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Suicide bomber targets Shia students in Kabul, killing 48

A suicide bomber targeted students preparing for university exams in a Shia neighbourhood of Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 48 people and wounding 67 in an attack blamed on the Islamic State group, officials said. The bombing was the latest large-scale assault on Afghanistan’s Shia community. It comes amid …

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After Iran and North Korea; Now Hold Pakistan’s Feet to the Fire

Trump’s declarations regarding Pakistan have diminished U.S. influence in South Asia. by Francesca Silvestri Over the past year, nuclear non-proliferation diplomacy has succumbed to divergent pressures, including: – global moves via the United Nations and led by the United States to halt North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons (and missile …

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CM Balochistan shows satisfaction on Pak-Afghan border security

QUETTA: Interim Chief Minister Balochistan Alla ud Din Mari said on Sunday that, our brave Security Forces have been securing Pak-Afghan border with providing their utmost efforts, people of bordering city Chaman are patriotic and peaceful. Visiting Pak-Afghan bordering City on Sunday Interim CM Balochistan Alla ud Din Mari said, people living across the …

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In Balochistan, Dying Hopes for Peace

Increasing attacks by the Islamic State in Balochistan are connected to Pakistan’s failed strategy of encouraging and using Islamist militants to crush Baloch rebels and separatists. By Malik Siraj Akbar Mr. Akbar is a journalist from Balochistan. On Friday, several hundred tribesmen and students from religious seminaries gathered at a …

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Iran’s Chabahar port is where Asian and Middle Eastern rivalries collide

By James M. Dorsey Iran’s Indian-back port of Chabahar was Inaugurated months before the United States re-imposed sanctions on the Islamic republic is where Asia and the Middle East’s multiple political conflicts and commercial rivalries collide. Chabahar was destined to become a player in geopolitical and economic manoeuvring between China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi …

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Afghanistan blast: Sikhs among 19 dead in Jalalabad suicide attack

A suicide bombing in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad has killed at least 19 people, most of them members of the country’s Sikh minority. Police said they had been travelling in a vehicle to meet President Ashraf Ghani, who is visiting Nangarhar province, when the bomber struck. Among those …

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Suicide attack in restive eastern Afghanistan on Sunday killed at least 14: Officials

JALALABAD: A suicide attack in restive eastern Afghanistan on Sunday killed at least 14 people and wounded 45, an official said, the second attack in as many days to mar an unprecedented ceasefire. The explosion happened outside the Nangarhar provincial governor’s office in the capital Jalalabad, his spokesperson Attaullah Khogyani told AFP. …

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At least 26 dead in Afghanistan suicide attack during Eid ceasefire

A suicide bomber killed at least 26 people at a gathering of Taliban and Afghan armed forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar on Saturday, an official said, as soldiers and militants celebrated an unprecedented Eid ceasefire. The blast in the town of Ghazi Aminullah Khan wounded at least 54 others …

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Islamabad, Kabul chalking out strategy to establish peace in Afghanistan

President Mamnoon Hussain revealed on Sunday that Islamabad and Kabul were collaborating to draft a comprehensive strategy for establishing peace in Afghanistan, Radio Pakistan reported. Addressing the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Qingdao, the president reiterated Pakistan’s efforts to promote peace and stability in its war-torn neighbor. He praised …

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US Secretary of State calls Gen Bajwa to discuss political reconciliation in Afghanistan

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has spoken by phone with Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa to discuss the process of political reconciliation in Afghanistan and other issues. A statement released on Thursday by State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Pompeo and Gen Bajwa discussed ways to advance US-Pakistan …

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