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Hamid Karzai alleges U.S. backing militants in Afghanistan

KABUL: Former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, in an interview, has accused the United States of supporting Daesh (militant Islamic State) in Afghanistan. He said he has more than suspicion that the US military bases in Afghanistan are used to back Daesh. “I have seen the Afghan people come to me and tell me how they militants are supplied with helicopters, how unmarked, non-military color helicopters supply these people, not only in one part of the country but in many parts of Afghanistan,” he claimed. Despite…

Pakistan won’t be ‘scapegoat’ in Afghan war, PM Abbasi tells UN

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan refuses to be a “scapegoat” for Afghanistan’s bloodshed or to fight wars for others, PM Abbasi told the United Nations on Thursday.  Addressing the UN General Assembly, Abbasi did not explicitly criticize US President Donald Trump’s new strategy on Afghanistan but made clear his displeasure with the renewed onus on Pakistan. “Having suffered and sacrificed so much due to our role in the global counter terrorism campaign, it is especially galling for Pakistan to be blamed for the military or…

Asif urges negotiated solution to Afghan conflict

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said that the Trump administration's ‘militaristic approach’ in Afghanistan represents a failed policy and talks with Taliban should be held to bring peace to the war-torn country. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal in Islamabad, he said peace talks with the Taliban could be arranged if Washington work with countries in the region that have influence over the militant group. Khawja Asif said that he would tell UN members that peace should return to this…

Peaceful Afghanistan to ensure prosperity in Pakistan: Gen Hayat

LONDON: Peaceful Afghanistan is in the best interest of Pakistan, said Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat while speaking at an event in London, ARY News reported. Gen Hayat was the special guest at an event organized by the World Congress of Overseas Pakistanis in London to discuss ties between Britain and Pakistan and US policy on Afghanistan and South Asia. Addressing the participants, he said strong Afghanistan will pave way for prosperity in Pakistan. Pakistan has fought the biggest…

Tribesmen, others protest against Trump’s anti-Pakistan rhetoric

CHAMAN: Tribesmen, traders, and activists of various political and religious parties staged protests in a number of cities, condemning US President Donald Trump’s statement against Pakistan. Last week, Trump announced his much-awaited Afghan strategy, calling for deploying more troops in Afghanistan. He criticized "Pakistan for housing the very terrorists American are fighting in the war-torn country." In Chaman, a large number of people from all walks of life came together to protest Trump's criticism of Pakistan and…

Pakistan made sincere efforts for peace in Afghanistan: FO

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has made sincere efforts for peace in Afghanistan, said Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria in a weekly briefing on Friday, while responding to US President Donald Trump’s criticism on Pakistan for “housing the very terrorist Americans are fighting in the war-torn country.” Zakaria said Pakistan’s position on the neighboring country is clear: “It has sincerely striven for peaceful Afghanistan." The international community, including America, had become aware of Pakistan's response to the…

US warns Pakistan could lose military ally status

WASHINGTON: The United States (US) warned Pakistan on Tuesday that it could lose its status as a privileged military ally if it continues giving safe haven to Afghan militant groups. One day after President Donald Trump unveiled a new strategy to force the Taliban to negotiate a political settlement with the Kabul government, his top diplomat upped the heat on Islamabad. Trump had warned that this country support for the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani extremist network would have consequences, and Secretary of State…

‘This should teach Pakistan lesson: Never to fight others’ war for dollars’

ISLAMABAD: Reacting to U.S. President Donald Trump's warning to Pakistan to cut military assistance for “harboring terrorists”, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan demanded that Pakistan must also reject being made scapegoat for the policy failures of the United States in Afghanistan. In a series of tweets, the PTI chief said, "Just as India blames Pak for the indigenous Kashmiri uprisings when these are a result of its own failed policy of military repression in IOK (India Occupied Kashmir)." Just…