October 3, 2011

Afghanistan - Pakistan News for Monday, October 3, 2011

Two killed in Afghan blast - Two people, including the bomber, were killed Monday in a suicide blast targeting Afghan troops in Kandahar, Xinhua reported. (READ MORE)

Pakistan rejects claim of ISI hand in Rabanni killing - Pakistan has rejected as 'baseless' Afghan Interior Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi's assertion that its spy agency ISI was involved in the assassination of former president Burhanuddin Rabbani. (READ MORE)

Americans raid byways of Haqqani insurgents in Afghanistan - The first helicopter landed in the bluish gray gloom before dawn. More than 20 members of a U.S. reconnaissance platoon and Afghan troops accompanying them jogged out through the swirling dust, moving into a forest smelling of sage and pine. (READ MORE)

Karzai to brief Manmohan on new Taliban strategy - Afghan President Hamid Karzai comes here Tuesday on a two-day visit that will see New Delhi and Kabul firming up a crucial strategic partnership pact and expanding counter-terror cooperation. (READ MORE)

3 dead, 19 injured in suicide attack in Afghan town - A suicide attack that rocked Kandahar province, 450 km south of capital city Kabul, on Monday morning left three people, including the attacker, dead and 19 others injured, provincial police chief Abdul Raziq said. (READ MORE)

Angry Pakistan rejects Afghan charges on Rabbani - Pakistan has angrily rejected allegations from Afghan officials that its intelligence agency masterminded the assassination of Kabul's chief peace negotiator with the Taliban. (READ MORE)

Afghan women's right at risk - Women's rights in Afghanistan risk being forgotten as international troops withdraw and the government struggles for a peace deal 10 years after the Taliban were ousted, Oxfam said on Monday. (READ MORE)

Taliban won't support Pak blindly if US attacks, says commander - A top Tehrik-e-Taliban commander has said that his group will not blindly support Pakistan in the event of an attack by the US. (READ MORE)

'Pakistani' killed Afghan envoy - The Afghan government says its investigations show that the killer of Burhanuddin Rabbani, its negotiator with the Taliban, was a Pakistani. (READ MORE)

Afghan President Hamid Karzai to visit India - The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, will be on a two-day visit to India beginning Tuesday at the invitation of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. (READ MORE)

Roadside bombs killed 9 Afghan army soldiers - A roadside bomb exploded near a patrolling convoy of the Afghan national army in south-eastern Afghanistan, killing nine soldiers and injuring four others, a government spokesman said Sunday. (READ MORE)

Gilani ready for talks with Taliban - For the first time, Gilani dropped his earlier pre-condition of militants giving up arms before any talks, but warned that if the parleys fail to work, the military will launch operations in the tribal areas. (READ MORE)

Pakistan rejects claim of ISI role in ex-Afghan Prez Rabbani's assassination - Pakistan has rejected Afghanistan's allegations that Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency was involved in the assassination of former Afghanistan President and High Peace Council leader Burhanuddin Rabbani. (READ MORE)

NATO Captures Senior Leader of Taliban Affiliate - NATO said they have captured a senior leader of the Haqqani network, which has aligned itself with the Taliban and al-Qaeda, in Afghanistan. (READ MORE)

Father of slain Canadian soldier to ‘make a difference’ in Afghanistan - Tim Goddard says his mission to Afghanistan next month is about completing a job his daughter started and would have wanted him to finish. (READ MORE)

Karzai Halts Peace Talks With Taliban Ahead Of Promised New Peace Strategy - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has halted all peace talks with the Taliban ahead of his promised announcement of a new peace strategy. (READ MORE)

Karzai Breaks Off Talks With The Taliban
- In a surprising about-face, Afghan President Hamid Karzai appears to be abandoning his government's long-standing effort to hold peace talks with the Taliban in Pakistan, saying they aren't serious about negotiations. (READ MORE)

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