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Jihad, history link Taliban to al-Qaida in Afghanistan

Sep. 17, 2019 8:50 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban promised Washington during months of negotiations that the United States would never again be attacked from Afghan soil. Such a pledge would have included al-Qaida, which planned the 9/11 attacks from inside Afghanistan. Yet jihad, or holy war, and a shared history continue to...

Pakistan to open border crossing for India Sikhs in November

Sep. 16, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

KARTARPUR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani officials said Monday that a much-awaited visa-free border crossing for Sikh pilgrims from India will be ready by early November, allowing thousands of pilgrims to easily visit a Sikh shrine just inside Pakistan each day. The Pakistani project director, Atif Majid, told...

Taliban want US deal, but some in bigger hurry than others

Sep. 12, 2019 7:31 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghanistan's Taliban leaders agreed they wanted a deal with the United States, but some were in more of a hurry than others. Taliban negotiators were at odds with their Council of Leaders, or shura, about whether to travel to Camp David even before President Donald Trump abruptly canceled...

Saudi, UAE diplomats arrive in Pakistan to discuss Kashmir

Sep. 4, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates sent their top diplomats to Pakistan on Wednesday to help Islamabad defuse tensions with India over the disputed Kashmir region. Anti-India sentiment has grown in Pakistan since New Delhi moved to strip the Indian-administered portion of Kashmir of...

Pakistan grants consular aid to Indian facing death penalty

Sep. 2, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan on Monday granted rare consular access to an Indian man facing the deal penalty after being convicted of spying. The case has been a source of friction between the nuclear-armed neighbors as tensions have escalated in recent weeks over the disputed Kashmir region. The foreign...

Prime minister says Pakistan will respond if India attacks

Aug. 30, 2019 9:28 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister said Friday he has warned the international community that India could launch an attack on Pakistani-held Kashmir in an effort to divert attention from human rights abuses in the portion of the disputed Himalayan region that it controls. In a speech at a rally in...

ITF postpones Pakistan-India Davis Cup series

Aug. 22, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The International Tennis Federation has postponed next month's Davis Cup series between India and Pakistan because of the recent political tension over the disputed territory of Kashmir. The ITF says it made the decision "following an in-depth security review of the current situation in...

Leader of Pakistan-held Kashmir welcomes Trump initiative

Aug. 20, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The president of Pakistani-administered Kashmir welcomed efforts by U.S. President Donald Trump to lower tensions between Pakistan and India over the disputed Himalayan region on Tuesday and warned of a deepening humanitarian crisis and food shortages in the Indian-held portion. Sardar...

The Latest: Spokesman says Trump spoke with Pakistan's PM

Aug. 16, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Latest on India revoking status of Indian-administered Kashmir (all times local): 11:15 p.m. A spokesman says President Donald Trump spoke with Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan conveyed the importance of India and Pakistan reducing tensions through bilateral dialogue regarding the...

The Latest: UN Security Council to discuss Kashmir

Aug. 15, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Latest on disputed Kashmir (all times local): 9 p.m. The U.N. Security Council has scheduled a rare meeting on Kashmir in response to requests by China and Pakistan following India's revocation of the region's special constitutional status and downgrading of its statehood to a...