Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Topic: Afghanistan

Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan's president, center, arrives at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan

Pakistan casts doubts on US-Taliban talks it facilitated

While talks between US and Taliban carry on, Pakistan believes nothing will come of it unless either party is willing to change its stand.
Girls studying in a school in Pakistan

Local tribal council negotiating talks with militants who burnt down schools in Diamer district

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Online petition launched asking Imran Khan to lift ban on release of film ‘Manto’ in Pakistan; Pakistan-Afghanistan border to be completed by December 2019. 
Mike Pompeo

Pakistan rejects US censure on its religious freedom violations

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Shah Mehmood Qureshi asks for India’s help to end the Afghan war; Balochistan cabinet calls CPEC spending in province so far a “joke”.
US Special Representative Zalmay Khalizdad | @US4AfghanPeace/Twitter

What Trump’s USA must remember about terrorism when negotiating with Taliban & Pakistan

While trying to persuade Taliban and Pakistan to deliver peace, the US cannot afford to ignore the concerns of the Afghan govt.
A tobacco cigarette

Pakistan govt move to impose ‘sin tax’ on cigarettes, sugary beverages draws flak

Here’s what’s happening across the border: World Bank says India-Pakistan trade has potential to reach $37 billion, and Bill Gates appreciates Imran Khan's polio eradication efforts. 
Pak PM Imran Khan

Imran Khan’s Instagram page is world’s second most active government-run account, says BCW

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Pakistan assures help in advancing Afghan peace process after Trump’s request; Finance minister says country's economic crisis is over.
Sikh pilgrims wave from a special train as they leave for Pakistan to visit Nankana Sahib for celebrating 550th birthday anniversary of Guru Nanak | PTI

Pakistan offers land to Sikh organisations to build 5-star hotels for Indian pilgrims

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Imran Khan says Pakistan won’t fight imposed war on its soil anymore; World Economic Forum report claims water crisis could affect Pak economy drastically.
Matthew Hedges

British student imprisoned for life in UAE for spying

Kabul bombing death toll rises to 55, and the Leaning tower of Pisa has lost 4 centimetres of its tilt.
Najam Sethi

Najam Sethi, man for all Pak seasons, back in new ‘bird’ avatar

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Human rights minister angry as niqab-wearing girl not allowed entry in Lahore school; Pak Air Force hit by developing cyber attack.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani in New Delhi | Shahbaz Khan/PTI

India’s presence at Moscow-led Taliban talks is no real departure from the past

India has consistently looked to have a say in any settlement in Afghanistan but its ability to shape any outcome remains limited.
Foreign investment has transformed China

A little humility from the Communist Party will serve China well

By taking all the credit for the country’s stunning economic rise, the Communist Party is threatening its continued prosperity.
madhya pradesh

MP push for 70% industry jobs to locals: Valid regionalism or is Congress the new Shiv Sena?

Kamal Nath, on his first day as Madhya Pradesh chief minister, announced incentives for industries that hire 70 per cent local workers. When questioned about th...