Taliban leader ‘favours political settlement’ in Afghanistan

KABUL: The Taliban’s supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada on Sunday said he “strenuously favours” a political settlement to the conflict in Afghanistan even though the hardline movement has launched a sweeping offensive across the nation. The announcement comes as representatives of

Afghan leaders leave for Doha to revive stalled peace talks

KABUL: A delegation of Afghan political leaders led by top peace official Abdullah Abdullah left for Qatar on Friday to attempt to breathe life into stalled talks with the Taliban as violence escalates around the country. Abdullah, head of the

Afghan Taliban take control of border crossing with Pakistan

KABUL: Taliban fighters in Afghanistan said on Wednesday they had taken control of one of the main border crossings with Pakistan, perhaps the most strategic objective they have captured so far in a rapid advance across the country. A Pakistani

Afghanistan troop pullout a ‘mistake’, says former US president George Bush

WASHINGTON: Former United States president George W. Bush on Wednesday criticised the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan and said civilians were being left to be “slaughtered” by the Taliban. “I’m afraid Afghan women and girls are going to suffer

How will the Taliban rule impact Afghan women?

The Taliban have been sweeping across rural Afghanistan, taking control of over a hundred districts across the country. The hardline insurgents now claim controlling over 85 percent of Afghan territory. This has raised concerns that the gains made over women’s

Afghan debacle

The situation in Afghanistan is getting out of hand as the Taliban widens control. The hardline insurgents have already seized more than 100 districts and claim to control over 85 percent of Afghan territory. The Afghan armed forces are gradually

US general steps down from Afghan command in symbolic end to war

KABUL: The US general leading the war in Afghanistan, Austin Miller, relinquished command at a ceremony on Monday and quietly left the country, a symbolic end to America’s longest conflict while Taliban insurgents gain momentum. Miller, America’s last four-star commander

Elusive Afghan deal

The United States has strongly defended its decision to abruptly withdraw all military forces out of Afghanistan without reaching a political settlement as fighting rages across the country. This comes as the Taliban claim to have over 85 percent of

Gen Bajwa discusses Afghan peace process with Qatar’s special envoy

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has appreciated the contributions and constructive role played by Qatar in facilitating and hosting the Afghan peace process. According to Inter-Services Public relations, Special Envoy of the Foreign Minister for Counter-Terrorism

Taliban fighters storm capital of northwestern Afghan province

KABUL: Regional officials in northern Afghanistan said they had recaptured government buildings in a provincial capital after Taliban fighters stormed it overnight, taking over the police headquarters and sparking panic among residents. Officials said air strikes were being carried out

Afghan Taliban take control of 13 districts within a day

KABUL: The Afghan Taliban have taken control of thirteen districts in the last 24 hours, the highest number of areas falling to the group in a day as US troops depart from the country. According to Afghan media, the Taliban

Two soldiers martyred in cross-border attack from Afghanistan

PESHAWAR: Two soldiers of the Pakistan Army were martyred in a cross-border attack by Afghan militants, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. The terrorists from across the Pak-Afghan border opened fire on a military post in Dwatoi, North Waziristan, military’s

Afghan President arrives in Washington to meet Biden

WASHINGTON: Afghanistan’s President Ghani and his delegation landed in Washington DC on a direct flight from Kabul on Thursday afternoon.   Afghan President Ghani is accompanied by First Vice President Amrullah Saleh, Abdullah Abdullah, head of the High Council for National

US to evacuate some Afghan interpreters ahead of withdrawal

WASHINGTON: The United States plans to evacuate at least some Afghan interpreters who have worked with US forces before the full withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. The move would keep the interpreters, facing violent reprisal from Taliban forces, safe

Pakistan would be targeted by terrorists if US given bases: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has reiterated that Pakistan is ready to be a partner for peace in Afghanistan, but as US troops withdraw, the country will avoid risking further conflict. In his opinion column published in Washington Post, the

Pentagon hints at slowing down US pullout from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: The US military could slow down its withdrawal from Afghanistan due to the gains made by the Taliban insurgents, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said. Kirby stressed that President Joe Biden’s deadline of a full withdrawal by September remains in

Afghan fallout

The United States is set to withdraw troops from Afghanistan starting July 4. Afghan leaders are worried over the surging violence and an imminent takeover by the Taliban once the Americans depart while countries such as Pakistan are preparing for

FM Qureshi, Turkish counterpart discuss Afghan peace process

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday met with Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu and exchanged views on the latest developments in the Afghan peace process and withdrawal of international troops. The meeting took place on the sidelines of

NSA Moeed Yusuf will not meet Indian, Afghan counterparts during SCO meeting

ISLAMABAD: National Security Advisor Dr Moeed Yusuf has left for Dushanbe on Sunday to participate in the 16th meeting of the Secretaries of the Security Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states being held on 22-23 June 2021.

Pakistan to assist in recovering US hostage held by Afghan Taliban

WASHINGTON: Pakistan will help as a “moral and humanitarian responsibility” in the ongoing efforts to recover an American hostage Mark Frerichs held by the Afghan Taliban. This was states by the Pakistan Embassy in Washington spokesperson while responding to a

US bases in Pakistan

It’s very simple. Twenty years ago, the United States and 44 allies came to Afghanistan saying that the Taliban are terrorists and they wanted a regime change. After suffering a defeat, they started dialogue with the Taliban two decades later.

Death toll from Afghan school blast reaches 68 as families bury victims

KABUL: The death toll from a bomb attack outside a school in the Afghan capital Kabul has risen to 68 with doctors struggling to care for 165 injured victims and families searching desperately for missing children. Explosions on Saturday evening

US commander warns against attacks on troops in Afghanistan

KABUL: The commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan warned it would be a mistake for the Taliban to attack foreign troops still present in the country after the passing of a May 1 deadline for withdrawal. US Army General Scott

Afghan parties urged to reach negotiated settlement, reduce violence

DOHA: The extended Troika on peaceful settlement in Afghanistan – the United States, Russia, China and Pakistan – in a joint statement expressed hope that the Taliban will prevent terrorist groups from using Afghan territory to threaten the security of

Three-way talks on Afghan peace process to be held in Istanbul today

ISTANBUL: The foreign ministers of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey will hold talks in Istanbul on Friday (today) after a wider Afghan peace conference was postponed because the Taliban announced they would not participate. The planned peace talks in Turkey were

Afghan President’s irresponsible remarks

Asserting that China and India are to be a factor in the regional prosperity, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has said it is “a moment of choice” for neighbouring Pakistan as all its calculations have been “wrong” so far. Ghani’s statement

FM Qureshi, Afghan counterpart discuss peace process

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday had a telephonic conversation with his Afghan counterpart Mohammed Haneef Atmar. The foreign minister said a peaceful and stable Afghanistan is in Pakistan’s interest. He said Pakistan is a partner in peace

Gen Bajwa, US Secretary of State Blinken discuss Afghan peace process

RAWALINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa had a telephonic conversation with United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken.         During the conversation matters of mutual interest, regional security situation including latest developments in Afghan peace process

Taliban threatens to attack foreign troops if withdrawal deadline not met

KABUL: The Afghan Taliban has threatened to resume hostilities against foreign troops in Afghanistan if they did not meet the May 1 deadline to withdraw from the country. The militant group said in a statement that if the May 1

US joined by Russia, China, Pakistan call for Afghan ceasefire

MOSCOW: The United States was joined by Russia, China and Pakistan in calling on Afghanistan’s warring sides to reach an immediate ceasefire, at talks that showed Washington’s determination to win backing from regional powers for its plans. Just six weeks