AFGHANISTAN

  • World Cup 2015: What to expect from the minnows January 20, 2015

    The cricket World Cup over the years has been a place for the minnows where you can showcase your talent, although giving an opportunity to a side after every four years neither does any good to their confidence nor does it help their cricket grow. Some of the minnows, like...
  • Five people allegedly involved in Peshawar school attack arrested in Afghanistan January 17, 2015

    Kabul: Afghan security services have arrested five men in connection with the massacre at a Pakistan military school in December that killed 150 people, most of them children, officials said. The men, all foreigners, helped support the December 16 assault by the Taliban at the Army Public School and College in...
  • Afghanistan national football coach stabbed in attack January 12, 2015

    Kabul: Afghanistan national football coach Mohammad Yasouf Kargar was recovering Monday from stab wounds after being attacked by four men outside his house in the Afghan capital. Afghan criminal investigation police chief Mohammad Farid Afzali said that Kargar was in good condition at a Kabul hospital after being injured in his...
  • Attacks from Afghan soil have Indian involvement: Sartaj Aziz January 12, 2015

    Islamabad: Advisor to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz yet again blamed India for using Afghan soil to carry out attacks on Pakistan. He, however, also added that India's involvement in terror activities had decreased after the adoption of a joint Pak-Afghan policy to...
  • World Cup 2015: Analysing the four qualifiers January 10, 2015

    Afghanistan: Afghanistan has been drawn against host nations, Australia and New Zealand (my outside tip for the tournament), and 1996 champion Sri Lanka. I predict that all three will be too good for it and, therefore, it will be targeting the other three sides in its pool. England's 50-over form...
  • World Cup squads: Afghanistan name their 15, appoint bowling coach January 5, 2015

    Dubai: Former county cricket stalwart Andy Pick was Sunday named as bowling coach of Afghanistan, six weeks away from the Asian minnows making their World Cup debut. The 51-year-old Pick played almost 200 matches for Nottinghamshire, ending his career with 495 first class wickets before going on to work with the...
  • Barack Obama, John Kerry to kick off their 2015 foreign trips with India January 5, 2015

    Washington: As US President Barack Obama arrived at the White House after vacationing in picturesque Hawaii; it is South Asia -- India, Pakistan and Afghanistan -- that would be focus during the month in January on the foreign policy front. In fact, both Obama and his top diplomat - Secretary of...
  • NATO ends its 13-year Afghan war, but insurgency boils December 28, 2014

    Kabul: NATO formally ended its war in Afghanistan on Sunday, holding a low-key ceremony in Kabul after 13 years of conflict that have left the country in the grip of worsening insurgent violence. The event was arranged in secret due to the threat of Taliban strikes in the Afghan capital, which...
  • Afghanistan women's cricket crushed by threats, bombs and tradition December 25, 2014

    The story of Afghan cricket is a rare bright spot in the troubled country's recent past, full of unlikely successes and glory that have helped unify a divided nation. Unless you're a woman player. A national women's cricket team formed in 2010 with some fanfare was quietly dissolved this year amid...
  • Obama reassures Americans that troops in Afghanistan will come home soon December 25, 2014

    On the occasion on Christmas, US President Barack Obama reassured Americans that troops serving in Afghanistan will come home soon. Obama said, "Merry Christmas everybody! Now, we're not going to take much of your time because today is about family and being together with the ones you love." ...
  • Angelina Jolie kidnapped me to write a song for 'Unbroken', says Coldplay frontman Chris Martin December 21, 2014

    Los Angeles: Singer Chris Martin jokes he was kidnapped by actress-director Angelina Jolie to write a song for her forthcoming film 'Unbroken'. The Coldplay frontman, who contributed the track 'Miracles' for her second directorial venture, says Jolie was so desperate to get him on board that she went to extreme lengths,...
  • We have killed all children, what do we do now: Pakistan school attack terrorists to handler December 18, 2014

    Peshawar: "We have killed all the children in the auditorium," one of the attackers told his handler. "What do we do now?" he asked. "Wait for the army people, kill them before blowing yourself," his handler ordered. A report in a Pakistani news website Dawn.com quotes a security official, who said...
  • Pakistan eighth most dangerous country in the world: report December 10, 2014

    Washington: Pakistan is placed eighth in the list of the most dangerous countries in the world which is led by Iraq, according to a US-based intelligence think tank. Afghanistan, the only other South Asian country in the list, is placed fourth in the Country Threat Index (CTI) compiled by IntelCenter, a...
  • India records highest deaths among under-five children December 5, 2014

    New Delhi: India reports the highest number of deaths among children below the age of five years, annually due to pneumonia and diarrhoea, according to an international report, the government told Lok Sabha on Friday. India has 3.18 lakh under-five children deaths annually due to the two diseases and the countries...
  • Pakistani Taliban squeezed by Afghan revolt, US drone strikes December 4, 2014

    Peshawar: Pakistani Taliban militants holed up in Afghanistan are being squeezed by US drone strikes and a revolt against them, a trend that could disrupt the insurgents' capability to strike in Pakistan. For years, Pakistani Taliban commanders fighting the Pakistani state have been hiding in remote areas of east Afghanistan, plotting...
  • Angelina Jolie involved in car crash? December 1, 2014

    Los Angeles: Actress Angelina Jolie was reportedly involved in a car crash after her vehicle skidded in the rain here. The 39-year-old was returning from a screening for her new film 'Unbroken' Sunday, when the car reportedly skidded, hit a curb, and two of its tyres burst, reports mirror.co.uk. As per reports...
  • Suicide bomber kills at least 45 in Afghanistan during volleyball match November 23, 2014

    Kabul: Afghan officials say that a suicide bomber has killed "at least 45" people in an attack on a volleyball tournament in the country's east. Mokhis Afghan, spokesman for the provincial governor of Paktika province, bordering Pakistan, says the attack happened during an inter-district tournament attended by a large crowed in...
  • Afghanistan signals Kabul's focus on ties with Pakistan, China November 21, 2014

    United Nations: Reflecting the new Afghanistan government's high priority on reconciliation with the Taliban, ending conflicts and curbing terrorism, Kabul's Ambassador to the UN Zahir Tanin signalled Kabul's focus on relations with Pakistan and China, which it feels can help it in these tasks. The visit of Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani...
  • India played productive role inside Afghanistan: US November 21, 2014

    Washington: Praising India for playing a useful and productive role inside war-torn Afghanistan, the US on Friday said it is looking forward to India's leadership and its continued participation in regional security. "India is a strong regional power and we know that India has interests in stability and security in the...
  • Afghanistan keen to play in Pakistan for reviving international cricket November 18, 2014

    Karachi: The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) is willing to send its national team to Pakistan to play One-Day Internationals (ODI) with the hope of reviving international cricket in the country, chief executive Noor Muhammad Murad said on Tuesday. Murad went to Pakistan on a short trip recently with the hope of...
  • Pakistan PM Sharif pledges support for new Afghan president Ashraf Ghani November 16, 2014

    Islamabad: Looking to overcome years of mistrust and hostility between their two nations, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the new Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, promised on Saturday to boost security and trade ties. The two neighbours have accused each other in the past of harbouring anti-government Taliban insurgents across their...
  • Afghan cleric gets 20 years in jail for raping 10-year-old October 28, 2014

    Kabul: In a landmark judgment, a cleric in Afghanistan has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping a ten-year-old girl. And unlike many previous cases, the victim is not being made to share the blame. The court rejected the cleric's claim that the sex was consensual. The verdict...
  • 6 terrorists killed as Pakistan forces continue operation October 23, 2014

    Peshawar: At least six terrorists were killed and seven others injured in fresh clashes between security forces and terrorists in Pakistan's restive northwestern tribal Khyber region. The latest clash took place in the Sipah area of Bara Tehsil with Operation Khyber I (Khyber one) underway in the region. The operation...
  • Narendra Modi calls up Hamid Karzai, hails his contribution October 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday spoke to former Afghan President Hamid Karzai and hailed his effort to strengthen bilateral relations besides successfully steering his country on the path of peace, prosperity and stability which will "never be forgotten". Modi told Karzai that he will always remain a "special...
  • One kidnapper, five rapists executed in Afghanistan October 8, 2014

    Kabul: The Afghan government executed by hanging the leader of a kidnappers' ring and five rapists in Kabul's central jail, the Pul-e-Charkhi prison, on Wednesday. "The kidnappers' ring leader Khalid, nicknamed Habib Istalif, and five rapists were hanged on the gallows in the compound of Pul-e-Charkhi prison," a police official, who...
  • Pakistani Taliban declare allegiance to Islamic State and global jihad October 5, 2014

    Islamabad: The Pakistani Taliban declared allegiance to Islamic State on Saturday and ordered militants across the region to help the Middle Eastern jihadist group in its campaign to set up a global Islamic caliphate. Islamic State, which controls swathes of land in Syria and Iraq, has been making inroads into South...
  • Asian Games Cricket: Sri Lanka men beat Afghanistan in final to win gold October 3, 2014

    Sri Lanka crushed Afghanistan by 68 runs to win the gold medal in the men's Twenty20 cricket event at the Asian Games on Friday. Unlike the previous day, when Sri Lanka won a coin toss to get into the gold medal match after their semi-final with Bangladesh was washed out, luck...
  • Afghan Diary: Democracy, a new era or namesake? September 30, 2014

    The democratic transition is perhaps the most celebrated phenomenon in the history of Afghanistan. As the new president, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, takes oath in the presence of over 1,400 national and international guests, the war-torn country enters a new era which was long awaited. Democracy to Afghanistan has come at...
  • Modi cautions US against hasty troop withdrawal from Afghanistan September 30, 2014

    New York: Hours ahead of his dinner with President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday cautioned the US against hasty withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan, citing the mistakes it has committed while pulling out from Iraq. Modi told the Council on Foreign Relations that India and the...
  • Historic, anxious handover as Afghanistan swears in new leader September 29, 2014

    Kabul: Afghanistan inaugurates its first new president in a decade on Monday, swearing in technocrat Ashraf Ghani to head a power-sharing government just as the withdrawal of most foreign troops presents a crucial test. The first democratic handover of power in Afghanistan's history has been far from smooth: the deal for...