The US President Joe Biden told the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that “Afghans are going to have to decide their future, what they want, and the senseless violence, it has to stop, but it's going to be very difficult."
President Joe Biden meets with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in White House, Washington, on Friday. AP
Biden promised Afghanistan's top leaders a "sustained" partnership even as he moves to accelerate winding down the United States' longest war amid escalating Taliban violence.
Afghan President Ghani knows that the promised help will be financial and humanitarian.
The leaders' visit to Washington comes as the Biden administration has stepped up plans for withdrawal ahead of the president’s Sept. 11 deadline to end a nearly 20-year-old war that has come with a breathtaking human cost.
Ghani told Biden that "the Taliban are not fighting against us, but Pakistan is fighting in the guise of the Taliban," according to the Afghan sources.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks to the media. File photo
In an interview to two senior editors of The New York Times’ Opinion pages, he sought a new bond with the US after Sept 11, 2021, when the United States plans to pull out all its forces from Afghanistan.
The interview was published, when US President Joe Biden had his first face-to-face meeting with his Afghan counterpart, Ashraf Ghani, at the White House.
Khan also talked about his efforts to build a closer relationship with Afghanistan and improve relations with India, regretting that the current Indian government does not seem interested in normalising relations, perhaps a change of government in Delhi would help.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi speaks to the media.
Three days ago, the Pakistani Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi had warned Afghan President Ghani and his team in clear terms that in their meeting with Biden and his team, they must not blame Islamabad.
Qureshi in fact blamed the Daesh in Iraq and Syria for the surge in Afghan violence.
"If you try and create this impression that the violence is high because of Taliban, again, that would be an exaggeration. Why do I say that? Aren't there other elements over there who are playing the role of a spoiler?"
US Marines board a C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft headed to Kandahar at Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. File/AFP
These were Qureshi's words aired last week during an interview with Afghanistan's Tolo News network.
"They (Afghan Govt) can say whatever they want but the US knows Pakistan's role very well in the peace process and the world is obvious to our role", says Qureshi.
The operations, launched on Saturday night, were aimed at foiling attacks planned by the Taliban on Afghan forces, said a senior security official in capital Kabul.
Fighting has raged across several provinces, but the insurgents have primarily focused on a devastating campaign across the northern countryside, seizing dozens of districts in the past two months.
Their latest offensive started in early May as the United States and NATO began the final troop withdrawal following a 20-year occupation sparked by the September 11 attacks.
The 2021 Nobel Laureate for Literature, Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah, will lead the list of international literary luminaries from 13 countries who will participate in the 40th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF 2021), which takes place from November 3 – 13 at Expo Centre Sharjah. A host of 15 literary greats from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be joining this group of global participants.
The Court of Appeal in Dubai upheld a ruling issued by the Court of First Instance sentencing a gang of three Asians to one year to be followed by deportation and fining them Dhs1,700 after being convicted of assaulting a grocer and stealing a sun of money equal to the fine.
The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) issued a decision administratively shutting down “Al Madad Refreshments” on Al Salam Street in Abu Dhabi, which holds trade license number CN-1030302, for violating Law No 2 of 2008 regarding food safety in Abu Dhabi.
This came in a phone call Sheikh Mohamed received on Wednesday from the Syrian president where they also discussed the ongoing developments in Syria and the Middle East in addition to issues of regional and international interest.