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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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’40 killed or injured’ in massive Kabul diplomatic quarter blast

KABUL: At least 40 people were killed or wounded Wednesday as a massive blast ripped through Kabul’s diplomatic quarter, shattering the morning rush hour and bringing carnage to the streets of the Afghan capital. Bodies littered the scene and a huge plume of smoke rose from the area which houses foreign embassies. However, it was…

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T20: Pakistan to play Afghanistan in Kabul

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) have agreed in principle to organize two triendly T20 matches between the two countries with each side touring the other country for the same in the near future. A delegation led by Chairman Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) Shukrullah Atif Mashal called on Chairman Pakistan Cricket…

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Pak-Afghan officials meet to discuss border hostilities

KABUL: A high level meeting between Pakistan and Afghanistan will be held on Monday (today) for resolution of border tensions between the two countries, Samaa reported. Officials from Pakistan, Afghanistan and United States will be present in the meeting. Officials have stated that the meeting is being held for the resolution of border tensions between…

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Afghan women break ground with TV station launch

KABUL: A new TV channel dedicated to women is set to begin broadcasting in Afghanistan, the first of its kind in a country whose media industry, like many areas of society, remains dominated by men. Zan TV (“Women’s TV”) launches on Sunday with a staff of all female presenters and producers, following a high-profile marketing…

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IS Afghanistan leader killed: US, Afghan officials

KABUL: The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan — believed to be the mastermind behind several high-profile attacks including an assault on a military hospital that claimed at least 50 lives — has been killed, US and Afghan officials said. Abdul Hasib, whose group is affiliated with IS in Iraq and Syria, was killed last…

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Afghan forces retreat, announce ceasefire

CHAMAN: Afghanistan announced a ceasefire on Friday after hours of trading fire with Pakistani forces across the border in which nine civilians embraced martyrdom.  According to security sources, Afghanistan announced a ceasefire after retreating. The Afghan forces, who had opened unprovoked fire, vacated their posts and retreated after Pakistani forces retaliated. Earlier, the ISPR had…

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Afghan beauty parlours are a sanctuary for city women

KABUL: The photos in the window promise much: languorous, kohl-rimmed eyes and bright, bold nails — but once you enter the beauty parlours of Kabul, it becomes clear the images outside are a pale reflection of the vibrant reality inside. After the Taliban regime was toppled in 2001, small oases of glamour began to flourish…

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Pakistan condemns suicide attack in Kabul

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday strongly condemned the suicide attack in Kabul that led to the loss of precious lives. According to a foreign office statement, Pakistan conveys its deepest sympathies to the bereaved families who lost their loved ones and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured. “Terrorism is a common challenge and, therefore,…

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