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Postby Manish_P » 06 Mar 2019 11:32

US visa duration for Pakistani citizens reduced from 5 years to 3 months

The visa duration for Pakistani nationals has been reduced to three months from five years, said a spokesperson of the US embassy in Pakistan. :((

Apart from civilians, the new visa policy will also be applicable to Pakistani journalists.

The US government has also increased visa application fees ffor the Pakistani citizens to $192 form $160. :((



EDITED : While work and missionary visas have been reduced from five years to one year, the visa limit for journalists has been reduced from five years to three months. The Consulate's notification mentioned that visas for trade, tourism and students will remain valid for a period of five years.
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Use of F-16s, AMRAAM conclusively observed: IAF – TNN

NEW DELHI: The intruding Pakistan Air Force jets on the morning of February 27 were detected in time and additional aircraft were scrambled to counter the attack during which "multiple launches" of AMRAAM missile were detected and effectively countered by IAF Sukhoi-30s, the Indian Air Force said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Our air defence system was on full alert. Buildup of PAF aircraft on their (Pakistan) side of the LoC was noticed in time and additional aircraft were scrambled to tackle the adversary," the IAF statement said.

"Prompt and correct tactical action by Su-30 aircraft, in response to the AMRAAM launch, defeated the missile. Parts of the missile fell in the area east of Rajouri in Jammu & Kashmir, injuring a civilian on the ground," the statement said.

The IAF said PAF's attempt to attack Indian ground targets saw the intruding fighters being
engaged effectively. From the IAF, Mirage-2000, Su-30 and MiG-21 Bison aircraft were involved and the PAF aircraft were forced to withdraw in a hurry, evident from large missed distances of weapons dropped by them.

"A detailed report in this regard has already been released by the IAF. All the Su-30 aircraft engaged in combat landed safely. The false claim by Pakistan of shooting down a Su-30 appears to be a cover-up for loss of its own aircraft," the air force said.

In Video: Pieces of missile from downed F-16 recovered

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Finance secretary warns of sanctions over FATF non-compliance - Malik Asad

ISLAMABAD: The federal secretary of the finance division on Tuesday warned that Pakistan might face economic sanctions over non-implementation of Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations.

Talking to reporters after attending a meeting of a sub-committee of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Finance Secretary Arif Ahmed Khan said Pakistan had to take strict measures to implement the FATF recommendations.

Take a look: Alone at FATF

He said that the country had to proceed against the banned outfits in the light of FATF recommendations. He expressed apprehensions that Pakistan might face economic sanctions if the FATF recommendations were ignored and not implemented.

The International Cooperation Review Group (ICRG) of the FATF that reviewed Pakistan’s action plan in recent meetings was not satisfied with the progress on milestones set for January 2019. This was despite improvements in the anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) regime and integrated database for currency declaration arrangements.

It expressed concern over Pakistani authorities’ inability to demonstrate why they considered eight proscribed entities to be low risk as opposed to the high-risk view of the Asia Pacific Group (APG) and ICRG.

Therefore, the FATF urged “Pakis­tan to swiftly complete its action plan, particularly those with timelines of May 2019” to address strategic deficiencies.

The FATF will undertake the next review of Pakistan’s progress in June 2019, which will be preceded by a face-to-face meeting with the Joint Group in May.

In June 2018, Pakistan made a high-level political commitment to work with the FATF and APG to strengthen its AML/CFT regime and to address its strategic counterterrorism financing-related deficiencies by implementing an action plan to accomplish these objectives. The successful implementation of the action plan and its physical verification by the APG will lead the FATF to clear Pakistan out of its ‘grey list’ or move it into the ‘blacklist’ by September.

During the meeting of the PAC sub-committee, audit officials said the finance division did not present the supplementary grant of Rs105 million in parliament. The committee was examining the audit paras of the finance ministry.

The Auditor General office briefed the committee on 16 supplementary grants of the finance division for 2016-17. The committee expressed displeasure over the anomalies in the financial accounts of government sector institutions. The finance secretary said he had been witnessing such deficiencies for over two decades. Syed Naveed Qamar, a PAC member, expressed the hope that such mistakes would not be repeated in the next fiscal year.

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Postby pankajs » 06 Mar 2019 18:01

Musharraf says on a news show that Pakistan's intelligence was involved in using Jaish e Mohammad for terror attacks in India. Watch the embedded video.

https://twitter.com/nadeemmalik/status/ ... 3860386817

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pankajs wrote:Musharraf says on a news show that Pakistan's intelligence was involved in using Jaish e Mohammad for terror attacks in India. Watch the embedded video.

https://twitter.com/nadeemmalik/status/ ... 3860386817


As they say If you can’t beat them, join ‘em... didn’t they do that after the hit on Osama at Abbottabad, as well?

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Pakistan mobilises additional troops, weaponry along LoC; Army issues warning: Officials – PTI

NEW DELHI: Amid heightened Indo-Pak tension, sources in the security establishment on Wednesday said that Pakistan has mobilised additional troops and military equipment from its frontier with Afghanistan to forward positions in several sensitive sectors along the LoC in Kashmir.

The Indian Army on Wednesday also issued a stern warning to Pakistan against targeting civilians along the LoC, saying any further provocation or misadventure by it will have "dire consequences".

Official sources said the warning came after Pakistan targeted forward posts in Nowshera sector with 155 mm artillery guns which was retaliated by the Indian Army with Bofors guns.

Sources said the military officials of the two armies spoke over the hotline on Tuesday during which India had asked Pakistani side not to target civilian population along the LoC.

"Post our warning to the Pakistan Army not to target civilian areas, the overall situation along the Line of Control remains relatively calm," the Army said in a statement while reiterating the warning on Wednesday about attacks on civilians.

According to the statement, the Pakistan Army resorted to intense and unprovoked firing with heavy caliber weapons in selected areas of Krishna Ghati and Sunderbani, targeting Indian posts and civilian areas with mortar bombs and heavy guns.

"The same was effectively retaliated by the Indian Army. There have been no casualties on the Indian side," it said.

A strict vigil is being maintained along the LoC and the international border and any further "provocation or misadventure by Pakistan will be responded in a befitting manner with dire consequences," the statement added.

Tensions between the two countries escalated after Indian fighters bombed terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed's biggest training camp near Balakot deep inside Pakistan on February 26.

Sources also post-Balakot strike, Pakistani side has mobilised additional troops and military equipment from its borders with Afghanistan to forward positions in several sensitive sectors along the LoC.

Pakistan retaliated by attempting to target Indian military installations on February 27. However, the IAF thwarted their plans.

The Indian strike on the JeM camp came 12 days after the terror outfit claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Kashmir, killing 40 soldiers.

In Video: Indian Army warns Pakistan Army 'not to target civilian areas’

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Postby Chinmayanand » 07 Mar 2019 00:57

PA is firing at civilians and IA is giving warning.
It seems IA is getting into "Kadi Ninda" mode.
Don't they know that pakis don't play by rules or ethics. Instead of punching them or firing at civilians in PoK , what the hell is this "warning" ?

Every time I see news anchors shout their throats out , Pakistan breaks "ceasefire violation in such & such sector" , it leaves a bad taste .

When will they realise there is no ceasefire.It's fire at will . Hit pakis and paki civilians so hard , they go crying all over the world but it's the other way round. Everytime rabid pakis bite , we start giving dossiers all around .

So far after Pulwama , pakis are leading 2:1 .
It seems we are back to de-escalated mode . Pakis hit on 14th . We responded 12 days later.
After we responded , pakis responded next day.
Now , the Chanakyas are still devising strategies and finalising targets while pakis have claimed to arrest so many terrorists. So, no more "Non-military surgical strike" crap.

Pakis came and tried to hit military installations . Now they can't egg on more than this . What do our three services do ? Call it Act of Aggression and sit tight after that. This is the condition after being given free hand.

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Postby Mihaylo » 07 Mar 2019 00:59

Chinmayanand wrote:PA is firing at civilians and IA is giving warning.
It seems IA is getting into "Kadi Ninda" mode.
Don't they know that pakis don't play by rules or ethics. Instead of punching them or firing at civilians in PoK , what the hell is this "warning" ?

Every time I see news anchors shout their throats out , Pakistan breaks "ceasefire violation in such & such sector" , it leaves a bad taste .

When will they realise there is no ceasefire.It's fire at will . Hit pakis and paki civilians so hard , they go crying all over the world but it's the other way round. Everytime rabid pakis bite , we start giving dossiers all around .

So far after Pulwama , pakis are leading 2:1 .
It seems we are back to de-escalated mode . Pakis hit on 14th . We responded 12 days later.
After we responded , pakis responded next day.
Now , the Chanakyas are still devising strategies and finalising targets while pakis have claimed to arrest so many terrorists. So, no more "Non-military surgical strike" crap.

Pakis came and tried to hit military installations . Now they can't egg on more than this . What do our three services do ? Call it Act of Aggression and sit tight after that. This is the condition after being given free hand.


The article clearly states that the Army replied in kind. I think you need to chill.

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Postby Chinmayanand » 07 Mar 2019 01:05

Mihaylo wrote:
The article clearly states that the Army replied in kind. I think you need to chill.

-M


If the Army had replied in kind , what is the need to give warning ? Just keep replying till pakis stop firing. The REPLY is not fit enough. If it was , there would not be these incidents.

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Chinmayanand wrote:
Mihaylo wrote:
The article clearly states that the Army replied in kind. I think you need to chill.

-M


If the Army had replied in kind , what is the need to give warning ? [/quote

So Morons can lap it up and spin it however they like.

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Mihaylo wrote:
Chinmayanand wrote:


If the Army had replied in kind , what is the need to give warning ?


So Morons can lap it up and spin it however they like.

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Postby pankajs » 07 Mar 2019 01:30

First part has aready been answered so lets move to the next.
Chinmayanand wrote:So far after Pulwama , pakis are leading 2:1 .
It seems we are back to de-escalated mode . Pakis hit on 14th . We responded 12 days later.
After we responded , pakis responded next day.
Now , the Chanakyas are still devising strategies and finalising targets while pakis have claimed to arrest so many terrorists. So, no more "Non-military surgical strike" crap.

Pakis came and tried to hit military installations . Now they can't egg on more than this . What do our three services do ? Call it Act of Aggression and sit tight after that. This is the condition after being given free hand.

I think you missed the news which was all over the internet yesterdin.

https://www.news18.com/news/india/india ... 56525.html
India Will Have 'All Options' Available if There Is Another Terror Strike From Pakistan: Officials

That double highlight should tell you all that you need to know. We are already in the "tata tata bye bye .. see you next time" mode. The only thing that is happening now is that we are on the alert for one can never trust the bakis and reaction to fresh action is being given.

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Postby Rudradev » 07 Mar 2019 02:40

Chinmayanand ji,

Just see what's going on. 300-350 JeM Tanzeemis were roasted. Among them between 30-60 were ex-ISI officers, jihadis of high rank, experts in HR and ops, etc.

PAF could not save them. Next day PAF tried to respond and lost an F-16.

And now Imran has to *arrest* 44 more jihadis.

Soon Pakland will be back to the Happy Fridins of 2007-14.

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It needs to be noted that it is Pakistan which is upping the ante at the border instead of the other way round. They fire with small arms, we respond. They move to higher calibre mortar rounds, we responded. They moved to 105 MM artillery, we copy it, they have also brought in the 155 MM heavy guns and we are only now pressing the Bofors into service. My question is why is a country with limited POL stocks and near empty foreign exchange coffers(actually negative reserves) being allowed to dictate the terms of engagement? Shouldnt India just be looking for an excuse to make any duel very costly for the Terroristanis? What the heck is wrong with us and what are we waiting for?

Modi/Shah combine needs to realize that they are walking into a trap by not responding as the Pakis are clearly on a gameplan to make Modi look weak and the opposition will now in tandem with pakis try to pin the government and blame the border situation on it.

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Vips wrote:My question is why is a country with limited POL stocks and near empty foreign exchange coffers(actually negative reserves) being allowed to dictate the terms of engagement?


Why do you think the Pakis are in this situation in the first place? Because it is Pakfauj uber alles, they get the top pickings of everything, from government funding, resources, land, men and women. That's the one thing they do well, their only USP as things stand today. So unsurprisingly, the only avenue they have is to fight back as good momins. Regarding whether they have the upper hand or us, after decades of bloodletting at the borders it's a given that the LoC is "dynamically stable" and every fortification and gun on one side is matched on the other. Except for the fact that all terror camps are on their side and the fence is on our side.

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Vips wrote:It needs to be noted that it is Pakistan which is upping the ante at the border instead of the other way round. They fire with small arms, we respond. They move to higher calibre mortar rounds, we responded. They moved to 105 MM artillery, we copy it, they have also brought in the 155 MM heavy guns and we are only now pressing the Bofors into service. My question is why is a country with limited POL stocks and near empty foreign exchange coffers(actually negative reserves) being allowed to dictate the terms of engagement? Shouldnt India just be looking for an excuse to make any duel very costly for the Terroristanis? What the heck is wrong with us and what are we waiting for?

Modi/Shah combine needs to realize that they are walking into a trap by not responding as the Pakis are clearly on a gameplan to make Modi look weak and the opposition will now in tandem with pakis try to pin the government and blame the border situation on it.

The above is not supported as far as opposition rhetoric is concerned. It is still focused on Rafale and Balakot.

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Vips wrote:It needs to be noted that it is Pakistan which is upping the ante at the border instead of the other way round. They fire with small arms, we respond. They move to higher calibre mortar rounds, we responded. They moved to 105 MM artillery, we copy it, they have also brought in the 155 MM heavy guns and we are only now pressing the Bofors into service. My question is why is a country with limited POL stocks and near empty foreign exchange coffers(actually negative reserves) being allowed to dictate the terms of engagement? Shouldnt India just be looking for an excuse to make any duel very costly for the Terroristanis? What the heck is wrong with us and what are we waiting for?

Modi/Shah combine needs to realize that they are walking into a trap by not responding as the Pakis are clearly on a gameplan to make Modi look weak and the opposition will now in tandem with pakis try to pin the government and blame the border situation on it.


Take a chill pill, firing at the LoC is a regular occurrence. It gives our boys some target practice, besides we exercise restraint as we have a lot more civilians in those areas with death well bunkers (courtesy BSF contractors). You cannot see this in isolation, the economic damage this time around is far more than a few shells in Poonch. Also, you seem to be giving them too much credit by assuming it;s their concerted strategy, the irregular army they have at the border fires at will and doesn't take orders from Bajwa & sons. Let them expend their frustration.

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Postby Paul » 07 Mar 2019 11:33

Per Brahma Chellaney, a $12B package from IMF is on the verge of approval for Pakistan

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^^
My guess was for about $6-8 Billion (Approx.) i.e for IMF + Sovereign debt rollover but a $12 Billion will coverage for some of the Chinese loans plus New financing.

Chellaney saab may not be the best source though he could be right in this instance. The powers that be have their own interest. Lets watch.

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Paul wrote:Per Brahma Chellaney, a $12B package from IMF is on the verge of approval for Pakistan

Pakistan will get the IMF loan. After all US needs its co-operation for a face saving pull out from Afghanistan.

Imran Khan will claim this is the last IMF loan for Pakistan. Pak army will conduct a terror attack in India. This will lead to war like situation draining their forex and pulling down their economy. Next Govt will start negotiation with IMF for $20B package and blame India for it. They will again claim that as the last IMF package.

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Vips wrote:It needs to be noted that it is Pakistan which is upping the ante at the border instead of the other way round. They fire with small arms, we respond. They move to higher calibre mortar rounds, we responded. They moved to 105 MM artillery, we copy it, they have also brought in the 155 MM heavy guns and we are only now pressing the Bofors into service. My question is why is a country with limited POL stocks and near empty foreign exchange coffers(actually negative reserves) being allowed to dictate the terms of engagement? Shouldnt India just be looking for an excuse to make any duel very costly for the Terroristanis? What the heck is wrong with us and what are we waiting for?

Modi/Shah combine needs to realize that they are walking into a trap by not responding as the Pakis are clearly on a gameplan to make Modi look weak and the opposition will now in tandem with pakis try to pin the government and blame the border situation on it.



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Postby yensoy » 07 Mar 2019 13:41

pankajs wrote:^^
My guess was for about $6-8 Billion (Approx.) i.e for IMF + Sovereign debt rollover but a $12 Billion will coverage for some of the Chinese loans plus New financing.


Knowing the Pakis, they could have thrown China under the bus to get the IMF loan. Remember the IMF loan was basically stuck at the unrevealed (or unknown) exposure of the Pakis to China. Maybe this number is not so unrevealed now, and Chinese translators at the IMF are gleefully gathering evidence of China's resurgent imperialism.

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Postby Ashokk » 07 Mar 2019 14:11

Behave, we have brought two down, ISI men told Indian diplomats after February 27 dogfight
NEW DELHI: A day after the India-Pak aerial dogfight which led to the capture of Indian pilot and wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman + , Indian diplomats and other staff members faced harassment in Islamabad at the hands of ISI.

Two Indian officers, on their way to an embassy in the diplomatic enclave on February 28 in an Indian high commission car, were tailed aggressively before they were intercepted by Pakistan security agency officials in the middle of the road.

Speaking angrily, according to a formal protest lodged by India with the Pakistan foreign ministry, one of them told the Indian officers, "We have taken 2 of you down and you people are creating problems and not behaving".

Pakistan had on February 27 claimed to have shot down 2 Indian aircraf + t and captured the pilots. It later turned out to be only 1 aircraft and pilot.

India's protest in the form of a note verbale, mentioned how Pakistani vehicles "zigzagged" around the Indian high commission car before finally overtaking and halting it.

The government's protest came even as India officially announced Wednesday that the first meeting between India and Pakistan to finalise the modalities for Kartarpur Corridor would be held at Attari-Wagah (Indian side) on March 14. India also proposed that a technical level discussion on the alignment of the corridor be held on the same day on the sidelines of this meeting.

In the same note verbale, India protested 2 other incidents of harassment both of which took place the same day. In one of these incidents, 2 other Indian officers were again aggressively followed before they were intercepted and photographed repeatedly in "an intimidating manner".

In the third incident, another Indian officer, while on his way to a market, was followed by an ISI official on a motorbike "within a distance of 10 metres".

"Such incidents of harassment of family members of diplomats are in violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961.The esteemed ministry may kindly note that the safety and security of Indian high commission, its officers, staff members and their families is the responsibility of the government of Pakistan," said India's protest note, while requesting the Pakistan foreign ministry to probe all 3 incidents and share the outcome with Indian officials.

India and Pakistan are hoping though that the Kartarpur meeting will help de-escalate tensions. Pakistan's decision to send a delegation and India's response Wednesday is being seen as a positive development by diplomats on both sides. :cry:

India said in its statement that its decision to go ahead with the Kartarpur Initiative was in keeping with the earlier decision to operationalise the Kartarpur Corridor on the occasion of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji and meet the "long pending public demand to have easy and smooth access to the holy Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib".

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Postby pankajs » 07 Mar 2019 14:15

Ashokk wrote:Behave, we have brought two down, ISI men told Indian diplomats after February 27 dogfight
India and Pakistan are hoping though that the Kartarpur meeting will help de-escalate tensions. Pakistan's decision to send a delegation and India's response Wednesday is being seen as a positive development by diplomats on both sides. :cry:

De-escalation! Jai ho.

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Re: Terroristan - October 8, 2018

Postby yensoy » 07 Mar 2019 15:12

It was a trainer Mig-21, maybe they thought the second seat was occupied as well?

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Postby Singha » 07 Mar 2019 18:28

IBLIVE - if we know of any sites of HuM, time to send a missile their way to lodge a protest. 1 person dead, 4 persons in serious conditions. around 38 wounded in total.
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Police said one suspect named Yasir Bhatt, from Kulgam area of Kashmir, has been arrested for lobbing the grenade. He was nabbed based on CCTV footage and oral testimony of witnesses, Inspector General of Police, Jammu, MK Sinha, said.

Sinha claimed that the accused is suspected to have links with militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, and has confessed to the crime.

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Postby Peregrine » 08 Mar 2019 16:40

'Circular debt increasing by Rs1.27b daily' – By Our Corrospondent

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior leader and former finance minister Miftah Ismail has revealed that Rs1.277 billion is being added to the country’s circular debt each passing day under the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government.
He said the country’s total circular debt has reached as high as Rs1,409 billion within just ten months of the current regime which is a worrisome sign for the country’s economic structure. Ismail further hit out at the government for not only lying to the nation over taking back an increase in petrol prices but instead raised the prices by Rs12.12 per litre in petrol and Rs13.99 per liter in diesel.
“The government is making foolish economic decisions which are proving costly to the people of Pakistan,” he said, adding the circular debt was up to Rs505 billion in 2013 and along with this there was PHPL (Power Holding co) debt to banks of Rs340billion.
Ismail maintained the average production in 2013 was 12,000 megawatts and the PML-N added 10,000 megawatts to the national grid before leaving an average production of 20,000 megawatts towards the end of its tenure in 2018.
The PML-N leader further said the circular loan was Rs423 billion in May 2018 while the PHPL loan was Rs603 billion and the total circular loan was Rs1026 billion. He added in those five years only Rs77 million increased in the circular loan on a daily basis.
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Postby Peregrine » 08 Mar 2019 17:46

3rd time in 9 days: Pakistan stops media from visiting madrassa bombed by IAF

JABA: Pakistani security officials on Thursday prevented a Reuters team from climbing a hill in northeastern Pakistan to the site of a madrasa and a group of surrounding buildings that was targeted by Indian warplanes last week.

It is the third time in the past nine days that Reuters reporters have visited the area – and each time the path up to what villagers say was a religious school run at one time by terrorist group Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) and what the Indian government says was a "terrorist" training camp - was blocked.

India's foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale said on the day of the strike that it had killed "a very large number of Jaish-e-Muhammed terrorists, trainers, senior commanders, and groups of jihadis" at the training camp.

The Pakistani security officials guarding the way to the site cited "security concerns" for denying access. They stuck to the Pakistani government's position ever since the Indian attack on February 26 that no damage was caused to any buildings and there was no loss of life.

In Islamabad, the military's press wing has twice called off visits to the site for weather and organisational reasons and an official said no visit would be possible a few days more due to security issues.

Meanwhile, stepping up pressure on Pakistan, the US has asked Islamabad to take "sustained and irreversible" actions against terrorist groups operating from its territory to prevent future attacks and promote regional stability.

The state department statement came as Pakistan, under global pressure after the Pulwama terror attack and India's air strikes against Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) terrorist camp in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on February 26, started taking actions against some of the terrorist outfits and their leaders over the past few days.

In Islamabad, the interior ministry on Thursday announced that a total of 121 members of the proscribed groups have so far been taken into "preventive detention" across Pakistan.

State Department deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino told reporters at his biweekly news conference, "I would say that we, the United States notes these steps and we continue to urge Pakistan to take sustained, irreversible actions against terrorist groups that will prevent future attacks and promote regional stability".

"We reiterate our call for Pakistan to abide by its United Nations Security Council obligations to deny terrorists safe haven and block their entry to funds," he said.

Responding to questions, Palladino refrained from giving a direct answer on the move at the United Nations Security Council to designate JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

However, he said that the US and its allies in the UN Security Council want to update the UN list of terrorist organisations and leaders.

"Our views on Masood Azhar and Jaish-e-Muhammed are well-known. Jaish-eMuhammed is a United Nations-designated terrorist group that has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability. Masood Azhar is the founder and leader of JEM," Palladino said.

Questions on the United Nations Sanctions Committee deliberations are confidential and as such it is not something that the state department is going to be able to comment on specific matters on the issue, he said.

"But we will continue to work with the sanctions committee to ensure that the list is updated and that it is accurate," Palladino said.

At the US Capitol, India's ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla met Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader in the House of Representatives and discussed the issue of terrorism.

"We must stand strong against acts of terrorism and work together to improve trade between our nations," the top Republican leader said after the meeting.

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi, meanwhile, urged India and Pakistan to quickly turn the page after the Pulwama terror attack, meet each other halfway and convert the present tensions into an opportunity for long term and fundamental improvement in their relations.

Wang also said post-Wuhan summit between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, China wants to develop closer ties with India and forge ahead like the “Yangtze and Ganges" rivers despite Beijing's all weather ties with Pakistan.

Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after 40 CRPF personnel were martyred when a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) targeted a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on February 14.

India launched a counter-terror operation in Balakot on February 26. The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured its pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1.

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Postby Peregrine » 08 Mar 2019 18:06

Chabahar port becomes operational, Gwadar couldn’t attract traffic: expert - Mehtab Haider
Renowned analyst Ahmed Rasheed said connectivity could provide a solution for regional peace. He said the Iranian port of Chabahar had become operational, while Gwadar could not attract much traffic so far.
He said Afghans were shifting their trade through Chabahar as bilateral trade had come down from $5 billion to $2.5 billion and it touched the lowest ebb of $1.5 billion last year. “We have lost a captive market,” he added.
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Taliban deny discussing ceasefire, Afghan dialogue with US - AFP

KABUL: The Taliban denied on Friday that they were discussing a ceasefire and dialogue with the Kabul government during ongoing talks with the US in Doha, contrary to statements from Washington.

“This phase is about fleshing out the details of the two issues… the and not allowing” the country to be used as a base for international militancy, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.

He described them as “external” aspects of the 17-year conflict.

“Other issues that have an internal aspect and are not tied to the United States… have not been held under discussion.”

On Tuesday, US State Department spokesman Robert Palladino had affirmed the opposite.

“What we’re focusing on are the four interconnected issues that are going to compose any future agreement,” Palladino said — listing them as “terrorism”, “troop withdrawal”, “intra-Afghan dialogue” and “ceasefire”.

He said progress was being made.

The latest round of talks, believed to be among the longest held between Washington and the militants, began on February 25 in the Qatari capital.

Both sides have remained tight-lipped, however, and it is not clear how many days have involved direct negotiations.

US-Taliban talks in Pakistan cancelled

The talks have already been paused at least once for two days, and the Taliban said Friday that they were again being suspended for a day, due to resume Saturday. It is not clear how much longer they will go on for.

Expectations remain high. The previous round, in January, saw the US and the Taliban walk away with a “draft framework” that focused on the issues Mujahid said were being discussed this time: a potential US troop withdrawal and a pact to prevent Afghanistan from harbouring terrorists.

The Taliban have repeatedly refused to meet with the Afghan government, whom they dismiss as “puppets”.

US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who is leading the diplomatic push, had earlier hinted that headway was being made on the issue, however.

He also met with the Taliban’s top political leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar at the start of the current round in Doha, in what has been touted as the highest-level engagement between the two sides in the months-long diplomatic thrust.

General Scott Miller, the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan, has also attended at least some of the talks.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly voiced his eagerness to end America’s involvement in Afghanistan, where 14,000 US troops are still deployed.

On Thursday, General Joseph Votel, head of US Central Command, said the military has received no directions yet to withdraw from Afghanistan.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has suggested he could visit Doha to help advance the negotiations “in a couple (of) weeks”.

Afghanistan has been enmeshed in nearly constant conflict since the Soviet invasion in 1979, which was followed by civil war, the Taliban regime, and the post-9/11 US invasion in late 2001.

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Postby chetak » 09 Mar 2019 07:55

CPEC concerns making China apprehensive about supporting ban on Masood Azhar: Report


CPEC concerns making China apprehensive about supporting ban on Masood Azhar: Report

This is the fourth time that a proposal has been moved to brand Masood Azhar a global terrorist. The previous three attempts have been blocked by China

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China apprehensive about changing minds on Masood Azhar's terror designation


The People’s Republic of China, which has repeatedly blocked India’s efforts to designate Masood Azhar a terrorist, is reportedly apprehensive about changing its mind, as it thinks it will make the multi-billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) prone to attacks by Jaish-e-Mohammed.

According to an Economic Times report, China is thinking about changing its stand on Masood Azhar and not use the veto to prevent him from getting listed as a terrorist on March 13th when the proposal moved by France and supported by other UNSC permanent members under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1267 goes under consideration.

For this, it is reported that it will have to exert pressure on Pakistan to tie down security guarantees regarding CPEC. China’s Deputy Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou’s visit to Pakistan, this month, is also said to be have been done in this regard.

The $62 billion CPEC project, part of China’s giant programme Belt and Road Initiative, intends to construct modern infrastructures in Pakistan, including highway and railway networks, energy projects, to bolster the country’s economic backbone. According to reports, around 10,000 Chinese nationals are working on the project. Last week, China also sent socio-economic development experts to Pakistan to gear up projects in areas like education and water.

The corridor passes through Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and also Mansehra district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where Balakot is present. It is considered a hotbed of activities of JeM and was recently hit by air strikes conducted by India.

China, reportedly, has acquired a large amount of land near Balakot and the Karakoram Highway that connects Pakistan with China through POK also crosses Mansehra making them prone to JeM’s terror activities.

India has been persistent in its approach to declare Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. In 2009, India had moved a proposal to ban Azhar. In 2016 again, India moved a similar proposal with the P3 nations: The United States, the United Kingdom, and France in the UN’s 1267 Sanctions Committee. The P3 nations had moved the same proposal in 2017, too. However, all proposals brought no fruit for India, as all of them were blocked by veto-wielding China. Even after the Pulwama attack last month, China has shown no difference in its position.

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Postby arun » 09 Mar 2019 11:09

X Posted from the Pakistani Role In Global Terrorism thread.

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has reportedly placed 18 conditions that the Mohammadden Terrorism Fomenting Islamic Republic of Pakistan needs to comply with prior to the next scheduled FATF soiree at Colombo in May / June 2019:

FATF adds three more conditions for Pakistan to comply with

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Postby arun » 09 Mar 2019 13:11

arun wrote:Looking at the headline of “Pakistan to lodge U.N. complaint against India for 'eco-terrorism' forest bombing” I thought Reuters unbeknownst to me had started a spot satirising current events. I was then rather bemused to find out that it was actual news and based on the comment of the Mohammadden Terrorism Fomenting Islamic Republic of Pakistan’s Minister of Climate Change one Malik Amin Aslam.

Only bemused rather than surprised, as the Mohammadden Terrorism Fomenting Islamic Republic of Pakistan’s Ministry of Climate Change is rather saazish minded when India is involved. Posters here may recollect the tweet of the Junior Minister of Climate Change {Minister of State}, one Zartaj Gul Wazir, who declared that the Islamic Republic’s winter smog problem was “connected to the unconventional warfare we're embattled in with our eastern neighbour, India”.

1. Pakistan to lodge U.N. complaint against India for 'eco-terrorism' forest bombing :

Climate Change Minister Malik Amin Aslam said Indian jets bombed a “forest reserve” and the government was undertaking an environmental impact assessment, which will be the basis a complaint at the United Nations and other forums.

“What happened over there is environmental terrorism,” Aslam told Reuters, adding that dozens of pine trees had been felled. “There has been serious environmental damage.”


2. Twitter:

In response to @sherryrehman's question in Senate today about smog:

Smog is a major environmental concern in Pakistan. And we have to accept and acknowledge that it's connected to the unconventional warfare we're embattled in with our eastern neighbour, India.


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When UN complaint is contemplated for bringing down trees an FIR for bringing down trees cannot be ruled out :rotfl: :

Case registered against Indian pilots for destroying trees in Balakot


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