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The Taliban has also imposed taxes on the shops and local markets, which is beyond the capacity of locals.(REUTERS)

Taliban tightens grip over Afghanistan; levies high taxes, recruits forceful

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2021 11:42 AM IST
More than 200 of the 419 district centres were under Taliban control as of this week, General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had informed the media on Wednesday.
Members of the Taliban delegation look on during the presentation of the final declaration of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Qatar's capital Doha. (AFP)
Members of the Taliban delegation look on during the presentation of the final declaration of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Qatar's capital Doha. (AFP)

Taliban leadership says ready for a political solution in Afghanistan

AFP | , Kabul
PUBLISHED ON JUL 19, 2021 07:51 AM IST
  • For months, the two sides have been meeting intermittently in the Qatari capital, but have achieved little if any notable success.
Sanjay Raut said it is the ideology of the entire country that J&K is a part of India.
Sanjay Raut said it is the ideology of the entire country that J&K is a part of India.

'Sentiment of whole country': Sanjay Raut slams Imran Khan's RSS comment on J&K

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JUL 17, 2021 04:06 PM IST
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said India-Pakistan talks are stalled because Pakistan is sheltering terrorists.
Danish Siddiqui and a senior Afghan officer were killed as the special forces unit fought to retake the main market area in Spin Boldak. (AFP Photo)
Danish Siddiqui and a senior Afghan officer were killed as the special forces unit fought to retake the main market area in Spin Boldak. (AFP Photo)

Taliban denies role in photojournalist Danish Siddiqui’s death, says report

Written by Meenakshi Ray
PUBLISHED ON JUL 17, 2021 07:33 AM IST
Danish Siddiqui, a Reuters journalist, was killed on Friday while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters near a border crossing with Pakistan.
Residents in areas captured by Taliban also have to pay more for food as their risen substantially, (AFP File Photo)
Residents in areas captured by Taliban also have to pay more for food as their risen substantially, (AFP File Photo)

Taliban issue rules in captured Afghan districts for women, men

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 03, 2021 10:52 AM IST
Taliban "would roll back much" of the progress made in Afghan women's rights if the Islamist extremists regain national power, top US intelligence analysts warned in May.
An armed man who is against Taliban uprising walks near his check post, at the Ghorband District, Parwan Province, Afghanistan on June 29, 2021(Reuters Photo)
An armed man who is against Taliban uprising walks near his check post, at the Ghorband District, Parwan Province, Afghanistan on June 29, 2021(Reuters Photo)

Indian nationals in Afghanistan warned against rising violence

By Rezaul H Laskar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 30, 2021 05:47 AM IST
The security advisory was issued by the Indian embassy amid a massive surge in violence by the Taliban, which has enhanced its efforts to wrest control of territory from Afghan government forces as the US continues withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan.
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.
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.
In this file photo taken on February 20, 2010, a US soldier from 4th Infantry Division 4 Brigade Alpha Company presents a gift to an Afghan child during a patrol at Khogyani in Nangarhar. (Photo by KIM JAE-HWAN / AFP)
In this file photo taken on February 20, 2010, a US soldier from 4th Infantry Division 4 Brigade Alpha Company presents a gift to an Afghan child during a patrol at Khogyani in Nangarhar. (Photo by KIM JAE-HWAN / AFP)

US formally begins withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, ending its longest war

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 01, 2021 11:05 AM IST
Afghanistan: The skies above Kabul and nearby Bagram airbase have been buzzing with more US helicopter activity than usual as the pullout gears up, following the start Thursday of a concurrent Nato withdrawal.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova gestures while speaking during the briefing about foreign policy in Moscow.(via AP)
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova gestures while speaking during the briefing about foreign policy in Moscow.(via AP)

Taliban should be included in interim Afghan administration, says Russia

Reuters | , Moscow
PUBLISHED ON MAR 12, 2021 06:15 PM IST
Moscow is set to host a conference on Afghanistan on March 18 and has invited several regional players, including Taliban representatives.
American soldiers wait on the tarmac in Logar province, Afghanistan.(File Photo / AP)
American soldiers wait on the tarmac in Logar province, Afghanistan.(File Photo / AP)

US should consult Taliban on any Afghan pullout delay: Pakistani envoy

Reuters | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 10:54 PM IST
Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan's comments come as the Biden administration conducts a review of a February 2020 deal with the Taliban.
Joe Biden's nominee for national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, told CNN that the new administration would support “diplomacy” with the Taliban.(Reuters)
Joe Biden's nominee for national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, told CNN that the new administration would support “diplomacy” with the Taliban.(Reuters)

Taliban calls Joe Biden to honor deal to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 12:34 PM IST
“Steps must now be taken to end the war, not to prolong it, and the agreement was made for the purpose,” Mohammad Naeem, a senior spokesman in the Taliban’s political office in Doha, said.
Afghan firefighters work at the site of a bombingh attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. A roadside bomb exploded in Afghanistan's capital Sunday, killing at least a few people in a vehicle, the latest attack to take place even as government negotiators are in Qatar to resume peace talks with the Taliban. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)(AP)
Afghan firefighters work at the site of a bombingh attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. A roadside bomb exploded in Afghanistan's capital Sunday, killing at least a few people in a vehicle, the latest attack to take place even as government negotiators are in Qatar to resume peace talks with the Taliban. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)(AP)

2 women government workers killed, 1 injured in Kabul

ANI | , Kabul
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 12:15 PM IST
The attack comes a day after the United States announced that it has reduced the number of its troops to 2,500 in Afghanistan.
TS Tirumurti, India’s envoy to the UN.(PTI)
TS Tirumurti, India’s envoy to the UN.(PTI)

India to chair Taliban sanctions committee, to keep focus on terrorists, sponsors

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 01:25 PM IST
After a recent visit to Pakistan by a Taliban delegation led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, videos emerged of the group’s leaders visiting terror training camps on Pakistani soil
Members of the United Nations Security Council during a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York.(File Photo/Reuters)
Members of the United Nations Security Council during a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York.(File Photo/Reuters)

India to chair 3 important committees of UNSC: All you need to know about them

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 09:58 AM IST
India began its eighth term as a non-permanent member of the UNSC on Monday with the stated objective of raising its voice against terrorism.
An Afghan negotiating team is in Qatar’s capital of Doha to resume talks aimed at finding an end to decades of relentless conflict even as violence has spiked across the country. T(AP file photo. Representative image)
An Afghan negotiating team is in Qatar’s capital of Doha to resume talks aimed at finding an end to decades of relentless conflict even as violence has spiked across the country. T(AP file photo. Representative image)

Attacks in southern Afghanistan kill at least 11: Report

Kabul | By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 03:12 PM IST
In southern Uruzgan province, a suicide car bomber detonated a vehicle full of explosives early Thursday near a military base, killing six security forces, said a provincial council member who was not authorized to speak with the media.
“The current levels of violence, including targeted killings, is unacceptable,” Zalmay Khalilzad, US special envoy for Afghan reconciliation, said in a series of tweets after he arrived in Doha overnight, two weeks before Trump is due to leave office.(AFP (Representative Image))
“The current levels of violence, including targeted killings, is unacceptable,” Zalmay Khalilzad, US special envoy for Afghan reconciliation, said in a series of tweets after he arrived in Doha overnight, two weeks before Trump is due to leave office.(AFP (Representative Image))

Peace talks to resume under shadow of targeted Afghan killings

By Bloomberg | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2021 03:24 PM IST
Since the intra-Afghan talks began in September in the Qatari capital of Doha, where the Taliban have a political office, violence has increased nationwide, including an attack on Kabul University which killed dozens of students and Taliban attempts to capture Lashkar Gah and Kandahar cities in the southern region.
The talks began in Qatar in September months after the Taliban reached an agreement with the United States allowing it to pull its troops out of Afghanistan and end its longest war in exchange for Taliban security guarantees.(Reuters file photo)
The talks began in Qatar in September months after the Taliban reached an agreement with the United States allowing it to pull its troops out of Afghanistan and end its longest war in exchange for Taliban security guarantees.(Reuters file photo)

Afghan rivals to resume talks as civilian killings sow suspicion

Kabul | By Reuters | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 09:14 PM IST
The Taliban have refused to recognise the US-backed government and that was an issue that would have to be tackled, said a member of the team representing the government.
An Afghan security force member inspects at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan.(REUTERS)
An Afghan security force member inspects at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan.(REUTERS)

Taliban kidnap 45 bus passengers in Western Afghanistan

Herat | By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 04:56 PM IST
“A group of armed insurgents intercepted a passenger bus with dozens on board in Childokhtaran area along the Herat city-Turghundi highway at about 07:00 am (local time) and took it to an unknown location,” Lal Mohammad Omarzai who serves as the district chief for Rubat-e-Sangi district told media
Earlier, TOLO News quoted the local officials as saying that four members of public uprising forces, including their commander, were killed in a clash against the Taliban in Bati Kot district of Nangarhar province on Friday.(AP representative image)
Earlier, TOLO News quoted the local officials as saying that four members of public uprising forces, including their commander, were killed in a clash against the Taliban in Bati Kot district of Nangarhar province on Friday.(AP representative image)

Taliban-designated Governor for Afghanistan’s Faryab dies after their own explosive detonates

Kabul | By Asian News International | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JAN 02, 2021 02:15 PM IST
Citing the provincial police, TOLO News reported that Mullah Nazem and six members of the group were killed when their own explosive detonated in Dawlat Abad district in the province on Friday night.
Afghan security personnel investigate a damaged car which was used for a car bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday.(AP PHOTO.)
Afghan security personnel investigate a damaged car which was used for a car bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday.(AP PHOTO.)

Indian, Afghan clerics jointly call on Taliban to stop attacks on civilians

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 09:39 PM IST
Cities across Afghanistan have witnessed a spate of attacks in recent weeks, targeting civil society activists, human rights workers and members of the media. Dozens have been killed in these attacks, and interior minister Massoud Andarabi has blamed the Taliban for certain killings across the country. The group has denied involvement in the attacks.
The ministry added that four other militants were killed on Saturday in the Arghandab district of Zabul province.(AFP file photo. Representative image)
The ministry added that four other militants were killed on Saturday in the Arghandab district of Zabul province.(AFP file photo. Representative image)

Security forces kill 7 Taliban members in southern Afghanistan: Report

Kabul | By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON DEC 27, 2020 01:55 PM IST
“7 #Taliban were killed in Zheria district of #Kandahar province, yesterday. They were planning to attack #ANDSF [Afghan Defense and Security Forces] positions when they were targeted by #ANA [Afghan National Army],” the defence ministry wrote on Twitter.
Pakistan has been long blamed for providing support to Taliban terrorists in Afghanistan.(AP file photo)
Pakistan has been long blamed for providing support to Taliban terrorists in Afghanistan.(AP file photo)

Pakistan using Taliban as ‘tool’ for dominance in Afghanistan, says Former senator

Kabul | By Asian News International | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON DEC 26, 2020 02:28 PM IST
Former Pakistan senator Afrasiab Khattak remarks come on the heels of Taliban deputy political leader Abdul Ghani Baradar’s visit to Pakistan last week.
A video shows Mullah Fazal Akhund meeting masked men clad in fatigues at a Taliban training camp at an undisclosed location in Pakistan. The men can be seen embracing him and kissing his hand.(Sourced)
A video shows Mullah Fazal Akhund meeting masked men clad in fatigues at a Taliban training camp at an undisclosed location in Pakistan. The men can be seen embracing him and kissing his hand.(Sourced)

All decisions in Afghan peace process made after consulting Taliban leaders in Pakistan: Mullah Baradar

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 10:38 PM IST
Video footage has also emerged of Taliban leader Mullah Fazal Akhund, a member of the group’s team for negotiations being held in Doha, meeting Taliban fighters being trained in a camp in Pakistani territory.
According to data provided by the Afghan Ministry of Defence, 82 Taliban terrorists were killed in the province earlier this week amid a sustained military operation.(AP file photo)
According to data provided by the Afghan Ministry of Defence, 82 Taliban terrorists were killed in the province earlier this week amid a sustained military operation.(AP file photo)

Afghan troops kill 74 Taliban terrorists during clashes in Kandahar province

Kabul | By Asian News International | Posted by Deepali Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 06:09 PM IST
The clashes happened after the Afghan National Army launched an assault on Taliban terrorists who were preparing to attack positions held by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.
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