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UN Security Council opens meeting on Iran protests

New York (OIC-UNA) - The UN Security Council on Friday opened a meeting on the deadly protests in Iran, at the request of the United States.The formal meeting was preceded by closed-door consultations requested by Russia, which has accused Washington o...

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US to suspend nearly all security aid to Pakistan

Washington, (UNA-OIC) - The United States will suspend most security assistance to Pakistan, the State Department announced Thursday, amid increasing tension between Washington and Islamabad.

"We will not deliver military equipment or transfer security-related funds to Pakistan unless it is required by law," State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters.

Nauert said the suspension would allow the administration, which will freeze the aid payments but not allocate the money elsewhere, to reassess in the coming year.

She did not reveal the estimated amount of aid funds that will be cut off. However, as much as $1.3 billion could be frozen, according to experts.

President Donald Trump said Monday in a tweet that the US had foolishly given billions of dollars in aid to Pakistan, which in return had allegedly provided safe havens to terrorists fighting in Afghanistan.

Pakistan has the ability to get this money back in the future, but they have to take decisive action, Nauert said, adding that the suspension could be lifted if Pakistan changed its behavior by doing more to fight terror groups.

The charge was immediately denied by Islamabad. Pakistan expressed deep disappointment over the US claims and said it was already doing a lot to fight militants.

According to data released Tuesday by Pakistan, at least 62,421 lives, including 50,000 civilians and remaining security personnel, have been lost during the period between 2003 and 2017 in the war against terror, with a $123 billion loss to the country's economy.

"President Trump quoted a figure of $33 billion given to Pakistan over the last 15 years. He can hire a US-based audit firm on our expense to verify this figure & let the world know who is lying & deceiving," Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said in a tweet Tuesday.

Additionally, earlier on the same day, the US placed Pakistan on a special watch list for what it described as the country's severe violations of religious freedom.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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Country put on path of development: Muqam

Advisor to the Prime Minister, Engineer Amir Muqam says the PML-N government has put the country on the path of development and prosperity.Addressing a news conference in Peshawar on Thursday, he appealed all the political leaders to avoid the politics...

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CPEC to open new avenues of development: Governor Balochistan

Governor Balochistan, Muhammad Khan Achakzai, has said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will open up new avenues of the development in the country.He was talking to media after visiting the mausoleum of Founder of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam ...

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Wooden bridges to be replaced with RCC bridges in GB

Minister of Works Dr Muhammad Iqbal says the government has decided to replace wooden bridges with RCC bridges in all ten districts of Gilgit-Baltistan.This he said in an interview to our Gilgit corresponded on Friday.Source: Radio Pakistan

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Arab Coalition Forces achieve military successes in Yemen

Riyadh, (UNA-OIC) - Spokesman of the Arab Coalition Forces supporting legitimacy in Yemen Colonel Turki Al-Malki said that the coalition forces have achieved military successes inside Yemen and supported the military operations of the Yemeni army there...

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