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[27 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

PESHAWAR: The Iranian foreign ministry has said the Afghan media reports about the arrival of Taliban members in Iran were groundless.
In a statement emailed to The News, the ministry’s spokesman Bahram Ghasemi clarified that the claims about the presence of Taliban members in Iran were completely baseless.
“Tehran’s relations with Kabul have been founded on friendly and brotherly grounds as the two governments seek common interests and security,” he added.
https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/173912-Tehran-denies-arrival-of-Taliban-members-in-Iran
 

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[20 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

QUETTA: Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai on Sunday called for giving Pakistani citizenship to Afghan refugees and making a new Afghania province from the Afghan border to Attock and Mianwali.
He said said that Pashtoons are neither terrorists nor particularistic. He claimed that the history of Pashtoons dates back to thousands of years, adding that Pashtoons have never looked at someone’s caste, colour or creed with contempt.
“Historians around the world have written about Pashtoons over time,” he said. “They have written that there is no shortage of …

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[15 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

October 7, this year, marked 15 years of US invasion of Afghanistan and its – still ongoing – war on terror post 9/11 attacks. With little, or no, progress over the years, the situation on ground in Afghanistan remains bleak in terms of security and economy. And with the international media losing its interest in the country and its situation, Afghanistan has fallen into an abyss of insecurity, uncertainty and above all chronic corruption.
SIGAR (Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction), in its recently published report on Corruption in Conflict: Lessons …

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[15 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

The transporter community of Pakistan and Afghanistan observed a wheel-jam strike on both sides of the Torkham border on Tuesday against what they said illicit taxes, charged by the authorities of both countries on the border. The strike resulted in a complete halt to the transportation of goods between the two countries as hundreds of long vehicles, loaded with various goods remained stationary for the day. The representatives of transporters were on the view that Afghan border security officials collected five thousand Afghanis as a land tax in addition to …

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[1 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

Karachi: The Afghan Taliban are facing a cash crisis with donors unwilling to bankroll an insurgency whose victims are increasingly civilians rather than foreign troops, according to several members of the movement.
Mullah Rahmatullah Kakazada, a senior diplomat under the Taliban regime, told the Guardian that the Taliban was in an increasingly precarious financial position despite chalking up several dramatic battlefield successes in the last year.
“The war is becoming unpopular because of all the bad publicity on civilian casualties,” he said. “These people who give money don’t want to spend it …

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[22 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]

QUETTA: The Frontier Corps Balochistan has announced it will hold flag-lowering ceremonies at the Pak-Afghan Friendship gate in Chaman every Friday.
The pattern of the ceremony would be similar to the flag-lowering ceremony held at the Wagah border.
The first ever flag-lowering ceremony at the Pak-Afghan Friendship Gate was held on Friday. The ceremony was attended by senior officials of FC, including the Sector Commander FC North Brigadier Nadeem Sohail and Commandant FC Chaman.
Brigadier Sohail speaking at the ceremony said, “A flag lowering ceremony will take place at the Pak-Afghan Friendship Gate, …

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[22 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]

KABUL — Almost every morning, the front page of the Afghanistan Times features a long excerpt from Zalmay Khalilzad’s memoir, “The Envoy,” accompanied by a prominent photo of the Afghan-born former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Nations.
Many passages are dramatic accounts of his role in Afghan policy as a U.S. official after the fall of the Taliban in 2001. One describes him challenging then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, who advised him to “take your hand off the bicycle seat” and let Afghans figure things out on their …

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[21 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]

Pakistan is committed to tackling the problem of terrorism mainly emanating from Afghanistan. Hence, an effective border management becomes imperative to control all the infiltration, drug smuggling, etc. Moreover, effective border management will also facilitate both the countries to come out of the blame game, as it would offer a strict check on both sides to counter the free movement of terrorists and drug mafia lords, who are important factors in the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and its obvious backlash on Pakistan.
The Afghan peace and reconciliation process is a …

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[2 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]

PESHAWAR: The Afghan Taliban leadership has sought time to reply to Pakistan government’s recent call to hold peace talks with the government of President Ashraf Ghani.
Taliban sources said Pakistani officials conveyed their wish to the three-member Afghan Taliban delegation that visited Pakistan recently. The delegation members included Mulla Shahabuddin Dilawar, Mulla Jan Mohammad Madani and Mulla Abdul Salam Hanafi. All of them are members of the Doha-based Taliban Political Commission.
The sources said the delegation also met senior Afghan Taliban officials to convey the Pakistan government’s message to them and seek …

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[26 Oct 2016 | No Comment | ]

Gen. John W. Nicholson, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan in an interview with NBC news on Sunday said that Daesh militants are trying to establish a caliphate inside Afghanistan territory.
“Right now we see them very focused on trying to establish their caliphate, the Khorasan caliphate, inside Afghanistan,” said Nicholson.
According to Nicholson the U.S. has seen foreign fighters, mostly Uzbeks from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and many Pakistani Taliban who the joined Islamic State Khorasan moving into Afghanistan to fight.
Nicholson said that Daesh is completely rejected by the Afghan people …