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Trump pardons soldiers accused of war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump on Friday pardoned a former soldier convicted of murder and a Green Beret charged with killing a suspected Taliban bomb-maker, defying warnings that the move would be an abuse of the powers afforded him under the US Constitution. Trump dismissed a second degree murder conviction against Army First Lieutenant Clint Lorance, who is six years […]

FO urges Kabul to investigate harassment to Pak diplomats

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office yesterday summoned the Afghan diplomat to convey serious concerns over the safety and security of the diplomatic personnel of the Embassy of Pakistan, Kabul, and its sub-missions. The Afghan Cd’A was informed that the Officers and Staff of the Embassy of Pakistan were being harassed over the past two days.  They were […]

Pakistan regrets Afghanistan’s twisting of facts on border firing

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday regretted the Afghanistan government’s twisting of facts about some recent incidents of firing along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. In a statement, Foreign Office said: “As a matter of policy, Pakistan does not fire across Pak-Afghan Border. Cross border attacks by Terrorists on Army/FC posts are responded to in self-defense only.” Pakistan has […]

General Bajwa, Afghan envoy discuss peace process

RAWALPINDI: Afghanistan’s ambassador to Islamabad Shakirullah Atif Mishal called on Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa on Friday, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations. The meeting took place at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi. The ISPR said that General Bajwa and the Afghan envoy discussed peace process.

US, China, Russia welcome Pakistan’s role in Afghan peace talks

WASHINGTON: The United States, China and Russia have welcomed Pakistan to a consultation process seeking to find a negotiated end to the decades-old conflict in Afghanistan. “China, Russia, and the United States have welcomed Pakistan joining the Afghan consultation and believe that Pakistan can play an important role in facilitating peace in Afghanistan,” said a […]

Fresh bid set to bring Afghans to table for peace deal

Rival Afghans will meet Sunday in Qatar, officials said, in a fresh attempt to make political headway as the United States seeks a peace deal with the Taliban within three months. President Donald Trump said in an interview broadcast Monday that he wants to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan, but will leave a strong intelligence […]

Imran, Ghani discuss Afghan peace, reconciliation process

MAKKAH: Prime Minister Imran Khan held a bilateral meeting with President of Afghanistan Dr. Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of the 14th Islamic Summit in Makkah-Al-Makarramah on Saturday. According to a press release issued by the Foreign Office, two leaders exchanged views on bilateral relations and Afghan peace & reconciliation process. Prime Minister Imran Khan […]

FO urges World Bank to resolve Pakistan-India water dispute

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office has urged the World Bank to play its role to resolve the water dispute between Pakistan and India, Radio Pakistan reported. “Pakistan and India are signatory to the Indus Water treaty. It is unfortunate India is violating the treaty,” FO spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal said in his weekly media briefing. “Pakistan hopes […]

Afghanistan feels impact of Iran’s economic isolation

KABUL: His job at a grocery store in the central Iranian city of Isfahan brought in about 280 dollars a month, enough to support his family. But the Iranian rial took a dive last year and his employer cut his wages to less than 100 dollars a month. “The economic situation in Iran is really […]

Afghanistan – nothing is agreed until everything is agreed

So many peace initiatives in Afghanistan have come and gone over the years that a concretised cynicism has come to overlay the process. Jaded observers and commentators pick over the wreckage of the latest debacle, the latest failure, and return to their desks to await the next ramshackle three-wheeled peace vehicle. The polarities are fixed, […]

US, Taliban see significant progress in ending Afghan war

The United States and the Taliban said Saturday they had made substantial headway in negotiations to end the 17-year US war in Afghanistan, although sticking points remained. Zalmay Khalilzad, who was named by President Donald Trump’s administration to find a way out of the war, held an unusually long six days of talks with Taliban […]