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We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organisations, says Donald Trump

President Donald Trump cleared the way for the deployment of thousands more US troops to Afghanistan on Monday, backtracking from his promise to swiftly end America’s longest war, while pillorying ally Pakistan for offering safe haven to “agents of chaos”. In his first formal address to the nation as commander-in-chief, Trump discarded his previous criticism of the 16-year-old war as a ...

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Afghanistan celebrates 98th Independence Day

KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday placed a bouquet at the Freedom Monument in Kabul to mark 98th anniversary of Afghanistan’s independence. A smartly turned-out Ministry of Defence guard played the national anthem as part of the short ceremony. Later on, Ghani returned to the Presidential Palace. August 19 commemorates the signing of the 1919 Treaty of Rawalpindi, which granted Afghanistan full ...

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Detained Punjabi insurgent unveil role of Pakistani Islamists in Afghanistan

KABUL: A detained insurgent belonging to Punjab province of Pakistan has unveiled the role of the Islamist groups in the ongoing violence in Afghanistan. The insurgent, identified Esmatullah, was arrested in southeastern Paktia province of Afghanistan, lying close to Durand Line with the tribal regions of Pakistan. Esmatullah made the confessions during a press conference organized by the Afghan security ...

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Pashtun leader Mehmud Khan Achakzai warns Pakistan regarding persistent interference in Afghanistan

QUETTA: Pashtun leader inPakistan Mahmood Achakzai has warned Islamabad regarding the persistent interference of Islamabad in the internal affairs of Afghanistan. Speaking during a gathering in Quetta city, Achakzai said the persistent interferences could have negative consequences that will take Pakistan towards major crisis. He also warned that such interferences would also have a negative impact and could sabotage the ...

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Civil society denounces fencing on Durand Line, demands govt to allocate seats for Pashtunkhwa in Afghan Parliament

KABUL: Civil society organisations have denounced the fencing of the Durand Line by the Pakistan Army and asked the government to allocate seats for the people of Pakhtunkhwa in the Wolesi Jirga. Civil Society activist Faiz Mohammad Zaland said the British-era Durand Line had divided Pakhtun tribes. He promised they would continue their campaign against this imaginary line, which is not recognised by Kabul. “Over the past ...

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Pashtun leader Mehmud Khan Achakzai demands to call a Loya Jirga of Afghan elders, living on both sides of the Durand Line

To search out solution of the Afghan crisis, Pashtun leader Mehmud Khan Achakzai demands to call a Loya Jirga of Afghan elders, living on both sides of the Durand Line PASHTUNKHWA: The Chief of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP), Mahmood Khan Achakzai in his recent speech at Qilla Abdullah in Baluchistan province, said that any Pashtun in Pakistan who are not feeling the ...

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Afghan govt says won’t allow Pakistan to fence the Durand Line

The people and the governments of Afghanistan had never accepted the Durand Line as an international border since it was drawn in 1893: Afghanistan KABUL: The Afghan government on Wednesday said it would not allow Pakistan to fence the Durand Line and would hold talks on the issue soon with Islamabad. In a video clip sent to Pajhwok Afghan News, the deputy presidential ...

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Book Review Exclusive: “The Real Pashtun Question” by Farhat Taj. Reviewed by Angelina

Book Review: “The Real Pashtun Question: How To Control Religious Extremism, Misogyny And Pedophilia”?  By: Dr. Farhat Taj 2017 Published By: Kautilya Books, New Delhi. Contents: Acknowledgements, Preface, Seven Chapters, Endnotes, Annexes, Abbreviations, Glossary, References, Map. pp.216. Reviewed by Angelina Merisi. Considering the enormous body of literature and scholarly works available concerning the Taliban movements and Pashtun socio-cultural and political ...

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Contemporary neo-ethnic fusion: Pashtun music reinterpreted: Interview with Khumaryaan by Angelina Merisi

Khumariyaan: Interview with Sparlay Rawail This interview was carried out on the 30th May 2017, between this author (Angelina Merisi) and Sparlay Rawail, the lead guitarist with the band – Khumariyaan. The following is a transcript of that conversation. Merisi: Hello and thank you very much for taking the time from your busy schedule to carry out this interview. Sparlay: ...

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Kabul bloodbath: 80 killed, over 350 wounded in deadly bombing in capital

KABUL: At least 80 people, mostly civilians, have been killed and over 350 others received injures in a horrible massive car bombing blast in Kabul, the capital city on Wednesday morning, officials said. The explosion occurred during rush hour at around 8:25 in a diplomatic area—near to Germany, British and Japan embassies. Roads were packed with commuters, when the explosion ...

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