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External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar being welcomed during his visit to Dushanbe on Monday.(ANI)

S Jaishankar, Ashraf Ghani exchange views on peace process in Afghanistan

PTI | , Dushanbe
PUBLISHED ON MAR 30, 2021 12:37 AM IST
Jaishankar is here in the capital of Tajikistan for the 9th Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process (HoA-IP) ministerial conference to be held on Tuesday.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will unveil his proposal at an international gathering in Turkey next month, signaling his refusal to accept Washington's plan for his elected government to be replaced by an interim administration, the officials said.(AP file photo)
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will unveil his proposal at an international gathering in Turkey next month, signaling his refusal to accept Washington's plan for his elected government to be replaced by an interim administration, the officials said.(AP file photo)

Rejecting US peace plan, Afghan president to offer election in 6 months

Reuters | | Posted by Prashasti Singh, Kabul
PUBLISHED ON MAR 24, 2021 07:58 AM IST
Washington, which agreed last year to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by May 1 after nearly two decades, is pressing for a peace deal to end war between the government and the Taliban. Talks between the Afghan sides in Qatar have stalled.
President Ghani met US special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad in Kabul during the past week to discuss ways to inject momentum in the stalled peace negotiations with Taliban representatives being held in Qatar. After his talks in Kabul, Khalilzad went to Qatar.(AP)
President Ghani met US special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad in Kabul during the past week to discuss ways to inject momentum in the stalled peace negotiations with Taliban representatives being held in Qatar. After his talks in Kabul, Khalilzad went to Qatar.(AP)

Afghan President Ghani meets US envoy to discuss peace negotiations with Taliban

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 05:06 PM IST
President Ghani met US special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad in Kabul during the past week to discuss ways to inject momentum in the stalled peace negotiations with Taliban representatives being held in Qatar.
The summit between Modi and Ghani will be held at 12.30pm and an agreement on building Shahtoot Dam in the Kabul river basin is on the agenda.(Mint)
The summit between Modi and Ghani will be held at 12.30pm and an agreement on building Shahtoot Dam in the Kabul river basin is on the agenda.(Mint)

News updates from HT: PM Modi, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani virtual meet today

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 12:55 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
China evacuated its 10 spies caught in Afghanistan last month(Reuters)
China evacuated its 10 spies caught in Afghanistan last month(Reuters)

10 Chinese spies caught in Kabul get a quiet pardon, fly home in chartered aircraft

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 11:12 AM IST
The terms of the arrangement between Kabul and Beijing to secure the release of the 10 Chinese spies is not known.
Government and diplomatic sources told Reuters that when it came to signing the document in November, which was to include references to the “Islamic Republic of Afghanistan” - the official name of the Afghan government, - the Taliban backed off.(AP file photo)
Government and diplomatic sources told Reuters that when it came to signing the document in November, which was to include references to the “Islamic Republic of Afghanistan” - the official name of the Afghan government, - the Taliban backed off.(AP file photo)

Taliban-Afghan government agreement marred by document’s wording

Kabul/Islamabad | By Reuters | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 06:05 AM IST
Teams representing the Taliban and the Afghan government have been negotiating in the Qatari capital since September to reach a consensus on the modalities of peace talks, moving forward to help end decades of war in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan's Foreign Minister reacts prior to the plenary session of the 2020 Afghanistan Donor Conference.(AFP)
Afghanistan's Foreign Minister reacts prior to the plenary session of the 2020 Afghanistan Donor Conference.(AFP)

EU, other donors step up with funds to help Afghanistan

Geneva | By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON NOV 24, 2020 05:59 PM IST
A largely virtual, one-day pledging conference in Geneva, co-hosted by Finland, drew representatives from over 70 countries in the first such event in four years.
“Glad to meet Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum. Exchanged views on developments in Afghanistan and the larger region,” Jaishankar tweeted.(@DrSJaishankar/Twitter)
“Glad to meet Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum. Exchanged views on developments in Afghanistan and the larger region,” Jaishankar tweeted.(@DrSJaishankar/Twitter)

‘Fist bump’: Senior Afghan leader Dostum meets EAM Jaishankar to discuss peace process

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2020 09:27 PM IST
The visiting former Afghan vice president also met foreign secretary Harsh Shringla and briefed him on the evolving situation in Afghanistan.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has signed a decree to release 400 Taliban prisoners, as part of efforts to begin the talks, a source at the Presidential Palace said.(AP file photo)
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has signed a decree to release 400 Taliban prisoners, as part of efforts to begin the talks, a source at the Presidential Palace said.(AP file photo)

In a big blow ahead of talks, Taliban refuses to recognise Afghan govt

Kabul | By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2020 11:36 AM IST
“The Islamic Emirate does not recognise the Kabul administration as a government but views it as western imported structure working for the continuation of American occupation,” TOLOnews quoted the group as saying in a statement.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani holds up the resolution on the last day of an Afghan Loya Jirga or traditional council, in Kabul.(AP file photo)
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani holds up the resolution on the last day of an Afghan Loya Jirga or traditional council, in Kabul.(AP file photo)

Afghan president to sign release of Taliban prisoners, peace talks expected in days

By Reuters | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2020 02:42 PM IST
The government accepted the advice of a loya jirga, a grand assembly of elders, on Sunday to release 400 “hard-core” Taliban prisoners, paving the way for talks aimed at ending a war that has ground on since US-backed Afghan forces ousted a Taliban government in late 2001.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Afghanistan President Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.(Mohd Zakir/HT file photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Afghanistan President Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.(Mohd Zakir/HT file photo)

PM Modi, President Ghani discuss evolving security situation, terrorism in region

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2020 09:11 PM IST
Ghani thanked Modi for timely supply of food and medical assistance to meet Afghanistan’s requirements, according to an official statement.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a news conference at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.(AP)
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a news conference at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.(AP)

400 Taliban prisoners to remain in custody, says Afghan president

Kabul | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON JUL 31, 2020 03:35 PM IST
Addressing the nation on the Muslim holy day of Eid ul Adha, Ghani said the 400 Taliban are convicted of crimes he has no authority to forgive. Instead, he will call a loya jirga — or traditional grand council of elders — to decide whether they should go free.
A relative of Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani was shot dead in Kabul, Afghan media reported on Saturday.
A relative of Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani was shot dead in Kabul, Afghan media reported on Saturday.

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s cousin shot dead inside his home in Kabul: Report

By Asian News International | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2020 07:13 PM IST
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s cousin was found shot dead inside his home in Kabul, according to reports.
Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani.(Reuters file photo)
Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani.(Reuters file photo)

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani agrees to hold talks with Taliban

Kabul | By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON JUN 12, 2020 08:07 AM IST
“President Ghani agreed to hold the negotiations with the Taliban in Qatar,” Sputnik quoted Al-Qahtani as saying. The envoy made the remarks after a meeting with Chairman of the Afghan High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul.
Afghan police arrive at the site of a bombing in a mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan.(AP)
Afghan police arrive at the site of a bombing in a mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan.(AP)

2 killed, 2 wounded in Kabul mosque bombing: Afghan official

Kabul | By Associated Press
PUBLISHED ON JUN 02, 2020 11:38 PM IST
Mullah Mohammad Ayaz Niazi was one of two people killed in the attack, Arian said. He was wounded in the attack and died later at a hospital.
The Taliban’s cease-fire announcement follows an Eid al-Fitr message from the Taliban leader which said the insurgent group was committed to the peace deal, was not seeking to monopolize power and promised to guarantee the rights of women and men under an Islamic system.(AP)
The Taliban’s cease-fire announcement follows an Eid al-Fitr message from the Taliban leader which said the insurgent group was committed to the peace deal, was not seeking to monopolize power and promised to guarantee the rights of women and men under an Islamic system.(AP)

Afghan Taliban announce three-day Eid ceasefire

Islamabad | By Associated Press | Posted by: Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2020 03:22 AM IST
The Taliban order, which was soon followed by an announcement via Twitter from Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announcing the government “extends the offer of peace,” comes just days after US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was in Kabul and Doha.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed a power-sharing deal to end a months-long political stalemate in Afghanistan(REUTERS)
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed a power-sharing deal to end a months-long political stalemate in Afghanistan(REUTERS)

Pompeo welcomes Afghan power-sharing deal, chides leaders for lost time

Washington | By Reuters | Posted by: Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2020 07:29 AM IST
“Secretary Pompeo noted that he regretted the time lost during the political impasse,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.
Discussions over the final sticking points including the allocation of some key posts had been underway throughout the day, three sources said.(Reuters)
Discussions over the final sticking points including the allocation of some key posts had been underway throughout the day, three sources said.(Reuters)

Afghan president and rival strike power-sharing deal after months of feuding

Kabul | By Reuters | Posted by: Prashasti Singh
PUBLISHED ON MAY 18, 2020 07:23 AM IST
“Today is a historic day for our dear Afghanistan. Afghans have proven that they are committed to their national interests with common thinking,” Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said during the signing ceremony.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (R) and his rival Abdullah Abdullah (L) interact with eachother ahead of signing a power-sharing deal agreement at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.(AFP)
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (R) and his rival Abdullah Abdullah (L) interact with eachother ahead of signing a power-sharing deal agreement at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.(AFP)

India hopes Afghan political deal will end externally sponsored terrorism

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar | Posted by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2020 08:30 PM IST
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah signed a power-sharing deal on Sunday after months of political discord triggered by last year’s disputed presidential election.
India further said there could be “no justification for such continued acts of terrorism” and the “perpetrators of such heinous acts and their sponsors and supporters should be held accountable and brought to justice”.(REUTERS)
India further said there could be “no justification for such continued acts of terrorism” and the “perpetrators of such heinous acts and their sponsors and supporters should be held accountable and brought to justice”.(REUTERS)

India condemns attack on maternity hospital in Afghanistan capital

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 12, 2020 11:26 PM IST
Tuesday’s attack on the maternity hospital in Dasht-e-Barchi area of Kabul prompted Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to switch from an “active defensive” mode to an “offensive” mode and to resume attacks on the Taliban.
FILE PHOTO: Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani.(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani.(REUTERS)

Afghan president negative for coronavirus after palace outbreak

Kabul | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2020 10:08 PM IST
About 20 workers in Kabul’s presidential palace and a dozen more in an adjoining office had contracted the virus, officials said.
Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani has isolated himself(REUTERS)
Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani has isolated himself(REUTERS)

Afghan president Ghani self-isolates as his staff test positive

Kabul | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2020 02:38 AM IST
It wasn’t clear whether President Ashraf Ghani had been in contact with any of the employees at the palace in Kabul or whether he had been tested himself.
Covid-19: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani thanked the Indian government for “further commitments to supply more items including medicines and equipment as availability increases in India”.(AP)
Covid-19: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani thanked the Indian government for “further commitments to supply more items including medicines and equipment as availability increases in India”.(AP)

Afghan Prez Ghani thanks India for supplying HCQ, wheat amid Covid-19 pandemic

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2020 09:37 PM IST
Covid-19 update: Prime Minister Narendra Modi responded to Ghani’s tweet by saying India and Afghanistan share a “special friendship” and would combat the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) “with solidarity and shared resolve”, just as they have fought terrorism.
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.
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.
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s oath taking ceremony at the Presidential Palace was attended by a number of foreign diplomats, including United States Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad.(AP)
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s oath taking ceremony at the Presidential Palace was attended by a number of foreign diplomats, including United States Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad.(AP)

Ashraf Ghani sworn in as Afghanistan president for the second time

Kabul | By Reuters
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2020 05:09 PM IST
Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah held his own ceremony at a similar time as a rival president in a disputed election.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani in New Delhi, September 19, 2018(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani in New Delhi, September 19, 2018(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

India must support its allies in Kabul

By Avinash Paliwal
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2020 06:14 PM IST
New Delhi must also expand its equities among different political constellations in Afghanistan
In this file photo, a US Marine watches Afghan Commandos take part in a combat training exercise at Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province.
In this file photo, a US Marine watches Afghan Commandos take part in a combat training exercise at Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province.

US, Taliban reach violence reduction pact that could lead to troops withdrawal from Afghanistan

Munich/Washington | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 15, 2020 10:50 AM IST
The deal was struck in protracted negotiations in the Qatari capital Doha and was announced after a meeting between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.
A diplomatic row erupted on Tuesday over the arrest of Pakistani democracy activist Manzoor Pashteen(Reuters File)
A diplomatic row erupted on Tuesday over the arrest of Pakistani democracy activist Manzoor Pashteen(Reuters File)

Afghanistan, Pakistan spat over Manzoor Pashteen’s arrest

Islamabad | By Imtiaz Ahmad & Agencies
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2020 08:14 AM IST
On Tuesday, some 25 PTM workers including its leaders and lawmakers Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir were taken into custody outside the Islamabad Press Club, where they were demonstrating against Pashteen’s detention.
Preliminary results of Afghanistan presidential election show President Ashraf Ghani is on course for a second term(AP)
Preliminary results of Afghanistan presidential election show President Ashraf Ghani is on course for a second term(AP)

End the uncertainty around the Afghan polls

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2019 07:54 PM IST
A lot is at stake. India’s interest lies in a democratic Afghanistan
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