Ashraf Ghani tears into Pak on terror, lavishes praise on friend Modi

New Delhi/Amritsar: In a humiliation for Pakistan on Indian soil, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani accused it of backing terror by launching an undeclared war against his country. Speaking at the Heart of Asia (HoA) conference in Amritsar, not far from the Indo-Pak border, on Sunday, Mr Ghani rejected the Pakistani offer of financial assistance. He told Pakistan PM’s advisor on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz that Islamabad’s offer of $500 million could instead be used by Pakistan to containing extremism. In what was music to India’s ears, President Ghani also lavishedRead More

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

Taliban vow to help Afghanistan after deadly quake

Kabul: The Taliban yesterday urged charity organisations not to hold back in delivering aid to Afghan victims of a devastating earthquake, saying militants in the affected areas were ordered to provide ‘complete help’. At least 76 people were killed in Afghanistan after the powerful quake struck yesterday in the Hindu Kush region, officials said, raising fears that the toll could rise as the full extent of the devastation emerges. Rescuers are battling to access some of the worst-affected areas across multiple provinces that are effectively under militant control, a hugeRead 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

Taliban very dangerous, but not a terror group: US

Washington: US has said that the tactics adopted by the Taliban are akin to terrorism but those terror tactics have principally been focused on Afghanistan unlike Al-Qaeda or ISIS which have worldwide network. Earnest’s remarks came a day after his deputy Eric Schultz said, “the Taliban is an armed insurgency. ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) is a terrorist group.” US, Earnest said, has designated the Taliban in such a way so as to put in place some financial sanctions against the leaders of that organization, in a wayRead More

Six killed in Taliban suicide attack on Afghan bank

Kandahar: Taliban militants detonated a suicide bomb and stormed a bank in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least six people as the country endures a rise in violence while US-led NATO troops pull out Farid Ahmad Obaidi, Helmand’s police spokesman, confirmed the incident, which comes as Afghanistan police and army take over security duties nationwide. On December 31, the NATO combat mission in Afghanistan will end after 13 years of fighting the Taliban. It will be replaced by a 12,500-strong support mission to advise and assist the Afghan securityRead More

Taliban kill twelve workers clearing mines

Kabul:Taliban fighters on Saturday shot dead at least 12 workers clearing mines clearing mines in southern Afghanistan. Security in the capital, Kabul, has been stepped up as the Taliban have warned that attacks will continue as most foreign troops prepare to withdraw at the end of the He said Taliban militants killed at least 12 workers and wounded another 12. Afghan soldiers later began a firefight with the insurgents, he said. Obaid identified the company working on the project as Star Link. Afghanistan, which has suffered decades of continuous war,Read More

US drone killed 11 militants in Taliban

Islamabad: 11 Taliban militants were killed on Saturday in a US drone attack in Pakistan’s troubled northwestern tribal region near the border with Afghanistan, officials said. “Those killed were part of Punjabi Taliban group which is strong in the eastern province of Punjab on the Indian border,” he said. Another official said there was at least one high value target among the dead militants but he refused to give details. This is third drone strike since start of a military operation on June 15 to wipe out the bases ofRead More

Karachi Police register FIR against Taliban

Karachi: Police on Wednesday registered a criminal case against outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leaders under the Anti-Terrorism Act for carrying out deadly assault on Karachi’s international airport this week. The FIR was registered in Karachi’s airport police station under the Anti-Terrorism Act, nominating the top brass of the militant outfit including its chief Mullah Fazlullah, spokesman Shahidullah Shahid and other militants. A security official said police has launched probe to identify the attackers and their handlers in the city. The focus of the probe is a vehicle which reportedly droppedRead More

Pakistan made a plan to tackle taliban terror attack

Islamabad: Pakistan’s security agencies presented options to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for responding to Taliban terror attacks across the country, media reported on Wednesday. Sharif’s meeting with his national security team on Tuesday came after the assessment of possibly of the worst wave of terrorist attacks in the country this year. Taliban militants attacked the Karachi airport on Sunday night, in which at least 30 people were killed. They also attacked Airport Security Force (ASF) Academy’s camp on Tuesday. However, there were no casualties reported in Tuesday’s attack. Besides theseRead More