Pipeline plans threatened by Af-Pak border clashes

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Afghanistan authorities say some 60 civilians, including¬†five children,¬†were killed as¬†Pakistan launched¬†air-strikes across the border on Khost and Kunar provinces April 15 and 16. The strikes, carried out by both missiles and warplanes, follow a series of attacks by the¬†Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Pakistan’s borderlands, including an April 14 ambush on a military convoy in¬†North Waziristan¬†district in the volatile Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The strikes were harshly condemned both by the Taliban regime, officially the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan,” and the Afghan¬†permanent mission in the United Nations. However, more than six months after the Taliban takeover, the status of the UN mission is still contested‚ÄĒit is staffed by¬†holdovers from previous¬†regime, but it is unclear whether that government or the new Taliban regime formally holds the UN seat.

The tensions over the air-strikes come a week after top diplomats from China, Pakistan, Turkmenistan and other regional states met for a summit at Tunxi, in China’s Anhui province, on reviving the long-stalled Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline, which would deliver Central Asian gas to world markets through Afghan territory.¬†(Al Jazeera, ANI, Khaama Press, Khaama Press,¬†Khaama Press,¬†Khaama Press,¬†Hindustan Times, The Diplomat)

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