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Afghanistan

Russian Presidential Envoy calls on COAS Bajwa: ISPR
Pakistan

Russian Presidential Envoy calls on COAS Bajwa: ISPR

  • The two leaders discussed matters of mutual interest and the regional security situation, with a particular focus on the developments in the Afghan Peace Process.
  • The COAS said that peace in both countries is in the greater interest of the region.
Updated 19 Feb, 2021 05:40pm
NATO says will not withdraw forces from Afghanistan ‘before time is right’
World

NATO says will not withdraw forces from Afghanistan ‘before time is right’

  • According to Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO, the multilateral military alliance will not withdraw its forces from Afghanistan "before the time is right", after nearly two decades of involvement in the country's fight against terrorism.
  • The NATO Chief made these comments ahead of a virtual conference this week, which will signify the alliance's highest-level talks with the Biden Administration, after four years of tense relations under President Trump.
Updated 16 Feb, 2021 02:34pm
Torkham opens for pedestrian travel
Pakistan

Torkham opens for pedestrian travel

  • The crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan is now open 6 days a week for pedestrian traffic.
  • Before, Afghans would cross the Torkham border four days a week.
Published 15 Feb, 2021 01:23pm
Taliban warn US-led forces against extending their stay in Afghanistan
World

Taliban warn US-led forces against extending their stay in Afghanistan

  • "Our message to the upcoming NATO ministerial meeting is that the continuation of occupation and war is neither in your interest nor in the interest of your and our people," the Taliban said in a statement.
  • "Anyone seeking extension of wars and occupation will be held liable for it just like the previous two decades."
Updated 13 Feb, 2021 09:27pm
U.S CENTCOM Commander reviewing Taliban peace deal, concerned about escalating violence
World

U.S CENTCOM Commander reviewing Taliban peace deal, concerned about escalating violence

  • Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of the United States Central Command, stated that the level of violence in Afghanistan remains "too high", and that the Taliban's actions (under the ambit of the peace deal) are being evaluated, to find a way forward in the near future.
  • However, McKenzie stressed that the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan should be hinged on the basis of a condition-based approach.
Updated 09 Feb, 2021 11:23am
Pakistan says UN report vindicates its stand on threats from Afghanistan
Pakistan

Pakistan says UN report vindicates its stand on threats from Afghanistan

  • The report vindicates Pakistan’s longstanding position on threats posed to Pakistan and the region by groups like the TTP, JuA, HuA and their affiliates, based in Afghanistan, FO said.
    • The FO said Pakistan stands firm in its resolve to partner with international community against the menace of terrorism.
Published 08 Feb, 2021 11:08am
TTP oversaw reunification of terror groups in Afghanistan, reveals UN report
World

TTP oversaw reunification of terror groups in Afghanistan, reveals UN report

  • Report states the reunion of terror groups is moderated by al Qaeda and is expected to increase the threat to Afghanistan, Pakistan and the region
  • Reunification of these terror groups in Afghanistan has amplified the strength of TTP and resulted in a sharp increase in attacks in the region: Document
Published 07 Feb, 2021 02:43pm
Enemy attacks on civilians, Afghan forces "much higher" than last year: Report
World

Enemy attacks on civilians, Afghan forces "much higher" than last year: Report

  • According to a report by the Special Investigator General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the frequency of enemy attacks in Kabul was significantly higher than in the same quarter last year.
  • The quarterly report articulated that "recent heavy fighting between American, Afghan and Taliban forces in the Helmand and Kandahar Provinces has forced thousands of Afghan civilians to flee their homes", as the peace negotiations continue to stall.
Updated 02 Feb, 2021 03:24pm
IPRI holds webinar on the regional importance of the Afghan peace process
World

IPRI holds webinar on the regional importance of the Afghan peace process

  • On Friday, the Islamabad Policy Research Institute held a webinar on the “Afghan Peace Process and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)”, featuring Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Foreign Minister, and Vladimir Norov, Secretary General of the SCO, as the keynote speakers.
  • The webinar was the first of its kind to host Central-South Asian countries in an attempt to discuss the regional connectivity pursuits, and opened a broader discussion on the sustainability of the Afghan peace process.
Updated 30 Jan, 2021 01:56pm
Biden Administration to review U.S-Taliban deal
World

Biden Administration to review U.S-Taliban deal

  • The United States will review the peace agreement reached with the Taliban, according to an announcement from the White House.
  • Washington wants to check that the Taliban is “living up to its commitments to cut ties with terrorist groups, to reduce violence in Afghanistan, and to engage in meaningful negotiations with the Afghan government and other stakeholders”.
Updated 23 Jan, 2021 08:25pm
Biden to retain Trump's top Afghan envoy
World

Biden to retain Trump's top Afghan envoy

  • The Biden Administration is retaining the services of Zalmay Khalilzad, former President Trump's top envoy for Afghanistan peace negotiations, who has led the regular talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
  • Traditionally an incoming administration replaces politically appointed officials with their own team, particularly on crucial foreign policy matters.
Updated 23 Jan, 2021 03:25pm
Biden's Secretary of Defense nominee lays out military cooperation strategy for Pakistan
World

Biden's Secretary of Defense nominee lays out military cooperation strategy for Pakistan

  • In his confirmation meeting with the Senate Armed Services Committee, Lloyd J. Austin, President Biden's nominee for Secretary of Defense, laid out the new administration's international cooperative strategy across the global sphere, including Pakistan.
  • Austin mentioned that "Pakistan will play an important role in the political settlement in Afghanistan", adding that he would "focus on our shared interests which include training future Pakistani military leaders".
Updated 20 Jan, 2021 06:41pm