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|Pakistan’s Imran Khan ties knot to |
|[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Pak cricketer-turned-politican has tied the knot for the third time, his party said on Sunday, confirming his marriage to a woman local media call a "faith healer".|
Khan, who captained the Pakistain team when it won the Cricket World Cup in 1992, wed Bushra Watto in a low-key ceremony in the eastern city of Lahore.
Khan has previously referred to Watto, a mother of five, as his ’spiritual adviser’ and someone whose guidance he valued.
Khan’s previous two marriages, particularly when he wed his first wife, British socialite , captivated international tabloids as well as local media in the deeply conservative nation of 208 million people.
|SC regrets extending ‘fair chance’ to fugitive Rao Anwar|
|[DAWN] The Supreme Court on Friday regretted extending a fair chance to Rao Anwar ‐ a senior police officer ‐ and issued a show-cause notice to him for committing contempt of court by not surrendering himself before the court and ordered law enforcement agencies to locate his whereabouts and arrest him.|
"The officer has lost a great opportunity by not appearing in court today," observed Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, adding that the officer should have taken the chance. "The sympathy now for him has ended," regretted the chief justice while heading a two-judge SC bench.
The Supreme Court had taken notice of the tragic murder of 27-year-old Naqeebullah Mehsud from South who was killed in an encounter by a police team allegedly led by Senior Superintendent of Police Rao Anwar in Karachi on Jan 13.
The murder sparked outrage on social media when his family rejected claims that Mehsud was a member of the Tehrik-e- Pakistain. was aspiring to become a model and the social media contains several of his pictures that appear to have been taken for a modelling photo shoot.
|Kenyan Police Kill Shaboob, Arrest Two In Isiolo|
|[RADIOSHABELLE] A terror suspect was killed while two others were on Friday after engaging security officers in a at their hideout in Merti, Isiolo County.|
Police recovered more than 1,000 bullets, 36 grenades, 18 IEDs, 5 AK-47 rifles and an assortment of other weapons from Abdimajit Hassan Adan Keynan and Mohammed Nane Keynan aged 24 and 23 years respectively.
Two suspects, however, managed to escape and are still .
Confirming the incident, Isiolo County Criminal Investigations officer Raphael Barasa said that Police officers were on the security patrol in Yamicha in Merti Town when they spotted a car hidden in a thicket raising their suspicions that it could have been dumped by a s.
"One of the suspects alighted from the Mitsubishi Sports Car and engaged the officers in a fierce . Our officers opened fire and killed him instantly," said the OCPD.
|Drone strikes target Taliban’s largest heroin lab in Farah province|
|[Khaama (Afghanistan)] One of the largest heroin labs of the group was eliminated in s conducted by the US forces in western Farah province of Afghanistan.|
The provincial police commandment said the s were carried out in the vicinity of Bakwa district and as a result at least eight were also killed.
According to the police officials, the heroin lab was located in Ashkan village and around one thousand kgs of drugs were also destroyed during the raid.
The anti-government armed groups including the Taliban have not commented regarding the report so far.
|Taliban cannot win in the battlefield, says Hekmatyar|
|[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The leader of Hezb-e-Islami says the group cannot win in the battlefield as he insisted on reconciliation process as the only way forward to put an end to ongoing violence.|
Hekmatyar made the remarks during a gathering to mark the 29th year of the withdrawal of the Soviet forces from the country.
He called on the Taliban group to join and said "Talibs should adopt the same approach as adopted by the Hezb-e-Islami."
This comes as the Taliban group has so far not shown any interest or readiness to participate in peace talks with the Afghan government.
The group however published an open letter addressing the American nation and Congress in which the Taliban showed readiness for the dialogue to end the violence.
Taliban called on the American nation and Congress to put pressures on American military and end the so-called occupation of Afghanistan.
In the meantime, Hekmatyar insisted on timely, free, fair and transparent elections to end the ongoing crisis and issues in the country.
Hekmatyar called on all Afghans to participate in the upcoming elections and urged the all parties involved in organizing the elections including the international community to pave the way for the participation of all political parties to monitor the elections process.
|Morocco Acquits ex-Guantanamo Detainee|
|[AnNahar] Morocco has acquitted a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, held without charge by the U.S. military for over 13 years, of "undermining state security," his lawyer said Friday. |
In September 2015, Chekkouri was released and sent back home where the authorities put him on trial for "undermining state security."
He was acquitted on Thursday of any wrongdoing, his lawyer Khalil Idrissi told AFP. The official MAP news agency confirmed, citing the court.
"The mistake has been acknowledged... the charges against him were contradictory and had no logic to them," Idrissi said.
Chekkouri, who had repeatedly denied the accusations against him, told AFP after the verdict: "The nightmare is over."
In May last year, Chekkouri, who has said he traveled to Afghanistan on a "humanitarian" mission, was sentenced to five years in prison but he appealed.
"The verdict was unfair. I knew that I would be proven innocent," he told AFP.
"I can now say I have turned the page on Guantanamo," he said, calling it a "cruel prison" where he said detainees are submitted "every day to interrogations, physical and psychological tortures."
Under former U.S. president George W. Bush, the U.S. military built a prison camp on Guantanamo Bay, located on an American naval base on the eastern tip of Cuba, in the months following the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
In January, U.S. President announced he would keep the detention facility open, breaking from his predecessor 's efforts to shutter it.
Guantanamo, once home to 780 prisoners detained for their alleged links to al-Qaeda and the Taliban, now holds 41 detainees.
|Local Taliban leader among 6 killed in US airstrike in Uruzgan|
|[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A local leader of the group was killed in an conducted by the US forces in southen Uruzgan province of Afghanistan.|
According to the local security officials, the airstrike was carried out late on Wednesday in the outskirts of Tarinkot city, the of Uruzgan.
A local police official confirmed that six Taliban including one of their local leaders Mullah Ghazi were killed and four others were .
The source further added that a hideout of the Taliban group was eliminated in the airstrike in Garam Aab area.
Several weapons, ammunition, and explosives belonging to the Taliban group were destroyed in the airstrike, the police official added.
|Somali Troops Recapture Town From Al-Shabaab|
|[RADIOSHABELLE] Somali government forces retook control of the key town of Toratorow which lies in the southern Lower Shabelle region, officials said Friday.|
The Somali National Army [SNA] troops backed by foreign soldiers thought to be Americans seized the town following the withdrawal of a s.
The allied forces who were reported to have moved from Balli-Doogle airbase are now in full control of the town and expected to expand their operation to the nearby areas controlled by Al-Shabaab.
Toratorow has been the scene of series of US s in the past few months as the town was the main bastion housing Al-Shabaab high-ranking commanders.
|USA should accept Taliban’s talks offer: JI chief|
|[PAKISTANTODAY.PK] Ameer Senator Siraj-ul-Haq has said that the ’s demand in an open letter to the US Congress and the US people for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and resolving issue through dialogue was right step and Washington should accept the offer.|
He was addressing the participants of the JI central workshop at Mansoora on Friday. Siraj said that in human history, the decisions of the wars were made at the dialogue table. He said that the US had been fighting against the mountains of Afghanistan for the last seventeen years but to no avail. In fact, he said the US decision to attack Afghanistan with force was a blunder. This was an attack on the and independence of a country and the Afghans fought for their freedom with great valour and courage.
He said that hundreds of thousands of Afghans had been martyred in the war but the Afghans had not accepted defeat. He said that even if the US continued this war for hundred years, it would not be able to defeat the Afghans.
The JI chief strongly condemned the inclusion of Pakistain in the US watch list for supporting terrorism under Indian pressure. He said that India had been carrying on worst form of terrorism in Held for the last seventy years but Pakistain had failed to highlight this fact at the world level. On the other hand, he said the Pak Army had done commendable job in fighting terrorism which had been acknowledged by the world.
|Follow the money and the drugs.|
|[StrategyPage] United States has adopted a new strategy in Afghanistan that concentrates on using the American advantages in terms of intelligence, air power and special operations forces. There are only about 14,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan but because of satellite communications thousands more in the United States operate as if they were in Afghanistan by remotely operating UAVs and analyzing intelligence data. Over the last few decades American intelligence has collected a lot of details on how opium and heroin production operates and can direct air attacks to the most valuable (to the drug gangs) targets and then monitor the economic impact on the drug operations. |
As the old saying goes, “amateurs study tactics while professionals study logistics.” It’s lack of cash and inability to rebuild production and distribution capability that hurts the Afghan drug gangs. That plus the majority of Afghans opposed to this particular business and the competition (other places on the planet that can replace much of the Afghan production) makes the drug gangs vulnerable and the Islamic terror groups they finance to provide security very vulnerable.
The Taliban like the cultivate the idea that they are a frugal operation that can survive on contributions from wealthy Arab religious conservatives in the Persian Gulf area along with donations (not all of them voluntary) from Afghans the Taliban encounter. That is what Islamic terror groups would like it to be but since 2002 lots of business records belonging to major Islamic terrorists groups have been captured and examined. Thousands of Islamic terrorists have been interrogated and some have voluntarily provided detailed information on terror group finances. The bottom line is these groups are expensive to operate in the long term, very expensive.
|Taliban piously calls for dialogue in new letter addressed to the American nation|
|[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The group in Afghanistan says the group prefers dialogue in a bid to end the ongoing conflict in the country.|
The group has issued a new letter to the American nation saying the group can play a constructive role in finding a peaceful solution for issues and that the chances of dialogue are not exhausted.
Taliban warns that the group’s call for peaceful resolution can never mean that they are exhausted or their will has been sapped.
The new letter by the Taliban group has been issued almost a month after the US President rejected the possibilities of the early talks with the Taliban following a series of deadly attacks in Kabul and other parts of the country.
President Trump said late last month "I don’t see any talking taking place. I don’t think we’re prepared to talk right now. It’s a whole different fight over there. They’re killing people left and right. Innocent people are being killed left and right. Bombing in the middle of children, in the middle of families ‐ bombing, killing all over Afghanistan."
"So we don’t want to talk with the Taliban. There may be a time, but it’s going to be a long time. We’re all out, and that’s taking place right now, and it’s a whole new front. And it’s a whole new set of principles that we’re being governed by," he added.
Condemning the recent Taliban attacks, President Trump said "When we see what they’re doing and the atrocities that they’re committing, and killing their own people, and those people are ‐ many, many that are totally innocent ‐ it is horrible."
"So there’s no talking to the Taliban. We don’t want to talk to the Taliban. We’re going to finish what we have to finish. What nobody else has been able to finish, we’re going to be able to do it," he said.
The Taliban group has not mentioned the recent wave of violence that mainly claimed the civilian lives and the Afghan and US officials have not commented regarding the new Taliban letter so far.
|US Demands Pakistan Arrest ‘Hit List’ of Top Haqqani & Taliban Leaders|
|[THECIPHERBRIEF] The Trump administration has given Pakistain a new "hit list" of nearly a dozen top to detain, to show its willingness to fight terrorism, but the U.S. won’t share intelligence that would help lead to their capture, and has snubbed Pak requests to meet CIA chief Mike Pompeo in Washington, a senior Pak official tells The Cipher Brief.|
"The feeling is there is nothing we can do to make a difference," the senior Pak official said. "They are scapegoating Pakistain for their failure to bring peace in Afghanistan despite more than a decade of conflict."
In response, senior U.S. administration officials would only say that Washington has asked Pakistain to take "specific" action against the and the , which have been blamed for recent violent attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan. The officials tell The Cipher Brief that Pakistain’s intelligence service and military have failed to sever ties with either group and continue to protect their top leaders within Pak territory.
"We have seen Pakistain take some modest steps that appear to be responsive to some of our concerns, but we haven’t seen the decisive action against the Taliban and Haqqani network," one of the officials said. "They are doing the minimum necessary to alleviate the pressure."
The he-said, she-said highlights the continued tension between the Trump administration and Islamabad that spiked in January when President greeted the new year by tweeting that Pakistain has shown "nothing but lies and deceit" in return for U.S. aid.
Two Pak officials say that since that tweet, Islamabad has turned over more than two-dozen to Afghanistan who were on an earlier list of the U.S. asked Pakistain to "lawfully detain." That includes the s of the Haqqani network, the official said. Siraj Haqqani is at the top of that list, as he’s wanted by the FBI for his roles in running military operations for both the Haqqani network and the Taliban, according to Bill Roggio of FDD’s Long War Journal.