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Picture of the day: Rohail Marri Son of Balach Marri

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With Chinese support, Pakistan can ignore Trump on Afghanistan By   Bloomberg News  - AUGUST 24, 2017 A key plank of US President Donald J. Trump’s new strategy to turn around the 16-year conflict in Afghanistan will probably falter for a reason few of his voters would realize: China. On Monday Trump outlined an open-ended commitment to the conflict in Afghanistan that pledged more troops and diplomatic outreach to the Taliban. Important, Trump publicly tried to pressure Pakistan to end safe havens for terrorists who are striking at Afghanistan. A day later, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson followed up Trump’s comments, adding that Pakistan “must adopt a different approach.” But this aspect of the Afghan strategy is likely to founder because of China’s increasingly close economic ties with Pakistan, which reduces American leverage. With more than $50 billion in planned infrastructure projects and strong diplomatic support for its positions,

Footprints: northern areas' dilemma Nasir Jamal Updated August 25, 2017 A VIEW of the calm Hunza River flowing along the Karakoram Highway from top of the Altit Fort in Karimabad.—Photo by writer PASSU: Sitting on a small hill along the Karakoram Highway (KKH) in Passu, Hunza, the Glacier Breeze café is famous for its delicious apricot cake. The only thing that beats it is the fantastic view of Passu the café offers: a small piece of Batura glacier that shines in the sun on the one side and the blue waters of the Hunza River that flow quietly on the other. The serenity of the place, café owner Ali Ahmed fears, is not going to last very long. The cargo traffic on the narrow KKH is set to pick up upon the completion of the 3,200km trade route connecting Kashgar in China’s landlocked western Xinjiang region to Gwadar port in Pakistan’s Balochistan under the $57bn China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) initiative. “I am glad that my restaurant busines