Author Archives: The Pashtun Times

‘Stop Pakistan from fencing Durand Line’

Fecing the durand wall

KABUL: The Provincial Council (PC) of eastern Nangarhar province on Sunday called on the unity government to stop Pakistan from fencing the so-called Duran Line. “If the government did not take action in the next 10 days, they would confront the Pakistani aggression with the help of masses,” the public representatives warned. They said the government would be responsible for ...

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Asfandyar stresses more China role in Afghanistan

Asfandyar Wali Khan

“Peace in Pakistan would be a dream until durable peace, stability in Afghanistan” Awami National Party (ANP) Chief, Asfandyar Wali Khan has called on China to play role as guarantor between the Afghanistan and Pakistan instead of facilitator. While addressing a huge workers power show in Pishin district of Baluchistan, Wali Khan said wars and terrorism were imposed on Pashtun ...

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Pakistan may exempt Afghan goods from tax raise: Envoy

د پاکستان سفير

KABUL: Pakistan’s Ambassador to Kabul, Zahid Nasrullah, says he has shared the issue of the increase in import duty on Afghan goods with his country’s authorities. Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) says Pakistan has increased customs duty and taxes on 200 of types of imported goods including grapes and pomegranates from Afghanistan. As a result, exports from Kandahar to Pakistan ...

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Pakistan reiterates opposition to US drones sale to India


Islamabad once again revealed its opposition against the sale of modern unmanned aerial vehicles or drones by the United States to India. A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan Nafees Zakaria told reporters on Friday that the balance of power in the region would be disrupted because of the deal. Zakaria further added that providing sensitive military ...

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Taliban and Haqqani network still able to operate from Pakistan: US


Washington has said the Taliban group and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network still retain the ability to operate from Pakistan. Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs and Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Alice G. Wells told reporters on Friday that “We believe that the Taliban leadership and the Haqqani Network still retain an ability to ...

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Afghanistan forced Pakistan to stop fencing Durand Line

Fecing the durand wall

KABUL: The Ministry of Borders and Tribal Affairs has strongly rejected the unilateral fencing of Durand Line and tribal people, including border police forces have been stopped Pakistan’s fencing work in Zazai district of Khost province. Addressing a press conference the other day here in Kabul, deputy minister for borders and tribal affairs, Muhammad Yaqoob Ahmadzai came hard over Pakistan ...

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AfPak in the eye of storm

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

The latest round of the so called Great Game which has started recently, like the previous ones played in 19th and 20th centuries, has brought new troubles for South Asia in general and for Afghan/Pashtuns in particular. The first round of the Great Game is supposed to have started between the British and Russian empires in 1830 when Britishers decided ...

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Deconstructing a dangerous myth about FATA

Muhammad Zubair Khan

The people of the tribal areas got what they had signed up for and their constitutional status is but a quid pro quo for retaining their ‘autonomy’. And so goes the argument: the constitutional arrangement for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) reflects the written agreements that were concluded with the state on their behalf. Why would the tribes accept ...

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Islamabad believes Afghan situation to improve if US accepts its defeat


The Pakistani officials have said there will only be room for improvement if Washingtn accepts their defeats, failures in Afghanistan, apparently lobbying for a change in the new US strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia. The country’s foreign affairs minister khawaja Asif told the Senate on Wednesday that “There will only be room for improvement if Washington accepts their defeat, ...

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NATO to Moscow: Support Kabul for regional stability


KABUL: The NATO chief has told Russia that the best way to achieve stability in the region is to support the incumbent government in Kabul. NATO and Russia had a “frank exchange” on the security situation in Afghanistan, including the regional terrorist threats, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said. After a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in Brussels, he said: “Our analyses differ considerably but ...

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