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Quetta suicide bomber arrived from Afghanistan: Pakistan government

The Pakistan government on Monday said that the suicide bomber who targeted the Pakistan forces check post in Balochistan had arrived from Afghanistan.

According to Geo News, four Pakistan soldiers were killed and 19 other suffered injuries on Sunday when a suicide bomb blast targeted an FC check-post at Mustang Road.

“The terrorists involved in Quetta and Gwadar blasts were both from Afghanistan,” Pakistan Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed revealed, speaking during a press conference in Islamabad. He added that both terrorists have been identified.

Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a proscribed organisation, has claimed responsibility for a suicide blast in Pakistan’s Quetta on Sunday, which killed three people and injured 20 others.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the attack on a paramilitary force check post in Quetta.

“Condemn the TTP suicide attack on FC check-post, Mastung Road, Quetta. My condolences go to the families of the martyrs and prayers for the recovery of the injured. Salute our security forces & their sacrifices to keep us safe by thwarting foreign-backed terrorists’ designs,” Imran Khan tweeted.

There has been an uptick in violence in Pakistan as neighbouring Afghanistan has plunged into crisis. Afghanistan fell to the Taliban after months of violence in the country

Balochistan is a resource-rich but least developed province of Pakistan where a movement for freedom has been ongoing for the past several decades.

Afghanistan a failure of the West: European Commission VP Josep Borrell

Bled ( SLOVENIA): Vice-President of the European Commission and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell has admitted that the Afghan crisis is a failure of the Western world and it is a game changer for international relations.

“This has been above all a catastrophe for the Afghan people. It’s a failure of the Western world and it’s a game changer for international relations. We cannot avoid recognising as much. Is it the end of the war? It’s the end of Western military presence in Afghanistan, but I am not sure whether the Afghans themselves will start fighting among them,” Borrell told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera in an interview, days after the Taliban took over Kabul ousting the Ghani government.

Afghanistan is not entirely under the control of the Taliban, such as the Panjshir Valley, and not everybody is supporting the Taliban, he claimed. “But, certainly for us, it’s not the end of the story, because will have to continue supporting the Afghan people.”

When asked about EU evacuating Afghan people, Borrell said, “Frankly speaking we don’t have a concrete figure of the number of people that should have been taken out of Kabul. I don’t think anybody has this exact figure. I can tell you about the people who were working closely with the EU and which we were able to bring to the hub in Madrid … yes, the evacuation was successful as to the high number of people taken out in a very short period of time, but with respect of the tens of thousands of people left behind, it’s a problem.”

He recalled that the Europeans were engaged from the beginning in the Afghan war, because it was the first time that Article 5 of the NATO Treaty was invoked, in the wake of 9/11. “Certainly, from the beginning European members of NATO sent troops, we engaged people – superb men and women – and we spent an important amount of money. That being said, as Europeans we haven’t had a clear, and our own, approach to Afghanistan. The first purpose was to fight Al Qaeda and this was done. But then there was a second and fuzzier objective: trying to build a modern state. During these 20 years something has been done. We can’t be negative about that, because – among other things — we brought 3 million girls to school. But the aim to build a modern society has not had time to grow deep roots. Certainly, we Europeans share our part of responsibility, we cannot consider that this was just an American war.”

EU countries are preparing to stop Afghan refugees from potentially entering en masse, amid fears of a repeat of the 2015 migration crisis, when one million people came to Europe. The EU is believed to be drafting proposals for a 600 million euro package for Afghanistan’s neighbours to accept refugees, as it seeks to avoid a repeat of the 2015 crisis.

2 US lawmakers’ Kabul trip prompts questions, criticism

Two members of Congress are facing criticism and questions following their surprise visit to Afghanistan this week, which perted resources from the U.S.’s chaotic withdrawal, enraged military leaders and led House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to declare it not “a good idea.”

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., and Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Mich., flew in on a charter Tuesday and were on the ground at the Kabul airport for several hours before flying out on a military plane.

They billed their “secret” visit as an effort to conduct congressional oversight of the Biden administration’s handling of a rapidly deteriorating situation after the Taliban’s lightning fast takeover of the country.

But it stunned State Department and U.S. military personnel. They said the resources needed to protect the congressmen detracted from the evacuation effort and raised the possibility that the lawmakers’ flight out could have deprived seats to other Americans or Afghans looking to flee the country before President Joe Biden’s Aug. 31 deadline for withdrawal.

“We are obviously not encouraging VIP visits to a very tense, dangerous and dynamic situation at that airport and inside Kabul generally,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Wednesday, adding, “they certainly took time away from what we had been planning to do that day.”

The congressmen now face criticism for showboating as politicians – which they vehemently deny – while adding needless confusion to a dire situation. But they also tapped into a frustration of those who feel that standing by and doing nothing is also not an option.

Both have served in the military, with backgrounds in the region. Moulton, a Marine who has been an outspoken critic of the Iraq War, served multiple tours in Iraq. Meijer was deployed as part of the Army Reserves and later worked in Afghanistan at a nongovernmental organization providing aid. Moulton serves on the House Armed Services Committee and Meijer is on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Their offices did not provide further comment Wednesday. But in a joint statement issued Tuesday night, Moulton and Meijer said they took seats that were already empty on their flight out and disputed suggestions they made the trip to “grandstand.”

“We came into this visit wanting, like most veterans, to push the president to extend the August 31st deadline,” their statement read “After talking with commanders on the ground and seeing the situation firsthand, it is obvious that because we started the evacuation so late, no matter what we do, we won’t get everyone out on time.”

Back home, however, their effort received a chilly reception.

“This is deadly serious. We do not want members to go,” Pelosi said Wednesday, while warning other lawmakers against following suit. “It was not, in my view, a good idea.”

Striking a rare note of agreement, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy echoed Pelosi, saying his message to other lawmakers who want to visit Afghanistan is “not to go.”

Members of Congress who want to take such a trip typically need permission from committee chairmen. Moulton did not consult in advance with the House Armed Services Committee, according to an aide familiar with the situation and granted anonymity to discuss it. McCarthy said Meijer also did not seek permission.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration was similarly not made aware of the trip. She said their guidance to lawmakers was the same as it was to all Americans.

“This is not the time to travel to Afghanistan,” she said.

Rep. Mike McCaul of Texas, the ranking Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee, called the trip a distraction, and advised others against it, but added, “I understand the frustration.”

Rep. Sara Jacobs, a freshman California Democrat, was less sparing, tweeting, “Taking up space in a disaster zone for your own ego helps no one.”

Three officials familiar with the trip said State Department, Defense Department and White House officials were furious because it was done without coordination with diplomats or military commanders directing the evacuation.

The U.S. military found out about the visit as the legislators’ aircraft was en route to Kabul, according to the officials. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing military operations.

One senior U.S. official said the administration saw the visit as manifestly unhelpful, and several other officials said it was viewed as a distraction for troops and commanders at the airport who are waging a race against time to evacuate thousands of Americans, at-risk Afghans and others.

The Pentagon has repeatedly expressed concerns about security threats in Kabul, including by the Islamic State group. When members of Congress have routinely gone to war zones over the past two decades, their visits are typically long planned and coordinated with officials on the ground in order to ensure their safety.

“The secretary, I think, would have appreciated the opportunity to have had a conversation before the visit took place,” said Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman.