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Afghanistan can have peace only through political solution: US

WASHINGTON: Afghanistan can have peace only through a political solution, said the US State Department while speakers at a Washington think tank urged Pakistan to persuade the Taliban to join the peace process. Proceedings of the Atlantic Council’s panel discussion echoed at the State Department’s news briefing on Thursday afternoon …

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New US strategy to ensure ‘terrorists never retake Afghanistan’

WASHINGTON: US state and defence secretaries have said that the new Afghan strategy that the Trump administration is working on would ensure that terrorists do not use Afghanistan as a safe haven again. A transcript released by the Pentagon in Washington quotes the two leaders as confirming media reports that …

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Three killed after Bugti refugee camp attacked in Afghanistan

At least three persons, including two children were, killed after a Bugti refugee camp was attacked in Spin Boldak region of Afghanistan. The Baloch Republican Party alleged that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) attacked the camp in Kandahar province. Eight persons, including women, were injured in the attack. According to the …

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Pakistani army leadership asks Afghanistan to ‘look inward’ for Kabul attackers

A special Corps Commanders’ Conference was held at General Headquarters Tuesday during which the forum expressed its solidarity with the people and security forces of Afghanistan in the backdrop of recent terrorist incidents, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement., The statement added that while expressing their support for …

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Pakistan waging ‘undeclared war of aggression’ against Afghanistan, Ghani tells Kabul Process

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani lashed out at Pakistan at the Kabul Process on Tuesday, alleging that it is waging an “undeclared war of aggression” against Afghanistan. Issuing a stinging rebuke aimed towards Pakistan before a gathering of 23 nations, the European Union, the United Nations and Nato, Ghani asked: “What …

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How will the Kabul tragedy affect Pak-Afghan relations?

Ashraf Jehangir Qazi THE Kabul water-tank blast killed 90 people and injured 400 or more. The final death toll may be much higher. This is reportedly the biggest suicide attack since the US invasion in October 2001. The obscenity has happened in the month of Ramazan. No organisation has yet …

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Afghan claim holding Pakistan responsible for Kabul attack ‘baseless’: FO

Pakistan has rejected Afghanistan’s “baseless allegations” holding the former responsible for a deadly attack in Kabul that killed at least 90 people, the Foreign Office said Thursday. In his weekly press briefing, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said the Afghan intelligence agency’s claim that Pakistan is behind the deadly bombing …

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Pakistan opens Chaman border crossing on ‘humanitarian grounds’ after 22 days

Pakistan opened the Friendship Gate at Chaman border crossing on “humanitarian grounds” Saturday, 22 days after it was closed in the wake of an Afghan attack on Pakistani forces that left 12 people dead. The border crossing was opened “on humanitarian grounds in Ramazan on request from Afghan authorities”, said …

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Illinois congressman says US should tell Pakistan it will cross the border if necessary

US Congressman Adam Kinzinger has said Washington should go for any effective measures to make Islamabad comply with America’s Afghanistan strategy, even if that entails crossing the border. “If that means more aid to do stuff, if that’s withdrawing aid to do stuff, I think that’s fine. But I think …

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Terrorists hiding, collecting money in Pakistan: Ghani

KABUL : President Ashraf Ghani says he is still awaiting the implementation of the commitments Pakistan made five months ago to help end the conflict in the country. In an interview with a Pan-Arab daily, Ghani alleged many terrorists were hiding in Pakistan and collecting funds there, but concrete action …

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