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Key Al-Qaeda Commander Killed In NDS Special Operation
  KABUL, Feb 19 (INP): A key al-Qaeda commander, Saifullah Akthar, and one of his fighters were killed in a special operation carried out by the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives in Nawa district of central Ghazni province on January 9, the NDS confirmed in a statement on Sunday.full story
Salang Pass Closed To Traffic Due To Heavy Snowfalls
  KABUL, Feb 18 (INP) The Salang Pass, one of Afghanistan’s main routes, was closed to traffic due to heavy snowfalls and snow storms on Saturday.full story
Afghanistan protest with Pakistan Envoy over alleged border shelling; Rejects that Shrine attack was masterminded in Afghanistan
  KABUL, Feb 18 (INP) The Afghan Foreign Ministry on Friday summoned Pakistan's Ambassador Abrar Hussain to protest its alleged border shelling in the Lalpor district of Nangarhar province and the Sarkano district of the eastern Kunar province. The foreign ministry said the rocket shelling left two dead and two others wounded.full story
Afghanistan asks Pakistan to act against all terror groups without distinction
  KABUL, Feb 18 (INP) The Afghan government has said the regional countries specifically Afghanistan and Pakistan should reach to an agreement for complete elimination of all terror groups without making any distinction.full story
China, U.S. agree to work for greater development of relations
  BONN, Feb 18 (INP): Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his U.S. counterpart Rex Tillerson agreed here that the two countries should work together for greater development of bilateral relations during the term of U.S. President Donald Trump. full story
Pak most dangerous country for world: Failure of Pak would have implications for world: Former CIA official
  WASHINGTON, Feb 16 (INP) Pakistan is probably the "most dangerous country" for the world, a former CIA official has said, citing the potential dangers emanating from its failing economy, rampant terrorism and one of fastest growing nuclear arsenal. Kevin Hulbert, a former CIA Station Chief in full story
Indian media taunts SUPARCO saying it is decades behind ISRO
  NEW DELHI, Feb 16 (INP) Despite its head start, the SUPARCO today is decades behind the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in both mission success and technological prowess, Indian media claimed after the launch of 104 rockets by ISRO simultaneously on Wednesday. full story
To soothe China, India says Taiwanese group’s visit ‘informal’
  NEW DELHI, Feb 16 (INP) After China strongly protested the presence of a Taiwanese parliamentary delegation in India, the Indian government sought to soothe Beijing saying that political meanings should not be read into the visit by an "informal" group. full story
Isro launches 104 satellites in one go
  SRIHARIKOTA, Feb 15 (INP) India scripted a new chapter in the history of space exploration on Wednesday with the successful launch of a record 104 satellites by Isro's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in a single mission. full story
Welcome 'calm' on LoC; India wants friendly relation with Pakistan: Parrikar
  BENGALURU, Feb 15 (INP) Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has welcomed the "calm" on the Line of Control (LoC) and said India wants to have friendly relationship with Pakistan. He, however, added that this does not mean India will not be prepared for any eventuality. full story
Jaishankar to travel to Beijing for India-China strategic dialogue
  NEW DELHI, Feb 15 (INP) Recognizing a need to engage China more deeply at a time when India-China relations are at an unusual low, Indian foreign secretary S Jaishankar will travel to Beijing next week for the first India-China strategic dialogue. full story
India gets seat at Afghanistan meet on request, but will plough a lonely furrow
  NEW DELHI, Feb 15 (INP) An Indian external affairs ministry delegation will participate in the latest regional conference on Afghanistan hosted by Russia, though the first such conference in December had kept India and Afghanistan out.full story
US National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigns; Misled White House over inappropriate dealings with Russia
  WASHINGTON, Feb 14 (INP) Embattled White House national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned Monday night, an abrupt end to a brief tenure. His departure came just after reports surfaced the Justice Department warned the Trump administration last month that Flynn misled administration officials regarding his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States and was potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians. full story
Rafale will give India an edge over adversaries: Capable of countering new-age Chinese jets: Indian Air Chief
  NEW DELHI, Feb 14 (INP) India is capable of countering new generation Chinese fighters and is creating new infrastructure on the border to boost capabilities, including a new fighter jet base in east Ladakh, Indian Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa told Economic Times in a wideranging interview. The air chief feels that the Make in India initiative will arm the air force against future threats and has confidence in the abilities of the private sector to deliver. Excerpts: full story
Blasts in IHK more than doubled in 2016 in wake of Burhan Wani’s killing: Report
  NEW DELHI, Feb 14 (INP) The number of bomb blasts in Jammu and Kashmir rose sharply in 2016 over 2015, with the spike coming after the encounter in which Hizbul Mujahideen fighter Burhan Wani was killed. The Bombshell, the annual report of the National Bomb Data Centre (NBDC) of the National Security Guard (NSG), considers the killing of Burhan Wani in July 2016 the turning point for the situation in the Valley. full story
Religious minorities face discrimination in India: US report
  NEW DELHI, Feb 13 (INP) Religious minorities and Dalits face discrimination in India, says United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). full story
HRW report accuses UNHCR of inaction over 'forced repatriation' of Afghans
  NEW YORK, Feb 13 (INP) In a scathing indictment of Pakistan's treatment of Afghan refugees, a human rights group charged Monday that the country is forcing hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees back to their homeland, which is still beset by war and crushing poverty. It also said that a $400 stipend the United Nations refugee agency gives to refugees who return to Afghanistan is tantamount to a bribe to convince reluctant Afghans to leave Pakistan. full story
Russia Gathers Stakeholders, Sans US or NATO, for Afghanistan Conference
  MOSCOW, Feb 13 (INP) Russia is hosting a conference in Moscow this week that will bring together Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, India and Iran to discuss a possible solution of the conflict in Afghanistan. full story
Modi asks people don’t question army’s surgical strike
  SRINAGAR, Feb 13 (INP) Facing questions over the efficacy of Indian armed forces for surgical strike in Azad Kashmir, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to the defence of the claim asking the opponents to criticize him but don't ever question the integrity of our armed forces. full story
IRI confirms it shared results of nationwide survey with representatives of Pak political parties
  Washington, D.C, Feb 12 (INP) The International Republican Institute (IRI) says it conducted a nationwide poll in Pakistan between September 27 and October 26, 2016 and briefed the representatives from political parties about the results of the survey. full story
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