Kabul: Taliban militants abducted at least 27 policemen in north-eastern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan, local officials said yesterday
The officials further added that the policemen were abducted in Yamgan district which was captured by Taliban militants, Khaama Press reported. Provincial security Chief Fazaluddin Ayar confirmed the report and said an operation has been launched to retake the control of Yamgan district from Taliban militants.
Ayar further added that Afghan security forces have not managed to regain control of Yamgan district due to bad weather condition which creates problem for the Afghan troops to conduct the operation.
Pakistan keen on India talks
Islamabad: Pakistan has expressed willingness to conduct a meaningful dialogue with India after the inauguration of the new Indian government next week.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam yesterday said Pakistan wants to resume peace talks between both countries, noting that India had invited Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to attend the inauguration of his new counterpart Narendra Modi.
The government is expected to take a decision on the matter later in the day, she said, adding that a representative could be nominated to attend the ceremony if Sharif could not visit India.