Pakistan PM says will try to persuade Taliban to meet Afghan govt Jul 24, 2019 0 816 12345 REUTERSWASHINGTONPakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said he would try meet with the Taliban in an effort to persuade the group to meet with the Afghan government, as the United States seeks to end the nearly 18-year old war.“I will meet the Taliban and I will try my best to get them to talk to the Afghan government,” Khan said during an appearance at the US Institute of Peace in Washington. He said a Taliban delegation had wanted to meet him a few months back but he did not because of opposition from the Afghan government.The United States and the Taliban are getting closer to a deal that is expected to be centered on a US pledge to withdraw troops in exchange for a Taliban promise not to let Afghanistan be used as a base for terrorism, officials say.However, the Taliban have refused to negotiate with the government, denouncing it as a US puppet, but in an effort to foster Afghan reconciliation, a 60-strong delegation of citizens met the Taliban for two days of talks in Qatar from Sunday.Afghanistan accuses Pakistan of supporting the Taliban, a charge Pakistan denies, saying it has suffered heavily from the fighting.Afghan government forces mistakenly killed seven civilians, including children, in an attack on militants south of the capital, a provincial official said on Monday, the latest victims of a war undiminished by peace talks. RELATED ARTICLES India denies seeking Trump’s mediation in Kashmir, oppn grills govt Jul 24, 2019 0 1026 US Senate confirms former lobbyist Esper as secretary of defense Jul 24, 2019 0 1104 Boris Johnson wins race to become Britain’s next PM Jul 24, 2019 0 819 Trial opens for Philippine journalist critical of President Duterte Manila: High-profile Philippine journalist Maria Ressa’s libel trial opened on Tuesday in a case that she and press freedom advocates see as government retaliation for her news site’s critical reporting on President .. China says it will ‘not tolerate foreign forces’ in Hong Kong AFP Beijing China on Tuesday slammed the US and Britain for interfering in Hong Kong affairs after the two countries voiced concerns about a vicious assault on pro-democracy protesters. The savage beating of the Hong .. Spain PM loses first parliament vote to remain in power Madrid: Spanish caretaker prime minister Pedro Sanchez lost a first parliamentary confidence vote on Tuesday as he seeks to remain in power after an inconclusive general election. A second, decisive vote has been .. Kabul seeks clarification on Trump talk of ‘wiping out Afghanistan’ KABUL: Afghanistan called on Tuesday for an explanation of comments by US President Donald Trump in which he said he could win the Afghan war in just 10 days by wiping out Afghanistan but did not want to kill 10 million .. JD(S)- Cong govt loses trust vote in India’s Karnataka assembly, CM quits AGENCIES BENGALURU Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy tendered his resignation after the Congress-JD(S) government failed to survive trust vote in the Karnataka Assembly on Tuesday, with the coalition falling ..