Afghanistan bans transit trade vehicles from Pakistan carrying goods to Central Asian states

The Afghan government has banned entry of Pakistani transit trade vehicles carrying goods to the Central Asian countries. A statement of the Afghan Presidential Palace said the Pakistani goods trucks will not be allowed to use Afghan route. BBC reported that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani took the decision after Pakistan banned entry of Afghan trucks carrying dry fruit to India through Wagha border.

20 killed in suicide attack on police office in Kabul

At least 20 people have been killed and 29 others injured in a suicide attack on a police office in Kabul on Monday evening, government officials said.

Tension still prevails on Torkham border amid hopes for reconciliation

Uncertainty still prevails on Torkham border as the ceasefire agreed between Pakistani and Afghan security forces could remain effective for only few hours as the two sides exchange another round of firing on Monday afternoon, according to sources and eyewitnesses. As per latest reports, both the sides have agreed to pull back their armored personnel carriers 500 meters beyond the gate prior to the start of bilateral dialogue.

Saudi govt refuses Hajj, Umra visas to Afghans less than 40 years of age

The government in Saudi Arabia has refused to issue visas for Hajj and Umra to Afghan nationals less than 40 years of age. Media reports said the Saudi government has banned Hajj and Umra visas to young Afghans after reports that some of them join anti-Saudi groups in Yemen.

Darren Sammy felicitates Muslim on Ramazan in Pashto language

Popular West Indies cricketer Darren Sammy, who represented Peshawar Zalmi team in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) cricket tournament, has felicitated the Muslims around the world on start of the holy month of Ramazan. While using Pashto language, Sammy prayed on social media website Twitter for peace and prosperity in Pakistan, especially in the Pashto-speaking areas.

Laws to protect breastfeeding inadequate in most countries

A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) reveals that law to protect breastfeeding in most of the countries are inadequate. According to the report, out of the 194 countries analysed, only 39 states have laws that enact all provisions of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes—a slight increase from 37 in 2011. The report further said that 135 member states have in place some form of legal measure related to the international code which is up from 103 in 2011, when the last WHO analysis was done.

Reopening of Torkham border brings double joy for local people

The resumption of movement on the Torkham border has brought double happiness for the people living on both sides of the line. People’s fear of being insecure faded away as sanity prevails and tension de-escalates on the border. They also hope the lifting of curfew in the border region will help revive the commercial activities which were completely halted due to the firing between Pakistani and Afghan security forces during the last week.

Pakistan, Afghanistan must step up efforts to eradicate polio: WHO

PESHAWAR, 18 August: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called upon the governments in Pakistan and Afghanistan to step up efforts for eradicating polio. According...

Turkish police recover six abducted Pakistanis

Six Pakistani citizens, who were kidnapped in Turkey, have been recovered by Turkish police. The Foreign Office said the Turkish police have confirmed release of the six Pakistanis to Pakistani embassy. The released abductees include Fazle Amin, Ashfaq Ahmed, Adeel Ahmed, Muhammad Zeeshan, Abid and Usman.

Use of Pakistani currency banned in Kandahar

The police chief of Kandahar province in Afghanistan, General Abdul Raziq has banned dealing in Pakistani currency in the province and termed violation of his order as crime, reported media on Sunday

Passport, visa made mandatory for Pakistani citizens travelling to Afghanistan via Torkham

Pakistani border authorities have made it mandatory for the citizens to travel to Afghanistan valid passport and visa from January 1 as the facility of entering and exiting at the Torkham border with simple computerized national identity card (CNIC) has been finished. The border authorities have displayed banners and charts near the Torkham border informing the public that no one would be allowed to enter or exit through the border without a Pakistani passport.

Pakistani militants among 15 killed in Afghan drone attack

Fifteen militants, including Pakistani Taliban, have been killed in a drone attack in Ghaziabad district of Kunar province in Afghanistan. The AFP reported while quoting a US military official that a senior al-Qaeda leader Farouq al-Qahtani and his deputy were targeted by a US drone strike.