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Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Pipeline

1397/7/20 | 12:26
    Till recent, the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project was seen as a pipedream, but it has suddenly turned into a reality and apparently its completion is not too far.   Lobbyists of the mega-project are painting a rosy picture. They see in it a huge potential, and term it as a vehicle for connectivity and peace, offering sustainable source of energy. It is argued that contrary to popular belief, instead of being contingent upon Afghan stability, it is likely to become a source of unprecedented ...

Cricket: Rashid Khan jumps to No.1 in ODI all-rounders' rankings

1397/7/8 | 12:26
  After his excellent performance at the Asia Cup 2018, Afghanistan spin sensation Rashid Khan has become the No.1-ranked all-rounder in one-day internationals. Rashid was sensational with the ball, and did well with the bat in the Asia Cup. He topped the bowling charts, picking up 10 wickets from five matches, and also scored 87 runs at an average of 43.50. Afghanistan were outstanding, beating Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the group stage and then losing to Pakistan and Bangladesh in last-over finishes in the Super Fours before tying ...

Pashtuns – Caught between Mullah, Militants and the Military

1397/7/6 | 12:26
With over 50 million people out of 207 million, Pashtuns are the second largest ethnic group covering 25 percent of the total population of Pakistan. Through their rich cultural tradition and literature, varied political and economic contexts, and diverse national and Islamic identities, Pashtuns carry and adopt a culture that reflects familiar notions of personal and family honor, gender hierarchies, hospitality, and pride. They value landed property, a local language, martial skills, cuisine, clothing, and the warmth to serve the motherland. ...

Shahzad ton helps Afghanistan tie against India

1397/7/4 | 12:26
  Stockily built Mohammad Shahzad knocked a brilliant hundred as spirited Afghanistan pulled off a last over tie against India in the Super Four match in Dubai on Tuesday. Shahzad's 124 laid the foundation of Afghanistan's fighting total of 252-8 in 50 overs before bowling out India in 49.5 overs for the same total at Dubai stadium. Needing seven to win off the final Rashid Khan over, Ravindra Jadeja hit a boundary off the second ball before taking a single off the next. Last man Khaleel Ahmed then took a single but Jadeja holed out off ...

Daesh’s Al-Baghdadi escapes to Afghanistan

1397/7/2 | 12:26
  Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi recently escaped to Afghanistan via Iran, it emerged this weekend. Al-Baghdadi is believed to have reached Nangarhar Province, situated east of the Afghan capital Kabul, on the border with Pakistan. According to Pakistani security sources, Al-Baghdadi crossed through the Iranian city of Zahedan, where Iran borders the southwest tip of Afghanistan, Asharq Al-Awsat reported. Asharq Al-Awsat added that “according to the sources, ISIS [Daesh] manages a location to host its fighters in Zahedan in cooperation ...

Pakistan beat Afghanistan in nail-biting Asia Cup encounter

1397/6/31 | 12:26
  Shoaib Malik (51*) fired Pakistan to three-wicket win over valiant Afghanistan in Asia Cup Super Four thriller at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Friday. Afghan captain Asghar won the toss and opted to bat first. Hashmatullah Shahidi smashed 97 and captain Asghar Afghan hit 67 runs to lift Afghanistan to fighting score of 257. Chasing a decent target Pakistan lost Fakhar Zaman in the first over, while 154-run partnership between Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam put Pakistan on strong position. Both the batsmen hit fifties for their team. Imam-ul-Haq ...

Afghanistan arrests over two dozen Daesh terrorists ahead of Ashura

1397/6/28 | 12:26
Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency says its officers have detained at least 26 Daesh Takfiri terrorists who were planning attacks on mourning processions held by Shia Muslims during the upcoming event of Ashura. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a statement on Tuesday that the militants were arrested in separate operations across the capital Kabul over the past 72 hours. "Twenty-six members of the terrorist group including one of their group leaders, Abdullah, were detained in capital Kabul," the statement read. NDS ...

A massive paradigm shift: US envoy claims Pakistan ready to open Afghan land route for India: US envoy

1397/6/25 | 12:26
Pakistan approached Afghanistan earlier this year, indicating its willingness to discuss the resumption of trade between Afghanistan and India through the Pakistani land route, says a senior US diplomat. In an interview to India’s Economic Times newspaper, Ambassador John Bass said that reopening land routes between South and Central Asia will benefit all countries in the region. Pakistan does not allow India to use the land route for trading with Afghanistan, arguing that technical and strategic issues connected to transit trade should ...

A proactive foreign policy: Can Pakistan replace India in Afghanistan?

1397/6/25 | 12:26
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in his maiden visit to Kabul underscored the need for enhanced coordination between the two countries in counterterrorism efforts with an offer to train personnel of Afghan police and other law enforcement agencies at Pakistani institutions. The foreign minister during his visit met Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah and held delegation-level talks with his Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani. Mr Qureshi conveyed to the Afghan leadership that the new government ...

Suicide bomber kills 32 in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province

1397/6/20 | 12:26
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-filled vest among a group of people protesting a local police commander in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing 25 and wounding about 130, a provincial official said. “Around four hundred people gathered for the protest and the bomber detonated his vest full of explosive among the crowd,” said Captain Qais Saifi, an official at Nangarhar province police headquarters. Gen Ghulam Sanayee Stanikzai, police chief of Nangarhar province, said people from Achin district had come to the Momandara district ...

Ahmad Shah Massoud: Legacy of Lion of Panjshir

1397/6/20 | 12:26
Ahmad Shah Massoud was Afghanistan's national hero and anti-occupation resistance icon assassinated nearly two decades ago. The 17th anniversary of his assassination has been observed by laying a wreath at the Minaret of Resistance in Massoud Square in Wazir Akbar Khan in Kabul. He was known for his fight against al-Qaeda and Taliban. Massoud was assassinated by al-Qaeda terrorists posing as journalists in Khajwa Bahawuddin district in Takhar in September 2001. The anniversary of Massoud’s assassination is marked annually on September 9 in ...

20 killed in twin bombings in Shia area of Afghan capital

1397/6/15 | 12:26
  At least 20 people have been killed and nearly 70 others injured in twin bombings inside a sports club in a mainly Shia Muslim area of western Kabul. Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said on Wednesday that the first attack was carried out by a bomber in Dasht-e-Barchi, an area where many of the Hazara Muslims live and has frequently been targeted by bombers. Hashmat Stanikzai, Kabul police spokesman, confirmed the explosion and said the wounded were "being evacuated" from the club. "Based on initial information (the ...

Why is Haqqani’s death only a symbolic blow to the much-feared group

1397/6/14 | 12:26
  Jalaluddin Haqqani—the founder of the Haqqani militant network has died at 72, after several years of illness, according to the Afghan Taliban. Media intensely speculated over his death for a number of years. Fearsome commander—despite disappearance from public life, remained a significant militant figure in Afghanistan. However, he hadn’t been heard from in years and rumors of his death were never confirmed. “Just as he endured great hardships for the religion of Allah during his youth and health, he also endured long illness ...

End of Jalaluddin Haqqani: A sigh of relief for Kabul or US?

1397/6/13 | 12:26
The founder of the Haqqani network, one of Afghanistan's most effective and feared militant groups, has died after a long illness, their affiliates the Afghan Taliban announced Today. Jalaluddin Haqqani, whose son Sirajuddin now heads the brutal group and is also the Taliban's deputy leader, died "after a long battle with illness", the Taliban said in a statement. Jalaluddin "was from among the great distinguished Jihadi personalities of this era", the Taliban said in a statement posted on Twitter. During the 1980s the Haqqani figurehead was ...

Why Donald Trump’s new Afghanistan strategy isn’t much different from Barack Obama’s

1397/6/6 | 12:26
United States President Donald Trump’s much-awaited policy speech on the way forward in Afghanistan was disappointing. It neither fulfilled his campaign pledge to end the 17-year war nor amounted to a significant departure from his predecessor Barack Obama’s strategy. In reality, it was largely old wine in a new bottle. For a start, let us recapitulate the key templates of Obama’s strategy: Establishment of permanent US military bases in Afghanistan. Drawdown but not the total withdrawal of American troops. Periodical review of troop ...

Head of ISIS in Afghanistan killed, government says

1397/6/5 | 12:26
The head of ISIS in Afghanistan, Abu Saad Erhabi, was killed in a strike on the group´s hideouts in Nangarhar province on Saturday night, authorities said on Sunday. Ten other members of the militant group were also killed in a joint ground and air operation by Afghan and foreign forces, the National Directorate of Security in Kabul said in a statement. A large amount of heavy and light weapons and ammunition were destroyed during raids on two ISIS hideouts. The group´s Amaq´s news agency carried no comment on the issue. Lieutenant-Colonel ...

Can Imran Khan bring Pakistan in from the diplomatic cold?

1397/6/1 | 12:26
  Tensions with Afghanistan, faltering relations with the US, and chronically poor ties with India. Pakistan today stands isolated, observers say, and bringing it back into the fold is a formidable task for its new premier Imran Khan. “We have a very big foreign policy challenge right now. If there is one country that needs peace and stability right now, it's Pakistan,” Prime Minister Imran Khan said in his victory speech after last month's election. Achieving that is not likely to be easy for the first-time PM and foreign affairs ...

Screwing Pakistan: Is Zalmay Khalilzad a part of US wider plan against Pakistan?

1397/6/1 | 12:26
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to tap Zalmay Khalilzad as his special envoy on Afghanistan, two U.S. officials said, the latest signal to the Taliban that the United States is serious about talks to end its longest war. Khalilzad is an Afghan-born former U.S. ambassador to Kabul and Iraq.The decision to tap a Republican foreign policy veteran, comes as U.S. military commanders acknowledge a stalemate in the fighting and follows a meeting last month between a U.S. diplomat and Taliban officials to explore possible negotiations. The ...

The human cost of war

1397/5/30 | 12:26
  War has had a terrible impact on children in Afghanistan.After almost two decades of United States development efforts, with the hopes of helping the war-weary country take a path to stability and self-reliance, little has changed on the ground for children growing up today in Afghanistan. They are not safer. They do not have more rights. And they have never known peace. The truth is, living conditions in the country may be worse than when the ‘peacemaking’ started in 2001. We often see numbers and figures about the country in various ...

Afghan Taliban reject President Ghani’s ceasefire proposal

1397/5/30 | 12:26
The Taliban militant group has rejected an Afghan government offer of a three-month ceasefire, saying it would continue with its attacks to bring under control the country’s strategic regions. Speaking on condition of anonymity on Monday, two senior Taliban commanders said their leader had rejected Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's offer of a 90-day ceasefire beginning with this week's Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha or the feast of sacrifice. Declining to provide further details, the commanders said the ceasefire would only help US forces ...

48 killed in bomb explosion in Shia neighborhood of Afghan capital

1397/5/25 | 12:26
  Nearly 50 people have been killed in a bomb attack in front of an educational center in a mainly Shia Muslim area of western Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. "We can confirm the attack was caused by a bomber on foot. The bomber detonated himself inside the education center," said police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai. The ministries of interior and health confirmed that at least 60 people were injured in the Dasht-i Barcha neighborhood. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast. But previous attacks on Shia targets ...

US further sidelines Pakistan in Afghanistan peace efforts

1397/5/22 | 12:26
  The National Defense Authorization Act 2019, passed recently by the US Congress, is having a slight impact on the Pakistani economy, but will be having a more predictable impact on the Islamabad-Washington alliance in the war on terrorism. It also reinforces India’s strategic significance in the Americans’ South Asia and Indian Ocean policy, which will be disquieting for Pakistani defense planners. The new law permitted $150 million of security-related aid to Pakistan, which is significantly less than the $700 million that was authorized ...

Afghan-trained high profile terrorist commander involved in school attacks

1397/5/19 | 12:26
Gilgit-Baltistan police said today that a militant commander involved in the Diamer school attacks and killed during a search operation earlier this week, was a high-profile Afghan-trained terrorist. In response to the incident, police cordoned off the entire area and started a search operation, the SP said. Three suspects identified as Fidaur Rehman, Faizur Rehman and Saeedur Rehman allegedly involved in the attack were arrested, whereas Commander Shafi was killed during an exchange of fire, according to the SP's report. A criminal case ...

Horrors that can't be told': Afghan women report Islamic State rapes

1397/5/9 | 12:26
A mother of three from a remote area of northwestern Afghanistan remembers the day the head of a local Islamic State group came to her village, demanding money he said her husband had promised. “I told him we didn’t have any money but that if we found any we would send it to him. But he didn’t accept that and said I had to be married to one of his people and leave my husband and go with them,” Zarifa said. “When I refused, the people he had with him took my children to another room and he took a gun and said if I didn’t go with ...

Top US official meets Afghan Taliban in Qatar

1397/5/7 | 12:26
  Taliban officials told several US media outlets on Saturday that they have held face-to-face meetings with American diplomats in Doha last week. The New York Times (NYT), The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and Voice of America (VOA) reported that Alice Wells, the top US diplomat for South Asia, led the US team in these talks. The NBC News television channel reported last week that five US diplomats participated in these talks with Taliban representatives and that some meetings were also held in Afghanistan and UAE. NYT described the meetings ...

Afghanistan's vice president escapes deadly bombing

1397/5/1 | 12:26
Nearly a dozen people have been killed and at least 14 others injured in a bombing carried out at Kabul's airport, where scores had gathered to welcome home Afghanistan's Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum, who had been in exile. Kabul police spokesman, Hashmat Stanekzai, said the bomb attack hit near the airport's main entrance, where supporters were waiting to greet Dostum. He had left the airport in a motorcade only minutes before the explosion, which officials said appeared to have been caused by a bomber. Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman, ...

US meeting Taliban members, says report

1397/4/31 | 12:26
  US officials are meeting former Taliban members as the Trump administration has intensified its efforts to seek a negotiated settlement of America’s longest war, the US media reported on Saturday. In a joint report by its correspondents in Kabul, Peshawar and Washington, NBC News claimed that the meetings took place at undisclosed locations in Afghanistan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. At least five Americans participated in a series of recent meetings in hotel suites in Doha, Qatar, the report added, quoting “three senior ...

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

1397/4/26 | 12:26
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 | 12:26
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 | 12:26
  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 | 12:26
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 | 12:26
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 | 12:26
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 | 12:26
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 | 12:26
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 | 12:26
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 | 12:26
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 | 12:26
  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 | 12:26
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 | 12:26
  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 | 12:26
 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 | 12:26
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 | 12:26
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 | 12:26
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 | 12:26
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 | 12:26
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 | 12:26
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 | 12:26
  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 | 12:26
  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 | 12:26
  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 ...