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[6 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

One hundred days after the fall of Kunduz, militants continue to create problems on the outskirts of the city.
Kunduz Police Chief Qasim Jangalbagh said on Tuesday that plans are however in place to bring an end to this problem.
Jangalbagh said: “Taliban militants are operating on the outskirts of the city but we have plans to stop them and eliminate them.”
Meanwhile, tribal elders and residents of the province warned that if government fails to ensure security in the city, the city might fall again to the Taliban.
The militants also have a …

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[6 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – The Afghan Taliban have launched an unprecedented winter surge that points to a desire for an upper hand in peace talks, analysts say, while some suggest rogue Pakistani elements may be bolstering the effort to derail overtures by Islamabad to India. Taliban fighting normally quiets down in winter months with the insurgents resting ahead of an annual spring offensive, but this year has seen a series of fierce attacks — many focused on Kabul in recent weeks, including three in the capital since Friday.
Some say the ongoing …

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[27 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

GHALLANAI: A soldier and four militants were killed in a clash that erupted after a group of Afghanistan-based militants stormed a post in Safi Tehsil of Mohmand Agency on Thursday, official sources said.
The sources said that dozens of militants attacked the Al-Ghazi Post in Sheikh Baba Gulono area in the Safi area of Mohmand Agency early in the day. They said security forces deployed at the post challenged the attackers triggering a gunbattle.
“One soldier and four militants were killed in the clash.
Five militants also sustained injuries in the clash that …

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[27 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

TERROR knows no boundaries and perhaps there is no better recent illustration of it than the US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan that allegedly killed dozens of militants whose bodies were buried in Pakistan.It is now widely acknowledged that the shrinking space for militants in Fata, particularly since the launch of Operation Zarb-i-Azb and the recent Khyber operations, caused many militants to decamp to eastern Afghanistan.It is also now an open secret that eastern Afghanistan has become a hotbed of both anti-Pakistan and anti-Afghan militancy.Furthermore, the inability of the Afghan …

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[19 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

By Jon Boone in The Guardian, Nov 18, 2015 at 05.01 GMT
Islamabad: Afghan refugees who have lived in Pakistan for decades are being driven out of the country in a wave of harassment by officials, with many facing arbitrary arrests and the destruction of what little property they own, Human Rights Watch has said.
Pakistan’s large population of Afghans has long lived at the margins of society, but a report by the rights group said police intimidation sharply increased after the Pakistani Taliban massacre of more than 130 schoolboys at Peshawar’s …

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[19 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

By Ikram Junaidi in Dawn, November 19th, 2015
Last week, a group of journalists, academics and civil society members from Afghanistan were invited to what was informally known as a ‘Track 1.5/2’ exchange, hosted by the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS).
Dawn spoke to Barry Salaam, a media professional and human rights activist, who visited Islamabad for the dialogue, and asked him about the prospects for peace between the two neighbours in the context of the changing regional security situation.
Q: Why do you think, from an Afghan perspective, have relations …

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[19 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

Report in The News, Nov 19, 2015
ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister, Khawaja Asif on Wednesday said no permission of any sort is required to Army Chief’s visits abroad and that his current trip to the US had been scheduled a couple of weeks in advance.
Talking to media persons here, Khawaja Asif explained that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to US was focused on Pak-US bilateral ties and the overall situation of the region while Army Chief’s trip pertained to Pak-US defence ties and security matters of the region.
“No prior permission is required …

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[19 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

The Paris massacre perpetrated by a jihadist band has the whole world grieving alongside the French. In tandem with the condemnations of the jihadist terror have been voices calling for a rethink of European and North American policies dealing with the refugees leaving Syria. While a Syrian passport found near the Stade de France attack site has not been conclusively linked to the attackers, it already fed the frenzy over tightening screws on the refugee influx into Europe. The knee-jerk response impugning the bona fides of over a million refugees …

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[18 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

The writer is an assistant professor at Bahria University.
“We view the Taliban as …an important partner in a peaceful Afghan-led reconciliation process. We are not actively targeting the Taliban”, Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis.
This is a very significant statement given by the US Department of Defense. The Americans have been trying for peace talks with the Taliban for quite some time. Interestingly, the American President George Bush had said in September 2004 that “…as a result of the United States military, the Taliban no longer is in existence. And …

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[18 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

By ROD NORDLAND in The New York Times, Nov 18, 2015
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The most popular man in public office in Pakistan does not give speeches on television, rarely appears in public and rejects news interviews.
He is Gen. Raheel Sharif, the Pakistani Army chief, who has presided over the country’s armed forces at a time when they are riding high after curbing domestic terrorism and rampant political crime.
Aided by a new-media publicity campaign, the military command’s popularity has helped it quietly but firmly grasp control of the governmental functions it …