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How Trump tweet on Pakistan blindsided U.S. officials

WASHINGTON: A surprise New Year’s Day tweet by President Donald Trump in which he appeared to decree an end to U.S. aid for Pakistan, sent U.S. officials scrambling to suspend security assistance without even knowing how much aid they were freezing, four U.S. officials said, reported Reuters. The decision to freeze up to about $2…

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PM calls US aid ‘insignificant’ as Trump threatens to cut it off

NEWS DESK: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has declared himself mystified by US threats to cut off funding, saying that US financial assistance was “very, very insignificant” and that Pakistan was “on the forefront of the war on terror”, reported The Guardian. In an interview with the Guardian, Abbasi said that reports that the US…

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White House says to announce actions on Pakistan within days

WASHINGTON: The White House on Tuesday said it wanted to see Pakistan do more to fight terrorism and that it would likely announce actions to pressure Islamabad within days. “Our goal is that we know that they can do more to stop terrorism and we want them to do that,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders…

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US foolishly gave Pakistan more than $33bn. No more: Trump

NEWS DESK: United States (US) President Donald Trump sent out his first tweet of the year. And it was a rant against Pakistan. “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our…

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Trump: Pakistan is ‘obliged’ to help US

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has said that Pakistan is obliged to help America because it receives “massive payments” from Washington every year. He said this while unveiling his new national security strategy. “We have made clear to Pakistan that while we desire continued partnership, we must see decisive action against terrorist groups operating on…

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Pakistan pledges financial assistance for hurricane-hit Caribbean countries

ISLAMABAD: As an expression of support and solidarity from Pakistan with the Caribbean countries devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Saturday pledged a financial assistance of US $ 200,000 each to Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and Saint Kitts and Nevis. The Caribbean region was recently hit by two Category V…

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UN plans food aid for up to 700,000 Rohingya

Cox’s Bazar: The UN has drawn up a contingency plan to feed up to 700,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar after some 480,000 fled to Bangladesh over the past month and arrivals continue. A senior official from the UN’s World Food Program (WFP) told AFP they were now prepared to provide massive food and other…

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Rohingya crisis: Hundreds of Buddhists gather to block aid shipment reaching Burma’s fleeing Muslims

NEWS DESK: Hundreds of Buddhists in Burma tried to block a shipment of aid to Muslims in Rakhine state where the United Nations has accused the military of ethnic cleansing, with a witness saying protesters threw petrol bombs before police dispersed them by firing into the air, reported The Independent. The protest was testament to rising communal animosity that threatens to complicate the delivery…

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Saudi King orders $15 million aid for Rohingya refugees

DUBAI: Saudi’s King Salman has ordered the payment of $15 million aid for the Rohingya refugees fleeing from Myanmar as a result of genocide and torture. The announcement came in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following a meeting of the Saudi Cabinet, which was briefed by Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah, general…

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World Bank approves $450m to help vulnerable people in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The World Bank has approved a package worth 450 million dollars to support the government efforts help poorest and most vulnerable people in Pakistan. The program aims to raise financial access throughout Pakistan to fifty percent of adults, including twenty-five percent women by 2020. Similarly, in the next three years, it aims to boost…

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UN food agency appeals for $152 million in aid for Afghan refugees

The United Nations on Sunday appealed for $152 million to provide shelter, sanitation and food for a huge influx of refugees returning to Afghanistan from Pakistan. Pakistan has stepped up the pressure for its 1.5 million registered Afghan refugees to return home, citing security concerns. Refugees and others see Islamabad as driven by a strengthening…

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Pakistan announces fresh pledge of $500 million for Afghanistan development

BRUSSELS: Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Wednesday underlined importance of a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan and announced Government of Pakistan’s fresh pledge of $500 million for economic development projects in Afghanistan. This is in addition to $500 million existing package under which projects in infrastructure, education and health are…

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Turkey sends aid to Gaza after six-year rift with Israel ends

ISRAEL: A Turkish ship carrying 11,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid for Gaza arrived in the Israeli port of Ashdod Monday. It is the first such shipment since 2010, when 10 pro-Palestinian Turkish activists in a flotilla were killed in clashes with Israeli commandos. The vessels were trying to breach Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip….

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WB approves $200m for Balochistan’s water management project

ISLAMABAD: The World Bank has approved 200 million dollar for a water management project in Balochistan, which will benefit some 43,000 farm households in the province. Balochistan Integrated Water Resources Management and Development Project will support investment in two of the 18 basins in Balochistan Nari and Porali river basins. International Development Association will finance…

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Pakistan calls for aid for its millions of Afghan refugees

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, home for decades to millions of Afghan refugees, called for the support of the international community as it warned that without help, the flow of those fleeing Afghanistan’s decades-long war to Europe could increase. After the Soviet invasion in 1979, “five million Afghan refugees came to Pakistan,” then with the support of the…

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US Senate panel blocks $300m Pakistan aid

WASHINGTON: Obama administration has approved a legislation which blocks $300 million US military aid to Pakistan, but besides, it reimburses Islamabad for its efforts in the war against terrorism. According to reports, the US Senate Armed Services Committee has approved a proposal to set up a new fund to reimburse Pakistan. The committee’s chairman, Sena­tor…

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Foreign aid reaches flooded Sri Lankan capital, 71 dead

COLOMBO: Foreign aid began arriving in Sri Lanka Saturday, bringing help to half a million people who have been driven from their homes by heavy rains and landslides that have killed at least 71. The heaviest rains in a quarter of a century have pounded Sri Lanka since last weekend, triggering huge landslides that have…

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US House seeks to tighten restrictions on Pakistan aid

WASHINGTON: U.S. lawmakers are looking to use a defence policy bill to increase restrictions on military aid for Pakistan, demanding more about Islamabad’s crack down on Afghanistan’s militant Haqqani network. The $602 billion National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, passed by the House of Representatives late on Wednesday would block $450 million in aid to…

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US refuses to provide aid to Pakistan

WASHINGTON: The Obama administration has refused to provide financial assistance to Pakistan to buy eight F-16 combat jets from the US. Pakistan’s plan to buy eight jets has run into problems because the Congress has blocked any sort of American aid for the deal. According to media reports, the Congress blocked aid after a US…

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Pakistan receives US$ 502 million tranche

ISLAMABAD: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved the US$ 502 million tranche for Pakistan.   According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance here Friday, IMF’s board meeting was held in Washington and considered the 10th review report of the Extended Fund Facility  (EFF) supported programme and accordingly approved the next tranche…

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Syria truce task force meets as aid deliveries start

DAMASCUS: Aid workers on Monday made the first delivery of desperately needed assistance since the start of Syria’s fragile ceasefire, as an international task force met to try to bolster the truce. The task force co-chaired by Moscow and Washington held talks in Geneva to evaluate allegations of a range of breaches, said the United…

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