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

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...

China plans to destroy ancient Afghan Buddhist city to mine copper

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...

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 figures from sanctions lists as part of efforts to foster a peaceful dialogue between Kabul and...

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, Ghani said: "We need to...

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 total shutdown of Muslims entering...

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 to the US Department of...

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 administration had also conveyed this...

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