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.

US-Taliban sign peace deal

The US and the Afghan Taliban have finally signed a historic peace agreement that could pave the way for ending the nearly two-decade-long war in the country and the gradual withdrawal of thousands of foreign troops. The scenes in the

US, Afghan Taliban sign historic peace agreement in Doha

DOHA: The United States and Taliban signed a landmark peace agreement on Saturday in Doha bringing an end to the nearly two decades old war in Afghanistan. US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and representative of Taliban Mullah

US, Afghan Taliban agree to sign historic peace deal on Feb 29

DOHA: The United States and the Afghan Taliban are set to sign a historic agreement later this month to pave the way to ending America’s longest war. The announcement comes hours after the Afghan government said a weeklong partial truce

Cricket and Peace

Law-enforcement agencies have made tremendous sacrifices to bring peace and stability to the nation. This is evident as many countries are now keen to improve bilateral relations with us. World leaders are flocking to the nation after years in isolation

UN chief’s visit will promote Pakistan’s vital role for peace: Akram

NEW YORK: Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations Munir Akram has said the UN chief Antonio Guterres’ upcoming official visit to Pakistan will recognise the essential role of Islamabad in regional peace and stability. Munir Akram took to

African Union condemns Trump’s peace plan in Middle East

ADDIS ABABA: On Sunday, African leaders condemned the Mideast peace plan of US President Donald Trump as unacceptable, taking advantage of an African Union meeting to express solidarity with the Palestinian people. Chairman of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki

No respite from Afghan violence

US Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad was in Pakistan to discuss the fragile Afghan peace process amid increasing violence in the war-ravaged country. The Trump administration wants to secure a peace deal before the presidential elections later this year. There has

Afghan peace process core policy of PTI govt: Senate informed

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Azam Khan Swati has said that peace in Pakistan is linked with peace in Afghanistan and that is core policy of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government. Speaking on a motion in Senate on Monday, the Senator

Qureshi’s tours

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has spend much of the last week on a tour of Iran, Saudi Arabia, US and Qatar diffusing tensions and calling for peace and dialogue in the Middle East on the directions of Prime Minister

FM meet Saudi counterpart, calls for de-escalating tension

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday underlined the need to reduce tension in the Middle East region to ensure peace, stability and security. The foreign minister arrived in Saudi capital Riyadh on the second leg of the diplomatic

FM arrives in Riyadh to continue diplomatic efforts

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has arrived in Saudi capital Riyadh on next leg of his diplomatic visit to reduce regional tensions. He was received at King Khalid International Airport by Deputy Minister for Protocol Affairs of Saudi Ministry

Pakistan diffusing Iran-US tensions

Amidst heightened US-Iran tensions that have threatened to stablise the region, Pakistan is spearheading diplomatic efforts to defuse the situation. Our Foreign Minister has embarked on a visit to Iran and Saudi Arabia with a mission to reduce tempers and

Pakistan to play role for regional peace, stability: FO

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan does not want tension and will continue to play its role in establishment of peace and stability in the region, and will welcome any move by the United States or Iran to de-escalate the tense situation. Foreign Office

Resumption of US-Taliban talks is a positive development: FM

ISTANBUL: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has underscored the need for achieving the goal of a secure and stable Afghanistan for the economic progress and prosperity of the entire region. Addressing the 8th Ministerial meeting of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul

Resumption of US-Taliban talks

The United States will resume talks with the Afghan Taliban in Doha, where the militant group maintains a political office, to discuss several thorny issues, and eventually decide a roadmap for a post-war Afghanistan. Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special envoy

Pakistan hopeful for peace in Afghanistan after US-Taliban talks

NEW YORK: Pakistan’s permanent representative to United Nations Munir Akram has expressed the hope that the resumption of direct talks between the United States and the Taliban would bring to a peaceful settlement in Afghanistan. While speaking in the U.N.