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Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua has expressed the hope that the ongoing US review will result in a comprehensive political strategy to promote reconciliation and peace in Afghanistan and the region. She was talking to a US delegation led by Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice G Wells in Islamabad on Thursday. During the meeting, Pakistan's perspectives on challenges confronting the region including the security situation in Afghanistan were shared with the American side. Ambassador Wells was assured that Pakistan supports all initiatives aimed at promoting sustainable peace and security in the region, and it was emphasized that a strong partnership with the United States is critical to achieve these shared objectives. US Acting Assistant Secretary of State acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices in the fight against terrorism.

Meanwhile,

COAS strongly condemns terror attack on US forces in Kandhar (Afghanistan). Condemning the terrorist's attack on United States Forces in Kandhar, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has offered heartfelt condolences on the death of two Special Forces soldiers who died in the incident.  Pakistan fully understands the loss and pain of victims' families as Pakistan is undergoing a similar trial of blood in fight against common threat of terrorism.  The COAS wished an early recovery of injured in the incident.

Host: Dr Umar Iftikhar

Co-host: Ahmad Latif

Analyst Live on Phone: 

Dr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan (IR Expert)

Both Pakistan and United States want peace in Afghanistan for a sustainable peace in the region. Both these countries also agreed that all the stakeholders in Afghanistan should be the part of national politics. United States wants Pakistan to play its leading role for peace in Afghanistan as a main stakeholder and an important country in the region. The world has appreciated Pakistan’s efforts for retaining peace in the country after a successful war against terrorism. It is a fact that without the support of Pakistan peace in Afghanistan is not possible. It is the result of American policies in Afghanistan that Taliban are still in power in most areas of the Afghanistan.

Topic 02: There will be 'serious consequences' if India doesn't withdraw troops on the Doklam plateau: Chinese diplomat

India must withdraw its troops on the Doklam plateau or face ''serious consequences'', said a senior Chinese diplomat in New Delhi on Thursday. “The crossing of the boundary line by Indian troops into the territory of China using the pretext of security concerns for a 3rd party [Bhutan] is illegal,” Chinese Deputy Chief of Mission Liu Jinsong told journalists. “The troops should be withdrawn immediately; otherwise there will be serious consequences”.

Analyst Live on Phone:

Dr. Huma Baqai (IR Expert)

The trade volume between India and China increased to 200% even after 1962 war. But since Modi’s government came into power, the regional situation has completely changed. China has accused India of concocting excuses over the illegal entry of its military into Chinese territory. There are now major blocks in the region at this time one is Pak-China block and other is India-US block. United States is supporting Indian policies for the sake of its national interests and to counter China in the region. India is considering it a regional power and wants hegemony in the region. United States is also supporting India to sabotage China Pakistan Economic Corridor project to destabilize the economy of the region.


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