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Afghanistan, Pakistan to take action against militants


Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to take action against fugitives and the irreconcilable militants under a bilateral agreement for regional peace and security, the Pakistan Foreign Office said on Sunday. In a statement, it said... More

Turkey asks Taliban to take advantage of peace offer


Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said that Turkey strongly supports the Afghan government’s efforts for peace in the country, and called on the Taliban to take advantage of the opportunity and engage in... More

Pakistan, Russia concerned over ISIS presence in Afghanistan


Pakistan’s defence minister Khurram Dastgir Khan Thursday met his Russian counterpart General Sergei Shoigu on the sidelines of Moscow Security Conference currently taking place in the Russian capital. Both the dignitaries noted the increasing convergence... More

Pakistan PM’s Afghanistan visit to open new chapter, says envoy


Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan Zahid Nasrullah Khan has expressed hope that Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s visit to Kabul will open a new chapter in ties between the two countries. Abbasi is expected to... More

About 40% 0f Afghans have no food security: WFP


David Beasley, Executive Director of World Food Program (WFP) has said that currently about 40 percent of the population in Afghanistan has no food security. Referring to the UN’s concerns about the rising number of... More

Pakistan PM’s visit start of talks, says Afghan govt


Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s trip to Kabul will mark the start of state-to-start talks, Afghan authorities said on Sunday (Apr 1). Abbasi is likely to visit Afghanistan on Friday (Apr 6) and is... More

IS concentration in Afghanistan, says Nacta chief


National Counter-Terrorism Authority chief Ihsan Ghani Friday said Pakistan was facing the threat of self-styled Arab-based Islamic State or Daesh although it was concentrating in Afghanistan. Nacta National Coordinator Ihsan Ghani said this, addressing a... More

Afghanistan sets October date for much-delayed elections


Afghanistan aims to hold parliamentary and local district elections in October, more than three years late, a senior election official said, although much work needs to happen quickly to meet that timeline in the... More

Russia, Taliban ‘laughed’ at US claims of Moscow arming fighters


Representatives from Russia and the Taliban "laughed" at US claims that Moscow has been arming the group, according to Russia's envoy to Afghanistan. Zamir Kabulov said on Thursday that in their talks with the Taliban,... More

Central Asia’s growing concerns over Afghanistan


While the US used the recently held ‘Tashkent Conference’ on Afghanistan to reiterate its support for direct talks between the (US backed)Afghan regime and the Taliban, an offer that the Taliban have already rejected,... More

Pakistani PM to visit Kabul next week


Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is likely to visit Afghanistan next week and is expected to hold talks with Afghan officials, the CEO’s office has confirmed. Abbasi’s trip is aimed to improve ties between... More

US accuses Russia of arming Taliban to hide its own policy failures:...


The United States is trying to hide its failed policy on Afghanistan by accusing Moscow or Tehran of supplying arms to the Taliban radical movement, Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Second Asian Department... More

Human rights remain elusive for Afghans: UN


The latest annual report on Afghanistan from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights found that despite efforts to improve the situation in Afghanistan, human rights remains elusive for the people due to... More

Tashkent calls on Taliban to embrace peace offer


Senior diplomats and representatives of regional and Western countries have wrapped up a day-long conference here in Tashkent to call on the Taliban to lay down arms and embrace the peace offer made by... More

Afghans soon to fly missions with Black Hawks from US


The U.S. military has been flying UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter missions in Afghanistan for years, but the storied aircraft will soon take to the country's battlefields manned by pilots and crews from the Afghan... More

Afghanistan, US, Saudi Arabia and UEA hold meeting


Afghanistan National Security Adviser Haneef Atmar, met with the US, Saudi Arabian and United Arab Emirates’ National Security Advisers in Washington on Saturday, the NSC said in a statement. The statement said Atmar, who was... More

Moscow concerned over transferring militants in Afghanistan


Moscow is concerned about the use of helicopters without identification marks for transportation of militants and weapons, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Sunday ahead of the conference on Afghanistan. "The use of helicopters without identification... More

Is Russia supplying weapons to Afghan Taliban?


General John Nicholson, US Chief commander in Afghanistan has blamed Russia for supplying arms to Afghan Taliban. While not clearly stating about the quantity or exact type of weapon cache being supplied, he claimed... More

UN calls for immediate end to attacks on Afghan civilians


The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan has condemned the deadly attack in Helmand province that killed at least 15 civilians and injured more than 40, the mission said in a statement on Saturday. Facts in... More

US accuses Russia of supplying arms to the Taliban


Russia is supporting and supplying arms to the Taliban, Gen John Nicholson, the head of US forces in Afghanistan, told the BBC in an interview. Nicholson, during the interview published on Friday, said he had... More

Afghanistan-Iran trade volumes rise


Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) says Iran was Afghanistan’s biggest trade partner in the last solar year - March 2017 to 21 March 2018 – and exported goods to the value of... More

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Against India’s plan to scuttle, Pakistan has the plan to expand...

When Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena recently arrived in Pakistan as a chief guest to celebrate the Pakistan Day on March 23, he was not just witnessing the military parade, but was also making a meaningful statement about Pakistan’s importance in the region and the value Sri Lanka itself... More

Comey’s book and Pakistan’s leaders

James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump initially claimed this was because of Comey's mishandling of the investigation into the private email of Hillary Clinton. The overriding perception... More

UN says Nasheed’s trial was flawed, but Maldivian govt maintains it...

The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), which went into the trial of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had listed the flaws in it and asked the Maldivian government to release him to enable him to contest the September 2018 Presidential election. But the government on Sunday rejected the UNHRC’s observations and recommendations... More

Bangladesh election 2018: is there a Sino-Indian stake?

It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in a regional ‘great game’. China’s rising influence in the region and India’s relative decline in what... More

Tripura’s new pitch for Geo-Economics

Biplab Deb is a BJP chief minister with a difference. In a 40-minute interview with this writer last week, he did not mention even once any of the usual saffron agenda -- Ram Mandir, beef, illegal migration from Bangladesh. "My agenda is development, development, development all the way," he... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Subversion of democracy

The problem starts at a fundamental level. How does one define a sadhu? Tied to the meaning of this word, or character, is in a way the well-being of the world’s largest democracy. Most people would think of a sadhu as an ascetic or monk of some sort. Dictionaries,... More

Iran to team up with China on nuke development if Trump...

As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China. "Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear... More

Pinarayi and Gadkari link up on development

The American think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had featured a riveting ‘curtain-raiser’ to the 2014 poll in India entitled Does Good Economics Mean Good Politics In India? The essay appeared in December 2013 and I’d carefully stored it in my archives, as a fairly prescient analysis of... More

Mutual respect is the key

I will not reach any deal that would go against the national interest of Nepal,” K P Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, reportedly assured parliamentarians in Kathmandu earlier this week, before heading out to India. That such questions should be asked and answered is a definitive sign... More

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Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More