Afghanistan Updates

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi discusses Kashmir, Afghanistan with UN Chief

All Round View (United Nations): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had a 25 minutes meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the world body’s Headquarters in New York Thursday during which he discussed Kashmir and Afghanistan among a range of subjects. Officials said the prime minister also expressed support

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Completely agreed with FM remarks about ‘in-house cleaning’: Prime Minister

All Round View (London): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday said he completely agreed with Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif’s remarks about ‘in-house cleaning’. Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had criticised Khawaja Asif’s remarks that the authorities should first fix the matters of their own “house”. Speaking

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Afghanistan can restore peace, stability at an early date: China

All Round View (Beijing): While support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process, a Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Monday hoped that Afghanistan could restore peace and stability at an early date. “China support the efforts made by Afghanistan to restore peace and stability,” Lu Kang told reporters during regular press briefing

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First China, Pakistan, Afghanistan FMs meeting will be held in China: Chinese FM Wang Yi

All Round View (Beijing): Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday that there will be the first meeting between the foreign ministers of China, Pakistan and Afghanistan by the end of this year. Addressing a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif who arrived here early this

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Sentiments of betrayal in Pakistan after new US Afghan policy

All Round View (Washington): The new US policy towards Pakistan and its leaning towards India has generated sentiments of betrayal in the country as analysts warn, US pressure is unlikely to work and would make it difficult for it to achieve its goal of restoring peace in worn-torn Afghanistan. US

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COAS urges trust-based Pak-Afghan response against terrorists

All Round View (Rawalpindi): Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa Friday said that terrorists were common enemies of Pakistan and Afghanistan and a trust-based coordinated response was required against them rather than blame game. According to an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement issued here, the Army

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Success in Afghanistan unattainable without Pak cooperation: US Gen Dunford

All Round View (Washington): US General Joseph Dunford, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff has said that cooperation from Pakistan was absolutely essential for the United States to be successful in Afghanistan, but warned against putting a timeline for any exit strategy that would undermine support from Islamabad. Gen Dunford made

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UN agency lauds new project to register undocumented Afghan refugees in Pakistan

All Round View (United Nations): A new pilot project in Pakistan to register undocumented Afghan refugees, who up to now have been without identity papers and living in fear of being arrested or deported would allow up to one million people to have legal status, the United Nations refugee agency

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Afghan women delegation visits Lok Virsa

All Round View (Islamabad): A delegation of women from Afghanistan visited National Institute of Folk & Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa. During visit, Executive Director Lok Virsa Dr. Fouzia Saeed warmly received the delegation. The delegate arrived here to understand and discuss “Lok Virsa’s role in inclusive Peace Building”. Dr. Fouzia

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New Afghan strategy will fail if neighbors concerns not addressed

All Round View (Beijing): The US President Trump’s new afghan strategy will not help the war-torn nation if the security concerns, views and interests of Afghanistan’s neighbors are not addressed. Taking Afghanistan’s neighbors onboard is vital to ending the war through dialogue, which is the only viable option. If the

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‘No safe haven’: Pakistan rejects US report on Taliban, Haqqani network

All Round View (Islamabad): Pakistan rejected on Thursday the US State Department’s annual assessment that it did not take substantial action against the Afghan Taliban or Haqqani network or limit their ability to threaten US interests in Afghanistan. “We have taken indiscriminate and all out action against terrorists,” Foreign Office

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Record high number of civilians losing lives in Afghanistan’s “Ugly war”: UN Report

All Round View (United Nations): Civilians lives – including those of women and children – continue to be lost at record high levels amid a worsening toll of suicide attacks, the UN mission in Afghanistan said Monday, calling on anti-government forces to stop attacks against civilians as well as on

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US says death of the ISIS-K leader in Afghanistan to disrupt group’s expansion plans

All Round View (Washington): The death of Abu Sayed, the head of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Khorasan (ISIS-K), who was killed in a US strike in Kunar province, will disrupt group’s plan to expand its operation in Afghanistan, a Pentagon spokesman said on Monday. The ISIS emir was killed on

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Lack of political solution to factional conflicts cause of Afghan division, instability

All Round View (Washington): Lack of political solution to factional conflicts lies at the heart of Afghan problem as with no effective systems for sharing authority, power-brokers lack mutual trust needed to build peace in the war-torn country, analysts said. In spite of international intervention for nearly sixteen years, the

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