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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]