April 17, 1987
Pakistan's air force shot down an Afghan combat plane that had penetrated six miles into Pakistani territory, the Defense Ministry said in Islamabad. A ministry statement said debris from the aircraft was seen falling in the mountains north of Miranshah on the northwest Pakistan border. It was the second intruding Afghan plane brought down by Pakistan in four weeks.
April 27, 1998 |
Afghanistan's warring factions promised Sunday to continue a cease-fire as they opened face-to-face talks in Pakistan aimed at ending the bloody civil war that is devastating their impoverished nation. The battlefield, just 18 miles north of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, was silent as a reading from the Muslim holy book, the Koran, marked the ceremonial opening in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, of the two sides' first direct talks.
May 4, 1998 |
A dispute over blockades hemming in thousands of malnourished Afghans broke down peace talks Sunday that had come tantalizingly close to ending two decades of bitter conflict. "They have been suspended indefinitely," said James Ngobe, the United Nations representative at the troubled talks. The Taliban militia, which wants a ruling government of Islamic scholars in place before the blockades are lifted, accused U.N.
July 24, 1988 |
President Zia ul-Haq touched off a verbal exchange with the Kremlin on Saturday when he said that the Soviet Union had decided to halt its military withdrawal from Afghanistan and had brought 10,000 troops back into Kabul, the Afghan capital, to bolster the city. In Moscow soon afterward, Marshal Sergei F. Akhromeyev, chief of staff of the Soviet armed forces, flatly denied the report and described the Pakistani president's statement as "pure slander."
July 31, 1988
Afghan jets bombed a remote Pakistani border village at night last week, killing 27 people and wounding 25, a government statement said. The attack on the village of Baghar, in the South Waziristan tribal area, was the most serious reported by Pakistan since the signing in April of U.N.-mediated accords under which the Soviet Union began withdrawing its more than 100,000 troops from Afghanistan on May 15.
March 4, 1988 |
Afghan negotiators Thursday announced a plan for accelerated withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan, a development that removes one of the last obstacles to agreement on restoring peace in the war-torn country. Abdul Wakil, the foreign minister of Moscow's client regime in Kabul, the Afghan capital, disclosed that the proposed timetable for the Soviet pullout had been shortened from 10 months to 9 and that half of the estimated 115,000 troops would leave in the first three months.