16 Talibans killed in Afghanistan
Kabul, Nov. 8 (IANS): Afghan forces killed 16 Taliban militants and injured 19 others while evicting them from several villages in Dand-e-Ghori area in Baghlan province, police said Thursday. “The security forces have recaptured several villages including the main base of Taliban rebels over the past four days,” police chief Ekramudin Sari told Xinhua news agency. Dand-e-Ghori was captured by Taliban two years ago and since then has been regarded as a Taliban stronghold in the northern Baghlan province. The ongoing operations against the Taliban in Dand-e-Ghori would last until the area was cleansed of the insurgents, Sari said. Taliban militants were yet to comment on the development.
Pakistani delegation leaves for China to finalize relief package
Islamabad, Nov. 8 (IANS): A high-level delegation from Pakistan left for China on Thursday to finalize a potential economic package to inject into the cash-strapped country, in a follow-up to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s five-day visit to Beijing, the media reported. The delegation included the Secretaries of finance, trade and planning as well as the Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, according to Geo News. The delegation will hold talks with Chinese officials to finalize the relief package following Khan’s visit to China last week to seek loans to tide over Pakistan’s economic crisis. Discussions will also be held pertaining to Pakistan-made products’ access to the Chinese markets, Geo cited sources as saying.