Free Press Journal
  • Afghan parliament attack

    The ISI-Taliban tango

    The attack on the Afghan parliament building on Monday ought to serve as an early warning to the Indian security establishment about the dangers that lie ahead once the Americans completely leave that god-forsaken country. Mercifully, the attackers, all seven of them, including a suicide bomber, were killed by the Afghan National Security Forces. This should suggest that the time, effort and money spent by the Americans to train the security forces

  • Attack on Afghanistan Parliament foiled

    Kabul : In a major embarrassment, at least five people were killed and 31 others, including five women, injured in an attack by a Taliban suicide team on the Afghan Parliament here on Monday. The assault, which triggered gunfire and explosions and sent lawmakers scurrying for cover in chaotic scenes relayed live on television, came even as a second district in the northern province of Kunduz fell to the Islamist group. The brazen attack came

  • World-famous Buddhas of Bamiyan resurrected?

    Kabul : Fourteen years after the Taliban dynamited the world-famous Buddhas of Bamiyan, the giant statues were resurrected with 3D light projection technology in the empty cavities where they once stood in Afghanistan.

  • Coastal Shipping Agreement: Coastal windfall in land trade-off

    While much is being made of the Land Boundary Agreement between India and Bangladesh, the real game changer in the recent talks between the two neighbours was the agreement on coastal shipping. As of now, the bulk of our trade takes place across land, and to the extent that we have sea trade, this is through distant ports like Singapore. The goods are then reloaded into feeder vessels which then bring them into

  • Afghanistan Sikhs feel alienated, pressured to leave

    Kabul : Afghanistan’s once-thriving Sikh community is dwindling fast as many choose to leave the country of their birth to escape what they say is growing intolerance and discrimination, reports AP.

  • IS leader in Afghan claims Taliban fighting for ISI

    Dhaka : The leader of Islamic State (IS) affiliates in Afghanistan, Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost, has claimed that the Taliban militants are fighting for the military intelligence of Pakistan, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). According to Khaama.com, Dost said that they found other ways to wage jihad after they came to know that the Taliban was receiving guidelines from Pakistani intelligence. Dost, a former Guantanamo prisoner, alleged that they are defending against the Taliban militants. He

  • IS suffers casualties in fight with Afghan Taliban

    Kabul: Militants affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group have suffered heavy casualties in a fight with the Taliban militants in Farah province of Afghanistan.  According to local security officials, the casualties were inflicted on IS-affiliated militants during a 20-hour-long fight with the Taliban militants in Anar Dara district, Khaama press reported.  Clashes between IS and Taliban militants broke out while the IS militants were looking to establish sanctuaries for themselves,

  • 18 security personnel killed by Taliban in Afghanistan

    Kabul: At least 11 Afghan policemen and seven soldiers were killed on Tuesday in a Taliban offensive in southern Afghanistan, while five militants were also killed during the attack on security posts, an official told Efe news agency.

  • Militants storm court complex in Afghanistan, six killed

    Kabul: Two police personnel and four assailants were killed when militants attacked a local court complex in Afghanistan’s Wardak province on Tuesday.  The attack occurred in Maidan Shar city after four militants tried to enter the provincial court building but their assault was repelled by the security forces, an official told Xinhua news agency.  “One terrorist blew up his explosive vest at the front gate while three militants tried to get access

  • China clamps down on 181 terror groups

    Beijing : China has busted 181 terror groups in Muslim-majority Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, authorities said on Monday, a year after the controversial anti-terror campaign was launched in the province bordering countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan.

  • 10 Afghan police officers killed in Taliban assault

    Kandahar : Taliban insurgents attacked police checkpoints on Sunday in volatile southern Afghanistan, killing at least 10 officers in the ongoing assault, authorities said, reports AP.

  • Gilani speaks to son abducted 2 years ago

    Lahore : Pakistan’s former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said he had spoken to his son Ali Haider for the first time since he was kidnapped by a Taliban group in 2013 and is now being held in Afghanistan.

  • Karzai demands scrapping of deal with ISI

    Kabul : Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai demanded the immediate scrapping of a key accord signed between Pakistan’s ISI and Afghanistan spy agency to share intelligence, asking the unity government not to ink such deals which went against the country’s national interests.

  • Hazara hostages, Afghanistan

    Official says 19 Hazara hostages freed in east Afghanistan

    Kabul: A provincial official in Afghanistan says kidnappers have released 19 Hazara hostages kidnapped in February in exchange for 22 Uzbeks in the country. Asadullah Kakar, a provincial council member in southern Zabul province, says that the exchange took place in Jaghori district of Ghazni province today. Kakar says that the exchanged 22 people, including women and children, probably are family members of the kidnappers. He says the kidnappers asked for another six more people

  • Mohammad Ashraf Ghani

    Kabul key to India’s regional clout

    With Pakistan’s hostility towards India a fait accompli and China having a huge stake in a weakened India, regardless of pretensions of great bonhomie, Afghanistan is crucial to India’s influence as a regional power and to its overall strategic interests. The manner and extent to which the new Afghan president, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, swerves towards or away from India will indeed be crucial to New Delhi’s geopolitical interests.

  • Polio

    India risks importing polio from Pakistan, Afghanistan

    New Delhi: India runs a high risk of importing polio from its key neighbours Afghanistan and Pakistan which have a high polio burden, the government today said. “Yes. It is a fact that India’s two key neighbouring countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, have high polio burden and as such it runs a high risk of importing the virus,” Health Minister J P Nadda informed the Rajya Sabha today.

  • Afghan Taliban lay down conditions for peace talks

    Doha :  Taliban militants meeting Afghan officials in Qatar reiterated their hardline stance on peace talks today, ruling out negotiations until US forces leave the country and the insurgents are allowed to open a political office.

  • Opinion

    Pakistan needs to divorce economics from politics

    Pakistan’s refusal to sign the motor vehicle agreement and to open up the road link for India and Afghanistan is a major setback to the efforts of Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani to work for a trilateral arrangement through which all three countries may benefit in the economic arena.

  • Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

    Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s visit to India a low-key affair

    The first visit to India of new Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has achieved nothing dramatic — no agreements, no hyperboles on strategic partnership, no photo-ops worth the name. Considering how close his predecessor Hamid Karzai was to India this is a major index of new strain in ties.