Wednesday, May 31, 2023


Source says Qatar PM, Taliban chief hold secret talks on Afghanistan

Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani held secret talks with leader of the Taliban Haibatullah Akhunzada this month on resolving the ruling Taliban's tension with the international community, a source briefed on the meeting has revealed.

UN says acute food insecurity to deteriorate in several countries, including Afghanistan and Yemen within months

Severe food shortage is likely to grow in 18 "hunger hotspots" in 22 countries further in 2023, according to a report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Programme published on Monday.

Pakistan slaps travel ban on Imran Khan, his wife and hundreds of party leaders

Pakistan’s government has restricted former Prime Minister Imran Khan, his wife and hundreds of leaders and members of his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party from travelling abroad amid a PTI standoff with the country’s military, officials have confirmed.

Pakistan says considering banning Imran Khan’s party

Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif stated that Islamabad is considering banning former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party for attacking the state,  a decision likely to enrage his supporters and exacerbate his confrontation with the military establishment.

Saudi Arabia and Egypt looking to purchase Chinese weapons

Beijing is reportedly in talks with Saudi Arabia and Egypt to sell the two Arab states a variety of new arms, including the Chengdu J-10C, the fighter jet that forms the backbone of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).

China and Russia should upgrade economic, trade and investment cooperation: Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping has said at a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin that Beijing and Moscow should increase the level of economic, trade and investment cooperation, according to the Chinese state media reports.

Russia predicts trade with China to hit record $200 billion

Trade between Moscow and Beijing is expected to hit a new record level of $200 billion this year, said Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin during a trip to China. The remarks came as Moscow faces growing isolation from the West over the Ukraine war.

Russian PM in China for business forum, talks with President Xi

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has arrived in China on an official visit during which he will meet President Xi Jinping and sign a series of deals on infrastructure and trade.

Iran-Taliban talks end; Taliban calls for good ties with Tehran

The Taliban defense ministry says Iran and Afghanistan concluded the talks between their military delegations with an emphasis on the international and border obligations of both sides in line with the interests of the two countries.

Islamabad, military want to ‘crush’ PTI party ahead of polls: Ex-Pakistan PM

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has stated that he does not “have a problem” with the country’s army chief but accused Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir of trying to stop him from returning to power.

Moscow, Beijing express ‘strong dissatisfaction’ with G7 communique

Russia and China have expressed "strong dissatisfaction" with the final statement issued at the end of the Group of Seven (G7) summit in the Japanese city of Hiroshima over such issues as those related to the Ukraine war and the South China Sea.

Pakistani police officer opens fire at girls’ school bus, killing 1

A police officer tasked with protecting a private school for girls in northwestern Pakistan has opened fire at a bus carrying teachers and students, killing an 8-year-old girl and injuring five others, officials have confirmed.

Pakistan’s ex-PM calls on supporters to hit streets following his dramatic arrest

Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan has called for “freedom” protests nationwide after his dramatic arrest on Tuesday triggered deadly demonstrations across the South Asian nation.

Pakistani court grants 2-week bail to ex-PM Imran Khan

Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan was granted a two-week bail by Islamabad High Court on Friday. The order came after the Supreme Court ruled his arrest "invalid and unlawful".

Pakistan top court orders release of ex-PM Imran Khan

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ruled the arrest of former Prime Minister Imran Khan to be illegal and ordered his immediate release.

Pakistan army called in to quell unrest following ex-PM’s arrest, death toll rises to 8

The Pakistani army has been called in by the government to help end the deadly unrest in the wake of the arrest of former Prime Minister Imran Khan. The government has warned protesters against any further attacks on state installations.

Pakistan court says ex-PM arrest legal; social media platforms blocked as one killed in protests

A court in Pakistan has ruled the arrest of former Prime Minister Imran Khan legal. At least one person was killed after demonstrations broke out across the country following Khan’s arrest.

Former Pakistani PM, Imran Khan, arrested

Imran Khan, Pakistan’s former prime minister, was arrested on Tuesday during a court appearance in the capital, Islamabad. The 70-year-old was arrested by agents from the country’s anti-corruption body, the National Accountability Bureau.

Media: Pakistan’s most wanted Baloch terrorist leader killed by rival group over looted money

Pakistani media reports say the country’s most wanted Baloch terrorist leader, Muhammad Asa, accused of attacking Iranian convoys, was shot dead in clashes between rival terror groups erupted over the distribution of looted money.

China, Afghanistan, Pakistan FMs promise to pursue anti-terror cooperation as political ties deepen

Foreign ministers of China, Afghanistan and Pakistan  have, in a meeting in Islamabad, pledged to further strengthen trilateral cooperation in security and counterterrorism.

China says ready for further cooperation with Pakistan on Afghan issue

Beijing is ready to strengthen coordination with Pakistan on the Afghan issue in order to promote the peace and reconstruction process in the war-torn country, Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang has said.

Video shows opium thrown into Iranian side of border from Afghanistan 

A video has ricocheted around social media that purportedly shows a number of people throwing packages of opium and other narcotics into the Iranian side of the border from Afghanistan.

UN chief says ‘not right time’ to engage with Taliban

An international conference on Afghanistan organised by the United Nations has ended in Qatar's Doha with no formal acknowledgment of the Taliban. At the end of the meeting, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said it was not the right time for him to directly engage with the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan.

Taliban official to meet Pakistan, China FMs

A United Nations Security Council committee has agreed to allow the Taliban’s interim foreign minister, Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi, to travel to Pakistan from Afghanistan to meet with Pakistani and Chinese top diplomats, according to reports.

UN says Taliban not invited to Doha meeting

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has not invited the Taliban administration to a meeting he is holding with special envoys on Afghanistan from various countries in Qatar's Doha next week, a UN spokesperson has stated.

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