A government official announced on Thursday that the Japanese government intends to help Afghanistan after an earthquake there claimed at least 1,000 lives. Seiji Kihara, the deputy chief cabinet secretary, stated during a routine news conference that the government was planning actions to "promptly give required support" in addition to evaluating the situation to understand local requirements. At least 1,000 people were killed and 1,500 more were injured when a powerful earthquake struck a remote border region of Afghanistan and parts of Pakistan overnight, according to officials. The death toll is expected to rise as desperate rescuers search through the collapsed homes.
According to the UN refugee agency, Pakistan is facing new inflows of asylum seekers from neighboring Afghanistan, following the Taliban's takeover of Kabul. On the eve of World Refugees Day, observed on June 20 every year, the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Pakistan, Qaiser Khan Afridi, said that more than 250,000 Afghans seeking asylum have trickled into Pakistan since January 2021.
It emerged on Tuesday that the Taliban would sign an agreement with the United Arab Emirates on operating airports in Afghanistan. The group's acting deputy prime minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar said on Tuesday that the decision was made after months of talks with the UAE, Turkey, and Qatar. He made the announcement in a tweet and later told reporters in Kabul that his government was reviving an airport ground handling agreement with the UAE.
Kabul: On Wednesday, six people were wounded in a grenade blast at a mosque in the Afghan capital minutes after worshippers offered midday prayers marking the holy month of Ramazan, the police reported. “We had finished the prayers and were heading out of the mosque when the blast occurred,” worshipper Mohammed Yasin told. Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran told that a grenade was thrown inside the Pul-i-Khisti mosque and a suspect was arrested at the scene.
Kabul/peshawar: On April 3, it emerged that the Taliban announced a ban on the cultivation of narcotics in Afghanistan_the world's biggest opium producer. "As per the decree of the supreme leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, all Afghans are informed that from now on, cultivation of poppy has been strictly prohibited across the country," according to an order from the Taliban's supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada. "If anyone violates the decree, the crop will be destroyed immediately and the violator will be treated according to the Sharia law," the Ministry of Interior announced.
KABUL: On sunday, a blast hit the money exchange hub in Afghanistan's capital Kabul, slaining one and injuring dozens. No group immediately claimed responsibility. The Emergency Hospital in Kabul stated in a tweet that one fatality and 59 injured people had been brought to the hospital, 33 of whom were admitted for their injuries.
According to a spokesman for Afghanistan's foreign ministry, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Kabul on Thursday to meet with his Afghan counterpart, marking the highest-level visit by a Chinese official since the Taliban took power last year. Wang landed in Kabul on Thursday, less than a week before Beijing hosts a conference of Afghanistan's neighbours to discuss ways to help the Taliban government. Beijing had worked to retain connections with the Taliban even before the Taliban took control of the country in August, as US-led foreign soldiers departed. However, China, like other countries, has refused to recognise the Taliban authority.
New Delhi: On March 22, it was reported that the parents of Indian journalist Danish Siddiqui, who was killed in a Taliban attack in Afghanistan last year, began legal action at the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the Islamist group. Siddiqui was embedded with Afghan special forces when killed on July 16 during a failed attempt by government troops to retake Spin Boldak. His lawyer, Avi Singh, told that Siddiqui's parents were seeking legal action against six leaders, and other unidentified commanders of the Taliban, for being a photojournalist and an Indian national.
According to a World Bank survey, the number of people in Afghanistan who cannot afford food and other essentials has doubled since the Islamic Emirate takeover of the country in August 2021. The Afghanistan Welfare Survey found that 70% of respondents said that their households were unable to cover basic food and non-food needs, up from 35% in May 2021. The share of Afghan households has switched to lower-quality or less expensive food and rose from 56% to 85% in the July-August 2021 period, it stated.
It was reported that the key border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan reopened days after fighting between security forces. The combat left at least three casualties." The border has reopened for all sort of activities," a spokesman for Pakistan’s paramilitary border force told AFP. A security source said it came after "successful talks" between Pakistani officials and the governor of Afghanistan's Kandahar province.
Kabul: It emerged that Christopher, a United States citizen, entered the realm of Islam in the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. The news was shared on Afghanistan's official news agency. Zabihullah Mujahid, Deputy Minister of Information and Taliban Spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, helped him embrace Islam. He also gave him the Islamic name Muhammad Isa and congratulated him on his conversion to Islam.
The lack of tradable currency through banking channels led the federal government on Friday to permit the export of another 14 commodities to Afghanistan in rupees via land routes, in what looks to be yet another significant development. Following a sharp drop in shipments to Afghanistan, the decision was made at a meeting of the cabinet's Economic Coordination Committee (ECC), headed over by Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin.
On Wednesday, the Taliban encouraged Muslim countries to recognise the government of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA). The Taliban has urged Muslim countries to accept the Afghan government's Islamic Emirate. According to Baaghi TV., Taliban acting Prime Minister Mullah Muhammad Hassan Akhund called on Islamic countries to be the first to recognise the IEA.
On Friday, Pakistan resuscitated its plea to the international community and relief agencies to provide aid to Afghanistan. Prime Minister Imran Khan directed relevant authorities to "seek bilateral cooperation with friendly countries" to stave off a looming humanitarian crisis in the neighboring state. The premier, while chairing the third meeting of the Apex Committee on Afghanistan, said "Pakistan is committed to providing all-out support to Afghan people to avert [a] humanitarian crisis".
On Jan 12, Prime Minister Imran Khan visited the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Secretariat in Islamabad. He had a comprehensive briefing followed by a discussion on national security and regional dynamics, with an emphasis on the ongoing situation in Afghanistan. "The prime minister appreciated the efforts of the ISI for national security, stability, and prosperity and expressed satisfaction over the professional preparedness to safeguard Pakistan's National Interest," the PMO statement said.
Muhammad Khurassani, the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTPoperational )'s commander and spokesperson, was killed in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province on Monday, according to sources who did not provide further details. The news comes only days after Major General Babar Iftikhar, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), stated that the discussion with the TTP had been put on pause
Kabul: On Monday, a senior security official confirmed that a senior leader of the proscribed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Khalid Batli alias Mohammad Khurasani, was slain in the eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. The details on the situation surrounding the killing are not clear yet. According to the reports, Balti, aged around 50, had also been the banned group's spokesperson and was involved in several incursions on the people and security forces of Pakistan.
Kabul: It was reported on Sunday that an infant boy handed in desperation to a soldier across an airport wall, was reunited with the family. It happened during the chaos of the American evacuation of Afghanistan. The baby, Sohail Ahmadi, was just two months old when he went missing on Aug. 19. He was found by a taxi driver who raised him and then returned him to the family after missing reports.
On Jan 7, Afghanistan's Deputy PM Abdul Ghani Baradar said that the weather has aggravated the hardships of the Afghan people. He also said that the Taliban were preparing to help with the distribution of foreign aid across the country. "In various places right now, people do not have food, accommodation, warm clothes, or money," the country's Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Ghani Baradar said. Global aid agencies have notified that more than half of Afghanistan's 38 million people are anticipated to face hunger.
Pakistan has expressed its deep worry to the interim Afghan Taliban administration over multiple events in which local Taliban soldiers attempted to destroy border barriers. A senior Pakistani official told The Express Tribune here on Sunday that the Afghan Taliban leadership had been informed that Pakistan was exercising "maximum restraint" to prevent escalating tensions. Because of the sensitivity of the situation, the official spoke on the condition of anonymity. According to official sources, Pakistan is anticipated to publish a formal comment on the matter within 24 hours.
During the year 2021, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police killed 110 terrorists and detained 599 others, according to the provincial police chief. "Apart from killing 110 terrorists, the Counter-Terrorism Department managed to arrest 599 others. They included a number of most wanted people who were carrying millions of rupees as head money," Inspector General of Police Moazzam Jah Ansari told reporters while unveiling the one year performance report of the force.
According to a senior official, Pakistani and Afghan Taliban officials have resolved their recent disagreement over border fencing by agreeing that future construction will be done through consensus. The official, who spoke to a group of journalists in the background, said: “It has been decided at a senior level that fencing-related issues would in future be dealt with through mutual agreement.”
According to the Pakistan Army Public Relations Department ISPR, terrorists attacked a security forces check point in the Kech area of Balochistan. According to ISPR, a search effort is underway in the area to locate the suspect. The security forces are resolved, according to the DG ISPR, to defeat hostile elements' actions aimed at undermining Balochistan's peace, stability, and prosperity.
Afghanistan will get $5 billion from the United Nations. It emphasised that the organisation does not intend to create an alternative state in Afghanistan, but that system support is critical to the foundation's success in order to avoid losing the accomplishments of the previous two decades. The United Nations has said it plans to provide 5 billion to strengthen Afghanistan's economy. The United Nations is reportedly working on a 5 billion budget for the next year to provide services and assistance in Afghanistan.
On Dec 21, almost 200 Afghans protested in Kabul to demand the clearance of billions of dollars of assets frozen by the international community. This was an unusual demonstration the Taliban allowed as the state is on the verge of a major economic crisis. The march was organized by a little-known group called the Afghan People's Movement and no women participated.
Kabul: On Monday, Afghanistan's acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi disapproved former president Hamid Karzai's derogatory remarks about Prime Minister Imran Khan. He alleged Khan of associating the contemporary situation in the war-ravaged state to years of "corruption" by previous leaders. PM Khan made the remarks while addressing the 17th extraordinary session of the OIC of Foreign Ministers in Islamabad on Sunday.
Kabul: On Friday, Afghanistan's finance ministry under the Taliban government has prepared a draft of the national budget. This is the first time in two decades when the national budget is funded without foreign aid. The finance ministry spokesman, Ahmad Wali Haqmal, did not reveal the size of the draft budget until it was approved by the cabinet.
According to the man who apparently gave the invitation, the Taliban chose not to take the Afghan capital; rather, they were welcomed. Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai gave an interview in which he revealed some of the first details about Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's secret and unexpected departure, as well as how he came to invite the Taliban into the city to protect the population and prevent the country from devolving into chaos.
Islamabbad: The Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova asserted that Moscow upholds the decision of the World Bank to release $280 million of the frozen Afghan assets, but total assets should be unfrozen. “We support the decision of the World Bank to allocate $280 million from the frozen funds of the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund to the UN World Food Program and UNICEF. However, we consider the measure to be insufficient and call for unfreezing the remaining funds, which amount to more than $1 billion, as soon as possible,” she stated.
It was reported on Friday afternoon that two explosions occurred in Western Kabul city in which two people lost their lives and four got injured. Saeed Khosty, the Interior Ministry spokesman, stated that the first explosion occurred in Dasht-e-Barchi in western Kabul city that targeted a transport vehicle and killed 2. The second one happened in western Kabul city and injured a woman.