First-half imports from Pakistan drop 44%

AT News KABUL: New trade figures show record lower Afghanistan imports from Pakistan of goods plunging by 44 percent year on year during first half of this year, because of the pandemic lockdowns and closure of trade gates by Pakistan. “Afghanistan’s imports from Pakistan dropped drastically, all due to Pakistan …

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Talibancut off major highway in south, extorting truckers

AT News KABUL: Talibaninsurgents have cut off a major highway in southern Afghanistan which connects majority of districts and towns in Paktia province and extort truckers and drivers, according to a local official. Residents and drivers complain about new troubles they are facing along Gardiz-Dandpatan highway which has been blocked …

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Afghanistan records 43 new COVID-19 cases

AT News KABUL: Afghanistan has recorded 43 new coronavirus positive cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total tally to 38,815 across the country. The Ministry of Public Health on Tuesday said that out of 232 suspected samples, 43 were positive—29 cases were recorded in Herat, five in Balkh, …

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China mulls including Afghanistan in $62b CPEC

AT News KABUL: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is expected to be a game changer in South Asia. As part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), CPEC is a $62 billion infrastructure development project, in which Afghanistan would likely be part of it. This project is aimed to …

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Khalilzad appreciates Pakistan’s role in facilitating intra-Afghan talks

AT News KABUL: The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad during his visit to Islamabad thanked and appreciated Pakistan for its important role in facilitating the start of the Afghanistan Peace Negotiations in Doha on September 12. “US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad visited …

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Doha talks aimed at ceasefire, lasting peace; Ghani

AT News KABUL: President Ghani’s office said that the government sent a negotiating delegation to Qatar with the aim of ensuring a lasting peace and cease fire. Sediq Sediqqi, Ghani’s spokesman, said Monday that the delegation from the “Islamic Republic of Afghanistan participated in talks with Taliban only to provide …

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