in the stone ages”. This maxim offers a stark contrast to the case of the United States, a highly developed state that faces tremendous migration problems from its neighbours Mexico and Puerto Rico due to the existence of a glaring development gap …

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On his 71st birthday, Trump expected a quiet morning and woke up to a shootingTribune Washington Bureau Brian Bennett

WASHINGTON, June 14 — It was supposed to be a quiet morning at the White House as President Donald Trump marked his 71st birthday, with nothing on his public schedule until the late afternoon. But that was shattered by early reports that a shooter had opened fire on Republican lawmakers and staff at a baseball practice across the Potomac River …

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Pakistan faces a diplomatic conundrum over the Gulf crisis (DW) The Saudi-Qatari standoff poses a great diplomatic challenge to Pakistani authorities as they enjoy close economic and geopolitical ties with both Riyadh and Doha. Can Pakistan afford to remain neutral in the conflict?


The Saudi-Qatari standoff poses a great diplomatic challenge to Pakistani authorities as they enjoy close economic and geopolitical ties with both Riyadh and Doha. Can Pakistan afford to remain neutral in the conflict? Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif embarked Monday on a one-day visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia along with the country’s army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa and …

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Trump accuses Iran of fuelling ‘fires of sectarian conflict and terror’AFP May 21, 2017


US President Donald Trump on Sunday urged Islamic leaders to take a stand against violence done in the name of religion, describing the struggle against extremism as a “battle between good and evil”. In a highly anticipated speech in Saudi Arabia, Trump lashed out at Iran, accusing Tehran of fuelling “the fires of sectarian conflict and terror” and calling for …

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Nawaz Sharif set to attend ‘Arab Nato’ summit in RiyadhAnwar Iqbal | Baqir Sajjad Syed (Dawn Newspaper)

ISLAMABAD/WASH¬INGTON: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will travel to Riyadh on Sunday to attend the first-ever Arab-Islamic-American Summit being held to develop a security partnership against a growing threat of violent extremism. Mr Sharif is among the 54 leaders who would join US President Donald Trump for the summit being held on Sunday. On Friday, President Trump left Washington for Riyadh …

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Comey infuriated Trump with refusal to preview Senate testimony: aidesReuters (May 10, 2017)

WASHINGTON, DC: The anger behind Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday had been building for months, but a turning point came when Comey refused to preview for top Trump aides his planned testimony to a Senate panel, White House officials said. Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had wanted a heads-up …

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Sleepy Pakistani Village Rises as China’s Gateway to Middle East By Nafisa Hoodbhoy April 19, 2017 (Published in VOA English News, Editors Picks)


GWADAR, PAKISTAN — Over the last six months, the skyline over the sleepy fishing city of Gwadar has been transformed by machines that dredge the Arabian Sea and cranes that set up shipping berths in what is projected to become Pakistan’s biggest international port. Infrastructure developments have enabled the hammer-shaped Gwadar peninsula to emerge as the centerpiece of China’s determined …

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US says ‘mother of all bombs’ hits ISIL in Afghanistan Central Command says largest US non-nuclear bomb used in combat dropped on ISIL caves and bunkers in Afghanistan.Al Jazeera April 13, 2017


The US has dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb, the largest non-nuclear bomb it has ever used in combat, in eastern Afghanistan on a series of caves used by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, the military said. The bomb was dropped on Thursday from a MC-130 aircraft in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, close to …

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After Xi Leaves U.S., Chinese Media Assail Strike on SyriaBy JANE PERLEZ APRIL 8, 2017 The New York Times

Trump and Xi

BEIJING — With President Xi Jinping safely out of the United States and no longer President Trump’s guest, China’s state-run media on Saturday was free to denounce the missile strike on Syria, which the American president told Mr. Xi about while they were finishing dinner. Xinhua, the state news agency, on Saturday called the strike the act of a weakened …

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Dozens of U.S. Missiles Hit Air Base in SyriaBy MICHAEL R. GORDON, HELENE COOPER and MICHAEL D. SHEAR (APRIL 6, 2017) The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump said Thursday night that the United States had carried out a missile strike in Syria in response to the Syrian government’s chemical weapons attack this week, which killed more than 80 civilians. “Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the air base in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched,” Mr. Trump said in …

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Russian military delegation visits North, South


A Russian military delegation, accompanied by senior officers of the Pakistan Army, visited Miran Shah in North Waziristan Agency and Wanna in South Waziristan Agency, said a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The delegation of the Russian army, the first ever to visit the conflict-stricken areas, was led by Deputy Chief of General Staff Colonel General Israkov Sergi …

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The Art of a Deal With the TalibanBy RICHARD G. OLSON (The New York Times)

Afghan security official

WASHINGTON, March 29 — This year, America’s war in Afghanistan will pass a grim milestone as it surpasses the Civil War in duration, as measured against the final withdrawal of Union forces from the South. Only the conflict in Vietnam lasted longer. United States troops have been in Afghanistan since October 2001 as part of a force that peaked at …

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Laptop ban hits Dubai for 1.1 million weekend travelersAgence France-Presse

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DUBAI, March 25: Dubai International Airport and its flag carrier Emirates began implementing a ban on laptops and tablets on direct flights to the US Saturday, on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. 1.1 million people are expected to pass through the busiest international airport as the city marks UAE spring break, Dubai Airports’ senior vice president …

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US Investigating Mosul Strikes Said to Have Killed Up to 200 CiviliansBy TIM ARANGO and HELENE COOPER (The New York Times)

Baghdad, March 24: The American-led military coalition in Iraq said Friday that it was investigating reports that scores of civilians — perhaps as many as 200, residents said — had been killed in recent American airstrikes in Mosul, the northern Iraqi city at the center of an offensive to drive out the Islamic State. If confirmed, the series of airstrikes …

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Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Latest Travel Ban NationwideBy ALEXANDER BURNS MARCH 15, 2017 The New York TImes

Hawai attorney general

A federal judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide order Wednesday evening blocking President Trump’s ban on travel from parts of the Muslim world, dealing a stinging blow to the White House and signaling that Mr. Trump will have to account in court for his heated rhetoric about Islam. The ruling was the second major setback for Mr. Trump in his …

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Yes, the Russian ambassador met Trump’s team. So? That’s what we diplomats do.By Hussain Haqqani The Washington Post


At the center of many allegations swirling around the Trump administration’s relationship with Moscow is one man: Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador. As U.S. intelligence agencies contend that his country attempted, through hacking and other efforts, to influence November’s election, Kislyak’s discussions with Trump campaign associates — including former national security adviser Michael Flynn (who resigned for not disclosing them) …

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Rumblings of a ‘Deep State’ Undermining Trump? It Was Once a Foreign ConceptBy JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS MARCH 6, 2017 (The New York Times)

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s allegations that former President Barack Obama tapped his phone and his assertions that the bureaucracy is leaking secrets to discredit him are the latest signs of a White House preoccupation with a “deep state” working to thwart the Trump presidency. The concept of a “deep state” — a shadowy network of agency or military officials who …

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