Taliban agrees to attend Afghan peace talks in Moscow

Senior members of the Taliban will attend talks with the Kabul government in Moscow this week to discuss the future of war-ravaged Afghanistan, the insurgent group said Monday. The two sides are due to meet at Russia’s invitation ahead of a May deadline for US President Joe Biden to decide whether to end the two-decade… Continue reading Taliban agrees to attend Afghan peace talks in Moscow

Pakistan against India’s inclusion in Afghan talks

Pakistan on Thursday welcomed US efforts in the Afghan peace process, but the Foreign Ministry questioned India’s inclusion in a proposed meeting on Afghanistan under the United Nations. During a weekly press briefing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said his country welcomes US efforts to re-energize the peace process and expedite a final political… Continue reading Pakistan against India’s inclusion in Afghan talks

Washington must save the Afghan peace process while there is still time

The US special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad has been visiting Kabul and Doha in what appears to be an unending series of negotiations with his interlocutors. The latest visit comes in the backdrop of a renewed call by Taliban to honor the decisions of the agreement that was reached with the Americans on February… Continue reading Washington must save the Afghan peace process while there is still time

Pakistan’s new ‘Geoeconomics’ lawfare

Of late, statements from the highest level in Pakistan’s government have urged the global community to build a relationship with the country centered around “geoeconomic security.”  The new policy posture is aimed at the Biden administration, but it appears in equal proportion in Pakistan’s recent diplomatic overtures to other countries. In the past, Pakistan’s global pitch was peppered with terms… Continue reading Pakistan’s new ‘Geoeconomics’ lawfare

US tests push for sweeping change in Afghanistan as pullout nears

President Joe Biden is testing whether he can bring sweeping changes in Afghanistan, including a potential government involving the Taliban, in a high-risk strategy as he weighs whether to honour a May deadline to end America’s longest war. In a letter leaked to Afghan media over the weekend, Secretary of State Antony Blinken encouraged Afghan… Continue reading US tests push for sweeping change in Afghanistan as pullout nears

Pakistan takes India to task at UNHRC for massive human rights abuses

Pakistan has once again laid before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) the ever-worsening human rights record of India, putting the spotlight on the deteriorating human rights situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). With its worsening human rights situation, India had become an extremist country where minorities live in constant fear.… Continue reading Pakistan takes India to task at UNHRC for massive human rights abuses

Pakistan condemns India at UNHCR on human right abuses

Pakistan has slammed India at the UNHCR for its bleak human rights record, deteriorating human rights situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and for emerging as the largest extremist country where minorities live under constant threat. Pakistan during the ongoing 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council has decried India’s massive… Continue reading Pakistan condemns India at UNHCR on human right abuses

Mujahideen leader Hekmatyar dubs intra-Afghan peace talks ‘failed’

Veteran Afghan Mujahideen leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar on Thursday dubbed intra-Afghan peace talks in Qatar as “failed” and demanded that they be moved to another country. Addressing a press conference at his party headquarters in the capital Kabul, Hekmatyar blamed the Afghan government for deliberately prolonging the talks and not releasing prisoners associated with his Hezb-e-Islami… Continue reading Mujahideen leader Hekmatyar dubs intra-Afghan peace talks ‘failed’

‘Daesh/ISIS militants move to Afghanistan’: SCO

The secretary-general of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Friday said Daesh/ISIS militants moved to Afghanistan from the Middle East and posed a threat to regional security. Speaking at a webinar, Vladimir Norov said he remained concerned over the deteriorating situation in the border regions of Afghanistan. The webinar, Afghan Peace Process and Shanghai Cooperation… Continue reading ‘Daesh/ISIS militants move to Afghanistan’: SCO

US, Pakistan diplomats discuss court’s Pearl ruling

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke Friday with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi about Pakistani Supreme Court ruling to free suspects in American journalist’s murder. “Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Qureshi discussed how to ensure accountability for convicted terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and others responsible for the kidnapping and murder of American… Continue reading US, Pakistan diplomats discuss court’s Pearl ruling