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Taliban leader Mullah Mansour killed by US airstrike, Afghanistan confirms

Taliban leader Mullah Mansour killed by US airstrike. Photo: AFP

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour has been targeted and ‘likely killed’ in an air strike, US officials have said. The US military carried out an air strike on Saturday in a remote area of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region, according to officials. “We are still assessing the results of the strike and will provide more information as it becomes available,” Pentagon press secretary ... Read More »

Ali Gilani, son of Pakistan’s ex-PM, recovered from Afghanistan after 3 years

Ali Haider Gilani, son of Pakistan's ex-PM, recovered from Afghanistan after 3 years

The kidnapped son of Pakistan’s ex-Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has been rescued in Afghanistan in a joint Afghan-US special forces operation. ISLAMABAD – Ali Haider Gilani, the son of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, was recovered on Tuesday, during an operation in Afghanistan. This news was conveyed by Afghan National Security Advisor Muhammad Hanif Atmar in a ... Read More »

Pakistan and Afghanistan are fighting last battle to wipe out polio

A health worker vaccinates a child against polio outside her home during Polio – National Immunisation Day (NID, while her sisters watching in Sherpow in Landhi town, Karachi Pakistan.

Polio can be eradicated only if injectable vaccines are added to oral drop campaigns By Ashfaq Yusufzai PESHAWAR (Pakistan) – Eradicating poliomyelitis, the crippling childhood disease, now hinges critically on a programme of adding the injectable, inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) to the existing oral polio vaccine (OPV) drives in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the last reservoirs of the wild virus. Pakistan, ... Read More »

Pakistan, Afghanistan must overcome trust deficit to achieve stability

Pakistan, Afghanistan must overcome trust deficit to achieve stability

Tensions and trust deficit between the two countries is the main hurdle to peace in the region: Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Omer Zakhilwal ISLAMABAD – Pakistan and Afghanistan must restore the trust between two countries, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan, Omar Zakhilwal agreed while addressing a seminar in Islamabad “I need to ... Read More »

Pakistan and Afghanistan cooperation must for peaceful future

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“Security Cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan is an absolute must for a peaceful prospective future for both countries”, says Dr. Gunter Mulack, Ex-Ambassador of Germany to Pakistan ISLAMABAD – Security cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan Relations is necessary to combat terrorism which is a “common enemy of both countries”, speakers urged at a conference in Islamabad. “Security Cooperation between Pakistan ... Read More »

Afghan people are suffering, yet global attention is dwindling: Red Cross chief

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The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is in a “downward spiral,” according to the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Despite the worsening situation, attention paid to Afghanistan is inversely proportional to the humanitarian situation in the country. “There are more displaced people, more war-wounded and more disabled people. Humanitarian concerns are growing, yet international attention is dwindling. ... Read More »

Japan contributes $16 million for FATA returnees, Afghan refugees

Afghan children in a refugee camp in Pakistan. Photo by Sebastian Rich Photography

The US$ 16 million grant will support the returnees to FATA as well as education, livelihoods and vocational training opportunities for Afghan refugee youth in Pakistan ISLAMABAD – The Government of Japan has announced a contribution of US$16 million in total to the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and UN World Food Programme ... Read More »

Knowledge sharing and collaboration key to address Climate Change

Hafiz Hafeez ur Rehman, Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan addresses at the inaugural session of the international conference on Climate and Environmental Change Impacts on the Indus Basin Waters. Photo: CIMOD

Experts at an international conference call for better coordination and cooperation between scientists, government authorities, and development partners to address emerging challenges in the Indus River basin KATHMANDU (Nepal) – Greater collaboration is needed between various stakeholders to understand and mitigate the impacts of climate change in the Indus Basin which is the most glacier and snowmelt-dependent basin in the ... Read More »

Afghan boy finally gets signed jersey from Messi

Afghan boy finally gets signed jersey from Messi

‘I love Messi and my shirt says Messi loves me,’ Murtaza Ahmadi said to UNICEF An Afghan boy who became an internet sensation for wearing an improvised soccer jersey made from a plastic bag has been sent the real thing by FC Barcelona player Lionel Messi. Murtaza Ahmadi travelled with his family from eastern Ghazni province to Kabul to receive ... Read More »

Afghanistan ignores Pakistan’s proposal of MoU on Afghan SIMs

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ISLAMABAD – Despite reminders by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Afghanistan ignored the Pakistani offer to establish an agreed mechanism to curb the misuse of Afghan SIMs in terrorist activities in Pakistan. PTA had proposed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Islamabad and Kabul to resolve current and future issues related to spillover effects of mobile signals in the bordering areas ... Read More »

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