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Mar 27, 2013

Exclusive: Afghanistan says ready to work for peace without Pakistan help

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan is shocked by Pakistan’s “complacency” in the nascent Afghan peace process and is ready to work without Islamabad’s help on reconciliation, Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin told Reuters on Wednesday.

It was the first time Afghanistan has suggested the possibility of going it alone without its neighbor. Regional power Pakistan is seen as critical to stabilizing Afghanistan because of its long ties to insurgent groups.

Mar 13, 2013

Afghan security vacuum feared along “gateway to Kabul”

MAIDAN SHAHR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – The Afghan policeman manning a checkpoint glances at the snow-covered mountains that are home to Taliban fighters and predicts what would happen if elite U.S. forces leave Wardak province, seen as the gateway to the capital of Kabul.

“The Taliban will take over in one day,” Mohammad Jamil says. “They are nearby.”

Mar 13, 2013

Analysis: Afghan security vacuum feared along “gateway to Kabul”

MAIDAN SHAHR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – The Afghan policeman manning a checkpoint glances at the snow-covered mountains that are home to Taliban fighters and predicts what would happen if elite U.S. forces leave Wardak province, seen as the gateway to the capital of Kabul.

“The Taliban will take over in one day,” Mohammad Jamil says. “They are nearby.”

Mar 6, 2013

Pakistan in critical balance of payments situation, may need $9 bln-ADB

ISLAMABAD, March 6 (Reuters) – Pakistan has reached a
critical balance of payments situation and will need another
package from the International Monetary Fund before the end of
the year to avert a crisis, one of the biggest lenders to the
country said on Wednesday.

The Asian Development Bank’s country director, Werner
Liepach, also told Reuters in an interview Pakistan will need up
to $9 billion from the IMF to shield the economy.

Mar 6, 2013

Pakistan in critical balance of payments situation, may need $9 billion – ADB

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan has reached a critical balance of payments situation and will need another package from the International Monetary Fund before the end of the year to avert a crisis, one of the biggest lenders to the country said on Wednesday.

The Asian Development Bank’s country director, Werner Liepach, also told Reuters in an interview Pakistan will need up to $9 billion from the IMF to shield the economy.

Jan 1, 2013

Top Afghan negotiator cautiously optimistic on peace prospects

KABUL (Reuters) – A top Afghan peace negotiator said he was cautiously optimistic about prospects for reconciliation with the Taliban and that all sides now realised a military solution to the war was not possible.

Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai also told Reuters that the Kabul government hoped to transform the Afghan Taliban, who have proved resilient after more than a decade of war against U.S.-led NATO and Afghan troops, into a political movement.

Jan 1, 2013

Top Afghan negotiator optimistic over peace prospects

KABUL (Reuters) – A top Afghan peace negotiator said he was cautiously optimistic about prospects for reconciliation with the Taliban and that all sides now realized a military solution to the war was not possible.

Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai also told Reuters that the Kabul government hoped to transform the Afghan Taliban, who have proved resilient after more than a decade of war against U.S.-led NATO and Afghan troops, into a political movement.

Dec 26, 2012

Mental illness, poverty haunted Afghan policewoman who killed American

KABUL (Reuters) – The Afghan policewoman suspected of killing a U.S. contractor at police headquarters in Kabul suffered from mental illness and was driven to suicidal despair by poverty, her children told Reuters on Wednesday.

The woman was identified by authorities as Narges Rezaeimomenabad, a 40-year-old grandmother and mother of three who moved here from Iran 10 years ago and married an Afghan man.

Dec 26, 2012

Spring Wish denied as suicide bomber brings down Afghan juice empire

KABUL (Reuters) – When a Taliban suicide bomber killed two people on the edge of the Afghan capital this month, there was another casualty – a global fruit juice business optimistically called “Spring Wish” which provided work for thousands of farmers across the country.

Mustafa Sadiq’s empire had been expanding healthily, bringing in badly needed foreign capital, before the attack inflicted the kind of financial loss cash-strapped Afghanistan can ill afford.

Dec 24, 2012

Pakistan, Afghanistan trying to turn Taliban into political movement

KABUL (Reuters) – Pakistan is genuine about backing the nascent Afghan peace process and shares the Kabul government’s goal of transforming the Taliban insurgency into a political movement, a senior Afghan government official told Reuters.

“They have told us that they share the vision contained in our roadmap which is basically to transform the Taliban from a military entity into a political entity to enable them to take part in the Afghan political process and peacefully seek power like any other political entity in Afghanistan, he said.