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Afghan-origin Indian abducted in Kabul; MEA ‘getting more information’

New Delhi: A 50-year-old Afghan-origin Indian national, identified as Bansri Lal Arendeh, was abducted in Kabul at gunpoint, according to Indian World Forum president Puneet Singh Chandhok.       He said he had already informed the Ministry of External Affairs in the Government of India and sough their urgent assistance and intervention. Chandhok said that he...

Situation in Afghanistan fragile, India tells UN Security Council

With globally designated terrorists becoming top ministers in the Taliban government that will rule Afghanistan, India has raised the Afghanistan crisis issue in the UN Security Council (UNSC), saying that the situation in the war-torn country remains fragile and is of great concern for India as a neighbour. What India said During a debate at...

Kabul airport to be operational in 3 days, says report

Taliban to allow around 200 US civilians, others to be allowed to leave on charter flights from Kabul airport, as per another report Kabul: The Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul in Afghanistan is likely to be made operational in next three days, as per a media report. The report cited Taliban officials and technical...

Cricket Australia won’t host Afghan men if women’s team not allowed to play

Sydney: Standing up for women’s rights in Afghanistan, Cricket Australia has said it will have to cancel the Test match against Afghanistan if women’s team is banned from playing the game. The announcement came in the wake of media reports about Taliban banning women from playing sports that will risk them exposing their body or...

Farooq Abdullah stokes controversy with hope of ‘good governance’ from Taliban

NC leader Farooq Abdullah said he hoped the new Taliban government in Afghanistan would have friendly relations with other countries Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah finds himself in the middle of a controversy after his comment on the Taliban government in Afghanistan. A day after the Taliban announced an interim government...

Taliban announce interim Afghan government; FBI’s most wanted is interior minister

Kabul: Over a fortnight after taking over Kabul, the Taliban have announced a new caretaker government in Afghanistan. Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund has been named the acting prime minister in the new government, while Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who was touted to be named the chief, and Mullah Abdus Salam will be his deputies. Akhund’s...

Taliban claims complete victory over Panjshir; resistance forces deny

Kabul: The Taliban have claimed that they have completely conquered Panjshir, the last standing bastion in Afghanistan. The claim has been rejected by the Ahmad Massoud-led National Resistance Force (NRF), which controls Panjshir. NRF had proposed a ceasefire , but the Taliban have rejected this proposal. Claiming victory in the province, Taliban spokesperson said that...

Mullah Baradar to head Taliban government in Afghanistan

Mullah Baradar is the head of Taliban’s political office Kabul: Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, co-founder of Taliban and head of its political office, is slated to lead the new government in Afghanistan, sources have said. Along with Mullah Baradar, other members who will hold senior positions in the government are Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, son of...

Naseeruddin Shah slams Indian Muslims celebrating Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan

Known for his strong views on political issues, veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah has slammed the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and also condemned Indian Muslims who are celebrating the victory of the terror group. The actor in a video message said, “Even as the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan is a cause for concern for...

Nikki Haley urges Biden to reach out to allies like India amid concerns about China

Former US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley warns that China is trying to take over Bagram Air Force Base that was controlled by US for two decades Washington: America’s former envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley has called for closer monitoring of China as it attempts to take over the Bagram Air Force...

Al-Qaeda congratulates Taliban for victory, calls for ‘liberation’ of Kashmir

Terror group Al-Qaeda, which was behind the 9/11 attack in the US, has congratulated the Taliban for its victory in Afghanistan after the US forces left the war-torn country. The terror group in its congratulatory message to the Taliban also called for the “liberation” of Kashmir and other “Islamic lands” from the clutches of the...

India holds first formal, publicly acknowledged meeting with Taliban

India has asked the Taliban regime in Afghanistan not to use the Afghan soil for anti-Indian activities and terrorism. India held its first formal and publicly acknowledged meeting with the Taliban on Tuesday which was spearheaded by the Indian ambassador to Qatar Deepak Mittal. Taliban leader Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai was also present in the...