US envoy says US-Taliban talks to resume Saturday

Zalmay Khalilzad made the announcement on Twitter. (File/AFP)
Updated 28 February 2019
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US envoy says US-Taliban talks to resume Saturday

  • Khalilzad described the last three days of talks as “solid” and “productive”
  • Khalilzad has been trying to negotiate a resolution of the 17-year war in Afghanistan

DOHA, Qatar: The US envoy leading the talks with the Taliban says the negotiations have been put on hold until this weekend.
Zalmay Khalilzad wrote on Twitter on Thursday that “both sides will take the next two days for internal deliberations, with plans to regroup on Saturday.”
Khalilzad described the last three days of talks as “solid” and “productive.”
He added: “We continue to take slow, steady steps toward understanding and eventually #peace.”
Khalilzad has been trying to negotiate a resolution of the 17-year war in Afghanistan, America’s longest.
The Taliban, who harbored Al-Qaeda and its leader Osama bin Laden, ruled Afghanistan before the 2001 US-led invasion after the Sept. 11 attacks.
The Taliban have made a major comeback in recent years. Today, they carry out near-daily attacks on Afghan security forces.


Pakistan’s anti-graft agency arrests opposition leader Khursheed Shah

Updated 18 September 2019

Pakistan’s anti-graft agency arrests opposition leader Khursheed Shah

  • Shah will be presented to court in Sukkur for remand on Thursday
  • Shah was taken away by nearly 20 personnel of NAB and police

KARACHI: Pakistan’s anti-graft agency said on Wednesday it had arrested opposition Pakistan People’s Party leader Khursheed Shah over questions around the source of his income.
“NAB’s Sukkur chapter has arrested Syed Khursheed Shah over ‘assets beyond means’,” the National Accountability Bureau said in a statement, refering to a class of case in which a defendant is accused of possessing assets higher than their known sources of income.
Shah will be presented to court in Sukkur for remand on Thursday, an official statement said.
The opposition stalwart was arrested in a joint operation by NAB’s Rawalpindi and Sukkur chapters, Pakistan’s DawnNewsTV reported. He will remain in custody on Wednesday evening.
Shah was taken away by nearly 20 personnel of NAB and police during a raid at his Islamabad home, the domestic staff at his house told DawnNewsTV.