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Afghan VP continues unabated Pakistan slamming
New Delhi | Monday, 2021 7:45:06 PM IST
Afghanistan's First Vice President, Amrullah Saleh is clearly the pre-eminent face of the country's leadership who is not mincing words against Pakistan and its leadership in fomenting trouble. ... read..


Taliban has changed since 20 yrs ago, more cruel now: Ghani
Kabul | Monday, 2021 7:15:06 PM IST
In remarks amid the escalating violence in Afghanistan, President Ashraf Ghani has said that the Taliban has changed since 20 years ago, adding that the turnaround has "been negative" and the group is more "cruel" now. ... read..


Afghan watchdog reports 80% spike in civilian casualties
Kabul | Monday, 2021 7:15:06 PM IST
The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said that 1,677 civilians were killed and 3,644 others injured in the first six months of this year, marking an 80 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2020. ... read..


Indo-Bangla Chilahati-Haldibari rail link resumes after 56 years
Dhaka | Monday, 2021 5:15:05 AM IST
After 56 years, India and Bangladeshi freight trains have restarted operations on the Chilahati-Haldibari route, with the first stone-laden freight train from India's Damdim station entering Bangladesh on Sunday. ... read..


Afghan MPs accuse Army chief of settling scores with commanders
New Delhi/Kabul | Monday, 2021 2:15:05 AM IST
Findings by a parliamentary committee indicate that the newly appointed chief of army staff for Afghanistan, Gen. Wali Ahmadzai, has been focusing on rivalries with corps commanders instead of managing the fight against the Taliban, as per local media rep ... read..


4 Afghan civilians killed in mortar shelling
Kabul | Sunday, 2021 8:15:05 PM IST
Four Afghan civilians were killed after a mortar shell fired by Taliban militants struck a house in the country's eastern province of Kapisa, local police confirmed on Sunday. ... read..


Pak refuses to accept more Afghan refugees
New Delhi/Islamabad | Sunday, 2021 7:15:06 PM IST
Pakistani National Security Advisor (NSA) Moeed Yusuf has said that the country cannot accept additional Afghan refugees and the international community is obliged to make arrangements for them inside Afghanistan. ... read..


Rockets hit Kandahar airport, flights suspended (Ld)
Kabul | Sunday, 2021 6:45:05 PM IST
Flights in Afghanistan's Kandahar airport were suspended on Sunday after rockets struck the nation's second main international airport, a local official confirmed. ... read..


Rockets strike Kandahar airport, flights suspended
Kabul | Sunday, 2021 5:15:06 PM IST
Flights in Afghanistan's Kandahar airport were suspended on Sunday after rockets struck the nation's second main international airport. ... read..


Death toll in Afghanistan flash floods reaches 113
Kabul | Sunday, 2021 4:45:05 PM IST
The death toll from last weeks flash floods in Afghanistan eastern province of Nuristan has increased to 113 with dozens still missing, an officials said, adding that 70 more were injured. ... read..


Airstrikes kill 37 militants in Afghanistan
Kabul | Sunday, 2021 3:45:06 PM IST
A total of 37 militants were killed as Afghan fighter planes targeted a convoy of Taliban militants in Dasht-e-Lili area of Jawzjan province, a local official said. ... read..


Disturbing videos show Taliban enforcing Sharia in parts of Afghanistan
New Delhi | Sunday, 2021 3:15:05 AM IST
The Deobandi groups larger objective is to impose Sharia in Afghanistan by converting it into an emirate and expand its influence all over the country at the cost of minorities and womens rights, Afghan media reports said. ... read..


Noor Mukaddam murder sparks outrage in Pak over femicides
Islamabad | Sunday, 2021 2:45:05 AM IST
Noor Mukaddam, the daughter of a former Pakistan diplomat, was brutally killed when she was at the house of her boyfriend Zahir Jaffer on July 20, who not only tortured Mukaddam, but inhumanely beheaded her at his residence, located in the posh vicinity o ... read..


Top Pak militant killed is Jaish chief's kin & a Pulawama conspirator (Ld)
Srinagar | Saturday, 2021 10:45:05 PM IST
A top Pakistani terrorist commander of the Jaish-e-Mohammad, who is related to terror mastermind JeM chief Masood Azhar, was one of the terrorists killed in an early morning encounter between militants and security forces in South Kashmir's Pulwama distri ... read..


Troika Plus to discuss Afghan crisis
Islamabad | Saturday, 2021 10:15:05 PM IST
Amid escalating bloodbath in neighbouring Afghanistan -- Pakistan, China, Russia and the US will be meeting in Doha on August 11, to discuss the security situation there and ponder on ways to prohibit the Himalayan South Asian nation from plunging into ye ... read..


Afghanistan sees bloodiest day as forces repel Taliban attacks
New Delhi/Kabul | Saturday, 2021 9:15:05 PM IST
Amid the ongoing violence in Afghanistan, the country witnessed the bloodiest day in a month as security forces repelled mass Taliban attacks on the capital cities of Herat, Helmand, Takhar, and Kandahar provinces, according to media reports. ... read..


Business against tough Covid curbs in Karachi
New Delhi/Karachi | Saturday, 2021 6:45:06 PM IST
Officials of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) and the Karachi Chambers of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) said it was impossible to pay salaries to workers if the government decides to close down industries and businesses ... read..


Charges forwarded against key suspect in attack on ex-Maldivian Prez
Male | Saturday, 2021 6:15:05 PM IST
The Maldives Police Service (MPS) has forwarded charges against one of the key suspects in the May 6 terrorist attack targeting former President Mohamed Nasheed to the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO), state media reported. ... read..


Two Pak intruders shot dead by BSF in Punjab
Chandigarh | Saturday, 2021 4:45:06 PM IST
The Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday said its troopers shot dead two intruders from Pakistan in Punjab's frontier district of Ferozepur. ... read..


Guterres slams Taliban attack on UN compound in Afghanistan
United Nations | Saturday, 2021 3:15:06 PM IST
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has strongly condemned a Taliban attack on a UN compound in Herat, Afghanistan, which resulted in the killing of an Afghan security guard. ... read..


Raided former Awami League woman leader sent to three days custody
Dhaka | Saturday, 2021 5:15:05 AM IST
A Dhaka court on Friday sent former Awami league member Helena Jahangir to three days police custody after her arrest following a raid at her house by the elite Rapid Action Battalion overnight. ... read..


War in Afghanistan imposed by Pak and its Taliban agents: Af Minister
Kabul/New Delhi | Saturday, 2021 2:15:05 AM IST
Afghanistan's acting Minister of Information and Culture, Mohammad Qasim Wafayezada, has said that Pakistan still imagines a stateless Afghanistan and that the neighbouring country should not beat the drum for destruction. ... read..


India, China to hold 12th round of military-level talks on Saturday
New Delhi | Friday, 2021 11:45:06 PM IST
India and China will hold the 12th round of Corps Commander-level talks at Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on Saturday to iron out an agreement for the next phase of disengagement in Eastern Ladakh. ... read..


A 'Naya Kashmir' for a New India
Srinagar | Friday, 2021 11:45:06 PM IST
August 5, 2021, will mark the second anniversary of the Government of Indias historic step to repeal the special status of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and bifurcate it into two Union Territories -- the UT of J&K and the UT of Ladakh. Th ... read..


Pak's failing stature and ASEAN ambition
New Delhi | Friday, 2021 9:45:06 PM IST
Pakistan carries too much unsavoury baggage and labels to be a Dialogue Partner in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). ... read..


New dawn to usher under Deuba's leadership
Kathmandu/New Delhi | Friday, 2021 9:45:06 PM IST
The restoration of Nepal's dissolved lower house of Parliament by the Supreme Court and Sher Bahadur Deuba becoming the Prime Minister for the fifth term by winning the trust vote by a comfortable margin, has finally helped the Nepalese to heave a sigh of ... read..


Afghan offensives kill 100 militants in 24 hrs
Kabul | Friday, 2021 8:45:06 PM IST
At least 100 Taliban militants were killed and about 90 others wounded during multiple offensives carried out by the Afghan security forces across the country in just 24 hours, officials confirmed on Friday. ... read..


Pak policeman killed in blast
Islamabad | Friday, 2021 7:45:06 PM IST
A policeman was killed and two civilians were injured on Friday in an explosion in Peshawar, capital of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, a rescue organisation said. ... read..


Afghanistan claims envoy's daughter kidnapped, tortured in Islamabad
New Delhi/Kabul | Friday, 2021 7:45:06 PM IST
The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs claimed that investigations have revealed that the daughter of the country's Ambassador to Pakistan had been abducted and then tortured physically and mentally in Islamabad. ... read..


Fighting escalates as Taliban attempts to capture Herat
Kabul | Friday, 2021 5:15:05 PM IST
Fighting in Afghanistan has further intensified as Taliban militants have started attacking to gain more ground in Herat province and tighten the noose around the provincial capital Herat city. ... read..


Flash floods kill 40 people in Afghanistan
Kabul | Friday, 2021 4:45:05 PM IST
At least 40 people have been killed and several others were reportedly missing after flash floods hit a village in Afghanistan's Nuristan province, an official said. ... read..


Taliban will not be accepted by international community if atrocities persist: UN envoy
New Delhi/Kabul | Friday, 2021 3:15:05 AM IST
If there is no movement at the negotiating table, and instead, human rights abuses and worse still atrocities occur in districts they control, the Taliban will not be seen as a viable partner for the international community, UN Secretary General's Special ... read..


Israel inspects NSO Group offices after Pegasus revelations
New Delhi | Friday, 2021 2:45:06 AM IST
Israeli authorities have inspected the offices of surveillance outfit NSO Group in response to the Pegasus project investigation into abuses of the companys spyware by several government clients, The Guardian reported. ... read..


Late Ali Sadpara's body found on K2 by son Sajid Ali Sadpara
Skardu | Friday, 2021 1:45:05 AM IST
Sajid Ali Sadpara, son of the renowned mountaineer late Ali Sadpara, who went missing with two others during their winter summit to the mighty K2 on February 5 this year before being declared dead, announced that he has retrieved the body of his father, a ... read..


Influx of JeM, LeT, Daesh giving Afghan war new regional dimensions: Af Prez
New Delhi | Friday, 2021 1:15:05 AM IST
A massive influx of transnational terrorist networks, particularly Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (Let), along with influx of Daesh is giving the Afghan war new regional and international dimensions, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has said ... read..


Pak records over 4,000 new Covid cases for 2nd day
Islamabad | Thursday, 2021 9:15:06 PM IST
For a second consecutive day, Pakistan recorded more than 4,000 new Covid-19 cases, which increased the overall infection tally to 1,020,324, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) said on Thursday. ... read..


Afghan forces kill 23 militants in Faryab
Kabul | Thursday, 2021 9:15:06 PM IST
A total of 23 militants were killed and three others injured as Afghan government forces stormed Taliban hideouts in Pashtunkot and Almar districts of Faryab province, an army spokesman said on Thursday. ... read..


Unfortunate to blame Pak for Afghanistan's situation: Imran
Islamabad | Thursday, 2021 8:45:06 PM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Afghanistan's repeated accusations against his country for being responsible for its worsening situation was unfortunate, adding that Islamabad has always desired for peace and an inclusive government setup ... read..


Won't accept takeover by use of force in Afghanistan: Jaishankar
New Delhi | Thursday, 2021 8:45:06 PM IST
Replying to questions of the members in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Thursday said that there must be a negotiated political settlement in Afghanistan and there cannot be a takeover of the war-torn country by us ... read..


Heavy rains wreak havoc in Islamabad, 2 dead
Islamabad | Thursday, 2021 2:45:06 PM IST
Heavy rains wreaked havoc in Pakistan's capital city of Islamabad, killing at least two people while injuring several others, officials said. ... read..


Pashtuns rally against Pakistan for perpetrating terrorism in Afghanistan
New Delhi | Thursday, 2021 2:15:05 AM IST
A war cry is resonating amongst the Pashtuns in Pakistan who held a massive gathering in Waziristan to protest against the proxy war in Afghanistan. ... read..


6 Rohingya refugees killed in flood, landslides in Bangladesh
Dhaka | Wednesday, 2021 4:45:05 AM IST
Five Rohingya refugees, including three children, in camps at Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar, died in landslides and two others were injured, while a child drowned on Tuesday as floods inundated camps 10 and 18 at Palongkhali of Ukhia following three days of no ... read..


Over 1.5L Afghans seek refuge as fighting rages in Kandahar
Kabul | Wednesday, 2021 3:15:06 AM IST
Over 22,000 Afghan families have fled from their homes to escape fighting in the former Taliban bastion of Kandahar as authorities arrested four suspected insurgents over this weeks rocket attack on Kabul. ... read..


Tibetan President thanks US for flagging China's abuses
Dharamsala | Wednesday, 2021 1:15:06 AM IST
The President of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), Penpa Tsering, said on Tuesday that he is encouraged that concerns about the ongoing abuses in Tibet are being raised by the US, and hoped that China would put an end to 60 long years of repressio ... read..


Indian Navy participates in maritime drill along East Coast of Africa
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2021 1:15:06 AM IST
The Indian Navy is participating in Exercise Cutlass Express 2021, which got underway on July 26 along the East Coast of Africa. ... read..


Taliban attack on Afghan city foiled, 28 militants dead
Kabul | Tuesday, 2021 8:45:05 PM IST
Afghan security forces have foiled a Taliban attack on the city of Taluqan city, the capital of Takhar province, and killed 28 militants, an official said on Tuesday. ... read..


Over 50,000 arrested in SL for violating quarantine laws
Colombo | Tuesday, 2021 5:15:12 PM IST
Over 50,000 people have been arrested in Sri Lanka since last October for violating the government-imposed quarantine laws amid the Covid-19 pandemic which has infected 298,181 people to date in the island nation, police said. ... read..


Militant groups may target Chinese assets in Pakistan more frequently
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2021 2:45:05 AM IST
China has been perturbed about the incident leading to the killing of 9 Chinese citizens in a suicide blast in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. ... read..


Taliban, ISIL-KP's IED-use main cause of record civilian casualties (Ld)
New Delhi/Kabul | Monday, 2021 10:15:05 PM IST
Unprecedented number of Afghan civilians will perish and be maimed this year if the increasing violence is not stemmed, said Deborah Lyons, the Secretary-Generals Special Representative for Afghanistan. ... read..


Afghan civilian casualties reach record high in 2021
Kabul | Monday, 2021 7:45:06 PM IST
The number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan reached a record high in the first half of 2021 as the conflicts continued to escalate amid US and NATO troops' withdrawal, a UN report revealed on Monday. ... read..


Lockdown extended again in Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu | Monday, 2021 6:45:06 PM IST
The ongoing lockdown in Nepal's Kathmandu Valley has been extended for an additional 10 more days until August 4, though most of the restrictive measures have been relaxed in past weeks. ... read..


Suspects of attack on ex-Maldivian Prez not directly tied to IS
Male | Monday, 2021 6:45:06 PM IST
The 10 suspects arrested in connection to a terrorist attack targeting former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed on May 6 have no direct links to the Islamic State (IS) militant group, the Maldives Police Service (MPS) said. ... read..


Search for missing S.Korean climber under at Karakoram range
Islamabad | Monday, 2021 6:45:06 PM IST
A search operation is underway to find a missing South Korean climber at the Karakoram mountain range, a Pakistani private tour operator said. ... read..


Afghan airstrikes kill over 35 Taliban militants
Kabul | Monday, 2021 3:15:06 PM IST
Airstrikes in the Afghan provinces of Helmand and Badakhshan provinces killed more than 35 Taliban militants amid the escalating violence in the war-torn country, according to defence officials. ... read..


US asks Pakistan, India to work towards stable relationship
Islamabad | Monday, 2021 6:15:06 AM IST
Just before the all-important visit of Secretary of State Antony Blinken to India and other destinations of South Asia and the Middle East, the US has issued a statement, encouraging arch-rivals India and Pakistan to work for a more stable relationship. ... read..


Nawaz Sharif's meeting with Afghan NSA in London creates uproar in Pakistan
Islamabad | Monday, 2021 3:45:05 AM IST
Pakistan's mainstream major political party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), leader and ousted Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif's recent meeting with Afghan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib in London has evoked a political storm ba ... read..


Taliban using Pakistani madrasas to recruit fighters
New Delhi | Monday, 2021 1:15:05 AM IST
Afghanistan is now squarely blaming Pakistan for supporting the Taliban insurgency with the topmost officials attacking Pakistan's links with terror in quick succession. ... read..


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