India to continue diplomatic offensive on terror issue in BRICS Summit

Panaji: India is expected to continue with its diplomatic offensive against Pakistan on the issue of terrorism originating from there when it plays host to Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and leaders of Brazil and South Africa at the Summit of five-nation BRICS grouping here on Sunday. Even preceding the BRICS Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to raise these issues with Putin and Xi on Saturday when a series of bilateral meetings are slated at the seaside venue. With the Summits taking placeRead More

Pakistan Says Wagah Border Crossing Open For Afghan Traders

Islamabad: Pakistan has said it has not stopped Afghan traders to move their goods to India through Wagah border crossing, days after Afghanistan President warned to stop transit facility to Central Asia for Pakistani traders. Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani had reportedly threatened to stop transit facility for Pakistan if Afghan businessmen were not allowed to trade with India through Wagah. Reacting to his statement, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria told media that under an agreement with Afghanistan, India cannot send its goods to Afghanistan through Pakistan but Afghanistan can sellRead More

20 dead, 160 wounded as blast rips through Hazara protest march in Kabul

Kabul: A powerful explosion today ripped through crowds of minority Shiite Hazaras in Kabul who had gathered to protest over a power line, killing at least 20 people and leaving 160 others wounded, officials said. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the blast, but it comes in the middle of the Taliban’s annual summer offensive, which the insurgents are ramping up after a brief lull during the recent holy fasting month of Ramadan. The scene of the blast was littered with charred bodies and dismembered limbs, with ambulancesRead More

Barack Obama confirms Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour’s death in US drone strike

Hanoi: Barack Obama today confirmed that Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US strike, hailing his death as an “important milestone” in efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan. Hanoi: Barack Obama today confirmed that Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US strike, hailing his death as an “important milestone” in efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan. Share +1 Tweet PinShares 0

Afghan peace talks should continue despite attacks: US

Washington: Acknowledging that Afghanistan remains a “dangerous place”, the US has said Taliban’s continued terror attacks underscore the importance of the peace talks to get to a “productive conclusion”. “We continue to encourage that process to move forward,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters yesterday. “It is absolutely true that Afghanistan remains a dangerous place; there’s no question about that. Today’s attack underscores that,” he said referring to the latest suicide attack in Kabul that killed at least 20 people. It also underscores the importance of the continued internationalRead More

6.9 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Pakistan

Lahore: A 6.9 magnitude earthquake jolted several parts of Pakistan, including the capital Islamabad and Punjab’s provincial capital Lahore, in the early hours today. More than 30 people were injured as houses or walls collapsed in the northwestern city of Peshawar while a over 40 people were taken to hospitals in the city, according to officials. Pakistan Meteorological Department Director Gen Ghulam Rasool said the quake that struck post midnight was recorded in various districts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces. He said the tremors were felt for about aRead More

Heart of Asia summit ends with pledge to tackle terror

Islamabad: The fifth Heart of Asia conference on Afghanistan ended today with a commitment from member states to address the menace of terrorism and to foster close economic cooperation to stabilise the war-torn country. Leaders and ministers from 14 member countries, including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, 17 supporting nations and officials of 12 organisations attended the two-day meet here that adopted the Islamabad Declaration which also called on all Afghan Taliban groups to enter into peace talks. Pakistan’s advisor on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz and Afghan foreign minister SalahauddinRead More

Obama looking at long term presence of force in Afghanistan: White House

Washington: US President Barack Obama is looking at the possibilities of a long-term large presence of American troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016, in the backdrop of the temporarily takeover of Kunduz city by the Taliban. Under the current policy, American troops are scheduled to be reduced to embassy level presence by the end of 2016. Currently there are about 10,000 US troops mainly engaged in training, aid and advise mission in Afghanistan. No decision in this regard has been made yet, said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. “The reasonRead More

Afghan forces recapture key district from Taliban

Kabul: Afghan government forces regained control of a key district near the Northern city of Kunduz on Tuesday, after Taliban fighters had threatened to capture a provincial capital for the first time since being driven from power in 2001. Tuesday’s victory came despite signs that the Islamist militant movement was stepping up its offensive in the broader war, six months after most foreign troops left the country. A day earlier, a Taliban car bomber and six gunmen launched a deadly attack on the Afghan Parliament in Kabul. All of theRead More

8 militants jailed for attack on Malala secretly acquitted

London: As many as eight of the 10 men jailed for the 2012 assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenage child rights activist who last year won the Nobel Peace Prize, have been set free, raising suspicion over the validity of the secret trial, a media report said today. In April, 10 Pakistani Taliban militants were handed down 25-year jail sentences by an anti-terrorism court after holding them guilty. Saleem Marwat, district police chief in Swat, where the attack on then 15-year-old Malala took place, separately confirmed that onlyRead More