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Russia tests Nuke that can wipe UK off the map 3 times over

A German newspaper announced the possibility of a chemical attacks in Europe executed by ISIS terrorists.

Eyeless in Gaza: The story of an Israeli soldier

PTI loses majority in K-P assembly

Cross-border skirmish: Can Pakistan Try Afghan soldiers under international law?

Pakistan reducing dependence on US arms: FT report

Russia warns of ‘painful’ retaliation in face of US sanctions

Yemeni forces target airport on Saudi soil with ballistic missile

Iran vows to buy all the weapons it needs, irrespective what the world thinks about it

Grand Mufti of Egypt declares buying Facebook likes ‘haram’

'Reciprocal' travel restrictions to be imposed on Pakistan diplomats: US.

Baloch activist says RAW asked him to heckle Nawaz in 2015

A Russian praise for Imran Khan

Saudi Arabia open to sending troops into Syria: FM

Saudi, UAE recruiting 1000s of African mercenaries: Report

The Chankia accusation: Is Pakistan inciting Khalistan movement?

Pakistanis among 4000 people handed over by Musharraf regime to US

Theresa May earns cold reception in U.K. Parliament over Syria attacks

Endgame In Syria: Why US has conceded defeat?

The Indo-Iran Syndrome & Pakistan

Man dies as protest against rape, murder of minor girl turns violent in Karachi

Shame for Musharraf: ‘4,000 Pakistanis handed over to foreigners for dollars’

Who is in danger: Would RAO Anwar become an approver in Naqeeb murder case?

Assad's aide: Syrian defenses smarter than US missiles

'No amount of killing will stop us,' vow Nigerian Shias

Pakistan orders probe into attack on judge

'World War 3' Google Searches Spike After Syria Strike

China voices support for Russia on Syria, holds naval drills against USA

Details of terrorist training were found in a notebook of an ISIS member

Akin to Altaf Hussain: LHC bans Nawaz Sharif's and Maryam Nawaz's speeches

A clean chit: The backdoor deal with Khadim Rizvi

Is Afghanistan the next Caliphate?

Syria Missile attack: Why UN has become a useless object?

Trump morally unfit to be president: Ex-FBI director

Would Ch.Nisar make a forward bloc in PML-N?

Stupid than ever: A Muslim country newspaper claims that Queen of England is descendant of Holy prophet (pbuh)

Why the West hates Syria?

The politics within: Who divided PML-N?

Qatar’s allowing missiles to be fired from airbase shameful: Syrian official

Morocco to pull warplanes from Saudi-led coalition: Report

Attack on Supreme Court Judge: Is it a message to Chief Justice?

The Sham democracy: Why is India still sleeping on rape of a minor in Kashmir?

Model town killing case: Would Adiala Jail welcome both Sharifs?

US Choppers Caught Evacuating ISIS Terrorists according to Syrian news agency

US Considers Opening Embassy in Pyongyang

Erdogan's dual face: Turkey welcomes US-led airstrikes in Syria

Who brought Nawaz Sharif to the closed end?

Russian state TV tells viewers best supplies to pack for Word War III bomb shelters

A mortal blow to Nawaz or a new mountain to climb?

Increasing economic ties: Iran to be part of CPEC

Rape of Kashmiri girl: Would UN awake on Kashmir issue?

Would new CJP annul decision against Nawaz Sharif?

Syria comes under military attack on Trump's orders, 13 missiles shot down

Pak-Iran Ferry service from Karachi to Chabahar to be started to benefit pilgrims

New Scandal: Trump fathers an illegitimate child with an employee at Trump World Tower

Where does Nawaz Sharif's disqualification for life leave him and the PML-N?

Saudi-led boycotters stick to steep demands for Qatar: Report

Historical Judgement: Nawaz Sharif disqualified for life

Penchant for religious extremism: Punjab promulgates ordinance allowing four loudspeakers at mosques

Would Nawaz Sharif be handed life time disqualification?

Pakistan stands with Syria: A green signal to Russian bloc

What Another showdown with TLP would result in?

Merkel: Germany will not participate in any possible military action against Syria

In own trap: Trump Demands Saudi King Quickly End Qatar Dispute

Israel minister calls for assassination of Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad

Can ICC bring Rohingya's murderers into justice?

Would Tehrike.eLabaik topple govt this time?

Is Wajid Zia backtracking from his statements?

Diplomatic war: Did Pakistan stun US with strict message?

Syrian forces frees Douma, entire Eastern Ghouta, from terrorists: Russia

Iran: Saudi Arabia cannot hide support for terrorism through playing blame game

Iran threatens Israel over Syria air base strike

Pro-Taliban Deobandi seminaries refuse audit of their funds

War threats: Can Syrian conundrum trigger world war III?

257 dead as military plane crashes in Algeria

US State Department denies imposition of travel restrictions on Pak diplomats

Is Adiala jail ready to receive Nawaz Sharif?

Changing the history: Pakistan puts US diplomat on trial

700,000 Syrians displaced by fighting in 2018: UN

Iranian, Pakistani groups send humanitarian aid to Syria

U.S. 40 Years Behind Russian 'Satan 2' Nuclear Missile

Saudi considering proposal to set up military base, nuclear waste site on Qatar border

Is Pakstan really in the Post-Taliban Era?

Is Britain about to join US military action over reports of Syria chemical attack?

Syria warns about ‘dangerous repercussions’ of Israeli attack

US tells Indian daily that Pakistan took steps against terrorists

In favor of Nawaz Sharif: Capital FZE docs have no evidential value, admits Wajid

Another disaster in the often: Is TLYRA deliberately inviting chaos?

Sinking ship of PML-N: How Saraiki region would prove a disaster for PML-N?

Would Chief Justice take pity on oppressed Hazaras?

A question of national integrity: Can Pakistan put US diplomat on ECL?

Burning Syria

What Does Kim Jong Un Mean by 'Denuclearization'?

Philippines may become ISIS' next caliphate

Bin Salman is heading to the Saudi throne along an Israeli path

Demand to decriminalize consensual sex: Is UN trying to change Pakistan's ideological basis?

No end of dynasty: Maryam Nawaz's son, the new master of PML-N

Why is Nisar reluctant to join PTI?

Saudi crown prince in Paris for arms, other deals

Mullah on defiance: Why is Govt helpless before Khadim Rizvi?

Afghanistan


Is Afghanistan the next Caliphate?

1397/1/27 | 08:09
  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 | 08:09
  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 | 08:09
  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 | 08:09
  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 | 08:09
  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 | 08:09
  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 | 08:09
  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 | 08:09
  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 | 08:09
  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 | 08:09
  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 | 08:09
  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 | 08:09
  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 | 08:09
  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 | 08:09
  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 | 08:09
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 | 08:09
  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 | 08:09
  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 | 08:09
  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 | 08:09
  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 | 08:09
  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 | 08:09
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 ...

Afghan Taliban Reiterate Call for Talks With US on Ending War

1396/12/8 | 08:09
For the second time this month, the Taliban forces in Afghanistan have issued a public statement urging the US to agree to talks seeking a “peaceful solution” to the 16+ year long US occupation of Afghanistan. The Taliban statement said it believes that the “legitimate demands of the Afghan people” need to be considered, and the US should address its own concerns “through a peaceful channel.” Late in January, President Trump declared himself to be unwilling to talk with the Taliban, saying that talks would not be possible for “a ...

At least 23 killed in multiple suicide bombings, attacks in Afghanistan

1396/12/5 | 08:09
  At least 23 people were killed and more than a dozen wounded in multiple suicide bombings and attacks in Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said, the latest in a series of assaults in the war-torn country. In the biggest attack, Taliban militants stormed an army base in the western province of Farah overnight, killing at least 18 soldiers. "Last night, a big group of militants attacked an army base in Bala Buluk district of Farah. Unfortunately, we lost 18 soldiers, two soldiers were wounded. We have sent more reinforcements to the ...

‘Don’t kill terrorists in Pakistan; get them into Afghanistan’

1396/12/5 | 08:09
  A senior US official says Pakistan should push members of the Haqqani militant network across the border with Afghanistan rather than kill or capture them. “They don’t have to arrest them or kill them ... just get them into Afghanistan, disrupt some of the infrastructure that exists, make it harder for them,” Reuters quoted an unnamed senior US official as saying on Friday. However, the official did not elaborate on how the US would guarantee that the militants who could be arrested or killed in Pakistan will be neutralized after ...

Afghan end game: How Pakistan pushed US in a closed street?

1396/11/24 | 08:09
  Pakistan is blamed for harboring terrorists and even supporting some of the militant groups. It is easier and less complicated for the US to blame us for their failures in Afghanistan.    How else would they justify the expenditure of billions of dollars over the past two decades? We have time and again pushed for a political solution in the Afghan conflict and yet the Americans have deafened their ears upon us. Instilling the anti-Pakistani rhetoric in the hearts of their people isn’t going to find them solace, the sort they ...

Strikes on Uighurs Show How Trump’s Afghan War Is Changing

1396/11/24 | 08:09
Over the past week, escalating US airstrikes in Afghanistan have shifted away from their usual focus on the Taliban and ISIS, and have shifted northward to Badakhshan, the province on the border with neighboring China.   This region has few Taliban, but it has Uighurs loyal to the East Turkastan Islamic Movement (ETIM), which is mostly seen as a secessionist group in China, and rarely thought of at all in Afghanistan.   Still, the US is targeting them, reflecting President Trump’s attitude that any groups that are “enemies” ...

Pak-Afghan talks: Why a futile practice?

1396/11/24 | 08:09
  The second round of Pakistan-Afghanistan reached an impasse fuelling bilateral tensions.   For the most part Afghanistan’s allegations and stoicism gloms onto the current US vitriol against Pakistan. Where the US is using the trope of Pakistan’s terrorist havens as a bid to pander to conservative elements at home, Afghanistan is using the same trope to paint Pakistan as the source of instability across the border.   While Pakistan denies any links to the spate of attacks in the Afghan capital it has also offered to conduct ...

The Politics of pipeline diplomacy

1396/11/23 | 08:09
  Attaining considerable influence in Afghanistan is tied to Pakistan’s economic interests in the region   Economics plays an essential role in defining the geopolitical pursuits of the nation-states. In recent years, the Central Asian abundant energy resources, largely untapped, have triggered a race amongst the big powers for gas and oil pipelines in and around the region. In Afghanistan the ‘new great game’ or sometimes called ‘pipeline diplomacy’ regarding the control of energy resources in Central Asia and its routes ...

Taliban invites US senator for ‘mutual talks’ in Doha

1396/11/23 | 08:09
  Taliban has invited a US senator for “mutual talks” in the Qatari capital Doha, where the so-called Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has an office. The terror group’s social media accounts extended the invitation to Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul over his latest comments about the United States’ long war in Afghanistan, The Washington Times reported Sunday. “We invite the respectable US Senator Rand Paul, in his official capacity to visit our political office in Doha for mutual talks,” read a Twitter post by the self-declared ...

Rise of China: Beijing challenges US in Afghanistan

1396/11/21 | 08:09
  Over the past few weeks, reports emerged about Beijing-Kabul negotiations and an agreement that will see China building a military base in Afghanistan’s remote northeastern province of Badakhshan.     The AFP news agency, quoting the spokesman to the Afghan defense ministry Mohammad Radmanesh, reported that Chinese and Afghan officials debated constructing the base, but it said that the details of the deal are yet to be publicized.   In late December 2017, President of Afghanistan’s Parliamentary Social and Public ...

US should impose sanctions on Pakistani military, intel officials: Hamid Karzai

1396/11/19 | 08:09
Afghanistan’s former president has lashed out at both the United States and Pakistan, accusing them of using the Afghan war to further their own interests and calling on Washington to sanction Pakistani military and intelligence officials.   In an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, Hamid Karzai said his country is in “terrible shape” 16 years after the U.S.-led invasion that toppled the Taliban.   He said Washington wants to establish permanent bases in Afghanistan to better control the region, while Pakistan ...

Olive branch of aid: Would Pakistan accept US offer to fight her war in Afghanistan?

1396/11/19 | 08:09
The United States could consider ending a suspension of security assistance to Pakistan, if Islamabad takes “decisive and sustained” actions against alleged militant groups in the country, the State Department’s No. 2 official said on Tuesday.   “We may consider lifting the suspension when we see decisive and sustained actions to address our concerns, including targeting all terrorist groups operating within its territory, without distinction,” Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.   Sullivan, ...

Does Pakistan have any Afghan strategy?

1396/11/19 | 08:09
Afghanistan has handed “undeniable” evidence to Pakistan that it claims shows a recent spate of deadly attacks were planned on Pakistani soil, Afghan officials said on Thursday, amid growing public anger over their impotence to protect civilians.   Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, the head of Afghanistan's spy agency, told reporters it was clear that the attacks were “planned from across the border”.   “We asked Pakistan to hand over the culprits of the attacks in Afghanistan and we shared undeniable evidence that the attacks ...

US behind new rise of terror in Afghanistan

1396/11/18 | 08:09
    Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri said Tue. that the new rise in terror attacks and explosions in Afghanistan is the result of US’ scheme for sending terrorists to the Middle Eastern country. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri stressed that the Americans create tension and conflict in Southwest Asia in a bid to justify their presence in the region; “with a stable and peaceful region, the US has to gather up its troops and leave the regional countries to take ...

Four NDS members arrested during raid on Afghan refugee camp

1396/11/17 | 08:09
  Security forces have arrested 12 suspects, including four alleged members of Afghanistan’s secret agency National Directorate of Security (NDS) during a search operation conduced in Surkhab area of Pishin district, according to official sources.     They said here on Sunday that the search operation was conducted by Levies personnel in the Surkhab Afghan refugee camp and its adjacent areas on the night between Saturday and Sunday.   “We have arrested four suspected members of NDS and recovered Afghan passports ...

Peace prospects fading in Afghanistan as Trump rejects talks with Taliban

1396/11/16 | 08:09
The American President Donald Trump has recently unveiled his latest stances on Afghanistan during a meeting with the members of the United Nations Security Council hosted by the White House.   Trump told his guests that the US will not take part in any future negotiations with the Taliban. Beside rejecting prospective dialogue with the militant group in Afghanistan, the American leader also claimed that his government will do more to end the stalemate of the Washington’s longest war.   Washington’s stance-shift a blow to peace ...

Is Pakistan a perfect escape-goat for US failure in Afghanistan?

1396/11/15 | 08:09
  While the US threats can further strain relations, the Afghan government’s gesture needs a positive response.   With the US authorising its commanders in Afghanistan to deny terrorists the safe haven they seek in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the prevailing tension between US and Pakistan has been further ratcheted up. Does this mean more air strikes inside Pakistan?   Or does this imply ground action by the US commanders? Whatever the implications of the new Trump policy, one thing is clear. Pakistan will henceforth have ...

China’s military base in Afghanistan: The real challenge to US and India

1396/11/14 | 08:09
   Worried about militants sneaking into a restive Chinese region from war-torn Afghanistan, Beijing is in talks with Kabul over the construction of a military base, Afghan officials say, as it seeks to shore up its fragile neighbour.   The army camp will be built in Afghanistan’s remote and mountainous Wakhan Corridor, where witnesses have reported seeing Chinese and Afghan troops on joint patrols.   The freezing, barren panhandle of land – bordering China’s tense Xinjiang region – is so cut off from the rest of ...

No attack on Pakistan: US backtracks from Trump's threats to Pakistan

1396/11/14 | 08:09
  A senior US general has assured Islamabad that the United States is not planning to conduct military operations inside Pakistan. Another general said that despite differences Pakistan remains “absolutely critical” to America’s success in Afghanistan, while the Pentagon’s chief spokesperson urged Islamabad to join US efforts to defeat terrorists in the South Asian region. “We actually don’t contemplate military operations inside Pakistan,” US Joint Staff Director Lt Gen Kenneth McKenzie said at a Pentagon news briefing ...

US Losing Badly in Afghanistan, But Trump Won’t Share Details

1396/11/13 | 08:09
  16+ years into the US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, the war is going badly. That’s hardly news, the US has been losing the Afghan War for quite some time now, and every new release of data shows the situation getting worse and worse.   Beyond doubling down on the failing strategy, which isn’t working, the Trump Administration seems to have made a high priority of offering less and less public information on the war, nominally to keep the “enemy” from knowing US plans, but in practice also keeping American voters ...

Increased drone strikes in FATA under Trump’s new South Asia strategy

1396/11/13 | 08:09
The White House has said that he Trump administration’s South Asia strategy gives US commanders in the region the authority and resources they need to deal with “terrorist safe havens in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.       The strategy that President Donald Trump announced in August last year underlines the US determination to defeat the Taliban in the battlefield in order to force them to accept the current administrative set-up in Kabul. As part of this strategy, the Trump administration recently increased drone strikes ...

Pakistan handed over 27 Taliban, Haqqani Network militants to Afghanistan

1396/11/12 | 08:09
  Pakistan handed over 27 individuals suspected of having ties to the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network to Afghanistan last year, Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal revealed on Tuesday.   The suspected militants were handed over to Afghanistan in November 2017, he said. The revelation comes as Afghanistan reels from a series of assaults by Afghan Taliban and militant Islamic State (IS) extremists that have put security and intelligence failures in the spotlight. Faisal also mentioned that Pakistan has lost "75,000 ...

Afghan envoy ‘surprised’ over news Pakistan sent Taliban, Haqqani suspects to Kabul

1396/11/11 | 08:09
Just a day after Islamabad announced it handed over Taliban and Haqqani network suspects to Kabul in 2017, Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Dr Omar Zakhilwal today was astonished that any of such incident happened. Pakistan’s Foreign Office on Tuesday announced that Pakistan handed over more than two dozen suspects belonging to the Taliban and their affiliated Haqqani network to Afghanistan last year. The handover took place in November 2017 just weeks after the maiden visit of Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to Kabul. However, the extradition ...

Dirty games: Is RAW behind recent surge of Kabul attacks?

1396/11/11 | 08:09
  Afghanistan has suffered untold horrors in four decades of near continuous war, but the Kabul attack on Friday will long be remembered for its sheer depravity.   If Afghanistan is to be spared further such atrocities and unconscionable attacks, urgent action will need to be taken by the Afghan government and security forces as well as outside powers with a great deal at stake in Afghanistan.   Pressure by the Afghan Taliban is undeniably partly to blame for the shocking disarray in the Afghan security forces, but many of ...

US relocating Daesh to Afghanistan to justify military presence in region: Leader

1396/11/11 | 08:09
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has expressed regret over the deaths of Afghan civilians in Daesh terror attacks, saying the United States has been relocating the terror group from the Middle East to the South Asian country to rationalize its military presence in the region. By transferring the Daesh terror group from Iraq and Syria to Afghanistan, the US seeks “to justify the continuation of its presence in the region and to create security for the Zionist regime,” Ayatollah Khamenei said on Tuesday. The ...

Politics of force and coercion has not worked in Afghanistan and will not work in the future

1396/11/8 | 08:09
US Deputy Secretary of State – John Sullivan – ignored realities and in our view miscalculated when he talked about putting pressure on the Islamic Emirate during the UN Security Council meeting. Such policies are the repetition of failed tactics of war mongering US Generals employed over the past sixteen years which have yet to bear any fruit, rather it has increased problems for America and pushed her further towards the edge of collapse. America must realize that the main issue of Afghanistan is foreign occupation. The British and ...

Nothing more than condemnation: Why Pakistan cannot stop US drone attacks?

1396/11/6 | 08:09
  Pakistan's claim that United States forces struck an Afghan refugee camp in Kurram Agency on Wednesday is false, US Embassy Spokesperson Rick Sinelsine told media.   The spokesperson, however, did not confirm or deny whether the US army had carried out a drone attack in the region.   On Wednesday, Pakistan had condemned an alleged US drone strike deep inside its territory, saying: “Pakistan condemns a drone strike in Kurram Agency carried out by the Resolute Support Mission (RSM) this [Wednesday] morning, which targeted ...

Pentagon-Funded Afghan Units Involved in Gross Human Rights Abuses

1396/11/6 | 08:09
  In theory, the Leahy Law bans the US government from directly assisting foreign forces that have been found to commit gross human rights violations. In practice, the Secretary of Defense can grant special exemptions “for national security reasons.”       Which is tantamount to not even having a law, as the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has issued a new report requested by members of Congress related to reports the Pentagon was keeping US troops from reporting Afghan forces for ...

Blame game: Afghan spy agency points finger at Pakistan for Kabul hotel bombing

1396/11/4 | 08:09
  Afghan spy agency, National Directorate Security (NDS) is quick to blame Pakistan for almost every terrorist attack in the country to hide its failure to stem the tide of violence. While the first vice president of Afghanistan, General Abdul Rashid Dostum, hit out at the security and intelligence agencies of the country, the NDS pointed accusatory finger at Pakistan for Saturday’s deadly attack on Intercontinental Hotel, according to the Afghan media. Initial investigations show that the explosives used by Taliban insurgents in the ...

US and Pakistan clash at UN over Afghanistan

1396/11/1 | 08:09
  The United States has urged Pakistan not to give sanctuary to terrorist organisations while Pakistan has demanded that the Trump administration address safe havens inside Afghanistan and its income from the narcotics trade. The exchange took place Friday at a Security Council meeting on the issue of Afghanistan’s relations with its Central Asia neighbours and the link between peace and security, according to AP. US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said the US cannot work with Pakistan if it continues to give sanctuary to terrorist ...