Pakistan wants active engagement with the Taliban govt, says Mansoor Ahmed

Pakistan ombudsman to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan upheld the active engagement between Pakistan and the Taliban government in Kabul regarding the issues of "inclusivity, counter-terrorism, human rights and to ward off humanitarian crises". Khan made the remarks after a high-level Afghan commission paid a three-day visit to Islamabad. He also said, 'As part of Pakistan’s policy, four working groups were formed during the visit of Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to Kabul in October on people's movement, trade, transit and commerce, air connectivity and cooperation in the fields of security and intelligence'.

FIA arrests Afghan citizens for possessing bogus documents

Islamabad: It was reported on Sunday that three Afghan nationals including two women were detained from Islamabad International Airport while trying to travel to Germany on fake documents. Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) sources told that Shiba Ameen, Nida Kharoti and Abdul Biyas Kharoti tried to travel to the European country on forged residency permits. Later, the FIA arrested the Afghan nationals and switched them to the anti-human trafficking cell for further investigation.

Coal miners shot dead in Hernai

It emerged on Sunday that three coal miners were gunned down by unidentified armed men in the Zalawan area in Harnai, Balochistan, an official said. Sohail Hashmi, Deputy Commissioner Harnai district, told that the assailants arrived at the coal mine in the wee hours of Sunday and opened fire on the colliers; three of them belonging to Kandahar and Afghanistan died on the spot.

Kim Kardashian helps fly Afghan Female football players to UK

In an evacuation flight funded by US celebrity Kim Kardashian, members of Afghanistan's women's youth development football team were airlifted to the United Kingdom. According to the ROKiT Foundation, the 35 female players and their families, a total of 130 people, arrived at Stansted Airport, east of London, in the early hours of Thursday morning. Since fleeing Afghanistan after the Taliban took control of the country, the squad have been on temporary 30-day visas in Pakistan. However, a charter flight brought them to the United Kingdom, where they will be quarantined in a hotel for 10 days due to a coronavirus outbreak before beginning their new lives.  

Deborah Lyons warms about the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

Deborah Lyons, the UN’s special representative for the country warned that war-ravaged Afghanistan was “on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe” and its collapsing economy was exacerbating the risk of extremism. "The United Nations predicts that 60% of Afghanistan’s 38 million people face crisis levels of hunger in a food emergency that will likely worsen over the winter," she said. She also disclosed that the country’s GDP is estimated to have contracted by 40%.

Taliban seek release of Afghan funds: Open letter to US Congress

The Taliban demanded on Wednesday that members of the US Congress release Afghan assets that had been blocked since the Taliban took control of the nation, saying that economic turmoil at home may lead to trouble abroad. Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi wrote in an open letter that the main difficulty confronting Afghanistan was financial insecurity, "and the origins of this concern can be traced back to the American government's freezing of our people's assets." The Afghan central bank's assets have been seized by Washington for over $9.5 billion, and the aid-dependent economy has practically failed, with civil servants unpaid for months and the treasury unable to pay for imports.  

One killed in blast in Western Kabul

On Wednesday, an explosion blew away a mini van in a Shia neighborhood of Western Kabul which killed at least one person and injured three. Zabihullah Mujahid, deputy minister for culture and information in the Taliban-led regime, stated, without elaborating much, that the investigation was being conducted. This is the third blast in Afghanistan's capital this week. None of the militant groups took responsibility for the killings.

Afghanistan’s instability to have a direct impact on Pakistan: Fawad Chaudhry

Pakistan wants an "inclusive" administration in Afghanistan, according to Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, because any instability in the war-torn country will have a direct influence on Pakistan. “Afghanistan is a major country with 40 million population and we have concerns about the human tragedy [cropping up] in Afghanistan, where innocent children are being sold for food,” the minister told an interactive session with the press attaches of various embassies.  

Anti-Pakistan elements are not present in Afghanistan, says Amir Khan Muttaqi

On Nov 12, while addressing a seminar at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad, Afghanistan's acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi denied the presence of anti-Pakistan entities in Afghanistan. He also assured that the Taliban-led country was making utmost efforts to assure that Afghan land was not used against any state.

US agrees on setting up an interest section in Afghanistan

It emerged on Friday that the United States had agreed to set up an interests section in Afghanistan supported by Qatar. The section would assist US citizens observing the shuttering of the embassy during the Taliban usurpation. US State Secretary Antony Blinken signed an agreement with his Qatari counterpart nominating Qatar as the United States' 'protecting power in Afghanistan'. According to Blinken, Qatar would establish a US interests section within its embassy in Kabul to provide basic services to American citizens in Afghanistan.

Pakistan ready to transport Indian wheat to Afghanistan: PM Imran Khan

On Nov 12, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday asserted that Pakistan would 'surely' consider the request by the Taliban government in Afghanistan for transporting wheat offered by India through the country on an "unusual basis" for humanitarian reasons. He stressed that "continued security and resolute counter-terrorism actions, respect for rights of all Afghans, and inclusivity in governance and politics would render stability to Afghanistan," the PMO statement said.

Three casualties in Nangarhar blast

It is reported by an Afghan official that at least three people passed away and 15 were severely injured during a blast at a mosque in Afghanistan's restive Nangarhar province on Friday. The said province is a hotbed of activity for the antagonistic Islamic State (IS) group. None of the militant groups have claimed the responsibility yet.

PM Khan vows to give humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan

Prime Minister Imran Khan assured visiting Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi of Pakistan's full humanitarian support and asked the international community to fulfil its common responsibility of preventing a serious humanitarian crisis in the conflict-torn country. The prime minister met with Muttaqi, who is in Pakistan for a three-day visit. Pakistan, he said, has always stood behind the Afghan people. Following the meeting, the prime minister tweeted that Pakistan would distribute anti-Covid vaccine to Afghans travelling to Pakistan.  

Troika Plus seeks inclusive govt. in Afghanistan

Pakistan, Russia, China, and the United States agreed on Thursday to continue "practical engagement" with the Taliban government, but only if it adhered to "moderate policies," implying that the Kabul regime needed to do more before the international community fully recognised them. The message was delivered to visiting Interim Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi by the special envoys of Pakistan, Russia, China, and the United States, who were called to the Troika Plus meeting after the parties had held debates on reaching a consensus.  

Afghan foreign minister arrives in Islamabad

On Wednesday, Afghanistan's acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi has arrived in Islamabad on a three-day visit to Pakistan for wide-ranging talks on bilateral matters. This is the first visit to Pakistan by an Afghan minister since the Taliban take over Kabul on August 15. The Taliban's representatives were welcomed at Nur Khan Airbase and settled in the Afghan embassy in Islamabad.

Afghanistan: Ajit Doval chairs NSA-level meeting

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval stated on Wednesday that the crisis in Afghanistan has serious consequences for the country's neighbours and the region, while chairing a regional conference of NSAs in the National Capital. “It is a privilege for India to host this dialogue today. We have been keenly watching the developments in Afghanistan. These have important implications not only for the people of Afghanistan but also for its neighbours and the region,” Doval said.  

Three affected countries attending meeting on Afghanistan in Islamabad

The three countries affected are in Islamabad for an Afghanistan meeting. The last set of discussions, which included representatives from the region, were conducted in Moscow, and the Russian side stated that these conferences on Afghanistan would continue and that efforts would be made to achieve long-term stability. In Pakistan, the US, China, and Russia are holding an Afghanistan meeting. According to reports, another Troika Plus conference on Afghanistan is scheduled to take place in Pakistan on the 11th of this month.  

Sohail Shaheen says he is committed to build positive international relations

Sohail Shaheen says he is devoted to improving international relations. It should be mentioned that the IAEA has selected Sohail Shaheen as its ambassador to the United Nations, but the UN has yet to accept the IAEA's proposal. Afghanistan's elected representative to the United Nations, Sohail Shaheen, stated that the country was determined to establish positive relationships with the rest of the world based on mutual respect and full implementation of the Doha Agreement.    

Ariana Airlines resumes flights between Afghanistan and Dubai

Ariana Afghan Airlines started daily flights from Kabul to Dubai on Monday, resuming a popular international route that had been closed since the Taliban's August triumph over the Western-backed government. Ariana will fly daily and charge $550 for a one-way ticket, according to the state-run airline's Facebook page. According to a spokesman, tickets for the first flight, which was scheduled to depart at 4.30 p.m. local time on Monday, were in high demand (1200 GMT). For the time being, Ariana will only operate international flights to Dubai.  

Afghan foreign minister expected to visit Pakistan

It became public by Pakistani official on Monday that Afghanistan’s interim Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi is anticipated to visit Pakistan this week to talk about the mutual alliance between the two countries. The official remained anonymous and revealed that the Afghan foreign minister would pay a two-day visit on Nov 11-12.

Appointment of New Governors in several Provinces in Afghanistan

Afghanistan: The Islamic Emirate has nominated 43 new people to government positions in 17 provinces, including governors, deputy governors, and police chiefs. For Herat's five Shindand districts, the new appointments included 17 new province governors, 15 deputy provincial governors, 10 provincial police chiefs, and one security head. The Islamic Emirate's spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed the new appointments were issued following a directive from Taliban leader Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada.  

‘COP26, International donors should support green projects in Afghanistan’: Suhail Shaheen

On Oct 31, Afghanistan's new Taliban government urged international donors to restart full support for green projects in the country. The climate programs in Afghanistan that had already been approved for UN support should continue, said Suhail Shaheen. “Afghanistan has a fragile climate. There is a need for enormous work,” he wrote on Twitter.

ICC T20: Pakistan team now ranks second, edging out India

Pakistan climbed to second place in the ICC T20 Rankings on Friday, moving India to third place, thanks to three consecutive victory in the ongoing T20 World Cup. Pakistan is rated second after England in the current rankings, following a five-wicket victory against Afghanistan. Pakistan was five points behind India at the commencement of the ICC event. The Green Shirts have now won three games in a row, gaining critical ranking points.