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US envoy to attend talks in Kabul

Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Mark Grossman will represent the United States at the third meeting of the US-Afghanistan-Pakistan Core Group in Kabul to “support a process of Afghan-led reconciliation,” the

Kabul critical of ISI

Pakistan’s spy agency should have known Osama bin Laden was hiding not far from its capital, Afghan officials said on Wednesday, the first direct comments from Kabul about its neighbour’s apparent inability

PM briefs president on Kabul visit

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Monday met President Asif Ali Zardari to take him into confidence about the decisions taken during his successful visit to Afghanistan. Official sources said the PM gave a detailed briefing to the president about his visit to Afghanistan during a one-on-one meeting held at the Presidency.
They exchanged views on the overall political situation of the country, proposed expansion in the cabinet, discussed the law and order and PPP’s

Kayani opens new road from Bannu to Kabul

PESHAWAR – Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani inaugurated the construction of a new road between Pakistan and Afghanistan on Thursday that will go through Bannu-Ghulam Khan in North Waziristan Agency. The CoAS, along with Peshawar Corps Commander Lt General Asif Yaseen Malik, visited the border town in North Waziristan where he was briefed about the project, to be completed in a year at the estimated cost of Rs 5 billion.
Kayani, upon arrival in North

Students gather in Kabul on fifth day of Afghan protests

KABUL – Around 250 young Afghans gathered at Kabul University on Tuesday shouting “death to America” on the fifth day of protests against the burning of a Koran by a fundamentalist US pastor. Thousands of people have taken to the streets in protests around Afghanistan.
There has been deadly violence in two cities, although most protests ended with nothing more dramatic than burning of flags and effigies. Twelve people died in Kandahar over Saturday and Sunday, when demonstrators

Kabul supermarket bomb kills eight

KABUL – A suicide attack on a supermarket popular with foreigners killed eight people in the embassy district of the Afghan capital on Friday, the first major attack by the Taliban on civilians in Kabul in nearly a year.
Three foreign women were among the dead, and six people were wounded, Kabul Police Chief Ayub Salangi said. A Reuters reporter saw the body of a child taken away from the gutted supermarket. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast and said they were

FROM KARACHI TO KABUL: UNSAFE HIGHWAYS – Sindh, Balochistan home depts ordered to secure NATO supply route

KARACHI – Declaring the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) supply route from Karachi to Kabul for the allied forces in Afghanistan unsafe, the federal government has asked the home departments of Sindh and Balochistan to adopt a foolproof security plan for the itinerary, sources in the Sindh Home Department told Pakistan Today.
They said that the NATO supply route is under attack by unidentified suspects, whereas goods transporters are being uncooperative with the

Envoy denies Kabul will hold council with Pakistan

KABUL – The leader of an Afghan peace delegation to Pakistan denied on Monday that the two countries had reached an agreement to hold a peace gathering, contradicting an earlier statement from Islamabad.
A group from President Hamid Karzai’s High Council for Peace (HCP), led by former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani, held high-level talks in the Pakistani capital last week.
Pakistan’s foreign ministry said the two neighbouring countries had reached an agreement to

Fuel prices jump in Kabul as Iran blocks shipments

KABUL – Fuel prices rose by about 27.4 percent, with petrol about 12.3 percent, during the outgoing week as a result of shortages after Iran blocked shipments of oil into Afghanistan, Kabul-based dealers said. One litre diesel was sold for 65 afghanis and the same amount of petrol for 56 afghanis against their last week’s rates of 51 afghanis and 48 afghanis respectively, a fuel seller in Taimani area of the city, Ahmad Khali said.
He said the prices could further increase if

Kabul toughens stance against security firms

KABUL – Kabul said on Thursday that President Hamid Karzai ordered his government to intensify efforts to disband private security firms, the latest twist in a saga that has pitted him against his Western allies.
Karzai met his National Security Council (NSC) to discuss the future of the firms, the government announced, one day after rejecting US calls to nearly double the legal quota of private security guards in the war-torn country.
The president, whose relations with

Foreign forces raid in Kabul leaves two guards dead

KABUL: Two Afghan security guards have been killed after international forces raided the offices of a transportation company in Kabul, a senior police officer said Friday.
“Foreign forces have conducted an operation in district four of Kabul city in which two private guards of the business were killed,” Mohammad Zahir, the city police’s chief of criminal investigations, told AFP. He added that the guards worked for a private security company which provided services at Tiger

NATO chief in Kabul seeks more AWACS

BERLIN/BRUSSELS: The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces commander in Afghanistan has requested more Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) reconnaissance aircraft, an alliance official said on Saturday, although a likely demand for Germany to contribute will meet strong political opposition.
NATO headquarters in Brussels said it was looking into the request from General David Petraeus, commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. “A letter was sent and it’s being