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Kerui Petroleum inks contract on Malaysian-based joint venture at 2017 OGA

July 25, 2017 | Legal & Politics

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, July 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The opening ceremony for the three-day 2017 Oil and Gas Asia (OGA), a key annual exhibition for the energy industry, was held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, in the capital of Malaysia, on July 11. The exhibition spanned 9 halls and played host to 11 international pavilions. Approximately […]

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Broadening of tax base to play role in achieving higher economic growth: Dar

July 25, 2017 | Legal & Politics

Minister for Finance,Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, SenatorMohammad Ishaq Dar Monday said broadening of tax basewill contribute to strong tax revenue collections and play animportant role in achieving higher, sustainable and i…

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PM left for Maldives on three-day visit

July 25, 2017 | General, Sports

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif left for Maldives on a three-day official visit this morning.He is visiting the country on the invitation of Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz is also accompanyin…

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Broadening of tax base to play role in achieving higher economic growth: Dar

July 25, 2017 | Legal & Politics

Minister for Finance,Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, SenatorMohammad Ishaq Dar Monday said broadening of tax basewill contribute to strong tax revenue collections and play animportant role in achieving higher, sustainable and i…

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Govt committed to develop modern infrastructure in Azad Kashmir to promote tourism: PM

July 25, 2017 | Entertainment

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says government is focusing on infrastructure and tourism development in Azad Kashmir which is manifested by two fold increase of federal funding for these sectors.He was talking to Minister for Information and Tour…

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Afghan Taliban Captures Third District In Three Days

July 25, 2017 | Education

An Afghan official says the Taliban has seized control of a district in southeastern Afghanistan, the third to fall to the militants in as many days.The Taliban’s apparent capture of Jani Khel district in Paktia Province, along the porous border with P…

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Faction Leader Claims 30,000 Afghans Fighting in Iraq, Syria

July 25, 2017 | Business

ISLAMABAD � A prominent former Afghan insurgent leader Tuesday said 30,000 of his countrymen are fighting in Syria and Iraq.

“Afghans are being trained to fight at home and abroad, said Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, while addressing tribal elders in Kabul.

The controversial warlord’s Hizb-e-Islami faction recently concluded a peace deal with the Afghan government to end insurgent activities and pave the way for Hekmatyar to come out of years of hiding.

Hekmatyar would not discuss the source of his information on the number of Afghans fighting abroad, but suggested they are doing so only to feed their poverty-stricken families.

Today, you have 30,000 Afghans fighting in Iraq and Syria. God knows better how many of them have been killed, Hekmatyar said.

Decades of conflict and poverty have forced Afghans to abandon their country and travel across the globe in search of livelihood.

Millions of Afghans continue to live in neighboring Pakistan and Iran while conflict continues to uproot thousands in Afghanistan.

Lately, some displaced families have found the battlefields in Syria and Iraq as a source of income because of Iran.

Iran

Some refugees in Iran, mainly Shi’ite Hazara Afghans, are reportedly being recruited and trained to fight alongside President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria. An estimated 3 million Afghans are in Iran, including about 2 million undocumented refugees.

According to media reports, it is the undocumented refugees whom Iran’s Revolutionary Guards exploit and recruit to raise militias fighting in Syria. Reports also say that in return, the volunteers’ displaced families are offered legal status in addition to getting hundreds of dollars in monthly salaries. The potential fighters are told they are being sent on a sacred mission of defending holy shrines and Islam.

During parliamentary sessions, Afghan lawmakers have repeatedly urged their government to take up the issue with Iran to stop the exploitation of refugees. Government officials rarely comment on the issue and maintain that Kabul is in contact with Tehran.

Source: Voice of America

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