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  • U.S. Blames Islamic State For ‘Horrific’ Kabul Hospital Attack; Afghans Blame The Taliban0

    May 15, 2020 RFE/RL The United States has blamed Islamic State extremists for two deadly attacks this week, but Afghan officials say they see it differently, saying the Taliban is responsible. The special U.S. representative to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, said on Twitter that the United States believes that the Islamic State’s Afghan affiliate carried out

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  • A Mysterious Death In Sweden Shocks Exiled Baluch Activists Across Europe0

    May 11, 2020 Abdul Hai Kakar Abubakar Siddique They braved great risks to flee danger in their Balochistan homeland in southwestern Pakistan, where thousands have been killed and disappeared amid a separatist rebellion that began two decades ago. But hundreds of exiled Baluch activists are again facing anxiety after the mysterious disappearance and death of

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  • Global Terrorism Finance Watchdog Blacklists Iran, Grants Reprieve To Pakistan0

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    • February 21, 2020

    February 21, 2020 A global financial watchdog has blacklisted Iran for failing to take measures against money laundering and the financing of terrorist groups. The Paris-based task force, an inter-governmental organization that underpins the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing, made the announcement on February 21. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) also granted

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  • Abdullah Slams EU For Recognizing Afghan Presidential Election Results0

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    • February 21, 2020

    February 20, 2020 Radio Free Afghanistan KABUL– Afghanistan’s outgoing Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah has complained to the European Union about its recognition of final official Afghan presidential election results showing President Ashraf Ghani has been reelected. In a Twitter post that included a copy of his letter of complaint, Abdullah declared on February 20

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  • U.S.Hits ‘Gross’ Human Rights Violators In Russia, Pakistan With Sanctions0

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    • December 10, 2019

    December 10, 2019 By RFE/RL The United States has sanctioned an official in Russia’s North Caucasus region of Chechnya, a Pakistani police officer, and 18 other individuals accused of involvement in “gross violations” of human rights. The United States “will not tolerate torture, kidnapping, sexual violence, murder, or brutality against innocent civilians,” Treasury Secretary Steven

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  • Pakistan Is New Frontline In Chinese, U.S. Rivalry0

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    • December 6, 2019

    November 27, 2019 Abubakar Siddique Pakistan has emerged as the new front for the global rivalry between the United States and China as the two powers jostle to shape the 21st century. Chinese officials have angrily reacted to the criticism of their multibillion-dollar infrastructure and energy investments, collectively called the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), by

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  • Despite U.S. Talk Of Withdrawal, Afghan War Expected To Continue0

    July 31, 2019 Abubakar Siddique gandhara.rferl.org The United States is seeking to end its 18-year war in Afghanistan by negotiating peace with the Taliban and persuading the hard-line Islamist group to prove its commitment to counterterrorism, a lasting cease-fire, and a political settlement with the Afghan government and other factions in return for U.S. withdrawal

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  • India Denies Asking Trump To Mediate on Kashmir During Pakistani Prime Minister’s Washington Visit0

    July 23, 2019 India rejected U.S. President Donald Trump’s offer to help resolve the decades-long Kashmir conflict amid Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Washington on July 22. During a meeting with Khan at the White House, Trump said he “would love to be a mediator.” The U.S. president then claimed that Indian Prime

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  • U.S. Designates Pakistan’s Balochistan Liberation Army As Terrorist Group0

    July 03, 2019 The United States has designated Pakistan’s separatist Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) as a terrorist group and says Washington is working to deny the organization access to resources for planning and carrying out attacks. The U.S. State Department announced the decision on July 2, saying the BLA was “an armed separatist group that

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  • Four Suspected Militants Killed By Security Forces In Indian Kashmir0

    June 07, 2019 At least four militants, including two former police officers, were killed in India-administered Kashmir on June 7 during an operation launched by the security forces, officials said. The incident occurred in the Pulwama district where India has stepped up operations since a suicide attack killed 40 paramilitary police officers in February. The

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  • Pakistan’s Pashtun Crackdown Echoes Bangladesh War5

    June 07, 2019 Abubakar Siddique Pakistan is increasing its crackdown on a civil rights movement demanding security rights and accountability for alleged grave abuses against the country’s ethnic Pashtun minority. But as more leaders and activists of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement, better known by its initials, PTM, are killed, injured, beaten, arrested or forced into

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  • New Nationalist Movement Emerges From Pakistan’s Pashtun Protests0

    April 11, 2018   Abubakar Siddique Manzoor Pashteen, leader of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement, addressing a protest gathering in Peshawar on April 8. A new movement demanding security for Pakistan’s ethnic Pashtun minority is transforming into a nationalist struggle with long-term consequences for the country’s politics, security, society, and foreign policy. On April 8, tens of

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