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Afghanistan to delay presidential election to July: election body

KABUL: Afghanistan’s presidential election will be postponed by three months to July 20 to give authorities more time to organise the ballot, election authorities announced on Sunday, following mounting speculation of a delay. The announcement follows heavy criticism of October’s chaotic parliamentary election, which saw problems ranging from roadside bomb attacks to malfunctioning biometric voter verification equipment, incomplete voter lists and huge delays at polling sites. The timing of the election has also been…

FM Qureshi calls on President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul

KABUL: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi called on Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on Monday (today), Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal reported on his official Twitter account. Earlier today, Foreign Minister (FM) Qureshi held a meeting with his Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani as the former kicked off his four-nation tour today. The two dignitaries discussed progress on the Afghan peace process as reported by Dr Muhammad Faisal. “Issues of mutual interest, progress on Afghan peace abd…

Taliban peace deal ‘when, not if’: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

WASHINGTON: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani voiced confidence Monday on reaching a peace deal to end the Taliban insurgency — but warned Pakistan's alleged meddling risked sparking long-term hostility. "I feel that it is now not a question of if, but when," Ghani said of a peace agreement in a wide-ranging appearance by video at Johns Hopkins University, where he was formerly a professor. "All wars have to end politically. There are very few wars, particularly the wars of the 21st century, that are going to end…

Afghan envoy to India steps down during President Ghani’s Delhi visit

DELHI: Resignation of Afghanistan ambassador to India came as a flabbergasted announcement for the Afghan government on Wednesday when President Ashraf Ghani was concluding his visit to Dehli meanwhile. Ambassador to India Dr Shaida Mohammad Abdali tendered his resignation on Wednesday, the diplomat announced his resignation on Twitter, at the end of President Ashraf Ghani's day-long visit to Delhi. In what he dubbed as "a tough but appealing decision" he took to Twitter to announce his resignation.…

Afghan district governor among seven killed in Taliban attack: officials

GHAZNI, Afghanistan: Taliban militants launched a pre-dawn raid on a district government compound in Afghanistan on Thursday, killing at least seven people including the local governor, officials said. Six police also died and nine intelligence officers were wounded in the attack on the Khwaja Omari district headquarters in the southeastern province of Ghazni, provincial governor spokesman Aref Noori told AFP. The militants used a ladder to climb into the compound in the early hours of Thursday, deputy provincial…

Army Chief Gen Bajwa departs for Kabul to meet Afghan president

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Sunday left for Kabul, capital city of Afghanistan, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement. According to Pakistan Army’s media wing, the COAS will hold a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other dignitaries including military officials. However, no further details were shared with regard to agenda of the meeting. Both countries have been trading accusations of fomenting political unrest through militancy and terrorism…