Afghanistan’s first and only all-female orchestra to perform at Davos

Afghanistan’s first and only all-female orchestra to perform at Davos

Kabul, January 18 (AFP): In the face of death threats and accusations they are dishonoring their families by daring to perform, the women of Afghanistan’s first all-female orchestra are  charting a new destiny for themselves through music. The group is set to be catapulted onto the world stage with a performance at the World Economic […]

Will Russia-China-Pakistan Axis Leave India Out of Afghanistan?

Will Russia-China-Pakistan Axis Leave India Out of Afghanistan?

By Harsh V.Pant/The Quint There has been another dramatic twist in the seemingly never-ending Afghanistan saga. Last month, Russia hosted representatives of China and Pakistan to discuss developments in Afghanistan and the three agreed upon “a flexible approach to remove certain [Taliban] figures from [United Nations] sanctions lists as part of efforts to foster a […]

Afghan President rejects Pakistan’s US$ 500 million aid package

Afghan President rejects Pakistan’s US$ 500 million aid package

Amritsar, December 4 (NIA): Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said that his country rejects the US$ 500 million aid given by Pakistan for “development” and says it should be spent on curbing cross-border terrorism which, according to him, is being fomented by Pakistan. Speaking at the Sixth Heart of Asia ministerial conference here on Sunday, […]

Trump victory boosts recruitment to Islamic militant groups

Trump victory boosts recruitment to Islamic militant groups

Kabul/Washington, November 14 (Reuters): From Afghanistan to Algeria, militants plan to use Donald Trump’s shock United States (US) presidential victory as a propaganda tool to bring new fighters to their battlefields. Taliban commanders and supporters of the militant Islamic State group say Trump’s campaign trail rhetoric against Muslims ─ at one point calling for a […]

Iconic Afghan refugee girl Sharbat Gula, expelled from Pakistan, is to go to India for medical treatment

Iconic Afghan refugee girl Sharbat Gula, expelled from Pakistan, is to go to India for medical treatment

New Delhi, November 13 (NIA):  Sharbat Gula, the iconic “Afghan Girl” on the cover of National Geographic in 1985 who was expelled from Pakistan on a charge of forging her National Identity Card, is to come to Bengaluru in India for medical treatment, according to a tweet by the Afghan Ambassador in India and the […]

Leading Afghan English language newspaper editor assaulted by unknown gunmen

Leading Afghan English language newspaper editor assaulted by unknown gunmen

Kabul, October 10 (Afghanistan Times): Unidentified gunmen harassed, assaulted and snatched car, laptop and cell phones of the Afghanistan Times’ Editor-in-Chief, Abdul Saboor Sarir, in the highly fortified Afghan capital late October 9 night. The unknown men, driving a Helix pick up, had stopped Sarir at gunpoint at around 9:00 pm, and took his vehicle, […]

Pakistan fails to put pressure on Haqqani Network complains US Gen.John Nicholson

Pakistan fails to put pressure on Haqqani Network complains US Gen.John Nicholson

Kabul, September 27 (NIA):  The commander of the US-led international forces in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson has agreed with the US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter who had said earlier that Pakistan did not put pressure on the terrorist Haqqani Network to abandon terrorist activities against the Afghan government and security forces. In a briefing […]

US presses Pakistan to “decisively” stop cross-border terrorism

US presses Pakistan to “decisively” stop cross-border terrorism

  Washington, September 16 (NIA):  The United States reminded Pakistan on Thursday, that its struggle with terrorism will not come to an end until it makes a decisive shift in its policy of tolerance towards externally-focused groups. Richard Olson, US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the Obama […]

Afghanistan close to signing agreement with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

Afghanistan close to signing agreement with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

Kabul, September 16 (NIA): Afghanistan is close to signing a peace agreement with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, AFP quoted President Ashraf Ghani as saying here on September 12. It will be a landmark accord that could pave the way for the notorious warlord’s political return after years in hiding. Hekmatyar, who heads the now largely dormant Hezb-i-Islami […]

India-Afghanistan Joint Statement issued after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to New Delhi on September 14 and 15, 2016

India-Afghanistan Joint Statement issued after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to New Delhi on September 14 and 15, 2016

At the end of the visit of the Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani to New Delhi on September 15, India and Afghanistan issued a joint statement in which they expressed concern at the continued use of terrorism and violence in the region for achieving political objectives. They also agreed that this phenomenon presents the single biggest […]

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