(ISLAMABAD, Pakistan.) The US is suspending security assistance to Pakistan over what it says is a failure by the country to adequately crack down on terror groups after ‘ First Tri-Lateral ‘ meeting between Pakistan & China to include Afghanistan in 57-billion Economic Corridor (CPEC) agreed #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Jan.05: Top Islamabad officials have warned President Donald Trump against endangering US-Pakistan cooperation in Afghanistan, promising a “cold-blooded” response to Washington’s proposed aid cut to the South Asian nation #AceNewsDesk reports

http://ift.tt/2CIz3wX A senior Pakistani senator expressed disappointment Friday at the U.S. decision to suspend military aid, saying it will be detrimental to bilateral relations, while the government itself said it was too early to gauge the effects of the decision………..Nuzhat Sadiq, the chairwoman of the foreign affairs committee in the upper house of parliament, said Islamabad can manage without the United States as it did in the 1990s, but would prefer to move the troubled relationship forward.“What the U.S. is doing now is not good for its policy against terrorism and for a lasting peace in this region,” she said, adding that Pakistan has always “played a vital role in the war on terror.”……….The State Department’s declaration on Thursday lambasted Pakistan for failing to take “decisive action” against Taliban militants targeting U.S. personnel in neighbouring Afghanistan. U.S. officials have long complained that Pakistan tolerates or even encourages extremists, charges denied by Islamabad.A statement issued by Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry nearly 24 hours after the announced suspension of military aid said it’s too early to tell what impact the U.S. decision will have on counter-terrorism initiatives in the region. But it said the war on terror, which is entering its 17th year, has cost Pakistan over $120 billion……….The statement said Pakistan’s cooperation had helped “decimate” al-Qaida and drive other militant groups out of the lawless regions along the border…………Another statement on Friday rejected the U.S. decision to add Pakistan to a special watch list for violations of religious freedom, pursuant to 2016 legislation. That step does not carry any serious consequences………The Foreign Ministry said the designation is not based on “objective criteria.”Pakistan has recently begun constructing dozens of security posts along the border with Afghanistan as well as a fence to curtail cross-border movement. Afghanistan, which does not recognise the international border between the two countries, has objected to those moves……..The Foreign Ministry statement blamed Afghanistan for much of the unrest, saying it should accelerate efforts to repatriate the more than 1 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan and curb the runaway opium production that finances the Taliban and other armed groups……….Mohammed Amir Rana, director of the independent Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies, said that both Pakistan and the United States “need to realistically review their relationship and scale down expectation of each other.”“Pakistan cannot put all its eggs in the China basket,” he added, referring to the billions of dollars China is investing in Pakistan on a major transportation and power grid.Rana said the U.S. needs Pakistan if it wants to find a peaceful end to decades of turmoil, and if it wants to navigate the changing circumstances in neighbouring Iran, which has seen anti-government protests in recent days.The U.S. mission in Afghanistan is heavily reliant on supply corridors that run through Pakistan……….Dozens of Pakistanis meanwhile took part in protests against the United States in a number of cities……..In some places, the protesters set fire to portraits of President Donald Trump, but there were no reports of violence ………..Pakistan holds emergency National Security Council meeting after Trump tweets that the country gives the US “nothing but lies & deceithttp://bitly.com/2CtCSVN http://pic.twitter.com/CPxfMEqOSECNN News January 2, 2018 …..The US is suspending security assistance to Pakistan over what it says is a failure by the country to adequately crack down on terror groups http://cnn.it/2EZ529Q pic.twitter.com/yhgfnSnFt0 but real reason is here: First trilateral talks of FMs of China, Afghanistan and Pakistan being held in Beijing to discuss development, connectivity, security and counter-terrorism.— All India Radio News December 26, 2017 ……..Wang: China and Pakistan want to cooperate over Afghanistan and in the future, we want to link #Afghanistan to China – through the #Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).— TOLOnews reports …..China and Pakistan are looking to include Afghanistan in their $57-billion economic corridor https://t.co/1szqhQ8yXV RT December 26, 2017

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LAHORE: ‘ India releases 16-pakistani prisoners as reciprocal gesture after 16-fishermen released ‘

#AceNewsReport – LAHORE: Aug.08: India released 16 Pakistani prisoners including nine fishermen on Saturday as a reciprocal gesture five days after Pakistan freed 163 Indian fishermen.

According to a statement by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, 16 Pakistani prisoners, whose nationality has been confirmed by Pakistani authorities, are being repatriated to Pakistan via Wagah border.

The statement added that the cases against nine Pakistani fishermen have been withdrawn.

The confirmation of the release came from the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi, which said that a total of nine fishermen detained at a prison in the Indian state of Gujarat for more than two years have been released.

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PAKISTAN: ‘ Earthquake 5.3 hits Khuzdar in Balochistan ‘

#AceNewsReport – PAKISTAN:Aug.03: A 5.3-magnitude earthquake hit Pakistan on Monday, TASS reported, citing meteorological officials.

The epicenter was 70km southwest of Khuzdar in the Balochistan province, and the depth was 10km. No damage was immediately reported.

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INDIA:’ Accuses Pakistan of Killing one of its soldiers near Kashmir border ‘

#AceNewsReport – INDIA:July.31: India on Thursday accused Pakistan of killing one of its soldiers near the de-facto border that divides Kashmir between the two states, AFP said.
Defacto border with Kashmir

Defacto border with Kashmir

Pakistani troops opened “unprovoked fire” Wednesday evening targeting Indian positions in Poonch sector along the Line of Control, according to Colonel S. D. Goswami, a spokesman for the Indian army.
“Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire again during which our soldier was injured who died later,” he said. A border ceasefire agreement was signed in 2003.

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PAKISTAN: ‘ US Embassy employee shot Dead in Islamabad ‘

#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN:July.26: Police in Islamabad have identified a man who died of gunshot wounds as Pakistani citizen Iqbal Baig, who they say worked for the US Drug Enforcement Agency, reports AP.

The motive for the attack remains unclear. The US contractor’s body was found at his home, where he is believed to have been killed early on Sunday morning. US Embassy security officials have already visited the crime scene.

Baig belonged to a Shiite minority sect known as the Ismaili. In Sunni-dominated Pakistan, the Shia often become victims of Islamic extremists, who regard them as heretics.

In May, some 50 Ismaili were shot dead by gunmen in the country’s southern port city of Karachi.


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DERA KHAN: ‘ At least 12-Suspected Militants & 4-Security Personnel Killed – Reports ‘

#AceNewsReport – DERA KHAN:July.05: At least 12 suspected militants and four security personnel were killed in an exchange of fire in Data Khel area of North Waziristan tribal region, according to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement.

The statement added that the militants fled from the scene leaving behind the bodies of three of their colleagues.

The details could not be independently verified.

North Waziristan is one of the seven regions in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) governed by tribal laws which is situated along the Pak-Afghan border and is rife with Taliban militant activity.

The Pakistan Army launched Zarb-i-Azb, a comprehensive operation in North Waziristan tribal region last summer to drive out Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other extremist militants who launch attacks on government and civilian targets, a week after the brazen insurgent attack on the country’s busiest airport in Karachi.


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@AceNewsServices Indian Fishermen released from Karachi Jail

#AceNewsReport – PAKISTAN:June.18: Pakistan on Thursday released 113 Indian fishermen, AFP reported. The fishermen, who had been kept in a Karachi jail for nine months to a year, were put on a train bound for the eastern border city of Lahore.

The release of the Indian fishermen followed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s phone call to his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, on Tuesday.

India’s leader offered best wishes to his counterpart on the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and announced the release of the detained fishermen in an apparent move to ease bilateral tensions.

Fishermen are frequently arrested by both India and Pakistan because the maritime border between the two countries in the Arabian Sea is poorly defined.


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KABUL: ‘ Bomb explodes in offices of Afghan News agency ‘

#AceNewsReport – KABUL:June.11: A bomb exploded at an office of Afghanistan’s main news agency Pajhwok on Thursday, wounding two people, Reuters said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast in the eastern province of Nangarhar. Militants have issued threats to the agency in the past, editor-in-chief, Danish Karokhil, said.


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WARZIRISTAN: ‘ Suicide Attack Kills Seven Soldiers on Afghan/Pakistan Border ‘

#AceNewsReport – WAZIRISTAN:June.08: A suicide attack has killed seven Pakistani soldiers in a restive northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, Pakistan’s military said Monday.

 The incident happened in North Waziristan on Sunday night, where the military has been fighting militants since June last year. “When being chased and cordoned, a terrorist exploded his suicide jacket,” the military said in a statement.

The blast triggered a gun battle between militants and troops in which 19 insurgents were killed, AFP reported.


#afghanistan, #agence-france-presse, #al-qaeda, #datta-khel, #durand-line, #explosive-belt, #north-waziristan, #pakistan, #pakistan-armed-forces, #taliban

PAKISTAN: ‘ US Drone Attack Kills Suspected Taliban Militants ‘

#AceNewsReport – PAKISTAN:June.06: A number of suspected Taliban militants were killed Saturday in a US drone attack in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region, which borders on Afghanistan, local media reported.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The US drones fired two missiles targeting a house which was said to be used as a hideout by the Taliban, the Pakistani Dawn newspaper reported citing unnamed sources.



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#AceWorldNews – Update: PAKISTAN: Jan.17:The nineteenth sectarian militant has been executed in Pakistan, as the country continues to deal out justice in the aftermath of the tragic school massacre last month, after lifting a moratorium on death penalties.

The Saturday hanging comes after first being cancelled, but with court later rejecting a pardon offered by the victim’s family, according to officials RT News reported. 

Afghan security services also arrested another five men in connection with the massacre at a Pakistan military school last month that killed 150 people, most of them children, officials said Saturday.

The men, all foreigners, helped support the Dec. 16 assault by the Taliban at the Army Public School and College in the city of Peshawar, the three Afghan officials told The Associated Press.

They said the men were arrested in recent weeks near Afghanistan’s eastern border with Pakistan.


#pakistan, #peshawar


#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN:Dec.29:A court in Pakistan has suspended a detention order against the alleged mastermind of the Mumbai terrorist attacks in 2008, reported by New York Times. Mr. Shah, the technology chief of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistani terror group, and fellow conspirators used Google Earth to show militants the routes to their targets in the city. He set up an Internet phone system to disguise his location by routing his calls through New Jersey.

​Mr Lakhvi has been in Pakistani custody since 2008.

Shortly before an assault that would kill 166 people, including six Americans, Mr. Shah searched online for a Jewish hostel and two luxury hotels, all sites of the eventual carnage.

Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakvi is being held in prison, while bail is posted, though he could possibly be released according to a local prosecutor – a move, which would infuriate neighbouring India.

The court said there was not enough evidence to keep Lakvi behind bars, AP reported.

Another hearing has been set for January 15 and if the Interior Ministry comes up with new evidence, the judge in the case says he could reverse his decision.


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#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN – Nov.11 – At least 56 people, 17 women and 18 children among them, were killed on Tuesday, as a passenger bus collided with a truck in southern Pakistan, officials said.

“The Karachi-bound passenger bus, which was coming from north-western city of Swat went on the wrong side of the road and collided head-on with a goods container, killing 56 people,senior local police official Nasir Aftab told AFP.

Conflicting reports have come about the number of victims. AP reported the death and injury toll issued by police official Ghulam Jhokhio.

AFP, however, estimates the body count at 56 people at least, with a much higher rate of kids – including 17 women and 18 children. The latter death toll was confirmed by a senior doctor at the Khairpur civil hospital, who added that the condition of three of the injured was critical.

The accident happened in the morning, 450km north of Karachi, near the city of Khairpur, which is the capital of southern Sindh province. A police official told AP, the most likely cause of the accident was heavy fog.

Bad road infrastructure, combined with reckless driving makes fatal accidents quite common in Pakistan.


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#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – November 06 – Pakistan summoned the US ambassador after a Pentagon report alleged that Islamabad supports militant proxies in neighbouring India and Afghanistan, AP reported.

The Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that Pakistani National Security and Foreign Affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz conveyed the complaint to US Ambassador Richard Olson.

The US Defence Department’s report, ‘Progress Towards Security and Stability in Afghanistan’, said militants continue to enjoy safe havens in Pakistan.

According to Pentagon, the fighters are used as a hedge against Islamabad’s loss of influence in Afghanistan and as a counterweight to India’s superior military.


#afghanistan, #islamabad, #militants, #pakistan


#AceNewsServices – PAKISTAN – November 05 – A new Pakistani Taliban group behind this week’s devastating suicide bombing on the Pakistani-Indian border said on Wednesday the attack was as much aimed at India as Pakistan, suggesting that Indian targets might be next.

' Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat Ahrar (TTP-JA) claim responsibility for the attack - warning Modi  more to come !!!

‘ Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat Ahrar (TTP-JA) claim responsibility for the attack – warning Modi more to come !!!

At least 57 Pakistanis were killed during a popular flag-lowering ceremony on Sunday when a bomber tried to get as close as possible to the border in a possible attempt to cause casualties on the Indian side as well.

' At least '57 Pakistanis were killed '

‘ At least ’57 Pakistanis were killed ‘

Ehsanullah Ehsan,

 Ehanullahehsan of the ' Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat Ahrar (TTP-JA) '

Ehanullahehsan of the ‘ Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat Ahrar (TTP-JA) ‘

a prominent militant and spokesman for the group, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat Ahrar (TTP-JA), said he had warned Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that attacks in India were in the pipeline.

“I have already conveyed it to Modi … that if our suicide bombers can carry out attacks on this side of the border, they can easily do it on other side of the border in India,” he told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location.

“I told him that his hands are red with the blood of Kashmiri mujahideen (fighters) and innocent people of Gujarat for which he would have to pay the price.”

He earlier tweeted in English: “You (Modi) are the killer of hundreds of Muslims. We wl (will) take the revenge of innocent people of Kashmir and Gugrat” (sic). An Indian intelligence official said the account appeared genuine. 


TTP-JA has announced its support for the Middle Eastern group Islamic State, whose belligerent anti-Western ideology has begun to inspire militants across South Asia.

The group’s openly anti-Indian rhetoric differs from that of the mainstream Pakistani Taliban, who are mainly focused on their insurgency against Pakistani security forces in the volatile tribal north-west of the country.



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#AceNewsServices – NEW YORK – October 26 – Assistant Attorney General for National Security  John Carlin, United States Attorney Preet Bharara for the Southern District of New York, Assistant Director-in-Charge George Venizelos of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Commissioner William J. Bratton of the New York City Police Department (NYPD):

' Haroon Aswat  is Extradited to United States on Charges of Terrorism '

‘ Haroon Aswat is Extradited to United States on Charges of Terrorism ‘

Announcement of the extradition of Haroon Aswat from the United Kingdom to face charges of conspiring to provide and providing material support to al Qaeda and terrorists for attempting to establish a terrorist training camp in the United States. 

Aswat was arrested in Zambia in July 2005, and in August 2005, Aswat was deported from Zambia to the United Kingdom, where he was arrested pursuant to a provisional warrant that was issued in response to a request by the U.S. government in connection with this case. 

On Sept. 4, 2014, the United Kingdom ordered Aswat extradited to the United States on the charges described below: 

In coordination with British authorities, Aswat was extradited from the United Kingdom to the Southern District of New York on Oct. 21, 2014.  Aswat will make his first court appearance later today before U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest.

According to the allegations contained in the Indictment, statements made at related court proceedings, and evidence presented at prior trials:

In late 1999, Aswat, along with co-defendants Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, aka Abu Hamza (Abu Hamza), Ouassama Kassir, and Earnest James Ujaama, attempted to create a terrorist training camp in the United States to support al Qaeda, which has been designated by the United States Secretary of State as a foreign terrorist organization. 

Aswat conspired with Abu Hamza, Kassir and Ujaama to establish the terrorist training camp on a rural parcel of property located in Bly, Oregon.  The purpose of the Bly, Oregon, camp was for Muslims to receive various types of training – including military-style jihad training – in preparation to fight jihad in Afghanistan. 

As used by the conspirators in this case, the term “jihad” meant defending Islam against purported enemies through violence and armed aggression, including, if necessary, by using murder to expel non-believers from Muslim holy lands.

In a letter faxed from Ujaama, in the United States, to Abu Hamza, in the United Kingdom, the property in Bly was described as a place that “looks just like Afghanistan,” and the letter noted that the men at Bly were “stock-piling weapons and ammunition.”  

Haroon Aswat, accused of conspiring to launch a terrorist training ...

Haroon Aswat, accused of conspiring to launch a terrorist training …

In late 1999, after transmission of the faxed letter, Abu Hamza directed Aswat and Kassir, both of whom resided in London, England, and attended Abu Hamza’s mosque there, to travel to Oregon to assist in establishing the camp. 

On Nov. 26, 1999, Aswat and Kassir arrived in New York, and then traveled to Bly.

In September 2002, special agents from the FBI recovered a ledger, among other items, from an al Qaeda safe house in Karachi, Pakistan.  The ledger listed a number of individuals associated with al Qaeda, including Aswat.

The al Qaeda safe house was used by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, al Qaeda’s chief operational planner and the alleged planner of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Source: Ace News Services – DOJ – Sunday Express  


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#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN – October 23 – Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, the Pakistani-Canadian cleric whose supporters have overrun the government quarter of Islamabad in a protest against corruption, on Monday issued a darkly mysterious ultimatum.

Canadian cleric ‘ready to be martyred’ as he sets two-day deadline for end of ‘corrupt’ Pakistani government

Canadian cleric ‘ready to be martyred’ as he sets two-day deadline for end of ‘corrupt’ Pakistani government

Waving a burial shroud, Mr. Qadri, 63, who has twice left a quiet life of retirement near Toronto for the roiling cauldron of Pakistani politics, set a 48-hour deadline for the resignation of Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s prime minister.

Failing that, Mr. Qadri told thousands of supporters his own life could be the price.

“I am giving this deadline today as I am ready to be martyred and I have taken the last bath today,” Mr. Qadri said in front of Pakistan’s parliament, raising fears protestors would storm the building, despite its military guard.

“I’m calling on people from across the country to come out and reject this corrupt and undemocratic government,” he told the Sunday Times.

“People saw what we could do before. This time we will not stop until the government is removed,” Mr. Qadri said, referring to the march he led last year, which ended with the arrest of the previous prime minister, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf.



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#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN – A Pakistani court on Thursday ordered the media regulatory authority to restore transmission of a news channel supportive of anti-government protests, AFP said.

Anti-government protesters storm Pakistan’s state TV building as thousands demand PM step down

Anti-government protesters storm Pakistan’s state TV building as thousands demand PM step down

ARY News was ordered off the air for 15 days on Monday by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority for “maligning judiciary.”

The channel’s management approached the Sindh High Court on Tuesday to lift the suspension, and a judge allowed cable providers to resume broadcast of the channel that has been vocal in support of a movement led by politician Imran Khan and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri.


#pakistan, #tahir-ul-qadri

PAKISTAN: ‘ Court Upholds Blasphemy Death Charge For Mother of Five ‘

#AceNewsServices – PAKISTAN – October 17 – A Pakistani court has rejected the appeal of Asia Bibi, a mother of five, who was convicted of blasphemy for insulting Islam’s Prophet Mohammed in 2010, the Associated Press reports.

Pakistan court upholds blasphemy death sentence for Christian woman

Pakistan court upholds blasphemy death sentence for Christian woman

Her case led to the assassination of two politicians who supported her and spoke out against blasphemy laws in Pakistan.

Bibi was arrested following a verbal spat with a Muslim woman who claimed Bibi had made “derogatory remarks” about the prophet.

Her lawyer told the Associated Press, that they would continue the appeals process.

We have a strong case and we will try our best to save her life,” he said.

Though many are sentenced to death for blasphemy, Pakistan has never executed anyone for the offence.




PAKISTAN: ‘ Sharif Assures Flood Victims Will Receive Second Half of Rehabilitation Funds While Hitting Out at Double Standards ‘

#AceNewsServices – PAKISTAN – October 15 – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday assured flood victims in Uch Sharif that they would be receiving the second half of rehabilitation funds on October 20, 2014.

' Pakistan Flood Victims Still Awaiting Aid '

‘ Pakistan Flood Victims Still Awaiting Aid ‘

“You have already received the first half of the funds, and you will receive the other Rs25,000 on October 20,” the premier said while addressing a mammoth crowd in the city.

“I have come here to help you, because it is my duty — it is not a favour to you. And I will not rest until flood victims have been rehabilitated,” he said.

Nawaz also hit out at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran without naming him.

“They [sit-in leaders] talk about the troubles of the poor, but they are sitting in their air-conditioned containers and palaces,” the prime minister said.

The premier also addressed the rigging allegations and those demanding his resignation at the sit-ins in Islamabad

“And as for the topic of asking for my resignation, 10 million people voted for me but about 30,000 people are asking for my resignation,” he said, while urging those asking for his ouster to gather “at least out a crowd that can the match the number of people who voted for me.”

“These people do not want Pakistan to move forward, they don’t want it to flourish,” the prime minister said.

I want to see development in Pakistan: Nawaz

“A solar power plant is being built in Bahawalpur which will not only provide electricity to this region, it will light up the whole of Punjab,” Nawaz said.

Further, he spoke about more positive development projects in Pakistan such as the construction of motorways, adding, “We are building a motorway which will go from Lahore to Karachi. And we will build one here which will connect to the Lahore-Karachi motorway.”

The premier also spoke about the construction of the Dasu hydro power project and Basha dam.

He proudly said the government is working on providing 9,000 MW of electricity through these power projects.