- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani wins second term(9 minutes ago)
Kabul, Feb 19 (IANS) Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has secured a second term as President of Afghanistan, the country's independent election commission has announced, more than four months after polls closed.
- Militants kill judge in Afghanistan(11:08)
Kabul, Feb 18 (IANS) Taliban militants has killed a primary court judge in Afghanistan's western Herat province, a local official said Tuesday.
- Taliban militant active on Twitter, Pak minister admits his escape(20:28)
By Aarti Tikoo Singh
New Delhi/Islamabad, Feb 17 (IANS) Pakistan on Monday admitted that former Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan who was responsible for terror attacks on Malala Yousafzai and the Peshawar Army Public School has escaped from the custody of its security agencies.
- UNSC resolutions on Kashmir need to be implemented: Guterres(00:09)
By Arul Louis
United Nations, Feb 17 (IANS) UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that the Security Council resolutions on Kashmir have to be implemented e and although he did not make a reference to it, the main resolution requires Pakistan to withdraw from the areas it occupies.
- UN chief on first official visit to Pakistan(10:21)
Islamabad, Feb 16 (IANS) UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres arrived here on Sunday on his first official visit to Pakistan to attend an international conference on Afghan refugees. He will also be visiting the holy Sikh shrine in Kartarpur.
- Pak Taliban under attack since deal with militant behind Malala shooting(15:48)
By Aarti Tikoo Singh
New Delhi/Kabul, Feb 15 (IANS) At least three top militants of Pakistani Taliban have been killed in Afghanistan ever since former spokesperson of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan's (TTP) Ehsanullah Ehsan struck a deal for his escape from military custody in Peshawar.
- JUI-F dares Imran to file treason case(13:20)
Islamabad, Feb 15 (IANS) The Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) has dared Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to file a treason case against the party's chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman as opposition lawmakers denounced the premier's call for trying the politico-religious leader.
- US to sign peace deal with Taliban, withdraw forces over 18 months (Ld)(12:46)
By Aarti Tikoo Singh
New Delhi/Washington, Feb 15 (IANS) The US government and the Taliban, by the end of this month, are to sign their peace treaty which includes a plan for a week-long ceasefire and withdrawal of all American troops from Afghanistan over a period of 18 months.
- 8 dead in Afghan airstrike amid US-Taliban peace efforts(12:16)
Kabul, Feb 15 (IANS) At least eight civilians, including a child, have been killed in an airstrike that targeted Taliban militants in Afghanistan, government officials said on Saturday, amid a breakthrough in peace talks between the US and the insurgent group.
- SL strongly objects US travel restrictions on army chief(10:43)
Colombo, Feb 15 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government has strongly objected to the travel restrictions imposed by the US on the island nation's Army chief Lt. General Shavendra Silva and his family over "credible" evidence of human rights violations in decades-long civil war, media reports said on Saturday.
- Court exempts Sharif from appearing on medical grounds(08:35)
Lahore, Feb 15 (IANS) A Lahore-based accountability court has accepted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's petition seeking exemption from appearing before it in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills(CSM) corruption case on medical grounds.
- Turkey ready to work on CPEC projects, says Erdogan(08:35)
Islamabad, Feb 15 (IANS) Visiting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) should be "better explained to Turkish entrepreneurs", adding that Ankara was "ready to work on that".
- SL approves extension of free-visa facility till April 30(12:37)
Colombo, Feb 14 (IANS) The Sri Lankan Cabinet has approved the extension of the free-visa scheme to nationals of 48 countries, including India, until April 30 as the tourism sector, which was picking up after the 2019 Easter terror attacks, took another hit due to the coronavirus outbreak, it was reported on Friday.
- 20 students hurt as mortar hits Myanmar school(09:37)
Yangon, Feb 14 (IANS) A total of 20 students were injured after a mortar launched by the Arakan Army, a local insurgent group, hit a primary school in Myanmar's Rakhine state, authorities said.
- IMF asks Pakistan to cut reliance on China(08:47)
Islamabad, Feb 14 (IANS) The visiting IMF mission has asked Islamabad "to reduce its trade and commerce reliance on Beijing" and look for other international options by signing free trade agreements (FTA) with other countries too, a media report said on Friday.
- Hasina rejects quota call for English-medium students(11:28)
Dhaka, Feb 13 (IANS) Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has rejected a call for special facilities for English-medium students to enrol at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), it was reported on Thursday.
- Intra-Afghan talks team yet to be formed(10:39)
Kabul, Feb 13 (IANS) Amid reports that the US and the Taliban were closer to a potential peace agreement, the office of Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah has confirmed that the government in Kabul was still yet to form a team for intra-Afghan talks, it was reported.