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Turkey to host Pakistan-Afghanistan-Taliban peace talks

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country will host the leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan as part of efforts to end the Afghan Taliban’s 17-year insurgency. Erdogan, speaking at a joint news conference with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on January 4, said the trilateral meeting would take place in Istanbul after local elections in March. Khan told reporters he hoped the meeting would bring “badly needed peace” to Afghanistan. “Pakistan is already helping dialogue between Taliban and [the] Americans,” said Khan, who was making his first visit to Turkey since he came to power in August. “I look forward to the...

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Pakistan downs Indian drone over Kashmir

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL Pakistan’s military claims it has shot down a second Indian “spy drone” in two days flying in Pakistani airspace over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. In a statement, Major General Asif Ghafoor, an army spokesman, said Pakistani troops downed the drone on January 2 along the Line of Control that divides the Pakistani and Indian-controlled portions of Kashmir. Ghafoor tweeted a photo purportedly showing the wreckage, but did not provide further details. Pakistan’s military also reported shooting down an Indian drone on January 1. There has been no comment from New Delhi. Kashmir is split between Pakistan and India, both of which...

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Pakistan denies reported military projects with China

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL Pakistan has denied that a multibillion-dollar infrastructure project built and financed by China has a “military dimension.” A New York Times article on December 19 reported that Islamabad and Beijing, key allies, were planning military projects as part of a massive infrastructure project known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which seeks to connect China’s western province of Xinjiang with Pakistan’s Arabian Sea port of Gwadar. The CPEC effort consists of rail, road, and energy infrastructure and is part of China’s $1 trillion Belt and Road initiative that stretches across some 70 countries. The New York Times reported that...

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