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Pakistan Alone Can’t Push Afghan Taliban Into Peace Talks With Kabul

JUL 7, 2018: This week U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state, Alice Wells, met with Pakistani army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa and other senior officials in Islamabad and Rawalpindi with a heavy agenda — Afghanistan topped the list. While Islamabad has urged the Taliban to accept the Afghan government’s unconditional offer of peace talks, it has rejected once again U.S. demands to singlehandedly bring the insurgents’ leaders to the negotiating table. “Pakistan has no influence whatsoever. Afghanistan is an issue for Afghans and, therefore, U.S. pressure on Pakistan is misplaced,”Read More


19 Killed In Suicide Bombing Targeting Sikh Minority In Afghanistan

JUL 1, 2018: More than a dozen people died in a suicide bombing in the Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday, a government spokesman said. The blast hit a busy market in Mukhabirat square in the capital of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province killing at least 15 people and injuring at least 20 more, provincial government spokesman Attaullah Khogiani said. Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani was in the city meeting with provincial officials, elders and chieftains. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, the latest in a series toRead More


ISIS Car Bomb Kills 26 As Taliban, Afghan Forces Hug, Take Selfies; Ceasefire Holds

Islamic State claims responsibility for the suicide bombing Afghanistan announces extension of govt ceasefire with Taliban JUN 16, 2018: At least 26 people were killed by a car bomb blast Saturday at a gathering of Taliban and Afghan armed forces in Nangarhar province celebrating an unprecedented ceasefire announced by both sides during Eid. Dozens of unarmed Taliban militants had earlier entered Kabul, the Afghan capital, and other cities to celebrate Eid. Afghan security forces and civilians hugged and took selfies with each other across the country, in an outpouring ofRead More


UAE, Afghanistan Ink Deal For Supply of Afghan Workers

MAY 31, 2018 (BE2C2) — The UAE and Afghanistan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to supply Afghan workers to the emirate. The labor agreement was signed on the sidelines of the 107th International Labor Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, the UAE’s state news agency WAM reported. A joint committee will be formed to monitor the implementation of the MoU. Youth unemployment stands at more than 40 percent in Afghanistan, and most young people do not have an education. Those that do, find jobs in other countries. Until now thereRead More


US “Ditches” Pakistan When It’s Politically Convenient: Musharraf

May 24, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — VOA Contributor Greta Van Susteren recently interviewed former President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who said Pakistan has been a “most loyal ally” of the United States, but the US “ditches” Pakistan when it’s politically convenient and favors Pakistan’s enemy, India. The former military ruler also said the US has to balance out its role in the Gulf vis-a-vis Iran when asked to comment on Trump withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, while maintaining that he absolutely stands for non-proliferation. “Pakistan has all along been balancing itsRead More


Ex-General Shahid Aziz Killed in Afghanistan; Family Denies

May 19, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Lt General (r) Shahid Aziz – who also served as Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman – has been killed in Afghanistan some time ago, a local news outlet reported citing his family sources. Speaking to a local media outlet, however, Shahid Aziz’s son denied the reports that his father had been killed in Afghanistan. According to reports, Lt General (r) Shahid Aziz wanted to compensate for what he had done in favor of US troops, and therefore, heRead More


Deadliest Day for Afghan Media in 15 Years: 10 Journalists Including BBC Reporter, Famed Photographer Among 42 Killed

“This is the deadliest day for Afghan media in the past 15 years,” the head of Tolo News TV, Lotfullah Najafizada, told the BBC. April 30, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — BBC reporter Ahmed Shah, famed Afghan photographer (AFP chief photographer in Kabul, Shah Marai) and 8 other journalists were killed among 42 in a series of deadly attacks in Afghanistan on Monday. A twin bomb blast in Kabul was the deadliest attack on journalists since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, while in another attack in Kandahar 11 children wereRead More


Xi, Modi Summit in China Comes to an End With a Postscript: ‘It Takes Two to Tango’

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to undertake a joint India-China economic project in Afghanistan at their first informal summit, reports Indian news agency PTI citing official sources in Wuhan. IRSHAD SALIM (April 28, 2018) — China and India seek predictability and control in their bilateral relationship– both have major border and regional issues to tackle along with balance of trade on the table–on give and take basis, and therefore are jostling to delink geoeconomy from geostrategy- a lesson we all could possibly learnRead More


Saudi Stands With Pakistan In Every Ordeal and Crisis: Pak Envoy to U.S.

“Pakistan contributes to the fight against terrorism and is committed to working with America to meet the challenges” April 27, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Pakistan Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry to USA was recently interviewed by Ms. Hadeel Oueis of Al-Riyadh daily newspaper in Washington. The detailed interview in Arabic can be retrieved from http://www.alriyadh.com/1677551. During the interview, Ambassador dilated upon matters related to Pakistan-US relations and the regional situation. Hadeel Oueis: “Aizaz Chaudhry, Pakistan’s ambassador to Washington, who chose to face the decisions of the White House realistically and vigorously inRead More


China, Russia Replacing U.S. as Pakistan’s Major Arms Suppliers

KEY POINTS: US Arms Deliveries to India Has Grown by 557 Percent During the Period 2008 and 2017; A Chinese defense analyst says there is no military alliance between China and Pakistan, but “China’s arms exports to Pakistan are a powerful weapon to safeguard the South Asian country’s military sovereignty.”. (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — As the Trump administration targets Pakistan, the country is gradually reducing its dependence on American military technology and China is filling the gap, says a Financial Times report, which also warns that this shift will have geopolitical repercussions.Read More


Pakistan Has No Intention to Discuss Aid With U.S.: Envoy Aizaz Chaudhry

(DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry on Friday addressed Pakistani, American and International media representatives highlighting latest developments in Indian Occupied Himalayan Valley of Kashmir on the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day held at the Embassy in Washington. A day earlier the Pakistani envoy addressed a group of students from George Washington University at the Embassy. The Ambassador gave the students an overview of Pakistan-US relations and Pakistan’s perspective on the regional situation specially Afghanistan. On April 3, the top Pakistani diplomat spoke at the AirRead More


Key Trade Route Between Pakistan, Afghanistan Reopens

Pakistan on Friday reopened a key trade route with neighboring Afghanistan after a gap of three years — a move that was warmly welcomed by the country’s business community.