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  • In 'unannounced' visit, COAS meets Saudi Crown Prince in Riyadh

    October 17, 2017 12:43 PM 1

    Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa met Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman in Riyadh on Tuesday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. The visit is particularly interesting as the military’s media wing, the ISPR, has issued no formal statement to the media. During the Riyadh meeting, Gen Qamar and Prince Salman discussed bilateral issues, with special

  • US drones kill 31 Taliban along Afghan border; JuA chief ‘critically injured’

    October 17, 2017 12:19 PM

    PESHAWAR/RAWALPINDI: Two suspected US drone strikes on Tuesday killed 11 people, while “critically injuring” Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) chief Umar Khalid Khurasani on the mountainous Pakistan-Afghanistan border, following a strike a day earlier that killed 20, government and militant sources said, as Pakistan’s foreign minister urged the US to refrain from such attacks

  • Over 50 killed in attacks on Afghan security forces

    October 17, 2017 11:55 AM 3

    GARDEZ: Two separate suicide and gun attacks on government forces in Afghanistan left nearly 50 dead and more than 200 wounded, officials said Tuesday, the latest devastating assault on beleaguered security forces. The Taliban claimed the most deadly of the two assaults, a coordinated attack on police in the southeast Afghan city of Gardez that left hospital

  • Suicide bombers, gunmen kill 32 in attack on Afghan police

    October 17, 2017 11:39 AM 5

    The death toll in an ongoing suicide and gun attack on a police training centre in a southeast Afghan city has risen to 32 with more than 200 wounded, a hospital official said Tuesday. "The hospital is overwhelmed and we call on people to donate blood," said Shir Mohammad Karimi, deputy health director in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province. A separate

  • Fearing violence, many Afghan parents pull their daughters out of school

    October 17, 2017 10:31 AM

    Security risks have led to the closure of more than 1,000 schools and fewer female teachers, report finds. KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – Three months ago, Mina, then in the 11th grade, was forced to end her studies in the southern province of Kandahar. After her family had heard that a female health worker was gunned down in broad daylight, they pulled her out of school

  • US drones strike again near Pak-Afghan border, casualties feared

    October 17, 2017 10:31 AM 4

    PESHAWAR: Another drone attack was reported on Tuesday near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in Kurram Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). According to media reports, the drone fired two missiles at a house in Kuch Khurram area near the border. Clouds of smoke could be seen rising out of the site of the attack. Meanwhile, the death

  • US should try to limit drone strikes during Afghan-Taliban peace talks: Asif

    October 17, 2017 7:26 AM

    ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has said that the United States should try and limit drone strikes when efforts to revive Afghan-Taliban peace dialogue are underway. Speaking on a local TV talk show, the foreign minister expressed hope that the four-nation moot to revive peace talks with Taliban, currently underway in Muscat, would yield positive

  • Pakistan elected member of HR Council for fourth time

    October 16, 2017 9:32 PM 3

    Pakistan on Monday won a key election by securing a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council when the General Assembly elected 15 countries to serve on the 47-member body. “This victory is a ringing endorsement of Pakistan’s strong commitment to human rights,” Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi said in a post-election

  • Four nations meet to resume stalled Afghan peace talks in Oman

    October 16, 2017 9:31 PM 3

    ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the United States met in Oman on Monday to try to find ways of reviving peace talks with Afghan Taliban militants, two officials in Pakistan’s foreign ministry said. It was not clear whether any Afghan Taliban had joined the talks, which have so far failed to restart a tentative process that collapsed in 2015. Taliban

  • Pakistan elected to UN Human Rights Council

    October 16, 2017 5:14 PM 3

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan was elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the term 2018-20 on Monday. The elections were held in New York at the UN General Assembly, the Foreign Office said. Pakistan secured more than two-third majority votes. There were five candidates from the Asia Pacific region against four seats. Since its establishment in 2006, this is for the fourth