Author Archives: The Pashtun Times

US strategy messages nothing, but war continuation: Karzai


KABUL: Former President, Hamid Karzai emphasized that the US new strategy for Afghanistan had nothing, but the continuation of war and bloodshed. “The US with its new strategy wants to use Afghanistan as a jumping board, which has no message for Afghans, except the continuation of war,” Karzai said, speaking in Iran’s strategic council for foreign relationships in Tehran. He ...

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Pakistan blogger claims he was ‘tortured’ during detention: BBC report

Asim Saeed. Photo courtesy BBC

A Pakistani blogger who went missing earlier this year has applied for asylum in Britain after alleging he was tortured by a “state intelligence agency” during his disappearance. Aasim Saeed was one of a group of five liberal social media activists who were abducted in Pakistan in January 2017 before being released after several weeks. The Pakistani military has repeatedly denied ...

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No to CPEC unless Pakistan provides trade access to India: President Ghani


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 ...

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Pakistan gives Tillerson frosty welcome after US warns over Taliban havens


US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson got a frosty welcome to Pakistan Tuesday after Washington turned up the heat on Islamabad for allegedly providing “safe havens” for Taliban militants. America’s top diplomat was quietly greeted by a mid-level Pakistani Foreign Office official at the military airport in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, an AFP photographer saw — a welcome devoid ...

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Kabul, New Delhi discuss US strategy for South Asia


President Ashraf Ghani met Indian external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj in his residence in New Delhi, discussing the US new strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia and the region’s conditions after the after the declaration of the strategy, president’s office said Tuesday. Ghani left Monday for New Delhi for an official visit. The two sides called the US strategy useful ...

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US-Canadian couple held in Afghanistan, kept in Pakistan: CIA chief

A still image from a video posted by the Taliban on social media on December 19, 2016 shows American Caitlan Coleman (L) speaking next to her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle and their two sons.   Courtesy Taliban/Social media via REUTERS

KABUL: Contrary to Pakistan army claims, the CIA Chief has said that the US-Canadian couple kidnapped by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, but they were held inside Pakistan for five years before being freed. CIA Chief’s remark has been doing round in media while it is for the first time a US official has publicly stated that the couple and their ...

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President Ghani accuses Russia, Pakistan of aiding Taliban


GARDEZ: President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday accused Russia and Pakistan of supporting the Afghan Taliban who he said responded to his call for peace with suicide attacks. Ghani, who travelled to southeastern Paktia province to condole with families of the victims of recent terrorist attacks, was accompanied by some members the Cabinet. After meeting families of the victims, the president told a media conference ...

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The merger question

Dr. Khadim Hussain

Any delay in Fata reforms prolongs its people’s misery IT is heartening to note that the National Implementation Committee on Fata Reforms has directed the finance minister to pursue the allocation of Fata’s share from the divisible pool with the National Finance Commission over the next 10 years. The committee has outlined four interdependent aspects of mainstreaming: political, legal, economic ...

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Ghani says anti-terror fight to continue as latest attack leaves 15 cadets dead


KABUL: The Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned yesterday’s attack in Kabul city that left at least 15 army cadets dead as he vowed continued fight for the elimination of the terror groups. The office of the president, ARG Palace, quoting President Ghani in a statement, said the terrorist groups are at isolation more than any other time and ...

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Contours of the endgame

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

The creeping coup has taken quite a long time to reach the endgame. It all started soon after the newly elected government of Muslim League led by Nawaz Sharif assumed power after winning the general election in 2013. The fault lines between the elected civilian government and the so-called permanent state (security establishment) appeared quite soon. The first issue that ...

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