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200 e-Emergency X-visas issued to Afghans till Nov 24: Govt informs Parliament

Afghanistan came under the control of the Taliban in August this year as US troops left the war-torn country. Thousands of Afghans fled from the country after Taliban takeover and sought asylum in nearby countries, including India. 
A Taliban fighter stands guard in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Reuters File Photo)
A Taliban fighter stands guard in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Reuters File Photo)
Published on Dec 01, 2021 05:14 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

4,557 Afghan nationals residing in India on 'stay visa': Nityanand Rai in RS

  • The Centre had granted a special e-Emergency X-Misc visa to Afghan Sikhs and Hindus seeking asylum in India following the Taliban takeover, which can be converted into a stay visa.
(FILES) Evacuee children wait for the next flight after being manifested at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul.(AFP PHOTO / Mark Andries / US MARINE CORPS)
(FILES) Evacuee children wait for the next flight after being manifested at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul.(AFP PHOTO / Mark Andries / US MARINE CORPS)
Published on Dec 01, 2021 04:06 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Sharmita Kar | Edited by Avik Roy, New Delhi

Taliban executed, forcibly disappeared over 100 ex-security personnel: Report

The Taliban, through their intelligence operations and access to records left behind by the Ashraf Ghani government, have also identified new targets for arrest and execution despite proclaiming an amnesty, the HRW report said.
The Taliban leadership directed members of surrendering Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) units to register with them to receive a letter guaranteeing their safety. (REUTERS)
The Taliban leadership directed members of surrendering Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) units to register with them to receive a letter guaranteeing their safety. (REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 30, 2021 06:52 PM IST
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Lance Klusener to step down as Afghanistan coach after Dec 31

Lance Klusener, who was appointed as Afghanistan coach in September 2019, said he will not renew his contract.
Lance Klusener to step down as Afghanistan coach after Dec 31(Image Courtesy: Twitter)
Lance Klusener to step down as Afghanistan coach after Dec 31(Image Courtesy: Twitter)
Published on Nov 30, 2021 02:01 PM IST
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No permission without review: Taliban censors media reports in Afghanistan

  • Many journalists in Afghanistan have already fled the country, terrified of reprisals, while others went into hiding. Many women working in the field were forced out of their positions.
Members of the Taliban delegation, including deputy prime minister Abdul Salam Hanafi.(Image for representation/AFP)
Members of the Taliban delegation, including deputy prime minister Abdul Salam Hanafi.(Image for representation/AFP)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 12:25 PM IST
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Taliban asks EU for help with Afghanistan's airports

  • Both sides sent senior officials to the Qatari capital Doha for the talks, which happened just ahead of two weeks of negotiations between the US and the Taliban due to start Monday, also in Doha.
A Taliban fighter stands as he guards a checkpoint in Kabul, Afghanistan.(REUTERS)
A Taliban fighter stands as he guards a checkpoint in Kabul, Afghanistan.(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 04:12 AM IST
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‘Taliban regime won't 'interfere' in other countries' affairs': Afghan PM

  • Hassan's audio speech broadcast on state television -- his first address to the nation since the Taliban seized power in August -- came ahead of next week's meeting between the United States and the Taliban in Doha.
Taliban fighters guard a street in Kabul, Afghanistan.(REUTERS)
Taliban fighters guard a street in Kabul, Afghanistan.(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 02:52 AM IST
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Taliban kill young doctor for not stopping at checkpoint in Herat: Report

  • Earlier, the Taliban had assured the people of Afghanistan of security and safety of their lives and assets but this kind of incident contradicts the Taliban's claims.
A Taliban fighter stands guard in Kabul, Afghanistan. REUTERS/Ali Khara(REUTERS)
A Taliban fighter stands guard in Kabul, Afghanistan. REUTERS/Ali Khara(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 27, 2021 07:42 PM IST
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ANI | , Hindustan Times, New Delhi

India, China, Russia call for an inclusive government in Afghanistan

External affairs minister S Jaishankar, who chaired the meeting, said he had raised global expectations of Afghanistan as articulated in UN Security Council resolution 2593.
External affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar virtually addresses the 18th meeting of the Russia-India-China Foreign Ministers, in New Delhi.(ANI)
External affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar virtually addresses the 18th meeting of the Russia-India-China Foreign Ministers, in New Delhi.(ANI)
Updated on Nov 27, 2021 02:30 AM IST
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Green-eyed ‘Afghan Girl’ on National Geographic cover gets safe haven in Italy

Sharbat Gula asked for help to leave Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of the country in August.
Sharbat Gula has been evacuated to Italy, the Italian government has said.(AFP Photo)
Sharbat Gula has been evacuated to Italy, the Italian government has said.(AFP Photo)
Published on Nov 26, 2021 09:07 AM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi

Taliban signs deal with Cpharm for ‘cannabis processing’, firm says ‘no idea’

  • Taliban spokesperson said that the ruling Sunni Pashtun group has finalised a deal with Cpharm for setting up a cannabis processing plant.
The surprise announcement by the Taliban spokesperson left a small Maitland-based company Cpharm inundated with requests for comment.(Twitter / @SaeedKhosty)
The surprise announcement by the Taliban spokesperson left a small Maitland-based company Cpharm inundated with requests for comment.(Twitter / @SaeedKhosty)
Updated on Nov 25, 2021 05:55 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Kunal Gaurav

Taliban look to ‘balance’ ties with India, Pakistan

The aide from Muttaqi’s office also wanted to ascertain from the intermediary whether there were any sensitivities that should be kept in mind in the Taliban foreign policy chief’s maiden engagement with the Pakistani leadership, people familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity.
Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi greets Abdul Razak Dawood, advisor to Pakistan PM Imran Khan up on his arrival in Islamabad on November 10. (REUTERS)
Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi greets Abdul Razak Dawood, advisor to Pakistan PM Imran Khan up on his arrival in Islamabad on November 10. (REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 25, 2021 02:26 AM IST
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ByRezaul H Laskar, New Delhi

Pak says its nod to India's shipment for Afghanistan is on 'exceptional basis'

"The decision of the Government of Pakistan to this effect was formally conveyed to the Charge d'Affaires of India at the ministry of foreign affairs today," the official note from Pakistan foreign affairs ministry said. 
Islamabad will also send aid including 50,000 metric tonne of wheat.
Islamabad will also send aid including 50,000 metric tonne of wheat.
Updated on Nov 24, 2021 06:54 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh

US special envoy for Afg to travel to Doha next week for talks with Taliban

Ned Price, spokesperson for the US State Department confirmed that special representative for Afghanistan Thomas West is slated to travel to Doha for meetings with Taliban leaders. 
US special representative to Afghanistan Thomas West said that Washington is worried about the spike in attacks by Islamic State in Afghanistan and remains concerned about al Qaeda's presence in the country.(AFP File Photo)
US special representative to Afghanistan Thomas West said that Washington is worried about the spike in attacks by Islamic State in Afghanistan and remains concerned about al Qaeda's presence in the country.(AFP File Photo)
Published on Nov 24, 2021 06:10 AM IST
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ANI | , Washington

Pak, China help of no use? Afghan banking system on verge of collapse, says UN

WHY AREN'T PAK, CHINA SAVING AFGHAN BANKS?
WHY AREN'T PAK, CHINA SAVING AFGHAN BANKS?
Published on Nov 23, 2021 05:52 PM IST
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Taliban inducts 2 dozen high-level officials for interim Afghan government

The Taliban urged the US and other countries to recognise their government in Afghanistan, and said that the failure to do so would lead to problems not only for the country but for the world.
The spokesperson for Afghanistan's interim government, Zabihullah Mujahid, said the the officials and the ministers have been inducted in compliance with orders from Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada.(File photo / AFP)
The spokesperson for Afghanistan's interim government, Zabihullah Mujahid, said the the officials and the ministers have been inducted in compliance with orders from Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada.(File photo / AFP)
Updated on Nov 24, 2021 03:50 AM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Avik Roy, New Delhi

Afghanistan's banking system on verge of collapse, warns UNDP report

The report said that Afghanistan's total banking system deposits fell to USD 2 billion in September from USD 2.8 billion at the end of 2020.
Afghanistan's total credits fell to USD 307 million in September from USD 33 billion at the end of last year. In picture - Afghan money exchange dealers wait for customers at a money exchange market.(Reuters)
Afghanistan's total credits fell to USD 307 million in September from USD 33 billion at the end of last year. In picture - Afghan money exchange dealers wait for customers at a money exchange market.(Reuters)
Published on Nov 23, 2021 06:33 AM IST
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ANI | , New York

Pakistan allows transit of India aid to Afghanistan

Prime Minister Imran Khan “announced Pakistan’s decision to allow the 50,000 MT of wheat India has offered to provide Afghanistan as humanitarian assistance to go through Pakistan as soon as modalities are finalized with the Indian side”.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said his government will allow the transportation of 50,000 tonnes of wheat offered by India to Afghanistan. (AFP)
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said his government will allow the transportation of 50,000 tonnes of wheat offered by India to Afghanistan. (AFP)
Updated on Nov 23, 2021 04:33 AM IST
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ByRezaul H Laskar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

India-based Ustad Sayyaf being seen as leader of anti-Taliban forces

He has been based in New Delhi following the fall of the Ashraf Ghani government and the takeover of Kabul by the Taliban in mid-August
File photo: Abdul Rasul Sayyaf. (@HekmatKarzai/Twitter)
File photo: Abdul Rasul Sayyaf. (@HekmatKarzai/Twitter)
Updated on Nov 23, 2021 11:09 AM IST
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ByRezaul H Laskar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Taliban asks Afghan TV channels to stop airing shows with women actors

“These are not rules but a religious guideline,” spokesman for the ministry for the promotion of virtue and prevention of vice Hakif Mohajir said.
Taliban also called on women television journalists to wear Islamic hijabs while presenting their reports. In picture - An Afghan former female journalist silhouetted during an interview with news agency AFP in Kabul.(AFP)
Taliban also called on women television journalists to wear Islamic hijabs while presenting their reports. In picture - An Afghan former female journalist silhouetted during an interview with news agency AFP in Kabul.(AFP)
Published on Nov 22, 2021 06:46 AM IST
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Over 28,000 of Afghans seek temporary US entry, only few approved

  • The delay in approval by the US and the immigrant groups supporting them is threatening the safety of Afghan families whose loved ones are trying to escape the Taliban-captured country.
Evacuees walk to be processed at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan in this file photo. (AP Photo)
Evacuees walk to be processed at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan in this file photo. (AP Photo)
Published on Nov 19, 2021 01:12 PM IST
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News updates from HT: Rajnath Singh to inaugurate revamped Rezang La memorial

  • Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion at 9am. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane pays tribute to the martyred soldiers at Rezang La War Memorial.(ANI / File)
Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane pays tribute to the martyred soldiers at Rezang La War Memorial.(ANI / File)
Published on Nov 18, 2021 08:58 AM IST
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Islamic State expanding to nearly all Afghan provinces, warns UN envoy

  • IS-K, a sworn enemy of the Taliban, has been responsible for a suicide bombing outside Kabul airport in August and recent multiple bombings in Shia mosques.
Both Islamic State and Al-Qaeda have a presence in Afghanistan, which was taken over by the Taliban in mid-August.
Both Islamic State and Al-Qaeda have a presence in Afghanistan, which was taken over by the Taliban in mid-August.
Updated on Nov 18, 2021 12:42 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Kunal Gaurav

Russia says ready to deliver humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

  • Emphasising that Russian supports the role of the UN, Nebenzia said that Moscow is ready to make its contribution towards assistance.
Emphasising that Russian supports the role of the UN, Nebenzia said that Moscow is ready to make its contribution towards assistance. (Representational image)(AFP)
Emphasising that Russian supports the role of the UN, Nebenzia said that Moscow is ready to make its contribution towards assistance. (Representational image)(AFP)
Updated on Nov 18, 2021 06:46 AM IST
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Pak finally allows India to send wheat to Afghanistan as starvation crisis grows

Islamabad agreed to allow over land wheat shipments nearly a month after Kabul sought permission, Sulaiman Shah Zaheer, a spokesman of the Afghanistan Ministry of Commerce and Industries, said in a phone interview.
Last month Pakistan had denied India’s request to send the wheat because of the fractious relationship between the two South Asian nations.(AP)
Last month Pakistan had denied India’s request to send the wheat because of the fractious relationship between the two South Asian nations.(AP)
Updated on Nov 18, 2021 06:55 AM IST
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At least 6 injured as two blasts hit Afghan capital Kabul: Officials

The explosions added to a series of blasts to hit Kabul in recent days, with Shi'ite areas in the west of the city targeted several times.
There was no claim of responsibility as of yet.(AFP)
There was no claim of responsibility as of yet.(AFP)
Published on Nov 17, 2021 06:47 PM IST
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Governing body ICC forms working group to determine Afghanistan cricket's future

Afghanistan's rise in cricket in recent years has been a fairytale story but the strife-torn nation risks international isolation following the country's Taliban takeover in August.
Governing body ICC forms working group to determine Afghanistan cricket's future(ANI)
Governing body ICC forms working group to determine Afghanistan cricket's future(ANI)
Published on Nov 17, 2021 06:23 PM IST
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Taliban asks US to release Afghan assets; says economic turmoil brewing at home

  • In an open letter, Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said the biggest challenge facing Afghanistan was financial insecurity, "and the roots of this concern lead back to the freezing of assets of our people by the American government".
Afghanistan's acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi.(AFP)
Afghanistan's acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi.(AFP)
Published on Nov 17, 2021 04:23 PM IST
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India, EU discuss Afghanistan, Myanmar; agree to continue exchanges on issues

The ministry of external affairs said that the recent political developments in Afghanistan and neighbouring Myanmar were among some of the key topics discussed by the two sides.
Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla.(PTI File Photo)
Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla.(PTI File Photo)
Published on Nov 16, 2021 10:22 PM IST
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Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

News updates from HT: US special envoy for Afghanistan meets NSA on India visit

Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West met with foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla.(Twitter/@MEAIndia)
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West met with foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla.(Twitter/@MEAIndia)
Published on Nov 16, 2021 09:02 PM IST
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