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Afghan peace official sees litle change in U.S. policy regardless of election result

30 Sep 2020

ISLAMABAD Afghanistan's top peace official, Abdullah Abdullah, said on Wednesday he did not expect the result of the upcoming U.S. presidential election to dramatically change the Afghan peace process or troop withdrawal plans.

Afghan official Abdullah in Pakistan for talks on peace bid

28 Sep 2020

ISLAMABAD Senior Afghan peace official Abdullah Abdullah arrived in Pakistan on Monday for meetings in a country seen as vital to the success of Afghan talks aimed at ending decades of war.

With songs and sedation, experts aim to rescue Kaavan the Islamabad elephant

04 Sep 2020

ISLAMABAD The trick to calming an unhappy elephant? Sing him Frank Sinatra songs, according to one of the vets tasked with assessing whether Kaavan can be moved from poor conditions in a zoo in Pakistan's capital to a sanctuary in Cambodia.

Peace talks between Afghan officials, Taliban to start in September - Afghan officials

27 Aug 2020

KABUL/ISLAMABAD Peace talks between warring Afghan sides will begin in early September said the country's top peace negotiator on Thursday in Kabul, a crucial diplomatic process needed to end about two decades of war in Afghanistan.

'I looked him in the eyes': Pakistan family watches mosque shooter face justice in New Zealand

27 Aug 2020

ISLAMABAD Around 3 a.m. each morning this week, Khurshid Alam woke up in his Pakistan home to watch survivors give testimony against the man who shot dead 51 worshippers in New Zealand mosques, including his brother, Naeem, and nephew, Talha.

Exclusive: U.S. proposes house arrest for 'most dreaded' Taliban prisoners, to end stalemate

31 Jul 2020

MUMBAI/ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON The United States has proposed that hundreds of Taliban prisoners be transferred to house arrest in a supervised facility when they are freed from Afghan jails, three senior official sources said, a proposed solution for a deadlock that is holding up peace talks.

In disputed Kashmir, Pakistan accuses India of increased shelling

23 Jul 2020

CHIRIKOT SECTOR, Pakistan Pakistan's military this week said there had been an escalation in firing and shelling across the de facto border that separates Pakistani and Indian-controlled Kashmir, at a time of heightened diplomatic tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours. | Video

Pakistan's health minister tests positive for COVID-19

06 Jul 2020

ISLAMABAD/LAHORE Pakistan's health minister on Monday said he had tested positive for COVID-19, the latest senior figure to contract the novel coronavirus in a country where rising cases are putting pressure on the health system.

Afghan peace talks likely to start soon, reduced violence needed, Pakistan ambassador says

29 Jun 2020

ISLAMABAD Pakistan's ambassador to Afghanistan said on Monday that negotiations between the Afghan government and the insurgent Taliban were expected to begin soon but that the release of 5,000 prisoners and a reduction of violence were the final hurdles.

Taliban prisoner issue almost resolved, peace talks expected 'soon' - sources, officials

26 Jun 2020

KABUL/ISLAMABAD Peace talks between warring Afghan factions are expected to start as soon as they iron out their main differences over the release of the "most dangerous" Taliban prisoners, officials and sources from both sides said.

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