Kabul: Well, a day after India hosted security czars of almost all Central Asian countries to discuss the fragile security situation of Afghanistan, Pakistan too held the Troika Plus meet on Afghanistan on Thursday with diplomats from the United States, Russia and China and even an official from the acting Taliban government. Islamabad warned the international community not to isolate the war-torn nation

11 November 2021

Kabul: Well, its yet another meet on the security situation on fragile Afghanistan, but here’s the caveat- it’s the first time that almost all Central Asian countries have come together on the same table to discuss the future of the war-torn country after Taliban’s takeover. Go deeper: The regional security summit hosted by India was attended by the national security advisers of seven other

10 November 2021

Kabul: Sirajuddin Haqqani, the acting Afghan Taliban interior minister and commander of the Haqqani network, has managed to bring the Pakistani Taliban and their government to the negotiating table and mediated a one-month ceasefire between both the parties.
Go deeper: This was revealed by Pakistani Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry in a Twitter message. The Pakistani foreign ministry spokesman also confirmed

10 November 2021

Kabul: Afghanistan is in serious danger of instability," said President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday in a televised message to the nation, adding that he will not allow the imposed war to hurt the people any more. "While I know you are worried about your present and your future, I assure you that my focus is on reducing further spreading instability, violence and displacement," Ghani

14 August 2021

Kabul: The U.S. State Department on Wednesday said it is working to forge an international consensus behind the need for an Afghanistan peace accord even as it acknowledged that "all indications" point to the Taliban seeking a "battlefield victory." The comments made came as envoys from the United States, China, Russia and other countries met in Doha with Taliban and Afghan government negotiators in

12 August 2021

Kabul: President Ashraf Ghani arrived in Balkh province on Wednesday morning, heading a high-level government delegation, to review the general and security situation in the northern zone. President Ghani met with political and jihadi figures Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum, former Vice-President, Atta Mohammad Noor, former Governor of Balkh, Mohammad Mohaqiq, Senior Presidential Advisor on Security and Political Affairs, and Juma Khan Hamdard, Chairman of

11 August 2021

Kabul: Two back-to-back international meetings are being convened in Qatar this week to press Afghanistan’s warring parties to resme upeace negotiations and reach a deal before the Afghan conflict spirals out of control. The diplomatic effort comes amid dramatic battlefield advances by Taliban insurgents even as the United States continues airstrikes in support of embattled Afghan government forces. It also follows last week’s warning

9 August 2021

Kabul: The Afghan government is too weak to win a negotiated settlement without a new military strategy, the U.S. envoy to the war-ravaged country said on Tuesday. “The situation is very concerning, and our expectation is that both the government and the Talibs would focus on a political settlement,” Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan, said at the Aspen Security Forum. With

4 August 2021

Kabul: Looking at the rising violence and Taliban offensive, US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said that an Afghanistan that does not respect the basic rights of its people, that does not have a representative and inclusive government, that does not abide by the main gains of the last 20 years is an Afghanistan that will be a pariah state. “The Taliban has

3 August 2021

Kabul: President Joe Biden on Friday signed emergency legislation that will reimburse more than a half-billion dollars the National Guard spent on protecting the US Capitol after the violent January 6 insurrection and increase the number of visas for allies who worked alongside Americans in the Afghanistan war. The Senate approved the $2.1 billion legislation early Thursday afternoon, 98-0, and the House passed it

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