Author Archives: The Pashtun Times

Karzai declares his support for the Afghan government’s plan of reconciliation with the Taliban, calling the plan as practical

KABUL: Former president Hamid Karzai has declared his support for the Afghan government’s plan of reconciliation with the Taliban, calling the plan as practical. On Wednesday, the national unity government asserted it desire to strike a “truthful and sustainable peace deal” with the Taliban who are ready for reconciliation. A statement from the ex-president’s office said Karzai commended the unity government’s ...

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Thousands ‘disappear’ amid insurgency in Pakistan

An organization in Pakistan’s insurgency-wreaked regions says its preliminary lists have identified thousands of people who have disappeared over the past 15 years. The Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) or Pashtun Protection Movement, is working with the families of those who have disappeared during more than 15 years of unrest in Pakistan’s northwestern Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, ...

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The volcano of Pashtun unrest

The ten days long sit-in by Pashtun youth in Islamabad in the beginning of February has been followed by powerful protests in Swat and Bajour Agency. In Swat people were protesting against security checkpoints where people have to wait in long queues and they are allegedly humiliated. People of Swat were particularly infuriated after a child died while waiting at a security ...

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NATO renews commitment to peace in Afghanistan

KABUL: A high-level NATO delegation visited Afghanistan from February 23 to 24 and reaffirmed their commitment to lasting peace in the war-torn country, the Resolute Support (RS) mission said on Saturday. Headed by Gen. General Curtis Scaparrotti, the supreme allied commander for Europe, the delegation included permanent representatives to NATO from German), Italy, Turkey and the United States. Gen. Scaparrotti met General John Nicholson, ...

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At least 23 killed in multiple suicide bombings, attacks in Afghanistan

KABUL: At least 23 people were killed and more than a dozen wounded in multiple suicide bombings and attacks in Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said, the latest in a series of assaults in the war-torn country. In the biggest attack, Taliban militants stormed an army base in the western province of Farah overnight, killing at least 18 soldiers. “Last night, ...

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Pakistan’s ‘FATA Spring’

Protests in Pakistan’s tribal areas signal the rise of a younger, more educated, and technologically savvy generation. The protests, mostly by youth, in northwestern Pakistan since early February are a clear and visible indication of decades-old resentment among locals against a system based on repression, injustice, suppression of free speech, and widespread corruption in the country’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas ...

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غزاله جاوید په چا مئینه وه اؤ مور یې ورسره کوم دهوکه کړې وه؟

دپښتو د وتلې سندرغاړې غزاله جاوید د ښائست اؤ ښکلي غږ چرچې خو د ډیرو خلکو په ژبه خورې دي خو د غزاله جاوید د دردمند ژوند د اصل کیسې نه به ډیر کم خلک خبر وي ، هغې زړه بائیللی ؤ خو په مینه کې ناکامه پاتې شوې وه. ۲۴ کلنه غزاله جاوید په ۱۸م جون کال ۲۰۱۲م کې ...

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#PashtunLongMarch: Cases like Naqeeb Mehsud are a routine practice

A heart that cries for Kashmir, will cry for Burhan Wani but not for Naqeeb or Mashaal. If the British drawn borders could be challenged by the Bangladesh, why not the Pashtuns in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, and Baluchistan. Pashtuns, when asked in urban cities of Pakistan reply raises eyebrows. So you are from FATA? Baluchistan? KPK? First and foremost where ...

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Taliban announce stout support for TAPI gas pipeline project

KABUL: The Taliban on Friday announced stout support for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project, hailing it as a landmark scheme for the country’s economic prosperity. Construction work on the Afghan section of the multibillion dollars natural gas pipeline — linking energy-rich Turkmenistan to Pakistan and India — got under way in Western Herat province today. President Ashraf Ghani, his Turkmen counterpart Kurbanguly ...

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Landmark gas pipeline: Work on Afghan section of TAPI begins

KABUL: Afghanistan hosted leaders from Turkmenistan, Pakistan and India on Friday for the ground-breaking ceremony of the Afghan section of a much-delayed multi-billion dollar pipeline project to transit natural gas from energy rich Turkmenistan to South Asia through Afghanistan. The work on the Afghan section was started after the construction of the Turkmenistan section was completed which was started in ...

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