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World India says Biden agrees on Pakistan concerns in Afghanistan

03:51  25 september  2021
03:51  25 september  2021 Source:   afp.com

England’s trip to Pakistan in doubt after New Zealand abandon tour

  England’s trip to Pakistan in doubt after New Zealand abandon tour The Black Caps pulled out of their series on the morning of the first scheduled ODI due to security concerns.The Black Caps were due to play Pakistan later on Friday in the first of three one-day internationals in Rawalpindi before moving to Lahore for a five-match Twenty20 series, but pulled out of the tour on the morning of the first match.

India said Friday that US President Joe Biden and other leaders agreed to keep a careful eye on Pakistan, adding that its historic rival has been an "instigator" of trouble in Afghanistan.

a man and a woman sitting on a table: US President Joe Biden meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Oval Office © Jim WATSON US President Joe Biden meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Oval Office

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held his first in-person meeting with Biden and then took part in a broader "Quad" summit with the leaders of Australia and Japan. During the talks, Modi shared concerns about extremist elements in Afghanistan after the Taliban's takeover last month, Indian officials said.

"There was a clear sense that a more careful look and a more careful examination and monitoring of Pakistan's role in Afghanistan -- Pakistan's role on the issue of terrorism -- had to be kept," Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla told reporters after the White House talks.

England return to Pakistan in doubt after New Zealand call off tour of country

  England return to Pakistan in doubt after New Zealand call off tour of country Both England’s men’s and women’s sides are scheduled to play back-to-back Twenty20 double headers in October.Both England’s men’s and women’s sides are scheduled to play back-to-back Twenty20 double headers on October 13 and 14 in Rawalpindi, with Heather Knight’s team staying on for three one-day internationals later in the month.

The Quad will keep track of the "important point which sometimes gets overlooked when you see Pakistan projecting itself as a facilitator whereas it has really been in many senses an instigator of some of the problems in our neighborhood and beyond," he said.

India was one of the most enthusiastic backers of the pro-Western government in Afghanistan that collapsed last month as Biden withdrew US troops deployed for 20 years.


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Pakistan was the top backer of the 1996-2001 Taliban regime that imposed an ultra-austere interpretation of Islam and welcomed Al-Qaeda, triggering the US invasion after the September 11 attacks.

Fleeing Afghan Hazaras face uncertain future in Pakistan

  Fleeing Afghan Hazaras face uncertain future in Pakistan Pakistan says it is unable to take any more refugees and has begun deporting new arrivals back to Afghanistan.“There was war again, and I was very afraid,” she says. “We decided to take the path of escape and came here.

Pakistan quickly backed the United States, its Cold War ally, in the war but US officials have long accused Islamabad's powerful intelligence services of maintaining support for the Taliban -- in part due to Pakistani concerns over Indian influence in Afghanistan.

The United States, however, has publicly welcomed Pakistani efforts including its help bringing the Taliban into ultimately unsuccessful talks with the fallen Afghan government.

On the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken thanked Pakistan for helping US citizens leave Afghanistan. His Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi promised to work to "achieve our common objective."

Modi's Hindu nationalist government has had tense relations with Pakistan, which it accuses of fomenting attacks on Indian soil, although earlier this year he called for cordial relations with his counterpart Imran Khan.

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