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Monday November 27, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The US has strongly condemned Pakistan's release of the alleged militant accused of masterminding the 2008 attack on Mumbai - saying it sends a deeply troubling message about its commitment to fighting terrorism. Hafiz Saeed, accused of plotting the commando operation that left more than 160 people dead, was released from house arrest earlier this week by a three-judge panel in the city of Lahore. His spokesman, Yahya Mujahid, called it a “victory of truth”. But the White House denounced the move and said it could damage US-Pakistan relations. “Saeed’s release, after Pakistan’s failure to prosecute or charge him, sends a deeply troubling message about Pakistan's commitment to combatting international terrorism and belies Pakistani claims that it will not provide sanctuary for terrorists on its soil,” said press secretary Sara Huckabee Sanders.
“If Pakistan does not take action to lawfully detain Saeed and charge him for his crimes, its inaction will have repercussions for bilateral relations and for Pakistan’s global reputation.” Mr. Saeed, 68, has always denied being behind the multi-target attack on Mumbai that left close to 170 people dead. In 2010, he told The Independent: “They make me out to be the biggest and most evil terrorist. Do I look like one to you?” He has insisted that his organization, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, is involved solely in charitable activities. Yet both India, the US and other countries, accuse Mr. Saeed of being the attack. They say that while Jamaat-ud-Dawa may indeed perform charitable activities, it is also a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistan militant group which became notorious for strikes on Indian targets, including a 2001 attack on its parliament in Delhi. In December 2008, UN Secretary Council declared Jamaat-ud-Dawa a terrorist front group. In April 2012, the US announced a bounty of $10m on Mr. Saeed.
After the attack on the Indian commercial capital, Pakistan was put under intense pressure to detain and prosecute Mr. Saeed. India and the US said there was sufficient evidence, though this was something prosecutors in Pakistan denied. Instead, Mr. Saeed has spent much of the last decade being placed under house arrest and then released. His situation under house arrest is not irksome; Mr. Saeed has a large property in Lahore and is protected not only by his own armed guards but by armed police officers. While some in Pakistan may wish to see Mr. Saeed placed on trial, there is widespread suspicion among Indian and US officials that he still retains close links to the country’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), which has been long blamed for sponsoring many of the cross-border attacks on Indian targets.
After his latest release from house arrest, Mr. Saeed attacked recently ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as a “traitor” for his efforts to seek peace with India. The Trump administration has been intensifying pressure on Pakistan to fight extremists and drive them from hideouts in Pakistani territory. The campaign appeared to produce some success this year when Pakistani security forces assisted with the release of a Taliban-held US-Canadian family after five years in captivity. However, US officials cautioned that move needed to be followed by additional measures to prove the country's commitment.
Independent
 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) A political activist in Pakistan says since some days ago, the army of that country is arresting the youths and civil society activists   in tribal regions.
Afrasyab Khatak a political activist in Khaiber Pashtun Khaw state has said that Pakistani army has proceeded to arrest the people and youths who complain and seriously criticize the improper and discriminative dealing and acting in tribal areas.
Khatak says that tribal youths and civil society activists in area have repeatedly said that Pakistan army is not seeking to fight against terrorism but they follow specific goals in the region which has never been to the public interests but create ethnical problems in tribal areas.
Mr. Khatak claims that the federal government has imposed restrictions on political activities in tribal areas  and using different pretexts has tried to silent the voice of people there.
According to Mr. Khatak the army in pretext of checking and pursuing terrorists inters the houses of people and arrests tribal youths. He added, in reality the presence of army in tribal regions is not for fighting terrorism but for supporting them.
The army in tribal areas is supporting specific groups carrying out their terrorist activities under the name of Taliban, while they kill tribal dignitaries and commit hundreds other crimes. In the meantime, destabilizing the situation there, provides the ground for migration of the residents of the area to other parts of the country aiming to confront them with other Pakistani ethnic groups especially Sindhi, Qawm –I – Mahajer (migrated ethnical group) and Balochs. 
Also, Pakistani government in an earlier designed program tries to prevent the progress of tribal areas, as currently the area is the most underdeveloped region in Pakistan.    
 

Wednesday August 2, 2017

Kabul (BNA) An official source of  MoFA: Iranian Government refused to complete the Procedure of Investigation into the incident of attacking the Saudi Diplomatic Missions.
An official source at the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained that Iranian authorities have persistently and consistently stalled and refused to resume investigations into the incident of storming the embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad, even though these attacks were perpetrated a year and a half ago. Iranian authorities have also resorted to blackmail in order to gain diplomatic privileges inside the Kingdom in spite of severing the diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
The source added that Iranian authorities have resorted to fraudulent tactics. Iran, despite an initial approval, has denied a Saudi team entry into Iran as part of the Iranian team investigating the attacks on the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad. The Saudi team was delegated to work alongside the Iranian authorities to inspect the two Saudi facilities and finalize the processes relating to them.
The source further indicated that such acts of procrastination reflect Iran’s behavior and policy, its disrespect of international laws and conventions, and violation of the inviolability of the diplomatic mission premises, tactics Iran had used for more than 38 years. The official source emphasized the fact that in light of the aforementioned particulars, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia sees it vital to present these facts to the international organizations and take all necessary measures in order to safeguard its diplomatic rights in line with Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and relevant provisions of international law.
 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement has strongly condemned explosion and suicide attack in Egypt’s Alexanderia and Tanta cities where dozens were killed and a number of others injured. The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a main victim of terrorist groups’ crimes during the past two decades and has been in frontline against this phenomenon, believes that terrorism is representing no religion, culture and nation and all terrorist groups without any distinctions are common enemies of humanity, the statement said. As innocent citizens of the Islamic countries are mostly victims of terrorist attacks, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan believe that all Islamic communities and countries should join hands against this common and world threat and jointly fight with full determination, the statement added.

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