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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”,

Afghanistan cannot be abandoned, Taliban must fulfill promises: PM Khan tells SCO Summit

DUSHANBE: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday called on the international community to stand with the people of Afghanistan, saying the Taliban must fulfill their promises. The prime minister was addressing the 20th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Council of Heads of

UN warns Afghanistan needs money to prevent total breakdown

NEW YORK: The United Nations warned that the freezing of billions of dollars in Afghan assets to keep them out of Taliban hands would inevitably spark “a severe economic downturn” and could push millions more Afghans into poverty and hunger.

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

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

Panjshir resistance leader Ahmad Massoud ready to talk with Taliban

KABUL: The leader of the Afghan opposition group resisting Taliban forces in the Panjshir valley north of Kabul said on Sunday he welcomed proposals from religious scholars for a negotiated settlement to end the fighting. Ahmad Massoud, head of the

Taliban yet to name government as Panjshir resistance holds

KABUL: Fresh fighting was reported on Saturday between the Taliban and resistance forces in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley, even as the hardliner finalise a new government that will set the tone for their rule. Facing the challenge of morphing from insurgents

India-Taliban relations

After taking control of Kabul, the Taliban have claimed the right to raise a voice for Muslims anywhere, including Kashmir. This places them directly at loggerheads with India, who has been one of the most vociferous opponents of the hardliner’s

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

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

UN Security Council urges Taliban to let people leave Afghanistan

NEW YORK: A divided UN Security Council adopted a resolution calling on the Taliban to allow safe passage for those seeking to leave Afghanistan but did not mention the creation of a safe zone in Kabul, as suggested by the

More than 70,000 foreigners evacuated from Afghanistan

KABUL: The World Bank has announced the suspension of aid to Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan. Since August 14, 70,700 people have been evacuated from Kabul. The World Bank spokesman said that there is deep concern over the

US troops may stay past withdrawal deadline: Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden has said that forces will remain to stay in Afghanistan until the evacuation of American citizens is completed. The president said he could extend the withdrawal date for US troops after August 31. The United States has

UN rights council to hold special session on Afghanistan requested by Pakistan

GENEVA: A UN Human Rights Council on the situation in Afghanistan has been convened at the request of Pakistan and the OIC. According to details, the meeting of the UN Human Rights Council will be held six days from today

All the must-watch videos of Afghan Taliban right now

As you all might witness how yesterday three people died in Kabul after falling from the plane in an attempt to try desperately leaving Afghanistan since the Taliban swept into the country. Now, since morning there are several videos of

Ready to deal with any situation regarding Afghanistan: Sheikh Rashid

ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has said that we have taken the Afghan Taliban into confidence while the situation on the border is satisfactory. According to details,  Sheikh Rashid Ahmed while talking to the media said that we

Allies turn against United States over Afghanistan fiasco

The allies have turned against the United States and condemned the country’s decision of ending its 20-year NATO campaign in Afghanistan resulting in the Taliban taking full control of Afghanistan. According to details, Britain and Germany, the major allies of

What will be future of women in Afghanistan after Taliban gain ground?

After the end of the 20-year war imposed by the United States, the Taliban have regained power in Afghanistan and around the world where there are different views related to it.  Importantly, the United Nations has raised questions about the

We want a peaceful transfer of power in future: Afghan Taliban

KABUL: The Afghan Taliban have once again announced an end to the war by saying they want a peaceful transfer of power in the future. “We assure the protection of women’s rights, the freedom of the media, and the freedom

Taliban declare not to conquer Kabul by force

KABUL: The Afghan Taliban on arrival in Kabul have announced a general amnesty for civilians and government officials for not conquering the Afghan capital by force. According to a tweet by senior journalist Saleem Safi, the Taliban have announced that

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

‘Afghanistan is spinning out of control’: UN chief calls on Taliban to halt offensive

NEW YORK: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the Taliban to immediately halt their offensive in Afghanistan, and warned that “Afghanistan is spinning out of control.” “This is the moment to halt the offensive. This is the moment to start

Afghan leaders must fight for their nation as Taliban gains: Biden

KABUL  (Reuters): Taliban insurgents tightened their grip on captured Afghan territory, now controlling 65 percent of the country, as U.S. President Joe Biden urged the nation’s leaders to fight for their homeland. Pul-e-Khumri, capital of the northern province of Baghlan,

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,

Resurgent Taliban take first Afghan provincial capital, kill its govt spokesman

KABUL (Reuters): Taliban insurgents have captured an Afghan provincial capital and killed the government’s senior media officer in Kabul amid a deteriorating security situation as the US withdraws. A police spokesman in southern Nimroz province said the capital Zaranj had

Taliban accused of war crimes, massacring civilians in Afghan border town

KABUL: The US and British embassies in Kabul said the Taliban may have committed war crimes by carrying out revenge murders of civilians in a town in southern Afghanistan recently captured near the Pakistan border. The US mission tweeted a statement

Taliban in China

It was widely speculated that China and Russia would move in to immediately fill the void after the United States announced to withdraw their forces from Afghanistan. In a sign of warming ties, a delegation of the Afghan Taliban has

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