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Taliban should join Afghan peace talks, says Karzai

Taliban should join Afghan peace talks, says Karzai

KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday urged the Taliban to join talks to bring peace to the war-torn country, despite the insurgents’ leadership ruling out negotiations.
“On this holy day of Eidul Azha I once again call on those compatriots who are unhappy, I request them to join the peace efforts,” Karzai said in a statement to mark the festival.
Karzai has previously appealed to the Taliban to come to the negotiating table and low-level commanders are said to

Zardari House under security blanket following Taliban threats

ISLAMABAD: Following the gruesome bomb blast at the CID building in Karachi on Thursday, security has been further tightened around Zardari House, located in the heart of metropolis in sector F-8/3 following Taliban warnings of attacking the premises.
Well-placed sources said the entire street had been declared a “Red Zone” and no one would be allowed to enter the premises without methodical checking. It was also learnt that following the Taliban threats, all kinds of political

Teachers on strike over kidnapping by Taliban

PESHAWAR: University teaching staff in northwest Pakistan have gone on strike indefinitely to protest against the Taliban’s kidnapping of a prominent academic.
Taliban kidnapped Ajmal Khan, vice chancellor of Islamia College University,
in September from Peshawar, the capital of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province.
“Academic staff in all government and private universities in KPK have gone on strike from today,” Shuja Muhammad Khan, the provincial president

Peace talks with Afghan Taliban set to break down

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and UAE, the main facilitators of US-backed Karzai-Taliban peace talks, fear that the reconciliation process in Afghanistan is heading for a breakdown due to Obama administration’s failure to extend certain guarantees to the Taliban, including a clearly laid down timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops.
These three key players in the Afghan conflict have now been trying for months for some sort of a breakthrough in the ongoing

80 Taliban killed in fight near Pak border

KHOST: At least 80 Taliban were killed in Afghanistan during a failed attack on a NATO combat outpost near the border with Pakistan, an Afghan official said on Saturday.
“Fresh information that we received from intelligence sources shows that 80 Taliban have been killed. The bodies of the militants were left on the battlefield,” said Mukhlis Afghan, spokesman for the governor of eastern Paktika province.
NATO said earlier that 30 Taliban had been killed as international

Qazi slams Taliban for blowing up music shops

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supported the Awami National Party (ANP) in renaming the Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP), said former Jamaat Islami leader Qazi Hussain Ahmed.
Addressing a gathering on Sunday, he said only ANP wanted to rename NWFP as Khyber Pukhtunkhawa (KP) and both the PPP and the PML-N supported this party. He said that the ANP was also involved in terrorism in Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s era in Khyber

More high-level Taliban keen to talk: Holbrooke

High-level Taliban leaders are showing interest in talks with the United States-backed government in Kabul in increasing numbers, as pressure mounts from an intensifying NATO military campaign, a US special envoy said on Sunday.
But Richard Holbrooke, the administration’s envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, cautioned that the feelers so far add up to “contacts and discussions” rather than peace negotiations to end a war now in its tenth year.
“What we’ve got

Taliban dismiss peace talks, NATO upbeat

Mid-level Taliban insurgency commanders do not believe their leaders have begun tentative peace talks with the Afghan government, with many vowing on Friday not to give up the fight after nearly 10 years of war.
NATO and Afghan officials have confirmed preliminary contacts between President Hamid Karzai’s government and the Taliban, although doubt surrounds when those contacts were made, who they were made with and what, if any, progress was made.
But insurgency

43 suspected Taliban members arrested

Over 43 suspected Afghan Taliban were arrested by the police on Thursday from Kuchlak, an area about 25 kilometres from the north of provincial capital of Balochistan.
Police sources said that during a raid headed by Quetta DIG Hamid Shakeel in Killi Nakhel, they picked up 43 people on the suspicion of them being linked to the Taliban.
They were brought to Quetta and are currently being interrogated here. Sources said that those who had any links with the Afghan

Six Taliban killed in drone strike

MIRANSHAH: US drones fired missiles at a compound and vehicle in a village in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region on Monday, killing at least six militants, a senior security official told AFP.
“The identities of those killed in the strike is not yet known,” the official said on condition of anonymity. “There are still four drones flying over Datta Khel,” he said.
A second security official confirmed the strike which took place in Sunzalai village near Datta Khel, a town 45

Taliban warn Dutch govt

THE HAGUE: A senior Afghan Taliban official has warned of an attack against the Netherlands if its new government implements the agenda of anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders, the Volkskrant daily reported Monday.
“If the Netherlands maintains or intensifies its anti-Islam policy, it is certain that the Netherlands will be the target of an attack by a jihadist group,” Zabiullah Mujahed, a long-time Taliban spokesman, is quoted as having told the newspaper.
“If he (Wilders) succeeds

US drones kill 9 Taliban in North Waziristan

Two suspected US missile strikes have killed nine people in North Waziristan, intelligence and security officials said on Friday.
One strike on Friday evening in the town of Mohammad Khel killed four Taliban and a second in Datta Khel killed five, two officials said.
In the second strike, a US drone fired two missiles on a militant compound in Charkhel village, in the Dattakhel area, 25 kilometres west of Miranshah, security officials said.
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