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Afghanistan Policy

Asif leaves for Washington to hold talks with US officials

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif departed on Tuesday for the United States to meet Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to discuss the matters pertaining to bilateral ties and the US South Asia and Afghan policy. The minister will also hold meeting with the United States National Security Adviser Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster during his three-day long visit. Quoting sources, ARY News reported that Pakistan's foreign minister will take up the matters pertaining to Kashmir, Afghanistan and bilateral ties…

China defends Pakistan after Trump criticism

BEIJING: China defended its ally Pakistan on Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump said the United States could no longer be silent about Pakistan's "safe havens" for militants and warned it had much to lose by continuing to "harbor terrorists". Trump on Monday committed the United States to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan, signaling he would dispatch more troops to America's longest war and vowing "a fight to win". Trump insisted that others - the Afghan government, Pakistan, India and NATO allies - step up…

White House rift delays US Afghanistan Policy

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump has yet to announce Afghanistan policy unveiling deep rifts in the White House on how to handle America's longest war. Such is the uncertainty about what to do -- send thousands more troops into a nearly 16-year conflict, or take the opposite tack and pull out -- that Trump has reportedly even suggested firing the general in charge of the war effort. "We aren't winning... we are losing," Trump complained to top officials while upbraiding his military advisors at a White House meeting…