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Afghanistan to airlift citizens if border is not reopened within two days: Ambassador

Afghan Ambassador Omar Zakhilwal on Saturday said Pakistan does not have a justification for the continued closure of crossing points on the Pak-Afghan border, and that his country might send in chartered flights to airlift stranded Afghans in case the border is not reopened soon. In a message posted to …

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Afghanistan will never recognise the Durand Line: Hamid Karzai

Amid increasing tensions on the western border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, former Afghan president Hamid Karzai in a tweet on Sunday said Pakistan has “no legal authority to dictate terms on the Durand Line”. Karzai’s comment followed Pakistan’s decision to close the border between the two states for an indefinite …

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Closed Afghan-Pakistani Border Is Becoming ‘Humanitarian Crisis’

KABUL, Afghanistan — Pakistan has kept its border crossings with Afghanistan sealed for more than two weeks, with thousands of Afghan visitors stranded in Pakistan and traders unable to move their vegetables and fruit across. After a suicide bombing at a shrine in Pakistan’s Sindh Province on Feb. 16, which killed more than 80 people, the …

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Afghanistan not provided with convincing justification for closure of border crossings, says Afghan envoy

Afghanistan’s top envoy to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal on Saturday said he has not been provided with a convincing justification by the civilian and military leadership of Pakistan for the continued closure of crossing points on the Pak-Afghan border. Zakhilwal added that the argument presented, to stop terrorists from crossing over …

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Danger on the Durand Line

Tensions Rise Between Afghanistan and Pakistan By Michael Kugelman Last month, Pakistan suffered its deadliest spasm of terrorist violence since 2014. Over a period of four days in February, militants struck all four Pakistani provinces and three major urban spaces. The bloodshed culminated on February 16 with an assault on a …

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Energy supply: Work on TAPI gas pipeline begins in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD:  After being in the works for the past 22 years, the multibillion-dollar Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (Tapi) gas pipeline project got under way on Friday. The pipeline will serve as an energy corridor between Central and South Asia. The inaugural ceremony of the Front and Engineering Design (FEED) was held to start …

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Pakistan’s uncertain future

By: Mohammed Ayoob On 16 February a suicide bomber blew himself up in the main hall of the shrine of Pakistan’s most popular sufi saint, Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, killing at least 88 people, including 21 children. The shrine is located in Sehwan in Pakistan’s Sindh province, which has a strong tradition of …

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ISIL expands in Afghan-Pakistan areas, widening attacks

ISIL expansion poses new challenge for US President Donald Trump, as he vowed to “totally destroy” the rebel group. An offshoot of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group based near the Afghan-Pakistan border is expanding to new areas, recruiting fighters and widening the reach of attacks …

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Afghan military summoned Pakistani ambassador over artillery shelling

The Pakistani Ambassador to Afghanistan was summoned in the Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan over persistent artillery shelling in eastern provinces of the country. Ambassador Abrar Hussain was reportedly summoned by General Murad Ali Murad, the deputy chief of staff of the Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan. The military attaché …

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Blasts, gunfire rock Afghan capital in twin suicide attacks

A pair of near-simultaneous Taliban suicide bombings struck the Afghan capital on Wednesday, targeting a police station and offices of the country’s intelligence agency and killing at least three people and injuring nearly 50, officials said. Smoke rises from an Afghan police district headquarters building after a suicide car bomb …

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