Tag - Afghan crisis

WB freezes projects after Taliban bar school for girls


Washington: The World Bank has put four projects in Afghanistan worth $600 million on hold amid concerns over a decision by the country's ruling Islamist leaders to ban girls from returning to public high schools, the bank said. The projects, to be funded under the revamped Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), were being readied for implementation...

Taliban ban on Afghans traveling abroad sparks row


New Delhi: The decision to impose restrictions by the Afghan government on its citizens traveling abroad has drawn strong reactions from policymakers and social media users. While some users slammed the move calling it "hostage-taking," a number of politicians feared it would negatively impact Kabul's relations with the rest of the world, Tolo news reported. Talking about...

‘Recognizing Taliban first will put too much pressure on Pak’


New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that if Pakistan becomes the first country to recognize the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan, the international community's pressure on Islamabad would be "too much" to bear, Geo News reported. "If Pakistan was the first to grant recognition of Taliban, the international pressure would become too much for...

Indian budget allocates Rs 200 crore to Afghanistan


New Delhi: India, in its annual budget, has allocated Rs 200 crore as an aid to Afghanistan, which witnessed the Taliban's takeover in August last year. February is expected to see India sending the much-awaited aid of wheat as New Delhi and Islamabad formalize modalities of the plan as it uses Pakistan's territory. Since 2001 after the...

Oslo talks call for understanding, cooperation on Afghanistan


Copenhagen: Representatives from the interim government of Afghanistan and a group of Afghans from various sectors of society called on all Afghans to work together for better outcomes in the war-torn country, according to a joint statement released after a meeting in Oslo of Norway. "The participants of the meeting held on January 25 recognized that...

Afghanistan’s China envoy leaves after months without pay


Kabul: Afghanistan's ambassador to China, Javid Ahmad Qaem, left his post earlier in January after months without pay from Kabul following the Taliban's seizure of power, he said on Twitter. In a handover letter dated January 1, also posted on Twitter, Qaem said that many diplomats at the embassy had already left, and Kabul had not...

Taliban executed, forcibly disappeared ex-security men: Report


New Delhi: The Taliban have summarily executed or forcibly disappeared more than 100 former police and intelligence officers in just four of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces since taking over the country on August 15, according to a report released by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The Taliban, through their intelligence operations and access to records left behind...

First civilian flight in 20 years lands at Jalalabad airfield


Kabul: The first civilian flight in 20 years has landed at an airfield in the city of Jalalabad in Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan, the governor's office announced. On November 20, the provincial authorities said that the airfield in Jalalabad is ready to receive domestic and international flights, as all technical and security issues were resolved. The...

Taliban conducts large-scale operations against ISIS-K in Kandahar


New Delhi: Provincial officials in the southern Kandahar province said that Taliban officials conducted large-scale operations against ISIS-K fighters in four districts of Kandahar province, Khaama Press reported. It is the first time that the Taliban launched operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Khorasan (ISIS-K) branch in Kandahar province. Local residents have said that the...