The Pakistani Prime Minister at a joint press conference with President Ashraf Ghani said that Pakistan would do everything possible to reduce violence in Afghanistan. "Pakistan has played an important role in initiating talks between the Taliban with Afghanistan, but violence has increased in Afghanistan even after peace talks begin," added Prime Minister Khan. "We assure you that we will work beyond your expectations,"

19 November 2020

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Thursday said that the Chief of Australian Defense Force Angus Campbell has offered a "sincere and unreserved" apology to the Afghan people, after a long-awaited report on the conduct of Australian Special Forces soldiers found "credible information" of unlawful killings by Australian soldiers. MoFA in a press release said that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has expressed

19 November 2020

Britain Defence Secretary Ben Wallace on Thursday said the country is likely to follow US and drawdown its troops from conflict-ravaged Afghanistan , adding that Britain would continue to protect the security of the country. The announcement has come days after President Donald Trump affirmed that American troops will be reduced to half in Afghanistan by

19 November 2020

Local officials on Thursday reported that a Taliban offensive in Maimi district of Badakhshan has fallen to the Taliban group. Abdullah Naji Nazari, member of the Badakhshan Provincial Council, told Reporterly that the Taliban had carried out large-scale attacks on the Maimi district of the province this morning. Nazari added that the Taliban had taken control of Maimi district in the attack.

19 November 2020

Following Australian top military commander General Angus Campbell’s admission over involvement of its forces in the unlawful killing of Afghan civilians, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has called for criminal prosecution against involved personnel. In a press release on Thursday, the AIHRC welcomed Australian government’s move to initiate investigation against officers involved in alleged

19 November 2020

Italy has expressed its commitment to the current situation in Afghanistan. Italian Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini said on Wednesday that Italy would not step back from its responsibility in Afghanistan. Italy would continue to play its role in Afghanistan as before. "The US decision already announced, which they shared with allies on Tuesday," Guerini said while addressing parliament on Wednesday. Guerini said that he

19 November 2020

Uzbekistan ambassador to Pakistan, Saadaulla Tashmatov at a roundtable discussion on Wednesday emphasized to have peaceful resolution to handle Afghan conflict with a view to promote meaningful integration and cooperation among regional players. Speaking at the “Uzbekistan-Pakistan Joint Collaboration for Peace and Stability in Afghanistan”, Tashmatov said both Peshawar and Termiz were willing to play constructive

19 November 2020

The United Nations Refugee Agency has said that the returning of Afghan refugees from Iran and Pakistan has stopped. The reason behind this is the corona epidemic of the last 8-9 months, violence, insecurity, and future concerns. In 2002, when the Taliban collapsed in Afghanistan after US operations, refugees started returning from Iran and Pakistan. United Nations Refugee Spokesperson Babar Baloch told VOA

19 November 2020

Calling out the US over its troops’ drawdown plan, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that such a move will hamper peace talks between Afghan government and the Taliban. He stated that a premature withdrawal will complicate the ongoing crisis. Maas said that it was important to realize that any hasty decision would jeopardize the status quo in Afghanistan.

19 November 2020

A group of influential and respected Kuwaiti scholars released a press to condemn the ongoing war in Afghanistan and rejected its affiliation with Islam and jihad. These scholars, given the explicit religious texts, have called for an immediate end to the war and the provision of lasting peace in Afghanistan. “In our view, there is no excuse or legitimate reason for the current war

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