QCG meets today in Oman on Afghan peace process


PESHAWAR: A four-nation group seeking to promote peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan is due to meet in Muscat today (Monday), officials say. Diplomats from Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the US are meeting for the first time in more than a year in an effort to facilitate direct talks between Kabul and the Taliban. The killing of Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a US drone strike in Balochistan ...

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Traditional Loya Jirga is the only remedy to address current crisis: Karzai


KABUL: Ex-President Hamid Karzai on Thursday expressed deepest concerns over what he called “the current crisis” in the country, saying convention of Traditional Loya Jirga would be the only remedy to overcome challenges. “We need to come together and sit in a traditional Loya Jirga to discuss issues going on in Afghanistan and seek outgoing ways,” Karzai addressed reporters in his ...

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Afghanistan seeks China support for SCO full membership

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KABUL: Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai has met Assistant Foreign Minister Li Hui in Moscow a head of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Contact Group meeting, a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday. Karzai highlighted Afghan Government’s high expectations from this meeting and sought China’s support on SCO platform. These priorities included Afghanistan’s full membership to ...

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Cost of leaving Afghanistan would be ‘much higher’ than staying: Stoltenberg


KABUL: The NATO Secretary General Jeans Stoltenberg has announced no withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying, the cost of staying in Afghanistan was higher, but the cost of withdrawal could be much higher. Stoltenberg, after holding talks with Romanian prime minister, said this it in his speech at the plenary session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Bucharest. He applauded Romania’s contributions ...

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NATO commander says Taliban and their supporters will never win


KABUL: The commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission and the US forces in Afghanistan General John Nicholson has said the Taliban and their supporters will never win. Speaking during a ceremony for the transfer of the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to the Afghan forces, Gen. Nicholson said the war against terrorism is not only the war in Afghanistan and ...

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Ghani asks Taliban to carefully opt between peace and violence


AFGHANISTAN: Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani once again called on Taliban group to renounce violence and join peace process, insisting that the option lies with the group and therefore they should be specific in their review. Speaking during a ceremony for the transfer of the UH-60 Black Hawks to the Afghan forces in Kandahar Airfield, President Ghani said the Taliban ...

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Pakistan can’t hide its global isolation: Waziri


“The entire world has recognized Pakistan a state sponsoring terrorism”     KABUL: The Ministry of Defense on Sunday strongly rejected Pakistan foreign minister’s remarks regarding the Afghan security forces capability, saying ‘the entire world has recognized Pakistan a state sponsoring terrorism.” Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif during his ongoing trip to Washington had alleged that the Afghan security forces were unable to ...

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Ghani calls on Pakistan to intensify state-to-state dialogue for regional peace


KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani once again called on Pakistan to intensify the state-to-state dialogue in a bid to help secure regional peace and stability. Speaking during a meeting of the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) in Kabul, President Ghai said “I call, once again on Pakistan to intensify the state-to-state dialogue with us to secure regional peace and security.” President ...

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Brazen violation of international law; EU forcibly returns Afghan asylum-seekers


KABUL: Amnesty International (AI) said the increasing force return of Afghan asylum-seekers by European Union to Afghanistan which it described it as a dangerous country due to worsening security situation, is unlawful and a brazen violation of international law, and must stop immediately as it puts the returnees at serious risk of torture, kidnapping, death and other horrors. Amnesty International released ...

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Farah selenite mine: Illegal extraction continues unabated


FARAH CITY: Selenite, a newly discovered mine in western Farah province, is being illegally extracted by powerful individuals and the stone smuggled to Herat and Iran. The mine is located in a mountain between Awar and Anginaran villages, around 25 kilometres northwest of the Pushtkoh district centre. A number of residents say the mine was discovered three months back by ...

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