Free Press Journal
  • Richard Olson

    US envoy urges Pak to bring Taliban to negotiation table

    Kabul: US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Olson, has urged Islamabad to influence and bring the Taliban to the negotiation table using its leverage.

  • India’s increased military spending a threat to peace: Pak NSA

    Islamabad: Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Lt Gen (retd) Nasir Khan Janjua today said India’s increased military spending and growing arsenal of strategic weapons is a threat to his country as well as regional peace. “Pakistan is a peace-loving country but its efforts to promote regional peace are hindered by Indian desire to acquire military and strategic weapons,” he said addressing a conference here titled ‘Pakistan’s role in promoting global peace and security’.

  • Windies seek to continue win run

    Nagpur : They may have secured a semifinal slot with three straight victories but in-form West Indies would like to continue their winning ways when they face a spirited Afghanistan in their final group game of ICC World Twenty20 cricket tournament here today.

  • US Commander in Afghanistan apologises for hospital attack

    Kunduz: The new commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan apologised today to the people of Kunduz for the deadly attack on a hospital in the city last year that killed 42 people. US Army General John Nicholson traveled to the northern city to meet local leaders and relatives of those who died in the October 3 attack. A US Air Force AC-130 gunship attacked the hospital run by medical charity Doctors Without Borders in what Nicholson called a “horrible tragedy.” Nicholson’s

  • Afghanistan face tough task against South Africa

    Mumbai: Advancing into the Super 10 stage for the first time in three attempts, minnows Afghanistan will face a formidable challenge when they clash with South Africa in the ICC World Twenty 20 Championship at the Wankhede Stadium here tomorrow.

  • Taliban leader says prepare for ‘final attack’

    Kabul: Taliban leader Mullah Mansour has ordered his fighters to prepare for a “final attack” in Afghanistan, even as the government seeks to restart peace negotiations with the insurgents. “With the help of God, strong faith and resolve (…) and high morale get ready for the final attack on the enemy,” Mansour said in a statement released on Thursday, referring to the war against the Afghan government and foreign troops deployed in

  • ‘Effective use of UN sanctions will restrict Afghan violence’

    United Nations: Voicing concern over “unremitting distress signals” of a worsening security situation in war-torn Afghanistan, India said “effective” implementation of UN sanctions will ensure restrictions on the movements of groups perpetrating violence. India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin highlighted the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and called for greater efforts by the international community to support the Afghan government.

  • World T20: Sri Lanka start title defence against hopeful Afghans

    Kolkata: Struggling Sri Lanka would hope to regain their touch as they launch their title defence against qualifiers Afghanistan in the World Twenty20 at the Eden Gardens here on Thursday.  Though the contest may turn out to be a cake walk for Sri Lanka, the unpredictability of the format always keeps cricket buffs guessing. What would give Afghanistan hope is the fact that Sri Lanka have been struggling recently. They first lost

  • Struggling Sri Lanka eye positive start against Afghanistan

    Kolkata: Lost in transition, defending champions Sri Lanka will look to come out of the rut and start well against a spirited Afghanistan in their World Twenty20 Super 10 opener at Eden Gardens here tomorrow. The defending champions, who were also runners-up in 2009 and 2012, have managed to win only four of their 14 matches since they beat India to win the 2014 edition in Mirpur. They are in the middle of a transition phase after Kumar Sangakkara and

  • Zimbabwe beat Scotland by 11 runs

    Nagpur: Zimbabwe bowlers produced an impressive performance at the death to eke out a 11-run win over Scotland, registering their second successive win in the qualifying round of the ICC World T20, here on Thursday.

  • Taliban attack government offices in Afghanistan’s Helmand

    Kabul: The Taliban attacked government offices early today in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, where the insurgents have been battling government forces for months. Omar Zwak, spokesman for Helmand’s governor, said gunmen attacked the police headquarters and intelligence agency offices in Gereshk. He said security forces repelled the attack on the intelligence facility.The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, in which suicide bombers struck inside the police compound.

  • UNDP to blackout photos on Af website for Women’s Day

    Kabul :  A United Nations agency in Afghanistan plans to stop publishing photographs on its website to highlight the plight of Afghan women ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, a UN official said.

  • No secret deal in Kabul-Taliban talks: Abdullah

    Kabul: Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah has assured his countrymen that there will be no secret deal in peace talks with the Taliban.  Speaking on the occasion of the 21st death anniversary of Abdul Ali Mazari, a leader of the Islamic Unity Party of Afghanistan, Abdullah on Friday hoped that peace efforts of the government will bring lasting peace in Afghanistan, Tolo news agency reported.

  • Change in command of US-NATO forces in Afghanistan

    Kabul :  US Army General John W “Mick” Nicholson has taken command of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, inheriting America’s longest war and a vicious insurgency.  Nicholson, 58, took over today from US Army General John F Campbell, who oversaw the end of the international combat mission in 2014 and an escalation in the Taliban’s war against Kabul.