Afghan opposition welcomes creation of new party for peace
Tue 05 Jan 99 - 14:06 GMT
KABUL, Jan 5 (AFP) - The Afghan opposition cautiously welcomed Tuesday the creation of a new party by two former moderate mujahideen leaders to seek a negotiated solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.
Mujadeddi, Gillani launch Afghan peace offensive
PESHAWAR (APP) - Former Afghan president, Sibghatullah Mujadaddi and chief of National Islamic Front of Afghanistan (NIFA), Pir Syed Gillani, have jointly taken a new initiative for bringing peace to their war-ravaged country.
Afghan groups merge to launch reconciliation effort
The News: Jang
PESHAWAR: Two Pakistan-based, dormant Afghan political groups merged on Monday to launch the Association for Peace and National Unity to work for "a realistic and lasting solution" to the factional war in Afghanistan.
Iran expels thousands of Afghan refugees
Tue 05 Jan 99 - 11:37 GMT
KABUL, Jan 5 (AFP) - Iran has expelled more than 10,000 Afghan refugees over the past two weeks as part of a deportation campaign launched by the government, official Taliban sources said Tuesday.
Afghan Taleban cancels security leave during Eid
12:09 p.m. Jan 05, 1999 Eastern
ISLAMABAD, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's ruling Taleban Islamic movement said on Tuesday it had cancelled all leave for security personnel in the war-torn country during the Moslem festival of Eid al-Fitr later this month.
Iranian envoy calls for negotiated settlement of Afghan crisis
ISLAMABAD: Iranian ambassador to Pakistan Siraj-ud-Deen Mousavi has stressed the need for the negotiated settlement of Afghan problem.
Taliban plotting with Pakistan, says Masood
The News: Jang
MADRID: The Taliban militia are working with Pakistan for the control of Afghanistan and to spread their influence in the former Soviet Central Asian Republics, Afghan militant leader Ahmed Shah Masood said in an interview.
US Chided Over Bin Laden Obsession
By Amir Shah
Associated Press Writer
Tuesday, January 5, 1999; 6:54 a.m. EST
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The newspaper of Afghanistan's ruling Taliban chided the United States today for what it called Washington's obsession with Osama bin Laden, the main suspect in last summer's U.S. embassy bombings.
Afghan killed as atta crisis sparks violence
PESHAWAR - The ever-deepening crisis of wheat flour in Peshawar and other parts of the province led to the killing of an Afghan refugee, while at least seven others were injured in different firing incidents on Monday.
The murder occurred outside the Mohmand Flour Mills at Bhana Mari, where a large number of people had gathered to buy flour bags.
Amnesty says, 'safeguard Afghan intellectuals'
The human rights organisation, Amnesty International, has called for urgent action to safeguard Afghans living in Pakistan who, it says, have received death threats from the Taleban.
Pakistan, Iran renew call for broad-based Afghan govt
F.P. Bureau Report
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and Iran have expressed support for a broadbased multi-ethnic government in Afghanistan which should be established through an indigenous process.