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Russia trying to prop up Taliban, allege US media

WASHINGTON: Russia is providing political legitimacy and military supplies to the Taliban in Afghanistan, the US media reported on Tuesday as a US general demanded 5,000 additional troops for stabilising the war-ravaged country. “American military officers see a growing Russian effort to bolster the Taliban’s legitimacy and undercut (the US …

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Pakistan resumed cross-border shelling in Nangarhar: Afghan official

Afghan’s local officials claimed today that Pakistan has resumed cross border shelling in Nangarhar province. The provincial governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khogyani confirmed the reports and said that Pakistan’s military has, in the past 24 hours, fired off almost 30 missiles on Lalpur, Momand Dara and Nazyan district. “As a result …

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Old wounds, new history

CYRIL ALMEIDA IT could just be the absence of meaty stuff. No Panama, Fasaad already inducing yawns — the national circus needed some excitement. And there’s nothing like a bit of civilian bashing to energise the system again. Maybe it’ll disappear once Panama returns or something new and unexpected happens …

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Fencing of Pak-Afghan border has commenced, says army chief

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Saturday said that fencing on the Pak-Afghan border has commenced and the border areas of Bajaur and Mohmand agencies will be given first priority as they are high-threat zones, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The statement …

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Stop-start Afghan peace process

Amidst a deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, there are incipient signs that another attempt at an Afghan peace process is under way. While denied by the Afghan Taliban, a report claiming that Pakistan has hosted a Taliban delegation in Islamabad ahead of a multilateral summit in Russia next month suggests …

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US turns down Russia invitation to Afghan peace conference

AP The United States won’t attend a multinational peace conference on Afghanistan next month in Russia, a State Department official said Thursday. The reasons: The US wasn’t consulted before receiving the invitation and doesn’t know Russia’s objectives for the gathering. The official said that Washington wants to work with Moscow …

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Pakistan hosts Afghan Taliban leaders to peace talks

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani officials have hosted seven Taliban leaders in Islamabad to try and press them into peace talks ahead of a multination meeting in April in Moscow, according to two Taliban officials. Islamabad has been under international pressure to try and bring Taliban leaders, who have lived in Pakistan since …

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بلوچستان غذائی کمی کے حوالے سے اقدامات کی عین ضرورت ہے، ڈاکٹر عمر خان بابر

کوئٹہ: ایڈیشنل چیف سیکریٹری منصوبہ بندی و ترقیات ڈاکٹر عمر خان بابر نے کہا ہے کہ بلوچستان میں غذائی کمی اور ماں اور بچے کی صحت کے حوالے سے مزید اقدامات وقت کی عین ضرورت ہے ۔یہ بات انہوں نے اسکیلنگ آفس نیوٹریشن پاکستان اقوام متحدہ کے ذیلی ادارے عالمی …

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Afghanistan-Iran trade relations growing, official

KABUL: Deputy Trade Minister Mohammad Qurban Haqjo on Sunday underlined that his country is broadening its trade relations with Iran. ‘Afghanistan has reduced its trade exchanges with Pakistan by half, but it is at the same time boosting its economic ties with Iran,” Haqjo said.  “The value of Iran-Afghanistan trade …

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Afghanistan wants more US help in fight against Taliban, IS

Afghanistan wants the United States to send more forces to help meet shortfalls in the battle against the Taliban and the militant Islamic State (IS) group, the country’s top diplomat said Tuesday. Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani welcomed a recent call by US Gen John Nicholson, the top US commander …

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