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US says Chinese debt is responsible for Pakistan’s economic challenges

An IMF team will visit Pakistan in the coming weeks

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October 12, 2018


US freezes assets of three Pakistanis linked to militant group

The United States on Tuesday froze the assets of three Pakistanis it has linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba, the militant group blamed for the deadly 2008 attacks in Mumbai city of India. The State Department added Abdul Rehman al-Dakhil to its list of “specially designated global terrorists,” saying he was a senior commander of the group. The…

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July 31, 2018


Prisoners are dealt with according to the law, says US on Aafia Siddiqui

The state department of the United States has stated that it deals with prisoners according to international law. Heather Nauert, spokesperson of the US state department, said that the Pakistan foreign office contacted them over treatment of Dr Aafia Siddiqui in prison. “We have received Pakistan’s message regarding treatment of Dr Siddiqui in jail,” the…

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June 23, 2018


US expresses grief at demise of Asma Jahangir

The US State Department on Tuesday expressed grief at the demise of Pakistan’s eminent human rights campaigner Asma Jahangir. Asma Jahangir died of cardiac arrest in Lahore on Sunday at the age of 66. “We join Pakistan and others around the world in mourning the untimely death of Pakistani human rights and democracy advocate, Asma…

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February 13, 2018


Washington still hopes for talks with Taliban: State Department

WASHINGTON: Washington still hopes to “bring the Taliban to the negotiating table” in Afghanistan, a senior State Department official said Tuesday, even though President Donald Trump had ruled out such talks any time soon. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, returning from a trip to Kabul, told the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations that all…

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February 7, 2018


U.S. suspends at least $900 million in security aid to Pakistan

WASHINGTON: The United States said on Thursday it was suspending at least $900 million in security assistance to Pakistan until it takes action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network militant groups. The U.S. State Department announced the decision, saying it reflected the Trump administration’s frustration that Pakistan has not done more against the…

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January 5, 2018


Myanmar must resettle Rohingya in their villages: US official

Dhaka: The United States wants Myanmar to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Rohingya in their own villages following their exodus from the country’s violence-wracked Rakhine state for Bangladesh, a senior State Department official said Saturday in Dhaka. Simon Henshaw, acting US assistant secretary of state who visited refugee camps in southeast Bangladesh, said Myanmar should…

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November 4, 2017


U.S. says it is considering sanctions over Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya

WASHINGTON: The United States is taking steps and considering a range of further actions over Myanmar’s treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority, including targeted sanctions under its Global Magnitsky law, the State Department said on Monday, reported Reuters. “We express our gravest concern with recent events in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and the violent, traumatic abuses…

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October 24, 2017


Irma: US crisis cell brings stranded tourists home

In flooded resorts and storm-ravaged beach hotels dotted along the Caribbean archipelago, hundreds of US tourists are waiting for news from the State Department crisis task force. More than 2,000 Americans left stranded by the passage of Hurricane Irma have been flown out of the holiday island of Saint Martin by the Air National Guard…

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September 12, 2017


US designates Hizbul Mujahideen as foreign terrorist outfit

The US Department of State has designated Hizbul Mujahideen—also known as Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, —as a foreign terrorist organization. In a press statement on Wednesday, the US State Department said that HuM has been declared a foreign terrorist outfit under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under…

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August 16, 2017


State Department report on terrorism accuses Pakistan of allowing terror groups’ operations from its soil

NEWS DESK: The State Department has once again accused Pakistan of allowing terror groups to operate from its soil in a recently released report on terrorism across the world. The State Department released its annual report, Country Reports on Terrorism 2016, which provides the Department of State’s annual Congressionally-mandated assessment of trends and events in…

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July 20, 2017


US ends post of ‘special envoy’ to Afghanistan & Pakistan

WASHINGTON: The United States has abolished the post of its special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan. A senior State Department official told a foreign news agency that the acting special representative Laurel Miller is stepping down and he would not be replaced by anyone. The office was created when US officials decided that the conflicts…

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June 24, 2017


State Department not to host Ramadan event this year

WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has declined a request to host an event to mark Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, two U.S. officials said, apparently breaking with a bipartisan tradition in place with few exceptions for nearly 20 years. Since 1999, Republican and Democratic secretaries of state have nearly always hosted either an iftar…

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May 27, 2017


About 900 State Department officials sign dissent memo: source

WASHINGTON: Roughly 900 U.S. State Department officials signed an internal dissent memo critical of President Donald Trump’s travel ban for refugees and immigrants from six Muslim-majority countries, a source familiar with the document said on Tuesday.

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February 1, 2017


US expresses deepest grief over PIA plane crash

WASHINGTON: The United States has urged Pakistan and Afghanistan to cooperate in their counter-terrorism operations. Addressing media briefing in Washington, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said their joint efforts are the only means to contribute to regional stability. The spokesman expressed grief over the loss of lives in the PIA plane crash. He said the…

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December 8, 2016


Trump not briefed before call to PM Sharif: White House

WASHINGTON: The US State Department has said US President-elect Donald Trump was not briefed by officials prior to his much-discussed telephone call with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during which he praised the PM as a “terrific guy”. “So the White House suggested that State may have briefed President-elect Trump before his call to Pakistan to…

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December 2, 2016


US Universities get grants to work with Pakistani institutions

WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD: The United States and Pakistan are increasing collaboration to work mutually on various research and academic projects. According to a statement of US State Department, twenty three American universities from sixteen states have received grants to work with Pakistani universities in fields ranging from business development to gender studies. Currently, researchers from the University…

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November 18, 2016


US voices support for Nawaz Sharif government

WASHINGTON: The United States has reiterated its support to Pakistan in its efforts to end the scourge of terrorism in the country and promote peace and stability in the region. In his daily press briefing in Washington, the US State Department spokesperson John Kirby said terrorism is a common threat to everybody and it requires…

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October 26, 2016


US urges Pakistan, India to improve ties

WASHINGTON: India and Pakistan should improve their communications to avoid an increase in tensions over Kashmir, the US State Department said after Indian troops reportedly fired across the Line of Control in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. “An attack like [this] that escalates tensions,” US State Department spokesman John Kirby said, adding: “Our message to both…

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September 30, 2016


Clinton violated email policy, inspector general says

NEW YORK: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while US secretary of state broke government rules and was not approved by State Department security officials, according to an internal government watchdog’s report released on Wednesday. Clinton’s use of the private email server in her home in Chappaqua, New York, for…

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May 25, 2016


Airstrikes will continue: US on Pakistan’s concerns

WASHINGTON: The USA said it respects Pakistan’s territorial sovereignty but will continue to carry out airstrikes to eliminate terrorists who are targeting its forces. Addressing at his daily news conference, the State Department Deputy Spokesman, Mark Toner said, “We certainly do respect Pakistan’s territorial integrity. But as we’ve said before, we will carry out strikes…

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May 24, 2016