Pak Press Paints False Image of Inter-Taliban Warfare, Denying Reports of TTP-Turned-ISIS

Seven killed in clash between Pak, Afghan Taliban in Kunar

PESHAWAR: Seven militants were killed during a clash between the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban in the eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, police said on Friday.

Abdul Habib Saidkhel, the police chief of Kunar, told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) that the clash took place in the Pashad area of Sarkano district. He said six Afghans and a fighter of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan were killed in the clash. He said that three Afghans and two Pakistani Taliban were also injured in the skirmish.

Meanwhile, local people said that four of the six Afghan Taliban killed in the clash were the residents of Pashad. They said the other two hailed from Badeel Darra in Naurang district. The AIP, while quoting sources, said that differences between the Pakistani Taliban and a shadow Afghan Taliban governor led to the clash.

Our Khar correspondent adds: Militants based in Kunar attacked the Pakistani security check posts in the Nawagai Tehsil in Bajaur Agency with rockets and heavy weaponry on Friday. However, no casualty was reported in the pre-dawn attack. The sources said unidentified militants fired a barrage of rockets on the check posts in the Nawagai Tehsil early in the day. Pakistani security forces, the sources said, retaliated in a forceful manner, forcing the attackers to flee across the border to Afghanistan.

Official sources said that one of the terrorists was injured in the retaliatory fire by the Pakistani soldiers.Pakistani Taliban militants escaped to Afghanistan’s Kunar province some years ago after the military operations in Bajaur and were able to set up sanctuaries in the bordering area.

—Originally published in The News

14 Taliban militants killed in an infighting in eastern Kunar province


At least 14 Taliban insurgents were killed in infighting in the eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, the security authorities said Friday.

The incident took place in the early hours of Thursday morning in Sarkano district after clashes erupted among Tehrik-e-Taliban and militants operating under the Islamic Emirate.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) confirmed that clashes took place around 5:00 am local time in Gula Pari area of Sarkano.

MoD further added that 8 militants of Tehrik-e-Taliban and 6 militants of Islamic Emirate were killed during the clash and 5 others were wounded from the two sides.

The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the report so far.

Infighting the among the Taliban groups has intensified during the past one year and since the announcement of Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar’s death last year.

The Taliban group has divided into different factions since Mullah Omar’s death was confirmed and was succeeded by Mullah Akhtar Mansoor.

One of the main dissident Taliban group leader is Mullah Rasool who opposed with the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as well as Mawlavi Haibatullah Akhundzada as new Taliban supreme leaders.

Akhundzada succeeded Mullah Mansoor who was killed in an airstrike by the US forces in Balochistan province of Pakistan last month.

Pakistan and India Both Accepted Into SCO Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

[Pakistan signs Memorandum of Obligations for SCO’s full membership]

India’s accession to SCO begins


India signed Memorandum of Obligations — a key document — kick starting the process of its accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a powerful security

grouping increasingly seen as a counterweight to NATO. The document was signed by Secretary (East) Ministry of External Affairs Sujata Mehta at the SCO summit which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  1. India will have to sign around 30 other documents in the course of the year to complete the process for membership. Pakistan is also being inducted into SCO as a full member.
  2. SCO’s membership is expected to help India have a greater say in issues relating to security and defence besides combating terrorism.
  3. India, one of the largest energy consuming countries in the world, is expected to get greater access to major gas and oil exploration projects in Central Asia once it becomes a member of the SCO. Many of the SCO countries have huge reserves of oil and natural gas.
  4. The SCO had set the ball rolling to make India a member of the bloc during its summit in Ufa in July last year when administrative hurdles were cleared to grant membership to India, Pakistan and Iran.
  1. SCO was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the Presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
  2. India, Iran and Pakistan were admitted as observers at the 2005 Astana Summit.
  3. The Tashkent SCO Summit in June 2010 had lifted the moratorium on new membership, paving the way for expansion of the grouping.
  4. India feels as SCO member, it will be able to play a major role in addressing the threat of terrorism in the region.
  5. India is also keen on deepening its security-related cooperation with the SCO and its Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure (RATS) which specifically deals with issues relating to security and defence.
  6. India has been an observer at the SCO since 2005 and has generally participated in the ministerial-level meetings of the grouping which focus mainly on security and economic cooperation in the Eurasian region.
  7. Russia has been favouring permanent SCO membership for India while China pushed for induction of Pakistan.

Is the Brexit Vote the First Domino Leading To Global Depression?

Ylan Q. MuiThe Washington Post

The risk of another global recession escalated Friday after Britain’s stunning decision to leave the European Union plunged financial markets into freefall and tested the strength of the safeguards put in place since the last downturn seven years ago.

Wall Street was slammed from the moment trading opened, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropping more than 500 points within minutes. Though it pared those losses over the morning, it was back down 600 points, nearly 3.5 percent, by mid-afternoon. The broader Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index and the tech-heavy Nasdaq suffered declines of more than 3 percent.

The gut-wrenching moves were the latest sign of panic that began when the results of Britain’s Thursday referendum began to trickle in overnight. Japan’s Nikkei index temporarily halted futures trading amid the sweeping global selloff and closed down 8 percent. The turmoil then hit European stock markets, with France’s major index also dropping 8 percent while Germany’s fell nearly 7 percent. The London-based FTSE 100 initially plummeted nearly 9 percent but ended the day with a 3 percent decline.

International policymakers have long warned that the sluggish recovery from the Great Recession has left the world economy more vulnerable to another downturn. Recurring crisis over government debt in Europe, the bumpy slowdown China and the collapse in oil prices have already battered prospects for global growth. Britain’s exit from the EU – popularly known as “Brexit” – could prove to be the final straw, experts said.