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PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Hundreds of additional US troops are being deployed to Taliban’s southern heartland of Helmand, where several districts are under threat of falling to the fighters. The reinforcements would provide security and advise the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An Afghanistan citizen roaming suspiciously near the Chandigarh International Airport was detained by Indian police on Tuesday. Ahmad Manzoor, whose visa had expired last year, came to Chandigarh from New Delhi on Sunday with his... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s legendary cricketer-turned-politician has supported the four-nation push to resurrect the Afghan-led reconciliation campaign. Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States, scheduled to meet on February 6 in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan-A on Saturday inflicted a five-wicket defeat on Zimbabwe-A in the first One-Day International (ODI) at the Greater Noida Sports Complex in India on Saturday. Asked to bat first, Zimbabwe rattled up 269 for the loss of... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): President Barack Obama has tapped Lt. Gen. John W. Mick Nicholson Jr. to lead America’s military mission in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced on Wednesday. Peter Cook, addressing a news conference in Washington, hailed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States says it continues to back reconciliation talks between the government of Afghanistan and Taliban on ending 15 years of conflict in the Central Asian country. State Department’s spokesperson Mark Toner told an... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan has lodged a protest with Afghan Charge d’Affaires Syed Abdul Nasir Yousafi over allegations that the attack on Bacha Khan University (BKU) was planned and directed from neighbouring country. Yousafi was summoned to... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): At least 21 people were killed on Wednesday morning when heavy gunfire and explosions rocked the Bacha Khan University in the Charsadda district of Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, officials said. Rescue... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Nearly a dozen people were killed and 31 others injured on Tuesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up near a check-post in a crowded market of Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar. Rescuers said most of the victims were... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A global rights group on Sunday asked the Pakistan government to extend Afghan refugees’ legal residency status for two years to curb abuse of their rights. Last week, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif extended registered Afghan... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The residence of an Afghan consulate official came under attack in northwestern Pakistan in the wee hours of Friday, police said. But the consulate official, Humayun Yousafzai, escaped unhurt in the predawn gun assault on his... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Registered Afghan refugees, whose legal stay in Pakistan expired last month, have been granted a temporary extension, a news report said on Thursday. Issued by the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to the... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Hours after Wednesday’s attack on the Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad, President Ashraf Ghani promised enhanced security for Pakistani diplomats in Afghanistan. At least seven Afghan security personnel and three of the... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Most of the insurgents fleeing Pakistan have joined the militant Islamic State (IS) group in Afghanistan, a top diplomat from the neighbouring country said on Wednesday. Ambassador Janan Mosazai said on Wednesday, addressing a... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Fifteen people were killed and a dozen others injured in a bomb blast near a polio vaccination centre in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province on Wednesday, officials said. Balochistan’s Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): As four-way talks got under way in Islamabad, a senior Pakistani diplomat warned against pre-conditions for the resumption of Afghan peace negotiations. "This, in our view, would be counter-productive," Advisor on Foreign... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Islamabad is poised to present a list of “reconcilable” Afghan Taliban at a quadrilateral meeting that will prepare a roadmap for the revival of peace talks in Islamabad on Monday, said an official. Representatives from... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Mohammad Shahzad, breaking several records, smacked a breezy unbeaten ton on Sunday when Afghanistan thrashed Zimbabwe in the two-match T20 series at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Pakistan’s Geo Super TV channel reported.... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Flush with their stunning success in the One-Day International (ODI) series, Afghanistan pipped Zimbabwe in the first T20 match at the Sharjah International Cricket Stadium on Friday. Skipper Asghar Stanikzai won the toss and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): French police have detained two Afghan refugees for the attempted rape of a passenger on a Paris train, a US-based news site reported on Friday. Aged 19 and 45 years, the refugees sought political asylum in France, claiming they... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Gulbadin Naib’s gutsy pinch-hitting powered Afghanistan to a sensational win over Zimbabwe in the last One-Day International (ODI) at the Sharjah International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday night. With the two-wicket triumph in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): One member of the US special forces was killed and two others were wounded in southern Helmand province on Tuesday, the American military said. The soldier succumbed to the injuries he had suffered during operations near Marja... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Pakistan government has warned its security personnel against harassing Afghan citizens whose residency permits expired last week, an official said on Tuesday. Issued by the National Database and Registration Authority (... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), led by Gulbadin Hekmatyar, has renewed its call for a negotiated settlement of the conflict in Afghanistan. A senior leader of the party, the second largest resistance group behind the... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghanistan trounced Sri Lanka in the semifinal encounter to storm into the final of the South Asia Football Federation (SAFF) Cup in India on Thursday. Mohammad Hashemi, Kanischka Tahir, Khyber Amani, Ahmad Arash Hatifi and... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The first round of the quadrilateral meeting among Afghanistan, Pakistan, he United States and China would be held on January 16, the Senate was informed on Thursday. Defence Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif told the upper house... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Pakistan government, despite having serious reservations on the issue, says it has no option but to extend the stay of Afghan refugees in the country. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told the Senate on Wednesday... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): America’s top military commander in Afghanistan has hinted at seeking more troops to dealing with twin challenges of training the local forces and conducting counter-terrorism operations. “If I don’t believe that we can... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Nearly two dozen people were killed on Tuesday when a suicide bomber struck outside a government office in Pakistan’s northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, officials said. The bomber blew himself up outside the main... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Awami National Party president Asfandyar Wali Khan hopes Chief of army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif’s recent meetings with Afghan leaders will help build trust between the neighbours. During his daylong flying trip to Kabul on... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Tension-free relations between Kabul and Islamabad are imperative for the development and prosperity of Pakhtun-inhabited areas on both sides of the border, a senior Pakistani politician says. Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) chairman... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok):The Pakistan Army chief on Sunday headed to Kabul for talks with top Afghan leadership, including President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen. Raheel Sharif would also meet... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Pakistan Army chief will air-dash to Kabul on Sunday for talks with top Afghan leadership, including President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. “During his day-long visit, the army chief will... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Friday called the protection and promotion of human rights as a basic duty of his administration. The national unity government was doing its bit to prevent the abuses of Afghans’ rights, Ghani was... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Senior officials from Afghanistan and Pakistan on Wednesday agreed to give another shot to the stalled reconciliation talks with the Taliban, Pajhwok Afghan News has learnt on good authority. The agreement came at a meeting... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): India on Wednesday praised the role of Afghan forces and people in fighting against the scourge of terrorism and for the country’s economic development. Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj believed that landlocked Afghanistan,... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif jointly inaugurated the fifth Heart of Asia ministerial conference in Islamabad on Wednesday. In his opening remarks, Sharif called for stepped-up efforts to move forward... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday landed in Islamabad to co-inaugurate an important regional conference on Afghanistan’s stability and economic development. He was accorded a warm welcome by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Work on a long-delayed gas pipeline project, which is estimated to cost $10 billion, would get under way next week in Turkmenistan, a Pakistani official said on Wednesday.  The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Ahead of an important regional event, senior security and civilian leaders met in Islamabad on Tuesday to stake out Pakistan’s position on the issues facing Afghanistan. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired the meeting ahead of... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghanistan and Pakistan on Wednesday reaffirmed their desire for durable peace in the region, calling terrorism an impediment to development. Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Afghanistan’s Deputy... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A two-day ministerial conference on Afghanistan, to be jointly inaugurated by President Ashraf Ghani and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is set to begin in Islamabad today (Tuesday). The fifth Heart of Asia Conference will be... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  At the head of a high-level delegation, President Ashraf Ghani will visit Pakistan on Tuesday to inaugurate an international conference on Afghanistan in Islamabad. The two-day Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process is scheduled to... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A senior political leader has called for an end to the deadlock in Kabul-Islamabad relations for the sake of durable peace and stability in the region Lingering mistrust between the neighbours could impede peace initiatives,... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghan refugees have not been found involved in any kind of terrorist activities in Pakistan, a cabinet minister has said, contradicting claims by law-enforcement agencies. Abdul Qadir Baloch, minister for states and frontier... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Senior Pakistani political and military leaders have reviewed preparations for the Heart-of-Asia conference being hosted by Islamabad next week. Regional and national security was discussed during the meeting, chaired by Prime... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A veteran Pakistani Pakhtun nationalist leader on Wednesday blamed the 35-year conflict in Afghanistan on brazen interference from regional and international actors. Pakhtun-habited areas in Pakistan had also been hit hard by... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): At an icebreaking meeting in Paris, Afghan and Pakistani leaders promised on Monday joint efforts to promote the Afghan-led peace process and take on board all legitimate political actors. President Ashraf Ghani and Prime... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Senior Pakhtun leaders from Pakistan flew to Kabul on Thursday morning to meet top President Ashraf Ghani and Afghan lawmakers on ways of building trust and boosting bilateral relations. The three-day visit is aimed at... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghanistan and Pakistan on Monday held important talks on trade and economic issues, officials said. The meeting, which was due in August, was previously postponed due to rising tensions between the neighbours. An... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Pakistan army chief has underlined the need for an enabling environment in the region for reviving the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif issued the call during his... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): On a night of multiple bombings and shootings, at least 140 people were killed and more than 200 wounded at six different sites in Paris, the capital of France, international media reported. Billed as the deadliest attack on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Alokozay Spinghar Lions on Friday clinched the title of the biggest annual cricketing contest at the Kabul International Stadium. They outplayed the Mashal Kabul Eagles in the final of the T-20 event -- called Shpageeze (... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Islamabad and Dushanbe on Friday agreed on the need for multinational energy and road projects connecting Pakistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and visiting President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok) President Ashraf Ghani’s National Security Adviser (NSA) Hanif Atmar, accompanied by Deputy Foreign Minister Hikmat Khalil Karzai, will visit New Delhi later this week for talks with his Indian counterpart. During the two-day... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The death toll from the strong earthquake that struck Pakistan on Monday afternoon has risen to 228 dead and 1,620 wounded, officials said on Tuesday, as relied and rescue efforts intensified. In the aftermath of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A US military board has decided an Afghan citizen, who was arrested more than 11 years ago, should be freed from the American naval detention facility in Guantanamo Bay. The Defense Department said on Wednesday Mohammed Kaminhad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq has been appointed as chief coach of the national team for the upcoming series against Zimbabwe, the Afghanistan cricket Board (AB) announced on Friday. ACB spokesman Farid Hotak told Pajhwok... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A suicide bomber blew himself up during a raid by security forces in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi on Sunday morning, officials said. At least two policemen were injured during the raid in Malir neighbourhood, Karachi police... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): More than 40 Afghan citizens have been detained in separate raids by Pakistani security forces in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Punjab provinces. In KP’s garrison town of Kohat, security forces seized a huge quantity of weapons... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Islamabad on Thursday asked the Taliban’s new leadership to shun the insurgency and return to reconciliation talks with the national unity government in Kabul. A Foreign Office spokesman told a weekly media briefing in... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Forty-two people, including an army captain and 13 terrorists, were killed on Friday when the Taliban stormed a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) base in the northwestern city of Peshawar. The attackers armed with weapons, including... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Terrorists would not be allowed to return to the tribal region, where troops would stay to accomplish their job, the Pakistan army chief promised on Wednesday. Gen. Raheel Sharif told tribal elders in Wana the ongoing military... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): US President Barack Obama has said the international military alliance has made significant progress in war-torn Afghanistan. But despite the progress made, he said, it was still critically important for thousands of trainers... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The United States has renewed its call for the Pakistani military to disrupt all terrorist networks as part of the ongoing offensive in its tribal badlands near the Afghanistan border. While underlining the need for action... read more
PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has linked a spike in violence in Pakistan’s northwestern province to the presence of unregistered Afghans. At a meeting with outgoing US Consul-General Jon F Danilowiez on Monday,... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Top American and Pakistan military officials have agreed on the imperative of reviving the stalled Afghan-led reconciliation process. The agreement came at a meeting between US commander in Afghanistan Gen. John Campbell and... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Seventeen suspected insurgents have been killed in airstrikes in the lawless Pakistani tribal region of North Waziristan near the Afghanistan border, local media report on Monday.   In South Waziristan, two security... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): At least people were killed on Sunday night when a bomb exploded near a rickshaw stand in the Multan district of Pakistan’s Punjab province, officials said. The district police chief, Azhar Akram, told local news channels that... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan on Saturday acknowledged its relations with Afghanistan had been strained by a recent string of deadly attacks in Kabul. Following the bombings, particularly in the Shah Shaheed neighbourhood of Kabul, senior Afghan... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Pakistan government has agreed to extend the proof of registration (PoR) cards for Afghan refugees till the end of 2017, the UN refugee agency has said. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Despite strained relations between the neighbours, Afghanistan has become the third largest importer of Pakistani products, a media report said on Wednesday. Bilateral tensions notwithstanding, the landlocked country’s imports... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A Russian diplomat on Tuesday indicated Moscow’s willingness to offer Afghanistan military assistance, including helicopters. Interfax news agency quoted Zamir Kabulov, Russia’s special envoy for Afghanistan, as saying that... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The outlawed Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) leader has reportedly been killed during a counterinsurgency operation in southwestern Balochistan province, a minister announced on Tuesday. Home Minister Safaraz Bugti told... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Pakistan government has reaffirmed its intention to register and streamline the working of all religious schools across the country. Prime Minister and Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif warned the... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The State Department says the late Taliban supremo Mullah Omar had asked the Gen. Musharraf government to bomb southern Kandahar province if it did not like the movement’s policies. A secret US cable released by the State... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s national security advisor is expected to ask Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for an immediate end to Kabul’s vitriolic smear campaign against Islamabad, an official said on Friday. Before Sartaj Aziz’s departure for... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan intends to nudge Afghanistan to restart peace negotiations with the Taliban, a process that hit snags after Mullah Omar’s death, officials say. Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): More than 30 suspected militants were killed and their hideouts destroyed on Wednesday when military planes pounded terrorist infrastructure near the Pak-Afghan border. A brief statement from the Inter-Services Public... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Currently in the thick of a succession struggle, the Taliban are not ready for resuming talks with the administration of President Ashraf Ghani until the resolution of their internal bickering, a Pakistani official said on... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Haqqani network’s infrastructure has been dismantled in the North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghanistan border, a top Pakistani diplomat claimed on Monday. Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security Sartaj Aziz... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Long reviled for its links to militant outfits, the Pakistan Arm has said bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan is a shared responsibility of the international community. A prestigious Pakistani newspaper quoted an... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): US National Security Adviser Susan Rice and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday conferred on the regional situation and measures needed for Stability. Ongoing efforts to restore peace in Afghanistan also came under... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan should initiate concrete steps to address the Afghan government’s concerns, a senior political leader has said, warning that mistrust between the neighbours will benefit terrorists and extremists. Qaumi Watan Party (... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s former spymaster Gen. ® Hamid, known for having close links with jihadist forces in Afghanistan and the Indian-administered zone of Kashmir, died of a brain hemorrhage near Islamabad on Saturday night. The ex-Inter... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The United Nations is faced with funding and legal problems in dealing with the issue of voluntary repatriation of 1.5 million Afghan refugees from Pakistan, an official said on Tuesday.  In an effort to tackle the issue... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Five suspected terrorists were killed on Tuesday when military gunship helicopters pounded their hideouts in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region near the Afghanistan border. Two rebel bases were also wiped out in the... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan's cement exports to Afghanistan fell to 2.06 metric tonnes over the past nine months of the current fiscal year, an official said on Saturday. During the same period of the last fiscal year, cement exports to the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Monday promised the government of national unity, involving his rival in the election, would take concrete steps to introduce political and institutional reforms.Addressing participants of his... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Pakistani journalist, who was sentenced to four years in jail by a Nangarhar court in July this year on the charge of travelling to Afghanistan without documents, was released on Sunday.In line with President Hamid Karzai’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has won 3935567 votes, or 55.27 percent of the ballots cast in the mid-June presidential elections, whose result is expected today (Sunday).An Independent Election Commission (IEC) official confided to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday declined meeting his American counterpart Barack Obama at the Bagram Airbase in central Parwan province, indicating Kabul-Washington differences.On a secret trip to Afghanistan, Obama landed at the... read more
KABUL (PAN): An influential human rights group on Wednesday called on the Karzai administration to repeal recent amnesty and election laws preventing the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IEEC) from disqualifying presidential candidates... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Pakistani militants on Monday announced suspending negotiations with the government, saying the authorities were not serious about the peace initiative.A spokesman for Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman told Dawn newspaper... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan on Friday declined handing over a dreaded Taliban commander to the Pakistan government, arguing that there was no extradition treaty between the neighbouring countries.  On Thursday, Islamabad said it had asked Kabul to... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, hailing the freedom of speech as a massive achievement, on Thursday called for preserving this liberty and implementing it in all media outlets across the country.In his fortnightly radio address to the nation,... read more
KABUL (PAN): For the first time in six years, civilian casualties in Afghanistan’s armed conflict dropped by 12 percent in 2012, the United Nations said in its annual report on Tuesday.Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) prepared the Annual... read more