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Pakistan opens border with Afghanistan after Kabul threatens airlifting of refugees

Islamabad, March 6, (Dawn): Pakistan will temporary open border crossings at Torkham and Chaman for two days to allow stranded Afghan nationals to return to their country, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said on Monday. Afghanistan's Ambassador to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal had earlier said that Afghanistan would make arrangements to airlift thousands of Afghan nationals who are  stranded in...

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Afghanistan says it will airlift Afghan refugees if Pakistan does’nt open border in two days

Islamabad, March 5 (The Express Tribune): Afghanistan’s envoy in Pakistan said here on Saturday, that he will urge his government to arrange special flights to airlift Afghan nationals stranded in Pakistan if the country does not reopen the border within two days. Pakistani authorities closed the border with Afghanistan on February 16 after 88 people were killed in a suicide...

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Unfair to accuse Afghanistan of supporting terrorism: Afghan CEO Abdullah

Kabul, February 21 (Outlook Afghanistan): The Chief Executive of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah  said at the Council of Ministers' meeting here on Monday,  that  Afghanistan is a victim of terrorism and it is unfair to accuse the state of supporting terror and violence. “The only solution is to cooperate with our anti-terror campaign and to stop supporting terrorism,” Abdullah said. He...

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World’s largest unlawful expulsion of refugees taking place in Pakistan

By Sanaa Alimia/Dawn BY expelling millions of Afghans, Pakistan is engaged in one of the world’s “largest unlawful mass forced return of refugees”. From Fortress Europe’s human rights violations on refugees to Donald Trump’s Muslim ban, anti-refugee trends are at a global peak. Yet whilst the Syrian refugee crisis and Trump’s anti-Muslim policies generate moral outrage in Pakistan, there is...

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Pakistan “strikes” at Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan after attack on famous Sufi shrine

Islamabad, February 18 (PTI): Pakistan has reportedly launched "strikes" against militant bases in Afghanistan, hours after the army said it has found links that terrorists from across the border were behind a suicide bombing at a Sufi shrine that killed 88 people. The army yesterday summoned Afghan diplomats and handed them a list of 76 militants who, they say, were...

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After terror strikes, Pakistan kills over 100 Islamic militants, US Commander in Afghanistan spoken to

Islamabad, February 17 (Dawn):The Pakistan military's media wing on Friday evening claimed to have killed more than 100 suspected militants in intelligence-based operations carried out by security forces across the country, including Punjab, in the past 24 hours. “The intelligence agencies are making progress to unearth networks behind the recent terrorism incidents,” read a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations....

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Pakistan seals border with Afghanistan and seeks return of 76 terrorists

Islamabad, February 17 (Express Tribune): The Pakistan Army on Friday asked Afghanistan to hand over 76 terrorists hiding in that country, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. The head of the military’s media wing ISPR Major-General Asif Ghafoor said Afghan Embassy officials were called to General Headquarters and given list of 76 terrorists hiding in Afghanistan. They were asked to...

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Ex-US envoy and academic of Afghan origin being probed for money laundering

Vienna, February 2 (BBC/NIA): top former US Ambassador of Afghan origin, Zalmay Khalilzad, is being investigated for alleged money-laundering through his wife's bank account in Vienna, reports from Austria say. Zalmay Khalilzad is accused of transferring $1.4 million (£0.9 million) to his wife's account, Profil magazine reports. The money is said to be linked to activities involving companies in Iraq...

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China plans to destroy ancient Afghan Buddhist city to mine copper

By Meriam Amini/CNBC Two Chinese state-owned mining companies plan to destroy an ancient Buddhist city in Afghanistan in order to get the copper underneath it, according to a new documentary According to the film Saving Mes.Aynak  Metallurgical Group Corp. (MCC) and Jiangxi Copper are in the initial stages of building an open-pit copper mine 25 miles southeast of Kabul. The location is...

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