WASHINGTON (PAN): India and the United States had shared interests in Afghanistan, where both countries wanted democratic institutions to be strong, stable and inclusive, New Delhi’s top diplomat in Washington said on Monday.
ALMATY (PAN): India's External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Friday said the solution to Afghanistan's problems cannot be purely military but has to be rooted in a political approach that enjoys a democratic sanction.
KABUL (PAN): Calling Pakistan "the main obstacle to the peace process in Afghanistan," Defence Ministry spokesman Gen. Zahir Azimi on Thursday rejected as wrong US top commander Gen. Joseph Dunford's recent remarks that Pakistan was not taking steps to sandbag the Afghan-led effort.
KABUL (PAN): A former Taliban official on Wednesday claimed he had information that some high and low profile Taliban leaders would join soon the government-initiated peace process -- both overtly and covertly.
KABUL (PAN): Three Taliban groups have joined the Karzai government-sanctioned peace process in eastern Nuristan and northern Kunduz provinces, with a reconciled rebel commander accusing Pakistan of providing logistic support and weapons to the guerrillas.
KABUL (PAN): Political observers say the government lacks a proper mechanism to make peace with the rebels, as the US and Pakistan are working to protect their interests in the so-called negotiated settlement to the conflict."
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai and President Asif Ali Zardari have agreed to hold a joint conference of Afghan and Pakistani ulema in Kabul next month, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday.