US to watch Pakistan’s choices over new Afghan policy:Jim Ma

he US will “watch” Pakistan’s choices on President Donald Trump’s new Afghan and South Asia strategy to combat terrorism in its tracks, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has said.

At the same time, Mattis also lauded India’s commitment towards the development in Afghanistan.

Trump, while announcing the new strategy for Afghanistan, had accused Pakistan of harbouring “agents of chaos” and providing safe havens to militant groups waging an insurgency against the US-backed government in Kabul.

Pakistan has opposed Trump’s Afghan and South Asia policy, saying it ignored the country’s sacrifices in the war against terrorism.

But, Mattis during a visit to Kabul said the new strategy was “not exclusive of someone”.

It is inclusive for all responsible states that want to stop terrorism in its tracks and defend the innocent, he said.

This is primarily because for the first time, the United States seeks to hold Pakistan accountable for its support to terrorist groups and organisation.

Trump’s also policy seeks greater developmental role for India in this war-torn country.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg agreed with both Mattis and Ghani, saying that this is a regional approach, which includes both Pakistan and India.

Both of them have to be included in a mutual approach.

He urged all countries in the region to support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

Mattis said India has been “very, very generous” in its development assistance to Afghanistan.

NAB team visits Jati Umra to Areest Sharif’s Kids

A National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team on Friday was unable to deliver arrest warrants issued against the Sharif children — Hassan, Hussain and Maryam — at their Jati Umra residence.

An accountability court had on Tuesday issued bailable arrest warrants for Nawaz Sharif’s children and son-in-law Mohammad Safdar after they failed to appear before it despite repeated summons. 

The NAB group, headed by Deputy Director Mehboob Alam and involving Deputy Director Mohammad Kamran and Investigating Officer Imran Dogar, was additionally met with protection from the security staff exhibit at the living arrangement, sources in NAB said.Then, Nawaz’s summons were gotten by his own secretary, Qamar Zaman, in consistence with court orders, sources said.Nawaz had quickly showed up under the steady gaze of a NAB court on Tuesday, putting to rest gossipy tidbits about his choice to not come back to Pakistan and face the courts regarding three defilement references recorded against him.The references took after the Supreme Court’s July 28 decision in the Panama Papers case that had excluded Nawaz from holding open office.”Escaping from the courts isn’t our direction,” he had said in a question and answer session after his appearance in the court.Maryam, Hussain, Hassan and Safdar are at present in London with the weak Kulsoom Nawaz, Nawaz’s companion.

6 killed as suicide bomber blows up near Shia mosque in Kabul

A suicide bomber posing as a shepherd blew himself up near a Shia mosque in Kabul on Friday killing at least six people, police said, as Muslims prepare to observe the holy month of Muharram

The attack in the north of the Afghan capital happened as worshipers were gathered inside Hussainia mosque, one of the biggest Shia centers in the city, for Friday prayers.

“A suicide bomber who was grazing sheep has detonated himself outside” the mosque, General Salim Almas, criminal investigative director of Kabul city

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but fighters belonging to the Taliban and the militant Islamic State (IS) group have repeatedly targeted the minority Shia community in recent years.

A shopkeeper told AFP that the suicide bomber blew himself to bits after he was identified by suspicious civilian guards who had set up a checkpoint about 200 meters from the mosque.

Afghanistan has trained and armed more than 400 civilians to help protect Shia mosques during the holy month.