`India is Mother of Terrorism in South Asia’: Pakistan Responds to Swaraj’s UN SpeechHindustan Times Sept 24, 2017

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India is the mother of terrorism in South Asia and “a racist and fascist ideology is firmly embedded” in the Modi government, Pakistan has said in response to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj’s speech at UN. India sponsored and aided terrorism against all its neighbours, reports in the Pakistani media quoted its permanent representative to UN, Maleeha Lodhi, as saying. …

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Pakistan, US agree to remain engaged as Abbasi meets vice president Mike PenceAPP/Dawn (Sept 20, 2017)

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Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi met US Vice President Mike Pence on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, with the two sides resolving to remain engaged and carry forward the relationship that has been on a downward trajectory since announcement of the US policy for Afghanistan and South Asia. Abbasi’s meeting with VP Pence is the …

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Pakistan ruling party wins key by-election in Lahore Former Pakistani prime minister’s wife Kulsoom secures vacated seat in poll seen as political barometer.By Asad Hashim Al Jazeera (Sept 17, 2017)

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Lahore, Pakistan – Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom has won a hotly contested by-election seen as the ruling PML-N party’s first key political challenge following the ex-premier’s recent dismissal. Kulsoom, 66, comfortably defeated the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Yasmin Rashid in the by-poll in the eastern city of Lahore, considered the Sharifs’ political heartland, on Sunday, …

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Digging In for Next Decade, U.S. Expands Kabul Security ZoneBy ROD NORDLAND (SEPT. 16, 2017) The New York Times

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KABUL, Afghanistan — Soon, American Embassy employees in Kabul will no longer need to take a Chinook helicopter ride to cross the street to a military base less than 100 yards outside the present Green Zone security district. Instead, the boundaries of the Green Zone will be redrawn to include that base, known as the Kabul City Compound, formerly the …

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A disaster in the making’: Pakistan’s population surges to 207.7 millionBy Pamela Constable The Washington Post

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RAWALPINDI, Pakistan — For years, Pakistan’s soaring population growth has been evident in increasingly crowded schools, clinics and poor communities across this vast, Muslim-majority nation. But until two weeks ago, no one knew just how serious the problem was. Now they do. Preliminary results from a new national census — the first conducted since 1998 — show that the population …

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Trump’s plan prompts ‘paradigm shift’ in foreign policyKamran Yusuf (The Express Tribune)

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ISLAMABAD, Sept 8: Pakistan on Thursday hinted at bringing a ‘paradigm shift’ in its foreign policy in view of the fast-changing situation on regional and international fronts, particularly after the new US strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, while speaking at a news conference, said the change was necessitated by recent developments “which are perhaps the …

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Donald Trump’s New Policy About Afghanistan, Pakistan & South AsiaBEHIND THE NEWS - Interview with Nafisa Hoodbhoy (Aug 22, 2017)

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What are the processes that have led the US Republican president, Donald Trump to enunciate a much tougher policy toward Pakistan? In this interview with Sindh TV, US based journalist Nafisa Hoodbhoy reveals why after 16 years of involvement in Afghanistan, the US administration has decided to enunciate an Afghan policy that includes both Pakistan and India. It explores how …

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U.S. Gives Military Assistance to Pakistan, With Strings AttachedGardiner Harris The New York Times (Aug 30, 2017)

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration notified Congress on Wednesday that it was putting $255 million in military assistance to Pakistan into the equivalent of an escrow account that Islamabad can only access if it does more to crack down on internal terror networks launching attacks on neighboring Afghanistan. The dueling messages sent to Pakistan — promising aid but attaching strings …

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The Empire Stopper By ROD NORDLAND AUG. 29, 2017 (nytimes.com)Foreign powers have tried to control Afghanistan for three centuries. It has not gone well for them. Now the U.S. is digging back in.

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When the American author James A. Michener went to Afghanistan to research his work of historical fiction, “Caravans,” it was 1955 and there were barely any roads in the country. Yet there were already Americans and Russians there, jockeying for influence. Later, the book’s Afghan protagonist would tell an American diplomat that one day both America and Russia would invade …

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Talks with US suspended in protest, Senators toldIftikhar A. Khan (Dawn Newspaper) Aug 29, 2017

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif said on Monday that Pakistan had suspended talks and bilateral visits with the United States as a mark of protest over the recent anti-Pakistan diatribe by US President Donald Trump. Sources quoted the minister as telling the Senate, which converted itself into a committee prior to its regular session, that Pakistan had taken the …

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Pakistan finds itself on the defensive in Trump’s Afghan war strategyShashank Bengali, Aoun Sahi (LA Times) Aug 22, 2017

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It feels like a lifetime ago, but it was just in November, weeks after his election, that then-President-elect Trump was lavishing praise on Pakistan, calling it a “fantastic place … doing amazing work.” But as Trump said in outlining his new strategy in South Asia, things look different from behind a desk in the Oval Office, and his views toward …

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

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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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‘At the Stroke of Midnight My Entire Family Was Displaced’The New York Times (August 14, 2017)

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August marks the 70th anniversary of the end of British colonial rule in India and the creation of the two independent countries of India and Pakistan, carved along religious and political lines. More than 10 million people were uprooted. We asked readers how they or their families were affected. These are some of their stories. ‘Was he calling out for …

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ISIS Claims Suicide Bombing That Killed at Least 15 in PakistanBy Salman Masood New York Times (Aug 13, 2017)

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A suicide bomber riding a motorcycle rammed into a military truck near a busy bus station in southwestern Pakistan, killing at least 15 people, including eight soldiers, and wounding at least 40 others, military officials said on Sunday. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack on Saturday in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan Province in …

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

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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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Jinnah’s addressDawn Editorial

Seventy years ago today, Mohammad Ali Jinnah took to the floor of the Constituent Assembly as its first elected president and delivered the iconic lines, “You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or worship in this state of Pakistan. You may belong to …

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Pakistan’s ousted Sharif vows to remain active in politicsBy Munir Ahmed, associated press ISLAMABAD — Aug 8, 2017

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Pakistan’s ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday insisted that his removal from office did not mean his future in politics was over, as he plans to go head with a rally this week and fight a legal battle to reverse his disqualification. “I don’t want reinstatement for myself. I am struggling to ensure the rule of law in Pakistan,” …

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Rights activists condemn ‘enforced disappearance’ of Punhal SarioDawn Report (Aug 5, 2017)

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HYDERABAD: Activists of nationalist parties, human rights and civil society organisations have condemned ‘enforced disappearance’ of Punhal Sario, a noted human rights activist and convener of the Voice for Missing Persons of Sindh, a day before. Mr Sario was picked up by occupants of a double-cabin vehicle at around 11pm on Thursday night near the Sindhi Language Authority (SLA) building. …

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New Pakistan PM wants probe of harassment charges against Imran KhanSaad Sayeed and Asif Shahzad (Reuters)

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ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s new prime minister called on Friday for an investigation into allegations that opposition leader Imran Khan harassed a woman lawmaker, charges Khan dismisses as revenge for his role in the ouster of then-premier Nawaz Sharif. A furious social media backlash threatening violence against Khan’s accuser, lawmaker Ayesha Gulalai, has also exposed raw nerves about the treatment of …

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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi: What You Need to Know About Pakistan’s New Prime MinisterBy SALMAN MASOOD and RUSSELL GOLDMAN AUG. 1, 2017 (The New York Times)

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a politician educated in the United States, was elected prime minister of Pakistan on Tuesday. Parliament held a special election to replace his predecessor and mentor, who was disqualified on corruption charges. Here is what you need to know about Pakistan’s new leader. A Staunch Loyalist A steadfast ally of three-time Prime Minister Nawaz …

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