Tuesday, 20 February, 2018

Peace in region contingent upon peace in Afghanistan: DG ISPR

Pakistan Suspends Military, Intelligence Cooperation With US Defiant Pakistan suspends intel-military ties with US, says 'don't threaten or intimidate'
Kenny Thornton | 12 January, 2018, 15:12

This was perhaps the first mention of one of "specific actions" U.S. officials said they wanted Pakistan to undertake for the resumption of aid flow.

Terrorists continue to operate freely inside Pakistan and there is a relationship between terrorist organisations and the establishment, he said. The handle Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. have on Islamabad by reason of Pakistan's expat manpower working there is much more than the leverage of the $300 million blocked by the United States.

The Pakistani military says documents pertaining to the management of the long porous border between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been sent to the Afghan government in a bid to finalize a joint mechanism for the management of the line. Khurram Dastgir Khan, Pakistan's defense minister, this week confirmed the move and added that the country is considering more radical options such as preventing the USA forces from using Pakistan as a land route to Afghanistan. "The issues at the border can be improved through better coordination", he said.

In August, while unveiling his new South Asia strategy, Trump had accused Pakistan of giving "safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror", and said the time had come "for Pakistan to demonstrate its commitment to civilisation, order, and to peace". We've invested a lot of blood and treasure in Afghanistan.

United States spy satellite appears lost after SpaceX launch
But SpaceX suggested that it was not at fault, telling ABC News its rocket, named Falcon 9, "did everything correctly". Questions remained about which national security agency the satellite would have served, as well as its fate.

According to ISPR DG, Pakistan provided Isaf all logistic and intelligence support to overcome terrorism in Afghanistan.

Speaking to a private news channel in an interview on Thursday, military's top spokesman said that "peace has returned to Pakistan and its future is prosperous".

Afghan Minister of Refugees and Repatriation Syed Hussain Alami Balkhi told a cabinet meeting in Kabul on Tuesday that Islamabad's unilateral decision was against the previously reached agreement between Afghanistan, Pakistan and the UN Refugee Agency. I think that's too narrow of a viewpoint.

Islamabad is caught between two positions: should it go with the common Pakistani thinking and thus take on the United States, or should it be flexible in its response and not invite a two-front crisis it will find hard to handle? "And the fact that these continued sanctuaries really threaten stability in the region and they continue to fuel the overall terrorism problem that we're facing", the official added.

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