International Day of Peace being observed worldwide today

NEW YORK: The International Day of Peace is observed around the world today on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and

Pakistan, Spain agree to work closely on Afghan peace

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister of Spain Jose Manuel Albares on Friday said his government would closely work with Pakistan on efforts towards peace in Afghanistan and for the region’s future. “We want to work very closely with Pakistan with a promise

No country made more efforts for Afghan peace than Pakistan: PM Khan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Pakistan has tried its level best for a political solution in Afghanistan. Interacting with the Afghan media representatives, the prime minister reiterated there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict. He

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

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

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

Turkey to host ten-day Afghanistan peace summit

ANKARA: Turkey will host a peace summit for Afghanistan from April 24 to May 4 meant to jump-start efforts to end the war and sketch out a possible political settlement, Turkish authorities said. The meeting would include the United Nations

Pakistan fully capable of defending its integrity: President Alvi

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has said Pakistan is filled with capabilities to defend its territorial integrity and sovereignty. Addressing the military parade at the parade avenue in Islamabad, the president said we will defend our independence at all costs,

UAE royals brokered secret India-Pakistan peace talks: Reports

ISLAMABAD: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is reportedly brokering peace between Pakistan and India, a report in the leading news outlet Bloomberg said. Just weeks ago, Pakistan and India had agreed to observe ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC).

Pakistan welcomes Saudi initiative for peace in Yemen: FO

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has welcomed the peace initiative announced by Saudi Arabia offering a comprehensive roadmap including ceasefire for a negotiated settlement of the Yemen crisis.  “Pakistan considers this initiative a step in the right direction. We fully support Saudi efforts

Ceasefire on LOC: What’s next?

Shall we really hope some miracles happen and resolves the Kashmir conflict and improves the regional peace after Pakistan-India have announced reaching an agreement to recommit themselves to the 2003 ceasefire arrangement at the Line of Control (LOC)? Shall they

Pope Francis calls for end to violence, extremism in Iraq

BAGHDAD: Pope Francis began his most risky foreign trip flying into Iraq amid the tightest security ever seen for a papal visit to appeal to the country’s leaders and people to end violence and religious strife. The country has deployed

Pakistan-India relations

The military and government marked the second anniversary of ‘Operation Swift Retort’ when the Pakistan Air Force shot down two Indian jets intruding into our sovereign territory after a purported airstrike and received a befitting response. The day will be

Next round of Afghan talks

The next round of negotiations between the Afghan Taliban and the government will be held in Qatar from next month. Pakistan has reiterated its commitment as the peace process makes encouraging progress towards a political solution to the conflict. Pakistan’s

Afghan Taliban call on PM Imran Khan, discuss peace process

ISLAMABAD: A delegation of the Afghan Taliban headed by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar called on Prime Minister Imran Khan and discussed the peace process. The prime minister underlined that Intra-Afghan Negotiations provide a historic opportunity to the Afghan leaders for

Pakistan welcomes breakthrough in intra-Afghan peace talks

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has welcomed the agreement reached on rules and procedures for talks between the Afghan Taliban and the government in Doha. “This is another significant step forward. The agreement reflects a common resolve of the parties to secure a

Radicalism and extremism

January 30, 2015 – I was working as an intern at an advertising agency when I stopped to check the news. I was shocked by what I just read as if the group below me had moved away. A suicide

Abdullah’s excursion

Afghan politician Abdullah Abdullah, who is currently the Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation leading peace talks with Afghan Taliban, has concluded a three-day visit to Pakistan. This was his first visit in nearly a decade and the

International Day of Peace being observed today

ISLAMABAD: International Day of Peace is being observed around the world on 21st September to show appreciation for those who are promoting peace and end conflicts across the world. The theme for this year is “Shaping Peace Together”. The UN

UAE, Bahrain establish full ties with Israel

WASHINGTON: Israel has normalised relations with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates at a White House ceremony after was peace deal was brokered by United States President Donald Trump. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the foreign ministers of Bahrain

Trump to host Israel-UAE deal signing ceremony on Sept 15

WASHINGTON: United States President Donald Trump will hold the signing ceremony for a groundbreaking agreement normalizing relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates on a September 15. The White House announced the deal on 13th August after nearly 18

Intra-Afghan talks critical for peace in Afghanistan: China

BEIJING: China has said that the forthcoming intra-Afghan talks was a critical move to ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan and vowed it would be watching the development as a neighbour and friend of the country. “Intra-Afghan talks is a

No Israel deal without Palestinian peace, says Saudi Arabia

BERLIN: Saudi Arabia said Wednesday it would not follow the United Arab Emirates and establish diplomatic ties with Israel until the Jewish state had sealed a peace accord with the Palestinians. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan told reporters

Interfaith harmony in Sindh

The controversy created over the construction of a Hindu temple in Islamabad gives a glimpse of the appalling situation of minorities in our country. Many were irked not by the building of the temple itself but rather it was being

PSX terror attack

The country has made huge strides in the war against terrorism, and despite the myriad of problems such as the economic and health crisis, there has been an overwhelming improvement in the law and order situation. There are sporadic incidents

India’s aggressive posture will destroy regional peace: FM

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday said India’s Hindutva agenda and intransigence will destroy peace and security in the region. In a statement, the foreign minister said China made utmost efforts to resolve the border issue peacefully, but

Rescuing Afghan peace efforts

Afghanistan was heading for a bleak future as violence returned to the war-ravaged and the peace process was in jeopardy. The Afghan Taliban signed a landmark deal with the United States to usher a new era of peace but the

US cuts Afghan aid

While the world is in the midst of a coronavirus crisis, the peace process in Afghanistan has come to halt and violence is gradually returning to the country. The United States has said it is determined to adhere to the

US troops begin Afghan withdrawal

US troops have started to leave Afghanistan for initial withdrawal required under the US-Taliban peace deal. The withdrawal is a significant moment as the retreat is seen as a victory for the Afghan Taliban amid political chaos and also heralds

The problem with Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has become a major obstacle in the historic peace agreement signed between the Taliban and the US. He has now called on the Taliban to break ties with Pakistan for the prisoner swap to go ahead.