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Afghanistan should improve security instead of blaming Pakistan: Lodhi

NEW YORK: Pakistan's Ambassador to United Nations Maleeha Lodhi has urged Afghanistan to focus its attention to overcome the deteriorating security situation in the country instead of blaming Pakistan. "We are ready to help address the shared threat of violent extremists to the region but Afghanistan should desist from externalizing its internal problems," she said in an interview with Voice of America. She said the surge in violence in Afghanistan seems to indicate the spreading influence of Islamic State about which…

US ‘mother of all bombs’ damaged houses in Kurram Agency

KURRAM AGENCY: The United States dropped the largest non-nuclear device, called ‘mother of all bombs’ in an area in Afghanistan to target militants, but it also left an impact on the other side of border, causing damage to the buildings in Kurram Agency. According to locals of the tribal area, cracks appeared in several buildings as well as worships places in Malana village in the foothills of Speen Ghar, commonly known as White Mountain. The village is a barrier between Nangarhar and the Kurram tribal region. The…

Pakistan to provide $500 mn development aid to Afghanistan

BRUSSELS: Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, while addressing the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, has pledged that the government of Pakistan will provide $500 million for economic development projects in Afghanistan. This is in addition to $500 million existing package under which projects in infrastructure, education and health are nearing completion. Aziz also underlined the importance of a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan for Pakistan. Sartaj Aziz also announced that Pakistan has provided 3000…