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Egypt gives Hamas ultimatum to stop flying kites into Israel

Sleeping with extremists: ASWJ announces support to ex-PM Abbasi for July 25 elections

Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by nine wickets in third ODI, clinch series

Textbooks — the real culprit

Could Sharif buy flats fairly in early 90s?

Iran, Pakistan to jointly produce defense equipment: Top general

Putin presents Trump World Cup football made in Pakistan

The Massacre of Inn Din: How Rohingya Are Lynched and Held Responsible

Dawn's CEO Hameed Haroon admits Dawn leaks issue was an international agenda

PTI leader meets ex-chief of banned outfit for votes

Why didn't Shahbaz Sharif reach to airport: The story of a secrete deal

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman: negotiations with Israel ‘a joke’

Pakistani Student Stabbed to Death in China

Two contentious decisions see Croatia crumble when it mattered most

A new face from Nawaz's dynasty: PML-N consider launching Maryam’s son

PML-N's Sheikh Aftab escapes assassination attempt in Attock

Inside Story: What happened to Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz at airport

Nawaz Sharif: Delusions of Grandeur

Pak-Iran improving military ties: A message to US and Israel

35k families displaced by Saudi attacks on Hudaydah: UN

US ready for direct talks with Afghan Taliban: Top cmdr.

Pakistani police open criminal cases against 17,000 members of ex-premier's party

Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by nine wickets in second ODI

Open Letter From Taliban Asks American People to Recognize Failure of 16-Year War

Pakistan, Iran army chiefs discuss peace, security issues

Sharif Saga: End of kleptocrats & thugs?

Will Interpol heed red warrant for Ishaq Dar?

Silence on recent bloodbath shows that 'mainstreaming' of radicalised outfits is a doomed plan

Who killed Haroon Bilour: A new story evolves

Saudi Awakening Movement leader arrested for opposing US troops in KSA

Iranian military chief to visit Pakistan soon on counterpart’s invitation

Emirati prince hiding in Qatar accuses UAE rulers of blackmail and corruption

France snatch World Cup glory from Croatia to win second title

China’s Sinopec will continue to buy Iranian oil

Diverting Iranian flights to Najaf to Baghdad

Elections under the threat of terrorism

Waseem floors Mthalane but loses world title via decision

Political campaign under threat: Who is the next target of terrorists?

Russia rejects Israeli call to keep Iranian advisors away from Golan

PML-N leadership booked for terrorism

Family meets Nawaz, Maryam at Adiala jail

Belgium claim 3rd spot at World Cup 2018, beat England 2-0

A matter of growing insecurities: Terror during elections

Maryam Nawaz goes to jail in Gucci

US, Iran Clash in Hormuz Strait: Not an Improbable Scenario

Croatian president can’t wait for final

USA enhances its support to Pakistan in educational sector

Would TLP a major stake holder in the elections?

Trial of remaining NAB references against Sharif family to take place in Adiala Jail

What Nawaz Sharif's Return to Pakistan Means for the Country's Politics

Turkey to sell 30 ATAK helicopters to Pakistan in major military export deal

A deadliest attack: 128 perish as savage attack on Mastung rally stuns nation

Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz likely to be shifted in Adiala Jail

Nawaz, Maryam taken into custody at Lahore airport, passports confiscated

Nawaz Sharif lands at Lahore airport will be arrested shortly

Imam and Khan propel Pakistan to crushing victory over Zimbabwe

Mastaung Blast: Death toll mounts to 90, More than 200 wounded

Blast targets convoy of JUI-F leader Akram Khan Durrani, 4 killed

BAP candidate Nawab Siraj Raisani, 19 others killed in Mastung blast

Bilour’s Assassination: Is TTP trying to reassert itself after Fazlullah’s execution?

Fear of Khalistan: India demands UK to disallow Social Justice meet

Pakistan hosts spy chiefs from Russia, China, Iran

The return of Nawaz Sharif

Nawaz Sharif, Maryam in UAE, to reach Lahore by 6:15pm

World Cup final odds, lines: France the favorite to win it all over Croatia on Sunday

London police take Nawaz Sharif's grandsons into custody

Yemeni forces shoot down Saudi jet in Asir: Ministry

“Harf Kaar” App Lets You Correct Grammatical Mistakes in Urdu Language

Qatar funding pro-Israel US organisations

Beheading increases 70% in Saudi Arabia

Would Pakistan Supreme Court extend accountability to Ex-General?

Shrouded mystery: What was the secrete message Nawaz Sharif ignored?

Reham Khan book published online

Would Zardari play on front foot after Lawai's arrest?

Prison or gallows, I won’t stop, says Nawaz

US softens stance on Iran sanctions amid warnings

Croatia heads to its first World Cup final after beating England 2-1

Ministry asks NAB to probe corruption in Rs3b education project

Reuters: Saudi coalition has reached a dead point in Al-Hudaydah

The nightmare of terrorism: Is TTP back?

Petition seeking disqualification of ASWJ ringleader Ludhianvi referred to Chief Justice

Ishaq Dar seeks political asylum in UK: report

Who makes Cheemas and Fawads?

Is Pakistan serious to pursue Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project?

Nawaz, Maryam to be arrested at Lahore airport on arrival, flown to Islamabad: sources

France reach World Cup final as Belgium's golden generation falls short again

ANP leader Haroon Bilour among 12 killed in Peshawar blast

Israel supplied Saudi Arabia with internationally banned weapons

PICTURE: Capt (r) Safdar hid in a cave to avoid NAB arrest

Under attack: Who is threatening Nawaz Sharif?

France v Belgium: World Cup semi-final, European battle of world stars

Less than 56% Children in Pakistan go to Schools: Report

Zardari under mega corruption scandal: Laundered amount may go up to Rs70 bn

ECP seeks clarification from Ludhianvi for hate speech against Shias

NACTA confirms Imran Khan's life under threat

Qatar, UAE to join US war in Afghanistan

Doubts if Saudis can replace lost Iranian barrels

Top Israeli security expert warns against war with Iran

Pakistan launches first ever remote sensing satellite in China

A murky business: Is Zardari next?

Afghanistan


US ready for direct talks with Afghan Taliban: Top cmdr.

1397/4/26 | 01:11
The United States has expressed readiness to initiate direct talks with the Taliban in an attempt to end a 17-year-old war in Afghanistan, a significant shift in American policy in the conflict-ridden country. General John Nicholson, the top commander of US forces in Afghanistan, made the announcement on Monday, saying the move was intended to bring the Afghan government and the militants closer and culminate in formal peace negotiations to end the long-running war. “Our Secretary of State, Mr. (Mike) Pompeo, has said that we, the United ...

Open Letter From Taliban Asks American People to Recognize Failure of 16-Year War

1397/4/25 | 01:11
Two and half weeks after President Donald Trump rejected the idea of peace talks with Taliban, the militant group published an open letter to the American people urging them to pressure their government to end the occupation of Afghanistan, now in its 17th year, and engage in peace talks. The letter, published on the group’s website, denounces the Bush administration’s justification for launching the invasion, as well as the Trump administration, which “again ordered the perpetuation of the same illegitimate occupation and war against ...

Qatar, UAE to join US war in Afghanistan

1397/4/19 | 01:11
  Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are to join the longest conflict in US history, by supporting the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan. Abu Dhabi and Doha will be part of a multi-nation fight codenamed “Operation Resolute Support”, according to the Washington Post. Both Gulf countries will focus on training and advising Afghan forces. Official numbers on how many troops will be deployed has not been disclosed but the military inclusion is set to be approved next week during NATO’s ministerial meeting in Brussels. Both Qatar ...

Tehran vehemently rejected a report about training members of Afghanistan’s Taliban

1397/4/15 | 01:11
On Monday, The Times quoted unnamed Taliban and Afghan officials as saying that hundreds of Taliban militants are receiving advanced training from special forces at military academies in Iran. However, the Iranian embassy in Kabul said in a statement on Wednesday that the goal of such “fake and undocumented” allegations is to wage “a psychological war” and damage friendly relations between the Iranian and Afghan governments. Instead of leveling “baseless” accusations against Afghanistan’s neighbors, media outlet should work ...

Clean our shit : Why has Pakistan refused to clear US mess in Afghanistan?

1397/4/11 | 01:11
The United States has said the Taliban’s failure to engage in talks to end Afghanistan’s nearly 17-year conflict is “unacceptable” and called on Pakistan to exert more pressure on the militants. US envoy Alice Wells made the remarks during a visit to Kabul on Saturday, two weeks after an unprecedented ceasefire triggered spontaneous street celebrations involving Taliban fighters and security forces. “I think it [the ceasefire reaction] creates this impulse for everyone to renew their efforts to find a negotiated political solution,” ...

Mostly Sikhs among 19 killed in Afghan suicide attack

1397/4/11 | 01:11
A suicide bomber blew himself up in a city in eastern Afghanistan where President Ashraf Ghani was visiting, killing at least 19 people, many of them Sikhs, officials said on Sunday, in the latest violence to rock the country. The attacker struck a market located hundreds of metres from the provincial governor's compound in Jalalabad where Ghani was holding meetings, governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP. Among the 19 dead were 12 Sikhs and Hindus, he told AFP. Another 20 people were wounded. There were scenes of anguish at the ...

Ghani declares end to truce with Taliban, renews call for peace

1397/4/10 | 01:11
Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has formally announced an end to the government’s unilateral ceasefire with Taliban insurgents, but urged the militant group to accept comprehensive peace talks. “The ceasefire has ended, our security and defense forces are allowed to carry out operations,” Ghani stated on Saturday during a press conference at the presidential palace in the capital Kabul.  He also ordered security forces to resume operations against the group.  Ghani said the ceasefire, which lasted 18 days after it was extended ...

Are election activities under TTP terror threat?

1397/4/4 | 01:11
The Pakistani security and intelligence apparatus will need to be on the highest alert in the days and weeks ahead. New militant leaderships often need to demonstrate a willingness and ability to launch terrorist attacks and the case of the current TTP head may be no different. The upcoming general election and what is expected to be frenetic campaigning in the final weeks ahead of the election will surely be the target of militants. The challenge for the state to hold elections in a climate relatively free from the threat of militant violence ...

Guns on Pakistan shoulder: The Price of Mullah Fazullah's death

1397/3/30 | 01:11
Seeking Pakistan’s help to Trump’s new Afghanistan strategy, the incoming head of US forces in Afghanistan Austin Miller on Thursday told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Pakistan has made many sacrifices and its security forces have fought bravely [against terrorists]. Trump’s nominee to lead allied forces in the 17-year-old war, Gen Austin Miller, who previously ran the secretive Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), during a confirmation hearing, said that he still had “high expectations” for Islamabad in ending the Afghan ...

Kabul library bus drives Afghan children to read

1397/3/28 | 01:11
The door of the blue bus slides open and dozens of children excitedly bound up the steps, eager to get their hands on hard-to-find books in Kabul’s first mobile library. Named Charmaghz — the Dari for walnut, which is associated with logic in Afghanistan because the nut resembles a brain — the converted public bus is hard to miss as it winds through the dusty streets of the Afghan capital. The library-on-wheels offers pupils and street kids free access to children’s books, which are in short supply at public schools and libraries. It ...

At least 26 dead in Afghanistan suicide attack during Eid ceasefire

1397/3/27 | 01:11
  A suicide bomber killed at least 26 people at a gathering of Taliban and Afghan armed forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar on Saturday, an official said, as soldiers and militants celebrated an unprecedented Eid ceasefire. The blast in the town of Ghazi Aminullah Khan wounded at least 54 others ─ including Taliban, security forces and civilians ─ who were marking the suspension of fighting in Nangarhar's Rodat district, according to Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor, Tolo News reported. Dozens of unarmed ...

US drone strike reportedly kills senior TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah in Afghanistan

1397/3/25 | 01:11
The United States military on Thursday targetted a chief of the outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) via a drone strike in Afghanistan's Kunar province near the border with Pakistan, it said of the attack, with one US official saying the target was believed to be the head of the banned group. “US forces conducted a counterterrorism strike, June 13, in Kunar province, close to the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, which targeted a senior leader of a designated terrorist organization,” Lieutenant-Colonel Martin O’Donnell, a ...

UN agency hopes to win reprieve for Afghan refugees

1397/3/24 | 01:11
  With the deadline [June 30, 2018] for repatriation of Afghan refugees living in Pakistan approaches, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) is hopeful that the interim government would extend the stay of refugees. Afghan refugees living in Pakistan have been issued Proof of Registration (PoR) card following an agreement signed between United Nations, Pakistan and Afghanistan allowing refugees registered with UNHCR to live in Pakistan. The extension had expired on December 31. However, following talks with Afghan government ...

A Test of nerves for Afghanistan in debut against India

1397/3/23 | 01:11
 Shaken by the horrors of war, Afghanistan will take a mighty step in cricket history when captain Asghar Stanikzai leads his team out for their first ever Test match against India on Thursday.   Conflict has scarred virtually every member of the team and they are impoverished compared with their opponents, the world's wealthiest cricket nation. But Stanikzai said they are determined to show their rise to a Test nation less than two decades after being recognised by the International Cricket Council in 2001 is merited. "It's a great moment ...

Afghanistan peace: US gun on Pakistan shoulder

1397/3/23 | 01:11
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa discussed the need for political reconciliation in Afghanistan as President Ashraf Ghani announced a ceasefire with the Taliban. Following the Taliban’s declaration of a ceasefire over Eid specifically against Afghan forces, there have been a number of attacks. While it is unclear if the latest attacks are the work of the Taliban leadership, splinter factions or the militant Islamic State group, it is clear that the mere possibility of dialogue will not automatically ...

Would Pakistan jump into stalled Afghan peace process again?

1397/3/19 | 01:11
The United States and Pakistan have worked together in arranging a temporary ceasefire in Afghanistan, hoping that it would jump-start the Afghan reconciliation process, official and diplomatic sources told Dawn. At a Thursday afternoon seminar, a senior US official confirmed that Washington was pursuing “multiple lines of effort” for bringing peace to Afghanistan and an important component of that effort was to ensure that Pakistan played “a constructive role” in it. “We have asked for Pakistan’s assistance in facilitating a peace ...

Israel troops in Afghanistan: An alarm bell for Iran and Pakistan

1397/3/17 | 01:11
90 commandos, members of the Israeli special forces are expected in Afghanistan, announced the Arab Media. According to these sources quoted by the Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta, these Israeli commandos will use American identity to establish themselves in US controlled territories in Afghanistan. Their special mission would be to conduct actual exercises on the battlefield against “extremist groups”, with the aim of “acquiring specific intelligence skills”. Another objective of this presence would be to fight “groups” that ...

Trump officially nominates new commander for Afghan war

1397/3/9 | 01:11
US President Donald Trump has officially appointed Lieutenant General Austin Scott Miller as commander of the US-led occupying forces in Afghanistan. The announcement was made in a press release by the US Defense Department on Tuesday. "Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis has announced that the president has made the following nomination … Army Lt. Gen. Austin S. Miller for appointment to the grade of general, and assignment as commander, Resolute Support Mission, North Atlantic Treaty Organization; and commander, US Forces-Afghanistan," ...

Presence of ISIS: Would Pakistan head to Iran's warning?

1397/3/6 | 01:11
Iran has warned Pakistan to careful as the Islamic State is being relocated in border region shared between Pakistan and Afgahnistan. Official sources told  media that a senior Iranian official informed a delegation led by Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) Ashtar Ausaf Ali that Iran have credible intelligence reports that the US has relocated Da’esh and its heads Abu Bakar Baghdadi to Afghanistan. The official also informed that the US and Israel intend to turn Pakistan and Iran into another Syria, Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan. A delegation ...

Afghan cricket stadium attack leaves 8 dead, 45 wounded

1397/2/29 | 01:11
Eight people were killed and 45 wounded in a series of explosions targeting a cricket match in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, officials said Saturday, the first attack since the holy month of Ramadan began.   The blasts exploded among spectators crowded into the stadium at around 11pm on Friday evening as they watched the local “Ramadan Cup”, the provincial governor’s office said. No group has yet claimed the murders but the Taliban said they were not responsible in a WhatsApp message.   Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar ...

Pak-Afghan thaw: Can China bring neighbors close?

1397/2/27 | 01:11
  China has proposed hosting a new round of three-way talks with Pakistan and Afghanistan this month to continue with its diplomatic push in helping the two neighboring countries improve their strained bilateral ties. Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing told an unofficial conference of government representatives and experts from the three countries in Islamabad on Tuesday that Beijing had initiated the trilateral vice foreign ministers-level dialogue in 2015.   He said that since then, several rounds of talks have taken place, ...

Afghanistan wants Iran to rid it of terrorism scourge

1397/2/24 | 01:11
  Afghanistan's Defense Minister Tariq Shah Bahrami has discussed stepped-up military and defense cooperation with Iran which is wary of Daesh's presence near its borders. Bahrami is currently on an official visit to Tehran where he met Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri on Sunday after holding talks with his counterpart Brigadier General Amir Hatami. Bahrami said his trip is aimed at expanding cordial relations between the two nations and their armed forces and securing Iran's help to rid Afghanistan ...

Muslim scholars to Taliban: Suicide attacks violate Islamic principles

1397/2/22 | 01:11
  Muslim scholars from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Indonesia issued an edict on Friday saying that violent extremism and terrorism, including suicide attacks, are against Islamic principles, in an effort to convince the Taliban to end its violence.   Seventy prominent Muslim scholars from the three countries issued the fatwa at a conference in Indonesia on ways to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan. Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who opened the one-day meeting, stressed Indonesia's commitment to helping build ...

Action against former generals ordered

1397/2/19 | 01:11
  The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted one week’s time to the federal government to chalk out a strategy for ensuring implementation of its judgment delivered in the Asghar Khan case. A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandyal and Justice Ijazul Ahsen, resumed hearing in a petition filed in 1996 in the apex court by late Air Marshal (retd) Asghar Khan, accusing the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of doling out money to a group of politicians form the Islami ...

Height of enmity: US judge says Iran trained 9/11 attackers

1397/2/17 | 01:11
  Iran has been ordered to pay more than $6 billion to victims of the September 11 2001 attacks that killed some 3,000 people, Al Jazeera reported. In a default judgement, the court held that “the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran” are liable for more than 1,000 individuals deaths, Judge George B Daniels of the southern district court of New York said. Iran in total has been ordered to pay some “$12,500,000 per spouse, $8,500,000 per parent, $8,500,000 ...

US Watchdog: Afghan Military Shrinking Sharply

1397/2/13 | 01:11
  The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a Pentagon watchdog, is warning that the Afghan military is in sharp decline over the last 12 months, as rising casualties and desertion rates far outstrip its ability to recruit.   Over 12 months, the Afghan security forces have 10% less personnel, down to around 300,000. While reports of growing casualties, struggling recruitment, and desertion have been common, this is the first actually data offered on the size of the problem. The Afghan National Army ...

8 journalists, 4 policemen among 49 people killed in twin Kabul blasts

1397/2/10 | 01:11
  A coordinated double suicide bombing hit central Kabul Today morning, killing 49 people and wounding 45 others. Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai confirmed that four policemen were killed, while an Afghan media watchdog, the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC), confirmed that eight journalists were also killed. The AJSC said that six journalists were reportedly wounded in the attacks. Agence France-Presse (AFP) confirmed that its chief photographer Shah Marai, a journalist from 1TV and one from Tolo News were among the ...

Daesh in Afghanistan: West's failure in 'war on terror'?

1397/2/3 | 01:11
  Daesh Takfiri terrorist group is growing in Afghanistan as thousands of foreign troops have apparently failed to restore security 17 years after the United States and its allies invaded the country under the guise of the so-called war on terror. Daesh, which has been behind several past bombings in Kabul, claimed responsibility for a deadly bomb attack outside a voter registration center in the Afghan capital on Sunday. Over 30 people were killed and nearly 60 others wounded in the attack, which was carried out at the doorway of an identity ...

Suicide attack on Kabul voter registration centre kills 48

1397/2/2 | 01:11
  An Islamic State suicide bomber killed at least 48 people including women and children and wounded 112 outside a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul today in the latest attack on election preparations. The assaults underscore growing concerns about security in the lead-up to legislative elections scheduled for October 20, which are seen as a test-run for next year's presidential poll. “It happened at the entrance gate of the centre. It was a suicide attack,” Dawood Amin, Kabul police chief, told AFP. Both the ...

Is Afghanistan the next Caliphate?

1397/1/27 | 01:11
  Terror outfits often expand their influence by merging into other groups or by cobbling together alliances. They essentially do it when their existence is threatened or for consolidation of power in an alien territory. It helps them to expand their scope, scale of operations, and influence. Moreover, it also helps them to foster human resource, wealth, technology and ideas. This is quite true for the Islamic State. Despite its so-called defeat in Iraq, the militant group has survived on the scores of loyalists left behind in Syria and ...

Islamabad-Kabul thaw: Is Ice melting between neighbors?

1397/1/17 | 01:11
  Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi arrived in Kabul on Friday for a day-long visit to ease strained relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and revive a push for peace talks with the Taliban. PM Abbasi was welcomed by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the two inspected an honor guard at the Presidential Palace in Kabul before heading in for meetings. The PM, accompanied by several other top Pakistani officials on the trip — his first to Kabul since becoming prime minister last year — will hold meetings with a string of Afghan ...

Pakistan, Russia exchange views over int’l issues including Aghanistan peace

1397/1/16 | 01:11
  Minister for Defence Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan has met his counterpart Defence Minister of the Russian Federation General Sergei Shoigu on the sidelines of the Moscow Security Conference currently taking place in the Russian capital. Both the dignitaries noted the increasing convergence of views between Pakistan and Russia on international issues, particularly regarding sustainable peace in Afghanistan, establishment of energy corridors, and combating violent extremism and drug trafficking, a message received from Moscow Thursday ...

Peace Protests Spread Across Afghanistan, Demand Peace Talks

1397/1/14 | 01:11
  A little over a week ago, a car bombing killed 20 civilians outside a sports stadium is Lashkar Gah. This is an unfortunately common thing to happen in Afghanistan, but appears to have started something very unusual: peace protests.   Two Helmand Districts, along with multiple Afghan cities, are reporting hundreds of demonstrators holding sit-ins at several sites, calling for an immediate ceasefire and peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Some of the early protesters organized a hunger strike amongst themselves, ...

Deobandis humiliated after Saudi Prince admits Wahhabism spread under US policy

1397/1/12 | 01:11
  Pakistan-based allies of Saudi kingdom and its Wahhabism have felt themselves humiliated after the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman confessed that Saudi Wahhabism spread under US-led West’s anti-USSR cold war policy.   Deobandis of Pakistan were prime beneficiaries of Saudi funding for seminaries and mosques that were required to recruit and brainwash proxy fighters who were later given the title of mujahideen or holy warrior and their proxy fighting was declared jihad or holy war in Afghanistan.   Pakistan’s former ...

Daesh and TTP terrorists have established sanctuaries in Afghanistan: FO

1397/1/10 | 01:11
  The Pakistan Foreign Office on Thursday expressed concern over establishment of safe havens by (Deobandi takfiri) terrorist outfits such as Taliban (TTP), Daesh, JuA and LI on the Afghan side of the border.   In his weekly press briefing, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said terrorist groups including “the TTP, JuA, LI and Daesh etc. have established sanctuaries on Afghan side of the Pak-Afghan border. These terrorist groups are involved in undertaking cross-border raids on our military posts.” He said that ...

Pakistan expresses concern on proliferation of Daesh in Afghanistan

1397/1/9 | 01:11
  Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has expressed concern over unchecked proliferation of Daesh and the phenomenal increase in drug production in Afghanistan.   He expressed these views addressing the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan in Uzbekistan where he emphasized the need for cooperation between Afghanistan and its neighbours to prevent cross-border movement of terrorists and criminal networks. Kh Asif also said that Pakistan has been consistently stressing for the resolution of Afghan conflict through a political settlement, ...

US hardliners favour sanctions on Pakistan’s civilian, military and intelligence officials

1397/1/9 | 01:11
  US President Donald Trump’s close aides are weighing unprecedented political penalties on Pakistan for what they accused “harboring Afghan militants waging war on the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan.” These hardliners are discussing revoking Pakistan’s status as a major non-NATO ally, permanently cutting off the U.S. military aid and even imposing visa bans or other sanctions on individuals in the Pakistani government deemed responsible for providing support to the militants, according to chief national security correspondent ...

Is Washington pondering on punishing Pakistan?

1397/1/8 | 01:11
  Having conducted over 400 drone attacks in Pakistan between 2004 and 2018, the American administration in the White House is now reportedly engaged in an internal debate about the tempo and scale of possible punitive steps against Pakistan for its failure to take decisive action against the Afghan militants breeding freely on its territory, prestigious American news publication "Foreign Policy" has stated in one of its recent eyebrow-raising articles titled "Is Trump ready to dump Pakistan?" Bought in September 2008 by the Washington ...

Taliban Rakes in Millions From Pistachio Profits

1397/1/7 | 01:11
  Heroin production, arms smuggling, kidnappings; the Taliban funds its ongoing war in Afghanistan with a wide range of illegal activities, putting its war-footing fund-raising ahead of any moral, or indeed religious, concerns. A less obvious, but still lucrative, source of revenue has been brought to light by the Institute For War & Peace Reporting (IWPR): pistachio farming. An IWPR investigation into Afghanistan’s pistachio forests have found that armed gangs and Taliban fighters control the vast majority of nut production, earning ...

IS continues efforts to sow discord between Sunnis and Shias as Afghanistan looks to end war with Taliban

1397/1/4 | 01:11
  the 3,000-year-old Zoroastrian festival — marks the beginning of the new year of the Persian calendar. In Afghanistan, Central Asia and some Gulf countries, the event represents springtime, as well as the renewal of hope. As the harsh winter departs, nature is reborn and the Afghans put on their finest clothes to celebrate the arrival of spring. Unfortunately, in recent years, militants have attacked Nauroze celebrations in Kabul. On March 21, a suicide bomber belonging to the militant Islamic State (IS) group detonated his explosives ...

Afghan Special Forces Slaughter Farmers in Chaotic Errant Attack

1396/12/29 | 01:11
  Farming in Afghanistan isn’t easy. The various combatants in the country are always on the lookout for unfamiliar faces outdoors. It’s bad enough that the farmers feel the need to file official plans with the police, saying they’re going to be outside watering crops or working at specific hours, in the hopes that makes them not a target.   On Saturday, this failed spectacularly, as Afghan attack helicopters pounded farmers working in Nangarhar Province, killing at least nine of them. This led to public protests in the city, ...

The Bajwa Doctrine: from chauvinism to realism

1396/12/28 | 01:11
  After 70 years of extreme chauvinism, we are finally into the doctrine of realism which focuses on the peaceful coexistence with the neighbouring countries.  The Bajwa Doctrine, initiated by the rationalistic and logical Gen Qamar Bajwa and his equally able team of the top military command, is all about realising the changes taking place around the country and reshaping policies according to the needs of the modern times.  The doctrine is very clear about the democratic future of the country. Believing in the importance of the ...

Positive overtures: Did Ghani realize importance of Pakistan?

1396/12/27 | 01:11
  Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday invited Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to Kabul to kick-start a ‘comprehensive bilateral dialogue’ with the aim of repairing the fractured relationship between the two countries. Mr Ghani extended this invitation during a meeting with Pakistan’s National Security Adviser retired Lt Gen Nasser Janjua, who was in Kabul on a day-long trip on the invitation of his counterpart Hanif Atmar. “Today, I received Pakistani NSA at Dilkusha palace. As a follow-up to Kabul Process, I have extended ...

US Continues Afghanistan Escalation, With Little Public Debate

1396/12/21 | 01:11
The longest war in American history, the US occupation in Afghanistan, now well over 16 years long, has often been called a ‘forgotten war.’ It may be fair to do so again, as the ongoing escalations are barely noticed, and not debated.   Senate hearings on America’s various wars over the past week covered a wide variety of topics. Afghanistan was mentioned four times, and then mostly in passing. Two hours of briefing by intelligence officials saw Afghanistan mentioned not even once. All the while, more US troops continue to arrive. ...

How Pakistan can shape Afghan's Taliban behavior?

1396/12/21 | 01:11
  A senior US diplomat has said that the United States believes Pakistan can play a much more important role in shaping the Afghan Taliban’s behaviour. The statement was made by Alice Wells, principal deputy assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, during a session on Afghanistan and Kabul Peace Process at the US Institute of Peace in Washington, DC on Friday. She stressed on Islamabad’s critical role to provide incentives to the Afghan Taliban for undertaking negotiations with the Ashraf Ghani government. “Pakistan ...

Nine killed as bombing targets gathering of Shia Hazaras in Afghan capital

1396/12/19 | 01:11
  At least nine people have been killed and 18 others injured in a bomb attack near a Shia mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The casualties were caused after an attacker, who had been stopped at a nearby security checkpoint, set off an explosive device he was carrying, said Nasrat Rahimi, a deputy Interior Ministry spokesman. Rahimi said the assailant apparently sought to target crowds comprising members of Afghanistan’s Shia Hazara community. They had gathered to commemorate Abdul Ali Mazari, a Hazara political leader killed by ...

Afghan female powerlifters flex their muscles

1396/12/17 | 01:11
  Inside the Afghanistan Powerlifting Federation’s cramped gym, Rasheda Parhiz lies on a bench wearing a tunic over sweatpants and holding a 70-kilogramme (150-pound) weighted bar above her scarf covered head.   The 40-year-old began powerlifting several years ago to help lose weight she used to weigh 120kg and hid her ample frame under a burqa.   Now a fitter 82kg, Parhiz’s ability to lift 100kg has brought the mother of three trophies and medals in local and regional competitions, which she keeps in a plastic shopping ...

Pentagon warns 10,000 US soldiers 'will die’ in opening days of North Korea war

1396/12/12 | 01:11
  US military chiefs have reportedly warned that a war with North Korea could result in the death or injury of around 10,000 American soldiers in just the opening days, with the number far exceeding the total 7,000 killed in fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. The revelation emerged on Thursday after top military leaders in the United States attended a classified gathering in Hawaii to raise their concerns and discuss various scenarios that would arise in the early stages of a prospective US-North Korea conflict. Pentagon officials in the ...

Benefits, challenges of TAPI gas pipeline

1396/12/10 | 01:11
  On Friday, the TAPI gas project between Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India was officially launched in the Afghan city of Herat. TAPI, taking its name from the initials of participating countries, is a multi-billion energy transfer project which was sealed on 13 December 2015, in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan, President Gurbanguly, Berdimuhamedow of Turkmenistan, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi of Pakistan, and the Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Mobashar Javad Akbar inaugurated ...

Analysis: Why is Russia warming up to Pakistan?

1396/12/9 | 01:11
As Pakistan navigates its troubled relationship with the United States and scrambles to avoid being blacklisted for "not taking action on some of the entities and individuals designated as terrorists by the UN", regional alliances are shifting — and analysts ponder whether a cozier relationship with countries like Russia will complicate efforts to move toward peace in neighboring Afghanistan.   Russia, analysts say, is motivated by fears of a growing presence of Islamic State militants in neighboring Afghanistan and has warmed up to ...