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Friday December 29, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the “heinous and cowardly” terrorist attacks that took place in Kabul on Thursday, killing more than 40 people and injuring at least 80.
“The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Afghanistan and they wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured,” the 15-member Council said in a statement.
Reaffirming that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, the Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice.
It urged all states to cooperate actively with the government of Afghanistan and all other relevant authorities in this regard.
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Friday December 29, 2017
Kabul (BNA) India on Friday strongly condemned the cowardly suicide terror attack at a cultural center in Kabul, and said it is committed to extending all possible support to Afghanistan in its fight against terrorism.
More than 40 people were killed in the terror strike at the Shiite cultural center near a media outlet in the Afghanistan capital on Thursday.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement that India backs all efforts to bring stability and security to Afghanistan and remains steadfast in its solidarity with the government and the people of Afghanistan at this difficult time.
India strongly condemned the “cowardly suicide terror attack” at a media news agency and the cultural centre in which more than 40 innocent lives were lost and many injured, it said.
India is committed to extend all possible support in their fight against the menace of terrorism and efforts to bring peace, stability and security in the country, it added.
The ministry also extended condolences to the families of the victims of the dastardly attack.
Statesman
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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.    
 

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