South Asia and Beyond

Nature Of Relationship With Taliban Government Depends On Its Actions:

DOHA: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in an exclusive interview to TOLO news Head Lotfullah Najafizada says, “My hope and, beyond hope, expectation is that the future government of Afghanistan will uphold those basic rights. And if it does, then that’s a government that we can work with. If it doesn’t, we won’t.” Blinken […]Read More

Afghan Forces Consider Ways To Use Bagram Airfield

The evacuation of the U.S. forces from Bagram Airfield has been accompanied by many questions as well as concerns. Tolo News reporter Khalid Nikzad was one of the first Afghan reporters who visited the base after the full evacuation. Sources told him that on Thursday night the lights at the base were turned off suddenly […]Read More

India’s Presence In Afghanistan Larger Than It Ought To Be:

Islamabad: In this exclusive interview, Lotfullah Najafizada, the head of TOLO news speaks to Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on the Afghan peace process, Afghanistan-Pakistan relations, Pakistan’s ties with India, The U.S. exit, American bases, Pakistan’s deep state, Taliban sanctuaries and attacks and more in this comprehensive interview. (By arrangement with ‘Tolo News’)Read More

Talibanization In Afghanistan Could Explode Central Asia

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan, in which Muslims observe daylong fasting, is supposed to be a time for strict piety, restraint and self discipline. But this year Ramadan saw unprecedented escalation in fighting and bloodshed in Afghanistan as the Taliban continued the ruthless carnage, targeting common Afghans in most parts of the war-ravaged country. […]Read More

Saving The Future Of Afghanistan: It Truly Is ‘Now or

As the Afghan people advance into the unpredictable but terrifying terrain of the unknown, an undefined future is on the horizon for the younger generation of this country. The horrific bombing of a girls’ school on a Saturday evening in west Kabul, which took the lives of at least 90 students and wounded more than […]Read More

A Closer Look At Kabul School Bombing

It was a quiet Saturday afternoon and hundreds of girls were leaving school. Suddenly, many of them found themselves amid smoke, blood and debris from a car bomb attack that happened in front of the entrance gate of Sayed-ul-Shuhada High School in the west of Kabul. The car bomb was followed by two blasts of […]Read More

Taliban Negotiators In Pakistan To Consult Leadership: Source

Taliban’s chief negotiator Mawlavi Abdul Hakim has travelled to Pakistan from Doha to consult and seek guidance from Taliban leadership and find out whether the delay in the withdrawal of U.S. forces will lead to a halt in the talks and Istanbul conference or if there are other ways to proceed, sources close to the […]Read More

Attempts To Persuade Taliban As Istanbul Summit Approaches

Representatives of the United States, Qatar, United Nations and Turkey have held meetings with the Taliban over the last few days in an attempt to create an environment of trust between the U.S. and the Taliban, sources said, adding there has been some progress. There have been attempts to assure the Taliban that all Doha […]Read More

Guiding Principles For Turkey Summit Shared With Negotiators

KABUL: Tolo News has obtained details of the guiding principles for the Turkey conference shared with the Afghan Republic and the Taliban negotiators by the U.S., Qatar, Turkey and the UN. The document has nine articles and the relevant parties to Afghan peace are expected to reach a unified stance on it ahead of the […]Read More

Discussions Held In Doha Over Istanbul Summit Agenda

Representatives from the UN, Turkey, Qatar and the U.S. have met the peace negotiating team of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Doha and discussions were held about the agenda of the upcoming conference on Afghan peace in Istanbul. A member of the peace negotiating team representing the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the talks […]Read More