US envoy on Afghan peace in Pakistan for talks about Taliban

The US special envoy tasked with finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s 17-year old war has arrived in Islamabad. (AP/Rafiq Maqbool)
Updated 04 December 2018
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US envoy on Afghan peace in Pakistan for talks about Taliban

  • The US special envoy tasked with finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s 17-year old war has arrived in Islamabad
  • The US special envoy visit comes a day after the President Donald Trump wrote a letter to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: The US special envoy tasked with finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s 17-year old war has arrived in Islamabad for meeting with the country’s political and military leadership about bringing the Taliban to peace talks.
Tuesday’s visit comes a day after the President Donald Trump wrote a letter to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, seeking his cooperation.
US envoy Zalmay will also travel to Afghanistan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar in a stepped-up effort to find a peaceful end to the Afghan war.
The United States and Afghanistan have long accused Pakistan of turning a blind eye to the Taliban, whose leadership is based in Pakistan.
Islamabad says it has little influence on the Taliban but it will play role for peace in Afghanistan.


Bomb in Afghan mosque kills senior cleric during Friday prayers

Updated 24 May 2019
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Bomb in Afghan mosque kills senior cleric during Friday prayers

  • No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but the Taliban and Daesh fighters regularly stage attacks in the capital
  • The explosion hit at a time when dozens of men had gathered for prayers

KABUL: A bomb exploded in a mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul, during Friday prayers, officials said, killing three people including a senior preacher and wounding at least 20 men who had gathered for worship.
The preacher, Samiullah Raihan, was a supporter of the Western-backed Afghan government which Taliban militants are trying to bring down. He was also a member of the National Ulema Council, Afghanistan’s top Muslim clerical body.
Firdaws Faramarz, a police spokesman, said explosives were apparently placed near the altar of the Al-Taqwa mosque, a place used by the mosque leader to initiate the prayers.
The neighborhood where the bombing took place is dominated by Sunni Muslims. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but the Taliban and Daesh fighters regularly stage attacks in the capital.
The explosion hit at a time when dozens of men had gathered for prayers. The death toll could rise, said a second official.