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Iran denies accusations of aiding Taliban in Afghanistan

‘Ramadan of Aleppo more beautiful’ event revitalizes old city

Palestinians in Jerusalem reject Ramadan meals provided by UAE

Deadly heatwave: At least 65 dead from heatstroke in Karachi

The spineless Arab world

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Are religious parties going to reign in Pakistan in 2018 polls?

Shia Friday prayer leader asks PML-N to desist from anti-Army Narrative

Parting ways with Govt: Opportunist Fazal-Ur-Rehman jumps out of sinking PML-N ship

Dirty politics: Is Nawaz putting country's security in danger?

Iran rejects report about proposal for new agreement with major powers

UK royal wedding just another public deception: Academic

Turkish intelligence receives information about an attempt to assassinate Erdogan

The New ‘Axis of Evil’ Forms Up Against Iran

Is Nawaz Sharif campaigning for his downfall?

Trump’s sanctions on Iran threaten plans for Chabahar port

The Last gamble: What is Nawaz Sharif's long term game?

China Lands Nuclear Bombers on Disputed Islands in warning to US

Abbas Town bombing, Nishtar Park carnage cases to be tried by military courts

Quetta Operations: Pakistan COAS takes the fight of Hazaras

Netanyahu dines with Emiratis as Palestinians boycott their iftars

Russia unveils world’s first floating nuclear power station

EU Blocks US Sanctions Against Iran

EU too weak to challenge US hegemony: Prof. Entessar

Who are the People of Ali?

Pakistan raises issue of Israeli terrorism in Gaza at UN General Assembly

Afghan cricket stadium attack leaves 8 dead, 45 wounded

Sabika Sheikh profile: Pakistani student who got killed in Texas school shooting

Rohingya rape victims: A time of retrospection for Muslims

Nawaz Sharif's self centered approach: Is PML-S in the offing?

Avenfield Case: Is Adiala Jail ready to receive Nawaz Sharif?

China tries to brainwash Muslims in internment camps

Cuban airliner with 113 on board crashes after takeoff from Havana

At least 8 students killed as gunman opens fire at Texas school, US media reports

Gunman storms into Trump golf course ranting about president before exchanging fire with police

Cat is out of Bag: US comes out to Nawaz Sharif's rescue

Defence Attache Col Joseph Hall will face trial in the US, FO claims

Where is Mohammad bin Salman? Media speculates about possible death of Saudi Crown Prince

Who pushed Nawaz Sharif into this mess? An Inside story

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Conditions for talks: What is Zardari's new game plan against PML-N?

Nawaz Sharif's rhetoric: Is Nawaz deliberately pushing PML-N to the end?

'One Belt-One Road' may be Iran, China gateway to becoming soft-power giants

Why Arab Muslim states are silent on Gaza Massacre?

The Holy Month of Ramadan: The Month of Glory, Forbearance, Patience and Brotherhood

Selective Outrage on Gaza exposes Salafi Supremacists of the Muslim World

Fallout of Nawaz Sharif’s statement

Saudi crown prince goes into hiding since last month's attack on royal palace

'Monday massacre a day of shame for Muslims'

US, Israel flags burned at pro-Palestine rally in Pakistan

Saudi referee handed lifetime ban for match-fixing

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Pak-Afghan thaw: Can China bring neighbors close?

Ramazan moon sighted, holy month to begin from Tomorrow

Massacre of Palestinians: Is two state solution over forever?

Pakistan, Turkey to raise voice against Israeli atrocities at world forums

How will Europe act towards Palestine now?

Spilling the beans: Nawaz Sharif to unveil names behind 2014 Sit ins?

Nawaz Sharif on a suicide mission?

Mysterious departure: Why Pakistan allowed killer US diplomat to fly away?

US closely monitoring Iranian forces in Persian Gulf: Navy chief

North Korea threatens to cancel Trump meeting

Turkey asks Israeli envoy to leave country

Tribal elders, political leaders in Bajaur back security forces against PTM

South Africa withdraws its ambassador to Israel “with immediate effect”

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Would opening of embassy in Jerusalem give new impetus to Al-Qaeda?

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Refusal to retract remarks: Is Nawaz Sharif looking for Martial Law?

World's criminal silence: Another blood bath Gaza

Succumbed to US pressure: Killer US diplomat allowed to leave

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Nawaz's new Narrative: Is it an attempt to appease India?

Nawaz's comments in 'best interest' of Pakistan, says Maryam

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Afghanistan wants Iran to rid it of terrorism scourge

US war hawks threaten EU over Iran deal

The first bullet

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Israeli protesters rally against US embassy move to Al Quds

Senator irked by US sanctions on Iran as it will affect Pakistan trade

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40 tourists missing as bridge collapses in Neelum Valley

Trump links US exit from nuclear deal to Iran military budget

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ISIS threatened to kill Trump

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Muslim scholars to Taliban: Suicide attacks violate Islamic principles

Pakistan Court rules that US diplomat doesn't have absolute immunity

Blocking move on Khorsani: An open US proxy war against Pakistan

Mighty Mullah: Why Govt cannot arrest Khadim Hussain Rizvi?


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

1397/2/10 | 11:05
  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 ...

Suicide attack on Kabul voter registration centre kills 48

1397/2/2 | 11:05
  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 ...

Islamabad-Kabul thaw: Is Ice melting between neighbors?

1397/1/17 | 11:05
  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 ...

26 killed in Kabul as IS suicide bomber targets Nauroz celebrations

1397/1/2 | 11:05
  A suicide bomber on Wednesday killed at least 26 people, many of them teenagers, after detonating a device among a crowd of people in Kabul who were celebrating the Persian new year Nauroz, officials said. The militant Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the deadly attack ─ the fifth suicide bombing in the Afghan capital in recent weeks ─ via its propaganda arm Amaq, SITE Intelligence Group said.   Another 18 people were wounded in the blast, Interior Ministry Spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said, “all of them civilians”. There ...

The Afghan endgame: Did Pakistan clear the way for US and Taliban secrete talks?

1396/12/29 | 11:05
  Considering the way pieces are moving on the AfPak chessboard, and beyond, it seems a combination that will force an endgame agreeable to all principal parties might finally be on the cards. Jim Mattis’s surprise visit to Afghanistan – where he brought up ‘those Taliban willing to talk’ a number of times – Pakistani NSA Janjua’s flurry of meetings in Kabul, PM Abbasi’s half-hour with US Vice President Mike Pence, and Afghan President Ghani’s offer of ‘state-to-state talks’, all focused on steering the Afghan war to ...

How Pakistan can shape Afghan's Taliban behavior?

1396/12/21 | 11:05
  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 | 11:05
  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 ...

Why does peace look achievable in Afghanistan?

1396/12/17 | 11:05
  The government of President Ashraf Ghani looks poised to incorporate Taliban in the nation’s power structure as he had made it clear in various summits. Tripartite meetings first held in Kabul and then in Islamabad all debated this idea, though they were left unconcluded after the death of the insurgent group’s leader Mullah Omar. After some time, the government held talks with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the head of Hizb-e-Islami party. The talks concluded in a peace deal in May last year, allowing the former warlord to return to the ...

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

1396/12/5 | 11:05
  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 ...

Rise of China: Beijing challenges US in Afghanistan

1396/11/21 | 11:05
  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 ...

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

1396/11/14 | 11:05
   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 ...

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

1396/11/11 | 11:05
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 | 11:05
  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 ...

Trump rules out peace talks with Taliban

1396/11/10 | 11:05
  President Donald Trump says the United States is not ready to hold peace talks with Taliban militants, following a wave of massive terrorist attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital. "I don't think we are prepared to talk right now," Trump said on Monday. "We don't want to talk with the Taliban," he said. "They are killing people left and right, innocent people." "There may be a time but it's going to be a long time,” the American president added. Kabul on Monday suffered its third major assault in recent days, as gunmen launched ...

A hidden message: US vows no tolerance for those who offer sanctuary to terrorist groups

1396/11/9 | 11:05
US President Donald Trump has urged all nations to crack down on the Taliban group that orchestrated Saturday’s terrorist attack in Kabul, killing 95 people.   In a similar message, also released on Saturday afternoon, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that those who support terrorists or offer sanctuaries to them will no longer be tolerated. As he often does, President Trump used a social media outlet, Twitter, to give his initial reaction, declaring: “We will not allow the Taliban to win!” Later, the White House issued ...

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

1396/11/4 | 11:05
  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 ...

Kabul Bloodbath: Can Pakistan alone bring peace in Afghanistan?

1396/11/3 | 11:05
  At least 43 people have now been reported killed in a siege by gunmen at Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel couple of days ago.   , whatever the role that the US security presence, Kabul and other outside security forces have inside Afghanistan, there will have to be an intra-Afghan political settlement.   There are two aspects to a change in strategy: Pakistan and Afghanistan. The US may be a fundamental outside power, but the 17th year of a US-led war in Afghanistan has not changed the ability of the superpower to determine the ...

At least 5 killed as gunmen storm Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul

1396/11/1 | 11:05
Gunmen killed at least five people and wounded eight others in an attack on Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel, an official said Sunday, as the eleven hours-long siege continued. “Five are dead,” an official with the Afghan spy agency told AFP, adding 100 hostages have been released. Gunmen had burst into Kabul's luxury Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, shooting at guests and staff and setting the building on fire, officials said, as security forces battled to end the more than eight hours-long assault. The gunmen had stormed the hotel around ...

Scourge of sectarianism: The rise of terrorist activities against Shias in Pakistan and Afghanistan

1396/10/12 | 11:05
  The recent attack by the militant Islamic State (IS) group on a Shia cultural centre and news agency in Kabul is a reminder of one of the greatest challenges for the region over the coming year and beyond: sectarianism.    The attack highlights the resurgence in sectarian conflict in Afghanistan (while the Afghan Taliban may engage in sectarian violence, primarily against Hazaras, it does not persecute Shias as a defining policy).     Pakistan has already endured so much sectarian conflict that it is largely resigned ...

Blasts at Afghan news agency and Shia centre in Kabul kill dozens

1396/10/7 | 11:05
Dozens of people, many of them students, have been killed in a suicide attack on an office of the Afghan Voice news agency and a neighbouring cultural centre in Kabul. At least 40 people died and 30 were wounded in the blasts, the latest in a series to have hit media organisations in Kabul, the interior ministry deputy spokesman, Nasrat Rahimi, said. The attack occurred during a morning panel discussion on the 38th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Sunni-majority Afghanistan at the Tabian Social and Cultural Centre, with many of those attending ...

Cozying Pakistan: Is Washington and Kabul trying to trap Pakistan?

1396/9/14 | 11:05
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Friday Kabul is ready to hold government-to-government talks with Pakistan, ToloNews reported.   “We remain committed as a partner to counter terrorist threats in the region and are ready to expand our cooperation with all countries,” Ghani said while addressing the seventh Hearth of Asia Conference (HoA) in Azerbaijan.   Meanwhile Matti is also in Pakistan. It seems the Trump Administration wants to combine its troop surge with a sandwich operation, of sorts, along the Durand Line – where ...

Afghan Army Recruitment Dwindles Amid Taliban Threats

1396/9/1 | 11:05
  As the Taliban gains growing amounts of territory across Afghanistan, more and more members of the Afghan military are from homes which are no longer under Afghan government control. That’s bad news for them, and worse news for relatives back at home.   One Afghan soldier described getting a call from his father in the Kunar Province, informing him that because his son is in the military, the family is being “fined.” The fine included a Kalashnikov rifle, seven cartridge magazines and $1,000.   That’s a lot more ...

The butcher of Kabul is the new ISIS leader

1396/8/9 | 11:05
  We had not yet forgotten the nickname 'The Butcher of Kabul', the name which the Afghani people had given to Galbuddine Hekmatyar.   We had not yet forgotten the nickname ‘The Butcher of Kabul’, the name which the Afghani people had given to Galbuddine Hekmatyar the hard-line Salafist leader, during the Afghani civil war in 1991, since then Hekmetyar had been a bloody example in the Afghani society which suffered the cruelest kinds of oppression and wars.   The butcher is back with one goal; ISIS leadership. There’s ...

India’s man in Kabul: How Ashraf Ghani is playing Indian cards smartly?

1396/8/4 | 11:05
  Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said that his country will not be a part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) unless it is given access to Pakistan's Wagah and Attari border, DNA India reported on Wednesday.       Addressing a gathering at the Vivekananda International Foundation in New Delhi, Ghani said that Kabul will restrict Pakistan's access to central Asia if it is not given access to India through the CPEC project, according to the DNA article.   The comment comes a week after a meeting took ...

15 Afghan army cadets killed in Kabul suicide attack

1396/7/29 | 11:05
  A suicide bomber killed 15 Afghan army trainees as they were leaving their base in Kabul on Saturday, the defence ministry said, in the latest deadly attack in the capital. “This afternoon when a minibus carrying army cadets was coming out of the military academy, a suicide bomber on foot targeted them, martyring 15 and wounding four,” defence ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri told AFP. It was the second suicide attack in the Afghan capital in 24 hours and the seventh major assault in Afghanistan since Tuesday, taking the total death ...

Kabul protesters want foreign forces out of Afghanistan

1396/7/15 | 11:05
Afghans have taken to the streets of the capital Kabul to protest against the presence of foreign troops in the country. The rally was held ahead of the anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan 16 years ago. The protesters on Friday chanted slogans against "occupation," while holding anti-US and anti-NATO placards. “We cannot bear occupation anymore,” said one protester from the Solidarity Party, which organized the rally. "Every day we witness them bombing our cities and thousands of innocent people are killed … we want justice ...

Kabul Yatra: Pakistan’s desperate quest for Afghanistan peace

1396/7/12 | 11:05
    Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have held an important and necessary meeting in Kabul to try and put the Pak-Afghan bilateral relationship on a more stable footing.     The maiden one day visit of the COAS to Kabul on Sunday at Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s invitation started well enough with a one-on-one meeting which was termed ‘constructive’, with the latter emphasizing friendly Pak-Afghan relations, followed by high- level delegation talks whose positive outcome can best ...

US paradoxes and Pakistan’s war against terrorism

1396/6/29 | 11:05
  News reports of a tripartite (Pakistan-Afghanistan-US) meeting in Kabul ‘to eliminate IS’ is just another example of the paradoxical, one-step-forward-two-steps-back approach that has typified this war effort.    Just the other day Trump all but dumped Pakistan as an ally and heaped criticism on Islamabad, prompting a possible strategy reset spearheaded by Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif, for allegedly harbouring American, and Afghan, enemies. Perhaps they had this round (of talks) because Trump did not mention IS in the speech?     So ...

Placating Pakistan: Why Washington’s U-turn could stun Afghanistan?

1396/6/20 | 11:05
  The Uni­ted States needs to condition its aid to Afghanistan on the recognition of the Durand Line as Kabul’s refusal to recognise it unsettles Pakis­tan, a US lawmaker told a House Subcommittee on Foreign Affairs.     This apparently is the first time a lawmaker, California Democrat Brad Sherman, has suggested conditioning US aid to Afghanistan to the recognition of Durand Line.     Mr Sherman, who usually is harsh on Pakistan, put forth this suggestion at a House subcommittee hearing on “Maintaining US influence ...

Afghan Shias under attack: ISIS avenges defeat of Iraq

1396/6/4 | 11:05
  Twelve people were killed in an hours-long suicide bomb and gun attack on a Shia mosque in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Friday, an official said.     “We have ten civilians martyred and over 40 wounded. One police and one special forces member were also killed,” Najib Danish, deputy interior ministry spokesman, told AFP, adding that the attack was over.   Earlier, gunmen stormed the mosque while worshippers were at Friday prayers, setting off an explosion and pushing into the shrine, officials said.     In ...

White House Looks at Afghanistan Pullout as an Option

1396/5/10 | 11:05
After months of the Pentagon failing to sell a concrete plan of escalation to the White House, officials now say that the administration is considering getting back on track with a drawdown headed for a full pullout from the country after 16 years. This is happening for the same reason the Pentagon hasn’t been able to sell the escalations, that a number of officials are unconvinced that the escalation is going to accomplish anything, and that they don’t think there’s a clear strategy for victory. The Pentagon was more or less uniform ...

Kabul attack: Suicide bombing near Iraqi embassy in the Afghanistan capital

1396/5/9 | 11:05
A car bombing targeted the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul, officials in the Afghan capital have said. Two police officials say the car bomb exploded outside the embassy, followed by an attempt by gunmen to enter the building. A police spokesman said security forces were at the scene and a gunbattle was under way. Witnesses reported hearing a loud explosion followed by gunfire and seeing smoke billowing from Share Naw neighbourhood. The number of casualties is not yet known. No one has taken responsibility for the attack, though both the Taliban ...

Afghans fighting in Syria worry Hezb-e-Islami chief

1396/5/4 | 11:05
Veteran Afghan Mujahideen leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar  voiced concerns over thousands of his countrymen allegedly sent to Syria by Iran. Talking to leaders of various communities from across the country at his Kabul residence, Hekmatyar blamed neighbouring countries for fueling violence in Afghanistan and using Afghans to fulfil their objectives in Iraq and Syria. “The blood of the Afghan people is considered even less than the value of oil,” he told the audience which also included representatives of ethnic Hazara from southeastern Ghazni ...

24 killed as car bomb explodes in western Kabul

1396/5/2 | 11:05
At least 24 people have been killed and 42 wounded after a car bomb struck a bus carrying government employees in western Kabul Monday, an official told AFP, the latest attack to strike the Afghan capital.   “The car bomb hit a bus carrying employees of the ministry of mines during rush hour,” interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP. No militant group immediately claimed the blast, but it came as the Taliban have stepped up attacks across the country in recent days, with several new districts falling to the militants over ...

Shias under attack in Afghanistan: Daesh takes revenge of its defeat in Iraq and Syria

1396/3/27 | 11:05
  Suicide bombers struck a crowded Shia mosque in Kabul late Thursday, killing four people in the latest in a series of militant attacks to rattle the Afghan capital during the holy month of Ramazan.     At least eight others were wounded when the bombers blew themselves up in the kitchen of Al Zahra mosque after police prevented them from entering the prayer hall packed with worshippers.   The carnage comes at a time Kabul is already on edge following a wave of deadly bombings, which triggered angry public protests calling ...

Finger towards Pakistan: Blood stained hands of Ashraf Ghani

1396/3/20 | 11:05
  Kabul is bleeding again and the credit goes to Afghan president Ashraf Ghani. Despite focusing on Afghan’s security situation, Ashraf Ghani indulged in blame game against Pakistan.   Though Ashraf Ghani did open the door to the possibility of peace talks with the Taliban, inviting them to open an office and engage with the government.    For this to bear any fruit will require the cooperation of the international community, including Pakistan. This is why it is so important for Ghani to preserve diplomatic relations ...

Fresh allegations: Ashraf Ghani says Pakistan waging undeclared war against Afghanistan

1396/3/16 | 11:05
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani lashed out at Pakistan at the Kabul Process on Tuesday, alleging that it is waging an "undeclared war of aggression" against Afghanistan. Issuing a stinging rebuke aimed towards Pakistan before a gathering of 23 nations, the European Union, the United Nations and Nato, Ghani asked: "What will it take to convince Pakistan that a stable Afghanistan helps them and helps our region?" Ghani's fresh criticism comes as the Kabul Process, a forum for the discussing security and political issues in the country, is underway. Pakistan ...

Afghan police kill 8 protesters amid angry Kabul rally: MP

1396/3/12 | 11:05
Afghan riot police have reportedly shot dead eight protesters amid clashes during an anti-government demonstration in Kabul two days after a huge truck bomb claimed 90 lives in a high security diplomatic area in the heart of the capital. Some 1,000 demonstrators marched on Friday towards the site of Wednesday’s bombing at Zanbaq Square, close to the German Embassy, calling on the Afghan president to step down. The event, however, turned violent as some demonstrators tried to cross a police cordon, prompting security forces to fire into the ...

Iran’s president expresses solidarity with Afghanistan over Kabul bombing

1396/3/12 | 11:05
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has expressed Iran’s solidarity with Afghanistan in the ongoing campaign against terrorism and extremism following a recent deadly attack in Kabul.   Rouhani expressed condolences to the Afghan government and nation and wished patience for the families of the victims of the Wednesday bombing. “Carrying out criminal terrorist attacks in the holy month of Ramadan, which is the month of mercy and worship, is indicative of the fact that the perpetrators, directors and supporters of such blind actions have ...

Kabul blast: Death toll mounts to 85

1396/3/10 | 11:05
At least 85 people were killed and hundreds wounded today  when a massive truck bomb ripped through Kabul´s diplomatic quarter, shattering the morning rush hour and bringing carnage to the streets of the Afghan capital. Bodies littered the scene and a towering plume of smoke rose from the area, which houses foreign embassies, after the blast blew out the windows in several missions and residences hundreds of metres away. Witnesses described dozens of cars choking the roads as wounded survivors and panicked schoolgirls sought safety, with ...

60 killed more than 300 wounded in Kabul diplomatic quarter blast

1396/3/10 | 11:05
A car bomb killed at least 60 people and wounded 300 in Kabul todaay, a public health official said, adding that the casualty toll would increase. The explosion occurred during the morning rush hour in a busy part of the Afghan capital that houses many foreign embassies and government departments. Bodies littered the scene and a huge plume of smoke rose from the area. However, it was not immediately clear what the target was. Witnesses described dozens of cars choking the roads as wounded survivors and panicked schoolgirls sought safety, ...

Detaining Pakistani diplomats: Afghanistan’s quest for escalation with Pakistan

1396/2/31 | 11:05
  The detention of two Pakistani embassy staffers in Kabul by the Afghan intelligence agency NDS may have been brief, but the action itself and the manner in which it was carried out are disturbing.    Meanwhile in a grim contrast to the shameful shenanigans of the NDS, the militant Islamic State group demonstrated yet again its reach inside Afghanistan with a deadly attack in Jalalabad. Several media workers were among the dead after the IS attacked the state broadcaster, adding to the grim toll on the country’s journalists over ...

Chaman firing reflects Delhi-Kabul nexus, says Khawaja Asif

1396/2/17 | 11:05
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has stated that Chaman incident is reflection of Delhi-Kabul nexus on Pakistan’s western border. Talking to media here Saturday, Khawaja Asif said Pakistan would give a befitting response if further action was carried out on the borders, referring to Afghan firing near the Chaman border, in which 11 people including a soldier were martyred and 46 injured. Khawaja Asif said, “If our borders are violated and further destruction occurs then those responsible will have to pay the price. We will avenge those who ...

Return of butcher of Kabul: A wrong political gamble of Ghani

1396/2/15 | 11:05
A former warlord branded the “Butcher of Kabul” made a triumphant return to the Afghan capital Thursday, met by uneasy residents two decades after leaving the city where he stands accused of killing thousands of people. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a former prime minister, has returned to mainstream political life after his dormant Hezb-i-Islami militant group signed a peace deal with President Ashraf Ghani which sparked revulsion from human rights groups and Kabul's residents. The peace agreement inked last September marked a symbolic victory ...

Is ISIS afraid of Sufisim in Sindh?

1396/1/15 | 11:05
  Recent terrorist attacks in Kabul, Sehwan and Dhaka have been claimed by Daesh or more commonly known as the Islamic State (IS).   The growth of IS cannot be seen in isolation. It finds support in an environment already infused with radical ideologies.     The region is shy to address, at times to even accept that there is a serious problem with an influx of radical ideology stemming from West Asia.    The entire region is witnessing this; while we as a region appreciate the inflow of remittances from West ...

Taliban’s Diplomacy from Qatar to China

1395/12/24 | 11:05
  The Afghan High Peace Council considered Peking’s invitation of the Taliban to be a friendly effort, and this meeting will be highly influential in paving the ground for peace talks between the National Unity government in Kabul and the Taliban     “Tamaddon TV” published a report stating that “Ismail Qasim Yar,” Afghanistan’s International Relations Advisor, said Wednesday to Afghan media that the High Peace Council looks upon Taliban’s travel to China favorably.   However, he added that the countries ...

Kabul carnage: Why Pakistan and Afghanistan are playing dangerous games?

1395/12/21 | 11:05
  A grotesque attack on a military hospital in the centre of Kabul is a sickening reminder of what is at stake as Afghanistan and Pakistan continue to fight militancy. It is impossible to categorise one kind of militant violence as worse than another, but the brutality that IS appears to revel in is particularly unsettling. Afghanistan cannot ignore the issue of anti-Pakistan militant sanctuaries on its soil. The perception that the Afghan government may be tolerating or turning a blind eye to such sanctuaries in a bid to gain ...

Olive branch to Kabul: Has Pakistan realized the efficacy of terrorism?

1395/12/7 | 11:05
  In the midst of an intensified campaign against terrorism that has been undertaken by Pakistan Army after a series of bombings and suicide attacks, Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa extended again an olive branch to Afghanistan inviting the neighbouring country to join the fight against terrorism, which is a common enemy.     As Pakistan leadership has repeatedly declared to pursue the policy of taking action against all sorts of terrorists, we also hope that concerns of neighbouring country would also be addressed so ...

Kabul conundrum: Why US does not want peace in Afghanistan?

1395/11/15 | 11:05
  Afghanistan is open to unconditional peace negotiations with the Taliban insurgents, Kabul’s top envoy to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal told Chinese media.   The Taliban negotiators on the other hand, have a long list of demands, sensing that the ball is in their court at the moment and used the opportunity to demand that their political office in Qatar be opened, UN sanctions on their senior leaders be lifted and their detained members be released.   The real deterrent factor of peace in the region is perhaps the continued ...

Can an old Colonial broker peace between Pakistan and Afghanistan?

1395/11/9 | 11:05
  UK has launched diplomatic efforts to broker a rapprochement between Islamabad and Kabul where relations are at close to an all-time low.     The UK despite whatever military reverses it may have seen in the past has always maintained a solid diplomatic presence in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and diplomats’ skills will be stretched as they try to repair the rips in the fabric of bilateral relations that have grown in recent years.     On the plus side there is reportedly a relatively high level of mutual trust, and whilst ...