Pakistan has playing a pivotal role for peace in region- Any US sanctions against Pakistan would only hurt United States' efforts against militancy
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif says our forces are fighting war against terrorism with full power. In an interview with a private news channel on Thursday, he said Pakistan has played a central role for peace in the region. He emphasized the need for talks instead of military operation for establishment of peace in Afghanistan. Khawaja Asif said that Pakistan and China enjoy durable relations based on mutual respect and harmony. Defence Minister Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan says National Action Plan initiated by the PML-N government resulted in significant decline in terrorist attacks in the country. Talking to a news channel he said many operations including Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fasaad have achieved desired results. He said the present government is committed to rid the country of the menace of terrorism. Replying to a question, he said any US sanctions against Pakistan would only hurt the United States' efforts against militancy. The Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday warned that arms deals between Washington and New Delhi could potentially destabilise the region as India is responsible for carrying out subversive activities in Pakistan through Afghanistan.
Rohingya crisis: Amnesty International has released satellite images which it says show an "orchestrated campaign" to burn Rohingya villages in western Myanmar
Amnesty said this was evidence security forces were trying to push the minority Muslim group out of the country. The army says it is fighting militants and denies targeting civilians. Some 389,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since violence began last month. They have long been persecuted in Myanmar as "illegal immigrants". At least 30% of Rohingya villages in Rakhine state are now empty, the government says. They have lived in the state in Myanmar, also known as Burma, for generations but are denied citizenship. Myanmar has faced international condemnation over the crisis. On Thursday US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Myanmar's democracy was facing a "defining moment". "I think it is important that the global community speak out in support of what we all know the expectation is for the treatment of people regardless of their ethnicity," he said in London. "This violence must stop, this persecution must stop." A day earlier UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the Rohingya were facing a catastrophic humanitarian situation, and attacks on villagers were unacceptable. The UN Security Council has called for urgent steps to end the violence.
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