KABUL, April 30: Former Afghan king Mohammed Zahir Shah said on Tuesday he was involved in talks with local tribal leaders in a bid to end bloodshed in the troubled eastern province of Paktia.

“I have had some contact with the tribal leaders in these areas and I am trying my best to calm down the situation and come to an understanding among them,” Zahir Shah said in his first foreign media interview since returning recently from a 29-year exile in Italy.

“What I have heard about this and what I know up until now I feel sorry that such things should happen even on a small level.” At least 115 people were killed or injured over the weekend when forces loyal to local warlord Padsha Khan fired scores of rockets at the Paktia capital Gardez in a bid to oust governor Taj Mohammad Wardak.—AFP

Opinion

Editorial

Breaking the deadlock
09 Dec, 2022

Breaking the deadlock

It is time for PDM and PTI to show flexibility and realise that the future of over 240m people is at stake.
A targeted killing
09 Dec, 2022

A targeted killing

IF there were any doubts about a sinister, transnational plot to kill journalist Arshad Sharif, the 592-page report...
Dog-bite epidemic
09 Dec, 2022

Dog-bite epidemic

AN exploding population of stray canines has fuelled a dog-bite epidemic in Sindh, with the provincial health...
Worsening hunger
Updated 08 Dec, 2022

Worsening hunger

THAT the dollar liquidity crunch has started hurting the import of essential items such as vegetables and raw...
Bannu beheading
Updated 08 Dec, 2022

Bannu beheading

The state must take up the cudgels and neutralise barbarism before it spreads.
Smog misery
08 Dec, 2022

Smog misery

IF 2022 has taught us anything, it is that generations of reckless disregard for Mother Nature has accrued very ...