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,

Millions of Afghans are on ‘verge of death’, warns UN chief

NEW YORK: The United Nations chief warned that millions of Afghans are on the “verge of death,” urging the international community to fund the UN’s $5 billion humanitarian appeal, release Afghanistan’s frozen assets and jump-start its banking system to avert

PM Khan welcomes UN’s fundraising appeal for Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday welcomed the United Nations’ funding pledge of more than $5 billion for Afghanistan to avert collapse of basic services in the war-ravaged country. The prime minister said that the UN initiative was 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

Disengaging with Afghanistan would be disadvantageous for the world: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday warned the international community that repeating the mistake of isolating Afghanistan would be disadvantageous for the world. The prime minister made the comments as he chaired the second meeting of the Apex Committee

Aiding Afghanistan

Pakistan has agreed to donate 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat for Afghanistan in the absence of any major assistance from the world community. It has also expedited the process to facilitate trade and movement of people across the border. With

COAS calls for global convergence on Afghanistan for regional peace

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has stressed for global convergence on Afghanistan through coordinated efforts for economic uplift of the Afghan people for peace and stability in the region.  He was talking to Chief of

Afghan support

The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan is worsening with the advent of winter. Pakistan has announced Rs5 billion in medical, food and other humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan, while also allowing a one-time exemption for transporting food aid from India to the

Economic crisis could fuel extremism in Afghanistan: UN

UNITED NATIONS: Afghanistan’s deep economic crisis threatens to raise the “risk of extremism” in the region, a senior UN official warned. The war-ravaged country finds itself on the brink of a humanitarian disaster as foreign assets and monetary assistance remain

Afghanistan’s food crisis a ‘legacy’ of previous govt: Taliban

KABUL: Afghanistan s food crisis is a “legacy” of the previous government, the Taliban deputy health minister said Monday, as he accused the international community of failing to keep its promises of aid. The UN has warned that around 22

Qatar to handle US interests in Afghanistan: Blinken

WASHINGTON: The United States said it would set up an interests section in Afghanistan under Qatar, creating a more direct way to assist US citizens and engage with the Taliban after the embassy in Kabul was shuttered. US Secretary of

Troika Plus urges UN to support people of Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: The Troika Plus has urged United Nations (UN) to develop programs to implement the international community’s commitments to support the people of Afghanistan. In its joint statement issued today [Thursday], Pakistan, China, Russia and the United States have also

Pakistan to host Troika Plus meeting on Afghanistan today

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will host a Troika Plus meeting with senior diplomats from the United States, China, and Russia to discuss the situation in neighboring Afghanistan. According to the foreign office, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will inaugurate the meeting. About

Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mutaqqi arrives in Pakistan

KABUL: Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mutaqqi has reached Islamabad on a visit to Pakistan today with a high-level delegation aimed at promoting Pak-Afghanistan relations. The Afghan foreign minister would remain in Pakistan until 12 November. As per details, the

Australia postpones first-ever Afghanistan cricket Test

SYDNEY: Australia has postponed a landmark first-ever cricket Test against Afghanistan, amid fears the country’s ruling Taliban regime will ban women from playing the sport. Australia’s cricketing authorities said that after consultation with “relevant stakeholders” it was decided the men’s

India-Afghanistan match toss creates another fixing controversy

Soon after India beat Afghanistan T20 World Cup 2021, many social media users started speculating that the match was fixed. The netizens from Pakistan believe that the match was not but fixed. Last night, India beat Afghanistan by 66 runs

Afghanistan beat Namibia in T20 WC encounter

ABU DHABI: Afghanistan beat Namibia by 62 runs in a clash between the two sides at the ongoing T20 World Cup in the UAE. Afghanistan skipper Mohammad Nabi asked Namibia to bat first after winning the toss. “The wicket looked

T20 World Cup: Pakistan to play against Afghanistan today

DUBAI: Pakistan will play their third match of the T20 World Cup against Afghanistan at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday (today) as it seeks to enter the semi-final stage of the tournament. The match will be played at 7

Will Pakistan allow US to use its airspace against Afghanistan?

The US broadcaster CNN has claimed that the US and Pakistan are close to an agreement on the use of airspace for military operations in Afghanistan and that If an agreement is reached, Pakistan’s statement based on ‘absolutely not’ will

Afghanistan’s financial assets should be unfrozen: Putin

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Afghanistan should receive economic support and get its financial assets unfrozen as its stability was in the interest of all its neighbours. Washington has said it has no plans to release billions

‘Troika Plus’ to discuss Afghan crisis today in Moscow

ISLAMABAD: Senior officials from Pakistan, Russia and China will meet in Doha on August 11 as part of efforts to prevent Afghanistan from slipping into another civil war. The delegation including Pakistan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Muhammad Sadiq has reached

New Afghan govt decides to launch first anti-polio campaign

KABUL: The interim government of Afghanistan led by the Taliban has decided to begin its first anti-polio campaign from November 8 to vaccinate children aged up to 5 years. It would be the first polio vaccination campaign in Afghanistan by

Pakistan sends another batch of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

PESHAWAR: Pakistan sent another batch of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan in efforts to avert an economic disaster in the war-ravaged neigbouring country. Pakistan dispatched seven trucks of humanitarian aid including flour, rice and pulses to Afghanistan. The trucks carrying humanitarian

Taliban would be judged on their actions, says US after Doha talks

WASHINGTON: The United States said the first face-to-face meeting between senior US and Taliban officials since the hardline group retook power in Afghanistan was “candid and professional” and reiterated that the Taliban would be judged on their actions, not just

Pakistan sends 13 more trucks carrying relief goods to Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has sent 13 more trucks carrying 345 tonnes of relief goods including food and medicines to Afghanistan. The relief consignment was sent under the Pakistan-Afghanistan Cooperation Forum The relief supplies to the people of Afghanistan were handed over

PM Khan summons NSC meeting to discuss Afghan situation

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has convened a meeting of the National Security Committee on Friday (today) to discuss a wide range of issues including the evolving situation in Afghanistan. The meeting, held at the Prime Minister House, will be

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

Blaming Pakistan

A bill has been introduced in the US Senate seeking imposition of sanctions on the Afghan Taliban and their supporters that could potentially extend to Pakistan. The United States legislators, frustrated over the debacle in Afghanistan, are once again attempting

Supporting Taliban regime

Prime Minister Imran Khan has made a strong pitch to rally behind the Taliban regime in Afghanistan for the sake of the Afghan people. In his wide-ranging UN General Assembly speech, the prime minister warned the world that a destabilized