Air Arabia, the only listed airline in the United Arab Emirates, will begin flights on May 6 from a new hub in the sheikdom of Ras Al Khaimah after local carrier RAK Airways suspended operations earlier this year.
Supervisor Atta Mohammad watches the cranes swivel and workers at the Naibabad freight terminal rush to unload wheat and construction material from Uzbekistan that’s just arrived on Afghanistan’s only railroad.
Mohammad Shakir Afridi has watched U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan since the first Americans landed in the country 10 years ago. As president of the Khyber Transport Association, one of the largest groups of truck owners in Pakistan, Afridi’s biggest contract involves moving military equipment for American and coalition forces through Pakistan to military bases in Afghanistan. The slightest policy shift in Washington can carry consequences for Afridi and his business.
Pakistan peace talks with Taliban militants will probably fail and an ensuing military operation would lead to more terrorism, according to Imran Khan, head of the party that runs a province bordering Afghanistan.
Pakistan called on Taliban fighters to immediately halt terrorist attacks for peace talks to continue, a day after reports of the killing of 23 soldiers threatened to scuttle efforts to end the decade-long insurgency.
Two suicide bombers killed 81 people in an attack during a Christian church service in northwestern Pakistan, sparking protests across the country and jeopardizing prospects for peace talks with militants.