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Afghan security personnel gather at the site of bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020.(AP/ File photo)

Taliban calls for Islamic emirate in Afghanistan, drafts a charter with rules

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2020 09:40 PM IST
The draft charter calls for establishing an Islamic emirate, has 149 articles on a broad range of topics including how laws will be passed, and states the Islamic emirate is not obliged to implement UN laws that contradict Islamic values.
Arrested ISKP chief Aslam Farooqui has told interrogators that 90 percent of his fighters have been neutralised by the Taliban, whose sword arm is Sirajuddin Haqqani, head of Haqqani network(Agencies)
Arrested ISKP chief Aslam Farooqui has told interrogators that 90 percent of his fighters have been neutralised by the Taliban, whose sword arm is Sirajuddin Haqqani, head of Haqqani network(Agencies)

Pakistan proxies in fight to the finish in Afghanistan, but India too needs to prep | Analysis

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2020 01:05 AM IST
Taliban deputy leader Sirajuddin Haqani and ISKP chief Aslam Farooqui may be Pakistan proxies but are in the middle of fight to the finish to capture Kabul
Several of the terrorists captured with Farooqi are Pakistani nationals, Afghanistan’s spy agency or National Directorate of Security (NDS) has said.
Several of the terrorists captured with Farooqi are Pakistani nationals, Afghanistan’s spy agency or National Directorate of Security (NDS) has said.

News updates from Hindustan Times: Afghanistan rejects Pak’s demand to hand over ISKP leader Aslam Farooqi & all the latest news

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2020 05:04 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion curated for you. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Several of the terrorists captured with Farooqi are Pakistani nationals, Afghanistan’s spy agency or National Directorate of Security (NDS) has said.
Several of the terrorists captured with Farooqi are Pakistani nationals, Afghanistan’s spy agency or National Directorate of Security (NDS) has said.

Afghanistan rejects Pakistan’s demand to hand over ISKP leader Aslam Farooqi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2020 04:50 PM IST
Pakistan had on Thursday demanded the handing over of Farooqi, a Pakistani national with long-standing ties to the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan. Farooqi was captured with 19 other members of ISKP during an operation by Afghan troops on April 5.
The US -Taliban deal, touted as Afghanistan’s best chance at ending decades of war, is holding, but progress toward a broader political settlement has been slowed by squabbling within the Afghan government.(AP file photo. Representative image)
The US -Taliban deal, touted as Afghanistan’s best chance at ending decades of war, is holding, but progress toward a broader political settlement has been slowed by squabbling within the Afghan government.(AP file photo. Representative image)

Taliban meet head of US forces in Afghanistan amid tensions over peace deal

Islamabad | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2020 04:16 PM IST
Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said the meeting was held late Friday in the Gulf nation of Qatar, where the insurgent group maintains a political office.
Hindu American Foundation urged PM Modi to take action to alleviate the dire situation of religious minorities in Afghanistan
Hindu American Foundation urged PM Modi to take action to alleviate the dire situation of religious minorities in Afghanistan

Hindu Americans urge PM Modi to give asylum to persecuted Sikhs, Hindus from Afghanistan

Washington | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2020 06:49 AM IST
In a letter dated April 9 to PM Modi, Hindu American Foundation said it is imperative to alleviate the dire situation of religious minorities in Afghanistan who look to the secular Republic of India as the only safe haven in the region.
Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) Mawlawi Abdullah aka Aslam Farooqui was arrested by the Afghan security forces on April 5.
Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) Mawlawi Abdullah aka Aslam Farooqui was arrested by the Afghan security forces on April 5.

Pakistan asks Afghanistan to hand over captured ISKP leader Aslam Farooqi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2020 09:39 PM IST
Farooqi has been linked to the March 25 attack on a Sikh place of worship in Kabul that killed more than 25 people, including an Indian national. I
PM Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar have stepped up Covid-19 diplomacy(narendramodi.in/photo)
PM Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar have stepped up Covid-19 diplomacy(narendramodi.in/photo)

Covid-19: India steps up medical diplomacy, flies plane loads of medicines to friends

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2020 03:00 PM IST
India this week eased restrictions on export of hydroxychloroquine to the US and other countries
Sikh and Hindu families in Afghanistan are receiving death threats from terror organisations following the attack on historic Gurdwara Har Rai Sahib in Kabul.
Sikh and Hindu families in Afghanistan are receiving death threats from terror organisations following the attack on historic Gurdwara Har Rai Sahib in Kabul.

Facing threat, Sikhs, Hindus in Afghanistan awaiting India’s response on asylum pleas

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By HT Correspondent, Amritsar
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2020 11:05 AM IST
As Afghanistan has planned to evacuate more than 2,500 Afghans stranded in India amid Covid-19 lockdown and charted flights to evacuate them from New Delhi, the Sikhs and Hindus approached Indian embassy in Kabul to send them to India on these flights which would be going empty otherwise
Afghan security forces at Kabul’s Har Rai gurdwara after it was attacked by ISKP terrorists on March 25/File Photo(REUTERS)
Afghan security forces at Kabul’s Har Rai gurdwara after it was attacked by ISKP terrorists on March 25/File Photo(REUTERS)

Pak-backed terror module in Afghanistan that targeted India busted, 37 arrested

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2020 06:08 PM IST
Aslam Farooqui-led ISKP’s move to link the Kabul gurdwara attack to Kashmir was a dead giveaway to the involvement of Pakistan’s ISI
India will be the largest beneficiary of the first wave of programs with a facility for USD 1 billion, followed by Pakistan with USD 200 million(REUTERS)
India will be the largest beneficiary of the first wave of programs with a facility for USD 1 billion, followed by Pakistan with USD 200 million(REUTERS)

World Bank to roll out USD 160 billion emergency aid to help nations deal with Covid-19

Washington | By Agence France Presse
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2020 05:10 PM IST
The board of the Washington-based development lender announced the first set of fast-track crisis funding, with an initial $1.9 billion going to projects in 25 countries, and operations moving forward in another 40 nations, the bank said in a statement.
In this file photo, Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for the Taliban's political office in Doha, speaks to the media in Moscow, Russia. After months of deliberation Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced his 21-member team to negotiate peace with the Taliban, only to have his political opponent reject it Friday, March 27, 2020, as not inclusive enough.(AP)
In this file photo, Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for the Taliban's political office in Doha, speaks to the media in Moscow, Russia. After months of deliberation Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced his 21-member team to negotiate peace with the Taliban, only to have his political opponent reject it Friday, March 27, 2020, as not inclusive enough.(AP)

Taliban say no to Afghan government negotiators

Kabul | By Agencies, Kabul
PUBLISHED ON MAR 30, 2020 05:52 AM IST
Afghan ministry of peace affairs spokeswoman Najia Anwari said the Taliban’s stance was unjustified as the negotiating team was made after wide consultations among Afghan society.
This is probably the first step taken by the Indian government to relocate its diplomatic staff due to Covid-19-related concerns.
This is probably the first step taken by the Indian government to relocate its diplomatic staff due to Covid-19-related concerns.

Covid-19: India pulls out all staff from consulates in Herat, Jalalabad

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2020 05:12 PM IST
The decision to move the diplomats and other staff was made because the consulate at Herat is located very close to the border with Iran and the region has seen a massive influx of Afghan refugees and workers from the neighbouring country.
Afghan Sikh men carry a coffin of one of the victims who was killed during the attack at a Kabul gurdwara on March 25, 2020.(REUTERS)
Afghan Sikh men carry a coffin of one of the victims who was killed during the attack at a Kabul gurdwara on March 25, 2020.(REUTERS)

Evacuate Sikhs stranded in Afghanistan, Punjab CM tells foreign minister Jaishankar

Chandigarh / Amritsar | By HT Correspondents, Chandigarh/amritsar
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2020 06:48 AM IST
Terrorists had stormed a crowded Gurudwara and housing complex in Kabul on March 25, killing at least 27 Sikhs. The terrorists belonged to Islamic State, reports said.
Afghan police after gunmen stormed a religious gathering of Afghanistan’s minority Sikhs in their place of worship in the heart of the Afghan capital’s old city on Wednesday.(AP)
Afghan police after gunmen stormed a religious gathering of Afghanistan’s minority Sikhs in their place of worship in the heart of the Afghan capital’s old city on Wednesday.(AP)

‘Heinous and cowardly’: UN Security Council condemns attack on Sikh worship place in Kabul

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 27, 2020 10:55 AM IST
“The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security,” the statement read.
File photo of Afghanistan head coach Lance Klusener.(PTI)
File photo of Afghanistan head coach Lance Klusener.(PTI)

Coach Lance Klusener gives huge compliment to Afghanistan’s young spin attack

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2020 05:09 PM IST
Afghanistan has been making all the right noises in cricket’s shortest format and Klusener is happy with the progress in T20 internationals.
Image for representation purpose only(AFP file photo)
Image for representation purpose only(AFP file photo)

Afghan military base stormed, 27 security personnel killed

Kabul | By Reuters
UPDATED ON MAR 20, 2020 08:41 PM IST
The Afghan government blamed the attack on the Taliban, with whom the United States signed a peace deal last month for an eventual pullout of foreign forces from Afghanistan in exchange for reduced violence by the militant group.
Number of positive cases of coronavirus rose to 151 in the country(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
Number of positive cases of coronavirus rose to 151 in the country(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)

Coronavirus: Who can travel to India, who can’t. MHA FAQs explain

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2020 10:35 PM IST
According to a travel advisory issued by the ministry, entry of passengers from Afghanistan, Philippines and Malaysia to India has been banned with immediate effect.
Woman wearing protective face masks as precaution against coronavirus in Kolkata, on Wednesday.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Woman wearing protective face masks as precaution against coronavirus in Kolkata, on Wednesday.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)

Coronavirus update: Number of cases in India rises to 151, highest in Maharashtra

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2020 12:30 AM IST
Over 5,700 people, who had come in contact with coronavirus positive cases, are under rigorous surveillance, the health ministry said.
Coronavirus: The measure will remain in force till March 31 and be reviewed subsequently, the advisory said.(AP)
Coronavirus: The measure will remain in force till March 31 and be reviewed subsequently, the advisory said.(AP)

Coronavirus update: India prohibits flights from Afghanistan, Malaysia and Philippines

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anvit Srivastava
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2020 08:32 PM IST
In a similar move on Monday, India had barred the entry of travellers from the 27 members states of the European Union, the four states in European Free Trade Association, the UK and Turkey from Wednesday till March 31.
Students of Government Home Science College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, leaving their hostels on Sunday.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Students of Government Home Science College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, leaving their hostels on Sunday.(Keshav Singh/HT)

Coronavirus outbreak: Students perturbed as colleges ask them to vacate hostels

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Srishti Jaswal, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON MAR 16, 2020 12:50 AM IST
Panjab University, its 12 colleges to be shut till March 31; Punjab Engineering College students to stay home till April 13
SAARC coronavirus video conference:
SAARC coronavirus video conference:

SAARC coronavirus video meet: Afghanistan seeks Indian satellite for distance learning to contain infection

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2020 06:26 PM IST
Ghani said Afghanistan was in an unknown territory and its vulnerability came from the open borders with Iran which is severely-hit by the disease that has taken close to 5.5 thousand lives globally including over 700 in Iran.
Foreign students at a Delhi college. Enhancing educational connectivity should be a key priority if India wishes to retain its role as the region’s intellectual hub(Sushil Kumar/HT)
Foreign students at a Delhi college. Enhancing educational connectivity should be a key priority if India wishes to retain its role as the region’s intellectual hub(Sushil Kumar/HT)

China is the new hub for South Asian students

By Constantino Xavier and Aakshi Chaba
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2020 09:07 PM IST
The future elites in the neighbourhood will be shaped by Chinese education. India is no longer the only choice
A file photo of Brijesh Patel.(Twitter)
A file photo of Brijesh Patel.(Twitter)

IPL Governing Council to meet on March 14 to discuss coronavirus threat

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2020 01:43 PM IST
There have been a lot of reports going on about the shadow cast by the virus on the future of the tournament but Brijesh Patel said that necessary precautions will be taken during the tournament.
The released prisoners, who will be biometrically identified, will also have to give a written guarantee that they will not return to the battlefield.(AP)
The released prisoners, who will be biometrically identified, will also have to give a written guarantee that they will not return to the battlefield.(AP)

Afghans set to release 1,500 Taliban prisoners; US wants less violence

Kabul | By Associated Press
PUBLISHED ON MAR 11, 2020 01:33 PM IST
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani ‘s decree came as the U.S. State Department issued a statement saying that the level of violence is “unacceptable”.
All 15 members of the UNSC on Tuesday supported the resolution, tabled by the United States, which endorses the joint US-Afghan declaration on peace and the agreement signed between Washington and the Taliban.(REUTERS)
All 15 members of the UNSC on Tuesday supported the resolution, tabled by the United States, which endorses the joint US-Afghan declaration on peace and the agreement signed between Washington and the Taliban.(REUTERS)

UN Security Council endorses US-Taliban peace deal

United Nations | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAR 11, 2020 11:05 AM IST
The agreement with the Taliban calls for the fundamentalists to sever ties with international terrorist groups and to prevent them from using Afghanistan to carry out attacks against the US.
Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani arrives to his inauguration as president, in Kabul.(REUTERS)
Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani arrives to his inauguration as president, in Kabul.(REUTERS)

China backs Ghani, congratulates him on re-election as Afghanistan President

Beijing | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2020 05:07 PM IST
President Ghani and his rival leader Abdullah Abdullah were each sworn in as president in separate ceremonies on Monday, throwing plans for peace negotiations with the Taliban into chaos.
Russia said it expects to build close ties with the Taliban(AP)
Russia said it expects to build close ties with the Taliban(AP)

Russia says it expects ‘good relations’ with Taliban as US troops exit

Bloomberg | By Henry Meyer
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2020 04:18 PM IST
The peace agreement reached in the Qatari capital after 19 years of war provides for the U.S. and its allies to pull out all troops within 14 months, in return for a Taliban pledge to prevent terrorist groups such as Islamic State and al-Qaeda from using Afghanistan as a haven.
Ashraf Ghani was sworn in as the President of Afghanistan for the second time.(REUTERS File Photo)
Ashraf Ghani was sworn in as the President of Afghanistan for the second time.(REUTERS File Photo)

Blast, firing at Afghan president Ashraf Ghani’s swearing-in ceremony

Kabul | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2020 05:54 PM IST
Hundreds of people had assembled at two venues inside the presidential palace complex to watch the swearing-in ceremonies for President Ashraf Ghani and challenger Abdullah Abdullah, when the blasts were heard, prompting some to flee.
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