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  • Afghan Taliban call on US to hold direct talks for 'peaceful solution'

    The Taliban has called for direct talks with the United States (US) to find a “peaceful solution” to the conflict in Afghanistan, in an apparent policy reversal after months of escalating attacks...

    The call for talks comes a day before the second round of a regional peace conference in Kabul, where representatives from 25 countries will discuss counter-terrorism and conflict resolution strategies...

  • Taliban renew call for direct talks with US

    WASHINGTON: Afghan Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada, has renewed his call for direct talks with the United States to end the war in Afghanistan...

    The official Voice of Ame­rica (VOA) radio, which was the first to report the offer, observed that the Taliban call for direct talks with Wa­­shington had dashed “re­­newed hopes (that) the insurgent group might be mulling to engage in a peace dialogue with the Kabul government”...

  • US urges Pakistan, India to hold direct talks

    WASHINGTON: The United States urged Pakistan and India on Tuesday to engage in direct talks for reducing tensions, as sabre-rattling along the Line of Control alarmed world capitals...

    “We encourage India and Pakistan to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tensions,” a spokesperson for the US State Department told Dawn...

  • Pakistan miss direct chance to reach Rio after Great Britain loss

    ANTWERP: Pakistan’s hopes of qualifying for next year’s Olympics are hanging by a thread...

    Goals in the first quarter by Chris Griffiths and Alastair Brogdon dented Pakistan and although Umar Bhutta pulled one back, the Greenshirts are now staring on the ignominy of missing out on the Olympics a year on from missing the World Cup...

  • Pakistan ready for direct World Cup qualification: Azhar

    ABU DHABI: Pakistan’s one-day skipper Azhar Ali insisted on Thursday that his fast developing team is well set to qualify directly for the 2019 World Cup...

    The series win against West Indies lifted Pakistan one place to eighth in the current rankings and relegating the West Indies to ninth in the fight for a direct berth at the World Cup finals in three years’ time...

  • Pakistan eyes $150m after direct-to-home broadcast licence bidding

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is expected to attract direct investment of at least $150 million after the Nov 23 bidding for three direct-to-home (DTH) broadcast licences...

    A top official of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) told journalists that 12 companies, including three foreign operators as part of local consortiums, had been shortlisted to bid for three DTH licences...

  • Yemen govt suspends ‘direct’ talks with rebels

    KUWAIT CITY: Yemen’s government suspended on Sunday its participation in “direct” talks with rebels in protest at their takeover of a military base in the war-torn country despite a ceasefire, officials said...

    “We have decided to suspend direct talks with the rebels to protest continuing violations of the ceasefire” that came into effect on April 11, a senior government official said...

  • PIA plans direct flights to Bangkok from Karachi

    KARACHI: The Pakistan International Airlines will operate three weekly flights from the metropolis to Bangkok from Sept 16, PIA chairman Irfan Illahi said on Friday...

    He said the airline would operate Airbus A320 aircraft for direct flights between Karachi and Bangkok...

  • Saudi crown prince accuses Iran of 'direct aggression'

    Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince accused Iran on Tuesday of “direct military aggression” through Yemen's Houthi rebels, ratcheting up regional tensions as the kingdom reels from a sweeping royal purge...

    “The involvement of Iran in supplying missiles to the Houthis is a direct military aggression by the Iranian regime,” the Saudi Press Agency quoted Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as saying during a telephone conversation with...

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