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U.S. Appoints Veteran Diplomat Khalilzad As Special Adviser On Afghanistan

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late on September 4 that he had appointed former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad to be his special adviser on Afghanistan.

“Ambassador Khalilzad is going to join the State Department team to assist us in the reconciliation effort, so he will come on and be the State Department’s lead person for that purpose,” Pompeo told reporters traveling with him on a visit to Pakistan and India.

Khalilzad’s appointment signals that the administration is putting a renewed focus on the Afghan peace process. He has experience working for four U.S. presidential administrations and has knowledge of Afghanistan’s main languages, culture, and politics. He is from Afghanistan’s ethnic Pashtun majority.

As an aide to President George W. Bush, Khalilzad helped plan the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 that led to the ouster of the Taliban’s government and set off a 17-year war for control of the country.

Pompeo said that during his visit to Islamabad, he will emphasize that the United States wants Pakistan to help more in ending Afghanistan’s 17-year war.

U.S. and Afghan officials claim that Afghan militants fighting against the government have found safe havens in Pakistan where they can plot deadly attacks and regroup after their yearly offensives across the border. Pakistan denies that it harbors terrorists.

“We need Pakistan to seriously engage to help us get to the reconciliation we need in Afghanistan,” Pompeo said.

In a policy shift in June, Washington said it would “support, facilitate, and participate” in any Kabul government-led peace talks with the Taliban.

The Taliban has spurned the Afghan government’s offers for talks, however, and instead has staged a surge in violence around the country this year.

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Israeli forces detain 13 Palestinians

In Palestine, Israeli forces have detained thirteen Palestinians from several areas in occupied West Bank.

According to Palestinian Prisoners Society, Israeli forces have detained almost eighteen Palestinians over the past two days.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Iraqi forces target Daesh cells in Diyala

In Iraq, security forces began a military operation against Daesh cells in the eastern Diyala province today.

According to a local police officer, military operation has been started after Daesh terrorist cells became active in carrying out attacks against security personnel in deserted roads and areas.

He said three terrorists had been arrested during the operation

Source: Radio Pakistan

OIC condemns suicide attacks on Surabaya churches in Indonesia

Jeddah (UNA-OIC) – The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) strongly condemned the terrorist criminal acts which targeted Sunday Mass congregations in three churches in Indonesia’s second largest city, Surabaya, killing at least 11 people and injuring dozens of others.

Secretary General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen said the OIC reaffirms its principled position that violence and terrorism should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group.

Violent extremism and terrorism in all its forms and manifestations including violence against civilians and suicide attacks are against the holy principles of Islam and affront to the religious diversity of Indonesian society.

The secretary general further expressed solidarity of the OIC with the people of Indonesia, offered his sincere condolences to the families of the victims of this vicious act, and wished a quick recovery to the wounded.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

Shahbaz urges collective efforts for country’s progress

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says the people cannot be deceived by the elements making false claims of change and revolution.

Talking to overseas party workers in London on Saturday, he said the change only comes through development and progress. He said public welfare and development is the agenda of PML-N government.

Shahbaz Sharif called for making collective efforts for progress and prosperity of the country.

Source: Radio Pakistan

2nd Women T-20: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 7 wickets

In the second T-20 match at Colombo on Friday, Sri Lanka women beat Pakistan women by seven wickets.

Sri Lanka achieved the victory target of 73 in 14.2 overs.

The three match series is now leveled 1-1.

Source: Radio Pakistan