Pakistani officials: 2 Daesh members arrested

In this file photo, a Pakistani policeman stands guard in Karachi on July 25, 2019. Pakistani security officials say they have arrested two suspected members of Daesh in a raid on their hideout in the eastern Punjab province. (AFP)
Updated 14 November 2019

Pakistani officials: 2 Daesh members arrested

  • The authorities seized bomb-making material during the raid
  • Pakistan has previously said Daesh has no organized presence in the country

MULTAN: Pakistani security officials say they have arrested two suspected members of Daesh in a raid on their hideout in the eastern Punjab province.
In Thursday’s statement, the province’s counterterrorism force said it had arrested the men in Bahawalnagar city.
It said security officials also seized bomb-making material during the raid.
Pakistan’s counterterrorism forces have announced the arrest of accused Daesh members before, although the government says the group has no organized presence in the country.
Daesh militants are active in neighboring Afghanistan, where they regularly stage attacks against civilian and military targets.


Pakistan FM in Turkey to attend conference on Afghanistan

Updated 8 min 43 sec ago

Pakistan FM in Turkey to attend conference on Afghanistan

  • Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process was established to address shared challenges and interests of Afghanistan and regional partners  
  • Qureshi to apprise participants of Pakistan's efforts for regional stability, Afghan peace

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrived in Istanbul on Monday to attend the 8th Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process conference.

“Foreign Minister will inform (the forum) about the Afghan peace process and the steps taken by Pakistan for stability in the region,” Pakistan’s Foreign Office said in a statement on Monday.

Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Afghan counterpart, Idrees Zaman, will co-chair the conference.

The Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process was established to address the shared challenges and interests of Afghanistan and its neighbors and regional partners.

It provides a platform for “sincere and results-oriented regional cooperation by placing Afghanistan at its center, in recognition of the fact that a secure and stable Afghanistan is vital to the prosperity of the Heart of Asia region,” the Afghan government said in a statement.

On Dec. 7, the Taliban and the United States restarted formal peace negotiations after a nearly three-month pause.

In September, US President Donald Trump called off talks with the Taliban in reaction to the deaths of 12 people, including a US soldier in a Taliban attack in Kabul.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office welcomed the resumption of the US-Taliban talks. “We hope that it will lead to intra-Afghan negotiations and ultimately to a peaceful and stable Afghanistan,” FO said in a statement, highlighting that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.

“An inclusive peace and reconciliation process, involving all segments of the Afghan society, is the only practical way forward,” the statement reads.