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Everything you need to know about Hamid Pur: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more

Everything you need to know about Hamid Pur: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more

U.S.-Afghan pact 'does not rule out drone strikes in Pak': U.S. Envoy

May 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Kabul, May 3 (ANI): US Ambassador Ryan Crocker has indicated that the pact between the U.S. and Afghanistan could leave the door open for continued drone strikes against insurgent targets in Pakistan after 2014, commenting on the deal signed in Kabul overnight by U.S. President Barack Obama and Afghan leader Hamid Karzai.There is nothing in this agreement that precludes the right of self-defence for either party and if there are attacks from the territory of any state aimed at us we have the inherent right of self-defence and will employ it," The Express Tribune quoted him, as saying.

Twitter storm over Obama's visit to Afghanistan

May 2, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Kabul, May 2 (ANI): Secrecy around U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Afghanistan was broken after continual chatter on Twitter about his visit.

Congress not afraid of presidential contest

May 2, 2012 at 6:32 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) The Congress Wednesday said it did not fear a presidential contest and that BJP leader Sushma Swaraj's remark that Vice President Hamid Ansari lacked the stature for the top job was unfortunate.

Presidential polls: Mamata tightlipped

May 2, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Kolkata, May 2 (IANS) With Congress looking for support for presidential polls, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee was Wednesday tightlipped but said she will try to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi to enquire about her health.

Kabul pact: Pakistan's India discomfort makes it hard, says US

May 2, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Washington, May 2 (IANS) Terrorist safe havens in Pakistan pose a tough challenge, a Pentagon report said as an American official admitted that a strategic partnership agreement with Afghanistan may be "hard" to work due to Pakistan's discomfort with a Kabul government too closely aligned with India.

BJP, JD-U to meet on presidential candidate

May 2, 2012 at 1:54 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders were set to meet their Janata Dal-United (JD-U) counterparts Wednesday, a day after the allies differed over the presidential candidate, sources said.

Kabul attack: No Indian casualties, situation being monitored

May 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Clarifying that there were no Indian casualties, India Wednesday said it was closely monitoring the situation in Kabul after eight people were killed and 17 injured in suicide bombings and a gunbattle in the Afghan capital.

Pakistan's discomfort with India makes Afghan accord hard: US

May 2, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Washington, May 2 (IANS) As President Barack Obama signed a strategic partnership agreement with Afghanistan, a senior official admitted it may be "hard" to work due to Pakistan's discomfort with a Kabul government too closely aligned with India.

Suicide blasts in Kabul after Obama visit

May 2, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Kabul, May 2 (IANS) Two suicide bombers struck near an American military base here, hours after US President Barack Obama left following a visit to the Afghan capital, officials said.

Obama signs cooperation pact with Afghanistan

May 2, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Kabul, May 2 (IANS) The US President Barack Obama signed a cooperation agreement with Afghanistan as he paid an unannounced visit to the war-torn country Tuesday on the first anniversary of the killing of Al Qaeda's ex-chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

Obama makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

May 2, 2012 at 4:18 AM

Kabul, May 2 (IANS) US President Barack Obama arrived in Kabul late Tuesday on an unannounced visit to meet his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai, reported local media citing Afghan officials.

Indian, Afghan foreign ministers hold bilateral talks

May 1, 2012 at 5:38 PM

New Delhi, May 1 (ANI): Foreign Ministers of India and Afghanistan met here on Tuesday and reviewed progress in bilateral ties.

Year after Osama, world still unsafe

May 1, 2012 at 1:06 PM

New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) A year after Osama bin Laden was hunted down and killed at his safehouse in Pakistan's military town of Abbottabad by elite American forces, an event that made splashing headlines the world over, strategic analysts across the spectrum are agreed that little has changed and the Al Qaeda may be weakened but is still dangerous.

Don't speculate on presidential poll, Mukherjee tells media

April 30, 2012 at 4:10 PM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) As the Congress is holding a series of meetings with allies to build consensus over the next president, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee Monday cautioned against speculating on the issue.

`Osama dead but Al Qaeda still dangerous'

April 30, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Washington/Islamabad, April 30 (IANS) Al Qaeda's top leaders, including its new chief Ayman al-Zawahri, continue to "burrow" in Pakistan's tribal areas, said a top US official as a Pakistani journalist warned that a dead Osama bin Laden is as dangerous as a living one.

Al Qaeda determined to make 'new history': report

April 30, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Islamabad, April 30 (IANS) A dead Osama bin Laden is as dangerous as a living one, senior Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir has written a year after the killing of the Al Qaeda chief.

Afghan foreign minister to visit India

April 28, 2012 at 4:50 PM

New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) Afghanistan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul will arrive here Monday on a three-day visit to India during which the two sides will discuss the future of their bilateral relations.

Case under SC/ST act against Amity

April 26, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Gurgaon, April 26 (IANS) A case has been registered against the Amity University administration here under the stringent SC/ST act following an alleged suicide by a close kin of the Meghalaya chief minister in the campus, a senior police official said Thursday.

MPs seek government explanation in Bofors issue

April 26, 2012 at 1:13 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) There was uproar in both houses of parliament with the BJP and other opposition parties demanding an explanation from the government on former Swedish police chief Sten Lindstrom's revelations on the Bofors gun payoff scandal, including the safe passage to main accused Ottavio Quattrocchi.

Rajya Sabha adjourned over Bofors issue

April 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha was adjourned twice Thursday as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded an explanation from the government on former Swedish police chief Sten Lindstrom's revelations on the Bofors payoff scandal, including the safe passage to main accused Ottavio Quattrocchi.

Pawar meets Sonia over presidential poll

April 25, 2012 at 11:09 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar Wednesday met Congress president Sonia Gandhi to evolve "consensus" on the presidential election due in July.

Pak SC rejects Interior Ministry report in 'ISI funding politicians' case

April 25, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Islamabad, Apr 25 (ANI): The Supreme Court (SC) which resumed hearing of the Asghar Khan case, pertaining to the alleged distribution of funds by the ISI to politicians, declared the report submitted by the Interior Ministry as unacceptable, saying that the report was based on memories of Interior Minister Rehman Malik.

Race to Raisina Hill: Lalu backs Hamid Ansari as presidential candidate

April 24, 2012 at 2:37 PM

New Delhi, Apr 24 (ANI): With the five-year term of President Pratibha Devisingh Patil drawing to a close in July this year, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad on Tuesday said Vice President Hamid Ansari should become the country's next president.

Anganwadi workers' pay may go up again

April 24, 2012 at 1:40 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) The Planning Commission is thinking of raising the remuneration of Anganwadi workers, who currently earn Rs.3,000 a month.

RJD pitches for Ansari as president

April 24, 2012 at 1:24 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Tuesday pitched for Vice President Hamid Ansari for the post of Indian president.

US, Afghanistan reach deal for 'strategic partnership' after 2014 troop withdrawal

April 23, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Washington, Apr 23 (ANI): US and Afghan negotiators have finalized a strategic partnership agreement outlining American support for the war-torn nation following the withdrawal of NATO troops at the end of 2014.

Who will be next president? Many names but could be another dark horse

April 20, 2012 at 7:33 PM

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) With less than three months before President Pratibha Patil demits office, a host of possible successors have now surfaced. But a poor Congress show in recent state elections may ensure regional parties hold the key to who will be India's 13th president.

Sam Pitroda to Hamid Ansari - who will be India's next president?

April 20, 2012 at 5:09 PM

New Delhi, April 20 IANS) With less than three months to go before President Pratibha Patil's term ends, a slew of possible successors are doing the rounds. But with the ruling Congress doing poorly in recent state elections, regional parties may hold the key to selecting the nation's 13th president.

Maldives opposition objects to presidential election in July 2013

April 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Male, April 19 (Xinhua-ANI): The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) raised strong objections on Thursday over the announcement that presidential elections will be held in July 2013 and not this year.

Vice President Ansari hails successful launch of Agni-V missile

April 19, 2012 at 12:45 PM

New Delhi, Apr 19 (ANI): Hailing India's successful launch of 5,000 km range Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-V, Vice President M. Hamid Ansari on Thursday said our scientists have done the nation proud with this splendid achievement.

Australia spells out Afghanistan exit plan

April 17, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Sydney, April 17 (IANS) Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced an early withdrawal of Australian troops from Afghanistan Tuesday, a day after the 18-hour terror siege of Kabul ended.

Afghan attacks show NATO's failure: Karzai

April 16, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Kabul, April 16 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The coordinated attacks on Afghan capital Kabul and three provinces Sunday were a failure on the part of NATO and domestic intelligence forces, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Monday.

Subramanian Swamy calls for military offensive against Taliban in Afghanistan

April 16, 2012 at 12:19 PM

New Delhi, Apr 16 (ANI): Expressing concern over the disturbing rise of militancy in Afghanistan, Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy has urged India to ink a military pact with Kabul, and deploy its military and air force to thwart the Taliban from capturing power in the strife-ridden region.

Maldives opposition hopes fair, free by-elections will lead to early presidential poll

April 14, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Male, April 14 (ANI): The Maldives opposition has expressed confidence of a free and fair poll, as voting got underway today for by-elections.

Afghan president Karzai considering preponing elections

April 13, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Kabul, April 13 (ANI): Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has said that he was contemplating preponing the 2014 presidential elections, or accelerating the handing over of security to his forces.

President, Vice President and PM greet nation on Vaisakhi

April 12, 2012 at 8:59 PM

New Delhi, Apr 12 (ANI): President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh have greeted the nation on the occasion of Vaisakhi, Vishu, Puthandu, Mesadi, Vaisakhadi and Bahag Bihu.

Former DMK minister Ramachandran arrested

April 10, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Chennai, April 10 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Police Tuesday arrested former DMK minister for health K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran for his alleged involvement in covering up a murder charge against a party member while he was a minister, said police.

Gilani to visit Afghanistan

April 4, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Islamabad, April 4 (IANS) Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Wednesday accepted an invitation from Afghan President Hamid Karzai to visit Afghanistan.

Qatar Emir to pay state visit to India

April 4, 2012 at 7:53 PM

New Delhi, Apr 4 (ANI): Qatar Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani will pay a state visit to India from April 8 to 10 at the invitation of President Pratibha Devisingh Patil.

President, PM greet nation on Mahavir Jayanti

April 4, 2012 at 7:05 PM

New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) President Prathiba Patil, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have greeted the nation on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti, which will be celebrated Thursday.

Hundreds of Afghan women jailed for committing 'moral crimes': Report

March 29, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Kabul, Mar 29(ANI): Hundreds of Afghan women have been jailed for committing for "moral crimes", including running away and having extra-marital sex, new report has found.

Zardari reaches Tajikistan for regional security talks with Karzai

March 25, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Dushanbe, Mar 25 (ANI): Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have arrived in Tajikistan for regional security talks with Afghan leader Hamid Karzai.

Pakistan - The new kid on the block - The Difa-e-Pakistan

March 24, 2012 at 8:43 PM

New Delhi, Mar.24 (ANI): They are there on web pages, on FaceBook and Twitter and, using the latest technology, wish to push their society back to the Dark Ages. This is the creed of the newly formed Difa-e-Pakistan Committee -Defence of Pakistan Committee (DPC). The Vision Statement of the DPC on its website "Will You Defend Pakistan" says:- "We envisage defending Pakistan, the only ideological nation carved in the name of Islam with our wealth and Lives (sic). Pakistan stands as the beacon of the unity of Ummah, on 'La Illaha Ilallah' (There is no God but Allah) the bedrock of our faith."

'Pak-Afghan-US trilateral forum being revived after nearly seven-months of deadlock'

March 24, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Islamabad, Mar 24 (ANI): Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States are set to revive trilateral talks after a nearly seven-month deadlock, Afghan diplomats and foreign ministry officials have said.

Pakistan - The new kid on the block - The Difa-e-Pakistan

March 24, 2012 at 5:12 PM

New Delhi, Mar.24 (ANI): They are there on web pages, on FaceBook and Twitter and, using the latest technology, wish to push their society back to the Dark Ages. This is the creed of the newly formed Difa-e-Pakistan Committee -Defence of Pakistan Committee (DPC). The Vision Statement of the DPC on its website "Will You Defend Pakistan" says:- "We envisage defending Pakistan, the only ideological nation carved in the name of Islam with our wealth and Lives (sic). Pakistan stands as the beacon of the unity of Ummah, on 'La Illaha Ilallah' (There is no God but Allah) the bedrock of our faith."

Afghan officials expected to press US for veto power over controversial night raids

March 22, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Washington, Mar 22 (ANI): Officials in Afghanistan are likely to press their US counterparts for veto power over controversial night raids on Afghan homes as well as warrants signed by a judge before the operations are carried out, according to a report.

Afghan officials expected to press US for veto power over controversial night raids

March 22, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Washington, Mar 22 (ANI): Officials in Afghanistan are likely to press their US counterparts for veto power over controversial night raids on Afghan homes as well as warrants signed by a judge before the operations are carried out, according to a report.

US offers to cede some control over controversial Afghan night raids

March 20, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Washington, Mar 20 (ANI): The United States has offered to cede some control over its night time missions into Afghan village homes, American officials have said.

US offers to cede some control over controversial Afghan night raids

March 20, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Washington, Mar 20 (ANI): The United States has offered to cede some control over its night time missions into Afghan village homes, American officials have said.

Iran sets up cyberspace council for monitoring Internet content

March 17, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Tehran, Mar 17 (ANI): Iran has stepped up its efforts to monitor, filter and block content on the Internet by forming a separate legal body to deal with online censorship.

Karzai slams US over handling of Afghan massacre but agrees to discuss troop plan

March 17, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Kabul, Mar 17 (ANI): Afghan President Hamid Karzai has slammed the United States for failing to co-operate fully with an investigation into the massacre of 16 Afghan villagers, rejecting the claim that a single soldier was responsible.

Karzai slams US over handling of Afghan massacre but agrees to discuss troop plan

March 17, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Kabul, Mar 17 (ANI): Afghan President Hamid Karzai has slammed the United States for failing to co-operate fully with an investigation into the massacre of 16 Afghan villagers, rejecting the claim that a single soldier was responsible.

Iran sets up cyberspace council for monitoring Internet content

March 17, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Tehran, Mar 17 (ANI): Iran has stepped up its efforts to monitor, filter and block content on the Internet by forming a separate legal body to deal with online censorship.

Leaked emails show Assad's wife spent thousands on Internet shopping during Syrian uprising

March 15, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Damascus, Mar 15 (ANI): Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's wife Asma spent tens of thousands of pounds on lavish accessories as her husband's regime continued its crackdown on hundreds of pro-democracy protestors, a trove of e-mails received and sent by him and his wife have revealed.

Leaked emails show Assad's wife spent thousands on Internet shopping during Syrian uprising

March 15, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Damascus, Mar 15 (ANI): Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's wife Asma spent tens of thousands of pounds on lavish accessories as her husband's regime continued its crackdown on hundreds of pro-democracy protestors, a trove of e-mails received and sent by him and his wife have revealed.

Iraqi Sunni tribal sheikh admits sending men to fight against Assad regime in Syria

March 12, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Baghdad, Mar 12(ANI): An Iraqi Sunni sheikh has admitted to sending his men and tens of thousands of dollars worth of arms and other aid across the border to fight the Bashar al- Assad regime in Syria.

Taliban vows to avenge deaths of 16 Afghan civilians in Kandahar

March 12, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Kabul, Mar 12(ANI): The Taliban has vowed to avenge the death of 16 Afghan civilians, who were killed in a house-to-house shooting spree in Panjwayi district, Kandahar by an American soldier.

Guantanamo Bay's Taliban inmates 'agree to Qatar transfer'

March 11, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Kabul, Mar 11(ANI): Five senior Taliban operatives detained at the Guantanamo Bay have agreed to be moved to custody in Qatar as part of a peace plan, the Afghan government officials has said.

Guantanamo Bay's Taliban inmates 'agree to Qatar transfer'

March 11, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Kabul, Mar 11(ANI): Five senior Taliban operatives detained at the Guantanamo Bay have agreed to be moved to custody in Qatar as part of a peace plan, the Afghan government officials has said.

Nation celebrates festival of colours 'Holi'

March 8, 2012 at 8:33 PM

New Delhi, Mar 8 (ANI): Holi, the festival of colours, is being celebrated across the country with fervor and gaiety today.

Nation celebrates festival of colours 'Holi'

March 8, 2012 at 10:31 AM

New Delhi, Mar 8 (ANI): Holi, the festival of colours, is being celebrated across the country with fervor and gaiety today.

Vice President, Prime Minister greet nation on Holi

March 7, 2012 at 9:27 PM

New Delhi, Mar 7 (ANI): Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh have greeted the nation on the auspicious occasion of Holi, the festival of colours.

Vice President Ansari greets people ahead of Holi

March 6, 2012 at 8:41 PM

New Delhi, Mar 6 (ANI): Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Tuesday greeted the citizens of the country ahead of Holi, the festival of colours.

Afghan clerics' guidelines 'a green light for Talibanisation'

March 6, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Kabul, Mar 6(ANI): New guidelines from top Afghan clerics suggesting that women are subordinate to men, and must always be accompanied by a male guardian, while traveling, are dangerously reminiscent of the Taliban era, critics have said.

Afghan clerics' guidelines 'a green light for Talibanisation'

March 6, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Kabul, Mar 6(ANI): New guidelines from top Afghan clerics suggesting that women are subordinate to men, and must always be accompanied by a male guardian, while traveling, are dangerously reminiscent of the Taliban era, critics have said.

Vice President Ansari greets people ahead of Holi

March 6, 2012 at 3:35 PM

New Delhi, Mar 6 (ANI): Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Tuesday greeted the citizens of the country ahead of Holi, the festival of colours.

US willing to transfer detention centers to Kabul

March 5, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Kabul, Mar 5(ANI): Prospects of the United Sates and Afghanistan having a long-term partnership appear to be receding but Washington has indicated its willingness to transfer its detention centers to Afghan authority within six months.

Afghan camps for Baloch separatists closed: Rehman Malik

March 5, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Islamabad, Mar 5 (ANI): Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said Afghanistan has closed training camps of Baloch separatists, allegedly on the intervention of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

US willing to transfer detention centers to Kabul

March 5, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Kabul, Mar 5(ANI): Prospects of the United Sates and Afghanistan having a long-term partnership appear to be receding but Washington has indicated its willingness to transfer its detention centers to Afghan authority within six months.

Afghan camps for Baloch separatists closed: Rehman Malik

March 5, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Islamabad, Mar 5 (ANI): Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said Afghanistan has closed training camps of Baloch separatists, allegedly on the intervention of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Time to get rid of 'strategic depth' hangover on Pak-Afghan ties: Khar

March 3, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Islamabad, Mar 3 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said she hopes for a relationship with Afghanistan based on trust and called for leaving behind the past associated with interference in that country and support for the Taliban.

Time to get rid of 'strategic depth' hangover on Pak-Afghan ties: Khar

March 3, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Islamabad, Mar 3 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said she hopes for a relationship with Afghanistan based on trust and called for leaving behind the past associated with interference in that country and support for the Taliban.

Gingrich tells Afghans to 'figure out how to live their own miserable lives'

February 28, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Washington, Feb 28 (ANI): Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has said that it is impossible to 'fix problems in Afghanistan', and added that Afghans "have to figure out how to live their own miserable lives'.

Gilani asks Afghan Taliban to join peace process

February 25, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Islamabad, Feb 25 (ANI): Pakistan has publicly appealed to the Taliban and other Afghan groups to join an 'intra-Afghan process' for advancing the cause of reconciliation and peace in the country.

Afghan officials, insurgent group respond positively to Gilani's join peace process appeal

February 25, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Islamabad, Feb 25 (ANI): Afghan officials and an insurgent group have reacted positively to an appeal by Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani for all stakeholders to enter into an intra-Afghan dialogue to stabilise their country.

Gilani asks Afghan Taliban to join peace process

February 25, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Islamabad, Feb 25 (ANI): Pakistan has publicly appealed to the Taliban and other Afghan groups to join an 'intra-Afghan process' for advancing the cause of reconciliation and peace in the country.

Gilani asks Afghan Taliban to join peace process

February 25, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Islamabad, Feb 25 (ANI): Pakistan has publicly appealed to the Taliban and other Afghan groups to join an 'intra-Afghan process' for advancing the cause of reconciliation and peace in the country.

Pak will 'support' not 'lead' Afghan reconciliation process

February 23, 2012 at 8:31 PM

London, Feb 23(ANI): Pakistan will lend its full support to any effort by the Afghan government to achieve a political settlement with the Taliban but does not want to lead a peace process that would impose a solution, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said.

Pak will 'support' not 'lead' Afghan reconciliation process

February 23, 2012 at 11:40 AM

London, Feb 23(ANI): Pakistan will lend its full support to any effort by the Afghan government to achieve a political settlement with the Taliban but does not want to lead a peace process that would impose a solution, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said.

Pakistan will not support Taliban peace talks without Afghanistan's backing: Khar

February 22, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Islamabad, Feb 22 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said her country will not support a US-driven initiative to start Afghan peace talks in Qatar unless it gets full backing from Kabul.

Karzai claims having indirect contact with one-eyed Taliban leader Mullah Omar

February 22, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Kabul, Feb 22 (ANI): Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said his government is indirectly in touch with Taliban leader Mullah Omar.

Pakistan will not support Taliban peace talks without Afghanistan's backing: Khar

February 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Islamabad, Feb 22 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said her country will not support a US-driven initiative to start Afghan peace talks in Qatar unless it gets full backing from Kabul.

Obama, Karzai discuss Afghan reconciliation with Taliban

February 21, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Washington, Feb 21 (ANI): US President Barack Obama has spoken to Afghan President Hamid Karzai over ways to reconcile with same elements of the Taliban, including his last week's meeting with Pakistani and Iranian leaders.

Obama, Karzai discuss Afghan reconciliation with Taliban

February 21, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Washington, Feb 21 (ANI): US President Barack Obama has spoken to Afghan President Hamid Karzai over ways to reconcile with same elements of the Taliban, including his last week's meeting with Pakistani and Iranian leaders.

Taliban leaders willing to talk with govt. have been killed or arrested: Karzai

February 20, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Kabul, Feb 20 (ANI): Afghan President Hamid Karzai has reportedly said that key Taliban leaders who have shown a willingness to negotiate with his government have either been killed or have been arrested.

'Karzai says Pak can never achieve dream of setting up puppet govt. after US leaves Afghanistan'

February 20, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Islamabad, Feb 20 (ANI): Afghan Prsident Hamid Karzai feels Pakistan wants to set up a puppet government after the US leaves Afghanistan, a senior Pakistani official has said.

Contrary to Romney's stance, McCain supports US-Taliban talks

February 20, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Washington, Feb 20 (ANI): American senator John McCain has said he supports talks between the United States and the Taliban in Afghanistan, putting himself at loggerheads with Mitt Romney, who he is backing for Republican presidential nomination.

Karzai asks US not to negotiate with Taliban on their behalf

February 19, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Islamabad, Feb 19 (ANI): Afghan President Hamid Karzai has asked the US not to negotiate with the Taliban on their behalf.

Karzai asks US not to negotiate with Taliban on their behalf

February 19, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Islamabad, Feb 19 (ANI): Afghan President Hamid Karzai has asked the US not to negotiate with the Taliban on their behalf.

JuD confirms banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi founder Malik Ishaq was at Difa-e-Pakistan rally

February 18, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Islamabad, Feb 18 (ANI): Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) spokesperson Yahya Mujahid has said Malik Ishaq, one of the founders of the banned militant outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, was present on the stage of the recent Defense of Pakistan Council (DPC) rally in Multan.

Afghanistan, Pakistan poles apart following trilateral summit over Karzai's Taliban demand fiasco

February 18, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Islamabad, Feb 18 (ANI): Afghan President Hamid Karzai's blunt demand to Pakistan for bringing Taliban leaders to the negotiating table has shocked the political and military leadership in Islamabad, keeping both countries poles apart in terms of reconciliation with the Taliban even after two days of high-level talks.

Pakistanis no longer shies from accepting link with Taliban: Afghan official

February 18, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Islamabad, Feb 18 (ANI): A high-ranking Afghan official has said Pakistanis no longer shy away from accepting their links with the Taliban.

'Pak-Afghan peace dialogue falters over ways to fight terrorism'

February 18, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Islamabad, Feb 18 (ANI): The dialogue on peace and stability in Afghanistan between Kabul and Islamabad has reportedly faltered because of persisting differences over how to fight terrorism and questions about what role the US will play in it.

Pak I and B Minister says NATO supply lines not restored yet

February 18, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Islamabad, Feb 18 (ANI): Pakistan Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has said that NATO supply lines had not yet been restored and that only shipments of books for Afghan children had been released on the request of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Afghanistan, Pakistan poles apart following trilateral summit over Karzai's Taliban demand fiasco

February 18, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Islamabad, Feb 18 (ANI): Afghan President Hamid Karzai's blunt demand to Pakistan for bringing Taliban leaders to the negotiating table has shocked the political and military leadership in Islamabad, keeping both countries poles apart in terms of reconciliation with the Taliban even after two days of high-level talks.

Pakistanis no longer shies from accepting link with Taliban: Afghan official

February 18, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Islamabad, Feb 18 (ANI): A high-ranking Afghan official has said Pakistanis no longer shy away from accepting their links with the Taliban.

'Pak-Afghan peace dialogue falters over ways to fight terrorism'

February 18, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Islamabad, Feb 18 (ANI): The dialogue on peace and stability in Afghanistan between Kabul and Islamabad has reportedly faltered because of persisting differences over how to fight terrorism and questions about what role the US will play in it.

Pak I and B Minister says NATO supply lines not restored yet

February 18, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Islamabad, Feb 18 (ANI): Pakistan Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has said that NATO supply lines had not yet been restored and that only shipments of books for Afghan children had been released on the request of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

JuD confirms banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi founder Malik Ishaq was at Difa-e-Pakistan rally

February 18, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Islamabad, Feb 18 (ANI): Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) spokesperson Yahya Mujahid has said Malik Ishaq, one of the founders of the banned militant outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, was present on the stage of the recent Defense of Pakistan Council (DPC) rally in Multan.

Trilateral summit: Zardari denies Pak army involved with militants in Afghanistan

February 17, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Islamabad, Feb 17 (ANI): Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has denied that his country's armed forces are involved with militants in Afghanistan.