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Afghanistan: Taliban makes burqa mandatory for women

Kabul: Less than a year after taking over the controls of Afghanistan with assurances that they had changed, the Taliban issued a decree on Saturday mandating burqa for women in public places. Henceforth, Afghanistan women will have to wear an all-covering burqa in public. As per the decree by Taliban chief Hibatullah Akhundzada, women “should...

Imran Khan says he will consider Taliban govt request to allow transport of Indian wheat to Afghanistan

Imran Khan’s statement comes days after his refusal to allow use of Pakistan territory for transport of 50,000 tonnes of wheat from India to Afghanistan   Islamabad: Pakistan will consider Taliban government’s request to allow Indian wheat to be transported to Afghanistan on an “exceptional basis for humanitarian purposes”, the country’s...

NSA Ajit Doval chairs regional security dialogue on Afghanistan

New Delhi: The Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan, being hosted by India, began in Delhi on Wednesday.  Eight nations are participating in the dialogue. These include, besides India, Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. China and Pakistan have given the meeting a miss. India’s national security advisor Ajit Doval,...

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai announces marriage on Twitter

Birmingham: Malala Yousafzai, who became the world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner at the age of 17, announced her marriage on Twitter on Tuesday. The wedding took place in Birmingham and was celebrated by the families at home. Malala posted photographs of the occasion, introducing her husband as Asser. She gave no other details. However,...

Afghanistan: Blast at mosque in Kandahar leaves at least 7 dead

Kandahar: At least seven persons were killed in an explosion at a Shia mosque in Kandahar in Afghanistan during the Friday prayers. The bomb blast took place at Imam Bargah area of Kandahar. Since it was Friday, there were more people at the place for the prayers. Over a dozen people were injured and had...

Taliban invites India to resume flights to Afghanistan

New Delhi: The Taliban government of Afghanistan has written to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of India, inviting it to resume commercial flights between the two countries. The Civil Aviation ministry has received a letter from the Taliban and is reviewing it. The Taliban had announced on Sunday that the Kabul international airport was...

Taliban supreme leader Akhundzada dead, Baradar held hostage: Reports

Kabul: If the reports coming in from different sources are to be believed, the Taliban government in Afghanistan is already facing a major leadership crisis. According to the reports, the group’s supreme leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, has been killed. Also, Mullah Baradar is said to have been taken hostage by the hardliner Haqqani group. When the...

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 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...