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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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The AfPak tangle

The bloody summer this year in Afghanistan wouldn’t have been different from the last two years that saw a similar bloodshed had it not been for important political developments at the tail end of the fighting season. On August 21 US President  Donald Trump declared a fresh strategy towards AfPak which underlined the regional nature of the armed conflict in ...

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India’s role in Afghanistan not acceptable to Pakistan: Nafees Zakaria

PAKISTAN: The foreign ministry of Pakistan once again reiterated Islamabad’s stance regarding the role of India in Afghanistan, calling it a controversial presence which is against the stability of the region. Speaking to reporters in Islamabad on Friday, the ministry of foreign affairs spokesman Nafees Zakaria claimed that India’s controversial role in Afghanistan is neither in the interest of regional ...

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Haqqani network members raped my wife, killed her baby, says Joshua Boyle

PAKISTAN: The Canadian man Joshua Boyle who was freed from the captivity of the Haqqani terrorist network has said the members of the group have raped his wife and killed her infant daughter while they were kept as hostages. Boyle in a written statement to the Associated Press has disclosed regarding the harrowing crimes committed by the members of the ...

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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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Spanish PM demands clarity from Catalonia on independence

Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gives a press conference after a crisis cabinet meeting at the Moncloa Palace.─AFP Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy demanded on Wednesday that the Catalan leader clarify whether he has declared independence, issuing a veiled threat that the central government could limit or rescind the province’s autonomy if he has. He said the Catalan government’s response ...

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West is threatening Russian sovereignty: Moscow MPs

AFP: The West is threatening Russia’s sovereignty by financing non-governmental organisations (NGOs), encouraging young people to protest and using the media to shape opinion about the government, a Russian parliamentary report has said. According to the report by the Federal Commission for the Protection of National Independence, Western interference in Russia’s internal affairs poses a greater threat to the country ...

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Afghanistan seeks China support for SCO full membership

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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Today’s girls, tomorrow’s leaders: Opinion

Happy International Day of the Girl to all girls around the world, especially to the Afghan girls across the country. This day also called the Day of the Girl, and the International Day of the Girl, and it declared as an international observances day by the United Nations. October 11, 2012, was the first Day of the Girl. The observation ...

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Pashtun, Baloch activists discuss atrocities by Pakistan Army in FATA

KABUL: The Pashtun and Baloch activists recently gathered in Afghanistan’s Kabul to discuss about the atrocities carried out by the Pakistan Army in their region. Held under the aegis of the National Movement of Afghanistan, a political party, it invited delegates, including Wakil Shah Faqirzada and Rashid Khattak from Peshawar and Mashal Takar, founder of Great Afghanistan Movement from Canada. ...

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