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With gas and diplomacy: Russia embraces Pakistan

ISLAMABAD- As U.S. influence in Islamabad wanes, Pakistan’s former adversary Russia is building military, diplomatic and economic ties that could upend historic alliances in the region and open up a fast-growing gas market for Moscow’s energy companies. Russia’s embrace of Pakistan comes at a time …

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Kremlin says Russia not interested in ‘arms race’

MOSCOW (AFP) – The Kremlin denied Friday Russia was violating any arms control agreements and said it did not want to be part of an arms race, after Putin talked up a new arsenal of cutting-edge weapons. “We categorically reject any accusations that Russia is …

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One killed as Kabul car bomb targets foreign forces: ministry

KABUL (AFP) – A suicide car bomb targeting a foreign forces convoy rocked eastern Kabul early Friday, killing at least one civilian and injuring four in an area where many expatriates reside, the Afghan interior ministry said. “Unfortunately around 9:00 am, a car bombing took …

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Pakistan welcomes Afghan president’s peace dialogue offer: NSA

ISLAMABAD – The Ambassador of Afghanistan in Islamabad Omar Zakhilwal called on National Security Adviser Lt. General (R) Nasser Khan Janjua this afternoon to exchange views on bilateral relations and ongoing efforts for peace and stability in the region. NSA received the Ambassador with great …

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Peace talks: Afghan President offers recognition of Taliban as a legitimate political group

KABUL -UNS: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered recognition of the Taliban as a legitimate political group, as part of a proposed political process that could lead to peace talks aimed at ending more than 16 years of war. At a meeting on Wednesday of nations …

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China came out in support of Pakistan’s anti-terror financing regime

BEIJING -UNS- China came out in support of Pakistan’s anti-terror financing regime on Tuesday, days after it withdrew opposition against a US-led move to place Pakistan on the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) watchlist. “In recent years, Pakistan has made important progress in actively strengthening …

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New Cold War: Pakistan’s critical role in global,regional affairs

BY M. K. Bhadrakumar Afghanistan, no doubt, was what brought Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif to Moscow on a ‘working visit’ on February 20. This was Asif’s second meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the past 5-month period. They last met in New York …

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TAPI gas pipeline project finally launched

SERKHETABAT-UNS : Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India on Friday ceremonially broke ground on the Afghan section of an ambitious, multi-billion dollar gas pipeline expected to help ease energy deficits in South Asia. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov joined Pakistani premier Shahid …

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Afghan Taliban announce support for TAPI gas pipeline project

KABUL -UNS : The Islamic Emirate declared its support for the implementation of the TAPI project passing through areas under their control in Afghanistan and called all sides involved to be mindful of the principled policy of the Islamic Emirate. In a statement, the Islamic …

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Myanmar bulldozed scores of Rohingya villages since November: HRW

YANGON (AFP) – Satellite imagery shows Myanmar authorities have bulldozed at least 55 Rohingya villages in northern Rakhine in recent months, Human Rights Watch said Friday, condemning the government for erasing evidence at sites where troops are accused of atrocities. Northern Rakhine has been nearly …

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