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Pakistan on its part is hopeful that this 2,640 Kilometer long fenced barrier will deter a refugee influx of ethnic Pashtuns into the country if the Taliban take over (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)(AP)

Pakistan will shut its border with Afghanistan if Taliban take over

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 27, 2021 10:35 PM IST
  • The foreign minister’s admission comes a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan told reporters that Pakistan will be sealing its border with Afghanistan if the Taliban attempts to take over the country with their military might.
Afghan security forces inspect the wreckage of a passenger van after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan.(Reuters / Representative Image)
Afghan security forces inspect the wreckage of a passenger van after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan.(Reuters / Representative Image)

Women, children injured in explosion targeting bus in Afghanistan's Parwan

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 27, 2021 06:50 PM IST
  • Afghanistan is witnessing a surge in violence amid the withdrawal of US troops from the region to end the decades-long war.
President Ram Nath Kovind, during his train visit to Kanpur, accepted public greetings at Jhinjhak and Rura railway stations in Kanpur Dehat and met old acquaintances from his early days in school and social service. (ANI Photo)
President Ram Nath Kovind, during his train visit to Kanpur, accepted public greetings at Jhinjhak and Rura railway stations in Kanpur Dehat and met old acquaintances from his early days in school and social service. (ANI Photo)

News updates from HT: President Ram Nath Kovind visits ailing friend in Kanpur

PUBLISHED ON JUN 27, 2021 12:58 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Afghanistan earthquake: There were no immediate reports of damage, but nervous residents ran from their homes. (Representational Image)
Afghanistan earthquake: There were no immediate reports of damage, but nervous residents ran from their homes. (Representational Image)

Afghanistan: Magnitude 5.1 earthquake hits near Kabul, no casualties reported

AP |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 25, 2021 06:33 AM IST
Afghanistan earthquake: The tremor in the Hindu Kush foothills struck 18 kilometers (about 11 miles) below the surface.
US intelligence and military analysts have since revised their assessment and now believe that Kabul could fall in six to 12 months after the departure of American troops. In picture - A crowded market in Kabul.(AFP)
US intelligence and military analysts have since revised their assessment and now believe that Kabul could fall in six to 12 months after the departure of American troops. In picture - A crowded market in Kabul.(AFP)

Kabul will fall to Taliban after US leaves: Intel

By Yashwant Raj, Washington
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2021 02:09 AM IST
The warning comes at a time there is growing international concern about terror outfit Taliban making gains in Afganistan.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said India would welcome any move towards a genuine political settlement in Afghanistan.(Reuters File Photo)
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said India would welcome any move towards a genuine political settlement in Afghanistan.(Reuters File Photo)

New Delhi targets Pak at UNSC Afghanistan debate

By Rezaul H Laskar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2021 04:52 AM IST
External affairs minister S Jaishankar didn’t name Pakistan in his statement at a UN Security Council debate on the UN assistance mission in Afghanistan, but there was little doubt which country he was referring to his remarks.
US President Joe Biden (left) and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani (Reuters)
US President Joe Biden (left) and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani (Reuters)

President Biden 'looking forward' to meeting Afghanistan's Ghani: White House

PTI |
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2021 07:34 AM IST
US President Joe Biden and his Afghanistan counterpart Ashraf Ghani will meet at the White House on Friday for the first face-to-face interaction ahead of the withdrawal of the remaining US and NATO forces from Afghanistan by September 11.
White House said that Ghani's visit will highlight the enduring partnership between the US and Afghanistan.(Reuters)
White House said that Ghani's visit will highlight the enduring partnership between the US and Afghanistan.(Reuters)

Biden to meet Afghanistan's Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah amid US troop withdrawal

Reuters | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON JUN 20, 2021 09:33 PM IST
Biden's meeting with Ghani comes at a critical time when fighting between Afghan security forces and Taliban militants has surged.
Taliban assured that women rights would be protected according to "the glorious religion of Islam".(Reuters)
Taliban assured that women rights would be protected according to "the glorious religion of Islam".(Reuters)

Taliban insists ‘Islamic system’ only way to women rights. What does it mean?

Written by Kunal Gaurav | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2021 03:19 PM IST
  • Under the Taliban’s harsh version of Islamic law, Afghan girls were banned from school and women accused of crimes such as adultery were stoned to death in stadiums.
Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi (File Photo)
Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi (File Photo)

Afghanistan violence: Pakistan defends Taliban, blames ISIS instead

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 20, 2021 02:25 PM IST
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi defended the Taliban for an increase in violence in Afghanistan and shifted the blame on Daesh, another word for ISIS (another word for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria).
A man carries an oxygen cylinder from a privately owned oxygen factory, in Kabul, Afghanistan, as Covid surge worsens.(AP)
A man carries an oxygen cylinder from a privately owned oxygen factory, in Kabul, Afghanistan, as Covid surge worsens.(AP)

'Crying and begging': Afghanistan running out of oxygen as Covid surge worsens

AP | | Posted by Kunal Gaurav, Kabul, Afghanistan
PUBLISHED ON JUN 19, 2021 08:59 PM IST
  • Afghanistan received 900 oxygen cylinders from Iran on Saturday, part of 3,800 cylinders Tehran promised to deliver to Kabul last week as a deadly third Covid surge worsens.
The Afghan government has long-standing reservations that Pakistan may be using the Afghan Taliban as a proxy.(AP, AFP)
The Afghan government has long-standing reservations that Pakistan may be using the Afghan Taliban as a proxy.(AP, AFP)

Afghan NSA hits out at Pak FM over ties with Taliban; Islamabad replies

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 19, 2021 03:51 PM IST
  • Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s attempt to deflect the blame from the Taliban met with strong criticism from Afghanistan’s national security adviser.
The embassy said the restrictions would remain in place until the chain of transmission is broken. Violators will be removed from the country on the next available flight.(AP file photo. Representative image)
The embassy said the restrictions would remain in place until the chain of transmission is broken. Violators will be removed from the country on the next available flight.(AP file photo. Representative image)

US embassy in Afghanistan goes into lockdown amid Covid-19 spike

AP | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON JUN 18, 2021 07:16 AM IST
Already on uncertain footing due to the imminent withdrawal of American forces from the country, the embassy in Kabul ordered remaining staffers into virtual isolation to prevent the spread of Covid-19, which has already killed at least one person, sent 114 into quarantine and forced several people to be medically evacuated.
A man waits outside a factory to get his oxygen cylinder refilled amidst the Covid-19 surge in Kabul, Afghanistan.(Reuters)
A man waits outside a factory to get his oxygen cylinder refilled amidst the Covid-19 surge in Kabul, Afghanistan.(Reuters)

Afghanistan at ‘crisis point’ as Covid-19 cases up 2,400% in a month

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 17, 2021 07:06 PM IST
  • Afghanistan is witnessing its worst Covid-19 wave since the start of the pandemic as it deals with a vaccine shortfall exacerbated by a high level of hesitancy.
Indian football team celebrates after scoring against Afghanistan.(AIFF)
Indian football team celebrates after scoring against Afghanistan.(AIFF)

India play out 1-1 draw against Afghanistan, qualify for Asian Cup third round

PTI | , Doha
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2021 10:46 PM IST
India scored from an own goal by Afghanistan goalie as they ended their World Cup Qualifiers campaign with a 1-1 draw to book a berth in the next qualifying round of the Asian Cup here on Tuesday.
The vehicle-borne IED killed 80 people, mostly schoolgirls, in Hazara area of Kabul on May 8. The Taliban have been opposed to Hazara people and mounted atrocities on them when in power between 1996-2001.(Reuters File Photo)
The vehicle-borne IED killed 80 people, mostly schoolgirls, in Hazara area of Kabul on May 8. The Taliban have been opposed to Hazara people and mounted atrocities on them when in power between 1996-2001.(Reuters File Photo)

US out, Taliban ride on violence, situation critical in Afghanistan

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 15, 2021 11:39 AM IST
The violence in Afghanistan has risen starkly in recent weeks as the US and allied forces pull out. There has been a three-fold increase in the fatalities suffered by the security forces.
A family member comforts a Covid-19 coronavirus patient at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Muhammed Ali Jinnah hospital in Kabul. (AFP)
A family member comforts a Covid-19 coronavirus patient at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Muhammed Ali Jinnah hospital in Kabul. (AFP)

Afghanistan hospitals close doors to new patients as Covid-19 surges

Reuters | , Kabul
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2021 05:19 PM IST
Afghanistan is grappling with a third wave of the pandemic, with a record number of infections and deaths being reported amid a surge in violence as US-led international forces withdraw and Taliban insurgents go on the offensive.
Afghan soldiers patrol outside their military base on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan.(AP)
Afghan soldiers patrol outside their military base on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan.(AP)

Taliban says security of airports, embassies to be 'Afghan responsibility'

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 12, 2021 06:55 PM IST
  • The decision to end America's longest war has raised fears that an emboldened Taliban could topple the Western-backed government in Kabul.
Eid Wali, the head of Ali Jenah Hospital in Kabul said the facility was treating six people injured in the blasts.(AFP/ File photo)
Eid Wali, the head of Ali Jenah Hospital in Kabul said the facility was treating six people injured in the blasts.(AFP/ File photo)

Twin blasts in western Kabul kill at least 5: Officials

Reuters | , Kabul
PUBLISHED ON JUN 12, 2021 05:00 PM IST
The blasts took place in a neighbourhood dominated by the minority Hazara community where attacks on buses earlier this month killed 12 civilians.
Biden said in April that all US troops would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by September 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that sparked the conflict.(AP file photo)
Biden said in April that all US troops would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by September 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that sparked the conflict.(AP file photo)

US mulls authorising airstrikes in Afghanistan if country falls into crisis

ANI | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON JUN 10, 2021 12:10 PM IST
The officials said that decisions to potentially allow airstrikes following troop withdrawal haven't been made yet, but one option now would be to recommend US warplanes or armed drones intervene in a major crisis, such as the fall of Kabul, or other parts of the country fall to the Taliban.
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban's deputy leader and negotiator, and other delegation members attend the Afghan peace conference in Moscow in March 2021 (REUTERS)
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban's deputy leader and negotiator, and other delegation members attend the Afghan peace conference in Moscow in March 2021 (REUTERS)

In a huge shift, India opens channels with Afghan Taliban factions and leaders

By Rezaul H Laskar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2021 05:39 AM IST
The Indian outreach is largely led by security officials and limited to Taliban factions and leaders that are perceived as being “nationalist” or outside the sphere of influence of Pakistan and Iran.
Afghan men look at a damage car after a roadside bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday.(AP)
Afghan men look at a damage car after a roadside bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday.(AP)

11 killed in roadside bombing in northwest Afghanistan, says official

AP | , Kabul
PUBLISHED ON JUN 06, 2021 04:18 PM IST
  • Large swathes of war-ravaged Afghanistan are littered with bombs and land mines. Many were planted by insurgents to target government military convoys, but they often kill civilians instead.
The $266 million in new assistance brings to nearly $3.9 billion the total amount of such aid provided by the United States since 2002. (Representational Image / Reuters)
The $266 million in new assistance brings to nearly $3.9 billion the total amount of such aid provided by the United States since 2002. (Representational Image / Reuters)

US announces more than $266 million in new humanitarian aid for Afghanistan

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 04, 2021 10:13 PM IST
The announcement comes amid unrelenting violence and a stalled peace process that are fueling fears that the departure of US-led international forces is putting Afghanistan on a path to an all-out civil war that could restore Taliban rule two decades after the Islamists were driven from power.
File Photo of Rashid Khan(Getty Images)
File Photo of Rashid Khan(Getty Images)

Rashid Khan hums original track of a Pakistani serial- WATCH

UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2021 02:06 PM IST
  • In a video recently uploaded on Twitter, 22-year-old Rashid Khan can be seen humming the original track of a Pakistani drama serial called 'Mere Paas Tum ho'.
Afghanistan’s national security adviser Hamdullah Mohib.(MINT_PRINT)
Afghanistan’s national security adviser Hamdullah Mohib.(MINT_PRINT)

Islamabad severs ties with Afghan NSA for terming Pakistan as 'brothel house'

ANI | , Kabul
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2021 02:33 PM IST
Last week, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan released a statement in connection with the remark and counted it as a "baseless allegation".
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (R) and External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.(REUTERS)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (R) and External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.(REUTERS)

India, US to cement bilateral ties with Quad after Jaishankar visit

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2021 06:26 AM IST
  • Before the Quad physical summit this fall, US, Indian, Japanese and Australian diplomats will work out an elaborate agenda to define the Quad grouping.
Afghanistan looking to host Pakistan in UAE(Twitter)
Afghanistan looking to host Pakistan in UAE(Twitter)

Afghanistan looking to host Pakistan in UAE

PTI | , Karachi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 24, 2021 09:59 AM IST
Pakistan and Afghanistan have met frequently in ICC and Asian Cricket Council events but have never played a bilateral series at the senior level although Afghanistan has sent its team to Pakistan several times to play against the A sides.
According to a report, heavy clashes is continuing in the five provinces including Baghlan, Helmand, Kunduz, Kandahar and Laghman(HT_PRINT)
According to a report, heavy clashes is continuing in the five provinces including Baghlan, Helmand, Kunduz, Kandahar and Laghman(HT_PRINT)

Over 8,000 families displaced in Afghanistan due to violence

ANI | , Kabul
PUBLISHED ON MAY 23, 2021 06:31 AM IST
  • Afghanistan has seen a spike in the incidents of violence in recent weeks, leading to casualties of Afghan security forces and civilians. US withdrawal is underway and set to complete by September 11.
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