Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports

Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports

ISLAMABAD: Three Indian engineers held by the Taliban in Afghanistan since May 2018 have been freed by the militant group in exchange for 11 of its top mem¬bers from Afghan jails, according to media reports on Monday. The release of three of the five Indian hostages follows key meet¬ings between US Special Repre¬sentative for Afghanistan […]

US senator barred from entering JK visits PaK

US senator barred from entering JK visits PaK

Islamabad: A high-level US Congressional delegation on Sunday visited Pakistan-adminstered Kashmir to assess the situation on the ground and gauge the public sentiment after India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. The delegation comprising Senators Chris Van Hollen and Maggie Hassan and US Charge d’Affaires Ambassador Paul Jones visited Muzaffarabad, the capital of […]

Pakistan rejects India’s remark on Imran’s UNGA speech

Pakistan rejects India’s remark on Imran’s UNGA speech

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday rejected India’s remarks over Prime Minister Imran Khan’s speech during UN General Assembly session. Mohammad Faisal, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement, said that India’s pretensions of casting itself as a ‘normal’ country is “reprehensible”. This comes a day after New Delhi had strongly condemned Khan’s speech […]

Democrat candidate raises concerns over situation in Kashmir

Washington:  Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren on Saturday voiced concerns over the restrictions and communication blockade in Kashmir, urging India to respect the rights of the people of Kashmir. Strict restrictions were imposed in Kashmir after the Indian government on August 5 announced abrogation of Article 370, that provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir, […]

Taliban meet US peace envoy first time since ‘dead’ deal

Kabul: The Taliban met US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Pakistan capital for the first time since President Donald Trump declared a seemingly imminent peace deal to end Afghanistan’s 18-year war ‘dead’ a month ago, a Taliban official said early Saturday. He offered few details of Friday’s meeting between Khalilzad and the Taliban delegation […]

Hasina gets call from Pak PM ahead of India tour

Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received a surprise phone call from her Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan hours ahead of her visit to India, according to officials. Khan has been dialling up Muslim leaders around the world to drum up support for Islamabad on the Kashmir issue. Hasina’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told PTI that […]

Pak asks Taliban to resume talks with US

Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday asked the Taliban to grasp the opportunity and resume talks with the US for an early and peaceful resolution of the conflict in Afghanistan, saying war is not a solution, as top leaders of the militant group met Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi here. A high-level Taliban delegation met Qureshi as […]

Pak’s 70 yr plans will collapse once growth starts in JK: Jaishankar

Pak’s 70 yr plans will collapse once growth starts in JK: Jaishankar

Washington: Once India triggers development in Jammu and Kashmir, all of Pakistan’s plan for the last 70 years against the state would come to a naught, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar told a top US think tank here. The minister also pointed out to the Washington audience that the current suspension of the mobile network […]

Pakistan summons Indian envoy over ‘ceasefire violations’

Pakistan summons Indian envoy over ‘ceasefire violations’

Islamabad: Pakistan on Wednesday summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia to protest over alleged ceasefire violations by Indian troops along the Line of Control (LoC) that it said killed a woman. The Foreign Office said that Director-General (South Asia and SAARC) Mohammad Faisal summoned Ahluwalia and condemned the ceasefire violations by the Indian troops […]

US Congress panel to hold hearing focusing on Kashmir situation

US Congress panel to hold hearing focusing on Kashmir situation

Washington: A US Congressional sub-committee on Monday said it will hold a hearing on human rights situation in South Asia with focus on Kashmir on October 22. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice Wells, who oversees all State Department policy towards South Asia will testify at the hearing, Congressman Brad […]