Author Archives: The Pashtun Times

Trump’s South Asia strategy sparks outrage


Following US President Donald Trump’s televised South Asia policy speech last month, Pakistan appears to be in a quandary. Historically, the bilateral relationship between Pakistan and the United States has been fractious at times. And given Pakistan’s angry response to his comments, the fractures run particularly deep this time. Pakistani Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif reacted angrily, saying the administration’s policies ...

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Editorial: Chaos, terror, the Taliban and Afghan government

An Afghan woman walks through the cite of a suicide attack in Jalalabad, the capital city of eastern Afghan province, Nangarhar. Photo: Reuters

EDITORIAL: A foreign troops convoy was targeted in a car bombing in Dand district in Kandahar province on Monday afternoon, officials confirmed.  Eight Police soldiers were killed in Farah Taliban attack. Officials said the attack happened on Sunday night when Taliban insurgents stormed a police check post. One wounded in Pakistan missile attack on Kunar, an eastern Afghan province. Kunduz ...

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Undeclared military operation in South Waziristan

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BY MUHAMMAD ZUBAIR: Pakistan military is conducting military operations in Mahsud areas of South Waziristan. These operations are not declared. People from the local areas including women and children were evicted from their houses and made to live under open sky for days before they forcefully moved to Bakakhel (Bannu) IDPs camp. Women and children are kept separate from their ...

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Islamabad under siege

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

The fresh onslaught on Islamabad indicates aggressive mood of the putschists who are hell bent on dissolution of assemblies before the expiry of the constitutional term. Extraordinary prolongation of the simmering coup against the PML (N) government has been painful for the entire country but it has been particularly excruciating for the capital city Islamabad. Characters change in this live ...

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A country in denial – Human Rights violation of transgender community in Pakistan


‘The General Assembly proclaims this Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, ...

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Ready to participate in next year’s polls: Hekmatyar


KABUL: The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar said on Friday the only way to resolve the current crisis were elections and his party was ready to participate in upcoming parliamentary and district council polls. Addressing the HIA central council’s gathering in Kabul here, Hekmatyar said the next year’s elections were important for the HIA and asked supporters to be ready for the democratic ...

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Top US general in Afghanistan: No change in Pakistan’s behavior


The commander of the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan, US Army Gen. John Nicholson, said Thursday that Pakistan had not changed its behavior since President Donald Trump announced his new policy for Afghanistan and the wider region, a policy that specifically called on Pakistan to do more. “No, I haven’t seen any change yet in their behavior,” Nicholson told reporters following ...

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Pak military aid tied to action against terrorists: US

Ghani US

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration on Wednesday told Congress it was conducting a review of assistance to Pakistan to ensure it was aligned with the level of cooperation it achieved in disrupting the Taliban and the Haqqani network. “Before we move forward with future military financing for Pakistan, the US will take into account Pakistan’s efforts to address these central concerns,” acting assistant secretary for South ...

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Save the Children calls for end corporal punishment at school, after death of a student

Girls are busy in reading the book during their class at Government girls Model High School in Pakistani border town Chaman. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai.

KABUL: Save the Children, an organization active in protecting children urged the Afghan government to properly enforce its corporal punishment ban following reports that a high school student died after facing violence at school. The incident took place in the northern Afghan province of Balk three days ago. According to a statement “This is a tragic, heartbreaking situation in which ...

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At least 3 killed as attack on private TV station ends

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KABUL: A coordinated attack on Shamshad TV, a private channel, has ended but Afghan forces are still searching the building for attackers. TV officials said two attackers, wearing police uniforms, were gunned down by security forces. Staff-members of the TV station suffered no casualties. However, eyewitnesses said two people were evacuated to hospital from the TV station. An worker of ...

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