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Pakistan refuses to allow US military to use its bases | Source: Yeni Safak

Pakistan’s foreign minister confirmed that his country refused to give any military base to the US for monitoring Afghanistan after foreign forces withdrawal from Kabul. According to the US media, after Pakistan’s refusal, Washington is exploring options to get bases in Central Asia near the Afghan border. However, Russia could oppose this.

Source: Yeni Safak


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Afghanistan Backs Bigger Role for Pakistan Amid Deepening Cooperation With China on BRI Projects | Source: Sputnik

Afghanistan has committed to “deepening cooperation” with China on Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects, during the foreign ministers from Beijing, Kabul, and Islamabad Trilateral Dialogue. The reaffirmation comes against the backdrop of America’s accelerated troop pullout from the region. The US and India have been warning other countries against joining the BRI on account of a range of concerns.

Source: Sputnik


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India Gives Nod to Build More Conventional Submarines Amid Power Battle With China in Indian Ocean | Source: Sputnik

The Indian Defence Ministry has revised its plans of submarine construction in light of the increasing presence of the Chinese Navy in the Indian Ocean Region. The Indian Navy has assessed a requirement of at least 24 submarines to maintain its superiority over Bangladesh and Pakistan, who are poised to deploy additional submarines sourced from China soon.

Source: Sputnik


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China and Pakistan Ready to Assist Economic Recovery of Conflict-Torn Afghanistan | Source: Sputnik

China and Pakistan have expressed readiness to expand trade exchanges with Afghanistan and assist the country’s peaceful recovery. The statement took place within the framework of the trilateral dialogue mechanism of the foreign ministers of China, Afghanistan, Pakistan created in 2017 at the initiative of Beijing.

Source: Sputnik


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Russia and Pakistan agree deal to build Stream gas pipeline in Pakistan | Source: Eastern Eye

Russia and Pakistan agree deal to build Stream gas pipeline in Pakistan -  EasternEye

Russia and Pakistan have signed an inter-governmental agreement to build the Pakistan Stream gas pipeline for transportation of gas from Karachi to Kasur in the Asian country. The two countries had signed an inter-governmental agreement on the project in 2015, but its implementation got postponed.

Source: Eastern Eye


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Taliban warn Afghan neighbors against allowing US bases | Source: Alarabiya news

The American flag flies at half mast to remember the victims of 9/11 at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Kuschamond, Afghanistan on September 11, 2011.

The Taliban warned Afghanistan’s neighbors against allowing the US to operate military bases on their soil, the insurgents insisting they would thwart such a “historic mistake”. Washington is in the final stages of withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan, and a flurry of diplomatic calls between the US and Pakistan in recent days has fuelled speculation the Pentagon is scouting for new bases to use against the Taliban.

Source: Alarabiya news


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US security assistance to Pakistan remains suspended | Source: India Today

US President Joe Biden continues policy on suspending security assistance to Pakistan.

US President Joe Biden has continued his predecessor Donald Trump’s policy on suspending security assistance to Pakistan and there is no clarity if the administration will change its stance in the future, the Pentagon has said. U.S. is not satisfied with Islamabad’s cooperation and role in the fight against terrorism.

Source: India Today


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Pakistan says no US military base on its soil | Source: Pajhwok Afghan News

Pakistan has vehemently rejected speculation about the presence of a US military or air base on its soil. “No new agreement has been made in this regard,” the government explained, scorning media reports regarding the basing of US troops on Pakistan’s soil.

Source: Pajhwok Afghan News



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US plans to build military facilities in West, Central Asia | Source: Mehr News

Some Russian media outlets have claimed that the Pentagon will allocate funds for the construction of US military facilities in West and Central Asia. Meanwhile, some Afghan media outlets reported that the United States is building a military base in the Shalozan and Terminal areas near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in Kurram District.

Source: Mehr News


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