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Seven killed as blast hits western Afghan city of Herat

KABUL: At least seven people were killed in a bomb blast on a minibus in the western Afghan city of Herat n Saturday, officials said. “Four women were among the seven killed,” the head of Herat’s provincial hospital, Arif Jalali,

Pakistan vaccinates over 100,000 people on Afghan border

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has effectively vaccinated over 100,000 people travelling from across Afghan borders against COVID-19 since November last year. This was disclosed during the meeting of Afghan Inter-Ministerial Coordination Cell (AICC) chaired by National Security Adviser Dr Moeed Yusuf. The

Afghan border dispute

The border dispute between Pakistan and Afghanistan continues even with the new Taliban regime. Recently videos surfaced showing Taliban fighters removing the fencing claiming it was built in their territory. This threatens bilateral ties and assistance-related projects with the neighbouring

UN warns of ‘colossal’ Afghan banking system collapse

NEW YORK: The United Nations pushed for urgent action to prop up Afghanistan’s banks, warning that a spike in people unable to repay loans, lower deposits and cash liquidity crunch could cause the financial system to collapse within months. In

Italy grants citizenship to top Afghan woman prosecutor

ROME: Italy has granted citizenship to Afghanistan’s first woman chief prosecutor after she fled the Taliban takeover of her war-torn country, a minister said. Maria Bashir, 51, was evacuated in September after the United States withdrew its last troops on

Afghan girls’ education

One of the biggest drawbacks facing Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover has been the inability of young girls and women to continue their education. Many countries have raised concerns over the decision and others have referred to it as an

Afghan pavilion at Dubai Expo shut after Taliban takeover

DUBAI: Afghanistan’s exhibition remained closed to visitors as the world expo fair opened in Dubai, in a sign of the challenges facing the country’s new Taliban rulers. Afghanistan is one of nearly 200 nations participating in the six-month fair that

Pakistan played responsible role for Afghan peace: Danish FM

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Denmark have agreed to make joint efforts to further strengthen the bilateral relationship in diverse fields including energy and trade. This was stated by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in a joint news conference along with Danish

Afghan army collapse ‘took us all by surprise’: US defence secretary

WASHINGTON: US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin told Congress that the Afghan army’s sudden collapse caught the Pentagon “by surprise,” as military leaders confronted a contentious Senate hearing about how and why America lost its longest war. Republican lawmakers accused President

Taliban names Afghan UN ambassador, asks to speak to world leaders

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters): The Taliban have asked to address world leaders at the United Nations in New York this week and nominated their Doha-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen as Afghanistan’s U.N. ambassador. Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi made the request

Afghan girls must not be excluded from school: UNICEF

KABUL: The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has welcomed the reopening of secondary schools in Afghanistan on Saturday, after months of closure due to coronavirus pandemic, but stressed that girls must not be kept from the classroom. “We are deeply worried”,

Pakistan, Spain agree to work closely on Afghan peace

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister of Spain Jose Manuel Albares on Friday said his government would closely work with Pakistan on efforts towards peace in Afghanistan and for the region’s future. “We want to work very closely with Pakistan with a promise

Taliban claim complete control of Panjshir province

KABUL: The Taliban claimed victory on Monday over opposition forces in the Panjshir valley northeast of Kabul, completing their takeover of the country following the capture of Kabul last month and the chaotic withdrawal of foreign troops. Pictures on social

Taliban, Afghan rebels claim heavy casualties in Panjshir valley

KABUL: Taliban forces and fighters loyal to local leader Ahmad Massoud, fought in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley on Thursday, with each side saying it had inflicted heavy casualties in recent days of combat in the last province resisting Taliban rule. Following

Afghan children cannot be abandoned, says UNICEF

NEW YORK: A senior official of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) after a visit to Afghanistan has said that the world “cannot abandon Afghan children now” when their needs are greater than ever before. George Laryea-Adjei, Regional Director for UNICEF

Few Afghans fear Taliban Knock at door in Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters): When armed members of the Afghan Taliban knocked on the door of their Kabul apartment, the family of 16 inside had crammed into the bathroom, turned off the lights and mobile phones, and covered the children’s mouths to

Afghan currency banned in Pakistan

KARACHI: The government has imposed a ban on the sale and purchase of Afghan currency in Pakistan after the current situation in Afghanistan. The announcement came after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country on Sunday as the Taliban entered Kabul. As

Canada to accept 20,000 Afghan refugees targeted by Taliban

OTTAWA: Canada will take in up to 20,000 Afghan refugees, including women leaders, government workers, and others facing threats from the Taliban who are advancing across the country seizing major cities. “As the Taliban continues to take over more of

Fatima Bhutto urges to allow Afghan refugees in Pakistan

Fatima Bhutto has urged Pakistan to allow Afghan refugees in the country as the situation worsens in the war-ravaged country. “Pakistan must allow refugees in. We cannot turn a blind eye to the crisis unfolding and must give entry and

Taliban capture Afghan commander Ismail Khan in Herat

KABUL: Taliban insurgents have seized most of Herat, Afghanistan’s third largest city, and also captured Ismail Khan, the veteran local commander leading militia resistance there, local officials said. The fall of Herat, the latest in a series of major provincial

Taliban take control of Ghazni city on road to Kabul

KABUL: The Taliban captured the city of Ghazni on Thursday, the ninth provincial capital seized in a week, as US intelligence said the capital, Kabul, just 150 km to the northeast, could fall to the insurgents within 90 days. The

Pakistan, Iraq FMs express concern over Afghan situation

ISLAMABAD: Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein on Wednesday said the situation in Afghanistan was a cause for concern due to the use of violence to resolve the conflict. The Iraqi foreign minister arrived in Islamabad earlier for a two-day visit

Afghans have pivotal role in deciding about future of Afghanistan: Sheikh Rasheed

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Wednesday said that Afghans would take initiatives for the future of their country and reiterated that Pakistan had no favourites in Afghanistan. Addressing a press conference, the federal minister said Pakistan was

Afghan envoy’s daughter did not report incident completely: FO

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has conveyed to Afghanistan that the daughter of the Afghan ambassador who was allegedly kidnapped from Islamabad last month had not reported the incident completely. A delegation from Afghanistan visited Islamabad in connection with the reported complaint of

US deploys B-52 Bombers, gunships to stop Taliban advances

WASHINGTON: The United States has sent B-52 bombers and Spectre gunships to Afghanistan in a bid to stop Taliban insurgents who are marching towards three key cities. The B-52s are flying into Afghanistan from an airbase in Qatar, hitting targets

Taliban overrun three provincial capitals in north Afghanistan

KABUL: Taliban fighters overran three provincial capitals including the strategic northeastern city of Kunduz on Sunday, as the insurgents intensified pressure on the north and threatened further cities. The insurgents have taken dozens of districts and border crossings in recent

Afghan Air Force pilot killed in Kabul bombing, Taliban claim attack

KABUL: An Afghan Air Force pilot was killed by a bomb in Kabul on Saturday, officials said, in an attack claimed by the Taliban. The pilot, Hamidullah Azimi, died when a sticky bomb attached to his vehicle detonated, officials said,

Afghan Defence Minister targeted in Kabul attack

At least four people have been killed after militants attacked the home of the Afghan defence minister. Bismillah Khan Mohammadi was not at home on Tuesday as gunmen detonated a car bomb and fired shots near Kabul’s heavily fortified Green

No country made more efforts for Afghan peace than Pakistan: PM Khan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Pakistan has tried its level best for a political solution in Afghanistan. Interacting with the Afghan media representatives, the prime minister reiterated there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict. He

Chinese officials meet Taliban delegation amid warming ties

TIANJIN: China’s foreign minister has met a Taliban delegation, signalling warming ties as United States foreign forces continue their withdrawal from Afghanistan. Taliban delegations have visited neighbouring countries in recent weeks including Iran and Russia gaining international standing. The latest