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Afghanistan: Humanitarians await guidelines on women’s role in aid operations

UN News Global perspective Human stories 30 January 2023 Sofia Sprechmann Sineiro (on screen), Secretary General of Care International, briefs reporters on the situation in Afghanistan after a recent visit to the country. A UN-led group of humanitarians are hoping that the Taliban will allow Afghan women to again work with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on

North-west Pakistan in grip of deadly Taliban resurgence

Shah Meer Baloch in Waziristan and Hannah Ellis-Petersen in Mumbai The Guardian Tue 31 Jan 2023 05.29 EST Misguided government efforts to rehabilitate militants have helped fuel recent terrorist activity The bomber struck shortly before afternoon prayers, when the mosque in Peshawar’s bustling Police Lines district would be at its busiest. Hundreds of people, including many police

Taliban Refill Afghan Jails

Akmal Dawi Voice of America January 26, 2023 12:00 PM FILE – Taliban fighter talk to recently arrested prisoners in the Pul-e-Charkhi prison in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 13, 2021. Less than two years after releasing all prisoners held by the previous Afghan government, including suspected terrorists, the Taliban are rapidly refilling prisons with new inmates.

UN, CARE Officials Express Concerns About Afghanistan at Press Conference

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 31 Jan 2023 Griffiths said if the Islamic Emirate does not reconsider its decision on women’s employment and education, it will be “catastrophic.” Speaking at a joint press conference, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Martin Griffiths, CARE International Secretary-General Sofía Sprechmann Sineiro, and officials of the United Nations Children’s Fund

Envoys West, Sadiq Meet on Afghanistan in Islamabad

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 31 Jan 2023 However, the Islamic Emirate considers the current government’s engagement with the international community a crucial step and a means of success. Mohammad Sadiq, Pakistan’s special envoy for Afghanistan, said that Islamabad supports the continuous engagement with the current Afghan government, during a meeting with Thomas West, the US

Afghanistan Future Thought Forum Calls to Lift Restrictions on Females

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 30 Jan 2023 AFTF has thirty members which include former government employees, Islamic Emirate officials, representatives of civil society, and academics. The Afghanistan Future Thought Forum (AFTF), which describes itself as a “high-level, independent, non-partisan initiative” and includes “Taliban” participants, said in a statement the group has examined the key challenges

Abdollahian Says Ban on Women’s Education Against Islamic Principles

TOLOnews TV Network 30 Jan 2023 Female students meanwhile asked the Islamic Emirate to remove ban on girls’ education and to reopen schools and universities for them. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the foreign minister of Iran, said at a meeting with Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, the foreign minister of Qatar, that the banning of women from

Taliban warn women can’t take entry exams at universities

By RIAZAT BUTT Asssociated Press January 28, 2023 ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Saturday doubled down on their ban on women’s education, reinforcing in a message to private universities that Afghan women are barred from taking university entry exams, according to a spokesman. The note comes despite weeks of condemnation and lobbying by the

UN’s Mohammed Comments on Trip to Afghanistan

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh News Reporter 25 Jan 2023 This comes as the spokesman of the US Department of State, Ned Price, said that Washington supports the people of Afghanistan. The Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Amina J. Mohammed spoke to reporters in New York about her recent trip to Afghanistan. “In the case of the

Muzzled in Afghanistan, Activists Protest Abroad

Akmal Dawi Voice of America January 19, 2023 3:05 PM FILE – People demonstrate in front of the White House in Washington, January 1, 2023, against the Afghan Taliban regime’s ban on higher education for women. From Lafayette Park in front of the White House to the streets of London, Toronto and many other cities

Ex-US Secretary Pompeo Discusses Ghani in Recent Book

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 27 Jan 2023 However, some political analysts believe that Pompeo’s comments are not correct. They hold the US responsible for Afghanistan’s severe problems. Former United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discusses the issues of Afghanistan, the former leaders of the country and the Doha Peace Agreement in his recently published

Iran Envoy Qomi Emphasizes Need to Hold National Dialogue in Afghanistan

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh News Reporter Tolo News 27 Jan 2023 In a special interview with TOLOnews, Qomi said his country wants an inclusive government to be established in Afghanistan. Hassan Kazemi Qomi, Iran’s ambassador to Kabul, believes that beginning a political dialogue is the only way to resolve the current situation in Afghanistan. In a

Afghanistan: Taliban to set new rules on women’s aid work, UN says

By Lyse Doucet Chief international correspondent BBC News 25 Jan 2023 Taliban ministers have told a senior UN official they plan to draw up new guidelines to allow Afghan women to work in some humanitarian operations. Martin Griffiths told the BBC he had received “encouraging responses” from a wide range of Taliban ministers during talks

ECO Meeting Stressed Need for Engagement With Afghanistan

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 24 Jan 2023 The Islamic Emirate said that they want good relations in economic and political affairs with regional countries and the world. Participants at the 26th meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organization’s Council of Ministers stressed the need for engagement with the caretaker government as well as peace and stability in

World Bank Releases Report on Afghan Economic Condition

Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews Reporter 25 Jan 2023 Pakistan, with 65 percent, and India with 20 percent, are the two main export destinations. The World Bank released a report on Afghanistan on Wednesday saying that the headline year-on-year inflation in November 2022 decelerated to 9.1 percent from its peak of 18.3 percent in July 2022.

Top U.N. Officials Seek to ‘Water Down’ Bans on Women in Afghanistan

Charlotte Greenfield and Michelle Nichols Reuters| Jan. 25, 2023 Top U.N. Officials Seek to ‘Water Down’ Bans on Women in Afghanistan KABUL/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -The United Nations is pushing the Taliban administration in Afghanistan for more exemptions to its ban on most female aid workers, top U.N. officials said on Wednesday, while also expressing concern

UNSC to Hold Meeting on Afghanistan

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh News Reporter Tolo News 25 Jan 2023 However, the Islamic Emirate requests that attendees of such meetings cooperate with the current government of Afghanistan. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is going to hold a meeting about the situation in Afghanistan on Friday, following the trip of Amina Mohammed, the deputy chief of

Price: US ‘Evaluating With Allies’ Next Steps in Afghanistan

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 24 Jan 2023 The Islamic Emirate said that the pressure is not a solution and that the Afghans need humanitarian aid. Washington has been reviewing its approach and engagement with the “Taliban in context of many of the human rights violations” and actions that “we have seen from the Taliban in recent

UN’s Griffiths in Kabul to Speak of Women’s Role in Aid Delivery

Imran Danish TOLOnews’ Reporter 24 Jan 2023 The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs also met with the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amir Khan Muttaqi. UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths has raised the issue of women’s education and work and how this affects UN operations, according to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement. Griffiths arrived in Afghanistan

Afghanistan: ‘We’re not giving up the fight’

Nadia Fasel DW (Germany) January 21, 2023 In late January 2022, 25-year-old Tamana Zaryab Paryani was arrested and imprisoned in Kabul. She was brutally tortured, abused, and interrogated for three weeks. Here, she tells DW her story. “I was gagged, and my feet and hands were bound. They held my legs while one of the

UN aid chief seeking to reverse ban on Afghan women workers

By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press 24 Jan 2023 UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief and leaders of two major international aid organizations are in Afghanistan following last week’s visit by a delegation led by the U.N.’s highest-ranking woman with the same aim – reversing the Taliban’s crackdown on women and girls including

China Supports Inclusive Political Structure in Afghanistan: Qin

By Imran Danish Tolo News 22 Jan 2023 Takal said that Muttaqi assured Qin of ensuring the security of Chinese companies and vowed more efforts for regional security. Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang in a phone call with the acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi expressed China’s support for the Afghan interim government to build a

Afghanistan Faces Unprecedented Humanitarian Crisis: UN Agency

By Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews Reporter 23 Jan 2023 Extreme cold amidst harsh winter has created many concerns about the challenging conditions of Afghans. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in a report on Monday said that Afghanistan is facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis with “a very real risk of systemic

UN Continues to Support Afghan Women: Official

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 23 Jan 2023 The United Nations deputy chief, Amina Mohammed, in an interview with TOLOnews said that her organization will continue to support women in Afghanistan. Mohammed said she would put pressure on the Islamic Emirate together with a number of countries to respect Afghan women’s rights. “Before coming to this

UN envoy says ‘progress’ made on Afghan women’s rights

Al Jazeera 21 Jan 2023 Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, who held talks with Taliban, tells Al Jazeera some progress in the health sector made but much remains to be done. A UN delegation, which held talks with senior Taliban officials in Afghanistan, has made headway on women’s rights, the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told

Moscow Discussed Recognition with Islamic Emirate: Russian Foreign Ministry

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh News Reporter Tolo News 20 Jan 2023 The Islamic Emirate called recognition important for economic and political improvement in the region. The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that during the visit of its envoy to Afghanistan, the two sides discussed recognition of the Islamic Emirate. The statement said that Russian

Iran, Turkey Seek Women’s Access to Education in Afghanistan

 TOLOnews TV Network 19 JANUARY 2023 According to UNESCO, more than 118 million girls across the globe are out of school. The Turkish foreign minister at a conference with his Iranian counterpart on Tuesday emphasized on the need to provide women and girls access to education and work. Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Iranian

Freedom House Releases Report on Human Rights Conditions in Afghanistan

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 20 Jan 2023 Islamic Emirate rejected the findings of the report as untrue. A US-based research organization, Freedom House, has released a report on human rights conditions in Afghanistan. The organization says that at least 90 percent of human rights defenders said they have experienced violence and mistreatment. “Afghan human rights

Afghanistan: Some Taliban open to women’s rights talks – top UN official

By Lyse Doucet Chief international correspondent, Kabul BBC News 20 Jan 2023 A top UN official believes progress is being made towards reversing bans on women taking part in public life in Afghanistan. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed has been in Kabul for a four-day visit to urge the Taliban to reconsider. Last month, the country’s

UN says Taliban divided on appeal to restore women’s rights

By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press 20 Jan 2023 UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A delegation led by the highest-ranking woman at the United Nations urged the Taliban during a four-day visit to Afghanistan that ended Friday to reverse their crackdown on women and girls. Some Taliban officials were more open to restoring women’s rights but

UN Seeks Afghanistan’s Active Role in Int’l Community: Spokesman

 Imran Danish TOLOnews’ Reporter 19 Jan 2023 Mullah Hassan Akhund’s spokesman, Qari Mohammad Yousuf Ahmadi, said the UN top official assured of the continuation of aid to Afghanistan.  A spokesman for the prime minister’s office said on Thursday that the United Nations Deputy Secretary General, Amina Mohammed, who met with officials in Kabul this week,

Qatar Emphasizes Need for Engagement with Islamic Emirate

 Imran Danish TOLOnews’ Reporter 18 Jan 2023 Kabul praised the remarks by Qatar’s foreign minister and said that all problems should be resolved through dialogue. Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani emphasized the need for continued engagement with the Islamic Emirate as he addressed a panel discussion on the sidelines of the World

Karzai Stresses Need for National Dialogue in Afghanistan

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 18 Jan 2023 At a news conference on Wednesday, a UN spokesman provided details about the delegation’s visit to Afghanistan. Former president Hamid Karzai said he sees “national dialogue” as essential for Afghanistan as he met with United Nations deputy chief Amina Mohammed in Kabul on Wednesday. “At the meeting, the

UK government urged to honour pledge to Afghan refugees’ families

Diane Taylor The Guardian Tue 17 Jan 2023 More than 100 charities and activists are calling on the prime minister to facilitate the resettlement of family members of thousands of Afghans who came to the UK under a government scheme. The government pledged to resettle family members in the UK but at the moment there is no

Former Afghan Lawmaker Shot Dead at Her Home in Kabul

By Christina Goldbaum and Najim Rahim The New York Times Jan. 17, 2023 A female former legislator in Afghanistan was killed at her home in the capital, Kabul, the police and her family said — a high-profile murder of one of the few women parliamentarians who remained in the country after the Western-backed government collapsed and the

Ministry Calls Resumption of Save the Children’s Activities Important

 Imran Danish TOLOnews’ Reporter 17 Jan 2023 A spokesman for the ministry, Abdul Rahman Habib, said they are ready to cooperate with organizations based on Islamic values. The Ministry of Economy said on Monday that the resumption of activities of Save the Children is important for improving children’s education, health and nutrition.  A spokesman for

Care Resumes Activities in Health, Nutrition in Afghanistan

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 17 Jan 2023 Analysts said that the caretaker government should cancel its decision on banning women from working in NGOs and education. CARE, an international aid agency, in a statement on Jan. 16 said it will be resuming its health and nutrition operations in Afghanistan after obtaining the necessary assurances from

Forming New Parties Outside Afghanistan Not a Solution: Islamic Emirate

Imran Danish TOLOnews’ Reporter 17 Jan 2023 Analysts said that the announcement of parties overseas doesn’t impact the situation in Afghanistan.  In reaction to the formation of a new political party by former intelligence chief Rahmatullah Nabil, the Islamic Emirate said that the appearance of parties outside the country is not a solution for the

UN’s top woman in Afghanistan for talks on Taliban crackdown

By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press 16 January 2023 UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The highest-ranking woman in the United Nations arrived in Kabul on Tuesday at the head of a delegation promoting the rights of women and girls, a response to the recent crackdown by Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, a former Nigerian

Over 100 Political Figures Returned to Afghanistan in 3 Months: Commission

 Imran Danish TOLOnews’ Reporter 15 Jan 2023 The commission said that in total, 471 political and former government figures have returned from abroad since May 2022. More than 100 former Afghan officials and politicians have returned to the country in the past three months, the Return and Communications Commission for Former Afghan Officials and Political

Tributes pour in for slain former Afghan female lawmaker

By RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press 16 Jan 2023 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Tributes poured in on Monday for a former Afghan female lawmaker who was shot and killed by gunmen in her home in the capital of Kabul the previous day. The slaying was the first time a lawmaker from the previous administration was killed in

Pompeo Says Ashraf Ghani “Stole The Election”

TOLOnews TV Network 14 Jan 2023  Pompeo added that Ghani was never asked to step down from power. Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Mohammad Ashraf Ghani stole the election just more effective than his competitor at stealing votes. Pompeo added that Ghani was never asked to step down from power. “He

UN: Afghan bank’s cash remarks ‘misleading, unhelpful’

Associated Press 15 Jan 2023 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.N. criticized Afghanistan’s Taliban-controlled central bank for making “misleading and unhelpful” remarks about cash destined for humanitarian work. It comes amid growing tension between the global body and the country’s rulers over bans on female education and employment. The U.N. uses the money mostly to

Police: Ex-Afghan female lawmaker, guard shot dead at home

Associated Press 15 Jan 2023 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A former Afghan female lawmaker and her bodyguard have been shot dead by unknown assailants at her home in the capital, Kabul, police said Sunday. Mursal Nabizada was among the few female parliamentarians who stayed in Kabul after the Taliban seized power in August 2021. It

Taliban ban on female aid workers poses big dilemma for US

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press 14 January 2023 WASHINGTON (AP) — For an idled worker at a Kabul-based aid group, Abaad, that helps abused Afghan women, frightened and often tearful calls are coming in, not only from her clients but also from her female colleagues. A Dec. 24 order from the Taliban barring aid groups from employing

Iran Calls for Formation of Inclusive Government in Afghanistan

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 14 Jan 2023 The Islamic Emirate said that it wants to have good relations with all its neighbors and urged them to refrain from interfering in Afghan internal affairs. The formation of an inclusive government with the participation of all ethnic groups in the country is the solution to Afghanistan’s issues,

Republicans probe chaotic US military withdrawal from Afghanistan

Al Jazeera Published On 14 Jan 202314 Jan 2023 About 2,500 US soldiers died in Afghanistan, a conflict that became the longest war the United States fought. Republican legislators have launched an investigation into the chaotic United States military withdrawal from Afghanistan, which allowed an immediate takeover by the Taliban and led to scenes of thousands

UN Security Council members urge Taliban to void bans on women

Al Jazeera Published On 14 Jan 2023 Eleven members of the UNSC call on the group to reverse restrictive policies on women’s and girls’ education and work. Several members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) have urged the Taliban to end its repressive treatment of women in Afghanistan, as the group continued to impose

MoI Says Drug Trafficking Significantly Reduced

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 13 Jan 2023 But Hasibullah Ahmadi, the head of the counter-narcotics department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs added that there is drug trafficking in some provinces.  The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said that drug trafficking from Afghanistan to abroad has significantly dropped.  But Hasibullah Ahmadi, the head of the counter-narcotics

Islamic Emirate’s Actions Inconsistent with Its Pledges: Price

By Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 13 Jan 2023 Analysts said women should be provided the opportunity to work and get an education if the orders are temporary. Referring to recent bans on female aid workers and women’s education, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said that “the Taliban’s actions are inconsistent with what they have pledged”

‘Burying Us Alive’: Afghan Women Devastated by Suspension of Aid Under Taliban Law

By Christina Goldbaum and Najim Rahim The New York Times Jan. 13, 2023 Since the Taliban administration banned women from aid work, many groups have suspended their operations in the country and warned of permanently shutting down if the ban remains. For years before the Taliban seized power and the economy collapsed, Jamila and her four children

UNSC to Discuss Afghanistan’s Situation in Closed-Door Meeting

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh News ReporterTolo News 13 Jan 2023 Chargé d’Affaires of the Afghanistan Permanent Mission to the UN, Naseer Ahmad Faiq, said that the meeting is due to be held on 13 January New York time.  The UN Security Council is holding a closed-door meeting on Friday about Afghanistan’s situation including the recent bans

IS claims responsibility for Kabul attack that killed 5

Associated Press January 12, 2023 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Thursday for a deadly bombing that killed at least five people near the Foreign Ministry in the Afghan capital the previous day. The bombing was the second major attack in Kabul in 2023 and drew condemnation from the international community.

Nearly 500 Afghan Refugees Deported from Turkey

TOLOnews TV Network 09 JANUARY 2023 TOLOnews reached out to some of the deportees, who complained about mistreatment of Turkish forces with them. Turkish media reported that at least 500 Afghan refugees have been deported by Ankara and that more than 5,000 others are in detention, who will also be deported soon. TOLOnews reached out

Deadly ‘suicide’ blast outside Afghan foreign ministry in Kabul

Al Jazeera Published On 11 Jan 2023 The Taliban-run information ministry official says 20 killed in blast in Kabul but no comments from foreign and interior ministry. At least 20 people have been killed after a suspected suicide bomber detonated himself outside the foreign ministry in Kabul in the second major attack in the Afghan

Pakistan sends back hundreds of Afghan refugees to face Taliban repression

Zofeen T Ebrahim in Karachi The Guardian Tue 10 Jan 2023 About 250,000 Afghan asylum seekers have arrived in Pakistan since August 2021, but a migrant crackdown has left many of them in fear of being jailed or deported More than 600 Afghans have been deported from Pakistan in the past three days, and hundreds more face

Taliban hard-liners consolidate control with crackdown on women

By Susannah George The Washington Post January 11, 2023 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Taliban hard-liners are consolidating their control over Afghanistan with the recent bans on women’s education and work, overriding the wishes of some Taliban officials in the capital, Kabul, and at the provincial level, according to government and aid officials. The Taliban’s supreme leader,

World Clerics’ Delegation Seeks Education for Every Muslim

Imran Danish TOLOnews’ Reporter 10 Jan 2023 The Organization of Islamic Cooperation is due to hold a conference on Afghanistan on Thursday. A delegation of Muslim clerics, which has visited Afghanistan, on Tuesday called for ensuring the right to education for every Muslim and emphasized the need for girls’ access to education in Afghanistan. The

Pakistan releases 524 Afghan nationals from its prisons

By Amu TV JANUARY 7, 2023 Pakistan on Saturday released another batch of Afghan nationals who were thrown into Pakistani prisons in recent months. The Taliban-run embassy in Islamabad said that 524 people, including 54 women and 97 children, have been released from Pakistani prisons. The embassy added that the body of a Faryab resident, who

In Kabul, Taliban rulers are changing the face of the capital

By Pamela Constable The Washington Post January 9, 2023 KABUL — Taliban authorities have embarked on an ambitious project to change the face of the Afghan capital, a crowded metropolis of 5 million that still displays the scars, monuments and fads of periods of civil conflict, foreign invasion and new-money opulence. The Kabul municipal government,

Transfer of Humanitarian Aid Packages to Afghanistan Suspended: Mehrabi

Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 8 Jan 2023 In a statement, the Da Afghanistan Bank denied the suspension of humanitarian aid packages to Afghanistan. A former member of the Afghan Central Bank’s supreme council, Shah Mehrabi, said on Sunday that since mid-December 2022, United Nations flights have stopped transferring cash aid to Afghanistan as part

Aid chief: Taliban decrees against women paralyzing NGO work

By RIAZAT BUTT Associated Press 7 Jan 2023 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban’s “internal debates and extreme decrees” are paralyzing humanitarian work in Afghanistan, the head of a major aid agency told The Associated Press on Sunday, after he arrived on a week-long trip to talk to Taliban leaders about reversing a ban on

Iran, Pakistan Ministers Call for Inclusive Govt in Afghanistan

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 7 Jan 2023 But the caretaker government in Afghanistan has repeatedly stressed that its government was inclusive. The foreign ministers of Iran and Pakistan in a telephonic conversation emphasized the need for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan, Iran’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.  Iran’s Foreign

UN envoy meets with Afghan higher-ed chief over ban on women

Associated Press 7 Jan 2023 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A top U.N. envoy met with the Taliban-led Afghan government’s higher education minister Saturday to discuss the ban on women attending universities. Markus Potzel is the first international official to meet with him since the ban was introduced last month. Taliban authorities on Dec. 20 ordered

Haqqani Seeks Unity among Muslim Nations in Meeting with Clerics

TOLOnews TV Network 6 Jan 2023 The religious leaders arrived in Afghanistan at a time when women’s employment and education had recently been suspended. The acting interior minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani, stressed the need for unity among Muslim nations as he met with religious scholars from Egypt, Sudan, and Palestine in Kabul on Friday. Abdul Nafay

Afghan aid at risk from Taliban ban on women, warns United Nations

Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor The Guardian Fri 6 Jan 2023 Standoff between UN and Taliban may lead loss of billions in humanitarian aid for Afghanistan The UN’s lead humanitarian coordinator has said UN-supplied aid cannot continue if the Taliban do not lift their ban on women working for humanitarian aid agencies in Afghanistan. Martin Griffiths, the

Military Investigation Reveals How the U.S. Botched a Drone Strike in Kabul

By Azmat Khan The New York Times Jan. 6, 2023 Documents obtained through a lawsuit reveal how biases led to the deadly August 2021 blunder, and that officials made misleading statements concealing their assessment of civilian casualties. WASHINGTON — In the chaotic final days of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in August 2021, U.S. military

Court Decision on Some Media Outlets Expected Sunday

 Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 6 Jan 2023 Hamad added that a decision would also be made in the coming week on the cancellation of those media outlets whose licenses have not been renewed. The Ministry of Information and Culture on Friday said the court’s decision regarding the activities of some media outlets would be announced

IRC Concerned over Impacts of Ban on Women Aid Workers

Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews Reporter 6 Jan 2023 The IRC said that the ability to reach Afghans in need relies on at its all level of organization. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) on Thursday expressed its concerns over the impacts of the Islamic Emirate’s ban on women from working in non-governmental organizations (NGOs), saying it

As Taliban erases women’s rights, Biden encounters limits of U.S. sway

By Missy Ryan The Washington Post January 6, 2023 The administration is struggling to exert U.S. influence over the Taliban more than a year after America’s chaotic exit from Afghanistan The Biden administration is contemplating actions to punish the Taliban for its treatment of women and girls, potentially including cuts to American aid, even as officials acknowledge

Biden aides struggle to respond to Taliban’s latest curbs on women

By NAHAL TOOSI Politico 01/05/2023  The administration has limited leverage and restricted contact with the Islamist rulers of Afghanistan. The Biden administration is grappling with how to respond to new Taliban restrictions on women’s rights in Afghanistan, knowing that punishing the ruling Islamists risks rupturing the limited relationship the United States has with them. The

Afghanistan’s Taliban administration in oil extraction deal with Chinese company

By Mohammad Yunus Yawar Reuters January 5, 2023 KABUL, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s Taliban-led administration is to sign a contract with a Chinese company to extract oil from the Amu Darya basin in the country’s north, the acting mining minister said on Thursday. The contract would be signed with Xinjiang Central Asia Petroleum and Gas

‘Our sisters deserve better’: Afghan men quit university jobs after ban on female students

Hikmat Noori The Guardian Wed 4 Jan 2023 A Taliban decree against higher education for women – called a ‘betrayal of the nation’ – has led to male lecturers and student walkouts in solidarity Baktash Amini loved his job as an assistant professor in the physics faculty at Kabul University. As well as having a

Deputy Prime Minister Meets UNAMA Envoy Markus Potzel

Imran Danish TOLOnews 5 Jan 2023 A number of analysts said that the ban on women’s jobs in NGOs will have a negative impact on the country’s situation. Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Abdul Kabir in a meeting with UNAMA envoy Markus Potzel discussed women’s access to work and education as well as humanitarian aid to

UNSC to Hold Meeting to Discuss Ban on Women Aid Workers in Afghanistan

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh News Reporter Tolo News 5 Jan 2023 The UAE announced on Twitter that the closed-door meeting was requested by it and Japan for Jan. 13. The UN Security Council is set to meet privately next week to discuss a decision by Islamic Emirate’s administration to ban female humanitarian aid workers. The UAE

Afghan businesswoman Hassina Syed to return home to work with Taliban

BBC News  4 Jan 2023 An Afghan businesswoman and women’s rights activist intends to return to the country less than two years after she fled on a British military plane. Hassina Syed left Afghanistan in August 2021, when the Taliban took control of the country, and has since been living in Lincolnshire with her family.

Taliban says eight ISIL fighters killed in raids in Afghanistan

Al Jazeera Published On 5 Jan 2023 The raids follow a series of attacks conducted by ISIL, including a deadly bombing near a checkpoint in Kabul. Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban has killed eight ISIL (ISIS) fighters and arrested several others in a series of raids targeting key figures in a spate of attacks in Kabul, a

Afghanistan used to launch attacks on Pakistan: Defence minister

By Abid Hussain Al Jazeera Published On 3 Jan 2023 Pakistan says no country will be allowed to shelter armed groups staging attacks against it as Kabul reject the charges. Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan’s defence minister has alleged that Afghanistan’s soil is being used by armed groups to launch attacks on his country, prompting a sharp

Retirees in Kabul Protest Unpaid Pensions

Asma Saayin Tolo News 2 Jan 2023 “We have served this country with honesty. We are all facing economic challenges and all of us have families,” said Mohammad Omar, a retiree. Dozens of retired officials held a protest in Kabul on Monday to criticize unpaid pensions, saying they have not been paid over the past

Pakistani Official: Deporting of Afghans Will Start in January

Fatema Adeebo Tolo News 1 Jan 2023 A prison official in Karachi, Pakistan, said they would start deporting Afghan women who had been sentenced for living in the country without legal documents from the first week of January. Pakistani police in multiple raids detained at least 1,200 Afghan nationals, including women and children, who had

UN official meets Taliban deputy premier over women NGO ban

Associated Press 1 Jan 2023 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A senior U.N. official in Afghanistan met on Sunday the deputy prime minister of the Taliban-led government to discuss a ban on women working for non-governmental groups that Afghan authorities have announced in a series of measures rolling back women’s rights. The decision by the Taliban

Several dead and wounded in blast outside Kabul military airport

Al Jazeera 1 Jan 2023 No one has claimed responsibility for the explosion that caused multiple casualties, according to the Taliban. An explosion outside the military airport in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, has caused multiple casualties, according to a Taliban official. Interior Ministry spokesman Abdul Nafi Takor said the blast on Sunday left several people dead

Taliban Hold Firm to Ban on Afghan Female Aid Workers

Ayaz Gul Voice of America December 30, 2022 Afghan women stand outside Kabul University in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Dec. 21, 2022. The Taliban has increased restrictions on women in 2022 — including barring females from attending universities and banning women humanitarian workers — saying Islamic law mandates it. ISLAMABAD — The Taliban leadership in Afghanistan remained

Her Escape From Kabul Was Supposed to Be the Hardest Part

By Juliet Macur The New York Times Dec. 31, 2022 The New York Times Sports department is revisiting the subjects of some compelling articles from the last year or so. In August, we reported on a soccer player who fled her home in Afghanistan to begin a new life. Here is an update. When her new life in Australia

Afghanistan: Woman protests Taliban’s education ban with single word of God

By Noor Gul Shafaq BBC World Service 30 Dec 2022 “I did not feel any fear because I believed that my demand is just,” said a defiant 18-year-old Afghan woman whose ambition to get a university degree has been frustrated by the Taliban’s ban on women in higher education. Angered at the prospect of seeing

OIC Asks IIFA to Unify Clerics’ Stance on Girls’ Education in Afghanistan

Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 30 Dec 2022 But the Islamic Emirate said they are looking for a solution for women’s jobs at NGOs. Following the reactions of Islamic countries to banning women and girls from education, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in a statement on Thursday called on the International Islamic Fiqh Academy (IIFA)

Senior UN Official to Visit Afghanistan over Ban on Female Aid Workers

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 30 Dec 2022 Alakbarov added that women made up roughly 30% of aid workers and that they would not be replaced with men.  Following the Islamic Emirate’s ban on female aid workers, UN aid chief Martin Griffiths will travel to Afghanistan in the coming weeks and will seek to meet with

Afghan refugees in US face uncertainty as legislation stalls

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Associated Press 30 Dec 2022 WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has failed so far to create a path to residency for Afghans who worked alongside U.S. soldiers in America’s longest war, pushing into limbo tens of thousands of refugees who fled Taliban control more than two years ago and now live in the United States. Some

Women, kids among 1,200 Afghan migrants jailed in Pakistan

By ADIL JAWAD and MUNIR AHMED Associated Press 28 Dec 2022 KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police in multiple raids detained at least 1,200 Afghan nationals, including women and children, who had entered the southern port city of Karachi without valid travel documents, officials said Thursday. The arrests brought criticism from around Afghanistan after images

UN tries to resolve Afghanistan aid crisis after women banned from working at NGOs

Patrick Wintour The Guardian Thu 29 Dec 2022 Head of humanitarian operations to fly to Kabul as programmes are ‘compromised’ by Taliban decision Martin Griffiths, the head of UN humanitarian operations, is to fly to Kabul to try to resolve the crisis caused by the Taliban’s surprise decision to ban women working for NGO aid groups in

UN to Hold Meeting on Intra-Afghan Dialogue: Envoy

Fatima Adib Tolo News 29 Dec 2022 But the Islamic Emirate denied Faiq’s remarks, saying it doesn’t recognize him as Afghanistan’s ambassador to the UN. Chargé d’Affaires of the Afghanistan Permanent Mission to the UN, Naseer Ahmad Faiq, said that a meeting would be held by the United Nations to discuss an intra-Afghan dialogue. He

Kabul Witnesses First Snowfall of the Year

Asma Saayin Tolo News 29 Dec 2022 Many Kabul residents expressed their happiness about the snowfall but vulnerable families said they are unable to afford the expenses of heating their houses. The city of Kabul was blanketed with snow on Thursday, something that was widely celebrated by the residents amid severe economic challenges that have

An interview with former Afghan president Hamid Karzai

By Sudarsan Raghavan The Washington Post December 27, 2022 Washington Post reporter Sudarsan Raghavan sat down for a long and candid interview with former Afghan president Hamid Karzai on Oct. 5 in Kabul. The interview has been edited for length and clarity. Q: It’s been more than a year since the collapse of the former

Major Congressional Probe into Afghanistan Withdrawal Gearing Up

A Marine carries a child to be processed during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 25, 2021. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell) By Drew F. Lawrence Military.com December 21, 2022 The new year will see a new Congress, and one of the first orders of business for Republicans is

UN suspends some Afghanistan programs after ban on female aid workers

The Guardian 28 Dec 2022 Many humanitarian activities ‘paused’ as Taliban decision to bar women NGO workers prevents vital services across the country The United Nations said that some “time-critical” programs in Afghanistan have temporarily stopped and warned many other activities will also likely need to be paused because of a ban by the Taliban-led administration

UNSC Seeks ‘Equal, Meaningful’ Participation of Women in Afghanistan

By Mohammad Farshad Daryosh News Reporter Tolo News 28 Dec 2022 The UNSC said that the suspension of women’s work in Afghanistan would have a significant and immediate impact on humanitarian operations in the country. The United Nations Security Council in a statement on Wednesday called for full, equal and meaningful participation of women and

Ban on Female Employees Major Blow to Afghanistan: NRC Chief

TOLOnews TV Network 28 Dec 2022 Egeland added that the council adheres to all Islamic principles and values and they should be allowed to operate in Afghanistan.  Jan Egeland, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council, in an interview with TOLOnews said that he believes that banning women from working in non-governmental organizations would be

Karzai: Intra-Afghan Dialogue Important for Islamic Emirate, Afghanistan

 Fatema Adee Tolo News 28 Dec 2022 The former president, who remained in power from 2001 to 2014, made the remarks in an interview with The Washington Post. Former President Hamid Karzai urged the Islamic Emirate to begin a process of inclusivity by launching a grand Afghan dialogue, saying that it is for the good

Deputy Minister Reiterates Commitment to Fight Drugs

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 27 Dec 2022 Akhundzada said the trafficking of drugs from these countries is mostly to the northern province of Badakhshan, Takhar and Kunduz. The deputy minister of counter-narcotics, Abdulhaq Akundzada, said the commitment to fight drugs and said alcoholic beverages, as well as a number of illicit drugs, are brought to

Delawar Expects Decision on Women, Girls’ Education Next Year

 Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 27 Dec 2022 A number of the instructors also urged the Islamic Emirate to reopen universities for female students. Acting Minister of Petroleum and Mines Shahabuddin Delawar on Tuesday said that a decision will be made soon regarding schools and universities for female students. He referred to the decree of the

43rd Anniversary of Soviet Union’s Invasion of Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 27 Dec 2022 Forty-three years after the Soviet invasion, some Afghans still remember bitter memories from the war. Dec. 27 marks the 43rd anniversary of the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan. On this day in 1979, nearly 100,000 members of the former Soviet forces invaded Afghanistan. A number of Islamic Emirate leaders

UN rights chief urges Taliban to drop restrictions on women

Associated Press 27 December 2022 BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations’ human rights chief on Tuesday decried increasing restrictions on women’s rights in Afghanistan, urging the country’s Taliban rulers to reverse them immediately. He pointed to “terrible consequences” of a decision to bar women from working for non-governmental organizations. Last week, Taliban authorities stopped university

Taliban Bar Women From NGOs, Threatening to Worsen Crisis

By Christina Goldbaum, Safiullah Padshah and Najim Rahim The New York Times Dec. 25, 2022 A letter from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Economy warned that it would revoke the operating licenses of any organizations that defied the decree. The Afghan government on Saturday barred women from working in local and international humanitarian organizations, officials said, a move that threatens

Muttaqi: Clashes in Borders Not in Anyone’s Interest

By Imran Danish TOLOnews’ Reporter 25 December 2022 Speaking at a conference in Kabul on Sunday, Muttaqi said Kabul considers Islamabad a friendly neighbor.  Following clashes along the Durand Line between Afghan and Pakistani forces, Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said that tensions along the Durand Line are not in the interest of any side

Male Students Boycott Classes over Ban on Women’s Education

By Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 25 Dec 2022 The students called on the Islamic Emirate to remove the ban on higher education for women. Male students from various universities in the country have boycotted their classes over the suspension of higher education for women in Afghanistan, saying they will not return until classes are opened for

Islamic Emirate’s Ban on Women’s Jobs Faces Widespread Reactions

By Gulalai Hakim Tolo News 25 Dec 2022 Norway’s Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeld “strongly condemned” the decision and called for its immediate reversal. The Ministry of Economy in a statement on Saturday ordered all national and international non-government organizations to suspend their female staff members until the next announcement. The announcement of the Islamic Emirate faced

4 NGOs suspend work in Afghanistan after Taliban bar women

RIAZAT BUTT Associated Press 24 Dec 2022 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Four major international aid groups on Sunday suspended their operations in Afghanistan following a decision by the country’s Taliban rulers to ban women from working at non-governmental organizations. Save the Children, the International Rescue Committee, the Norwegian Refugee Council and CARE said they cannot

Afghanistan: Taliban arrest women protesting against university ban

By James Gregory and Aalia Farzan BBC News 22 Dec 2022 The Taliban have arrested five women taking part in a protest in the Afghan capital, Kabul, against the ban on women attending universities. Three journalists were also arrested. Protests are also understood to have taken place in the Takhar province. Guards stopped hundreds of

Al-Azhar Imam: Ban on Women’s Education Contradicts Sharia

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 23 Dec 2022 Many world countries and international organizations have expressed concerns over the decision and have condemned it. The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayeb on Thursday said that he “deeply” regrets the decision issued by the authorities in Afghanistan, preventing Afghan women’s access to university education and adding that

Clerics Oppose Minister’s Remarks on Women’s Education

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh News Reporter Tolo News 23 Dec 2022 Speaking to RTA, Nadim outlined four reasons for the closure of universities for female students.  A day after the acting minister of higher education, Neda Mohammad Nadim, appeared in a TV interview, highlighting reasons for the closure of universities for women in the country, many

Lavish weddings return to Kabul, but only women get to enjoy the party

By Pamela Constable The Washington Post December 22, 2022 at 2:00 a.m. EST KABUL — The spacious ballroom glittered with lights. Young women in chiffon and satin gowns sashayed among the tables or twirled slowly on the dance floor to tapes of rhythmic music. Amid “oohs” and “aahs,” the bride and groom were lowered from

Protest Held in Kabul to Criticize Suspension of Women’s Higher Education

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh News Reporter Tolo News 22 Dec 2022 The protesters called for women’s access to education and work, hinting that they would continue protesting until their wishes are fulfilled. Dozens of women held a protest in Kabul on Thursday in reaction to the Islamic Emirate’s announcement of the suspension of universities for female

Taliban minister defends ban on women’s university studies

Associated Press 22 Dec 2022 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The minister of higher education in the Taliban government on Thursday defended his decision to ban women from universities — a decree that had triggered a global backlash. Discussing the matter for the first time in public, Nida Mohammad Nadim said the ban issued earlier this

US warns Taliban of ‘costs’ over university ban for Afghan women

Al Jazeera 22 Dec 2022 US secretary of state says Taliban is sentencing women and girls in Afghanistan to a ‘dark future without opportunity’. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has warned the Taliban that the United States will impose “costs” on the group if it does not reverse its recent ban on women attending university in

‘Being a girl is a heavy crime’: Afghan women in despair over university ban

Zahra Joya The Guardian Wed 21 Dec 2022 07.45 EST Taliban prohibit female higher education indefinitely amid international condemnation Afghanistan: protests outside universities after ban on female students  It was late evening in Kabul, and Sabra*, a fourth-year medical student, saw a WhatsApp message appear on her phone. In a university chat group for 38

Afghan women weep as Taliban fighters enforce university ban

Associated Press 20 Dec 2022 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban security forces in the Afghan capital on Wednesday enforced a higher education ban for women by blocking their access to universities, with video obtained by The Associated Press showing women weeping and consoling each other outside one campus in Kabul. The country’s Taliban rulers a

Timeline: Taliban crackdown on Afghan women’s education, rights

Al Jazeera 21 Dec 2022 Group has backtracked on promises to guarantee certain rights for girls and women since its return to power last year. The Taliban has backtracked on their promise to guarantee the rights of girls to be educated and given other freedoms, returning to their previous policies when they were last in

Taliban Release 2 Americans Detained in Afghanistan

By Katie Rogers The New York Times Dec. 21, 2022 WASHINGTON — The Taliban released two Americans who had been detained in Afghanistan on Tuesday, including Ivor Shearer, an independent filmmaker who had been held since August, according to a person with knowledge of the release. The Biden administration did not confirm the name of

Taliban Bar Women From College Classes, in a Stark Reversal of Rights

By Christina Goldbaum and Najim Rahim The New York Times Dec. 21, 2022 The new Afghan government has returned to its hard-line stances from the 1990s, instituting public beatings and executions as well further restricting women’s rights. The Afghan government on Tuesday barred women from attending private and public universities, officials said, in the latest severe blow

UN Chief Seeks Afghan Women, Girls’ Access to Work and Education

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 20 Dec 2022 Analysts said that there hasn’t been significant progress when it comes to ensuring inclusivity in the formation of the government. UN Secretary General António Guterres at a press conference on Monday stressed the need for the inclusion of all ethnic groups in the power structures in Afghanistan and

As Afghans Suffer, U.S. Stalls on Plan to Return Central Bank Funds

SARAH LAZARE  DECEMBER 19, 2022 In These Times In September, the U.S. created a foundation that was supposed to unfreeze Afghanistan’s foreign assets. Yet, interviews with trustees reveal that, in three months, no funds have been disbursed—or concrete plans made—to help the Afghan people. The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in August 2021 and, in response, Europe,

Pakistan Delegation to Visit Afghanistan This Week

Imran Danish TOLOnews’ Reporter 19 Dec 2022 Within the last two weeks, the Islamic Emirate and Pakistan forces have engaged in fighting twice in the Spin Boldak-Chaman crossing. A delegation from Pakistan comprised of religious scholars and tribal elders is visiting Afghanistan this week, local officials in the Chaman area in Pakistan confirmed to TOLOnews.

Pakistan Delegation to Visit Afghanistan This Week

Imran Danish TOLOnews’ Reporter 19 Dec 2022 Within the last two weeks, the Islamic Emirate and Pakistan forces have engaged in fighting twice in the Spin Boldak-Chaman crossing. A delegation from Pakistan comprised of religious scholars and tribal elders is visiting Afghanistan this week, local officials in the Chaman area in Pakistan confirmed to TOLOnews.

Polio Vaccination Campaign Begins in 26 Provinces

 Fatima Adib Tolo News 19 Dec 2022 The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said that seven million children will be vaccinated in this campaign. The polio vaccination campaign kicked off in 26 provinces of the country, including the capital city, Kabul, on Monday. The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said that seven million children will

Karzai Meets Exiled Politicians in Germany, Turkey

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 19 Dec 2022 But the Islamic Emirate said that Karzai does not represent the Islamic Emirate in his meetings with the politicians. Former President Hamid Karzai held meetings with a number of former Afghan officials and politicians in Germany and Turkey. Shahzada Massoud, a close aide to Karzai, said the former

At least 12 killed in accident in Afghanistan’s Salang Tunnel

Al Jazeera Published On 18 Dec 2022 The government said 37 people were injured after a fuel tanker caught fire, and the death toll was expected to rise. At least 12 people were killed in an accident in the Salang Tunnel, which connects Afghanistan’s capital Kabul to its north, the authorities have said. Thirty-seven people were

UN Highlights Afghanistan’s Situation in Quarterly Report

Mujeeb Rahman Awrang Stanikzai Head of TOLOnews’ Online Department 17 Dec 2022 The UN has transferred $1.63 billion in cash between December 1 2021 and November 2022, the report says. The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres released his latest quarterly report on Afghanistan in which he highlights economic, humanitarian and political situation as well as

UN postpones decision on ambassadors from Myanmar, Taliban, Libya

Al Jazeera Published On 17 Dec 2022 UN acceptance of ambassadors from Myanmar’s military, the Taliban, and Libya’s eastern government would act as the first step towards their official recognition on the global stage. The United Nations General Assembly has approved postponing its decision on whether Myanmar’s military government and Afghanistan’s Taliban leaders can send

Former US ambassadors push for help for Afghan allies in spending bill

By Jake Tapper Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent CNN Wed December 14, 2022 CNN —  A group of retired ambassadors, all of whom served as chief of mission at the US Embassy in Afghanistan, have written a letter to congressional leaders pushing them to include the Afghan Adjustment Act in the omnibus spending bill. The legislation “keeps

Afghan journalists tell London court Britain has “betrayed debt of gratitude”

Sam Tobin Reuters December 15, 2022 LONDON, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Eight Afghan journalists who worked for the BBC and other British media organisations are challenging the British government’s refusal to relocate them, arguing that they are at high risk of being killed by Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers. The journalists “worked alongside and in support of

Afghan Refugees’ Needs Addressed at Quadrilateral Meeting in Iran

Fatema Adee Tolo Newes 15 Dec 2022 Meanwhile, the deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate said that those who went abroad need to return and build their country. Abdul Mutalib Haqqani, a spokesman for the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation, said that at the “Quadrilateral Meeting” officials from Kabul, representatives of Iran, Pakistan, and the United

Civilians wounded as fighting erupts at Pakistan-Afghan border

By Abid Hussain Al Jazeera Published On 15 Dec 2022 At least 16 Pakistanis injured in the city of Chaman Islamabad, Pakistan – At least 16 Pakistani civilians have been wounded as fighting broke out between Pakistani and Afghan border forces for the second time in less than a week, a Pakistani medical official says. An emergency was declared

‘Majority of Displaced Populations in Afghanistan’ Are Women: UN

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 14 Dec 2022 The World Food Program in Afghanistan (WFP) said that it has been providing assistance to women across the country. The UN Women in Afghanistan said that “women make-up the majority of the displaced populations in Afghanistan. The inability to exercise property rights or seek legal help means women

After Recent Attacks, MoI Pledges to Take Strict Security Measures

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 14 Dec 2022 According to the spokesman of the Interior Ministry, security measures will be increased in diplomatic areas. After the attack on the hotel in Kabul, in which Chinese nationals were injured, the Ministry of Interior Affairs said it is taking strict security measures to ensure the security of diplomatic

Taliban official: 20 men lashed in public in Afghanistan

RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press 14 Dec 2022 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Twenty people were lashed in public on Wednesday in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan as punishment for alleged adultery, theft, and other crimes, a provincial official said. Afghanistan’s new authorities have set hardline policies since they took over the country in August 2021 that reflect their interpretation of

Visa Program for Afghans Who Helped US Military in Danger of Lapsing After Exclusion from Defense Bill

By Rebecca Kheel Military.com 12 December 2022 Afghan evacuees leave a U.S. C-17 Globemaster after arriving at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, August 26, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Brooks) The program that grants visas to Afghans who helped the U.S. military during the United States’ longest war is at

Afghanistan’s Taliban displays pallets of cash received for ‘humanitarian aid’

By Louis Casiano Fox News December 12, 2022 The Da Bank of Afghanistan, the Taliban-controlled central bank of Afghanistan, tweeted images of the cash Two Cultural Support Team members discussed the escape and resettlement process for their Afghan sister force as they all reunite on U.S. soil one year later. A large package containing around $40

‘No Alternative’ for Dialogue With Kabul: Norwegian FM

Imran Danish TOLOnews’ Reporter 12 Dec 2022 The Islamic Emirate’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid suggested that engagement with Kabul is the only way to resolve the problems. Norway’s foreign minister Anniken Huitfeldt said that there is no alternative to dialogues and that there is a need to talk with “those in power in order to help

China urges citizens to leave Afghanistan after Kabul attack

By RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press 13 Dec 2022 ISLAMABAD (AP) — China on Tuesday advised its citizens in Afghanistan to leave the country “as soon as possible,” following a coordinated attack by Islamic State militants the previous day on a Chinese-owned hotel in the heart of Kabul. The Chinese advisory appeared to be a setback

Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossing reopens after deadly firing

By Abid Hussain Al Jazeera Published On 13 Dec 2022 Chaman crossing reopens two days after cross-border exchange of fire killed at least nine Pakistani civilians and an Afghan soldier. Islamabad, Pakistan – A key border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan has reopened two days after a cross-border exchange of fire killed at least nine Pakistani civilians and

Deadly attack on Kabul hotel popular with Chinese nationals

Al Jazeera 12 Dec 2022 At least three attackers killed by security forces after they open fire at the hotel in central Kabul, says an official. At least three attackers have been killed by Afghanistan’s security forces after they opened fire at a Kabul hotel popular with Chinese nationals, according to a spokesman for the

New film ‘Retrograde’ documents chaotic final months in Afghanistan

By Jonathan Lehrfeld Military Times Wednesday, Dec 7 An Afghan woman waits outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in ‘Retrograde’. (Retrograde) An emotional documentary that captured the last nine months of the war in Afghanistan will soon debut across various streaming platforms, offering viewers firsthand insight into what led up to America’s chaotic withdrawal from the conflict

West: Human Rights at ‘Center’ of Engagement With Kabul

By Banafsha Bines Tolo News 11 Dec 2022 West said on Twitter that Afghan women and girls face restrictions in various sectors such as education, employment, movement. United States Special Representative for Afghanistan, Thomas West, said that Washington will place the issue of human rights at the center of its engagement with the Islamic Emirate and

Officials: Islamic System Needs Skilled, Educated People

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 11 Dec  2022 According to ministry officials, the Islamic Emirate wants modern education to be provided throughout the nation. The acting minister of Border and Tribal Affairs said that for the growth of the Islamic system, skilled individuals are needed in the country. The Acting Minister of Borders and Tribal Affairs,

‘Unprovoked’ firing from Afghan forces kills civilians: Pakistan

Al Jazeera 11 December 2022 At least six civilians killed and 17 others wounded in ‘unprovoked and indiscriminate’ firing by Afghan forces, the Pakistan army says. At least six civilians have been killed by “unprovoked” firing from Afghan forces near the Chaman border, Pakistan’s military said, in the latest deadly flare-up at the border between the neighbouring

UNSC Approves Exempting Humanitarian Aid From all UN Sanctions

Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 10 Dec 2022 The economists said that the poverty would not be alleviated until the aid is provided in infrastructure areas in Afghanistan. The UN Security Council passed a resolution that exempts humanitarian assistance from all current and future UN sanctions regimes. The resolution was hailed worldwide by the humanitarian

Return of Afghan floggings as Taliban takes a hardline path

By Ruchi Kumar and Orooj Hakimi Al Jazeera Published On 10 Dec 2022 Taliban denounces criticism of public floggings and execution, bringing back memories of its harsh rule in 1990s. In early November, Sadaf*, a 22-year-old university student, was found guilty of “moral crimes” in a northern Afghan province. She was accused by local Taliban officials of

West Meets With Afghan Leaders, Traders in UAE

By Sabria Abdal Tolo News 8 Dec 2022 The US envoy said that he also held talks with some Afghan political leaders, including former Afghan president Hamid Karzai.  The US special envoy for Afghanistan, Thomas West, met with Afghan leaders and members of the Afghan business community during a recent visit to the United Arab Emirates.

Facing Intl Condemnation, Islamic Emirate Defends Sharia Executions

Imran Danish TOLOnews’ Reporter 8 Dec 2022 The public execution was the first since the Islamic Emirate came to power. The individual was killed by the father of the victim. Following widespread reactions over a recent execution, the Islamic Emirate said that the execution of guilty people is a divine command and that no one

Taliban official: 27 people lashed in public in Afghanistan

By RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press 8 Dec 2022 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Twenty-seven people were lashed in public on Thursday in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan as punishment for alleged adultery, theft, drug offenses and other crimes, according to a court official. Afghanistan’s new authorities have implemented hard-line policies since they took over the country in August 2021 that

Afghan nationals in Australia fear for loved ones in grim wait for split-family visas

Shadi Khan Saif and Ben Doherty The Guardian Mon 5 Dec 2022 Wives, children and vulnerable parents have been left at mercy of Taliban as promises of swift family reunions fade A daughter, born in the calamitous days of August last year, as the Taliban swept north to reimpose its brutal control, remains in Afghanistan. Pictures and videos

Interior Ministry Denies Presence of Terrorist Groups in Afghanistan

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 7 Dec 2022 The ministry’s spokesperson, Abdul Nafi Takoor, stressed that there is no group in Afghanistan that can pose a threat to other countries. The Ministry of Interior in a press conference held in Kabul denied the presence of terrorist groups in Afghanistan. The ministry’s spokesperson, Abdul Nafi Takoor, stressed

Acting Defense Minister Meets With US Envoy For Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 7 Dec 2022 During his visit to the UAE, Thomas West talked with some Afghan businessmen about resolving their commercial problems. In a meeting with US special representative for Afghanistan Thomas West in Abu Dhabi, Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid, the acting defense minister, stressed the need to uphold Afghanistan’s territorial integrity. The

Taliban carry out 1st public execution since Afghan takeover

By RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press 7 Dec 2022 ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban authorities on Wednesday executed an Afghan convicted of killing another man, the first public execution since the former insurgents took over Afghanistan last year, a spokesman said. The announcement underscored the intentions by Afghanistan’s new rulers to continue hard-line policies implemented since

Uzbekistan NSA: It is Important Afghanistan Not Be Isolated

Imran Danish TOLOnews’ Reporter 6 Dec 2022 But the Islamic Emirate said that there will be no threat from Afghan soil to other countries. Uzbekistan National Security Advisor Victor Mohammadov said that it is “important” to not allow Afghanistan to be Isolated or to leave it on its own. He made the remarks at the first India-Central

Taliban allow high school graduation exams for Afghan girls

By RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press 6 Dec 2022 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghan girls will be allowed to take their high school graduation exams this week, an official and documents from the Taliban government indicated Tuesday — even though they have been banned from classrooms since the former insurgents took over the country last year. According

At least seven killed in northern Afghanistan roadside blast

Al Jazeera Published On 6 Dec 2022 Those killed were petroleum company employees on board a bus in Mazar-i-Sharif, according to a local official. At least seven people have been killed in a roadside blast in northern Afghanistan, according to local officials, the latest attack in the violence-racked country. Those killed in the 7am (03:00 GMT) blast

Delawar: No Need For National Discourse in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 4 Dec 2022 The head of the “Commission for the Return and Communications with Former Afghan Officials and Political Figures” said that after several decades, national sovereignty has been established in Afghanistan and there is no need for a national discourse in the country. “We should all work together to build our

IS suspect arrested in Pakistan Embassy attack in Kabul

By RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press 5 Dec 2022 ISLAMABAD (AP) — A member of the militant Islamic State group has been arrested in last week’s shooting attack targeting the Pakistani Embassy in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul, the spokesman of the Taliban government said. The attack, in which shots were fired at the embassy from a

Pakistan Condemns ‘Assassination Attempt’ on Its Kabul Embassy

By Christina Goldbaum The New York Times Dec. 3, 2022 The gunfire, which critically injured one security guard, comes amid increased tensions between the two countries. Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, came under gunfire on Friday, Pakistani and Taliban officials said, amid already heightened tensions over security issues between the two countries. One security guard

Civil Society Activists Share Demands with Government, World

By Nasir Ahmad Salehi TOLOnews Reporter 3 Dec 2022 They said Afghan women should have the right to working and education same as women in other Muslim nations. At a gathering in the city of Herat, hundreds of civil society activists from the west zone of the country, half of whom were women, shared their

Karzai Leaves Kabul for UAE

Mujeeb Rahman Awrang Stanikzai Head of TOLOnews’ Online Department 3 Dec 2022 Former president Hamid Karzai will stay in the UAE for at least three days before leaving for Germany, his aide said. Former president Hamid Karzai left Kabul for the United Arab Emirates on Saturday where he will stay for three days before traveling

West Discusses Afghan Political Dialogue with Japan Officials

By Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 3 Dec 2022 Earlier the US Department of State said in a statement that West would visit Japan, India and UAE and will discuss issues related to Afghanistan. The US special envoy for Afghanistan, Thomas West, said that in his two-day visit to Japan he discussed the way ahead on humanitarian

‘Assassination attempt’ on Pakistan envoy in Afghan capital

Al Jazeera 2 Dec 2022 Attacker failed to harm the Pakistani diplomat, but shot and wounded his security guard outside its mission in Kabul. An “assassination attempt” targeted Pakistan’s top diplomat in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s prime minister has said, as tensions between the neighbouring countries simmer. The head of mission, Ubaid Ur Rehman Nizamani, was the

Global Media Watchdog Condemns Taliban Ban on VOA, RFE/RL Broadcasts

Akmal Dawi, Ayaz Gul, and Sarah Zaman Voice of America/VOA December 02, 2022 4:53 PM FILE – The Wilbur J. Cohen building in Washington, where Voice of America is based. WASHINGTON / ISLAMABAD — The Committee to Protect Journalists has condemned the Afghan Taliban’s decision to ban FM transmissions of two U.S.-funded news media and urged an immediate

Dysfunctional Banking System Contributed to Crisis: Alakbarov

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh Tolo News 1 Dec 2022 Earlier, UNICEF said in a report that more than 24 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan. The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Humanitarian Coordinator, Ramiz Alakbarov, said that there are several factors that have contributed to the nation’s economic decline– “one

West to Visit Japan, UAE, India to Discuss Afghanistan: State Dept

Imran Danish TOLOnews 1 Dec 2022 The Islamic Emirate, in reaction to West’s travels, called on Washington to lift restrictions on Afghanistan.  The US special envoy for Afghanistan, Thomas West is to visit Japan, India and UAE from December 1-8, where he will meet with the Afghan diaspora and partners, the US Department of State

Taliban silence Voice of America broadcasts in Afghanistan

Associated Press 1 Dec 2022 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Voice of America said Wednesday that Taliban authorities have banned FM radio broadcasts from VOA and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Afghanistan, starting Thursday. VOA said Taliban authorities cited “complaints they have received about programming content” without providing specifics. VOA and RFE are funded by the U.S.

China Used Botched Afghanistan Withdrawal to Score Propaganda Points, Pentagon Finds

Caroline Downey Yahoo News Tue, November 29, 2022 at 3:44 PM The Chinese Communist Party used the botched American military withdrawal from Afghanistan to portray the U.S. as an unreliable international partner and a nation in decline, the Department of Defense found. In a Tuesday report to Congress on national security developments involving China, the DOD noted that

Karzai: Reopening Girls’ Schools is Vital Issue for Country

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 30 Nov 2022 The former president of the country said that dialogue among Afghans and the reopening of schools for girls are the vital issues facing the country. The former president of the country in a tweet reported that in a meeting with the ambassador of Japan they spoke about the

Afghanistan Discussed in UN Press Briefing in Geneva

Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews 30 Nov 2022 Economists suggested that the UN needs to implement long-term economic projects to create job opportunities for the citizens in the country. Speaking to a Geneva press briefing, the director of operations at the International Committee of the Red Cross, Martin Schuepp, highlighted the economic and humanitarian situation of

At least 15 killed in Afghanistan school bombing, says official

Al Jazeera 30 Nov 2022 Local official says at least 15 people were killed and 20 others wounded in a bombing at a religious school in northern Afghanistan Several students are among at least 15 people killed in a bomb blast at a religious school in northern Afghanistan’s Samangan province, according to a local official.

Participants in Herat Security Dialogue Discuss Situation in Afghanistan

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 29 Nov 2022 Zabiullah Mujahid, in response to the remarks of some of the participants of the meeting, said that women’s rights are protected in Afghanistan. Participants at the 10th Herat Security Dialogue meeting in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, emphasized the need to establish an inclusive government in Afghanistan that upholds women’s rights

IOM Releases Survey on Afghan Situation

Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews 29 Nov 2022 The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock also expressed concerns over the low levels of wheat in Afghanistan. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in coordination with EU partnerships conducted research on the impact of climate change, mental health, infrastructure and urban migration on displacement-affected communities in Afghanistan. The IOM

Pakistan FM travels to Kabul, meets Taliban amid border tensions

Al Jazeera 29 November 2022 Hina Rabbani Khar holds talks with her Afghan counterpart Amir Khan Muttaqi a day after Pakistan Taliban ended its truce with Islamabad. Hina Rabbani Khar, Pakistan’s minister of state for foreign affairs, has met Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi in the capital Kabul amid tension over cross-border violence.

Kabul Residents Complain of High Prices of Intl Airfare

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 27 Nov 2022 This comes as some travel agencies said that there has been a significant drop in international flights which has affected business. Residents of Kabul expressed concerns over the high prices of airplane tickets, saying that the prices have almost doubled. They said that the price of tickets for

The MoD Says it Has Repaired 60 Helicopters, Fixed-Wing Aircraft

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 28 Nov 2022 Military analysts said that the professional personnel of the previous government should be employed in order to make the most use of these helicopters. The Islamic Emirate’s Ministry of Defense said that maintenance teams of the Afghan air force have so far repaired more than sixty helicopters and

10th Herat Security Dialogue Conference in Dushanbe Starts Tuesday

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 28 Nov 2022 According to Bilal Karimi, the Islamic Emirate’s deputy spokesperson, any meeting that benefits Afghans is positive. The 10th Herat Security Dialogue conference will begin in Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s capital, on Tuesday. According to The Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS), the two-day conference will discuss ways to establish an

Pakistan Taliban ends cease-fire with govt, vows new attacks

By MUNIR AHMED Associated Press 27 Nov 2022 ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban on Monday ended a monthslong cease-fire with the government in Islamabad, ordering its fighters to resume attacks across the country, where scores of deadly attacks have been blamed on the insurgent group. In a statement, the outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan said it

Afghan women, undeterred by Taliban, secretly network for change

By Michal Kranz Al Jazeera Published On 28 Nov 2022 Female activists are secretly building support networks for marginalised women in Taliban-governed Afghanistan. For months, Shamail Naseri has been moving house-to-house to evade arrest by Taliban authorities. Her crime: Raising her voice to protect Afghan women who have faced increasing marginalisation since the Taliban came

Taliban lash 12 people before stadium crowd in Afghanistan

By RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press November 23, 2022 This is a locator map for Afghanistan with its capital, Kabul. (AP Photo) ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban lashed three women and nine men in front of hundreds of spectators in a provincial sports stadium Wednesday, signaling the religious extremist group’s resumption of a brutal form of

London marchers to call for safe asylum route for Afghan women

Geneva Abdul The Guardian Sat 26 Nov 2022 02.00 EST Thousands expected to demonstrate on Sunday to urge UK government to help those fleeing Taliban Sunday’s march for freedom for Afghan women and girls in London, organised by the campaign group Action for Afghanistan, comes weeks after MPs appealed to the foreign secretary, James Cleverly, for

How Afghanistan’s Money Exchangers Have Worked Around the Taliban

By Nafay Choudhury A British Academy research fellow at the University of Oxford. Foreign Policy November 26, 2022, 6:00 AM A year after the Taliban took power, Afghanistan’s money exchangers are being squeezed by economic turmoil and harsh rules implemented by the new regime. But while their market has certainly seen better days, the 400

UK aid to Afghanistan entrenched corruption and injustice, report finds

Patrick Wintour  Diplomatic editor The Guardian Wed 23 Nov 2022 19.01 EST Government watchdog says £3.5bn aid in 20 years to 2020 failed to achieve aim of stabilising Afghan government The UK’s £3.5bn aid to Afghanistan between 2000 and 2020 was implicated in corruption and human rights abuses and failed to achieve its primary objective of stabilising

Islamic Emirate: Policy of Isolation Will Not Bring Results

 Mohammad Farshad Daryosh News Reporter Tolo News 25 Nov 2022 The travel ban exemption for officials of the Islamic Emirate has not been extended by the UN Security Council in more than three months. The Islamic Emirate asked the UN Security Council to lift the travel bans on the current government officials. The Islamic Emirate’s

UN experts denounce Taliban treatment of women as crime

By RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press 24 Nov 2022 ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban treatment of women and girls in Afghanistan may amount to a crime against humanity and should be investigated and prosecuted under international law, a U.N. team of experts said Friday. The Taliban promptly rejected the allegation. The statement by the U.N.-appointed experts

Two-Thirds of Afghan Households Struggle to Meet Basic Needs: World Bank

Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 23 NOVEMBER 2022 The survey highlighted the welfare, education, labor force and health conditions in Afghanistan. The World Bank published a report based on the second round of a survey conducted from June to August 2022 (the first round was completed and reported on in 2021) to assess changes in

Islamic Emirate Accuses US of not Living Up to Doha Agreement

Banafsha Bines Tolo News 23 Nov 2022 Zabiullah Mujahid said that the normalization of relations with Afghanistan and the lifting of sanctions are part of the Doha agreement.  The Islamic Emirate accused Washington of not living up to its side of the agreement between the two sides signed on February 29, 2020, in Doha.  Islamic

Khalilzad Urges Islamic Emirate to Start Consultative Process

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 23 Nov 2022 Despite consecutive attempts to make contact, TOLOnews was unable to obtain any comment from the Islamic Emirate on the matter. The former US special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, urged the Islamic Emirate to start a “consultative process” for governance.  Khalilzad made the remarks in an interview with

European Parliament Commits to Support Afghan People

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 22 Nov 2022 The spokesman for the Islamic Emirate said that based on Islamic Sharia, women will access work opportunities where they are needed. European Parliament President Roberta Metsola said that the EU is committed to supporting the people of Afghanistan. In a speech at the European Parliament, in response to

Critics lament exclusion of Afghanistan from COP27

By Ruchi Kumar Al Jazeera Published On 22 Nov 2022 The call for funding grows for diplomatically isolated Afghanistan, which has faced natural disasters because of climate change. Afghan climate activist Abdulhadi Achakzai was the only representative of his country at the United Nations COP27 climate conference held recently in the Egyptian resort city of

Taliban likely gained access to millions that the US transferred to the Afghan government before collapse

By Oren Liebermann CNN November 15, 2022 CNN —  The Taliban likely gained access to tens of millions of dollars the US transferred to the Afghan government before it collapsed, a US government watchdog found. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), which monitored US projects and spending during America’s longest war, said in its latest

Swiss-Based Trust Fund for Frozen Afghan Assets Meets in Geneva

Reuters 21 Nov 2022 The fund’s statutes says its purpose is to “receive, protect, preserve and disburse assets for the benefit of the Afghan people”. (Reuters) – The board of a Swiss-based trust fund managing some $3.5 billion in frozen assets seized after the Islamic Emirate took power last year is meeting in Geneva for

Afghan official says 19 people lashed in northeast province

Associated Press 20 Nov 2022 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Nineteen people in northeastern Afghanistan were lashed for adultery, theft and running away from home, a Supreme Court official said Sunday. The announcement underscored the Taliban’s intention of sticking to their strict interpretation of Islamic law, or Sharia. It appeared to be the first official confirmation

Red Cross: Afghans will struggle for their lives this winter

By RIAZAT BUTT Associated Press 21 Nov 2022 More Afghans will be struggling for survival as living conditions deteriorate in the year ahead, a top official of the International Committee of the Red Cross said in an interview, as the country braces for its second winter under Taliban rule. The religious group’s seizure of power

Pakistan reopens border crossing with Afghanistan after shooting

By Abid Hussain Al Jazeera Published On 21 Nov 2022 Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan has reopened a key border crossing with neighbouring Afghanistan a week after an Afghan gunman killed a Pakistani security guard there, forcing a closure of the crossing. Shehzad Zehri, an official in Chaman, the border city in the southwestern province of Balochistan,

Uzbek Foriegn Minister Calls for Intl Efforts to Prevent Afghan Isolation

 Imran Danish Tolo News 18 Nov 2022 Norov said that in the meeting they discussed important issues about regional and international agendas that included peace and development in Afghanistan. The foreign minister of Uzbekistan, Vladimir Norov, at a European Union – Central Asia meeting that was held on Thursday in Uzbekistan, called for international efforts

Khalilzad: US is ‘Out of a War’ But Afghanistan is Suffering

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 18 Nov 2022 Khalilzad asked the Islamic Emirate to listen to the aspirations of the people. The former US special envoy for Afghanistan’s reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, in an interview with Kurdistan 24 Television expressed concern over the current situation in Afghanistan. According to him, Afghanistan is facing “economic deprivations.” “For the

University Students Complain of Lack of Teachers

By Asma Sayin  Tolo News 18 Nov 2022 Meanwhile, some lecturers said that because of economic challenges students cannot continue their education in a normal way. On Thursday, International Students’ Day, students at universities complained of a lack of teachers.  According to them, the lack of teachers has a negative impact on the educational process of

Afghan Taliban say group will stick to strict Islamic law

By RIAZAT BUTT Associated Press 17 Nov 2022 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban will stick to their strict interpretation of Islamic law, or Sharia, a spokesman said Thursday, underscoring the group’s intention to continue hard-line policies implemented since they took over the country more than a year ago. During their previous years in power

US watchdog blames Washington, Ghani for the fall of Kabul

Al Jazeera 17 Nov 2022 SIGAR identifies six factors that contributed to the collapse of the Afghan government and the return of the Taliban to power. The United States sought to build “stable, democratic, accountable” Afghan governance institutions, but it ultimately failed, the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) concluded in

Afghan government didn’t think US would actually leave, report finds

By Meghann Myers Army Times  Nov 17, 2022 A new report details the reasons the Taliban were able to retake Afghanistan. (Javed Tanveer/AFP/Getty Images) Six main factors led to the collapse of the Afghan government as the U.S. drew down its last troops in the country, according to a report released Wednesday. Chief among them was key Afghan officials’

Iran to Host Regional Meeting on Afghanistan: Qomi

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 17 Nov 2022 He made the remarks at the Moscow Format, which was held on Wednesday with envoys from more than 10 countries. Iran’s special envoy Iran for Afghanistan Hassan Kazimi Qomi said that Tehran will host a regional meeting on Afghanistan in the near future. He made the remarks at

HRW Calls for Investigation into “Possible War Crimes”

Mohammad Amin Pacha Tolo News 17 Nov 2022 The HRW said that it has investigated raids and found that many were based on faulty intelligence or false presumptions over the past 20 years. Not all civilian deaths in wartime are violations of the laws of war, but warring parties have an obligation to investigate possible

Regional Nations Urge US to Unfreeze Afghan Assets

Voice of America 17 Nov 2022, 05:37 GMT+10 Islamabad – Russia hosted a multilateral meeting Wednesday where participants renewed a call for the United States to unblock Afghanistan’s central bank assets and urged the Taliban rulers to ensure women access to public life and education in Afghanistan. China, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Iran, India, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan,

Authorities Say Property Must Be Reclaimed From Land Grabbers

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 14 Nov 2022 According to Nomani, these lands have been taken all over the country and efforts are ongoing to get them back. Mawlawi Hamdullah Nomani, the acting Minister of Urban Development and Land, said in a gathering that 80% of public lands have been seized by unlawful owners. According to

SIGAR Gives Six Factors in Republic Govt Collapse

Mujeeb Rahman Awrang Stanikzai Head of TOLO 15 Nov 2022 The Afghan government failed to realize that the US would “actually” exit from Afghanistan, SIGAR said. The US Special Inspector for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) in a recent report identified six factors it said led to the collapse of the former republic government of Afghanistan. The

Afghan supreme leader orders full implementation of sharia law

Agence France-Presse in Kabul Mon 14 Nov 2022 06.14 EST Public executions and amputations some of the punishments for crimes including adultery and theft Afghanistan’s supreme leader has ordered judges to fully enforce aspects of Islamic law that include public executions, stonings, floggings and the amputation of limbs for thieves, the Taliban’s chief spokesperson said.

US Urges Formation of Inclusive Govt in Afghanistan

Imran Danish  Tolo News 15 Nov 2022 The political analysts give various opinions on the matter. The US State Department said that Washington’s “commitment to the people of Afghanistan is enduring,” in a recently released statement. “We will continue to press for an orderly transition of power to an inclusive government with broad support, especially

EU to Provide €75 Million in Aid to Afghanistan

Bibi Amina Amina Hakimi Tolo News 15 Nov 2022 According to the statement, the EU commission announced a new humanitarian aid package of €210 million ahead of the G-20 summit in Bali.   The European Commission has allocated €75 million in humanitarian aid for Afghanistan to address the food security situation, adding in a statement that

Islamic Emirate Leader Orders Full Implementation of Sharia Law

Imran Danesh Tolo News 14 Nov 2022 Meanwhile, Yousef Ahmadi, the PM’s spokesperson, told TOLOnews that the order of the leader of the Islamic Emirate will be implemented throughout the country. The leader of the Islamic Emirate, Mawlawi Hebatullah Akhundzada, has ordered judges to fully implement Islamic law on criminals. The Islamic Emirate’s spokesperson said

University Instructors Abroad Encouraged to Return

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 14 Nov 2022 The acting minister of Higher Education made his remarks in a consultative meeting with Islamic scholars. Acting Minister of Higher Education Neda Mohammad Nadim called on university instructors abroad to return to the country and take part in the country’s development.  “Those instructors, to whom God gave the

Central Bank: Over $1.5 Billion in Cash Aid Received Since Political Change

Bibi Amina Amina Hakimi Tolo News 14 Nov 2022 Da Afghanistan Bank (Central Bank) called on the international community to provide their assistance through Afghan banks. The international community has provided more than $1.5 billion in cash to Afghanistan since the Islamic Emirate swept into power, a spokesman for the country’s central bank said. Da

Social Media Campaign “Let Girls Learn” Ends on Sunday

Asma Saayin Tolo News 13 Nov 2022 This comes as female students expressed frustration about their closed schools and said that that they are facing an uncertain future.  The campaign launched by activists on social media called “Let Girls Learn” ended on Sunday. The organizers of the campaign said that the movement aimed at drawing

UN Officials Meet With Ministry of Industry and Commerce

Bibi Amina Amina Hakimi Tolo News 13 Nov 2022 Meanwhile, economists believe that supporting women entrepreneurs can help the economic growth of the country. The UN General-Secretary’s special envoy discussed the ministry’s efforts to support private sector development and urged continued dialogue with women entrepreneurs, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said on Twitter. “UN envoy (Roza)

Recent UN Resolution Important for Intl Relations: Faiq

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh News Reporter Tolo News 13 Nov 2022 The analysts urged the caretaker government to accept some of the international community’s wishes to reach recognition. The Chargé d’Affaires of Afghanistan’s Permanent Mission to the UN, Naseer Ahmad Faiq, said that that improvement of relations between the Islamic Emirate and international community is linked to implementation

Reports: Gunfire at Afghan-Pakistan border leaves 1 dead

Associated Press 12 Nov 2022 QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Gunfire and a deadly shooting have led to the closing of a main border crossing between Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan, officials from both countries said on Sunday. Chaman in Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province is the most important border point for trade between the two countries, after

Islamic Emirate Denies Terrorist Groups’ Presence in Afghanistan

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh News Reporter Tolo News 12 Nov 2022 The Islamic Emirate has repeatedly denied the presence of terrorist groups in Afghanistan, saying that Afghan soil will not be used against any other country. The Islamic Emirate once again denied the presence of terrorist groups in Afghanistan, saying that there is no evidence to

Uzbek President Seeks ‘Common Approaches’ to Situation in Afghanistan

 Asma Saayin Tolo News 12 Nov 2022 The former President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, also called for efforts to improve the situation in Afghanistan. Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the meeting of the Council of Heads of States of the Organization of Turkic States voiced concern over the deteriorating security situation in the world, pointing

Amnesty Intl Says Decision to Ban Women From Public Parks Must Reversed

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 12 Nov 2022 The Islamic Emirate’s Ministry of Virtue and Vice stopped Afghan women from attending parks in Kabul two days ago. Amnesty International called on the Islamic Emirate to reverse its recent decision to stop women from visiting public parks in Kabul. “Any such decision by the Taliban must be

UN: Taliban has plunged Afghanistan into `dire’ conditions

By EDITH M. LEDERER Asociated Press/AP November 10, 2022 UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution Thursday accusing the Taliban of violating the human rights of Afghan women and girls, failing to establish a representative government, and plunging the country into “dire economic, humanitarian and social conditions.” The resolution also pointed

Taliban ban women from parks and funfairs in Afghan capital

Agence France-Presse in Kabul Thursday, 10 November 2022 Women ‘bored and fed-up’ at being forced to stay home after latest edict which has hit business hard The Taliban have banned Afghan women from entering the capital’s public parks and funfairs, just months after ordering access to be segregated by gender. The new rule, introduced this week, further

Orphaned in Afghanistan, Adopted in America: The Battle for Baby L.

By Rozina Ali New York Times Magazine Nov. 10, 2022 Now 3, she lives with a U.S. Marine and his wife, but her Afghan family claims she was taken under false pretenses. A court may soon decide. The Night Raid Around 10 p.m. on the night of Sept. 5, 2019, a counterterrorism team of United

GOP signals new Afghanistan probe

Sophia Cai Axios 7 Nov 2022 On the eve of the election, Republicans are signaling more plans for a new category of investigation if they win the House majority: the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Driving the news: Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, and Rep. Glen Grothman (R-Wis.) sent a letter

NEPA Criticizes Afghanistan’s Absence in COP27

TOLOnews TV Network 10 Nov 2022 The deputy head of the department, Zainul Abideen, criticized the international community for halting 32 environmental protection projects worth $805 million. The National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) criticized the lack of official Afghan representation at the COP27 held in Egypt. Speaking at a press conference on climate change, the

Moscow to Host Conference on Afghanistan on Nov. 16

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 10 Nov 2022 Earlier, the Russian special envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, said that the representative from the Islamic Emirate will not be invited to the meeting. The Russian Federation’s Foreign Ministry said that Moscow will host a multilateral meeting due to be held on November 16 in Afghanistan. A spokesman

Taliban official: Women banned from Afghanistan’s gyms

By RIAZAT BUTT Associated Press/AP 10 Nov 2022 The Taliban are banning women from using gyms in Afghanistan, an official in Kabul said Thursday, the religious group’s latest edict cracking down on women’s rights and freedoms since they took power more than a year ago. The Taliban overran the country last year, seizing power in

Afghans Call to Resume Passport Issuing

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 9 Nov 2022 Residents of Kabul called on the Islamic Emirate to resume the issuing of passports. The General Department of Passports announced one month ago that the distribution of passports would be halted for a temporary time. “The frequent closing of the passport department, its reopening and closing many times–which

Where learning is against the law: A secret school for Afghan girls

By Sudarsan Raghavan The Washington Post November 9, 2022 at 2:00 a.m. EST KABUL — On a quiet residential street, teenage girls with school bags swiftly entered a large green gate. They were dressed in traditional garb, their faces covered, and many were holding copies of the Quran, Islam’s holy book. It was for their

EU Contributes €50 Million to WFP for Afghanistan

Mujeeb Rahman Awrang Stanikzai Head of TOLOnews’ Online Department 9 Nov 2022 9 in 10 households cannot meet their food needs, with those headed by women particularly vulnerable, according to the latest WFP assessment. The European Union (EU) donated €50 Million in aid for the World Food Program in Afghanistan, the WFP said in a

UK army killed 64 children in Afghanistan between 2006-14: Report

Al Jazeera Published On 9 Nov 2022 The British army paid $165,332 in compensation after the deaths of 64 children in Afghanistan, a new report says. British forces have paid compensation for the deaths of 64 children in Afghanistan, a toll four times higher than the 16 child deaths publicly acknowledged by the Ministry of

The Taliban wants to segregate women. So it’s training female doctors.

By Claire Parker The Washington Post November 5, 2022 at 3:11 p.m. EDT KABUL — After the Taliban took control of Afghanistan last year, nearly a third of the resident doctors in Omeida Momand’s class at a Kabul women’s hospital fled the country, she said, leaving the staff stretched thin. Momand decided to stay, to finish

Afghanistan: Taliban member kills young girl after she rejected marriage proposal

The New India Express By ANI 9 Nov 2022 Surprisingly, the Taliban government officials in the Balkh province acknowledged the incident and claimed that Mullah Yasin was detained and assured that he is in custody. KABUL [Afghanistan]: Afghanistan’s Taliban security head killed a young girl in Balkh province after she rejected his marriage proposal, Khaama

Campaign Highlights Plight of High School Girls Kept From Kankor Exam

Asma Saayin  Tolo News 8 Nov 2022 These students asked the Islamic Emirate to open secondary schools for girls so they can gain entrance for the upcoming Kankor exam. A social media campaign has been launched under the name “Let Afghan Girls Learn.” The organizer of the event said that its goal is to immediately

MoPW: 65,000 Workers to Be Sent Abroad

Tolo News 7 Nov 2022 Meanwhile, some residents in Kabul who are unemployed asked the government to facilitate work opportunities for them. The Ministry of Public Works said that 65 thousand workers will be sent abroad for work soon. The deputy minister said that 15,000 will go to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey to work

Afghanistan Among Countries with Most Displaced People

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 8 Nov 2022 Some Afghan families who have been displaced due to climate change said that they are deeply concerned as winter approaches. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said that over 70 percent of the world’s refugees and displaced people come from the most climate-vulnerable countries including Afghanistan, the Democratic

Over 1,250 Refugees Detained by Pakistan Police in Nearly 40 Days: Embassy

Imran Danesh Tolo News 8 Nov 2022 The refugees’ rights activists said that the Pakistan police have recently increased detentions of Afghan refugees in Sindh and Karachi. Pakistani police detained more than 1,250 Afghan refugees in nearly 40 days, the Afghanistan embassy in Pakistan said. The ambassador of the Islamic Emirate in Pakistan, Sardar Ahmad

Work on Mes-Aynak to Begin Soon: Ministry

 Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 7 Nov 2022 The deputy minister of Public Works said that they are in talks with several organizations to alleviate the poverty in the country. The Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) said that the practical work on Mes Aynak project will begin soon and that this will provide job opportunities for

UNAMA Calls for Climate Change in Afghanistan to Be Addressed

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 6 Nov 2022 The UN’s climate change summit has opened in Egypt with a warning that our planet is “sending a distress signal.” As the UN climate change summit began in Egypt on Sunday, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) called for urgent global cooperation to stop the destructive

UK Donates $28 Million to WFP for Afghan Aid

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 4 Nov 2022 The World Food Programme announced that the funds will be spent to aid Afghan people facing food insecurity this winter. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland donated around $28 million in emergency funds ahead of winter in Afghanistan. The World Food Programme announced that the

Kabul Seeks to Improve Relations With World Through Qatar’s Mediation

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 4 Nov 2022 The ambassador of Qatar to Afghanistan pledged to continue helping Afghans, especially women and orphans. Mawlawi Abdul Kabir, the deputy for political affairs for the PM, said in a meeting with Saeed Mubarak al Khayarin al Hajri, the ambassador of Qatar to Afghanistan, that Kabul seeks to establish

TASS: Kabul Officials Will Not Participate in Moscow Meeting on Afghanistan

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh News Reporter Tolo News 4 Nov 2022 Russia’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, on Thursday said that no one from the officials of the Islamic Emirate is invited to the meeting. According to the TASS news agency, the meeting of the Moscow Format to discuss Afghanistan will take place in Moscow

Uzbekistan Urges Intl Community to Provide Aid to Afghanistan

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 3 Nov 2022 He also expressed concern about the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and called on the international community to provide assistance to the country. The foreign Minister of Uzbekistan, Vladimir Norov, said that Tashkent is attempting to help ensure peace in Afghanistan and will continue its support to the country.

‘No darkness is for ever’: can an activist in exile persuade the Taliban to allow teaching on TV?

Isabel Choat The Guardian Thu 3 Nov 2022 The regime’s closure of her support and literacy centres for women and girls was crushing, but Jamila Afghani is looking for ways to build a brighter future for the Afghan women she left behind. Jamila Afghani was settling into her new home in Kitchener, Ontario, when she

Afghan women brave “brutal” Taliban response to protest “genocide” attack on ethnic Hazaras

BY AHMAD MUKHTAR CBS News OCTOBER 4, 2022 / 8:51 AM The deadly attack on students preparing for exams in a packed hall in Afghanistan‘s capital has brought a wave of protests, with young women appearing to lead the cries for justice despite the risks of speaking out in a country controlled by the Taliban. Female

Czechia to Close Embassy in Kabul: Reports

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh News Reporter Tolo News 3 Nov 2022 But the head of the Islamic Emirate’s Office in Doha, Suhail Shaheen, said that the security in the country is better than before. Czechia will close its embassy in Kabul on January 1 this year, as no improvement in the country’s security situation is expected

China’s Xi Jinping, Pakistan’s Sharif Call for Support of Afghanistan

Amina Hakimi Tolo News 3 Nov 2022 The Ministry of Economy said that regional cooperation, particularly with China and Pakistan, is important for Afghan economic development. The Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif during his visit to China met with the Chinese President Xi Jinping and both underscored the need for the international community to provide

Pakistan Calls for Sustained, Practical Engagement With Kabul

Imran Danish  Tolo News 2 Nov 2022 The political analysts said the world’s engagement with Afghanistan is important and urged Kabul to focus on how to engage with the international countries. Addressing the 21st Meeting of the Council of Heads of Government (CHG) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto

UNAMA: ‘200’ Cases of Violations of Rights of Afghan Reporters

TOLOnews TV Network 2 Nov 2022 The Committee to Protect Journalists in Afghanistan said that in the last year no cases of murder have been recorded in Afghanistan. On the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said that after the collapse of the previous government,

US Congressman Concerned of Afghan ‘Collapse’ if West Disengages

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh News Reporter Tolo News 2 Nov 2022 Meijer said that if the US doesn’t work to build relations with the Islamic Emirate, Afghanistan would be at risk of collapse. US Representative Peter Meijer in a conversation with TOLOnews said that Washington and the international community have not engaged with the caretaker government

Watchdog points to dire conditions in Afghanistan amid US agencies’ resistance to oversight

Rebecca Beitsch Wed, November 2, 2022  A government watchdog is offering a grim update on life in Afghanistan since the U.S. withdrawal while chastising American agencies for rebuffing its attempts to review their efforts in the country since the Taliban takeover. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), which has been reviewing multiple agencies’

Poppy Cultivation Increased 32% From Past Year: UNODC

By Banafsha Binesh Tolo News2 Nov 2022 Opium prices have risen following the announcement of the cultivation ban in April. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said that the cultivation of opium poppies in Afghanistan has increased by 32 percent over the previous year, to 233,000 hectares – making the 2022 crop the third

Price: US Will Never Allow Afghanistan to Become Safe Haven

TOLOnews TV Network 1 Nov 2022 Earlier, the Islamic Emirate said that they will never allow the use Afghanistan’s soil against other countries. US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said that Washington and its partners will never allow Afghanistan to become a safe place for terrorists. Ned Price added that the Islamic Emirate has to

MoI Hires Back Former Female Police Officers

Asma Saayin Tolo News 1 Nov 2022 Some political analysts believe that hiring women as police will have a positive impact in providing security in our society. The Ministry of Interior Affairs has begun hiring female employees who worked for the previous government, the ministry spokesman said. “We are trying to hire policewomen that have

Opium production increases 32% in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, U.N. report says

BY AHMAD MUKHTAR CBS News NOVEMBER 1, 2022 / 6:57 AM Opium cultivation in Afghanistan jumped 32% during 2022 despite the ruling Taliban regime’s ban on narcotics, according to an annual report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The Taliban regime rejected the findings, telling CBS News it was part of a “politically motivated” international

Women Hold Protest for Right to Learn and Work

Asma Saayin  Tolo News 1 Nov 2022 The Ministry of Economy said that efforts are ongoing to create work opportunities for women. Following calls to reopen girls’ schools above sixth grade and employment for women, a group of women staged a protest in Kabul to express their concerns about the continued effective ban on female

ICC judges approve request to reopen Afghanistan probe

By MIKE CORDER Associated Press October 31, 2022 THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Judges have approved a request by the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor to reopen an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan, saying Afghan authorities are not carrying out meaningful probes into the alleged crimes. The court announced the decision

Criminal Activities Increased Recently in Kabul: Residents

By Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 31 Oct 2022 A spokesman for the Kabul security department, Khalid Zadran, said that the criminal activities have dropped compared to before. Criminal activity, particularly of armed robbery, has recently surged in Kabul, residents said. However, the Kabul security department denied the rise in criminal activities in the capital. Ikramullah, 23,

Afghanistan: Taliban uses Hamas meeting to send a message to the Muslim world

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid meets Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in Istanbul (Twitter) After having to distance itself from Israel normalisation rumours, the Afghan group draws parallels between two occupations Ali M Latifi Middle East Eye 28 October 2022 11:05 UTC Earlier this week, Taliban government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted a picture of him meeting with Hamas leaders

Why Don’t Rich Muslim States Give More Aid to Afghanistan?

Akmal Dawi Voice of America/VOA October 27, 2022 FILE – Hundreds of Afghan men gather to apply for humanitarian aid, in Qala-e-Naw, Afghanistan, Dec. 14, 2021. Print WASHINGTON — More than 10 months after the United Nations launched its largest ever single-country appeal to mitigate the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, less than half of the appeal has

Karzai-West Conversation Addressed Need for Negotiations Among Afghans

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh News Reporter Tolo News 29 Oct 2022 The US special envoy said that girls were deprived of their basic right to education, which is holding Afghanistan back. The former president of the country, Hamid Karzai, in a conversation via phone with the US Special Representative for Afghanistan, Thomas West, addressed the need

Women Activists in Kabul Protest Closed Girls’ Schools

Waheeda Hasan News ReporterTolo News 29 Oct 2022 Meanwhile, female students said that schools shouldn’t be closed any longer and they urged the authorities to reopen them. Following calls for the reopening of girls’ schools above sixth grade, a group of women activists staged a protest near the Malika Suraya High School in the Taimani

Russia’s Recruiting Afghan Commandos

Lynne O’Donnell Foreign Policy OCTOBER 25, 2022, 2:53 PMAbandoned special forces veterans are getting job offers for a very different kind of battlefield. Members of Afghanistan’s elite National Army Commando Corps, who were abandoned by the United States and Western allies when the country fell to the Taliban last year, say they are being contacted

Afghanistan Becomes World’s ‘Least Secure’ Country: Report

NDTV (India) October 27, 2022 3:42 am IST According to Gallup’s index, Afghanistan is the country in which the people are “least likely” to feel safe while walking at night alone since the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan. Kabul: Amid unabated human rights violations in Afghanistan due to Taliban rule, the war-torn country has been ranked

Russia recruits Afghan commandos to bolster forces in Ukraine: ‘Surprising’ effect of US military drawdown

By Peter Aitken  Fox News October 27, 2022 4:25pm EDT Former intelligence officer said Iran may be helping Russia recruit Afghan commandos The Russian military has started recruiting U.S.-trained Afghanistan commandos to bolster its forces in Ukraine as Russian President Vladimir Putin looks to replenish his forces and supplies in the drawn-out conflict. Multiple Afghan

Balkh Residents Complain of Increased Kidnapping, Murder

TOLOnews TV NetworkTolo News 28 Oct 2022 Meanwhile, the Balkh Police Command officials promised that the perpetrators of the recent incidents will be arrested and punished. The increase in cases of kidnapping and murder, especially of doctors, is causing alarm among residents of Balkh province. They asked the security officials to arrest and punish the

SIGAR: US Has Restarted Development Programs in Afghanistan

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 28 Oct 2022 In the report, SIGAR said that in Afghanistan the health sector faces a lack of budget and expert staff.  A report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said that the US has restored reconstruction programs in Afghanistan.  The SIGAR report also expressed concern about the

Bennett Briefs UN General Assembly on Afghan Human Rights

By Mohammad Farshad Daryosh News Reporter Tolo News 27 Oct 2022 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said that the Islamic Emirate had cooperated with Bennett and he should not take advantage of it. The UN Human Rights Council’s special rapporteur to Afghanistan, Richard Bennett, said that despite the Islamic Emirate’s claims about “progress made,”

Private University Enrollment Down 50% Since Govt Change: Union

Fatima Adib  Tolo News 22 Oct 2022 Students confirmed that because of economic challenges they are not able to pay fees for their education. The Union of Private Universities in Afghanistan said that the number of students attending private universities has dropped by 50 percent since the political change in 2021. The union said that

380M Banknotes of Afghan Currency to Arrive Within 1 Month: Mehrabi

 Imran Danish  Tolo News 22 Oct 2022 Mehrabi said another contract 390 million banknotes of various denominations with a face value of 10 billion Afghanis was signed with the French company. A member of the Afghanistan Trust Fund, Shah Mohammad Mehrabi, said that the Polish Security Printing Works (PWPW) is due to deliver new Afghani

SIGAR: Closed Girls’ Schools Has Had ‘Averse Effect’

Asma Saayin Tolo News 26 Oct 2022 Earlier Islamic Emirate said that efforts are underway for opening schools for girls above grade six but still unknow when the will open schools’ door for girls. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction in a recent report expressed concern about the closure of schools for girls above

400 Days Have Passed Since Afghan Girls Attended Secondary School

TOLOnews TV Network 25 Oct 2022 Meanwhile, some female students above grade six asked the government to allow them to go to schools. Rina Amiri, United States special envoy for Afghan Women, Girls and Human Rights, expressed concern about the closure of secondary schools for girls and said it has been 400 days that girls

Norway to Host Closed Meeting on Afghanistan

Imran Danish Tolo News 25 Oct 2022 The Islamic Emirate said that all types of meetings including the Norwegian summit should consider the situation of the Afghans. The Norwegian Permanent Mission to the UN said that it will be hosting a closed Arria-formula meeting titled “Engaging Afghanistan.” The Norwegian Permanent Mission to the UN said in

Commission Will Investigate Citizens’ Complaints About Ex-Govt Officials

TOLOnews TV Network Tolo News 23 Oct 2022 According to the commission’s recent figures, so far more than 370 political figures from the previous administration have returned to the nation. The Commission for “Return and Communications with Former Afghan Officials and Political Figures” said that the commission will look into any claims made by citizens

Islamic Emirate’s Leader Meets With MoD Officials

Nazeer Shinwari  Tolo News 24 October 2022 Sayed Bilal Ahmad Fatimi, a political analyst, said that the international and Islamic laws in this regard match each other. The leader of the Islamic Emirate, Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada, met with the officials of the department of strategy and intelligence of the Defense Ministry, and commanders of the

New Printed Afghani Will Replace Banknotes: West

Mujeeb Rahman Awrang Stanikzai Head of TOLOnews’ Online Department 22 Oct 2022 According to West, there will be an additional advisory body of Afghan professionals and experienced people. The US special envoy for Afghanistan, Thomas West, said that the “new printed Afghani will replace bank notes” in Afghan markets. He made the remarks while speaking

Efforts Underway to Form New Constitution: Mujahid

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh News ReporterTolo News 22 Oct 2022 After the fall of the former government, the fate of the constitution in Afghanistan remained tentative. The Islamic Emirate’s Spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said that work on the formation of a constitution that will replace the previous constitution. After the fall of the former government, the fate

Japan Begins Limited Diplomatic Activities in Kabul

Imran Danish Tolo News 22 Oct 2022 The Japanese embassy in Kabul has begun limited activity, the Japanese foreign minister said on Saturday. Japan’s foreign minister, Yoshimasa Hayashi, said on Friday during a press conference in Tokyo that his country had resumed limited diplomatic relations with Afghanistan after a hiatus of more than a year.

Nations Request the Lifting of Restrictions on Women in Afghanistan

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 21 Oct 2022 The ambassador of Norway to the UN said that efforts are being made to facilitate direct communication between Afghan women and the Islamic Emirate. Several nations requested the lifting of restrictions on women in Afghanistan during the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace, and Security. The

Ahadi: Freezing of Afghan Assets Was Political Decision

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh Tolo News 21 Oct 2022 The United States established the trust fund and said it will transfer $3.5bn in Afghan central bank assets to the fund.  Anwar ul-Haq Ahadi, a member of the Afghanistan Fund in Switzerland, said that Afghanistan’s frozen assets have been changed into a political issue. Ahadi, in an

Mujahid Says West Preventing Islamic Emirate’s Recognition

Imran Danish Tolo News 21 Oct 2022 Mujahid said that some Muslim and regional countries are unwilling to recognize the Islamic Emirate because of issues they have with the United States. The Islamic Emirate’s spokesman while traveling in Turkey said that the West, particularly the United States, has prevented the recognition of the Islamic Emirate

Treasures of Afghan History, Art and Culture

By Nazanin Lankarani The New York Times Oct. 19, 2022 The Guimet National Museum of Asian Arts in Paris is displaying the fruits of a century of partnership between France and Afghanistan. PARIS — Before the Taliban demolished the Great Buddhas of Bamiyan in 2001, the figures were the world’s largest standing depictions of the deity.

Iran and Pakistan Officials Pledge to Act for Peace in Afghanistan

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh News Reporter Tolo News 19 October 2022 Islamic Emirate said that Kabul urged that good relations be established with regional countries Pakistan’s special envoy for Afghanistan on a trip to Iran talked about the current situation in Afghanistan with Iranian officials. Iran’s Foreign Ministry tweeted that Islamabad and Tehran will use all

Group of Friends of Women in Afghanistan Calls for Reopening Girls’ Schools

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh News Reporter Tolo News 20 October 2022 They called on the “Taliban to immediately reverse the effective ban on girls’ secondary education in Afghanistan.” The Group of Friends of Women in Afghanistan, with representatives from 27 countries, expressed deep concern regarding the increasing “erosion of respect for the human rights and fundamental

Afghan women’s long and hard struggle for the right to divorce

By Ruchi Kumar and Orooj Hakimi Al Jazeera Published On 20 Oct 2022 After years of abuse at the hands of her husband, 32-year-old Bano gathered the courage last year to file for divorce in northeastern Afghanistan. “For four years, he beat me every day and raped me every night,” she told Al Jazeera, requesting that her

They Forgot About Us’: Inside the Wait for Refugee Status

By Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Miriam Jordan The New York Times Oct. 19, 2022 As the Biden administration prioritizes resettling people fleeing Ukraine and Afghanistan, many other refugees are waiting years in a system struggling to rebuild. WASHINGTON — For the past eight years, Ahmed Mohamed Aden has been trying to reunite with the sons he left behind

Afghan GDP Estimated to Further Contract This Year: World Bank

Amina Hakimi Tolo News 19 October 2022 The Ministry of Economy said that the sanctions imposed on Afghanistan have affected the country’s economy. The World Bank released a development update on Afghanistan, in which it estimated that the real GDP is projected to contract further in 2022, with an accumulated contraction of close to 30-35

Gay Afghan student ‘murdered by Taliban’ as anti-LGBTQ+ violence rises

Deepa Parent The Guardian Tue 18 Oct 2022 Death of Hamed Sabouri is latest in wave of attacks, with rights groups warning thousands are in hiding or trying to flee country The abduction, torture and murder of a gay medical student, who was stopped at a traffic checkpoint by Taliban gunmen, is the latest victim

Islamic Emirate Urges Turkey to Recognize Govt

TOLOnews TV Network 18 Oct 2022 Analysts believe that the Islamic Emirate must take tremendous steps to earn the recognition of the international community.  The Islamic Emirate’s Spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid called on Turkey to engage in “deep” relations with Islamic Emirate and recognize its government. Mujahid made the remarks in an interview with a Turkish

Poverty Increasing in Afghanistan

Amina Hakimi Tolo News 18 Oct 2022 The Secretary-General of the United Nations said in a tweet that COVID-19 is a big reason for poverty in the world.  October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, and residents of Kabul said poverty is causing them severe challenges.  On a street corner of

Reopening of Girls’ Schools Under Consideration: Education Minister

TOLOnews TV Network 18 Oct 2022 The acting education minister made the remarks in a visit to the central province of Bamiyan. The acting Minister of Education, Mawlawi Habibullah Agha, said that the reopening of girls’ schools beyond grade six is being considered. The acting education minister made the remarks in a visit to the

Report: Taliban killed captives in restive Afghan province

By RIAZAT BUTT Associated Press 17 Oct 2022 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — The Taliban captured, bound and shot to death 27 men in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley last month during an offensive against resistance fighters in the area, according to a report published Tuesday, refuting the group’s earlier claims that the men were killed in battle.

Taliban Ban Foreign Journalists on Misreporting Charge

Akmal Dawi Voice of America/VOA October 13, 2022 10:07 PM FILE – Afghan cameramen cover a protest against US President Joe Biden in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 15, 2022. After imposing a series of restrictions on Afghan journalists, including mandatory face masks for female television anchors, the Taliban now appear to be targeting foreign journalists they

Afghanistan Will Be Included in UNSC Meeting: Faiq

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 17 Oct 2022 The Islamic Emirate said that there are no obstacles against human rights in the country and that the rights of the citizens have been ensured. The Chargé d’Affaires of the Afghanistan Permanent Mission to the UN, Naseer Ahmad Faiq said the UN Security Council (UNSC) is expected to

Germany launches new program to help at-risk Afghans

Associated Press 17 October 2022 BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Monday that it is launching a new program to help to bring about 1,000 people who are at risk of persecution in Afghanistan to Germany each month. The program is part of an agreement between the three governing parties. It provides a formal structure for

US will not fund non-state actors in Afghanistan: Taliban sources

Osama Bin Javaid Al Jazeera Published On 17 Oct 2022 Taliban sources tell Al Jazeera that US officials assured them during a meeting in Doha. Doha, Qatar – The United States has assured Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers that Washington will not fund any armed groups or non-state actors in the country, Taliban sources have told Al Jazeera.

Kabul Asks World to Avoid Interfering in Afghanistan’s Affairs

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh News Reporter Tolo News 15 Oct 2022 Analysts said that given the current situation, it is essential to meet some of the demands of the international community such as the reopening of girls’ schools. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan asked the neighboring nations and the international community to avoid interfering in Afghanistan’s

Putin: We Need to Work with Current Afghan Authorities

Waheeda Hasan News ReporterTolo News 15 Oct 2022 Speaking at the summit, Putin stressed the need to interact with the current government in Afghanistan. Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries that Moscow will work with the current Afghan government to fight terrorism in the region. Speaking at the

Ban on Girls Schooling Happens Only in Afghanistan: US Expert

Asma Saayin  Tolo News 15 Oct 2022 Speaking to TOLOnews, Rubin said the closure of girls’ schools is unacceptable for the United States, Afghanistan’s neighbors and the international community. Barnett Rubin, an Afghanistan expert with the Center on International Cooperation, said girls’ schools should be reopened in Afghanistan and women’s rights should be protected to

Trump ordered rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan after election loss

By Leo Shane III Military Times Oct 13, 03:37 PM President Donald Trump ordered a rapid withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Somalia in the wake of his 2020 election loss, but senior officials never followed through on the plan, according to testimony released by the congressional January 6 committee on Thursday. “The order was for an

Uncertainty Surrounds Billions of Dollars in Afghanistan’s Funds

Akmal Dawi Voice of America/VOA October 12, 2022 1:09 PM FILE – Afghan men walk past Da Afghanistan Bank, Afghanistan’s central bank, in Kabul on June 28, 2011. Facing economic paralysis and a nationwide humanitarian crisis, Afghanistan needs to stay current on what it owes international economic institutions before it can receive critically needed foreign

Religious Clerics, Badghis Citizens Call for Reopening of Girls’ Schools 0 COMMEN

Amin Pacha Tolo News 14 Oct 2022 According to them, girls’ education is important, and if the closure of girls’ schools continues the nation’s illiteracy rate will rise. Following ongoing calls for the reopening of girls’ schools above the sixth grade, some religious clerics and people of Badghis province asked the Islamic Emirate to reopen

Islamic Emirate Cabinet Not Formalized After One Year

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh, News Reporter Tolo News 13 Oct 2022 The Islamic Emirate’s spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, said that the announcement of an official cabinet will take some time. It has been more than one year since the Islamic Emirate announced its cabinet, and it still has yet to become official. The Islamic Emirate’s spokesman, Zabiullah

Biden: Afghanistan Will Never Be ‘A Safe Haven’ For Terrorist Attacks

By Imran Danish  Tolo News 14 Oct 2022 Joe Biden said that Afghanistan will never be a safe haven for terrorist attacks against the US and its allies in the new national security strategy of the US. President Joe Biden said that the United States of America holds the Islamic Emirate responsible for its commitment to

Venezuela, SKorea, Afghanistan lose vote for UN rights body

By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press October 11, 2022 UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Venezuela, South Korea and Afghanistan lost contested races for seats on the top U.N. human rights body in Tuesday by the General Assembly, which faced criticism for electing countries like Vietnam and Sudan, which have been accused of having abysmal human rights

Guterres References Afghanistan on ‘Intl Day of the Girl Child’

TOLOnews TV Network 11 Oct 2022 Thousands of girls work as venders on the streets of Kabul due to poverty. As the International Day of the Girl Child is being celebrated around the world, millions of Afghan girls have been facing severe challenges, including the closure of their schools above grade six. UN Secretary General Antonio

Afghanistan is Candidate for UN Human Rights Council: Faiq

By Waheeda Hasan News ReporterTolo News 11 Oct 2022 Faiq said that 14 countries including Afghanistan have been nominated to be selected for membership in the OHCHR. The Chargé d’Affaires of the Afghanistan Permanent Mission to the UN, Naseer Ahmad Faiq, said that Afghanistan is a candidate for membership in the UN Human Rights Council. Faiq said

Niklasson Calls for Increased Aid for Afghans

Faridullah Mohammadi Tolo News 10 Oct 2022 Niklasson said on Twitter that the “authorities” must respond firmly to the increasing number of “terrorist attacks” in Afghanistan. The European Union’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan Tomas Niklasson said that Afghanistan is facing a harsh winter and that the “UN humanitarian appeal is only funded at 45 percent.”

US, Islamic Emirate Held ‘Detailed’ Talks in Doha

Khpolwak Sapai Tolo News 10 Oct 2022 Finding solutions for the dispute and allaying suspicions were reportedly the purpose of the talks. After the report by CNN, a source from the Islamic Emirate confirmed that a delegation of the Islamic Emirate met with US officials in Doha and held detailed talks on Saturday.  The meeting

Afghan Foreign Funds Still Being Discussed: UNDP’s Wignaraja

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh Tolo News 5 Oct 2022 “It’s important that the Islamic Emirate divides power equally between Afghan tribes,” said Ahmad Munib Rasa, political analyst. The Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, Kanni Wignaraja, said that talks on the $3.5 billion of Afghan assets are still continuing,

No Chance US Would Engage Militarily in Afghanistan: Decker

Imran Danish  Tolo News 5 Oct 2022 The Islamic Emirate said that it wants good relations with the world countries and that the disagreements could be solved via negotiations. The Chargé d’Affaires of the US Mission to Afghanistan, Karen Decker, said there is no chance that Washington would re-engage militarily in Afghanistan.   The Islamic

UNDP Releases Annual Report on Afghanistan

Amina Hakimi Tolo News 5 Oct 2022 The report is titled “One Year in Review: Afghanistan Since August 2021”.  The United Nations Development Program released a new report on Afghanistan’s economic situation, saying that the already-declining licit Afghan economy lost nearly US$5 billion after August 2021 and is reversing “in 12 months what had taken

Afghan Foreign Funds Still Being Discussed: UNDP’s Wignaraja

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh Tolo News 5 October 2022 Islamic Emirate divides power equally between Afghan tribes,” said Ahmad Munib Rasa, political analyst. The Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, Kanni Wignaraja, said that talks on the $3.5 billion of Afghan assets are still continuing, particularly on how to

Building a New Life in an Unlikely Migrant Destination

By Peter Kujawinski Peter Kujawinski, an author and a former American diplomat, reported this article from Nashville. The New York Times Oct. 4, 2022 “Life in Afghanistan, in Kabul,” said Alyas Tajik, “was perfect.” It was a bright morning in September, and the 20-year-old was sitting in the living room of a newly built rental

‘She could have done so much good in this world’: victims of the Kabul blast remembered

Deepa Parent The Guardian Wed 5 Oct 2022 Last week, a suicide bomber killed at least 53 people – mostly girls from the minority Hazara ethnic group – outside an education centre in Kabul. Here, relatives and friends of four young women who died remember their loved ones. Omulbanin Asghari, 17 My sister had many dreams and would have made our country proud. My

Four killed in bombing at Afghan Interior Ministry mosque

Al Jazeera 5 Oct 2022 Interior ministry spokesman says 25 wounded in suicide bombing at mosque used by visitors and ministry employees. A suicide bombing has hit a mosque at a government ministry in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, killing four people and wounding 25, a ministry spokesman said. The explosion on Wednesday afternoon took place as

Forces said to have opened fire on crowds demonstrating over attack targeting Hazara community

Deepa Parent The Guardian Sun 2 Oct 2022 Taliban beat women protesting against school bombing, say witnesses Women protesting against the suicide bombing of a school in Afghanistan, which killed 35 young Hazara women and girls on Friday, have been beaten and shot at by Taliban according to witnesses. Dozens of women from the Hazara community protested against

Students in Herat, Bamyan Hold Protests, Demand Rights

By TOLOnews TV Network 2 Oct 2022 The Ministry of Interior reported 25 dead and 31 wounded in the blast that took place on Friday morning at Kaaj educational center in PD 13 of Kabul city. Dozens of students in the western province of Herat and the central province of Bamyan held demonstrations in the

UN’s Bennett: ‘Five People’ Keeping Girls’ Schools Closed

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 2 Oct 2022 Some participants at the meeting believe that the solution to the problems in the field of human rights in Afghanistan is the enforcement of the constitution. Richard Bennett, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Afghanistan, said that the leaders of the Islamic Emirate are not of

‘My sister had dreams’: Mourning after school blast in Kabul

By Fatima Faizi Al Jazeera Published On 2 Oct 2022 At least 38 were killed and 82 wounded in an attack on an education centre where the majority of victims were young women. Kabul, Afghanistan – As soon as he heard about the explosion at the Kaj education centre, Mukhtar Modabber, 30, rushed to the blast site, desperately

Kabul attack: Death toll rises to 35 mostly ‘girls, young women’

Al Jazeera 1 October 2022 Dozens of women have protested to call for more protection for the ethnic Hazara community in the wake of the attack. The death toll from a suicide bombing at an education centre in the Afghan capital has risen to 35, according to the United Nations mission to the country, as women reportedly

Demands for Security in Kabul Mount After Attack on Education Center

Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 30 Sept 2022 The father of Fatema said that he picked up his daughter’s body from Ali Jinnah Hospital. Families of victims and residents of Kabul called on the Islamic Emirate to ensure the safety of the public and punish those responsible for Friday’s attack on the Kaaj educational center. “We

Islamic Emirate Asks UNSC to Extend Travel Ban Exemptions

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh News Reporter Tolo News 30 September 2022 However, some political analysts said that the world’s political and economic sanctions are not beneficial to Afghanistan. Over 40 days have passed since the end of the travel ban exemption for Islamic Emirate officials instated by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Kabul once more

Suicide attacker kills at least 19 in Kabul school blast

Al Jazeera Published On 30 Sep 2022 At least 27 others have been wounded in the explosion at the Kabul education centre in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighbourhood. A suicide bomber has attacked an educational institute in the Afghan capital, killing at least 19 people. As many as 27 others were wounded in the blast early on

China’s and India’s Realpolitik Relations with the Taliban Regime

Author: Vanda Felbab-Brown Brookings Institution September 13, 2022 Guest Column Though the first year of the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan has been characterized by a return to authoritarianism, a tanking economy and worsened relations with the West, two countries—China and India—have made the effort to position themselves closer to the new ruling regime.

Thomas West Says Afghan National Dialogue Needed

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh News Reporter Tolo News 29 Sept 2022 The deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate, Bilal Karimi, said that there is no need for national dialogue in the country. The US special envoy for Afghanistan Thomas West said without a serious “national political dialogue” about the future of the country among Afghans who

UN official warns of conflict, more poverty in Afghanistan

By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press 28 Sept 2022 UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A senior U.N. official warned Tuesday of a possible internal conflict and worsening poverty in Afghanistan if the Taliban don’t respond quickly to the needs of all elements of society, saying their crackdown on the rights of girls and women signals indifference

US Reports Civilian Casualties from Operations in Afghanistan

Waheeda Hasan Tolo News 28 Sept 2022 The DoD reported “as of February 15, 2022, it was assessed … approximately (there were) 12 civilians killed and approximately 2 civilians injured.” The US’s Department of Defense reported that there were 12 civilians killed and 2 civilians injured during 2021 as a result of US military operations.

Taliban signs ‘preliminary’ deal with Russia for oil, gas, wheat

Al Jazeera Published on 28 Sept 2022 The agreement comes as Afghanistan faces a worsening humanitarian crisis. Afghanistan’s government has signed a provisional agreement with Russia to import petroleum products and wheat at a discount, according to Taliban officials. The deal includes the annual purchase of one million tonnes of petrol, one million tonnes of

Taliban official calls for schools to be reopened for girls

Al Jazeera Published On 27 Sep 2022 Senior member of Afghanistan’s Taliban-run government urges rulers to reopen secondary schools for girls, saying ‘women must get education’. A senior member of the Taliban-run government in Afghanistan has called on the country’s new rulers to reopen schools for girls beyond the sixth year, saying there is no valid

Pakistan Concerned by Terrorist Presence in Afghanistan: Sharif

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh Tolo News 24 Sept 2022 Sharif’s remarks sparked reactions from the Islamic Emirate and former President Hamid Karzai. The Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that “Pakistan shares the key concern of the international community regarding the threat posed by the major terrorist groups operating from Afghanistan especially ISIS-K and Takrik-e-Taliban Pakistan,

U.S. providing $327 million in aid to Afghanistan, Blinken says

Reuters September 23, 2022 WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The United States will provide an additional $327 million in aid to Afghanistan to shore up humanitarian assistance, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday. “This assistance from the United States will continue to support the scaled-up humanitarian response in Afghanistan and neighboring countries

MoHE to Review Curriculum in Light of Islamic Law, Intl Standards

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 23 Sept 2022 Meanwhile, some university professors and students said that the nation’s universities’ curricula haven’t been updated in years. The Ministry of Higher Education said that it will review and revise the curriculum in light of Afghan culture, international educational standards, and Islamic law. Ahmad Taqi, the spokesperson for this

Bomb goes off as worshippers exit Kabul mosque, kills at least 7

Tolo News 23 Sept 2022 At least seven people killed and 40 wounded after blast near Kabul mosque – the latest in a deadly series of bombings during Friday prayers throughout Afghanistan. Several people were killed and dozens more wounded when a car bomb went off at a mosque in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, as worshippers

Bill to Grant Afghan Evacuees a Path to Residency Hits Snags

By Luke Broadwater The New York Times Sept. 22, 2022 The White House and members of both parties had hoped to attach the legislation to a must-pass spending bill this month. But some Republicans have raised security concerns. WASHINGTON — On the lawn outside the Capitol this week, the flags of two countries flew in

‘This is what it was like’: reliving the devastating US withdrawal from Afghanistan

Adrian Horton The Guardian Wed 21 Sep 2022 In the documentary Escape from Kabul, first-hand accounts and archival footage bring us back to a terrifying time in 2021 Over a year out, the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan still seems, from afar, shocking, swift, baffling. In a matter of days, the Afghan government – and a fraught,

Islamic Emirate Replaces Acting Education Minister in Reshuffle

Mohammad Farshad Daryosh Tolo News 21 SEPTEMBER 2022 Tuesday’s order also announced that acting Deputy Interior Minister Mullah Mohammad Mohsin would be appointed to run the northern province of Panjshir. The Islamic Emirate’s supreme leader issued an order on Tuesday announcing a reshuffle of several national and provincial positions, including replacing the acting education minister.

US Launches Alliance for Afghan Women’s Economic Resilience

Amina Hakimi Tolo News 22 Sept 2022 This comes as some women’s rights activists said that many women have become jobless.   The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken launched the Alliance for Afghan Women’s Economic Resilience (AWER) on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. “AWER is a new public-private partnership between the Department

Poppy Cultivation at ‘Zero’ Says Counter-Narcotics Official

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 20 SEPTEMBER 2022 The officials of the department of counter-narcotics called the solar year 1401 crucial for countering the narcotics. The Deputy Minister of Counter Narcotics, Abdul Haq Hamkar, said that poppy cultivation has “dropped to zero” in the country. Speaking at a press conference, Abdul Haq Hamkar said that more than

Appeal at UN for world leaders to protect Afghan girls’ education

Al Jazeera 21 September 2022 Women urge leaders to unite and demand the Taliban government reopen girls’ schools and offer protection of their rights. After pleading with world leaders at the United Nations to protect the education and rights of women in Afghanistan a year after the Taliban took over, Somaya Faruqi, the former captain of

U.S. hails release of Taliban captive following prisoner swap

By Haq Nawaz Khan, Susannah George and Missy Ryan The Washington Post September 20, 2022 PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Mark Frerichs, an American contractor held captive by the Taliban since his abduction in Kabul in 2020, was freed in exchange for an Afghan imprisoned on drug trafficking charges in the United States, U.S. and Afghan officials said

U.S. looks to trade former Afghan aircraft for counterterrorism help in Central Asia

By LARA SELIGMAN Politico 09/19/2022 Afghan pilots flew almost 50 planes out of Afghanistan as the government collapsed last year. The U.S. is negotiating with Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to trade nearly 50 military aircraft flown across the border as the Afghan government collapsed last summer for help hunting terrorists in Afghanistan, according to two people

Faiq to Represent Afghanistan in UN General Debate of 77th Session

Waheeda Hasan Tolo News 20 September 2022 Referring to the UN general debate, the Islamic Emirate said that it expects the international community to recognize its government. Chargé d’Affaires of Afghanistan Permanent Mission to the UN, Naseer Ahmad Faiq said that he would give a speech on behalf of Afghanistan in the UN general debate of the 77th session.

UN Chief Calls on Afghan Authorities to Open Girls’ School

By Asma Saayin Tolo News 20 September 2022 UN Sec. Gen. Antonio Guterres at the Transforming Global Education summit hosted by the United Nations, called on the Taliban to lift all restrictions on girls’ access to education immediately. “From this platform, I appeal to the authorities in Afghanistan: lift all restrictions on girls’ access to secondary

US-Taliban prisoner swap: Who are Mark Frerichs, Bashir Noorzai?

By Al Jazeera Staff Al Jazeera Published On 19 Sep 2022 The US hails the release of navy veteran Mark Frerichs by Afghanistan, exchanged for convicted drug trafficker Bashir Noorzai. Washington, DC – The United States has freed a convicted Afghan druglord imprisoned in the US in a prisoner swap with the Taliban that saw the release of

Uzbek President Calls for Constructive Contact With Kabul

Farshad Daryosh  Tolo News 16 Sept 2022 Some of the neighboring countries meanwhile called for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan. Speaking at the 22nd summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the president of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, said his country stands for peace and stability in Afghanistan. The 22nd summit of the

Journalists in Afghanistan Under Threat: US Embassy

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 16 Sept 2022 The “US embassy Kabul” social media account said that journalists are “under threat and face harassment and physical abuse” in Afghanistan. “The US recognizes (how) critical a free press is to democracy & supports journalists who are working tirelessly to do their jobs,” the embassy said on Twitter.

Declassified report shows US predictions of IS group threat

By NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press 16 September 2022 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials predicted two years ago that the Islamic State group would likely regain much of its former strength and global influence, particularly if American and other Western forces reduced their role in countering the extremist movement, according to a newly declassified report. Analysts said many

Clashes With Pakistani Forces Along Durand Line in Paktia: Karimi

TOLOnews TV Network 14 Sept 2022 According to the Islamic Emirate’s deputy spokesman, the incident is being investigated, and senior officials have been informed of the issue. Tensions between Islamic Emirate forces and the Pakistani military at the Durand Line have been reported by Bilal Karimi, the Islamic Emirate’s deputy spokesman. These clashes took place

FIGHT OR FLIGHT

Humaira Rahbin, Candace Rondeaux The Interceept September 13 2022 When the Taliban Took Kabul, an Afghan Pilot Had to Choose Between His Family and His Country . EARLY ON THE morning of August 15, 2021, Shershah Ahmadi was struggling to find a ride home. In Foroshgah, one of the busiest open-air bazaars in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan,

US to move $3.5bn in Afghan assets to Swiss-based trust

Al Jazeera Published On 14 Sep 2022 Housed in the Bank for International Settlements, the new Afghan Fund will be managed by an international board of trustees. The United States says it will transfer $3.5bn in Afghan central bank assets – part of the reserves seized after the Taliban took power in August last year

U.S. to redirect Afghanistan’s frozen assets after Taliban rejects deal

By Jeff Stein The Washington Post September 14, 2022 at 5:00 a.m. EDT Biden administration under pressure as Afghanistan faces enormous hunger crisis after U.S. capture of reserves The Biden administration on Wednesday announced it will create a new fund out of some of Afghanistan’s frozen central bank reserves, aiming to alleviate the country’s mounting

UN expert describes ‘staggering repression’ of women and girls in Afghanistan

The Guardian Staff and agencies Mon 12 Sep 2022 15.46 EDT UN mission accused Taliban authorities of harassing UN Afghan female employees A UN expert has described the “staggering repression” of women and girls in Afghanistan, as the UN mission in the country accused Taliban authorities of harassing its female Afghan employees. In a statement on

Former Afghan MP: Taliban is a `gender apartheid’ regime

By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press 13 September 2022 UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A former member of Afghanistan’s parliament urged the world on Monday to label the Taliban a “gender apartheid” regime because of its crackdown on human rights, saying the apartheid label was a catalyst for change in South Africa and can be a

Taliban says 40 rebel force members killed in northern Panjshir

Reuters September 13, 2022 KABUL, Sept 13 (Reuters) – The Taliban said on Tuesday they had killed 40 rebel force members, including four commanders, in the northern Afghan province of Panjshir. The Taliban proclaimed victory over the province in September 2021, weeks after they took over the capital Kabul as foreign forces withdrew. Resistance groups

U.N. says three Afghan female staff temporarily detained by Taliban

Reuters September 12, 2022 KABUL, Sept 12 (Reuters) – The United Nations’ Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Monday said three of its female Afghan employees had been temporarily detained by Taliban security agents and called on the group to stop intimidation of its local female staff. Taliban spokesmen said they strongly rejected the allegations. UNAMA

Over 300 Former Govt Officials, Traders Returned to Country: Commission

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 12 September 2022 Some senior former government officials have returned to the country over the past several weeks. The “Commission for the Return and Communications with Former Afghan Officials and Political Figures” said that over 300 officials of the former government and traders have returned to the country within the past four months.

Closing of Girls’ Schools Sparks Continued Criticism

TOLOnews TV Network 13 September 2022 She said that Afghanistan is the only country where girls can’t go to school.  Norway’s ambassador and permanent representative to the UN, Tine Mørch Smith, expressed criticism toward the closure of girls’ school above grade six in Afghanistan. She said that Afghanistan is the only country where girls can’t

Restrictions Will Cause Distance Between Kabul, World: Islamic Emirate

TOLOnews TV Network 13 September 2022 This comes as the UNSC has yet to decide whether to extend or end the travel ban exemption for 13 members of the Islamic Emirate. The Islamic Emirate’s Political Office in Qatar said that the imposition of restrictions and pressure have not had any result over the past 20

UN expert decries ‘systematic’ attacks on Afghan Shia groups

Al Jazeera Published on 12 September 2022 A UN expert warns that Hazaras and other Shia communities in Afghanistan are facing ‘systematic’ attacks that may amount to international crimes. Hazara and other Shia Muslim communities in Afghanistan are facing what seem to be “systematic” attacks that could amount to international crimes, a United Nations expert has

Exclusive: Canada agrees to resettle Afghans held in UAE facility

By Alexander Cornwell and Jonathan Landay Reuters September 9, 2022 Summary Canada agrees to U.S. request, sources say Afghans held in UAE for months UAE does not resettle refugees DUBAI/WASHINGTON, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Canada will accept some 1,000 Afghans who fled the Taliban takeover of their homeland and have been held for months in a makeshift

Hundreds of Hazaras killed by ISKP since Taliban took power, say rights group

Weronika Strzyżyńska The Guardian Tue 6 Sep 2022 Hazara communities in Afghanistan are being targeted in violent attacks by the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), Islamic State’s affiliate in Afghanistan, with more than 700 people killed in 13 attacks in the past year, according to a report by Human Rights Watch. In the report, Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Education Minister’s Remarks Trigger Strong Reactions

By Asma Saayin Tolo News 12 Sept 2022 Special envoy for Afghan women, girls, and human rights Rina Amiri tweeted in response The remarks of the education minister regarding girls’ schooling has faced a strong reaction inside and outside Afghanistan.   In a visit to Uruzgan province, the, acting Minister of Education, Noorullah Munir, said that people

Afghan girls take to streets to protest school closure in Paktia

Al Jazeera 10 September 2022 Dozens of girls protest in Gardez city after the Taliban shuts four schools, which were reopened on the intervention of tribal elders and school principals. Dozens of girls have protested in Afghanistan’s Paktia province after Taliban authorities shut their schools just days after classes resumed, agencies and local media reported,

Tajikistan ‘rounding up and deporting Afghan refugees’

Ruchi Kumar and Hikmat Noori The Guardian Fri 9 Sep 2022 08.03 EDT The Tajikistan authorities are rounding up Afghan refugees and forcing them to cross the border back into Afghanistan, despite some having been granted asylum in other countries. According to reports from Tajikistan’s 10,000-strong Afghan refugee community, people are being picked up off the street

One Year On, Official Cabinet of the Islamic Emirate Still Not Announced

TOLOnews TV Network Tolo News 07 SEPTEMBER 2022 The Islamic Emirate’s spokesman stated that the current cabinet is only temporary and will be replaced in the future. Even though it has been more than a year since the Islamic Emirate’s acting cabinet was established, the formal cabinet has still not been announced by the current

OCHA, WFP Express Concerns Over Crisis in Afghanistan

By Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 9 Sept 2022 Right now there are many people who are facing poverty and living in bad conditions in Afghanistan. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Afghanistan and the World Food Program (WFP) expressed concerns over the deteriorating economic crises in Afghanistan. In a tweet,

Human Rights Groups Call on UN for Stronger Accountability in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 8 Sept 2022 This comes as Kabul has repeatedly denied the reports of the violations of human rights, and called them baseless. Human rights groups in an open letter to the UN called for the establishment of a dedicated accountability mechanism by the Human Rights Council (HRC), alongside the mandate of the

Taliban: UAE firm to run flight services on Afghan airports

By RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press 8 September 2022 ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban and the Abu Dhabi-based firm GAAC Solutions signed a contract Thursday for the Emirati company to provide flight services and manage planes landing and taking off on key airports in Afghanistan. The flight guidance services deal will also include equipping the facilities

Afghan Adjustment Act: What does it mean for refugees in US?

By Brian Osgood Al Jazeera Published On 9 Sep 2022 Legislation could give Afghans paroled to the US a path to permanent residency after months of uncertainty. A bipartisan group of legislators in the US Congress have introduced the Afghan Adjustment Act (AAA), a bill aimed at giving tens of thousands of Afghans in the United States a

Hundreds of Hazaras killed by ISKP since Taliban took power, say rights group

Weronika Strzyżyńska The Guardian Tue 6 Sep 2022 Human Rights Watch says Taliban is failing to protect Shia minority from violent attacks on mosques, schools and workplaces Hazara communities in Afghanistan are being targeted in violent attacks by the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), Islamic State’s affiliate in Afghanistan, with more than 700 people killed in 13

Ministry: US Proposes Online Education for Young Afghans

 TOLOnews TV Network6 September 2022 According to available figures, in the last year 1.3 million female students stopped going to school. The acting minister of education, Noorullah Munir, held a meeting with Ron Mac Cammon, chief of the United States Educational Development Program, and said in a tweet that the US group is considering making

Suicide Attack Hits Russian Embassy in Afghanistan, Killing 2 Employees

By Christina Goldbaum The New York Times Sept. 5, 2022 The bombing in Kabul, which also left 4 Afghan civilians dead, was the first strike on a diplomatic mission since the Taliban regained control. A suicide bomber attacked the Russian Embassy in Kabul on Monday, killing two employees and four Afghan civilians, Russian and Afghan

Kabul Asks UNSC to Lift Sanctions on Officials

TOLOnews 4 September 2022 Human Rights Watch asked the UN not to extend the existing government officials’ travel exemption as a result of the closure of girls’ schools in Afghanistan. Following the end of the travel exemption for some officials of the Islamic Emirate, Kabul is once again asking that the United Nations Security Council

Officials: Afghanistan Does Not Need a Constitution

Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 4 September 2022 Regarding political party activities, the deputy minister of justice noted that given the current situation, there is no need for parties to be active. A Ministry of Justice representative said Afghanistan does not require a constitution and can resolve its issues with only the application of Islamic law.

Don’t Believe the Generals

By Gil Barndollar and Jason Dempsey The Atlantic SEPTEMBER 2, 2022, 7:30 AM ET Afghanistan was a lost war long before last year’s final withdrawal. A T-shirt that was popular with veterans for much of America’s nearly 20-year war in Afghanistan showed a helicopter in flight with the caption we were winning when I left. U.S. generals seem to be

Potzel Stressed Need for Inclusivity in Afghan Cabinet

By Farshad Daryosh  Tolo News 3 September 2022 The deputy special envoy of the UN Secretary-General also expressed frustration over the lack of a constitution in Afghanistan. The deputy head of the UN Assistant Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Markus Potzel, called for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan. In an interview with TOLOnews, Potzel

UN chief: former Kyrgyzstan president to head Afghan mission

Associated Press 3 September 2022 UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Former Kyrgyzstan president Roza Otunbayeva has been appointed as the new U.N. special envoy for crisis-stricken Afghanistan, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced late Friday. Otunbayeva succeeds Deborah Lyons of Canada as head of the U.N. political mission in Afghanistan known as UNAMA. She will be in charge

Blast at Afghan Mosque Kills at Least 18, Including a Prominent Cleric

By The Associated Press Sept. 2, 2022 HERAT, Afghanistan — An explosion tore through a crowded mosque in western Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least 18 people, including a prominent cleric close to the Taliban, according to Taliban officials and a local medic. The explosion, in the city of Herat, left the courtyard of the

Khalilzad Urges US, Islamic Emirate to Pursue Doha Agreement

Farshad Daryosh Tolo News 2 September 2022 Khalilzad suggested the US and “Taliban” sit for talks and discuss the points of the agreements which have not been implemented. The former US special envoy for Afghanistan’s reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, urged Washington and the Islamic Emirate to pursue the agreement which they reached on February 29, 2019.

Islamic Emirate Rejects USIP Report Claiming Terrorists in Afghanistan

TOLOnews 2 September 2022 But a spokesman for the Islamic Emirate stressed that the Afghan soil will not be used against any country.  The Islamic Emirate denied the assessment of the US Institute of Peace that says the “Taliban” has continued “to harbor a range of terrorist groups that endanger their neighbors.”   According to USIP,

Mawlawi Ansari, Vocal Cleric in Herat, Killed in Mosque Blast

 Imran Danish  Tolo News 2 September 2022 Ansari was born in 1362 (solar year) in Herat and received his education there and later went on to become the imam of Guzargah mosque in Herat. Mawlawi Mujeeb Rahman Ansari was an Afghan Islamic cleric famous for his harsh conservative remarks and for attracting criticism from fellow Afghans.   Ansari was

Taliban puts on show of force to celebrate anniversary of U.S. withdrawal

By Susannah George The Washington Post August 31, 2022  KABUL — Taliban fighters and senior leaders gathered Wednesday for a celebration at Bagram air base, once the largest American military base in Afghanistan, to mark one year since U.S. and NATO forces withdrew from the country. Images released by Taliban media show fighters marching in

The wrong plane out of Afghanistan

Story by Abigail Hauslohner The Washington Post Aug. 31 at 3:31 p.m HËNGJIN, Albania — The 21-year-old university student did not realize it at the time, but he got on the wrong plane out of Afghanistan. How was he — or any of the other 780 Afghans approaching their first anniversary at this Albanian beach resort

Recognition Should Be Via Intl Consensus: Outgoing Pakistan Ambassador

Farshad Daryosh Tolo News 1 September 2022 The Pakistan ambassador urged the Islamic Emirate to not allow the presence of terrorist groups including the “Tahrik Taliban Pakistan (TTP).” The outgoing ambassador of Pakistan in Kabul, Mansoor Ahmad, said that the recognition of the Islamic Emirate needs to take place through consensus with neighboring countries and

ICC Prosecutors Seek Resumed Afghan War Crimes Probe

Tolo News Reuters 1 September 2022 There is no set deadline for judges to rule on the prosecution’s request to resume the ICC investigation.  (Reuters) – A year into the Islamic Emirate’s rule, war crimes prosecutors in The Hague have urged judges to rule promptly on their request to resume investigations into atrocities in Afghanistan

UN warns 6 million Afghans at risk of famine as crises grow

By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press August 30, 2022 UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Warning that Afghanistan faces deepening poverty with 6 million people at risk of famine, the U.N. humanitarian chief on Monday urged donors to restore funding for economic development and immediately provide $770 million to help Afghans get through the winter as the

US to revise resettlement policy for Afghans: Official

Al Jazeera 1 September 2022 The US will stop – with a few exceptions – admitting Afghans on humanitarian parole that grants temporary entry but no lawful permanent residence. The US administration is stopping – with a few exceptions – the temporary relocation of Afghans to the United States and focusing on reuniting immediate family

Taliban official says Islam grants women right to education, work

Al Jazeera 31 August 2022 A top Taliban official tells Al Jazeera that the group is working to create a so-called ‘safe environment’ for girls in schools and the workplace. A Taliban official has said that Islam grants women the right to education, work, and entrepreneurship, and reiterated that the group is working to create

In a country where women had few options, Fati found freedom playing soccer.

By Juliet Macur The New York Times Aug. 31, 2022 When the Taliban rolled into Kabul, she knew they might kill her and her family. She had one shot at freedom, if only she could make it to the airport. A chance at happiness awaited half a world away. The Keeper How an Afghan soccer player

Mujahid Says US is Preventing Intl Community From Recognizing Govt

Farshad Daryosh Tolo News 31 Aug 2022 Mujahid made the remarks in an interview with TOLOnews’ Sebghat Sepehr. Islamic Emirate’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said that Washington has been preventing the international community from recognizing the caretaker government of Afghanistan. Mujahid made the remarks in an interview with TOLOnews’ Sebghat Sepehr. “They have been defeated here and

From a world away, a U.S. volunteer guides Afghan allies left behind

By Abigail Hauslohner The Washington Post August 18, 2022  FAIRPORT, N.Y. — Kim Staffieri woke before dawn to find the latest in the seemingly never-ending stream of desperate text messages and voice mails from Afghanistan. It was a Monday, one of the four days a week that Staffieri devotes her full attention to helping men

Four countries, six years, 7,000 miles: one Afghan family’s journey to the US

Maya Yang The Guardian Mon 29 Aug 2022 Zahra Amiri is among 41,000 working-age Afghans who have resettled in the US and are set to contribute $1.4bn to the US economy in their first year of work, according to new data The distance from Afghanistan’s south-western province of Nimroz to Iran’s historical city of Yazd

UN Aid Chief Pushes for Restart of Afghanistan Development Aid

Reuters 29 Aug 2022 More than half of Afghanistan’s 39 million people need humanitarian help and six million are at risk of famine, said Griffiths. Countries should restart development aid for Afghanistan that was halted a year ago when the Islamic Emirate seized power, the UN aid chief said on Monday, as the US told

TOLOnews Interview With UK’s General Sir Nick Carter

Banafsha Binesh Tolo News 30 August 2022 According to Carter, not inviting the Taliban to the Bonn meeting in 2001 was a failure. General Sir Nick Carter, the former Chief of the Defense Staff of the United Kingdom, believes that interaction with Afghanistan’s current government is necessary. In a special interview with TOLOnews, Carter stressed

Afghanistan reels from deadly flash floods and landslides

By Abid Hussain Al Jazeera Published On 30 Aug 2022 Martin Griffiths said donors should immediately provide Afghanistan with $770m to survive the coming colder months. Several provinces across the eastern, central, southern and western regions of Afghanistan have been hit by heavy rains, resulting in flash floods and landslides that have caused the deaths of more

‘The Taliban don’t know how to govern’: the Afghan women shaping global policy from exile

Rosie Swash and Ruchi Kumar The Guardian Thu 25 Aug 2022 Despite the upheaval of the Taliban takeover, the ‘group of six’ are finding ways to tackle the political and humanitarian crisis It has been described as Afghanistan’s brain drain, after the Taliban’s return to power last year precipitated an exodus of politicians, academics and journalists who fled in anticipation

Judge Recommends Rejecting Bid by Sept. 11 Families to Seize Frozen Afghan Funds

By Charlie Savage The New York Times Aug. 27, 2022 A federal judge said the Afghan central bank’s assets could not legally be used to pay off judgment debts owed by the Taliban to relatives of victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks. WASHINGTON — A federal magistrate judge has recommended rejecting the effort by relatives

Ashraf Ghani Says His Staying Would Not Have Saved the Republic

Shirshah Rasooli Tolo News 26 August 2022 Ghani claims that his personal assets were looted in Afghanistan. Former President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in an interview with PBS said he will not return “under the Taliban rule,” but he will return as an “Afghan citizen to an Afghanistan where every Afghan feels a sense of belonging.” 

Faiq: UNSC to Hold Meeting on Afghanistan on Monday

 Farshad Daryosh Tolo News 27 August 2022 According to Faiq, this meeting will be held at Russia’s request and will cover the humanitarian and economic situations in Afghanistan. Naseer Ahmad Faiq, Chargé d’Affaires of the Afghanistan Permanent Mission to the UN, said that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is scheduled to hold a briefing

US judge says 9/11 victims not entitled to Afghan bank assets

Al Jazeera 27 August 2022 Seizure of central bank assets would effectively acknowledge the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan, judge says. A United States judge has recommended that victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks not be allowed to seize billions of dollars of assets belonging to Afghanistan’s central bank to satisfy court

Pence aide blames Stephen Miller for ‘devastating’ visa system for Afghans

Maureen Groppe USA TODAY August 21, 2022 WASHINGTON – A former aide to former Vice President Mike Pence blamed racist views of a top Trump administration official for the inability of many translators and other allies to get out of Afghanistan before the U.S. withdrew troops. Olivia Troye tweeted that Stephen Miller, a senior adviser

Exclusive: U.S. commits to Afghan asset talks despite frustration with Taliban

By Jonathan Landay Reuters August 22, 2022 WASHINGTON, Aug 22 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration will press ahead with talks on releasing billions of dollars in Afghanistan’s foreign-held assets despite the late al Qaeda leader’s presence in Kabul and foot-dragging by the Taliban and Afghan central bank, according to three sources with knowledge

Afghanistan Remittances Fall as Poverty Threatens Lives

Akmal Dawi Voice of America August 22, 2022 Ahmad Nazir sent $600 (53,100 Afghani) to Afghanistan almost a week ago, but the cash, urgently needed to pay for his mother’s medical expenses, has been stuck in a crippling financial system that is being pummeled under international financial sanctions. “It was easy to make the payment

Participants at Kandahar Gathering: World Should Recognize Islamic Emirate

TOLOnews TV Network 19 AUGUST 2022 The leader of the Islamic Emirate at the gathering said that he would not allow anyone to interfere in Afghanistan’s internal affairs. The gathering of tribal elders and Islamic clerics in Kandahar ended on Thursday and attendees issued a resolution asking the world to recognize the Islamic Emirate as

Vice And Virtue Ministry to Form Dept Staffed By Women

By Imran Danish  Tolo News 22 August 2022 Based on the numbers of the MoVV, more than 900 members of the Islamic Emirate have been dismissed for various reasons. The Ministry of Vice and Virtue’s (MoVV) spokesman said that a “women employees” department will be formed to continue activities within the ministry.   Spokesman Akif Mahajar

UN fails to reach agreement to extend Taliban travel ban waiver

Al Jazeera 20 August 2022 The US proposes reimposing the travel ban on seven of 13 Taliban members, and keeping the exemption for six others. A United Nations waiver allowing 13 Afghan Taliban officials to travel abroad expired on Friday, as the Security Council failed to reach an agreement on whether to extend the travel

Karzai Calls for Reopening of Girls’ Schools

TOLOnews TV Network 16 August 2022 The officials of the Ministry of Education said that the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has yet to reach an agreement on the reopening of girls’ schools. Former president Hamid Karzai in an interview with DW, called for girls’ access to education and said that “we” have to fight

Family Members of 9/11 Victims Tell Biden Frozen Funds Belong to Afghans

Amina Hakimi Tolo News 17  August 2022 They said that any use of the $7 billion to pay off 9/11 family member judgments is “legally suspect” and “morally wrong.”   77 family members of victims of 9/11 in a letter to US President Joe Biden wrote “the Afghanistan central bank funds currently being kept in New

Human Rights Watchdogs Concerned by Women’s Situation in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 17 August 2022 The human rights watchdogs called on the US to ban the Islamic Emirate officials from traveling abroad. A number of human rights watchdogs in a statement expressed concerns over the situation of women and girls in Afghanistan.   However, the Islamic Emirate denied the claims in the statement and said

EXPLAINER: Dueling views remain a year after Afghan pullout

By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press August 7, 2022 WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after America’s tumultuous and deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan, assessments of its impact are divided — and largely along partisan lines. Critics slam the August 2021 evacuation of more than 120,000 American citizens, Afghans and others as poorly planned and badly executed. They

Review of Security Developments in Afghanistan Over Past Year

By Farshad Daryosh Tolo News 16 August 2022 Daesh has claimed responsibility for most of the past year’s attacks in Afghanistan. Although ensuring security in Afghanistan is considered one of the Islamic Emirate’s accomplishments over the past year, following August 15th, 2021, various provinces in the country had security incidents. One of the largest security events

U.S. Will Not Release $3.5 Billion in Frozen Afghan Funds for Now, Citing Terror Fears

By Peter Baker The New York Times Published Aug. 16, 2022 The Biden administration on Monday ruled out releasing $3.5 billion in funds held in the United States back to Afghanistan’s central bank anytime soon, citing the discovery that Al Qaeda’s leader had taken refuge in the heart of Kabul apparently with the protection of

As West puts Taliban on hold, Kabul eyes future in China, Russia

By Giorgio Cafiero Al Jazeera Published On 15 Aug 2022 The killing of al-Qaeda leader in Kabul will add to mistrust between the Taliban and the West, prolonging the group’s diplomatic isolation. Monday marks a year since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan after almost 20 years of US occupation. But the Taliban rulers have

Beneath Kabul’s surprising veneer of normalcy, a precarious balancing act

Pamela Constable The Washington Post August 11, 2022 at 9:35 a.m. EDT Terrorist attacks, mixed signals on girls’ education disrupt Afghans’ detente with Taliban regime Kabul – An uneasy calm has settled over the Afghan capital this summer, a wary detente between the country’s stern religious rulers and a deflated, worried populace that is struggling

Save The Children: Hungry, Laboring Afghan Kids ‘Wasting Away’

TOLOnews TV Network 11 August 2022 Meanwhile the Islamic Emirate said that despite economic problems, the children’s situation is being addressed. International organization Save the Children in a report said that 97 percent of families can’t prepare food for their children, and they are “going to bed hungry.” “Life is dire for children in Afghanistan,

SIGAR Report Says Cash Taken by Ghani ‘Did Not Exceed $1M’

TOLOnews TV Network 11 August 2022 SIGAR began its investigations after Ashraf Ghani was accused by the Russian embassy of transferring millions dollars as he fled Afghanistan. The final report on the transfer of funds by Ashraf Ghani, the former president of Afghanistan, while he was fleeing the country, has been made public by the

Prominent Taliban scholar killed in Kabul attack

Al Jazeera 11 August 2022 Taliban officials say an investigation is under way after Rahimullah Haqqani was killed in a bombing at a seminary. A prominent Taliban religious leader, Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani, has been killed in a bombing attack at a seminary in Kabul, Taliban officials have said. “Very sadly informed that respected cleric [Sheikh

A year after Taliban’s return, some women fight for lost freedoms

By Mohammad Yunus Yawar Reuters 9 Aug 2022 Summary Taliban mark their first year in power on Aug. 15 Women absent from senior government positions High schools are closed to girls, frustrating ambitions Many women have lost jobs, some strive to sustain protests KABUL, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Monesa Mubarez is not going to give

Accused Men, Women Publically Whipped in Zabul

Asma Saayin  Tolo News 07 AUGUST 2022 Dozens of locals gathered to watch the public punishment. Information and Culture department head Rahmatullah Hamad said that in Zabul two women and one man were publically whipped for committing adultery and another two men were whipped for robbery. Earlier, the leader of the Islamic Emirate, Mawlawi Hibatullah

Senior TTP Member Killed in Paktia: Reuters

Imran Danish Tolo News 9 August 2022 According to Reuters, Khurasani had a bounty of $3 million on his head.  Abdul Wali, also known as Omar Khalid Khurasani, a senior member of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, and three of his aides were killed in a roadside blast in southeastern Paktia province on Sunday, Reuters reported citing

Officials: Girls’ Schools Closed Due to ‘Cultural Constraints’

TOLOnews 9 August 2022 On Sunday, the Deputy Minister of Education said that the delay in reopening girls’ schools was caused by problems in the curriculum for girls. During his visit to the province of Khost, Noorullah Munir, the acting minister of education, stated that girls’ schools had been shut down due to cultural constraints.

One year after Afghan war, Biden struggles to find footing

By AAMER MADHANI Associated Press 9 August 2022 WASHINGTON (AP) — The 12 months since the chaotic end to the U.S. war in Afghanistan haven’t been easy for Joe Biden. The new president was flying high early in the summer of 2021, the American electorate largely approving of Biden’s performance and giving him high marks for his handling of

Key events since Taliban takeover of Afghanistan a year ago

Al Jazeera 9 August 2022 The group made a stunning return to power on August 15 last year as the US-led forces withdrew from the country after two decades. The Taliban stormed back to power a year ago as the United States-led forces withdrew from the country, two decades after first removing the regime. Following

Taliban facing backlash after U.S. drone strike against al-Qaeda leader

By Pamela Constable The Washington Post August 3, 2022 KABUL — The U.S. drone strike that killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri here early Sunday also struck a humiliating blow against the Taliban regime, which had secretly hosted the aging extremist in the heart of the Afghan capital for months but failed to keep him safe.

Taliban denies knowing of al-Qaeda presence after Zawahiri killed in Kabul

Pamela Constable The Washington Post Updated August 4, 2022 at 12:59 p.m. KABUL — The Taliban regime said Thursday it was not aware that al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was staying in the Afghan capital, four days after President Biden announced that a U.S. drone strike killed Zawahiri early Sunday at a house he was occupying in

Hey, that’s my house: US aid worker realises Zawahiri villa is his old home

Emma Graham-Harrison in Kabul The Guardian Thu 4 Aug 2022 04.51 EDT The Kabul property hit by a US drone was familiar. It turned out Dan Smock had something in common with al-Qaida’s leader The balcony in Kabul where the head of al-Qaida was killed was a spot Dan Smock knew well. It used to be

Fighting in Karta-e-Sakhi Between Islamic Emirate Forces and Daesh

Farshad Daryush Tolo News 4 August 2022 Zabiullah Mujahid  also tweeted that Daesh was going to attack during the Muharram ceremony.. At least four members of the Daesh group were killed and one person was detained in operations conducted earlier this week by the Islamic Emirate forces in Karta-e- Sakhi area of Kabul city, Kabul security

U.S. kills al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in drone strike in Kabul

By Shane Harris, Dan Lamothe, Karen DeYoung, Souad Mekhennet and Pamela Constable The Washington Post August 2, 2022  The United States has killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al-Qaeda and one of the world’s most-wanted terrorists, who, alongside the group’s founder, Osama bin Laden, oversaw the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President Biden announced Monday evening.

Taliban under scrutiny as US kills al-Qaida leader in Kabul

By RAHIM FAIEZ and MUNIR AHMED Associated Press 2 August 2022 ISLAMABAD (AP) — The U.S. drone strike that killed al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri on the balcony of a Kabul safe house intensified global scrutiny Tuesday of Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers and further undermined their efforts to secure international recognition and desperately needed aid. The Taliban

The killing of the top Qaeda leader offers lessons on 20 years of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.

David E. Sanger The New York Times 1 August 2022 The killing of Ayman al-Zawahri in Afghanistan — where planning for the Sept. 11 strikes began more than two decades ago, where the West once seemed poised to remake a fractured nation, and where the terrorist leader could feel comfortable again after the Taliban takeover

Students Call for Girls’ Schools to Be Reopened

TOLOnews TV Network 2 August 2022 Girls’ schools above sixth grade were shut down for about a year, and the Islamic Emirate has not decided whether or not to reopen them. Following international calls for the reopening of girls’ schools above the sixth grade, some students from schools and universities have now asked the Islamic

Ayman al-Zawahiri: How US spies found al-Qaeda’s top man in Kabul

By Matt Murphy BBC News 2 August 2022 Last year, during the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan, President Joe Biden pledged his administration would not allow the new Taliban-led regime to make the country a safe-haven for terrorists. The remarks were intended to indicate that, as far as Mr Biden’s White House was concerned, the

Taliban policies risk de facto university ban for Afghan women, say officials

Emma Graham-Harrison in Kabul The Guardian Mon 1 Aug 2022 01.00 EDT Secret schools formed as girls banned from classes languish with no accredited route to university The Taliban’s ban on girls studying at high schools will become a de facto ban on university degrees for women if it stays in place, a Taliban spokesperson and university

Tashkent Mtg Participants Show Readiness to Engage With Kabul

Madina Morwat Tolo News 1 August 2022 Last week, Uzbekistan convened an international conference on Afghanistan. Envoys of at least 20 countries and organizations attended the conference. Attending a session held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday, the acting foreign minister said the Tashkent International conference was a good opportunity for engagement between

UNDP in Afghanistan Chief Concerned by Afghan Situation

TOLOnews TV Network 1 August 2022 This comes as on Sunday Da Afghanistan Bank on Twitter said that a cash aid package of more than $40 million arrived in Kabul. UN Development Program Resident Representative in Afghanistan, Abdallah Al Dardari, said that more than 700,000 jobs have been lost since Aug 2021 in Afghanistan. Speaking

Border fight between Iran and Taliban kills one: Afghan official

By Maziar Motamedi Al Jazeera Published On 31 Jul 2022 Several similar incidents have taken place since the Taliban’s armed takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021. Tehran, Iran – A border fight between the forces of Iran and Afghanistan’s Taliban has left one dead, according to a local Afghan official. Mawlawi Mohammad Ebrahim Hewad, the Islamic

US and Taliban make progress on Afghan reserves, but big gaps remain

By Charlotte Greenfieldand Jonathan Landay Reuters July 26, 2022 KABUL/WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) – U.S. and Taliban officials have exchanged proposals for the release of billions of dollars from Afghan central bank reserves held abroad into a trust fund, three sources familiar with the talks said, offering a hint of progress in efforts to ease

Time for Afghanistan to change into Asia crossroad: Muttaqi

Abdul Raqib Sayel Pajhwok Afghan News 26 Jul 2022 KABUL (Pajhwok): Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi on Tuesday said their government had firm determination to transform Afghanistan into the center of peace, stability and economic cooperation. “We seek stability for both us and the world. Stability in Afghanistan not only guarantees stability in the entire

Afghanistan is facing a climate calamity – it’s time the world took notice

Shadi Khan Saif The Guardian Monday, July 25, 2022 The country has been out of the spotlight since US forces left but environmental disasters and the threat of another food crisis should be front-page news If it bleeds, it leads – so goes the media expression – and this is especially true of news out

Reporter Says Taliban Forced Her to Publicly Retract Accurate Articles

By Katie Robertson The New York Times July 21, 2022 A veteran war reporter in Afghanistan was told she would go to jail if she didn’t tweet an apology for her reporting. She has since safely left the country. The Taliban forced a longtime war correspondent to publicly retract some of her articles this week,

From battlefields to CBD: can hemp pioneer wean Afghanistan off opium?

Emma Graham-Harrison in Kabul The Guardian Friday 22 July 2022 Oil from the versatile plant makes cannabis medicine CBD and its fibre has a range of uses but the Taliban need convincing Amin Karim, photographed behind his home in Kabul, where some of the genetically modified hemp plants he is trying to promote as an alternative

Balkhi: Humanitarian Situation ‘Exacerbated’ by Sanctions

Waheeda Hasan Tolo News 23 July 2022 Based on the figures of the United Nations, over 97 percent of the population of Afghanistan faces poverty and lives on less than two dollars a day. The spokesman of the Foreign Ministry, Abdul Qahar Balkhi, in an interview with CGTN said the restrictions imposed on the Islamic

Tashkent to Host Intl Conference on Afghanistan

Madina Morwat Tolo News 24 July 2022 The Tashkent conference is to be followed with a two-day conference of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization on September 15-16. A delegation of the Islamic Emirate led by the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amir Khan Muttaqi, left Kabul for Tashkent to attend the international conference on Afghanistan held on

Kabul Facing Water Shortages: AUWSSC

Amina Hakim Tolo News 24 July 2022 The AUSWWC said that their operations have decreased at least by 40 percent due to lack of sufficient water. The Afghanistan Urban Water Supply and Sewage Corporation (AUWSSC) said that Kabul is facing an extreme decrease in groundwater.   The AUSWWC said that their operations have decreased at

Intl Favors Not Welcome if ‘Against Islam’: Hanafi

TOLOnews TV Network 24 July 2022 He said that after the Islamic Emirate swept into power, the women are observing hijab “100 percent.” Acting Minister of Vice and Virtue, Khalid Hanafi, while visiting Ghazni decried sanctions and said the Islamic Emirate is ready for engagement with the international community, but its offers, if they are

EU Envoy: ‘Tremendous Consensus’ on ‘Non-Recognition’

By Madina Morwat Tolo News 22 JULY 2022 Brandt, at a meeting in the European Parliament, called attention to the increase in hunger and the bad economic situation in Afghanistan. Andreas von Brandt, Ambassador of the European Union for Afghanistan, said that the broad consensus of the international community is that the Islamic Emirate should not

UN slams killings, rights abuses under Afghanistan’s Taliban

By RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press July 20, 2022 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Hundreds of people have been killed in Afghanistan since the Taliban overran the country nearly a year ago, even though security on the whole has improved since then, the United Nations said in a report Wednesday. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan also

US Includes Afghanistan on Human Trafficking List

TOLOnews TV Network 20 July 2022 The US State Department added that it is trying to arrest human traffickers and prevent crimes related to human trafficking. The US State Department in its annual report which was published on Monday, included Afghanistan on the list of countries engaged in a “policy or pattern” of human trafficking

Potzel: Participation of Women, Girls ‘Fundamental’

TOLOnews 20 July 2022 UNAMA Chief of Human Rights Fiona Frazer read from the report, which stated that education is the key to progress and development of a nation. Markus Potzel, UNAMA deputy head, at a press conference held for the human rights report released on Wednesday, expressed concern over the closure of girls’ schools

UNAMA Releases Human Rights Report on Past 10 Months

By Mujeeb R. Awrang  Tolo News 20 July 2020 Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid, in reaction to the UNAMA report on the human rights situation in Afghanistan The UN Assistant Mission in Afghanistan on Wednesday released its findings on the human rights situation in Afghanistan since the August 15 collapse of the previous government. The report

Facing Poverty, Afghan Youth Return to Iran

Waheeda Hasan Tolo News 20 July 2020 However, the Islamic Emirate said it is trying to address Afghan migrants’ challenges in Iran through diplomatic dialogue. Some Afghan youth said that although they have been forcibly deported from Iran many times, due to economic challenges they must return to Iran. Ahmad Javad, 20, is an 11th

Russia Seeks to Expand Relations with Afghanistan: Lavrov

Farshad Daryush Tolo News 20 July 2020 In the meantime, officials at the Ministry for Disaster Management pledged to distribute aid to needy families. Russia is seeking to expand relations in politics and economics with Afghanistan, said Anton Lavrov, Russian deputy ambassador for Afghanistan, on Wednesday. A shipment of more than 23 tons of Russian

Afghans in US immigration limbo watch Ukrainians breeze through

By Michal Kranz Al Jazeera Published On 20 Jul 2022 Thousands of at-risk Afghans continue to wait for their humanitarian parole and visa applications to progress. Zahra was heading home from work on June 23 in business attire and a headscarf when she was stopped at a checkpoint manned by Taliban guards in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul.

WFP in Afghanistan: $170M Needed to Provide 150 Tons of Food Aid

Tamim Shahir Tolo News 19 July 2022 Economists said considering the increase of unemployment in the country, in the coming winter many will face food shortages, especially those in rural areas. The World Food Program (WFP) said that the organization is planning to provide stores totalling 150 thousand tons of food aid in remote provinces

How one mobile app is helping Afghans send aid

By Ali M Latifi Al Jazeera Published On 19 Jul 2022 The consumer-based startup pivoted to let donors buy aid kits to provide to locals hit by an earthquake last month. Gardez, Afghanistan – Over the last year the Afghan people have faced a number of upheavals — the end of the US occupation, the Taliban’s return

Afghan women, girls push for education in the face of Taliban resistance

PBS NewsHour Jul 14, 2022 6:35 PM EDT Since reclaiming power of Afghanistan nearly one year ago, the Taliban have significantly rolled back rights for women and girls. The extremist government has also barred hundreds of thousands of girls from attending school. Pashtana Durrani, the executive director of LEARN Afghanistan and a visiting fellow at

Send us a man to do your job so we can sack you, Taliban tell female officials

Zuhal Ahad The Guardian Mon 18 Jul 2022 03.00 EDT As economy collapses, women from Afghanistan’s finance ministry say they have been asked to suggest male relatives to replace them The Taliban have asked women working at Afghanistan’s finance ministry to send a male relative to do their job a year after female public-sector workers

Earthquakes Hit Southeastern and Northeastern Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 18 July 2022 The earthquake happened with its epicenter 27 kilometers southeast of Jurm district of northern Badakhshan province.  Two earthquakes today hit southeastern and northeastern Afghanistan respectively. A magnitude 5.1 earthquake shocked the southeastern provinces of Afghanistan on Monday evening and was preceded by an earthquake in the northeast around an hour

Afghan Deportees Accuse Turkish Military of Mistreatment

TOLOnews TV Network 18 July 2022 The deportees, many of whom fled due to poverty, told TOLOnews that they illegally entered Turkey to seek employment. A number of Afghans who were recently sent back from Turkey accused the Turkish military of human rights violations and mistreatment. The deportees complained about the role of Afghanistan’s embassy in Ankara,

UNDP, World Bank Sign Agreement for $20M to Support Afghanistan

Madina Morwat Tolo News 15 July 2022 Meanwhile, the Islamic Emirate has consistently urged that aid be distributed in coordination with government offices. The UN Development Program (UNDP) Afghanistan and World Bank have signed a $20 million dollar partnership agreement to support humanitarian, economic, and social development initiatives across Afghanistan. The UNDP’s statement said that

Far From Kabul, Building a New Life, With Music and Hope

By Javier C. Hernández The New York Times July 17, 2022 The students of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music fled after the Taliban seized power. Now they are trying to remake their school, and their dreams, in Portugal. LISBON — On some nights, when her dorm room here turns dark and the church bells

Afghanistan Ranked Worst Country for Gender Gap

Madina Morwat Tolo News 14 July 2022 But the Islamic Emirate said that it included women –based on necessity — in the government bodies.  Afghanistan was ranked 146 — the lowest country — in the Global Gender Gap Index 2022 rankings.   The Global Gender Gap Index benchmarks 146 countries, “providing a basis for robust cross-country

US ‘Does Not Support Organized Violent Opposition to the Taliban’

Toba Walizada Tolo News 14 July 2022 Meanwhile, the US Department of State in a separate statement expressed concerns over human rights abuses in Afghanistan. The US Department of State said that Washington does “not support violent opposition against the Taliban.” “We are monitoring the recent uptick in violence closely and call on all sides

“I’m from the Taliban and I’m here to help”

The Economist July 7, 2022 Kabul Former fighters and religious clerics are filling Afghanistan’s civil service Under Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan’s president until the Taliban seized power last August, the country’s interior ministry oversaw much of the security apparatus involved in fighting the insurgents. It is now presided over by one of its deadliest foes, Sirajuddin Haqqani,