PIA denies reports of resuming commercial flights to Kabul

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has denied reports on resuming commercial flights from Islamabad to Kabul from next week. The national airline added that it was “keen and all geared up to restart” commercial flights from Islamabad to Kabul,

Commercial flights resume from Kabul airport after Taliban takeover

KABUL: The first international commercial flight under Afghanistan’s new Taliban interim government departed Kabul on Thursday carrying more than 100 foreigners, including some US citizens left behind after last month’s chaotic airlift. The flight marked an important step in the

UN assures to provide aid after meeting with Taliban leaders in Kabul

KABUL: Senior Taliban officials met in Kabul on Sunday with the UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, who promised to maintain assistance for the Afghan people, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the Taliban’s political office

Qatar working with Taliban to reopen Kabul airport

DOHA: Qatar is working with the Taliban to reopen Kabul’s airport as soon as possible, its foreign minister said on Thursday, urging the hardliners to allow Afghans to leave the country. The airport, the scene of a frenzied evacuation which

Taliban wrestle with Afghan economy in chaos

KABUL (Reuters) -Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers struggled to keep the country functioning after the final withdrawal of US forces, with foreign donors alarmed about an impending humanitarian crisis. Two weeks since the Taliban’s sweep into Kabul brought a chaotic end

European countries to shut down Kabul embassies, reduce staff

BERLIN: European countries have decided to close their embassies or reduce staff in Kabul amid the Taliban offensive after similar announcements by the United States and other Western governments. Germany will reduce its embassy staff in Kabul to the bare

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,

Turkey in Kabul 

The United States has accepted an offer from Turkey to secure the Kabul airport after the withdrawal of US troops. There are growing concerns that the Taliban could take over the nation once the Americans exit and create new security

Death toll from Afghan school blast reaches 68 as families bury victims

KABUL: The death toll from a bomb attack outside a school in the Afghan capital Kabul has risen to 68 with doctors struggling to care for 165 injured victims and families searching desperately for missing children. Explosions on Saturday evening

Nine dead, 20 injured as Kabul car bombing targets lawmaker

KABUL: A car bombing in Afghan capital Kabul targeting a lawmaker killed at least nine people on Sunday. Lawmaker Khan Mohammad Wardak survived the blast but is among 20 injured including women and children, Afghan Interior Minister Massoud Andarabi said.

At least eight dead as rocket fire hits Kabul

KABUL: At least eight people were killed on Saturday when a barrage of rockets struck densely populated parts of Kabul, marking the latest attack in an ongoing wave of violence sweeping the Afghan capital. The rockets slammed into various parts

Afghan VP Saleh escapes unharmed in Kabul bomb attack

KABUL: Afghan First Vice President Amrullah Saleh escaped unharmed after a roadside bomb in Kabul targeted his convoy on Wednesday morning. Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian told a news agency that two people had been killed and another twelve

Second Pak-Afghan bilateral forum meeting held in Kabul

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood visited Kabul leading the Pakistan delegation comprising senior officers for the second review meeting of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS). The Afghan side was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Mirwais Nab.

Afghan council to decide release of 400 Taliban prisoners

KABUL: Afghanistan will convene a grand assembly of elders in Kabul on Friday to decide whether the last 400 Taliban prisoners should be released. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in this regard urged attendees to free the detainees, promising

Newborns among 16 dead in Kabul hospital attack

KABUL: Gunmen disguised as police attacked a hospital in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, killing 16 people including two newborn babies from a maternity clinic run by the international humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders. In a separate attack the

Four consecutive blasts hit Kabul, four civilians injured

KABUL: Four civilians were injured on Monday after the Afghan capital was rocked by roadside bombs that exploded in less than 90 minutes. Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said that the explosion wounded four civilians including a child. Militants had carried

Pakistan strongly condemns attack at Sikh temple in Kabul

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Wednesday strongly condemned the terror attack at a Sikh temple in the Afghan capital Kabul in which at least 25 people lost their lives. According to a statement released by Foreign Office, Pakistan strongly condemns

25 killed as gunmen storm Sikh temple in Kabul

KABUL: At least 25 people were killed and more than eight others were wounded as unidentified gunmen raided a Sikh place of worship in the Shorbazar area of Kabul in the Afghan capital. According to Afghan media, the incident began

At least 27 killed in Kabul Attack, Abdullah escapes unharmed

KABUL: At least 27 people were killed and another 29 people sustained injuries after a political ceremony was attacked by a gunman which was attended by high-level officials including Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah. According to Interior Ministry Spokesperson, Nasrat

Seven Afghan soldiers killed and five injuries in Taliban attack

KABUL: At least seven Afghan soldiers were killed and five others sustained injuries in a Taliban attack on a base in northern Afghanistan. According to the Afghan defence ministry, a gang of terrorists attacked a joint military camp in the

At least 12, including children, killed in Kabul car bomb blast

KABUL: At least 12 people, including three children, were killed when a minivan packed with explosives rammed into a vehicle carrying foreigners during Kabul’s morning rush hour on Wednesday, officials said. Four foreign nationals were among those wounded in the

Diplomat’s harassment in Kabul

As a fragile Afghan peace process is underway, relations with our western neighbour are crumbling. Pakistan has indefinitely closed its consular section in Kabul amid deteriorating relations between the two countries. On the weekend, the Foreign Office summoned the Afghan

Pakistan decides to close down Afghan border for two days

ISLAMABAD: The administration has issued a notification that Pak-Afghan border crossing will remain closed from Friday till Sunday. Pakistan has decided to close down all the passageways and cargo terminals for two days starting from tomorrow, Friday, the passageway will

Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan becomes youngest captain at 20

KABUL:  Rashid Khan, Afghan spinner on Thursday became the youngest player ever to captain a test team when he led his side in their one-off match against Bangladesh in Chattogram. Rashid, aged 20 years and 350 days when he walked

At least 16 dead as massive blast hits Kabul

KABUL: The death toll has risen to 16 people and 119 injured as a massive blast claimed by the Taliban has hit Afghanistan’s capital. A massive explosion rocked central Kabul in an attack near an international complex during wee hours