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Unprecedented protest in restive Afghan province pushes for peace

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan — Hundreds of Afghan men and women are participating in an unprecedented protest to push the warring sides in Afghanistan to cease hostilities and conclude peace. Under the banner of the previously unknown People’s Movement, scores of demonstrators took part in the fifth day of a sit-in protest in Lashkar Gah. The dusty city of an estimated ...

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Pak FM speculate new cold war between US and Russia in Afghanistan

The Foreign Minister of Pakistan Khwajah Asif speculates the start of a new cold war between Russia and Moscow as he insists that his country would remain neutral in such an event. Asif made the remarks during a television program hosted by Pakistan’s Geo News recently. “The US has not threatened or put sanctions on any other country as it ...

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Karzai condemns Kunduz airstrike

KABUL: Former President, Hamid Karzai “strongly” condemned the recent airstrike on the Dasht-e-Archi district in the northern Kunduz province in which civilians were killed. “The former president calls air raids that target houses, schools and hospitals under the pretext of fight against terrorism as anti Islamic act and against all humanitarian norms,” Karzai’s office said Monday in a statement. He ...

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Afghanistan: IEC Chief confirms October date for Parliamentary Elections

KABUL: Afghanistan’s election authorities have set October 20 as the date for long-delayed legislative and district council elections. Abdul Badi Sayad, chief of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), said on April 1 that the commission was confident the vote could go ahead despite the difficulties in areas controlled by the Taliban. “Afghan security forces have assured us they will carry ...

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Kabul: Meshrano Jirga lends weight to Helmand sit-ins

KABUL: Meshrano Jirga members on Sunday threw their weight behind an ongoing movement for peace in southern Helmand province. A number of youth, including women, have erected tents over the past eight days in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, to demand peace after a suicide attack killed 16 people and injured 55 others. During the sit-ins, a number of protesters went on hunger strike ...

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‘Back with eyes open’: Malala visits hometown after five years

SWAT: Malala Yousafzai visited the Swat valley Saturday for her first trip back to the once militant-infested region where she was shot in the head by the Taliban more than five years ago. “I left Swat with my eyes closed and now I am back with my eyes open,” she said, referring to how she was airlifted out in a coma ...

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6 hunger strikers hospitalized as Helmand peace rally widens

LASHKARGAH: Six hunger strikers have been hospitalized in the capital of southern Helmand province after their condition deteriorated, sources said on Saturday. A number of people have been on hunger strike since Thursday demanding both sides of the warring parties to the Afghanistan conflict to enter a ceasefire. The rare strike began after dozens of people were killed and wounded in a ...

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Judicial martial law

In a free season on the Constitution some people have floated the idea of imposing a judicial martial law for holding general elections in the country. Apart from being a contradiction in terms it’s also a totally meaningless concept because a martial law is martial law and a prefix or a suffix doesn’t change its character in any manner. We ...

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Senior U.S. diplomat visits Pakistan to discuss fight against terrorism

A senior U.S. State Department official has arrived in Islamabad to discuss bilateral ties and Pakistan’s fight against terrorism, the State Department said in a statement. The senior bureau official for the bureau of South and Central Asian affairs, Ambassador Alice Wells, who arrived in the Pakistani capital on March 28, will meet with several senior Pakistani government officials, international ...

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Helmand sit-in youths start hunger strike

KABUL: Several youths participating in a sit-in in southern Helmand province have started hunger strike as they demand an immediate end to the ongoing violence by declaring a ceasefire. The participants of the sit-in have warned that their hunger strike will continue until the Taliban and the government have not responded positively to their demand for the ceasefire. In the ...

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