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US not in Afghanistan to rebuild the nation, says Pompeo

Anwar IqbalUpdated April 12, 2019
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 10. — APUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made it clear that the United States is not in Afghanistan to rebuild the nation or teach Afghans how to deal with their women.The secretary's remarks came during two days of congressional hearings this week on the US State Department’s budget proposals.“Remember, the Afghans will ultimately decide,” said the top US diplomat when Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, urged him to ensure that the agreement between the US and the Taliban protects the rights of the Afghan women.Examine:'We never want to go back': Afghan women fear cost of peace under TalibanARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD“I hope they (Afghan women) will make their voices heard … I hope the women of Afghanistan will demand that of their leadership,” he said."We want every woman's voic…

Bailout package with IMF almost worked out: Asad

Anwar IqbalUpdated April 13, 2019
Finance Minister Asad Umar in a meeting with a team of the World Bank, led by Hartwig Schafer, vice president for the South Asian region.—APPWASHINGTON: Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have — more or less — reached an understanding on a package for bailing out the country’s ailing economy, says Finance Minister Asad Umar.“During the last two days, we have, more or less, reached an understanding. In the next day or two, we hope to reach a full agreement and then we will share the details with you,” the finance minister said at a Thursday night news briefing at the Pakistan Embassy in Washington.“In the next step, the IMF will send its mission to Pakistan in the next few weeks to work out technical details. But in principle, we have reached an agreement,” he said.• Finance minister says FATF judging Pakistan with a rigged jury • Fund officials air concerns over CPEC

The finance minister, who reached Washington on Tuesday evening, left …

The Future Of The Fight To Preserve Uyghur Culture

As the Chinese government crushes Uyghur culture in Xinjiang, Uyghurs abroad are making new efforts to preserve their traditions — but will they succeed? Some scholars say a revival is possible.KELLY NGAPRIL 8, 20190Top photo: A village meshrep, or Uyghur community gathering incorporating music, dance, and other arts in 2009 featuring female singer Sanubar Tursun. Credit: Aziz Isa Elkun.“Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes,” sang the kids gathered at an education center in Virginia, to the tune of the classic children’s song — except they were not doing so in English, but in Uyghur language. These are among the 60 Uyghur students — ages ranging from two to early 30s — who come to Ana Care & Education on Sundays to learn their mother tongue.Marketing manager Irade Kashgary started the school in Fairfax, Virginia, with her mother, Sureyya, in February 2017. It is one of many projects by the Uyghur diaspora across the world fighting to keep the community’s customs and tra…

Belt and Road: What They're Saying

VIKRAM MISRI
Indian Ambassador to China
Rejecting China's invitation to attend the 2nd Belt and Road Forum"“No country can participate in an initiative that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity."
SHANDANA GULZAR KHAN
Parliamentary Secretary for Commerce, Pakistan
Speaking at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa"“If you put your interest[s] first, you will not find China to be an unfair partner. But it depends on how well you do your homework."
HE WENPING
Research Fellow, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Speaking at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa"The biggest worry on the 'debt-trap diplomacy' should come from China's side, not from outside. It is taxpayers' money. China is not waving the 'China First' flag."
FILIP VUKOTIC
Member of Parliament, Montenegro
On the rushed loan negotiation process behind the Belgrade-Bar highway"If we waited [for …