US gives last chance to Pak after calling out ISI for terrorism links

Pakistan has a last chance to give up using terrorism to further its goals before the US initiates action against it, a top Trump administration official warned on Tuesday after a senior American general publicly blew the whistle on Pakistani intelligence agency ISI’s ties with the terrorist groups. “We need to to try one more time to make this strategy work with them, by, with and through the Pakistanis, and if our best efforts fail, the President is prepared to take whatever steps are necessary,” Trump’s defence secretary Jim Mattis said at a House Armed Services Committee hearing. The warning came hours ahead of Pakistan’s foreign minister Khwaja Asif’s meetings in Washington with his US counterpart Rex Tillerson, ostensibly to rebuild ties with the US.

Asif and his Pakistani team have tried to brazen it out in the US in meetings over the last several days, arguing that Pakistan has been successful in its counter-terrorism efforts and it is the India-Afghanistan alliance that is causing trouble in Pakistan. However, US officials ad generals under President Trump bluntly and publicly called out Pakistan’s bluff. “It is clear to me that the ISI has connections with terrorist groups,” Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee, in the most direct indictment heard in recent years.

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President Trump said on Saturday that he would be announcing a decision in the coming days on the fate of hundreds of thousands of “terrific” young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children. “We love the dreamers, we love everybody. I think the dreams are terrific,” Trump said, using a shorthand term for the 8,000,000 young people who were given a reprieve from deportation and temporary work permits under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, programme.

Trump had been torn over what to do with DACA as he faces a Tuesday deadline set by a group of Republican lawmakers who are threatening to challenge the scheme in court unless Trump ends it by that date. Trump had slammed the programme as illegal “amnesty” during his campaign but he has changed his rhetoric since then. Another option under consideration by Trump will be allowing the lawsuit to go forward and decline to have justice department defend DACA in court, taking the mater out of their hands.

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Companies will also have to ask people for permission to collect personal data rather than rely on pre-selected tick boxes, which are largely ignored, he said. The new rules will bring British law into line with EU’s general data protection regulation (GDPR), which tightens and extends he scope of data protection law. The GDPR becomes enforceable from May 2018. Lawyers and tech industry experts have said Britain will continue complying with GDPR after Britain leaves the EU in 2019 to avoid disruption to the data traffic that is essential to international business. Hancock said the rules would give Britain one of the most robust, yet dynamic, set of data laws in he world.

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