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State will never use force against its own citizens, Afridi tells Senate

ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Interior Affairs Shehryar Afridi on Thursday made it loud and clear that the state will never use force against its own citizens. “There will be no bullets, no use of sticks against fellow Pakistanis in ‘Naya Pakistan’. The state cannot even imagine use of force against its own citizens,” said the minister while addressing at the floor of the Senate. Mr. Afridi recapitulate that those who took law in their hands during countrywide protests against the Supreme Court’s acquittal of Asia…

Satellite images reveal show of force by Chinese navy in South China Sea

HANOI/HONG KONG: Dozens of Chinese naval vessels are exercising this week with an aircraft carrier in a large show of force off Hainan island in the South China Sea, satellite images obtained by Reuters show. The images, provided by Planet Labs, confirm a Chinese carrier group has entered the vital trade waterway as part of what the Chinese navy earlier described as combat drills that were part of routine annual exercises. The Liaoning carrier group last week traversed the Taiwan Strait, according to the Taiwanese…

India may be behind killing of Chinese citizen in Karachi: Ahsan Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Thursday said India might be behind the recent murder of a Chinese national in Karachi, ARY News reported. “Pakistan has established a strong force of ten thousand personnel for protection of Chinese citizens but neighbouring India which has undue apprehensions (on CPEC) may be behind the killing,” he said while answering a question about the killing of Chinese citizen during an interview with the BBC. A Chinese national was gunned down in a “targeted attack” in Karachi on…

Trump looks to the skies to force Taliban to the table

The war in Afghanistan may be entering its 17th year, but screams of military jet engines in the twinkling skies above Bagram Airfield show no sign of quieting. This city-scale military base just north of Kabul has -- like similar facilities in Kandahar and Jalalabad -- become central to Donald Trump's promise to succeed where his predecessors failed, and end the Afghan war on favorable terms. Trump concluded a months-long strategy review in August. During that soul searching, the White House came to believe that the…

US military personnel fire shots as man tries to force entry into British base

LONDON: US military personnel fired shots as they stopped a man who tried to force his way into a military base in central England used by the US air force on Monday, police said. The Mildenhall Royal Air Force base said security staff locked down the base, used by the United States to refuel US and NATO aircraft in Europe, at about 1300 GMT following reports of a disturbance. Read More: Britain, Saudi Arabia sign military cooperation deal “Shots were fired by American service personnel and a man has been detained with…

US says it is ready to use force against North Korea

WASHINGTON: The United States cautioned on Wednesday it was ready to use force if need be to stop North Korea's nuclear missile program but said it preferred global diplomatic action against Pyongyang for defying world powers by test launching a ballistic missile that could hit Alaska. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told a meeting of the U.N. Security Council that North Korea's actions were "quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution" and the United States was prepared to defend itself…