Afghanistan

Helmand sit-in demands halt to state-sponsored terrorism

KABUL: Residents of southern Helmand province including men and women have staged a sit-in in Lashkargah city to seek an end to Pakistan’s sponsoring of terrorism. Following a deadly suicide car bombing in the premises of Ayub Khan Stadium, happened on Saturday in which at least 16 compatriots were martyred and 50 others sustained injuries, a sit-in has been set ...

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Politicians, parliamentarians pay tribute to victims of Kabul sit-in attack

KABUL: The Chairperson of the Afghan Samon Society, Zakia Wardak on Tuesday strongly condemned the terrorist attack on peaceful Kabul sit-in, extending her deepest condolence and prayers to the victims of the attack. Zakia Wardak visited the sit-in at Chaman-e-Hazori Park at Kabul, expressing unity and solidarity with the leadership and activists of the sit-in. Lending support to the sit-in, ...

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Germany to send more troops in Afghanistan

KABUL: The government of German might send more troops to Afghanistan after the country’s parliament approved plans to extend the country’s military mission. A majority of MPs in the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, voted to approve a bill increasing the maximum number of German troops deployed in Afghanistan as part of NATO’s Resolute Support mission by one-third to ...

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Cross-border shelling continues in Kunar province of Afghanistan

KABUL: The local officials in eastern Kunar province are saying that the cross-border shelling from the other side of Durand Line continue on this province as dozens of artillery shells landed in two district over a period of 24 hours. Provincial police spokesman Faridullah Dehqan confirmed that more than 80 rounds of artillery shells landed on Nari and Dangam districts ...

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Kabul Sakhi shrine: 29 people killed, 52 wounded in New Year suicide blast

KABUL: At least 29 people were killed and 52 others injured in a suicide blast in capital Kabul on Wednesday, security officials said. The blast happened at around 12:00pm in the limits of third Police District near to Kart-i-Sakhi area. Nasratullah Rahimi, deputy spokesman of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) told Pajhwok Afghan News 29 people have been killed and 52 other wounded. The ...

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‘Deceived and raped’, Pakistani female doctor seeks justice

LASHKARGAH: A female Pakistani doctor was brought to southern Helmand province through irregular channels to treat women patients against a monthly salary, however she was not only denied the promised money but also subjected to violence and repeated rape by the Afghan man who staged the deceive for several months. How was Dr. Anesa brought to Afghanistan? Dr. Anesa, not a real name, ...

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President Ghani offered Taliban peace talks, not surrender: US

A top US official has said President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has offered the Taliban group for participation in peace talks as the official insist that the offer did not mean that the group should surrender. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Wells of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs told reporters that President Ghani offered a dignified process during ...

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Pakistan’s market share plummets by 50pc in Afghanistan

KABUL: Amid strained ties on political level mainly due to the circumstances surrounding the fight against terrorism, the Pakistani officials have informed regarding a drastic fall in Pakistan’s share in Afghan markets. Chairman Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry Zubair Motiwala has told Dawn News that Pakistan’s trade with Afghanistan fell to $1.2 billion from $2.7bn within in the ...

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Mercy Corps International to establish 450 pistachio fields in Afghanistan to underbring opium cultivation

KABUL: The southern Kandahar, Uruzgan, and Helmand provinces will get new pistachio fields as efforts are underway to create an alternative for the Afghan farmers who are currently busy planting narcotics. According to the local officials in southern Kandahar province, around 450 pistachio fields will be established in the three provinces with the support of the Mercy Corps International. A ...

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State-to-state dialogue with Pakistan to end political confrontations

KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday offered to the Taliban ‘a comprehensive plan for peace’ which could lead to a reconciliation aimed at ending 16 years of war. The president unveiled a clear proposition for unconditional talks with the Taliban as a political group, at the start of the international conference, where representatives from over 20 countries and international organizations ...

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