Home arrow News arrow World arrow US nominee for Afghan envoy favors economic, military support for Pakistan
 

Today is,

Monday, 28 July 2014

 

Home | About Us | News | User Login | Jobs | Contact Us | Tender Notices
Untitled Document
Main Menu
Home
News
Blog
Links
Search
Contacts
Seniority List
News Section
National
World
Sport
Business
Forex
Weather
Articles & Features
World News
Key US lawmaker thanks Hawaiian air for facilitating homeward journey of Sulemanís body -
WASHINGTON, July 27 (APP): A ranking American congressman has thanked Hawaiian Airlines for responding quickly to his request for and, on behalf of Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Jalil Abbas Jilani to provide a seat on Monday night’s flight in order to facilitate young Pakistani-American education activist Haris Suleman’s body to be escorted home “with the respect and honour he deserves”.


Taliban gain ground in Afghanistan: NYT -
NEW YORK, July 27 (APP):  Taliban fighters are making early gains in several strategic areas near Kabul, inflicting heavy casualties and casting new doubt on the ability of Afghan forces to contain the insurgency, The New York Times reported Sunday.


UN renews appeal for humanitarian Gaza ceasefire leading to political talks -
UITED NATIONS, July 27 (APP): Welcoming the broadly observed 12-hour humanitarian pause in the Gaza conflict, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Sunday renewed his appeal to all parties to declare a week-long ceasefire as a prelude to restarting political negotiations.


UN Mission deplores attack on Afghan civilians, calls for probe -
UNITED NATIONS, July 26 (APP): The United Nations mission in Afghanistan strongly condemned the killing on Friday of civilians in the western province of Ghor, and called for a prompt investigation into the crime.


Pakistan urges action on Afghan side for NWA operation success to be conclusive -
WASHINGTON, July 26 (APP): Pakistan's ongoing operation in North Waziristan is absolutely targeting all militants but it needs to be complemented by actions on the Afghan side so that Islamabad's anti-terror drive along the restive border is conclusive, Ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani emphasized.



Sport News
62 member Pakistani contingent participates in CGames march past
ISLAMABAD, Jul 25 (APP): The 62-member Pakistani contingent, dressed up in traditional shalwar qamiz participated in the march past at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July, 23.
 
T20 fund raising match for IDPs
LAHOR, July 25 (APP): Punjab Minister for Law and Sports Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan has said that Lahorites will show remarkable generosity during the fourth IDPs Fund-Raising T20 cricket match tomorrow , Saturday here at Gadaffi stadium.
 
Pakistan CC lifts RLCA Ramazan cricket trophy
KARACHI, July 25 (APP): As expected Pakistan Cricket Club lived up to  their billing by lifting the inaugural RLCA Ramazan Twenty20 Cricket Tournament trophy when they thrashed Pak Korangi CC by 76 runs in a one-sided final here at Gulburg Ground on Thursday night.
 
T-20 cricket match generates Rs 25m donation for IDPs
FAISALABAD, July 25 (APP): A T-20 fund raising cricket match played between Pakistan-A and Faisalabad Eleven at Iqbal stadium here generated Rs 25 million donation for IDPs of North Waziristan.
 
India-Pakistan not to participate in Asian Games Men Cricket
ISLAMABAD, July 22 (APP): India and Pakistan would not be participating in the September’s Asian Games giving a massive loss to the Games as their presence would have guaranteed massive interest and wide television coverage.
 
Archive
Latest News
Nobody except terrorists should be worried over invoking Article 245... - Chines investors meet Shahbaz - Small coal power plants to be set up in Punjab: Shahbaz - Those doing politics of sit-ins want to spread anarchy: Kirmani - One killed,13 injured in Quetta blast - China supports reconciliation process in Afghanistan: Sun Yuxi
US nominee for Afghan envoy favors economic, military support for Pakistan PDF Print E-mail
HTML clipboard

WASHINGTON, Mar 26 (APP): As President Barack Obama prepared to lay out a revamped U.S. policy on way forward in militancy‑hit Afghanistan‑Pakistan border region, his nominee for American ambassador in Kabul, Lt Gen Karl Eikenberry, favored economic and military support for Islamabad as part  of a regional security effort.

Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee  for his confirmation hearing, Eikenberry said success  against militants along the porous mountainous border region “is in America’s vital national security interest.”

He said al‑Qaeda and its affiliates “seek to create fear  and chaos in Afghanistan and Pakistan in order to regain  the territorial control that (in Afghanistan) allowed them to so horrifically overturn the peace and tranquility of our Homeland seven years ago (with 9/11 attacks).”

Asked by chairman of the committee Senator John Kerry as to what steps he would recommend to immediately make a difference in the security and stability efforts along the border region, Eikenberry, who has been engaged with the Afghan mission from NATO headquarters in Brussels, replied:

“Trying to get immediate gains is very difficult in Afghanistan‑Pakistan but what will be important is a more honest collaborative exchanges of intelligence and willingness to conduct combined operations between the United States, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“Secondly, focused aid and assistance programs to the Pakistan military that can give them capability and the wherewithal to attack al‑Qaeda and the extremists that are along the border areas in the northwest frontier province.

“And thirdly, helping the Pakistanis to develop (economic) aid programs which just as you have talked on the Afghan side of the border, (it is) important that the Pakistani authorities adopt the same approach on their own side of the border and perhaps finding ways to collaborate between Afghanistan and Pakistan they have combined economic programs that will be win‑win across the border.”

Questioned by a lawmaker about India’s role in Afghanistan and its implications in the context of India‑Pakistan historical tensions, Eikenberry said India has played a role in economic development efforts in the insurgency‑wrecked country. 

At the same time, he noted that “Pakistan and India have had, of course, a very difficult relationship at times, which is over the years, which has seen points of severe tension and points of rapprochement.

“(But) what is critical is that within the region facilitated by the United States to the extent that we can and we can try, and facilitated by other critical nations, that we find ways to have cooperative approaches made toward Afghanistan (so) that it does not become a location of competition (but) it becomes a location for cooperation.”

He claimed that al‑Qaeda and its allies operating in Afghanistan and the Pakistani border areas are planning attacks against the United States and Pakistan itself.

Zeroing in on problems inside Afghanistan he acknowledged that “the situation in Afghanistan is increasingly difficult.”

“Time is of the essence. There are areas of instability and poor governance inside the country and threatening dangerous terrorist sanctuaries beyond its borders. Within these spaces, extremists try to exploit the weakness of the existing political system to impose their own vision of social order characterized by brutality and barbarism. There is no silver bullet and no quick, cheap, or easy solutions. There is no substitute for more resources and sacrifice.”

The United States, its international partners, and most importantly, the Afghans, must work to reduce corruption and strengthen the rule of law, he added. 

“Without real progress on these issues, success will be very difficult to achieve. We need to expand training and education for Afghan judicial and law enforcement officials who are dedicated to serving their people’s access to justice and protection. 

“Today’s sobering reality is that Afghanistan supplies more than 90 percent of the world’s illicit opiates. The corrupting effect of drugs and the steady revenue stream provided by the narcotics trade fuel the insurgency and are a scourge, eroding Afghan aspirations for security, government probity, and economic development. We must acknowledge that the drug trade also affects Afghanistan’s neighbors, who suffer from high rates of addiction and narco‑trafficking associated crime and violence. Accordingly, a coordinated and cooperative regional approach is essential to counter this growing threat.”

 

     

Budget 2014-2015
Federal Budget
Highlights 2014-2015
Punjab Budget
Sindh Budget
KPK Budget
Balochistan Budget
A.J.K Budget
Gilgit Baltistan Budget
Earthquake News
Balochistan Earthquake 2013 News
Elections 2013
Elections 2013 News
Chinese Premier Visit to Pakistan
Chinese Prime Minister Visit to Pakistan Chinese Prime Minister Visit to Pakistan
Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct
Manifestos of Parties
Manifestos of Political Parties
Independence Day News
Independence Day News
Economic Survey
Economic Survey 2013-2014
Presidential address to the joint sitting of parliament
Presidential address to the joint sitting of parliament
Profiles
Profile of the President
Profile of Prime Minister
Profiles of Chairman and deputy Chairman Senate
Profiles of Speakers and Deputy Speakers
Profile of Governors
Profiles of Chief Ministers
Profiles of Federal Ministers
Portfolios of Federal Ministers
Portfolios of Provincial Ministers
Parlimentary Proceedings
National Assembly
Senate
Latest News