Loya Jirga: The Grand Assembly of Afghanistan

News: A Loya Jirga-grand assembly in Afghanistan has approved the release of 400 Taliban prisoners. Facts: Loya Jirga: It is a mass national gathering that brings together representatives from the various ethnic, religious and tribal communities in Afghanistan. Purpose: It is mainly organized for choosing a new head of state in case of sudden death,… Continue reading Loya Jirga: The Grand Assembly of Afghanistan

Taliban says latest talks end on U.S.’s Afghanistan withdrawal

The talks between the Taliban and the United States has ended without any peace deal for Afghanistan.Both sides have said that they would talk to their leaders about the next move. The two sides have been discussing an agreement under which US forces would withdraw from Afghanistan and the Taliban would guarantee that the country… Continue reading Taliban says latest talks end on U.S.’s Afghanistan withdrawal

Taliban says differences resolved on U.S. troop withdrawal

The U.S and Taliban officials has held productive negotiations in Doha,Qatar aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan. During talks,U.S and Taliban appear to be closing in on an agreement under which U.S. forces would withdraw in exchange for guarantees that Afghanistan would not become a haven for other terrorist groups. However,even if the US… Continue reading Taliban says differences resolved on U.S. troop withdrawal

U.S. working with Pak. to find way out of Afghan war: Trump

US President has said that the United States and Pakistan are jointly seeking a way to end the war in Afghanistan. The US President wants to withdraw U.S troops in Afghanistan and sees Pakistan’s cooperation as crucial to any deal to end the war. In 2018,US had slashed millions of dollars of security assistance to… Continue reading U.S. working with Pak. to find way out of Afghan war: Trump

India draws new ‘red lines’ for talks on Afghan peace process

India has shared a table with the Taliban for the first time in November, 2018.India has now spelt out its three new red lines on the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. The first is that all initiatives and processes must include all sections of the Afghan society including the legitimately elected government.This is important… Continue reading India draws new ‘red lines’ for talks on Afghan peace process

No intent to exclude India from Afghan diplomacy: China

China has tried to reassure India that it does not intend to exclude India from international diplomacy on Afghanistan. This assurance came after India was excluded from the quadrilateral talks among China,Russia, the U.S. and Pakistan on the Afghanistan peace process. The four countries had jointly urged the Taliban to immediately agree to a ceasefire… Continue reading No intent to exclude India from Afghan diplomacy: China

U.S., Taliban talks end after rival Afghans agree on ‘roadmap for peace’

Recently,the Taliban and Afghan delegates including government officials has agreed on a roadmap for peace that could end the 18-year war in Afghanistan. The roadmap hopes to reach an agreement that would see US troops pull out in return for a commitment that Afghanistan would not be used as a base for terrorism. This non-binding… Continue reading U.S., Taliban talks end after rival Afghans agree on ‘roadmap for peace’

Peace pact with Taliban is unlikely before September polls

Addressing a gathering at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), Chief Executive of the Afghan High Peace Council has said that Afghanistan would not compromise on fundamental issues with the Taliban. Further,he has also said that the US-Taliban talks has given the Taliban a higher political profile even though they are not the real… Continue reading Peace pact with Taliban is unlikely before September polls

Afghanistan’s top court extends Ghani’s term till delayed elections

Afghanistan’s Supreme Court has extended the term of President Ashraf Ghani until elections which have been delayed till September,2019. The delayed elections comes as the US tries to negotiate a peace deal with the Taliban.Further,it is said that the polls were being deliberately delayed to create more space for those talks. However,Opposition has called for… Continue reading Afghanistan’s top court extends Ghani’s term till delayed elections