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G7 leaders meet, say Taliban must assure free passage even after August 31

London: Leaders of the G7 nations met virtually on Tuesday to discuss the crisis in Afghanistan. They agreed that the Taliban would have to guarantee safe passage to all those who want to leave Afghanistan even after August 31. In a statement, the G7 also said that that the Taliban would be held accountable for...

PM Modi, Vladimir Putin discuss Afghanistan and bilateral ties over phone call

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a detailed telephonic discussion on the prevalent situation in Afghanistan and agreed to continue deliberations between the two countries on important developments. PM Modi tweets Following the telephonic conversation on Tuesday, PM Modi took to Twitter to reveal the same. He said that they discussed...

Operation Devi Shakti! India’s evacuation mission in Afghanistan gets ‘powerful’ name

New Delhi: The ongoing evacuation efforts of India in Afghanistan have got a new name—Operation Devi Shakti. As the Taliban advanced towards Kabul, taking over major cities on the way, India had started its evacuation operations. The work was intensified after the fall of Kabul. Now, according to sources, the government has named the mission...

Afghanistan crisis: India’s MEA to brief all-party meet on August 26

New Delhi: In wake of the mounting crisis in Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover, the central government has called for an all-party meeting on August 26. The decision comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi instructed the Ministry of External Affairs to brief floor leaders of all parties on the turn of events in Afghanistan. “In...

Biden says US may extend deadline for evacuation from Afghanistan

Washington: The United States is considering extending the deadline beyond the scheduled date of August 31 to complete evacuation exercises. Speaking to reporters on Sunday, US President Joe Biden said that he hoped they would not have to extend the deadline but there were discussions to do so. Biden has been facing severe criticism on...

Panjshir, Afghanistan’s last free territory, hopes for peaceful talks, but ready to fight Taliban

New Delhi: The Taliban will have to work harder to take over Panjshir Valley in northern Afghanistan. The valley, the last major holdout that is still not under Taliban control. Ahmad Massoud, son of the legendry Panjshir leader Ahmad Shah Massoud, said he hoped for peaceful negotiations, but he and his supporters were ready to...

Union minister justifies CAA citing the harrowing experiences of Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan

Union urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Sunday cited the harrowing experiences of Hindus and Sikhs amid the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan as a justification behind the need for the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Notably, the law passed in December 2019 provides Indian citizenship to persecuted non-Muslims who reached India before 2015. Hardeep...

IAF brings back 168 people from war-torn Afghanistan

The Indian Air Force on Sunday brought back 168 passengers from war-torn Afghanistan, including 107 Indians. The special repatriation flight took off from Kabul and landed at the Hindon airbase near the national capital today morning. Apart from bringing back Indians stuck in the Taliban-controlled nation, it also brought back two Afghan senators and 24...

Laden wanted Biden to be US prez as he would ‘lead it into a crisis’: Letter

Incumbent US President Joe Biden seemed to enjoy the favour of slain Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden for all the wrong reasons. The latter considered him incompetent and believed he would lead the US into a crisis if he were to inherit the presidency from then President Barack Obama, as per a letter that...

Over 150, mostly Indians, ‘abducted’ by Taliban; released after questioning

New Delhi: Over 150 persons, mostly Indians, were picked up by the Taliban when they were waiting for an evacuation flight outside the Kabul airport on Saturday morning, a top government source was quoted as having said. Later reports by sources said that they have been released after questioning and are back at Kabul airport....

Taliban’s official websites disappear from internet

Kabul: Days after the Taliban rapidly rose to power in Afghanistan, their official websites disappeared from the internet late on Friday. The reason for this disappearance–whether it is a technical fault or a deliberate move—remains unclear. The group has separate websites in Pashto, Dari, Arabic, Urdu and English. However, late on Friday, all these five...

Taliban go hunting for journalist, kill his relative: Broadcaster

Berlin: The worst fears seem to be coming true. After reports of the Taliban going door-to-door hunting for people who may have worked for the US and NATO, it has emerged that journalists, too, are on their radar. German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle said that Taliban fighters in Afghanistan have shot dead a relative of...