Terrorists Attack International Aid Groups in Eastern Afghanistan

International aid agency office Save the Children in Jalalabad, east Afghanistan was attacked on Wednesday (24/1). One was reportedly killed and 14 others wounded in the attack.

Attullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the Nangarhar province government, said a group of armed men stormed the office after a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb at his entrance gate.

No one has yet claimed to master the attack. The Afghan Taliban have denied any involvement.

Nangarhar province, which lies on the border with Pakistan, has been the stronghold of ISIS and other terrorist groups in recent years.

The attack on Wednesday (24/1) in Jalalabad lasted only a few days after a group of armed men stormed a luxury hotel in the capital, Kabul, killing at least 20 people, and many of them were foreigners. [ab/uh]

Pakistan denies allegations of protecting Taliban and other terrorists

Six-member parliamentary conference has begun in Pakistan to debate the challenge of terrorism and inter-regional connectivity. The heads of parliament of Pakistan, China, Russia, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran are leading their respective delegations in the ongoing meeting with tight security in the Pakistani capital.

The chairman of the Senate or upper house of parliament of Pakistan, using a conference covered extensively by the media is to condemn what he calls the policies of US President Donald Trump who blames Pakistan for the failure of the United States in Afghanistan. Raza Rabbani goes on to denounce the Trump government for underestimating the sacrifices that Pakistan has made in the fight against terrorism.

"We saw two days ago that the American Vice President has gone too far to say he warned Pakistan. But the notification should be affirmed that Pakistan is a sovereign state and has no habit of receiving warnings from anyone, let alone from the United States, "Rabbani said.

He referred to the words of US Vice President Mike Pence during a speech before US troops when visiting Afghanistan Thursday. Pence says that Pakistan has long provided shelter to the Taliban and other terrorist organizations.

"But the period of protection is over," Pence said. "President Trump has warned Pakistan. . . Pakistan will be very fortunate to partner with the United States and Pakistan will be very damaged if it continues to protect criminals and terrorists. "

The Pakistani government immediately responded sharply to Pence's condemnation, saying" allied countries do not warn one another "

American and Afghan officials allege that shelter in Pakistan has allowed the Taliban and its allies, the Haqqani terrorist network, to survive and expand insurgency activities in Afghanistan. [gp]

President of Philippines says Communist rebels are terrorists

The President of the Philippines officially announces that the communist guerrillas who have perpetrated a decades-long insurgency are terrorists. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque told reporters on Tuesday that the Philippine president signed a declaration that the Communist Party of the Philippines and the armed wing, the New People's Army, the terrorist organization, in the first step of the legal process to formally prohibit their existence.

If approved by a court, the communist guerrillas will become the second group banned in the anti-terror laws rarely used after Abu Sayyaf, a group of brutal Muslim extremists blacklisted in 2015 for involvement in the kidnapping and release of hostages with ransoms, beheadings and bombings. [lt]

US Secretary of State asks Pakistan to step up efforts to combat militants and terrorists

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday urged Pakistan to double efforts against militants and terrorists operating in its territory. He emphasized the role of Islamabad to cooperate with Washington to facilitate the peace process in Afghanistan.

Mattis makes a one-day visit in Pakistan and meets with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and army commander General Qamar Javed Bajwa. The meeting was also attended by Pakistani national intelligence chief and security adviser.

Mattis left Pakistan with confidence and optimism, according to senior defense officials, who described the meeting as "straightforward" and "focused on rebuilding trust".

The United States after the meeting said Mattis acknowledged Pakistan's sacrifice in the war against terrorism and called for increased efforts towards regional stability and security. [ds]