VOA News January 13, 2018 Hasib Danish Alikozai Mohammad Habibzada WASHINGTON — An Afghan defense official told VOA that the recent spike in violence in Afghanistan is not the work of the Islamic State terror group. Rather the Pakistan-based Haqqani network is behind the attacks, he said. General Mohammad Radmanesh, a spokesperson for the Afghan Ministry
Press TV January 9, 2018 A Pakistani court has ordered the release of an anti-US cleric amid growing tensions between Islamabad and Washington over the so-called war on terror and a range of other issues. Defense lawyer Fida Gul said Sufi Mohammad was set free on health grounds and the paperwork for his release was still
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty January 6, 2018 U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he’s not worried about Islamabad retaliating against Washington over its suspension of as much as $2 billion in military aid this week. “I’m not concerned, no,” Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon on January 5, when asked about concerns that the U.S.
Press TV January 5, 2018 Pakistan has denounced as “counterproductive” Washington’s decision to suspend millions of dollars in security aid to Islamabad. “Arbitrary deadlines, unilateral pronouncements and shifting goalposts are counterproductive in addressing common threats,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday. The statement said Islamabad was “engaged” with US officials and awaiting
RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan January 4, 2018 Zalmay Khalilzad, the former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and the United Nations, expressed support for President Donald Trump’s tough line against Islamabad and said the administration is likely studying various methods to put pressure on Pakistan for what he called its lack of cooperation in the fight against
Press TV / January 3, 2018 Pakistan’s opposition leader Imran Khan has denounced Donald Trump as “ignorant and ungrateful” after the US president accused Islamabad of harboring terrorists. Khan, who has ambitions to become Pakistan’s next prime minister, said in a Twitter post on Wednesday that the Trump administration was making Pakistan a scapegoat to
VOA News / January 2, 2018 Pakistan has summoned the U.S. ambassador to protest President Donald Trump’s tweets accusing Islamabad of sheltering terrorists who are battling U.S. forces in neighboring Afghanistan. A spokesperson for the U.S. embassy in Islamabad says David Hale was summoned to the foreign ministry Monday night to discuss Trump’s New Year’s
VOA News January 1, 2018 Ayaz Gul ISLAMABAD — U.S. President Donald Trump is again accusing Pakistan of sheltering terrorists whom American forces are fighting in neighboring Afghanistan. In his first Twitter message of 2018, Trump wrote, “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years,
VOA News / December 30, 2017 Ayaz Gul ISLAMABAD — Pakistan says that almost 92 percent of its 2,611-kilometer largely porous frontier with Afghanistan will be fenced by end of 2018, hoping the massive unilateral undertaking will effectively address mutual complaints of militant incursions. The military-led construction effort went into action earlier this year. It has
December 26, 2017 RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan Afghan officials say Taliban militants shot and killed five travelers in the country’s central province of Ghazni. Speaking on December 26, Ghazni Provincial Council member Nasir Ahmad Faqiri said the killing occurred late at night on December 25 in the village of Arzo near the provincial capital Ghazni.