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Peace with Pakistan is our national agenda: Ashraf Ghani

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani said that his government was ready for comprehensive talks and that peace with Pakistan was his national agenda. “From here, I have a message to Pakistan: We are ready for comprehensive political talks. Peace with Pakistan is in our national agenda,” Ghani said, addressing political elites and journalists at the Presidential…

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Entire nation on one page against Trump’s statement: FM

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said on Wednesday that the whole nation stood united against threats by US President Donald Trump. Speaking at the floor of the house, Khawaja Asif said that the National Assembly of Pakistan had rejected Donald Trump’s Afghanistan policy. “A superpower is blaming Pakistan for its failures in Afghanistan,” he said….

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Kabul blast near US embassy claims four lives

KABUL: A suicide bomber blew himself up at a bank close to the heavily protected U.S. embassy compound in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, killing at least four people and wounding several, the interior ministry said, reported Reuters. The bomber hit the entrance to a Kabul Bank branch in the well-off area of Kabul, close…

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Suicide bomber, gunmen kill 12 in Kabul mosque attack

KABUL: A suicide bomb and gun attack claimed by the Islamic State group on a mosque in Kabul killed 12 people and wounded scores more Friday, officials said, the latest assault to highlight deteriorating security in Afghanistan. Gunshots and explosions could be heard during the attack that lasted around four hours and witnesses reported seeing worshippers…

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Khawaja Asif to visit China, Russia before USA

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif will visit China and Russia before the United States, following Trump’s allegations against Pakistan for harbouring terrorists.  Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said that terrorists from East Afghanistan were involved in attacks in Pakistan. Addressing the Senate and later speaking on Samaa current affairs show Nadeem Malik Live, Khawaja Asif said…

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Afghanistan to become ‘graveyard’ for US troops: Taliban

KABUL: The Taliban warned that Afghanistan would become “a graveyard” for the United States Tuesday after President Donald Trump cleared the way for thousands more American troops to be sent to the war-torn country. “If America doesn’t withdraw its troops from Afghanistan, soon Afghanistan will become another graveyard for this superpower in the 21st century,”…

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10 facts you should know about GT Road

Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif will be traveling to his home Lahore via Grand Trunk Road aka GT Road. The road is one of South Asia’s oldest and longest major roads. Here are 10 significant facts about the GT Road. 01. Grand Trunk Road covers a distance of over 2,500 kilometres i.e. 1,600 miles. 02….

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Suicide bombings near Iraqi embassy in Kabul: officials

KABUL: A suicide bomber attacked a police compound and the nearby Iraqi embassy in Kabul on Monday, security officials in the Afghan capital said. A police spokesperson said security forces were at the scene and a gunbattle was under way, reported Reuters. This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.

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Pakistan condemns Kabul terrorists attack

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Monday strongly condemns suicide attack in Kabul that has resulted in the loss of precious lives of many innocent Afghans and injuries to scores. “We express our sincere condolence to the bereaved families and pray for early recovery of those injured”, a press release said. It said terrorism is a common enemy and…

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PM Nawaz Sharif condemns Kabul bombing

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has strongly condemned the car bomb attack in Kabul on Monday that resulted in loss of precious lives. The Prime Minister expressed sympathies with the Government and people of Afghanistan on behalf of the Government and people of Pakistan. It is pertinent to mention here that in Afghanistan, at…

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24 killed in Kabul suicide car bombing

KABUL: A suicide car bombing in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Monday killed at least 24 people and wounded 40, doubling earlier casualty estimates, acting Afghan Interior Ministry spokesperson Najib Danish said. Police said earlier that a suicide attacker had detonated a car bomb in the western part of Kabul, although the target of the…

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War-hit Afghanistan ecstatic over cricket Test status

KABUL: Cricket-mad Afghanistan was euphoric after being awarded Test match status, a rare glimmer of good news amid rising insecurity, though many lamented the lack of sports infrastructure in the conflict-torn country. Both Ireland and Afghanistan became cricket’s 11th and 12th Test nations on Thursday following a unanimous vote by the International Cricket Council during…

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Afghanistan’s ‘hill of widows’ live in a world apart

KABUL: The first women settled on this stony slope outside Kabul in the 1990s hoping to escape the stigma those like them are forced to endure. Today it is known as Afghanistan’s ‘hill of widows’, home to a cluster of women who have eked out independence in a society that shuns and condemns them as…

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‘No strategy of US could succeed in Afghanistan without including Pakistan’

WASHINGTON: According to an op-ed piece in the New York Times by Stephen J Hadley, who was the national security adviser from 2005 to 2009, the United States’ policy in Afghanistan would not succeed without cutting off Pakistan’s alleged ties to the Afghan Taliban and including the Islamic republic in the peace process.  The piece…

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Four dead as suicide bombers hit Kabul mosque

Kabul : Suicide bombers struck a crowded Shiite mosque in Kabul late Thursday, killing four people in the latest in a series of militant attacks to rattle the Afghan capital during the holy month of Ramadan. The assault claimed by Islamic State jihadists left eight others wounded when the bombers blew themselves up in the…

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UN chief calls for aid to Afghanistan as conflict spirals

Kabul: Sitting cross-legged with war-displaced women in a mud-brick settlement on Kabul’s outskirts, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called for increased humanitarian assistance and a political solution to end the conflict. Guterres’ first visit to Afghanistan as UN chief comes amid spiralling insecurity as the country struggles to reabsorb masses of refugees being…

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Afghan leader issues ultimatum to Taliban as bombing toll tops 150

KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani issued an ultimatum to the Taliban Tuesday, warning them to embrace peace or “face consequences” after announcing that the death toll from last week’s devastating truck bombing had passed 150. Ghani has come under mounting criticism over the bombing, the deadliest in Kabul since 2001. The president made a strong…

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Afghanistan should focus on its internal affairs instead of blaming Pakistan: Army

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army on Tuesday denounced the terrorist act in Kabul which claimed the lives of 150 people and injured many others. The armed forces also said that Afghanistan should focus on its internal issues rather than blame Pakistan.  A Special Corps Commanders conference was held in which matters pertaining to regional security in the…

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Kabul to host peace summit after week of deadly violence

KABUL: Kabul will host a multinational peace conference on Afghanistan Tuesday, as the capital reels from a wave of bombings and clashes that left more than 100 people dead and hundreds wounded in the last week. Much of Kabul remains on lockdown ahead of the conference, labelled the “Kabul Process”, with tighter than usual security…

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At least 12 people killed in blasts near funeral in Afghan capital

KABUL: A series of blasts in Kabul on Saturday killed at least 12 people at a funeral for one of the victims of clashes between police and protesters a day before, continuing a wave of violence in the capital since this week’s mass truck bomb. Two witnesses at the scene of the funeral said at…

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Massive Kabul truck bomb kills 90, wounds hundreds

At least 90 people were killed and hundreds wounded Wednesday when a massive truck bomb ripped through Kabul’s diplomatic quarter, bringing carnage to the streets of the Afghan capital just days into the holy fasting month of Ramadan. Bloodied corpses littered the scene and a huge cloud of smoke rose from the highly-fortified area which…

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