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Oct 122017
President Donald Trump thanks Pakistan for ‘doing more’

US President Donald Trump has praised Pakistan for the safe recovery of a Canadian-American couple and their three children from Taliban’s captivity. “This is a positive moment for our country’s relationship with Pakistan. The Pakistani government’s cooperation is a sign that it is honouring America’s wishes for it to do more to provide security in the region,” Trump said in a statement issued by White House. A still image from a video posted by the Taliban on social media on 19 December 2016 shows American Caitlan Coleman, left, speaking next to her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle and their two sons. PHOTO: REUTERS The unusual praise came less than two months after Trump pilloried Pakistan for aiding and sheltering ‘agents of chaos’ – a reference to the Taliban. Islamabad shot back to the allegation, saying that it could not be made scapegoat for failures in Afghanistan. Pakistan Army recovers US-Canadian family abducted in Afghanistan in 2012 “We hope to see this type of cooperation and teamwork in helping secure the release of remaining hostages and in our future joint counterterrorism operations,” said President Trump. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the Pakistan Army, aided by intelligence agencies, recovered the Canadian-American couple and their children on Thursday. “They were captured by terrorists from Afghanistan in 2012 and kept as hostages there,” it added. On his part, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US expresses ‘deep gratitude’ to Pakistan. With new Af-Pak policy, US downfall has begun: Senator Mushahid Hussain [Read More…]

Nov 042015

ATHENS: European Union’s (EU) migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos has said he is set to visit Pakistan soon to discuss plans to send back Pakistani migrants who have made their way to Europe.Seeing off the first refugees leaving for Luxembourg on Wednesday, Avramopoulos welcomed the departure of the refugees from Greece under the relocation scheme to ease pressure on countries bearing the brunt of Europe’s migrant crisis. However, he warned that the EU was going to get tough on economic migrants who are simply seeking a better life rather than fleeing conflict.At least 80 migrants, including many children, have died in the last week while trying to sail from Turkey to Lesbos and other Greek islands in rough weather. On Tuesday, four more migrants, including two children, drowned after their boat got into difficulty off Lesbos.According to the UNHCR, as of October 2015, the top three nationalities of the over half a million Mediterranean Sea arrivals since the beginning of the year are Syrian (53%), Afghan (16%) and Eritrean (6%). The top ten nationalities of Mediterranean Sea arrivals also include Pakistan (2%).Published in The Express Tribune, November 5th, 2015.The post Refugee surge: EU migrant commissioner to visit Pakistan appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

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