A Pakistani government team was en route Wednesday to a secret location in the country's northwest for the first-ever direct talks with the Taliban, according to a cleric representing the militants.
Tehran's Interior Minister has warned Pakistan that Iranian forces may enter Pakistani and Afghan territory to release border guards seized by a rebel group.
The first round of peace talks between the Pakistani Taliban and the government has been held in Islamabad following numerous delays. That’s according to Al Jazeera. The talks initiative was announced last week by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, following a spate of attacks that have killed dozens of people. Negotiations are due to resume on Friday. The Voice of Russia talked to Ahmed Quraishi, Pakistani columnist and a senior research fellow at the Project "Pakistan in the 21st Century".
A bomb on Wednesday killed five Pakistani soldiers in a restive tribal region near the Afghan border, security officials said.The explosion took place in a village in the South Waziristan tribal region.
On Tuesday, speaking at the Atlantic Council, the US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins dismissed all talks of a "zero option" in Afghanistan after the pullout of Western troops in 2014. In fact, despite apparent hesitations on the part of President Barack Obama earlier this year, few experts ever believed that the US is going to completely free the country of its military presence. The problem, though, is of a different nature – will the Afghans and their leaders who come to power after President Hamid Karzai steps down in the same 2014, tolerate foreign military presence, and won't the situation repeat that of Iraq – in a much direr version?
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has met Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad for talks on restarting a peace process with the Taliban.
Intense, inescapable, and irrefutable is the tug-o-war relationship which exists between two divided nations. According to a 2013 poll, 55 percent of people believe Pakistan has a mainly negative influence. Two specialists give the Voice of Russia the run down on how friendship can be feasible for the two nations looking to make economic and social improvements.
A bomb explosion on Thursday killed at least two people and wounded eight others including four paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) officials in a southwestern Pakistani town near the Afghan border, officials said.
A suicide bomber on Friday killed one policeman and one civilian in southern Afghanistan on the border with Pakistan, injuring two more policemen and eight civilians, police said.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that he was "exhausted" and wanted to retire from politics at the end of his current term.
Eleven people have died after police in Kandahar in southern Afghanistan cracked down on a violent demonstration against attempts by Pakistan to build border posts along a colonial-era separation line which the Afghans believe runs inside Afghan territory.
Afghan and Pakistan troops exchanged fire on Monday at a contested border area in eastern Afghanistan days after an Afghan border policeman was killed, Afghan officials said.
One Afghan border policeman was killed and two Pakistani soldiers were wounded in an exchange of fire along the border late on Wednesday, officials from both countries said on Thursday.
Pakistani officials say at least eight suspected militants have been killed after several US drones fired missiles at a compound near the Afghan border, AP reports.
Afghanistan has banned all newspapers and magazines from Pakistan saying they are pro-Taliban.
Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rasul asked the UN Security Council Friday to take up the shelling of Afghanistan’s Kunar Province by Pakistan.
Pakistani police units are moving into Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province to flush out militants who on Friday overran four districts setting up checkpoints and mining the roads.
Tuesday Pakistan and the U.S. signed a memorandum of understanding governing the conditions for the resumption of the transit of NATO cargo through Pakistani territory.
More than 250 rockets were fired on Sunday by the Pakistani military in the eastern Afghan province of Kunar . Three civilians were wounded and dozens of homes were destroyed. The intense rocket attacks in Kunar began six weeks ago. In the last 45 days 40 people were killed and thousands of Afghans have fled their villages.