Afghanistan hails US plan to review deal with Taliban

Kabul believes Taliban insurgents failed to abide by terms of February 2020 peace deal, cease violence KABUL, Afghanistan: The Afghan government is welcoming the new US Biden administration moving to review the February 2020 deal with Taliban insurgents. Presidential spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said in a statement Saturday that the US-Taliban agreement has so far failed to deliver the desired goal of ending Taliban violence and bringing a cease-fire. “The Taliban did not live up to its commitments,” he said. His statement followed a telephone conversation between Jake Sullivan, the new US…

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GCC opens new chapter of hope and unity

By Syyed Mansoor Agha As the departure of Donald Trump from the White House become imminent, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) stepped up to end three years old rift with Qatar. The patch-up, negotiated by Kuwait, was firmed up in the 41st GCC summit on 5th January in AlUla (KSA). Saudi Arabia reopened its borders with Qatar a day before the meeting. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman received Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani at AlUla airport with warmth. The Emir was wholeheartedly welcomed at the conference.…

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SC allows incarcerated journalist to speak to his ailing mother via video conferencing

His 90-year-old mother is mostly unconscious and seeks his son’s presence whenever she regains her consciousness, his lawyer told the Supreme Court By Muslim Mirror Staff New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Saturday allowed Siddique Kappan, a journalist, incarcerated in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura jail, to speak to his ailing mother via video conferencing. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing the Kerala Union of Working Journalists in the habeas corpus petition, argued in the court that Mr Kappan’s mother was ill and had asked to speak to her son. Sibal said prison rules…

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