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Popular support for militants complicates Pakistan crackdown

BAHAWALPUR, Pakistan (AP) — On the congested streets of Bahawalpur, a city in southern Pakistan’s jihadi heartland, emotions run high in favor of Jaish-e-Mohammad, a U.N.-designated terror group that recently pushed nuclear-armed India and Pakistan to the brink of war. Such support complicates Prime Minister Imran Khan‘s latest crackdown on militant groups, including Jaish-e-Mohammed. In … Continue reading Popular support for militants complicates Pakistan crackdown

Tensions escalate as Indian airstrike hits inside Pakistan

BALAKOT, Pakistan (AP) — Tensions escalated sharply on the Asian subcontinent Tuesday with nuclear-armed neighbors Pakistan and India trading accusations and warnings after a pre-dawn airstrike by India that New Delhi said targeted a terrorist training camp. Pakistan said there were no casualties, while New Delhi called the attack a pre-emptive strike that hit a … Continue reading Tensions escalate as Indian airstrike hits inside Pakistan

DOHA, Qatar | Senior Taliban leaders in Qatar for talks with US envoy

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Senior Taliban leaders, including one of the group’s founders, were to hold another round of talks Monday in Qatar with Washington‘s special peace envoy as U.S. efforts intensify to find a negotiated solution to Afghanistan’s 17-year war, America’s longest. The Taliban, some of whom arrived in Doha, Qatar’s capital, from Pakistan … Continue reading DOHA, Qatar | Senior Taliban leaders in Qatar for talks with US envoy

ISLAMABAD | Woman acquitted of blasphemy still can’t leave Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan has been transferred from a secret location near the capital to another in Karachi, but is still unable to leave the country to join her daughters in Canada, a friend said Saturday. Aman Ullah, who spoke to … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Woman acquitted of blasphemy still can’t leave Pakistan

ISLAMABAD | Friend: Christian woman freed by court transferred south

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Christian woman freed by Pakistan’s Supreme Court three months after acquitting her on a blasphemy charge has been transferred from her previous location near the capital by security forces, unable to leave Pakistan to join her daughters in Canada, a friend said Saturday. Aman Ullah, who said he spoke to Aasia … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Friend: Christian woman freed by court transferred south

ISLAMABAD | Pakistan, Saudis, UAE join US-Taliban talks

ISLAMABAD— The Taliban held another round of talks with U.S. officials on Monday, this time in the United Arab Emirates and also involving Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati representatives, part of the latest attempt to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s 17-year war. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid offered few details of the daylong meeting except to … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Pakistan, Saudis, UAE join US-Taliban talks

ISLAMABAD | Taliban say they’re meeting US officials again on Monday

ISLAMABAD— The Taliban say they are holding “another” meeting on Monday with U.S. officials, this time in the United Arab Emirates and also involving Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati representatives in the latest attempt to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s 17-year war. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid offered no further details. Khalil Minawi, director of Afghanistan’s … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Taliban say they’re meeting US officials again on Monday

ISLAMABAD | Pakistan kicks out 18 charities after rejecting final appeal

ISLAMABAD— Pakistan is kicking out 18 international charities after rejecting their final appeal to stay in the country, a move that an aid group spokesman said Thursday would affect millions of desperately poor Pakistanis and lead to tens of millions of aid dollars lost. The majority of the shuttered aid groups are U.S.-based, while the … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Pakistan kicks out 18 charities after rejecting final appeal

ISLAMABAD | Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar

ISLAMABAD— The Taliban have held three days of talks with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Gulf state of Qatar, where the Afghan insurgent group has a political office. A Taliban official and another individual close to the group confirmed the talks, which are aimed at renewing the Afghan peace process and eventually winding down … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar

ISLAMABAD | AP EXPLAINS: Pakistani Christians, an embattled minority

ISLAMABAD— The uproar surrounding Aasia Bibi — a Pakistani Christian woman who was acquitted of blasphemy charges and released from death row but remains at a secret location for her protection — has drawn attention to the plight of the country’s Christians. The minority, among Pakistan’s poorest, has faced an increasingly intolerant atmosphere in this … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | AP EXPLAINS: Pakistani Christians, an embattled minority

KABUL, Afghanistan | Taliban attack kills top Afghan officials, US general unhurt

KABUL, Afghanistan — A high-level meeting to lay out security plans for Afghanistan’s upcoming parliamentary elections had just concluded when an elite Afghan guard turned his gun Thursday on the departing delegation in an attack that killed the powerful Kandahar police chief but missed the top U.S. commander in the country, Gen. Scott Miller. The … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Taliban attack kills top Afghan officials, US general unhurt

KABUL, Afghanistan | Taliban say ‘general’ discussion held with US special envoy

KABUL, Afghanistan  — Taliban officials say they held “general discussions” with Washington‘s special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who is tasked with finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s protracted and increasingly bloody war. The officials, who spoke to the Associated Press on Saturday on condition they not be identified because of the sensitivity of the process, said … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Taliban say ‘general’ discussion held with US special envoy

ISLAMABAD | US envoy on Afghan peace takes his mission to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD  — Washington’s newly named point man tasked with finding a peaceful end to Afghanistan’s 17-year war is in Pakistan to seek the help of the new government in Islamabad in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table, the U.S. Embassy said Tuesday. A former U.S. ambassador in Kabul, Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Pakistan from … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | US envoy on Afghan peace takes his mission to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD | Pakistan orders 18 international aid groups closed

ISLAMABAD— Pakistan ordered 18 international aid organizations to close, threatening the assistance they provide to some of the country’s most vulnerable, international aid workers said Friday. The majority of the shuttered aid groups are U.S.-based, while the remainder are from Britain and the European Union, according to a government list, which was seen by The … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Pakistan orders 18 international aid groups closed

KABUL, Afghanistan | US Defense secretary makes surprise visit to war-weary Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan — Defense Secretary James Mattis made a surprise visit to Afghanistan’s war-shattered capital on Friday, the U.S. command in Afghanistan said, just days after a suicide bomber killed 21 people in the city and wounded 90 others. Accompanied by Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Mattis met with senior … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | US Defense secretary makes surprise visit to war-weary Kabul