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PM Imran Khan to visit Iran soon: FO

Spokesperson says Pakistan won’t participate in US-Taliban talks in Doha

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Peace talks between the US and Afghan Taliban continue with ‘care and vigilance’

Meetings between the two sides restarted over the weekend in Doha

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Afghan Taliban were not involved in my kidnapping, says Ali Raza Gilani

CTD should be careful while using my name, he says

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PM Khan, Donald Trump meeting only possible after Afghan peace talks: Fawad Chaudhry

Trump appreciated Pakistan’s role in bringing the Taliban to the negotiation table

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Shah Mehmood Qureshi arrives in Afghanistan on the first leg of four-country visit

Qureshi will also visit Iran, China and Russia in the next three days

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‘The US accepts PTI’s stance that there’s no military solution to Afghan problem’

PM Imran Khan says his economic team performing despite the challenging situation

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US seeks Pakistan’s cooperation for peace, stability in Afghanistan

Pakistan will support US for a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan

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The Afghan Taliban are ready to negotiate, but only with Washington

They want the 17-year-long US-led invasion to end

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Taliban confirm founding member Mullah Baradar released by Pakistan

Pakistan has not publicly confirmed the release

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Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi is visiting Afghanistan on Saturday

Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua will also accompany him

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Afghan Taliban considering Eid holiday ceasefire

The Taliban are considering announcing a ceasefire during next week’s Eid holiday, despite heavy fighting seen over recent days in the central Afghan city of Ghazni, two senior Taliban officials said. They said no decision had been taken but senior leaders would meet either on Tuesday evening or Wednesday to discuss the option, which was…

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15 Afghan Taliban killed in attack by suspected ISIS rivals: officials

Suspected Islamic State militants attacked Taliban fighters attending a funeral in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday and killed at least 15 in the latest violence between the rival groups, officials said. Another five Taliban were wounded in the attack on a house in Sayad district in Sari Pul province, the provincial police chief Abdul Qayum Baqizoi…

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US general says remarks on Afghan peace talks ‘mischaracterized’

The NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan on Tuesday rejected reports its commander General John Nicholson had said the United States was ready to join direct negotiations with the Taliban, saying his comments were “mischaracterized”. In a statement, it referred to reports on Monday in which Nicholson reiterated comments by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo…

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Taliban reject pleas by Afghan elders for a ceasefire extension

The Taliban on Monday rejected pleas by Afghan elders and activists for an extension of this month’s ceasefire and said they amounted to a call for surrender to foreign forces, as local groups continued to push for an end to fighting. Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid dismissed the peace “slogans” and urged civil society activists and…

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Taliban kill Afghan officials as government’s ceasefire kicks in

Taliban fighters killed a district governor in northern Afghanistan and kept up the pressure to seize control over some parts of Faryab province, ignoring the temporary ceasefire announced by the government that came into effect on Tuesday. Last week, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had announced for the first time an unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban,…

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Afghan Taliban break new ground with surprise Eid ceasefire

The Afghan Taliban on Saturday announced a surprise three-day ceasefire over the Eid holiday in the middle of June, their first offer of its kind, following a ceasefire announced by the government on Thursday. The militants said foreign forces would be excluded from the ceasefire and that operations against them would continue. They also said…

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Afghanistan’s President Ghani announces ceasefire for Eid-ul-Fitr

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani announced Thursday a temporary ceasefire for Eid-ul-Fitr, the holiday that caps off the holy month of Ramadan, though it was not immediately clear if the Taliban had agreed. The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan announces ceasefire from the 27th of Ramadan until the fifth day of Eid-ul-Fitr following the…

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Pakistan excuses itself from bringing Afghan Taliban to talks

WASHINGTON: Pakistan excused itself from convincing Afghan Taliban to come to dialogues, as Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua said Pakistan has no past-like influence over them; hence, the United States and Afghanistan should take initiative in this regard. Talking to journalists in Washington, Janjua said Afghan Taliban can be talked into negotiation; but, it is principally…

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Afghan Taliban say they want to end war through dialogue

KABUL: The Taliban said on Wednesday, in a rare statement to the American people, they wanted to end Afghanistan’s 17-year war through talks, while warning the message should not be seen as a sign of weakness and the fight against U.S. forces would go on, reported Reuters. A more aggressive U.S. strategy in Afghanistan including…

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Pakistan handed 27 Afghan Taliban, Haqqani militants to Kabul last year: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal said that 27 individuals suspected of belonging to Tehreek-e-Taliban Afghan (TTA) and Haqqani Network were handed over to Afghanistan in November 2017. “Pakistan continues to push any suspected Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network elements to prevent them from using our soil for any terrorist activity in Afghanistan,” said…

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