Meanwhile, President Ashraf Ghani has announced his new Cabinet even as he squabbles with his main political challenger over last year's election results.
Search continues for tens of thousands more who attended a gathering of Tablighi Jamaat, Islamic missionary movement, in Lahore city last month, officials say.
The fighting, which could not be independently verified, comes amid an ongoing lockdown in India-administered Kashmir to combat spread of coronavirus.
A Pakistani court sparked US outrage on Thursday after it overturned the death sentence of British-born militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, as well as the convictions of three alleged accomplices in the 2002 murder.
Health experts have warned of an epidemic in South Asia, home to a fifth of the world's population, that could easily overwhelm its weak public health systems.
The prisoner swap is part of confidence-building measures crucial for the success of the peace deal signed between the US and the Taliban to end nearly two decades of war.
Pearl, 38, was the South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal when he was abducted and beheaded in Karachi in 2002 while researching a story about militants.
The blast occurred in Helmand province where both the Taliban and Daesh are said to be active.
An Islamic missionary group in India's capital New Delhi is facing a torrent of right-wing abuse after accusations that its recent congregation became the main carrier of the coronavirus.
A prisoner exchange process will take place as part of the intra-Afghan peace talks
New Delhi refuses to completely ease restrictions in India-administered Kashmir despite pleas from several rights group.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will enter self-quarantine after an aide tested positive for the virus while he has already been tested for the virus.
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