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Pakistan, Afghanistan have potential to become world’s trade, economic hub: NSA

ISLAMABAD: National Security Advisor Lieutenant General (retired) Nasser Khan Janjua on Thursday said Pakistan and Afghanistan shared a lot of opportunities and have common economic future which has the potential to connect to markets of Europe, Africa and rest of Asia. "Both have the potential to become trade and economic hub of the world," he said while speaking at a special seminar titled 'Peace -- a dividend for development and stability in Afghanistan', organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in…

Spy agency NSA triples collection of US phone records: official report

WASHINGTON: The US National Security Agency collected 534 million records of phone calls and text messages of Americans last year, more than triple gathered in 2016, a US intelligence agency report released on Friday said. The sharp increase from 151 million occurred during the second full year of a new surveillance system established at the spy agency after US lawmakers passed a law in 2015 that sought to limit its ability to collect such records in bulk. The spike in collection of call records coincided with an…

‘Pakistan needs to rise above CPEC and connect with other parts of the world’

ISLAMABAD: National Security Advisor Nasser Khan Janjua has said Pakistan had great geo-strategic importance and the capacity to improve peace and stability in the region and become a massive trade corridor. Speaking at a gathering here, he said, “We are working on regional connectivity. Pakistan is investing in peace and cooperating with other countries for economic prosperity of the region. Pakistan can become a paradise for investment.” “Pakistan is the biggest investor in peace and on numerous occasions, it stood…

Pakistan committed to cause of Kashmir, says national security adviser

ISLAMABAD: National Security Adviser (NSA) Lt General (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua  on Tuesday said Pakistan was deeply committed to the cause of Kashmir and supported to resolve the Kashmir conflict politically and according to the aspirations of Kashmiri people. "Process of dialogue is the only way forward to resolve our disputes. It is by way of peaceful resolution of our disputes which can enable both the countries to belong to the future,” this he said while Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria made a courtesy call to…

Who played a mediator to resolve Indo-Pak deadlock on diplomats’ issue?

NEW DELHI: Pakistan and India ended their month-long stalemate over diplomats’ harassment with both sides issuing statements to settle the dispute. But latest reports suggest that national security advisers of both the countries intervened to clear the air. According to Economic Times, Pakistan’s NSA Nasir Janjua and his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval helped India and Pakistan arrive at the March 30 rapprochement which has ended - for now - the standoff over harassment of diplomats and other staff. It is reported that a…

America’s new NSA: What can Pakistan expect?

WASHINGTON: The new United States National Security Advisor (NSA) John Bolton, known for being a hawk in diplomatic circles, may not be as hard on Pakistan as President Donald Trump expects him to be. Several media interviews with Bolton suggests that while he believes Pakistan does need to be dealt with firmly, the US needs to strike a delicate balance in the matter and leave the heavy lifting to China. Bolton, a former US ambassador to the UN, believes that Pakistan, a nuclear weapons state, is perpetually teetering…

Shooting outside US NSA headquarters, one hurt

A shooting erupted Wednesday outside the suburban Washington headquarters of the National Security Agency, a secretive intelligence organization responsible for global US electronic eavesdropping, leaving at least one person injured, officials said. NBC News aired aerial images of what appeared to be police surrounding a man on the ground in handcuffs outside the NSA facility in Fort Meade, Maryland. A black SUV appeared to have crashed into a concrete barrier surrounding the site, and bullet holes were visible in the…

Trump signs bill renewing NSA’s internet surveillance program

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Friday said he signed into law a bill renewing the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance program, sealing a defeat for digital privacy advocates. “Just signed 702 Bill to reauthorize foreign intelligence collection,” Trump wrote on Twitter, referring to legislation passed by the U.S. Congress that extends Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The law renews for six years and with minimal changes the National Security Agency (NSA)…

US Senate to vote to renew NSA’s internet surveillance program

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Senate on Tuesday planned to vote to advance a bill to renew the National Security Agency’s warrant-less internet surveillance program, as privacy advocates made a final push to derail the measure. The legislation would extend the NSA program, which gathers information from foreigners overseas but incidentally collects an unknown amount of communications belonging to Americans. The bill - which easily passed the House of Representatives last week despite mixed signals posted on Twitter by President…

Pakistan calls for strengthening cooperation among regional countries

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has called for strengthening cooperation and relationship between regional countries to achieve sustainable peace. The desire was expressed between a meeting of National Security Advisor Nasser Khan Janjua and Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honar Dost in Islamabad on Friday. Nasser Khan Janjua said broader understanding of each other's stance regarding key regional developments can pave the way to enhance bilateral engagements. Besides bilateral relation, they also discussed economic prospects of CPEC…