The US and the Taleban
discuss a US request that Afghanistan expel guerrilla leader Osama Bin Laden but a US spokesman says they made no progress on this and other disputes.
At the same time, fighters of Afghanistan's Sunni Moslem Taleban
militia were reported to be advancing on the Afghan town of Bamiyan, last redoubt of two Shi'ite factions opposed to the Taleban
, west of the capital, Kabul.
While the ink on the Kabul statement by four-nations charting the course to a meeting between the Afghan government and Taleban
has not dried, the next meeting is scheduled for Feb 6 in Islamabad, another initiative to restart the peace negotiations was launched in Qatar.
This attack shows that the Taleban
have infiltrated Karachi as well.
Kabul: Kabul has laid out an ambitious and contentious five-step plan that could bring hardline Taleban
into government as efforts to broker peace accelerate ahead of the withdrawal of Western troops.
At a National Security Council meeting chaired by the president in October 2001, I was the one arguing that once the Taleban
were removed from power there might be a short-lived opportunity to help establish a weak but functional Afghan state.
13 (ANI): Refugee camps created along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border after the exit of Soviet troops from Afghanistan in 1979-80, have become breeding grounds for Taleban
, reports The Times.
Pakistani intelligence agents have arrested five senior Taleban
leaders, including a deputy to fugitive Taleban
chief Mullah Mohammed Omar, a security official said last night.
Opposition forces loyal to commander Ahmad Shah Masood say they had beaten back Taleban
fighters in the north of the country after losing ground for several weeks.
The exiled Saudi, regarded by many Moslems in the region as an heroic Islamic warrior, has gone to ground and his Afghan protectors in the Taleban
movement are giving few clues.
Comments by Members of Parliament (MPs) and political observers point to the involvement of Iran and Pakistan in supplying arms to the two rival factions of Taleban
The country is at war with Pakistani Taleban
and also battling insurgency in the troubled province of Balochistan.