China, Taliban connection can pose a great threat to international security: Expert

New Delhi: China’s Belt and Road initiative has two plans to be executed. One is to facilitate travel between Kabul and Pakistan, that would be the part of the broader transportation, and the other is to concentrate on mineral rich Afghanistan and its key resources. The Communist nation is slowly moving in and trying to […]

Afghanistan Crisis: Taliban send ‘hundreds of fighters’ to crush resistance stronghold in Panjshir Valley

Kabul: The Taliban has said that hundreds of its fighters are heading for the Panjshir Valley, which is currently the center of the resistance in Afghanistan. Hundreds of “mujahideen” are heading towards the state of Panjshir to take control of the province from where the resistance is being held, Sputnik reported citing a news agency. […]

Afghan Taliban not stopping people leaving Kabul, says official

KABUL: The Afghan Taliban are not stopping people from leaving the country at Kabul airport, a Taliban official said on Friday. “We are only pushing (away) those who have no legal papers to travel, but who are adding to the chaos at Kabul airport gate,” he told Reuters. Foreign powers sought to hasten evacuations from […]

Taliban won’t get legitimacy if they come by force, says Doha meet on Afghanistan

New Delhi: The Doha meetings on Afghanistan in a final outcome document have sent a message to the Taliban that it won’t get legitimacy if it comes by force and called on both the Afghan government and Taliban to accelerate the peace process.  The 9-point Chairman statement issued after the series of meetings said, “Participants […]

Qatar envoy briefs India on Afghan peace process as situation deteriorates in Afghanistan

New Delhi: Qatar’s Special Envoy for counter-terrorism and mediation of conflict resolution Mutlaq bin Majed Al-Qahtani, who was on a 2 day visit to India, has briefed the Indian side about the Afghan peace process.  On Saturday he held talks with External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar and foreign secretary Harsh Shringla during which he […]

Taliban needs to eschew path of violence, cut ties with terror groups: India

New Delhi: India’s envoy to United Nations T S Tirumurti on Friday called on the Taliban to engage in “negotiations in good faith”, “eschew the path of violence” and “severe ties with the Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations” at the United Nations Security Council meeting on Afghanistan. The meet that took place under India’s […]

Afghan Taliban kills head of government media department

Kabul: The Taliban shot and killed the director of Afghanistan’s government Information Media Center on Friday (August 6), the latest killing of a government official and one that comes just days after an assassination attempt on the acting defense minister. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told The Associated Press that the groups’ fighters had killed Dawa […]

Taliban change strategy, target provincial Afghan cities in response to US strikes

KABUL/PESHAWAR: Taliban militants have switched strategy from targeting rural areas of Afghanistan to attacking provincial cities, in response to increased US airstrikes after the United States said it was ending its longest war, three militant commanders said. The Taliban have stepped up their campaign to defeat the US-backed government as foreign forces complete their withdrawal […]

Afghan civilian casualties reach record high in 2021: Report

Kabul: The number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan reached a record high in the first half of 2021 as the conflicts continued to escalate amid US and NATO troops` withdrawal, a UN report revealed on Monday. “Civilian casualties in Afghanistan in the first half of 2021 reached record levels, including a particularly sharp increase in […]

Taliban’s existence not possible without support of countries in the region, says Afghan Envoy Farid Mamundzay

New Delhi: Afghan envoy Farid Mamundzay, without taking any names, said “without the support of the countries in the region”, the Taliban’s “existence may have not been possible”. Pakistan’s support for the Taliban has been well known, and the envoy’s comments come even as the group is making rapid territorial gains. Speaking to WION correspondent […]

Afghanistan: At least 30 killed in car bomb blast in eastern Logar province

Kabul: A huge car bomb blast killed at least 30 people and injured dozens more in Afghanistan’s eastern Logar province on Friday evening, with highschool students among the casualties, officials said. The car packed with explosives detonated in Logar`s capital of Pul-e Alam near the house of the former head of the provincial council, Didar […]