Category: Taliban

Will fatwa by Islamic students drive Taliban to be a half of talks? 0

Will fatwa by Islamic students drive Taliban to be a half of talks?

Prominent Muslim scholars from three countries are set to meet in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, on Friday, aimed at finding a solution to decades of war and bloodshed in Afghanistan. At the trilateral Ulema Conference, scholars from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Indonesia will discuss challenging the narrative of “jihad”, or a holy war, pushed by the…

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Pakistan’s ‘disappeared’: The worth of the battle in opposition to Taliban

Rawalpindi/Peshawar, Pakistan – As lightning cuts across the darkened Peshawar sky, Manzoor Pashteen implores thousands of demonstrators to no longer be afraid. The rain lashes down upon them, as they stand in rapt attention, listening to the leader of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), a civil rights movement that has quickly risen to national prominence…

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Malala returns house for first time since Taliban shooting

Islamabad, Pakistan – Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has met Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the capital, Islamabad, hours after arriving in her home country. Speaking at a ceremony held in her honour by the prime minister, a visibly moved Yousafzai wiped tears from her eyes as she spoke of coming home for the first time since she…

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US, UAE uncared for chance to defend Taliban leader: Post

The US government and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) missed an opportunity to capture the late leader of the Afghan Taliban when he visited Dubai, a news report said. Former Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor reportedly visited the Gulf emirate for fundraising a few months before his assassination in May 2016, in a US air raid…

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‘Miserable, harmless’ Afghan farmers killed in raid concentrated on Taliban

In the early hours of Saturday, as farmers watered their crops in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar, a unit of the Afghan security and intelligence forces carried out a deadly raid. At least seven farmers were killed in the assault on two villages in the province’s Chaparhar district. “We heard helicopters coming our way where…

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US lauds Afghan provide to start talks with Taliban

Islamabad, Pakistan – The United States has lauded Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s offer to open negotiations with the Afghan Taliban, with senior US State Department official Alice Wells saying the armed group has some “legitimate grievances” over governance. “We’ve always said that the legitimate grievances raised by the Taliban over justice, over corruption, over predatory…

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Afghan president offers to recognise the Taliban

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has offered to recognise the Taliban as a legitimate political group, as part of a proposed process he said could lead to talks aimed at ending more than 16 years of war.  Ghani’s offer on Wednesday, made at the start of an international conference aimed at creating a platform for peace…

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Pakistan musicians maintain silence in primitive Taliban stronghold

Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan – Ten-year-old Maqsood Rehman always had a beautiful singing voice, and was often called upon to lead students at his primary school in their morning rendition of the national anthem. One morning in 2005, however, things changed dramatically. Members of the Pakistani Taliban, who were gaining influence in the district at…

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Refugees deported by Europe attacked by Taliban, ISIL

Nasir*, a 26-year-old shopkeeper from the northern Kunduz province, left as a refugee for Europe in July 2015 – the year his father, a local police officer, was killed by unknown assailants. Last month, having returned to Afghanistan after being deported from Finland, he was injured in a Taliban-claimed massacre in Kabul that killed more than 100 people. As…