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Pakistan could face US aid cuts over human trafficking: sources

US officials said if Washington finds that Pakistan has done enough to combat human trafficking, the country could lose US civilian aid worth millions of dollars this year, Reuters reported. An aid cutback would deal a fresh blow to US-Pakistan relations following President Donald Trump’s suspension in January of some $2 billion in US security…

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Pakistan doing ‘bare minimum’ to help US: official

WASHINGTON: Pakistan is doing the “bare minimum” to squeeze the Taliban and terror groups, a senior US administration official said Friday, despite Washington’s threat to freeze two billion dollars’ worth of aid. The official’s comments also come as Pakistan is trying to avoid being put on a global watch list over terrorism financing that could…

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UN helpless in Syria; civilians continue to die

The UN convoys carrying aid for civilians have yet to reach war-affectees in various regions of Syria, including the bomb-and-siege shattered Eastern Ghouta where civilians are dying under regime bombs. Watch this report…

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Elderly Pakistani couple quit Syria’s embattled Ghouta amid bloodshed

Douma: An elderly Pakistani man and his wife have fled Syria’s embattled Eastern Ghouta, the Red Crescent said Thursday, the only known civilians to have left since a “humanitarian pause” took effect. The rebel enclave outside Damascus has seen some of the worst bombardment and fighting of the Syrian civil war since Russia-backed government forces…

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Aid convoy blocked in Syria despite UN ceasefire order: official

UNITED NATIONS: About 40 trucks are loaded and ready to ferry relief supplies to Syria’s bomb-and-siege shattered Eastern Ghouta, but there has been no let up in fighting despite a UN ceasefire resolution, a top UN official said Wednesday. Mark Lowcock, the UN under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said there has been no change in…

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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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