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Afghanistan’s national security adviser resigns in break with president

KABUL: Afghanistan’s national security adviser, one of the most influential aides to President Ashraf Ghani, resigned on Saturday, a move one official said could be followed by his own bid for the top job in next year’s scheduled election. Hanif Atmar’s resignation was accepted by Ghani, presidential spokesman Haroon Chakhansuri told Reuters. The spokesman gave no official reason for the abrupt departure, but a copy of Atmar’s resignation letter obtained by Reuters said he had developed “serious differences over…

Meeting in London today to defuse Pak-Afghan tensions

ISLAMABAD: London hosting talks between Pakistani and Afghan top officials on Wednesday (today) to resolve tensions and normalize bilateral ties, ARY News reported. Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz will meet Afghan National Security Adviser (NSA) Hanif Atmar in London today in an effort to defuse tensions between the two countries over alleged terrorist sanctuaries. United Kingdom hosting the meeting, resuming its mediatory role in the complicated Pakistan-Afghanistan equation. This would…

Pakistan calls on Afghanistan to eliminate terror safe havens: Aziz

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Friday called Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar and urged to take strong action against terror elements and reaffirm that its soil was not used for terrorism in Pakistan. According to a statement by the Foreign Office, Sartaj Aziz underlined that the government and the people of Pakistan were in a state of deep anguish at the recent terrorist incidents in various parts of Pakistan resulting in loss of precious lives. He conveyed that…