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ICC adopts wait-and-watch approach on Afghanistan

Afghanistan risk isolation since the country's Taliban takeover in August, with Cricket Australia threatening not to host them for a one-off test in Hobart next month if the new government in Kabul did not allow women to play the sport.
File image of Afghanistan cricket team(AFP)
File image of Afghanistan cricket team(AFP)
Published on Oct 10, 2021 03:27 PM IST
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Won't work with US to contain Islamic State in Afghanistan: Taliban

Senior Taliban officials and US representatives are to meet Saturday and Sunday in Doha, the capital of the Persian Gulf state of Qatar.
IS has taken responsibility for a number of attacks, including a suicide bombing that killed 46 minority Shiite Muslims.(AFP File Photo)
IS has taken responsibility for a number of attacks, including a suicide bombing that killed 46 minority Shiite Muslims.(AFP File Photo)
Published on Oct 09, 2021 03:44 PM IST
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US to hold first face-to-face talks with Taliban since Afghanistan withdrawal

The US also wants to press the Taliban to observe the rights of women and girls, many of whom have been barred from returning to jobs and schools, and of Afghans at large. 
The US and Taliban will hold the talks in Doha, Qatar, (AFP File Photo)
The US and Taliban will hold the talks in Doha, Qatar, (AFP File Photo)
Published on Oct 09, 2021 06:09 AM IST
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By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi

IS-K claims Afghanistan mosque bombing, says suicide bomber targeted Shiites

The development hints at aggravating sectarian violence in Afghanistan as the extremist Islamic State group, bitter rivals of the Taliban, has time and again targeted the Shiite population to stir up unrest in the Sunni-majority nation.
People view the damage inside of a mosque following a bombing in Kunduz, province northern Afghanistan, on Friday, October. 8, 2021. (AP)
People view the damage inside of a mosque following a bombing in Kunduz, province northern Afghanistan, on Friday, October. 8, 2021. (AP)
Published on Oct 09, 2021 05:45 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Suicide attack in Afghanistan mosque? What do we know about the blast so far

  • If the death toll claimed by the deputy police chief for Kunduz province is confirmed, it would be the highest since the US and NATO troops completely pulled out from the war-torn country.
People carry the body of a bombing victim in Kunduz province, northern Afghanistan.(AP)
People carry the body of a bombing victim in Kunduz province, northern Afghanistan.(AP)
Published on Oct 08, 2021 07:27 PM IST
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On Taliban, US outlines objectives for Pakistan

  • US-Pakistan talks were centered around the recognition of the Taliban government in Kabul, international sanctions on Afghanistan, access to Afghanistan and counter-terrorism cooperation. 
US deputy secretary of state Wendy Sherman, left, and Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, right, walk towards a meeting room at the ministry of foreign affairs in Islamabad, Pakistan(AP)
US deputy secretary of state Wendy Sherman, left, and Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, right, walk towards a meeting room at the ministry of foreign affairs in Islamabad, Pakistan(AP)
Updated on Oct 08, 2021 06:27 PM IST
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Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

India slams vandalism at Kabul Gurdwara, says ‘concern not only for India but…’

Kabul Gurdwara vandalism worries India
Kabul Gurdwara vandalism worries India
Published on Oct 08, 2021 12:56 AM IST
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WHO says Covid-19 testing, vaccination declining in Afghanistan since August

The UN health body has warned that nearly 1.6 million doses of vaccine could expire if not used quickly, Afghan local media reported.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during his visit to Afghanistan.(Twitter/@WHO)
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during his visit to Afghanistan.(Twitter/@WHO)
Published on Oct 07, 2021 11:47 PM IST
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ANI | , Kabul

Dad who fled Afghanistan sues US to reunite with young sons

  • The man asked for his children to be evacuated as the US military conducted one of the largest airlifts in history, but they were left behind.
The International Refugee Assistance Project on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Antony Bilken on the man's behalf.(AP)
The International Refugee Assistance Project on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Antony Bilken on the man's behalf.(AP)
Published on Oct 07, 2021 11:13 PM IST
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No more assistance to Pak, hold Imran Khan accountable now: Ex-US advisor

“I don't think we should give any assistance to Pakistan at all. I think Pakistan has had it both ways for way too long. I think Pakistan should be confronted with its behavior over the years that has actually resulted, I think, in large measure in this outcome,” McMaster said.
McMaster said that it is a good idea to remove Pakistan’s status as a major non-NATO ally. (File Photo / REUTERS)
McMaster said that it is a good idea to remove Pakistan’s status as a major non-NATO ally. (File Photo / REUTERS)
Published on Oct 07, 2021 08:39 AM IST
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Taliban's Somnath taunt at India as Anas Haqqani visits Mahmud Ghaznavi's shrine

Taliban leader Anas Haqqani visited Mahmud Ghaznavi's shrine (Agencies)
Taliban leader Anas Haqqani visited Mahmud Ghaznavi's shrine (Agencies)
Published on Oct 06, 2021 08:07 PM IST
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Taliban leader Anas Haqqani praises Mahmud Ghaznavi who attacked Somnath temple

Anas Haqqani is part of jihad group Haqqani network and two of its members, Sirajuddin Haqqani, deputy leader of Taliban, and Khalil Haqqani, the Taliban emissary, carry USD 15 million in reward on their head.
Anas Haqqani is at the center of negotiations among the various factions of Taliban.(AP File Photo)
Anas Haqqani is at the center of negotiations among the various factions of Taliban.(AP File Photo)
Published on Oct 06, 2021 12:25 PM IST
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Mullah Baradar returns to Kabul, refuses official security from Haqqani

While Baradar is now understood to be living in Kabul Palace, his backer and defence minister Mullah Yaqoob, son of Mullah Omar, is still in Kandahar. Sirajuddin Haqqani still stays in shadows and remains off and on in Kabul.
This combination photo shows Sirajuddin Haqqani (left) and Mullah Baradar.
This combination photo shows Sirajuddin Haqqani (left) and Mullah Baradar.
Published on Oct 06, 2021 10:52 AM IST
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By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

In Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, bodies of criminals hanged from excavators

Since the Taliban takeover, many Afghans fear harsh punishments to return, in accordance with the hardline ideology the group practices. During their rules in 1990s, punishments included hand amputations and executions of murderers with a single bullet to the head.
Taliban fighters working as a police force stand guard at the entrance gate of a police district in Kabul.(AFP Photo)
Taliban fighters working as a police force stand guard at the entrance gate of a police district in Kabul.(AFP Photo)
Published on Oct 06, 2021 10:16 AM IST
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By hindustantimes.com | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

From deputies to commanders, who are the new additions in Taliban cabinet?

The appointments are the latest indication the Taliban government has no intention of heeding conditions from the international community that formal recognition of their rule would depend on their treatment of women and minority groups.
Taliban fighters working as a police force stand guard next to a Humvee vehicle at the entrance gate of a police district in Kabul. (File Photo / AFP)
Taliban fighters working as a police force stand guard next to a Humvee vehicle at the entrance gate of a police district in Kabul. (File Photo / AFP)
Published on Oct 06, 2021 09:36 AM IST
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Afghanistan, bilateral ties focus of US deputy secretary’s visit to India

The Indian side is also expected to raise its security-relations concerns on Afghanistan, including the risk of Afghan soil being used for terror attacks, during the US deputy secretary’s visit to India.
US deputy secretary of state Wendy Sherman arrives for engagements covering bilateral, regional, and global issues, in New Delhi on Tuesday.
US deputy secretary of state Wendy Sherman arrives for engagements covering bilateral, regional, and global issues, in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Updated on Oct 06, 2021 04:19 AM IST
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By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Suspected Taliban fighters attack gurdwara in Kabul

Puneet Singh Chandhok, head of the Indian World Forum, who has played a role in facilitating the evacuation of members of Afghanistan’s Hindu and Sikh minorities, tweeted that armed men had entered the gurdwara and “vandalised” it.
Taliban fighters patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan (REUTERSJS)
Taliban fighters patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan (REUTERSJS)
Updated on Oct 06, 2021 04:14 AM IST
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By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Not Turkey, Pakistan and Qatar could be the first to recognise Taliban cabinet

Turkey, in sharp contrast to Pakistan and Qatar, has adopted a more nuanced position on Afghanistan’s Taliban cabinet.
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi (R) and Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani arrive to address a press conference in Islamabad (AFP)
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi (R) and Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani arrive to address a press conference in Islamabad (AFP)
Updated on Oct 06, 2021 05:49 AM IST
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By Rezaul H Laskar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Afghanistan to resume issuance of passports, ID cards after months of delay

The issuance of passports and national identity cards were halted after the Taliban took control of Kabul on August 15, hampering the plans of many Afghan citizens to flee the war-torn country.
Afghanistan Taliban officials attend a news conference where they announced they will start issuing passports to its citizens again.(Reuters)
Afghanistan Taliban officials attend a news conference where they announced they will start issuing passports to its citizens again.(Reuters)
Published on Oct 05, 2021 04:43 PM IST
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By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Taliban killed 13 ethnic Hazaras, including Afghan soldiers, says Amnesty

After the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August, the fundamentalist group's leaders tried to assure Afghans that they will not attack those who supported the previous western-backed government. 
The Taliban killed the Hazaras in the Daykundi province in central Afghanistan. (AP File Photo)
The Taliban killed the Hazaras in the Daykundi province in central Afghanistan. (AP File Photo)
Published on Oct 05, 2021 12:37 PM IST
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By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi

3 ISIS-K terrorists killed by Taliban in Kabul: Report

According to a report in Khamma Press, local residents have confirmed the shooting of lights and heavy weapons in the area.
The explosion has reportedly left more than ten killed and over 20 more wounded.(AFP)
The explosion has reportedly left more than ten killed and over 20 more wounded.(AFP)
Published on Oct 05, 2021 08:25 AM IST
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ANI | , Kabul

Taliban destroy Islamic State cell in Kabul after deadly mosque attack

The Taliban overran Kabul seven weeks ago and have set up an interim Afghan government, but still face attacks from the regional branch of the Islamic State.
A member of Taliban guards the site of Monday’s blast in Kabul, Afghanistan.(Reuters)
A member of Taliban guards the site of Monday’s blast in Kabul, Afghanistan.(Reuters)
Published on Oct 05, 2021 04:45 AM IST
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Agencies | , Kabul

Taliban face shift from war to policing streets

By winning the country after two decades of war with the Aug. 15 seizure of Kabul, the Taliban also inherited a city marked by lawlessness.
The shadow of Taliban fighters casts over drug users detained at a police station in Kabul.(AP)
The shadow of Taliban fighters casts over drug users detained at a police station in Kabul.(AP)
Published on Oct 04, 2021 07:12 PM IST
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Blast hits Kabul after Taliban hold rally

Contradictory reports emerged from the explosion outside a mosque, with local media saying as many as eight were killed.
A Taliban fighter stands guard as people attend an open-air rally in a field on the outskirts of Kabul.(AFP)
A Taliban fighter stands guard as people attend an open-air rally in a field on the outskirts of Kabul.(AFP)
Published on Oct 04, 2021 05:01 AM IST
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Agencies | , Kabul

‘Afghanistan’s situation only getting worse; need people on ground’: EU official

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said that one of the early signs of Afghanistan heading for a “socio-economic collapse” is the all-male interim government announced by the Taliban that is “neither inclusive nor representative.”
The EU has so far beefed up the humanitarian aid from 57 million euros to 200 million euros since the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.
The EU has so far beefed up the humanitarian aid from 57 million euros to 200 million euros since the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.
Published on Oct 03, 2021 11:42 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Over thousand people show up at victory rally outside Kabul to back Taliban rule

The crowd, exclusively of men and boys, gathered at an open air rally outside Kabul support for the Taliban rule in Afghanistan.
Taliban supporters attend an open air rally in a field in Kabul on October 3, 2021. (Photo by Hoshang HASHIMI / AFP)(AFP)
Taliban supporters attend an open air rally in a field in Kabul on October 3, 2021. (Photo by Hoshang HASHIMI / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Oct 03, 2021 02:47 PM IST
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AFP | , Kabul

50 days after occupation, no recognition for brutal Taliban regime in Kabul

The international community, including India, have put the onus of the recognition of the Taliban regime on Doha deal makers as the entire agreement is shrouded in secrecy.
The deal makers were US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, now Taliban deputy prime minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Qatari national security advisor Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Mesned, UK chief of defence staff Nick Carter and Pakistani army chief Qamar Jawed Bajwa.(File Photo)
The deal makers were US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, now Taliban deputy prime minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Qatari national security advisor Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Mesned, UK chief of defence staff Nick Carter and Pakistani army chief Qamar Jawed Bajwa.(File Photo)
Published on Oct 03, 2021 01:36 PM IST
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By Shishir Gupta, New Delhi

News updates from HT: Taliban to deploy suicide bombers at border, reports say

Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 9pm. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
The Taliban have created an exclusive battalion of suicide bombers to be deployed at the borders of the country, reports said.(AFP)
The Taliban have created an exclusive battalion of suicide bombers to be deployed at the borders of the country, reports said.(AFP)
Published on Oct 02, 2021 08:59 PM IST
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By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Taliban to deploy suicide bombers at borders; eye on Tajikistan: Report

The announcement is significant at a time when the Taliban and Tajikistan are openly engaging in a battle of words as Tajikistan is demanding more representation of ethnic Tajiks in the Afghanistan government.
Badakhshan province is at the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Reports said the Taliban are planning to deploy a battalion of suicide bombers there. 
Badakhshan province is at the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Reports said the Taliban are planning to deploy a battalion of suicide bombers there. 
Published on Oct 02, 2021 08:12 PM IST
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By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh

Taliban raid IS hideout in Afghanistan's Parwan province, militants killed

Without giving away exact numbers, Taliban spokesperson has said that a number of Islamic State militants were killed and arrested during a raid at an IS hideout in Charikar city of Parwan province.
A Taliban fighter in Kabul. (Image for representation) (Photo by Hoshang Hashimi / AFP)(AFP)
A Taliban fighter in Kabul. (Image for representation) (Photo by Hoshang Hashimi / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Oct 01, 2021 11:16 PM IST
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By hindustantimes.com | Written by Sharmita Kar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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