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Taliban deny issuing audio message

ISLAMABAD  : The official spokesman for the Afghan Taliban said on Wednesday that an audio tape purporting to be from newly named leader Haibatullah Akhundzada rejecting peace talks was not issued by him and was not from the new insurgent chief. Two Taliban commanders had …

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Afghan Taliban appoint Mullah Haibatullah as Supreme leader;confirm Mansour’s death

BY IFTIKHAR MASHWANI ISLAMABAD:  Mullah Haibatullah Akhunzada had been named as new Taliban Supreme leader, with Sirajuddin Haqqani and Mullah Yaqoob as deputy leaders. A spokesman of the Afghan Taliban on Wednesday confirmed the death of the group’s chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a US …

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Iran, Afghanistan, India sign three-way transit accord

TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday signed a three-way transit agreement on Iran’s southern port of Chabahar. The accord, which calls for joint investments, will significantly boost the role of the undertapped port of …

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Mullah Sirajuddin Haqqani will be new Afghan Taliban Chief

BY  IFTIKHAR MASHWANI Mullah Sirajuddin Haqqani become the most favourite candidate for Ammeer(Chief) of Afghan Tliban. The meeting of Rehbari Shura(Supreme Council) of Afghan Taliban is under way to choose new Chief.The 50 members RS comprises on top commanders of Afghan Taliban,who run the all …

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Afghanistan probes AMansour’s fate after deadly US drone attack

KABUL: Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was targeted and “likely killed” Saturday in a US drone strike in a remote area of Pakistan along the Afghan border, a US official said. A  Taliban leader confirmed the death of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor in the unprecedented …

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Taliban leader Mansour killed in US drone strike

WASHINGTON  – An American drone strike targeted and “likely killed” Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a remote area of Pakistan on Saturday, US officials said, in a major and rare American military raid in the country. The air strike, authorized by President Barack Obama, …

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Pakistan hands over border crossing facility at Angoor Ada to Afghan forces

ISLAMABAD -UNS : Pakistan army on Saturday handed over a purpose-built border crossing facility at Angoor Ada to Afghan authorities, the military’s media wing said. “With aim to strengthen brotherly relations with Afghanistan besides strategic intent to improve border management, the border-crossing facility was handed …

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Aziz rejects Pakistan controls on Afghan Taliban

BY IFTIKHAR MASHWANI ISLAMABAD  : Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz has stated that peace cannot be achieved in Afghanistan without reconciliation process. Addressing the inaugural session of the fifth round of Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) meeting here Friday, Sartaj Aziz said …

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Peace in Afghanistan responsibility of international community: Nasir Janjua

ISLAMABAD -UNS : National Security Adviser Lt Gen (r) Nasir Janjua on Thursday said that Pakistan wants peace and stability in Afghanistan, adding establishing peace in the war-torn country was the international community’s collective responsibility. Addressing a conference in Islamabad today, Janjua rejected allegations that …

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Pakistan hosts meeting on reviving Afghan Taliban talks

BY IFTIKHAR  MASHWANI ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday hosted a new four-nation meeting aimed at reviving long- stalled direct peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents, officials said. The latest meeting of representatives from Afghanistan, the United States, China and Pakistan comes days after …

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