After a seven-year hiatus, Pakistan today showcased its growing military might, including tactical nuclear missiles and fighter jets, at a joint tri-service parade to celebrate the National Day in a symbolic show of strength in the war against the Taliban.
The women’s football match was to be played between Kolkata-XI and North Bengal-XI.National-level players such as Krishna Das, Sujata Kar, Arjuna-awardee Santi Mallik, Fifa referee Anamika Sen, captain of national handball team Anita Roy and many others were supposed to be present on the occasion.
At least 15 people were killed and over 80 others injured today when Taliban suicide bombers attacked two packed churches during the Sunday mass in Pakistan’s biggest Christian colony in Lahore, sparking mob fury in which two suspected militants were burned to death.
Over 100 schools in Pakistan’s restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were today renamed after the students massacred by the Taliban here last year.
Afghanistan will never allow its territory to be used for any anti-India activity, Afghan ambassador Shaida Mohammad Abdali said here and dismissed apprehensions that withdrawal of NATO forces may allow the Taliban to make a comeback.
BJP today credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s effective leadership and sustained diplomatic efforts by the NDA government for the release of Indian priest Father Alexis Prem Kumar eight months after he was kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Pakistan has set up a special high-altitude police force to provide protection to climbers in the mountainous north after foreign mountaineers were killed by Taliban militants in 2013, an official said today.
The US and the Taliban central spokesman today denied plans to hold peace talks in Qatar, contradicting earlier claims by militant leaders that contacts would resume in the Gulf state within weeks.
Taliban representatives are to meet US officials in Qatar soon for possible peace talks on Afghanistan, sources from the militant group said today.
The United States has described the Afghan Taliban as “an armed insurgency”, while the Islamic State as a “terrorist” group, drawing a controversial distinction between the two militant organisations.