South Asia and Beyond

Afghanistan, Pakistan Agree On Shared Vision For Peace

KABUL: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday arrived on a day-long visit to Afghanistan where he met top Afghan government officials including President Ashraf Ghani and the talks between the two were focused on a number of important issues pertaining to the Afghan peace process, bilateral relations and cooperation between the nations on mutual […]Read More

US-Taliban Deal Cannot be Basis For All Topics In Talks:

KABUL: The US-Taliban agreement—signed in Doha in February—cannot be the basis for all topics that will be discussed in the peace negotiations in Qatar, said Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the High Council for National Reconciliation, reiterating that Afghanistan needs inclusive peace. The negotiations in Doha have been paused for the last many weeks over […]Read More

Retired Pak Colonels Training Taliban, Says Afghan General

KABUL: The number of foreign fighters on the battlefields in the eastern parts of Afghanistan has increased, with most of them Pakistani nationals who are fighting alongside the Taliban in areas along the Durand Line, an Afghan Army general said on Monday. A report submitted to the United Nations Security Council on Sunday indicated that […]Read More

Afghanistan: Where Daesh, ISI, Taliban, Haqqani Network Come Together

It’s been less than three months since 27 Afghan Sikhs were killed in an attack on a gurudwara in Kabul. The Islamic State Khorasan Province or ISIS-K claimed responsibility. One of the attackers was Mohammed Sajid Kuthrimal from Kasaragod in Kerala! Viewers will also recall StratNews Global’s exclusive video report on the interrogation in Afghanistan […]Read More

Don’t Repeat Mistakes, Says Top U.S. Negotiator As Ghani, Abdullah

KABUL: After months of political deadlock, Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani and his election rival Abdullah Abdullah have signed a power-sharing deal in which Ghani retains his post and Abdullah takes a leading role in the peace process. As per the agreement signed on Sunday, Abdullah will head the newly established High Council for Peace and […]Read More

As Ghani Orders Forces Into Offensive Mode, Comes A Taliban

NEW DELHI: Hours after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani ordered troops to switch to ‘offensive’ mode and resume attacks on the Taliban, the terrorist group launched a verbal onslaught, saying the onus of ‘further escalation of violence, ramifications fall squarely on the shoulders of the Kabul administration’. In a televised address on Tuesday, Ghani said the […]Read More

Taliban Seek Release of Suspect In German Embassy Bombing That

KABUL: One of the top 15 prisoners whose release is being demanded by the Taliban, Lailuddin, has been identified by a senior government official as part of a network responsible for major attacks in Kabul, including the German embassy bombing, the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) attack, an attack on former MP Mir Wali and […]Read More

Taliban Drafts ‘Charter’ for Future Govt: Document

KABUL: A draft of a Taliban charter consisting of a list of rules, presumably intended as a guide for the potential future governance of Afghanistan, was shown to TOLOnews by a government source. Titled “The charter of the Islamic emirate of Afghanistan,” the list of articles looks very similar to those of the former Taliban […]Read More

Ventilator Built by Robotic Team Cannot be Used: Afghan Official

KABUL:  The Ministry of Public Health has said a device built by the Herat robotics team to serve as a ventilator does not meet standards and could cause damage to Coronavirus patients if used. “None of them (the robotics team members) has studied biomedical engineering and it has not been made under the supervision of […]Read More

Sikhs Demand Investigation Of Dharamshala Attack

Kabul: Families of Sikh citizens who died on Wednesday in an attack on Dharamshala, a Sikh gurudwara in Kabul on Thursday, cremated the remains of the victims and urged the government to investigate the attacks. Some Sikh citizens said they are “tired of living in Afghanistan”. Twenty-five people were killed and eight others were wounded […]Read More