Sunday, December 5, 2021

Pak envoy meets Taliban's acting FM, discusses bilateral cooperation

Kabul | December 5, 2021 12:19:28 PM IST
Pakistan's envoy to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan met Taliban acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and discussed bilateral cooperation between both countries.... read..

Taliban torture Afghan man to death for critical Facebook post

New Delhi |Sunday, 2021 2:15:08 AM IST
The Taliban have been accused of killing an Afghan over a critical Facebook post three days after he was taken into custody, RFE/RL reported.... read..

Afghans packed in pick-up trucks take dangerous journey to flee Taliban's repression

New Delhi |Sunday, 2021 1:45:08 AM IST
Thousands of Afghans are escaping the country each week and many of them are paying smugglers to take them westward to neighbouring Iran, from where some hope to reach Europe, RFE/RL reported.... read..

US, other world powers condemn Taliban over summary killings in Afghanistan

Washington | December 5, 2021 8:49:14 AM IST
The United States joined other international powers in expressing "deep concern" over the summary killings and enforced disappearances in Afghanistan after the takeover of Kabul by the Taliban in August this year.... read..

'Much more needed', says US envoy after Taliban decree on women's rights

Washington | December 4, 2021 2:48:57 PM IST
US special envoy for Afghanistan Thomas West welcomed an order of the Taliban, under which a woman can not be married against her will, but noted that much more needs to be done to ensure women's rights in all spheres in the country.... read..

'Missing India factor dents Afghanistan's progress after Taliban takeover'

Kabul | December 4, 2021 2:48:51 PM IST
With Afghanistan facing a severe humanitarian crisis, the Taliban regime is making a big mistake by alienating India, which has for over two decades been assisting the country's progress including humanitarian, civil aviation, telecommunication, transport... read..

A woman is not property: Taliban leader issues decree

Kabul | December 4, 2021 3:18:49 AM IST
A special decree is issued by the leader of the Taliban Haibatullah Akhundzada stating that a woman is not a property but a free human being.... read..

Taliban discusses humanitarian aid, trade with Chinese envoy in Kabul

Kabul | December 4, 2021 10:19:23 PM IST
Taliban appointed foreign minister Amir Khan Motaqi on Saturday met the Chinese Ambassador to Kabul Wang Yu and discussed the issues of humanitarian aid, trade, and development in Afghanistan.... read..

Several Iranian guards suffer casualties after border clashes near Afghanistan, say Taliban

Kabul | December 4, 2021 7:48:57 PM IST
The Iranian forces had suffered at least nine casualties during clashes on the Afghanistan-Iran border after fuel smuggling attempts from the Iranian side, the Taliban authorities said on Thursday, reported The Frontier Post.... read..

Taliban supreme leader issues decree safeguarding women's rights

Kabul |Friday, 2021 11:45:08 PM IST
The Taliban supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada on Friday issued a special decree regarding women's rights and directed relevant authorities to take actions to safeguard these rights.... read..

Taliban signal early Islamic era of Saudi Arabia with diktat to stop work for congregational prayers

New Delhi |Friday, 2021 1:45:08 AM IST
The Taliban have issued a new diktat in Badakhshan province of Afghanistan, wherein people have been urged to stop their work for attending congregational prayers, Raha Press reported.... read..

Afghanistan's economic woes continue under the Taliban

Kabul | December 3, 2021 10:49:32 AM IST
Afghanistan is facing economic hardships after the takeover of the Taliban in August this year and its financial crisis has increased further.... read..

Clash at Afghanistan-Iran border a misunderstanding: Taliban

Kabul |Thursday, 2021 8:45:09 PM IST
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has confirmed a clash between the border forces of Iran and Afghanistan and described the incident as a "misunderstanding."... read..

In diplomatic setback to Taliban, UN panel fails to recognise its envoy

United Nations |Thursday, 2021 6:15:08 PM IST
In a diplomatic setback to the Taliban, the permanent representative of the democratically-elected government of Afghanistan Ghulam Isaczai has received a temporary reprieve after the deadlocked credentials committee failed to act on the Islamic group's r... read..

Taliban ban on women can cost economy USD 1bn

Kabul | December 2, 2021 8:20:16 PM IST
The Taliban's move to stop women from working could cost the Afghan economy nearly USD 1 billion, according to a new report by the United Nations Development Programme, that portrays the growing humanitarian crisis in the country.... read..

Taliban hide details of drug trade revenue amid financial crisis in Afghanistan: Report

Kabul | December 2, 2021 11:19:14 AM IST
Taliban which was always suspected to be one of the wealthiest militant groups in the world, has never let out the details about the volume and revenue of the drug trade, as Afghanistan going through grave financial crisis.... read..

Taliban, Iranian border guards clash on Nimroz border over misunderstanding

Kabul | December 2, 2021 2:20:22 AM IST
The Taliban and the Iranian border security forces clashed near the Afghan province of Nimruz after the Afghan side started firing over a 'misunderstanding' about some Iranians crossing the border into Afghan territory.... read..

Taliban rule enforces strict measures against entertainment

Kabul | December 2, 2021 2:49:27 PM IST
Taliban have enforced strict laws ending means of entertainment which were flourishing earlier.... read..

Taliban's intense control of arms prompts weapons black market to go underground

Kabul | December 2, 2021 2:20:56 PM IST
As the Taliban consolidates power, the regime is working intently to ensure that the arms market is under their control which promotes the weapon's black market to go further underground.... read..

Taliban expect foreign embassies to open in Kabul until end of year: Spokesperson

Kabul | December 2, 2021 4:48:59 PM IST
The Taliban on Thursday said that it expects that the embassies of a number of foreign countries will open in Kabul until the end of the year.... read..

At Doha talks, Taliban pleads for unfreezing of Afghan reserves

Kabul | December 2, 2021 9:19:32 AM IST
Taliban delegation has asked US administration to unfreeze Kabul's financial assets enabling it to function as the government as it faces a tough economic crisis in the talks held in Doha, Qatar.... read..

Taliban fails to secure seat at United Nations

Kabul | December 2, 2021 11:19:07 AM IST
The United Nations Accreditation Committee did not approve the Taliban's seat along with the Myanmar Military junta at the world body, local media reported on Thursday.... read..

Over 100 former Afghan forces killed or disappeared by Taliban, rights group says

New York | December 1, 2021 4:48:52 PM IST
Taliban forces in Afghanistan have executed or forcibly disappeared more than 100 former police and intelligence officers in just four provinces since taking over the country on August 15 despite a proclaimed amnesty, a US-based rights group has said.... read..

US must block International efforts to recognise Taliban in Afghanistan: report

Washington | December 1, 2021 5:49:45 PM IST
As Taliban rulers are trying hard for international recognition of their reinstated Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, US President Joe Biden must act that the group does not get credentialing at the UN, US media report said.... read..

Taliban's lack of accountability makes clear need for continued UN scrutiny of Afghan rights situation: HRW

New York | December 1, 2021 8:49:05 AM IST
The Taliban's claims that they will prevent abuses and hold abusers to account appears nothing more than a "public relations stunt" so far, said a US-based rights group, adding that the lack of accountability makes clear the need for continued UN scrutiny... read..

Taliban killed or enforced disappearances of over 100 former members of Afghan security forces: Human Rights Watch

Kabul | December 1, 2021 3:18:48 AM IST
Despite announcing an amnesty for former government civilian and military officials, the Taliban have killed or enforced disappearances of over 100 former members of the security forces in the last three months.... read..

Taliban facing difficulties in effectively fighting terrorism in Afghanistan: Russian Envoy

Kabul | December 1, 2021 3:19:23 PM IST
The Taliban are facing difficulties in effectively fighting terrorism in Afghanistan due to lack of financial resources, Russian Ambassador in Kabul Dmitry Zhirnov said on Wednesday.... read..

US expresses concern over rights abuses in Afghanistan, asks Taliban to take necessary steps

Doha | December 1, 2021 7:50:31 AM IST
The US on Tuesday (local time) expressed deep concern over allegations of human rights abuses in Afghanistan and asked the Taliban to take necessary action to protect the rights of Afghans.... read..

Taliban gunmen checking mobile phones of Kabul residents

New Delhi |Tuesday, 2021 3:15:08 AM IST
Residents of Kabul complain that gunmen linked to the Taliban government have lately been checking their mobile phones, thus violating their privacy, Pajhwok News reported.... read..

Taliban elite special forces tasked with night raids on former security force members

New Delhi |Tuesday, 2021 6:45:08 PM IST
The Taliban have intensified searches for former members of the Khost Protection Force (KPF), a special forces unit that had been founded and supported by the US Central Intelligence Agency.... read..

After announcing amnesty, Taliban hunt down Afghan security forces

New Delhi |Tuesday, 2021 8:15:08 PM IST
The Taliban summarily executed some former security force members in front of their families or have left their bodies where they were likely to be found.... read..

Taliban executed or 'disappeared' more than 100 military personnel

New Delhi |Tuesday, 2021 5:45:08 PM IST
Taliban forces in Afghanistan have summarily executed or forcibly disappeared more than 100 former police and intelligence officers in just four provinces since taking over the country on August 15, despite a proclaimed amnesty, Human Rights Watch said in... read..

Taliban release over 210 prisoners in Afghanistan

Kabul | November 30, 2021 1:49:17 AM IST
As Afghans are struggling with the ongoing law and order situation in the country, the Taliban on Monday released over 210 prisoners from a jail in Afghanistan.... read..

EU continues talks with Taliban to secure humanitarian access in Afghanistan

Brussels | November 29, 2021 11:49:16 PM IST
The European Union on Monday said that it will continue talks with the Taliban delegation in Doha to secure humanitarian access in the country and to possibly resume EU diplomatic representation in Kabul.... read..

Underground intelligence operatives helped Taliban seize Kabul: Report

Washington | November 29, 2021 7:49:22 PM IST
The Taliban ran an underground network of intelligence operatives that helped the outfit take over Kabul in August, a new report has revealed.... read..

Taliban takes over Afghan Independent Bar Association

Kabul | November 29, 2021 9:49:05 PM IST
Taliban have taken over the Afghan Independent Bar Association (AIBA) and plans on using it as a government office under the Ministry of Justice, claimed AIBA members on Sunday.... read..

European Union calls on Taliban to take concrete steps to form inclusive government

Kabul | November 29, 2021 8:49:20 PM IST
European Union delegation met Taliban in Doha and asked the group to take swift, meaningful and concrete steps towards an inclusive government that represents the richness of Afghan society.... read..

Key Taliban members got scholarships to India

New Delhi |Monday, 2021 9:45:08 PM IST
There were key Taliban members among the students who were given scholarship opportunities to study in India, Khaama Press reported, quoting a Wall Street Journal report.... read..

Afghanistan: 50 pc private education centres shut since Taliban takeover

Kabul | November 29, 2021 3:26:44 PM IST
Over 50 per cent of private education centres have been closed within the past three months across Afghanistan since the Taliban take over the country, local media reported citing the Union of Private Education Centers.... read..

Media freedom at risk as Taliban censors news reports in Afghanistan

Kabul | November 29, 2021 3:28:40 PM IST
Following the new media guidelines under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, the freedom of expression is at risk in Islamic Emirate as the group announced that no media or news agencies are permitted to publish against the interest of the Taliban's so-cal... read..

HarperCollins presents 'Looking for the Enemy: Mullah Omar and the Unknown Taliban'

Business | November 29, 2021 5:19:38 PM IST
New Delhi [India], November 29 (ANI/ PR Newswire): HarperCollins India is thrilled to announce the publication of the keenly anticipated book by investigative journalist Bette Dam - Looking for the Enemy: Mullah Omar and the Unknown Taliban - to be releas... read..

UK stresses importance of getting Afghan girls back to school during talks with Taliban

Doha | November 29, 2021 3:29:38 PM IST
Charge d'Affaires of the UK Mission to Afghanistan on Sunday stressed the importance of getting Afghan girls back to school after the Taliban restricted female education in Afghanistan.... read..

Self-censorship of journalists highest under Taliban: Former Afghan official

New Delhi | November 28, 2021 11:17:22 AM IST
Under the Taliban's oppressive regime self-censorship of the journalists has gone to the highest, said a former Afghan government official, adding that no government or institution is any longer promoting or supporting free media in the country.... read..

Afghan female football team evade Taliban threat

New Delhi |Wednesday, 2021 6:15:07 PM IST
Female footballers from Afghanistan along with their families crossed the Torkham border to reach Pakistan on Tuesday night after the government issued emergency humanitarian visas to evacuate them from their country following the Taliban takeover, Dawn r... read..
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