Author Archives: The Pashtun Times

Landmark gas pipeline: Work on Afghan section of TAPI begins

KABUL: Afghanistan hosted leaders from Turkmenistan, Pakistan and India on Friday for the ground-breaking ceremony of the Afghan section of a much-delayed multi-billion dollar pipeline project to transit natural gas from energy rich Turkmenistan to South Asia through Afghanistan. The work on the Afghan section was started after the construction of the Turkmenistan section was completed which was started in ...

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Global watchdog to put Pakistan back on terrorist financing watchlist: Sources

A global money-laundering watchdog has decided to place Pakistan back on its terrorist financing watchlist, a government official and a diplomat said on Friday, in a likely blow to Pakistan’s economy and its strained relations with the United States. The move is part of a broader U.S. strategy to pressure Pakistan to cut alleged links to Islamist militants unleashing chaos ...

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Pakistan’s PM to visit Afghanistan for TAPI gas pipeline inauguration

PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will arrive in western Herat province tomorrow (Friday) to attend the groundbreaking ceremonies for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan–Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project. Abbasi will also hold a bilateral meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani after the groundbreaking ceremony in Herat City, a spokesman for Abbasi said on Thursday. Invited by the presidents of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan, ...

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Pakistani Democracy (Pakocracy)

“Democracy”, the word is being more than mere a government of people by the people and for the people as Abraham Lincoln put it. It is something more than that. Its basic essence is perhaps the same but different countries have tried to implement and practice their own version, proving not necessarily right always. Moreover, the process of democratization is ...

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Pakistan will collapse like Soviet Union if it pursues arms race: Hussain Haqqani

WASHINGTON: Pakistan will collapse like the erstwhile Soviet Union if it does not quit a “losing arms race”, and, must also seriously consider casting aside its dependence on the armed forces, especially the army, to be regarded as a great nation, said a former envoy. Interacting with students and academia at the Florida State University (FSU) recently, Pakistan’s former Ambassador ...

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Moscow, Islamabad to discuss Afghan peace process

PESHAWAR: Pakistan and Russia will hold high-level talks in Moscow this week on a negotiated political settlement in Afghanistan, an Islamabad-based newspaper reported on Monday. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif will pay a working visit to Moscow at the invitation of his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on February 20, according to Daily Times. Russian Foreign Ministry official Maria Zakharovawas quoted as saying: “We maintain ...

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Pashtuns in Swat protest against the security forces of Pakistan, demand an end to human rights violations

SWAT-PASHTUNKHWA: Hundreds of Pashtun masses in Swat district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa staged a big demonstration in Khwazakhela against the security forces of Pakistan, calling on Islamabad to quit its military installations and to put an end to the ongoing brutalities, inhuman treatment with residents on military check-posts and also to the human rights violations by the security forces in the ...

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Bringing Taliban to the table of talks is impossible: Aftab Sherpao

KABUL: A top Pakistani politician said that fetching the Taliban militant group to the table of talks is impossible, rejecting the Taliban’s offer for direct talks with the United States as unjustifiable. In an interview published on Sunday, Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Chairman, Aftab Sherpao believed bringing the Taliban insurgents to peace talks was impossible. In an interview with The ...

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Target is to bring back all refugees in 2 years: Ghani

KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani has said the “unpredictable” victory in the Jihad against the former Soviet Union forces would remain a historic pride for the nation. The president, who addressed a gathering at the Presidential Palace in connection with the 29th anniversary of the Soviet forces’ withdrawal from Afghanistan, said the people of Afghanistan took the Jihad against Soviet forces to victory when nobody ...

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Afghanistan denies China is building military base in Badakhshan

KABUL: Afghanistan has refuted claims that China wants to establish a military base in the northeast province of Badakhshan in a bid to extend its presence in Afghanistan. “Such military cooperation by the foreign countries will not take place without the approval of the national security council and the president of Afghanistan,” presidential office said Saturday. It added that China ...

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