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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Moscow, Islamabad to discuss Afghan peace process

PESHAWAR: Pakistan and Russia will hold high-level talks in Moscow this week on a negotiated political settlement in Afghanistan, an Islamabad-based newspaper reported on Monday. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif will pay a working visit to Moscow at the invitation of his Russian counterpart ...

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