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Pak-Afghan ties: Ghani invites Abbasi for talks

By Baqir Sajjad Syed ISLAMABAD: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday invited Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to Kabul to kick-start a ‘comprehensive bilateral dialogue’ with the aim of repairing the fractured relationship between the two countries. Ghani extended this invitation during a meeting with …

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Elements in Taliban open to peace talks: Mattis

KABUL (AFP) – Elements of the Taliban are open to talks with the Afghan government, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday as he arrived in Kabul on an unannounced visit. Mattis flew into the war-torn city two weeks after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani unveiled …

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US announces head money for TTP’s Fazlullah among three commanders

WASHINGTON -UNS/AFP – United States (US) has put head money on commanders of banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan(TTP) Mullah Fazlullah, Abdul Wali and Mangal Bagh on Thursday. The step taken by US authorities has come in ahead of talks with Pakistan to better curb extremism in the …

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Over 20 terrorists killed in US drone strike in Afghanistan

KUNAR -UNS – A US drone attack carried out in Afghanistan province of Kunar killed at least 20 suspected militants on Wednesday. According to sources, the terrorists killed in the US drone attack belonged to Swat area of Pakistan and affiliated with Tehreek-e-Takiban Pakistan (TTP). …

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One killed as Kabul car bomb targets foreign forces: ministry

KABUL (AFP) – A suicide car bomb targeting a foreign forces convoy rocked eastern Kabul early Friday, killing at least one civilian and injuring four in an area where many expatriates reside, the Afghan interior ministry said. “Unfortunately around 9:00 am, a car bombing took …

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Pakistan welcomes Afghan president’s peace dialogue offer: NSA

ISLAMABAD – The Ambassador of Afghanistan in Islamabad Omar Zakhilwal called on National Security Adviser Lt. General (R) Nasser Khan Janjua this afternoon to exchange views on bilateral relations and ongoing efforts for peace and stability in the region. NSA received the Ambassador with great …

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Peace talks: Afghan President offers recognition of Taliban as a legitimate political group

KABUL -UNS: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered recognition of the Taliban as a legitimate political group, as part of a proposed political process that could lead to peace talks aimed at ending more than 16 years of war. At a meeting on Wednesday of nations …

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TAPI gas pipeline project finally launched

SERKHETABAT-UNS : Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India on Friday ceremonially broke ground on the Afghan section of an ambitious, multi-billion dollar gas pipeline expected to help ease energy deficits in South Asia. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov joined Pakistani premier Shahid …

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Afghan Taliban announce support for TAPI gas pipeline project

KABUL -UNS : The Islamic Emirate declared its support for the implementation of the TAPI project passing through areas under their control in Afghanistan and called all sides involved to be mindful of the principled policy of the Islamic Emirate. In a statement, the Islamic …

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Political crises in Afghanistan: Two provincial governors refuses to step down

MAZAR-I-SHARIF -Reuters/UNS : A second Afghan provincial governor defied an attempt by President Ashraf Ghani to remove him on Sunday, deepening a political crisis that has underlined the weakness of the Western-backed government in Kabul. Abdulkarim Khaddam, governor of the northern province of Samangan, followed …

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