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Pak harbouring terrorists in Afghanistan: US intel officialsUS Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats (L) and Director of the Defence Intelligence Agency Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart testify before a committee on worldwide threats, on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, on May 23, 2017. Reuters

Pak harbouring terrorists in Afghanistan: US intel officials

24 May 2017 | 9:26 AM

WASHINGTON: Pakistan is “harbouring terrorists” and using them as “reserve” in Afghanistan, a top US intelligence official has told lawmakers. “Pakistan views Afghanistan or desires for Afghanistan some of the same things we want: a safe, secure, stable Afghanistan. One addition—one that does not have heavy Indian influence in Afghanistan,” Lt Gen Vincent Stewart, Director, Defense Intelligence Agency.

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Washington, May 24

Pakistan is “harbouring terrorists” and using them as “reserve” in Afghanistan, a top US intelligence official has told lawmakers.

“Pakistan views Afghanistan or desires for Afghanistan some of the same things we want: a safe, secure, stable Afghanistan. One addition—one that does not have heavy Indian influence in Afghanistan,” Lt Gen Vincent Stewart, Director, Defense Intelligence Agency, told members of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee during a Congressional hearing on worldwide threats.

“They view all of the challenges through the lens of an Indian threat to the state of Pakistan,” Stewart said.

“So they (Pakistan) hold in reserve terrorist organisation—we define them as terrorist organisations, they hold them in reserve so that—if Afghanistan leans towards India, they will no longer be supportive of an idea of a stable and secure Afghanistan that could undermine Pakistan interest,” Stewart said.

He said Pakistan needs to be told very clearly that Afghanistan’s security and stability is in the interest of all of the parties in the region and does not pose a risk to Pakistan.

“We’ve got to convince Pakistan that if they’re harbouring any of the Haqqani network members that it is not in their interest to continue to host of Haqqani network, that we ought to be working together to go after those 20 terrorist organisations that undermine not just Afghanistan, not just Pakistan, but all of the region,” he said.

“And so we’ve to make sure we’re pushing them to do more against the Haqqani network. Then (they should) separate the Taliban from the Pashtun, which want a Pashtun dominated Afghanistan,” he said.

“So we’ve got to get the conversation going again with Pakistan about their role in not harboring any of these terrorists, helping to stabilise Afghanistan,” he added.

Hoping that US may have some progress in this, Stewart said Pakistan also have some influence in bringing the Taliban to the peace table.

“So, we’ve got to get them to think about reconciliation, that the status quo is not in their best interest,” he said.

Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence said there is need to evaluate how to address the situation of Pakistan harbouring terrorist.

“I think certainly an evaluation of how we work with Pakistan to address the situation of the harbouring of terrorist groups would be essential to a strategy that affects Afghanistan, going forward in Afghanistan,” he said in response to a question.

“Because that is potentially a very disrupting situation, putting our own troops at risk and undermining the strategy of dealing with the Taliban and local groups that are trying to undermine the government,” Coats said. — PTI

Canada regrets denial of entry to ex-CRPF officer over 'rights abuse'

Canada regrets denial of entry to ex-CRPF officer over 'rights abuse'

24 May 2017 | 9:53 AM

NEW DELHI: The Canadian High Commission in New Delhi has regretted any inconvenience that might have been experienced by the retired Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officer who was not allowed to enter into the country.

Violence re-erupts in Saharanpur, 1 dead

Violence re-erupts in Saharanpur, 1 dead

24 May 2017 | 9:47 AM

LUCKNOW: Soon after BSP chief Mayawati left after addressing an impressive gathering amid "Jai Bhim" slogans in Saharanpur today, Shabbirpur and neighbouring villages were hit by caste violence yet again.

Viral ‘hand-swat': Melania snubs Trump again

Viral ‘hand-swat': Melania snubs Trump again

24 May 2017 | 10:51 AM

NEW DELHI: With the drama over Melania swatting off Donald Trump's hand in Riyadh still going viral on the social media, the first lady has done it yet again.

3 men rape woman after tying her husband to a tree in UP

3 men rape woman after tying her husband to a tree in UP

24 May 2017 | 11:13 AM

BADAUN (UP): A 27-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped in front of her husband, who was tied to a tree and gagged, in Sahaswan police station area of the district, police said.

‘Fake degree' row back to haunt Smriti Irani as fresh petition filed

‘Fake degree' row back to haunt Smriti Irani as fresh petition filed

24 May 2017 | 10:45 AM

NEW DELHI: A petition has been filed in the Delhi High Court against Union Minister Smriti Irani alleging submission of contradictory information regarding her educational degrees in different affidavits.

Punitive strikes on Pak posts

Punitive strikes on Pak posts

24 May 2017 | 1:19 AM

NEW DELHI: The Indian Army today said it had carried out "punitive fire assaults" on Pakistan army posts across the Line of Control, targeting locations aiding infiltration of terrorists into India, even as Army Chief General Bipin Rawat called it the "new normal" military benchmark along the LoC.

Manchester horror: 22 dead, 59 injured

Manchester horror: 22 dead, 59 injured

24 May 2017 | 1:19 AM

LONDON:Britain was today reeling from a shock of the worst terrorist attack in more than a decade after 22 persons, many of them children, were killed and 59 injured in Manchester, a city with a large population of Indian and Pakistani immigrants, when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the venue of a crowded pop concert late Monday evening.

Saved many lives using human shield: Major

Saved many lives using human shield: Major

24 May 2017 | 1:19 AM

SRINAGAR:A day after being commended by the Army for bravery, Major Leetul Gogoi of 53 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) termed Farooq Ahmed Dar as an “instigator”, claiming that tying him to a jeep had “saved many lives” on the polling day in Budgam last month.

Sukhoi jet with 2 pilots goes missing in Assam

Sukhoi jet with 2 pilots goes missing in Assam

24 May 2017 | 9:48 AM

NEW DELHI: A Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet of the Indian Air Force with two pilots on board went missing at 11 am today. The jet had taken off from Tezpur in Assam at 10:30 am on a routine training mission.

Here, mid-day staff take charge of classes

Here, mid-day staff take charge of classes

24 May 2017 | 1:19 AM

PANCHKULA:The Right to Education (RTE) Act recommends a 30:1 pupil-teacher ratio (PTR) for the primary classes.

CA of Lalu daughter held for laundering

CA of Lalu daughter held for laundering

24 May 2017 | 1:19 AM

NEW DELHI:The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested a chartered accountant in connection with its probe into a Rs 8,000-crore money laundering racket involving two Delhi-based businessmen and a few political entities.

Pak moves ICJ for early hearingJadhav Case

Pak moves ICJ for early hearing

24 May 2017 | 9:49 AM

NEW DELHI:After the setback received by Pakistan at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that upheld India’s arguments and ordered a stay on the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav, Islamabad today asked the ICJ to hold early hearings in the case.

Life term to Bihar ex-MP for murder

Life term to Bihar ex-MP for murder

24 May 2017 | 1:19 AM

RANCHI:Former RJD parliamentarian and Bihar strongman Prabhunath Singh was today sentenced to life imprisonment in a 22-year-old murder case of a legislator.


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Court seizes Tytler’s passport

Court seizes Tytler’s passport

24 May 2017 | 1:35 AM

NEW DELHI: A court here today seized the passport of Congress leader Jagdish Tytler and directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to take action against him for giving false information that no criminal case was pending against him.

CITY FOCUS

Mohali resident buys ‘AK 47’ for Rs 7.38 lakh!

24 May 2017 | 1:48 AM

MOHALI: Punjabis’ tryst with the ubiquitous “AK 47” seems to be never ending. The name of the Russian-made assault rifle that had virtually become a household name during the days of terrorism in Punjab decades ago, still catches the people’s fancy.

NoChief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh with industrialist RK Saboo (left) and PHDCCI president Gopal Jiwarajka in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

CM: No fiscal package, but cheaper power for industry

24 May 2017 | 1:44 AM

CHANDIGARH: Citing the precarious financial condition of the state, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today ruled out any fiscal incentives to the industry in the state’s industrial policy.

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Farm loan waiver: Panel report likely by June 15

24 May 2017 | 1:44 AM

NEW DELHI: An expert group headed by NITI Aayog adviser Dr T Haque, constituted by the Punjab Government to look into the waiver of farm loans, is likely to submit its interim report before June 15.

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Mansa schools sans commerce, science faculty

24 May 2017 | 1:44 AM

MANSA: A double-storeyed building consisting of three classrooms and two laboratories stands out in a corner on the campus of Government Secondary School in Hodla village of the district.

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Assandh MLA named in suicide abetment case

Assandh MLA named in suicide abetment case

24 May 2017 | 12:18 AM

KARNAL: Trouble seems to be in store for Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS) and Assandh MLA Bakhshish Singh Virk (in pic) with his name being mentioned in the FIR following suicide by a Haryana Agro inspector.

Verbal duel between CM, Sukhu gets bitter

Verbal duel between CM, Sukhu gets bitter

24 May 2017 | 12:17 AM

SHIMLA: Even as Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh yesterday sought State Congress president’s replacement with his loyalist, an undeterred Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu today said he sees no reason why the high command would remove an honest man like him.

Human shield: FIR remains, probe against Army still on

Human shield: FIR remains, probe against Army still on

24 May 2017 | 12:42 AM

SRINAGAR: Amid outrage in Kashmir over the award to the Army Major who tied a youth to a jeep, a senior J&K Police officer today said the probe against the Army in the “human shield” case would continue and the FIR had not been quashed.

Admn told to ensure safety of tourists

24 May 2017 | 12:27 AM

DEHRADUN:Uttarakhand Governor Dr KK Paul expressed concern over landslides and the resultant death of five pilgrims yesterday.

US Sikhs launch campaign to spread awareness about Sikhism

24 May 2017 | 11:16 AM

WASHINGTON: A US-based Sikh advocacy group has announced a community outreach programme, which encourages Gurdwaras across the country to host 'Sikh Open House' to inform Americans about the religion and their contributions.

NoSuresh Raina signs autographs during the 2013 Champions Trophy in the UK. With large crowds expected for the tournament, ICC has said it would review its security for the tournament. File: Bipin Patel

Manchester aftermath: ICC to review security for CT

24 May 2017 | 1:51 AM

CHANDIGARH:The International Cricket Council (ICC) has said that, in view of the terror attack during a music concert in Manchester last night, it will work with the “authorities” to review the security for the Champions Trophy and the Women’s World Cup.

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Indian athlete suspended for possessing meldonium, the drug Sharapova used

24 May 2017 | 1:50 AM

NEW DELHI:In a first in the history of dope testing in India, an international track and field athlete has been provisionally suspended by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) for possessing meldonium, a banned substance.

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After Denmark debacle, India stun Indonesia

24 May 2017 | 1:50 AM

GOLD COAST (AUSTRALIA):India dished out a dominating show to notch up a stunning 4-1 win over former champions Indonesia to keep themselves in the race for a knockout berth in the Sudirman Cup mixed team badminton championship here today.

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