Taliban in China

It was widely speculated that China and Russia would move in to immediately fill the void after the United States announced to withdraw their forces from Afghanistan. In a sign of warming ties, a delegation of the Afghan Taliban has

Afghan soldiers who took refuge in Pakistan handed over: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Army has repatriated a group of Afghan soldiers to the authorities of their country after they requested refuge and safe passage into Pakistan. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army handed over 46 Afghan soldiers, including

Re-emergence of terrorism

With the worsening situation across the border with each passing day, Pakistan seems to face the brunt of the fallout and instability. There have been several incidents of seemingly unrelated terror incidents which could be linked to the developing situation

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

Russia offered US use of Central Asia bases for Afghan operations: Report

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin in June offered US counterpart Joe Biden the use of Russian military bases in Central Asia for information gathering from Afghanistan, a Russian newspaper reported as American troops leave the country. Taliban fighters have made major

Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and US create new diplomatic platform

WASHINGTON: The United States, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan have formed a new diplomatic platform to support peace and stability in Afghanistan and foster regional trade and business ties. “The parties consider long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan critical to regional

PM invites former Afghan President Hamid Karzai to peace conference

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan late on Wednesday called former Afghan president Hamid Karzai and invited him and other leaders to an international conference on Afghanistan to be organised by Pakistan. In a tweet, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said the

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

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

Pakistan will remain a reliable partner for Afghan peace: Qureshi tells Blinken

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had a telephonic conversation with the US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and discussed bilateral relations and important developments in the region. According a statement by the Foreign Office, the foreign minister underscored

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

Pakistan welcomes Iran’s mediation for settlement in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has welcomed efforts by Iran to engage with the Taliban and the Afghan government in search of a negotiated political settlement in the country. “Pakistan welcomes Iran’s engagement with Afghan parties to achieve a negotiated political settlement,” said

Afghans must decide own future as US troops to leave in August, says Biden

WASHINGTON (Reuters): United States President Joe Biden, while strongly defending his decision to pull US military forces out of Afghanistan, warned that the Afghan people must decide their own future.  Speaking in the White House East Room, Biden said that

COVID-19: Pakistan closes Torkham border along Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday closed the Torkham border with Afghanistan for all kind of traffic due to the coronavirus pandemic. Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad has said the decision has been taken keeping in view the directions of National Command

Taliban to present written peace plan at talks next month

KABUL: The Afghan Taliban plan to present a written peace proposal to the Afghan government side as soon as next month, a spokesman for the insurgents said even as they make major territorial gains as foreign forces depart. Hundreds of

Afghan delusions

If you analyze the Afghan situation with a Pakistani mindset, then you are misled and in denial. The analysis that I have been observing nowadays has two main drawbacks. First, that the ‘Afghan Civil War’ is the product of a

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

US, NATO troops leave Bagram airbase in Afghanistan

KABUL: All US and Nato troops have left the biggest air base in Afghanistan, a US defence official said on Friday, signalling the complete withdrawal of foreign forces was imminent after two decades of war. Bagram Air Base served as

National Security Committee to be briefed on Afghan situation today

ISLAMABAD: A meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security will be held in Islamabad on Thursday (today) to discuss the matters pertaining to the security of the country and the situation in Afghanistan. The important leaders of the opposition

Effects of US pullout

With the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan, a civil war is imminent and the war-ravaged country’s problems will worsen. Pakistan has been constantly warning about the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan as it will be the worst affected from the

Pakistan can partner with US for peace, not war: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan delivered a wide-ranging address to the National Assembly and stressed that Pakistan could partner with the United States in peace, but never again in war. “The US was defeated in Afghanistan and they tried to

Germany, Italy complete troop pullout from Afghanistan

ROME: Italy has completed its troop pullout from Afghanistan, ending a 20-year deployment as part of an accelerated withdrawal of NATO forces. Members of the US-backed alliance agreed in April to wrap up their 9,600-strong mission in Afghanistan after US

Turkey relaxes quarantine regulations for Pakistani travellers

ISLAMABAD: Turkish authorities have issued a revised policy regarding the mandatory quarantine requirement on passengers arriving from Pakistan and Afghanistan. According to the new regulations, the quarantine period for passengers arriving from Pakistan and Afghanistan has been reduced from 14

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

Pakistan will ‘absolutely not’ allow bases for Afghan operations: PM

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will “absolutely not” allow the CIA to use bases on its soil for cross-border counterterrorism missions after American forces withdraw from Afghanistan, said Prime Minister Imran Khan. In a wide-ranging interview with Jonathan Swan of HBO Axios, which

Turkey in Kabul 

The United States has accepted an offer from Turkey to secure the Kabul airport after the withdrawal of US troops. There are growing concerns that the Taliban could take over the nation once the Americans exit and create new security

Erdogan offers cooperation after US troops pullout from Afghanistan

BRUSSELS: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he held a “fruitful and sincere” meeting with his US counterpart Joe Biden on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels. “We believe there is no problem that cannot be resolved in

Afghan stalemate

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said Pakistan is pushing for a political settlement in Afghanistan before US troops leave later this year. There are growing concerns that an all-out civil war will erupt in the war-ravaged nation which will also