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EU provides $21 million aid amid dire humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press March 2, 2024 The World Food Program recently announced a €21 million contribution from the European Union to the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund. This office declared on Friday, March 1, through a press release, that around 300,000 people in Afghanistan are expected to benefit from this amount of money. However, the

Stanikzai Affirms Iran’s Water Rights But Says Afghans Victims of Drought

Naweed Samadi Tolo News 2 March 2024 Stanikzai stated that currently there is enough water to meet the needs of Afghan citizens, not an amount that would be diverted towards Iran. Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, the deputy minister of Foreign Affairs, reiterated on Saturday that the Islamic Emirate is committed to paying Iran’s water rights

Bennett Raises Concerns Over Human Rights in Afghanistan

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 2 March 2024 He also noted that his report documented public executions and punishments in Afghanistan. Richard Bennett, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights for Afghanistan, addressed a press conference regarding his recent report, which highlights the deterioration of the human rights situation under the rule of the Islamic Emirate

UNAMA Head to Address UNSC on Afghanistan This Week: Source

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 2 March 2024 The United Nations Security Council held a closed-door meeting on Afghanistan on the 26 of February but the details were not shared. The United Nations Security Council is set to hold a meeting on Afghanistan on 6th March, a source said.  A diplomatic source told TOLOnews that the

US State Dept: Doha Agreement Empowered ‘Taliban’

Sodaba Nazhand Tolo News 1 March 2024 Mathew Miller, while referring to the interim government’s actions against terrorist groups, also says that the Islamic Emirate has violated the Doha Agreement. The United States Department of State says that the Doha Agreement led to the empowerment of the Islamic Emirate and the weakening of America’s partners

Only IEA can represent Afghanistan in international meetings: deputy PM

Ariana News March 1, 2024 The Deputy Prime Minister for Political Affairs Mawlavi Abdul Kabir in a meeting with Robert Chatterton Dickson, the Chargé d’Affaires of the UK Mission to Afghanistan, criticized the way Doha meeting held and said that only the Islamic Emirate can represent Afghanistan in international meetings. The deputy PM’s office said

Respect for Human Rights key to expanding engagement with Taliban: UN Special Rapporteur

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press March 1, 2024   The UN special rapporteur for Afghanistan on Thursday emphasized prioritizing human rights, particularly women’s rights, in engagement with the Taliban. Richard Bennett painted a grim picture of human rights in Afghanistan, criticizing widespread torture and discrimination against women and minorities. Presenting his six-month report at the

Bennett Urges action against Afghanistan at ICJ for women’s rights

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press March 1, 2024 The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan, Richard Bennet, Thursday, called on countries to initiate a case against Afghanistan at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the violation of women’s rights. His call, made during the 55th regular session of the

UN ‘Appalled’ by Taliban-Ordered Public Executions in Afghanistan

By Ayaz Gul Voice of America/VOA February 29, 2024 FILE – Taliban fighters patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 19, 2021. ISLAMABAD — The United Nations is urging the Taliban government in Afghanistan to immediately cease “inhuman” public executions and floggings of individuals convicted of murder and other crimes. The condemnation comes as Taliban authorities

Doha Agreement strengthened IEA and weakened our partners, says White House

Ariana News February 29, 2024 The White House press secretary says the signing of the Doha Agreement in 2020 strengthened the Islamic Emirate and weakened “our partners in the previous government of Afghanistan”. Karine Jean-Pierre said in a press conference on Wednesday: “As you know, four years ago, the previous administration signed the Doha Agreement

Women’s media work may be banned if faces are not covered: AFJC

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press February 29, 2024 The Afghanistan Journalists Center reports that the Minister of Virtue and Vice for the Taliban has issued a warning that if female reporters do not cover their faces on television, women’s work in the media may be prohibited. Expressing concern, the center has called for the cancellation

Ex-White House official calls for revisiting Doha Accord with Taliban

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press February 29, 2024 Lisa Curtis, a former White House official, says Washington should set aside the Doha agreement and pursue new avenues of “conditional engagement” with the Taliban. Curtis, who was a senior policy advisor in the Trump administration at the time of the Doha agreement signing in February 2020,

Detention of Americans hinders Washington’s engagement with Taliban: US State Dept

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press February 29, 2024 The spokesperson for the US State Department stated that the detention of American citizens in Afghanistan has hindered positive engagement between Washington and the Taliban. Matthew Miller emphasized on Wednesday that US officials have underscored the immediate and unconditional release of these citizens in meetings with Taliban

US Announces Tech, Academic Opportunities to Empower Afghan Women

By Akmal Dawi Voice of America/VOA February 27, 2024, 8:43 PM U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has announced new partnership programs designed to empower Afghan women in the face of Taliban suppression of women’s rights in Afghanistan. Speaking at a meeting of the U.S.-founded group called the Afghan Women Economic Resilience Summit (AWERS), Blinken

World Bank to restart Afghanistan’s CASA-1000 project

Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press February 28, 2024 The World Bank has decided to resume the CASA-1000 project in Afghanistan. Concerns have arisen among participating nations like Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Pakistan about the possibility of losing $1 billion in stranded assets. Despite the apprehensions, the World Bank assured that the resumption of CASA-1000 would occur within

MacCaul threatens to hold Blinken in contempt over Afghanistan withdrawal Documents

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press February 28, 2024 Michael McCaul, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has renewed his threat to hold Secretary of State Antony Blinken in contempt of Congress if the department persists in withholding subpoenaed documents regarding the U.S.’s exit from Afghanistan in 2021. In a letter to Secretary of State

Kabir: Islamic Emirate Seeks Good Relations With Neighbors

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 28 Feb 2024 The Deputy PM for Political Affairs considers the role of scholars crucial in improving relations between Kabul and Islamabad. The Deputy PM for Political Affairs, Mawlawi Abdul Kabir, in a meeting with Mawlana Hamid Ul Haq, one of the leaders of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Pakistan, said that the

Blinken: Taliban’s Restrictions on Women ‘Human Rights Violation’

Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 28 Feb 2024 Blinken added that the Alliance for Afghan Women’s Economic Resilience will launch three programs for Afghan women. The US secretary of state criticized the limitations imposed on Afghan women and called them a violation of human rights. Speaking at the Alliance for Afghan Women’s Economic Resilience Summit, Antony

Released Octogenarian Austrian Hostage, Who Knowingly Visited Taliban Controlled Afghanistan Says He’d “Like to Go Back”

American Muslim Today 28 Feb 2024 Before his arrest, Herbert Fritz wrote an article in far-right magazine, titled “Vacation with the Taliban,” in which he portrayed a favorable image of life under Taliban rule An 84-year-old Austrian national, Herbert Fritz, who undertook a journey to Afghanistan last year intending to portray it as a secure

Haqqani Emphasizes Implementation of Islamic Law

TOLOnews TV Network 27 Feb 2024 Haqqani said that some groups are demanding freedom against Islamic values and Afghan culture. The acting interior minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani, speaking at a Qur’an reading ceremony in Khost province emphasized the implementation of The acting interior minister said: “The sacrifices that we and the people of Afghanistan made for the

Canada Rejects Kabul’s Request to Control Afghan Embassy in Ottawa

Sodaba Nazhand Tolo News 27 Feb 2024 Jason Kung, spokesman for the ministry, said that Canada does not recognize the Islamic Emirate, so the embassy will not be handed over to them. The foreign ministry of Canada has rejected the Islamic Emirate’s request to control Afghanistan’s embassy in Ottawa and other consulates. Jason Kung, spokesman

More than $400 million needed for western Afghanistan to recover from October earthquake, UN says

By Rahim Faiez | AP The Washington Post February 22, 2024  ISLAMABAD — More than $400 million is needed for western Afghanistan to recover and rebuild after a devastating earthquake last October that killed around 2,000 people, the United Nations said Wednesday. The magnitude 6.3 quake on Oct. 7, one of the most destructive in the country’s recent

WFP needs $760 million for food aid in Afghanistan

Ariana News  February 26, 2024 The World Food Programme (WFP) has announced a dire need for $760 million in food assistance for Afghanistan over the next six months, amid growing international concerns about widespread poverty in the country. In a recent post on X, the organization stated that millions of people in Afghanistan are suffering

Afghanistan’s maternal mortality and safe childbirth crisis

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press 26 Feb 2024 Amid worries about the risks faced by pregnant women in Afghanistan, the United Nations has set up family health houses to make sure women have safe childbirth. However, experts believe that the healthcare infrastructure in Afghanistan is not capable of ensuring safe childbirth for women. Women in

Iran’s water share from Helmand River still pending: Iranian official

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press February 26, 2024 The deputy of Iran’s Environmental Organization states that despite negotiations with the Taliban, Iran’s water share has not been allocated yet. Mojtaba Zoljoodi said, “Unfortunately, not only is the environmental share not provided, but also the people’s drinking water share has not been secured. In these circumstances,

Stanikzai: Education Opportunities in Country Must Increase

TOLOnews TV Network 26 Feb 2024 He continued to say that most of the country’s books are printed outside of Afghanistan, and more should be printed domestically. The deputy foreign minister of the Islamic Emirate, Sher Muhammad Abbas Stanikzai, said that the educational and higher education institutions of the Islamic Emirate must provide better opportunities

Iran’s Qomi Asks Afghan Immigrants to Return to Their Country

Sodaba Nazhand Tolo News 26 Feb 2024 The Iranian ambassador and special representative to Afghanistan, Hassan Kazemi Qomi, asked Afghan immigrants to return to their country. In an interview with Iranian media, Qomi asked Afghan immigrants to contribute to the economic growth of Afghanistan by returning to their country. Referring to the US’s presence in

UNSC Discussing Proposed UN Envoy for Afghanistan

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 26 Feb 2024 The Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo is expected to brief the council. The United Nations Security Council private meeting on Afghanistan is expected to discuss the appointment of a UN special representative for the country. In the meeting, the joint statement of eleven countries including

The Taliban release an 84-year-old Austrian man who was detained in Afghanistan last year

BY STEPHANIE LIECHTENSTEIN Associated Press February 25, 2024 VIENNA (AP) — An 84-year-old Austrian man who traveled to Afghanistan last year and was arrested there was released by the country’s Taliban rulers, the Austrian government said Sunday. The Austrian Foreign Ministry in a statement identified the man as Herbert Fritz and said he arrived in Doha, Qatar

IEA Escalates Border Dispute with Pakistan, Rejects Durand Line’s Legitimacy in Fiery Retort

By Khaama Press February 24, 2024 In a sharp rebuttal that reignites the longstanding debate over the contentious Durand Line, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Afghanistan’s de facto authorities, has categorically dismissed Pakistani claims to the historic boundary. Speaking to TOLOnews, Stanikzai emphasized that the Durand Line, a product

Over 18,000 SIVs approved for Afghan allies last year: US State Department

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press February 22, 2024 The spokesperson for the US State Department told media outlets that last year the US government approved more than 18,000 Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) for Afghans who worked with the US. He said that this figure represents the highest number of SIVs issued in a year. The

Xiaoyong: Beijing Ready to Enhance Engagement with Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 24 Feb 2024 Meanwhile, the Islamic Emirate’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said China is a friendly country. China’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Yue Xiaoyong, said that Beijing is ready to further work with the UN and regional partners to enhance engagement with Afghanistan. Xiaoyong said on X that China in the Doha meeting

US calls on UN for Roadmap to fully integrate Afghanistan into International System

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press February 23, 2024 The US representative for Afghanistan states that his country welcomes the continuation of the Doha meetings regarding Afghanistan, calling for UN leadership to develop a roadmap for Afghanistan’s full integration into the international system. Thomas West says that the welfare of Afghans and the common interests of

Execution of Two People in Ghazni Sparks Intl Reactions

TOLOnews TV Network 23 Feb 2024 The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on X said that the United Nations is against executions. The execution of two people in Ghazni on Thursday sparked reactions from international institutions. UNAMA said on X: “Two people were publicly executed today by Afghanistan’s de facto authorities in Ghazni

Mujahid: Lack of Constitution Does Not Mean Legal Vacuum

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 23 Feb 2024 “We are not in any legal vacuum, Islamic Sharia is a comprehensive law which specify duties for everyone,” said Zabiullah Mujahid. The Islamic Emirate spokesperson said that the absence of a constitution does not mean there is a legal vacuum in the country. Two and a half years

UN stresses ongoing support for women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press February 22, 2024 Image/UNDP/X. Written By: Tabasum Nasiry The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has stated that it has supported thousands of female entrepreneurs in Afghanistan over the past two years, emphasizing that this action contributes to empowering them. On Wednesday, February 21, UNDP announced on its social media platform

US State Dept, Boston University to Host Summit on Afghan Women

Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 22 Feb 2024 Boston University said that the summit will discuss strategies for investing in, empowering, and educating Afghan women and girls. The US Department of State in cooperation with the Boston University will host the Alliance for Afghan Women’s Economic Resilience (AWER) Summit, on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, in Washington.

More than $400 million needed for Afghanistan to recover from October earthquake, UN says

Rahim Faiez Associated Press World Feb 21, 2024 5:35 PM EST ISLAMABAD (AP) — More than $400 million is needed for western Afghanistan to recover and rebuild after a devastating earthquake last October that killed around 2,000 people, the United Nations said Wednesday. The magnitude 6.3 quake on Oct. 7, one of the most destructive in the country’s

Afghan opium’s big high

ÓSCAR GRANADOS El Pais Madrid FEB 13, 2024 After the Taliban regime banned its cultivation for the second year, the price of opium poppy, which is used to produce heroin, reaches its highest level in two decades The price of Afghan opium is skyrocketing. One kilogram of the poppies’ juice — the key ingredient of

Afghanistan: Archaeological sites ‘bulldozed for looting’

By Kawoon Khamoosh 21 Feb 2024 BBC World Service Getty Images Balkh province is home to a wide range of archaeological sites Dozens of archaeological sites in Afghanistan have been bulldozed to allow systematic looting, according to researchers at Chicago University. They say their analysis of satellite photos provides the first definitive photographic evidence that

US: ‘Taliban Not Only Afghans Who Have Stake in Future of Afghanistan’

TOLOnews TV Network 21 Feb 2024 Speaking at a press briefing, Miller said the “Taliban are not the only Afghans who have a stake in the future of Afghanistan.” The US Department of State’s spokesman, Mathew Miller said that he is “not surprised” that the Islamic Emirate did not participate at the second Doha meeting.

UNSG: Half of Afghanistan Population Will Require Aid in 2024

TOLOnews Tolo News 21 Feb 2024 The poverty in Afghanistan has not only hit those with no jobs but also the disabled who have not been paid their salaries. The UN has said that more than half of Afghanistan’s population will require aid this year. The UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres said that the UN humanitarian

Reactions to Doha Meeting on Afghanistan

Sodaba Nazhand Tolo News 21 Feb 2024 Qatar’s foreign ministry said that they are willing to join the UN in cooperating with Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate said that they will participate in future meetings if the United Nations accepts their conditions. The spokesperson of the Islamic Emirate told TOLOnews that the second Doha meeting failed

U.S. Strike Killed Afghans Recruited to Fight for Iran

By Farnaz Fassihi The New York Times Feb. 20, 2024 Refugees who joined the largely overlooked Fatemiyoun Brigade to battle for Shiite Islam and escape crushing poverty had become a force in Tehran’s proxy wars. It was a memorial for the “martyrs” killed when the U.S. struck military bases in Syria, according to Iranian state

U.N. Held a Conference on Afghanistan. Taliban Officials Boycotted It.

By Ruhullah Khapalwak The New York Times Feb. 19, 2024 DOHA, Qatar — Taliban officials sent a defiant message to Western nations, donors and Afghan women’s groups this week, refusing to attend a conference hosted by the United Nations to discuss humanitarian crises facing Afghanistan and cooperation on human rights issues. The two-day conference, which

World Food Programme: Assisting over 1.5 million Afghan students in past year

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press February 20, 2024 The World Food Programme has announced in continuation of the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan that it has assisted over 1.5 million girls and boys in the past year to stay focused on their studies and learn better. The organization wrote on its social platform X, on Tuesday,

UNICEF: 16% surge in acute respiratory infections in Afghanistan in January

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press February 20, 2024 The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says that in January of this year, 160,000 cases of acute respiratory infections have been reported in Afghanistan. UNICEF shared a report on its website on Monday, revealing a 16% rise compared to last year for the reported cases. UNICEF states

Lack of consensus among countries on appointment of special envoy for Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press February 20, 2024 The two-day Doha conference hosted by the United Nations at Qatar “Four Seasons” hotel concluded yesterday. The conference was held to negotiate the global community’s engagement with the de facto authorities, assess the human rights situation in Afghanistan, and garner consensus among nations on appointing a new

MoIC: Japan Envoy Says Time for Interaction With Kabul Has Come

 Naweed Samadi Tolo News 20 Feb 2024 According to Haqmal Zia, the deputy minister, the cooperation between Kabul and Tokyo in the field of historical monuments was also emphasized. Japan’s ambassador to Kabul, Takayushi Kormaya, in a meeting with the acting minister of Information and Culture, said that the time for the world’s interaction with

Religious Directorate Official: Journalists Taking Pictures, ‘Major Sin’

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 20 Feb 2024 Mohammad Hashim Shaheed Wror said that growing beards is obligatory in Islam and that media workers should stop shaving their beards. The General Directorate of the Invitation and Guidance (an independent body that determines religious policies within the interim government) said that cameramen are committing a major sin

Faiq: UNSC to Hold Private Meeting on Afghanistan on Feb. 26

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 20 Feb 2024 The UN Security Council in resolution 2127 asked the Secretary-General to appoint a special representative of the UN to Afghanistan. On February 26, the United Nations Security Council will hold a private meeting on Afghanistan, the chargé d’affaires of the Afghanistan Permanent Mission to the UN, Naseer Ahmad

Nadim Criticizes Meetings Held Abroad on Afghanistan

Nazir Shinwar Tolo News 20 Feb 2024 Speaking during the seminar, Nadim said that now more than ever, women’s rights are protected in the country. The Acting Minister of Higher Education, Neda Mohammad Nadim, on Tuesday in a seminar in Kabul criticized the holding of meetings on Afghanistan abroad, saying that what is raised about

The Taliban vowed to change Kabul. The city may be starting to change the Taliban.

Rick Noack The Washington Post February 19, 2024  KABUL — More than two years after Taliban fighters streamed into the Afghan capital, seizing power here and vowing to cleanse the country of Western decadence, many of them have come to embrace the benefits of urban life. Some spend their weekends in the city’s theme parks.

UK special forces blocked resettlement applications from elite Afghan troops

Dan Sabbagh Defense and security editor The Guardian Mon 19 Feb 2024 10.41 EST MoD conducts review but stands accused of conflict of interest while public inquiry investigates conduct of SAS in Afghanistan Elite Afghan commandos who fought alongside the British military have had their applications to relocate blocked by UK special forces despite evidence

Taliban’s conditions to attend UN meeting ‘unacceptable’, Guterres says

Al Jazeera Published On 19 Feb 2024 Taliban snubs an invitation to a two-day meeting of international envoys to Afghanistan in Doha. The Taliban has set unacceptable conditions for attending a United Nations-sponsored meeting about Afghanistan in the Qatari capital, Doha, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says. “I received a letter [from the Taliban] with a

13 People Lashed for Illicit Affairs in Bamiyan: Governor

Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 19 Feb 2024 Speaking in an interview with TOLOnews, Abdullah Sarhadi said that five women were among those lashed. The governor of Bamiyan province said that 13 people in the province have been lashed for having illicit affairs and fleeing home.  Speaking in an interview with TOLOnews, Abdullah Sarhadi said that

Critics Say Doha Meeting Lacked De Facto Authorities, Opposition

 Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 19 Feb 2024 In the meantime, Afghanistan’s Journalists Center also criticized the absence of journalists in the meeting.  The second Doha meeting on Afghanistan reportedly did not include either representatives of the Islamic Emirate nor its political opponents. Coordinating international engagement on Afghanistan and reintegrating Afghanistan into the international system were

Second Doha Meeting on Afghanistan Ends in Qatar

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 19 Feb 2024 The UN chief asked for an inclusive government that represents all ethnicities in the country. The second Doha meeting on Afghanistan ended with a press briefing of the UN Secretary-General on Monday. In the press conference, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the Islamic Emirate did not participate because

Diplomats Discuss Afghanistan on Sidelines of Doha Meeting

By Naweed Samadi Tolo News 18 Feb 2024 Representatives of regional countries reportedly discussed how the Afghan people should not be “taken hostage” by international relations. Various nations’ special representatives for Afghanistan, along with other diplomats, activists and officials, met and discussed the situation in Afghanistan on the sidelines of the UN-convened Doha meeting. The representatives

Over 35,000 Schools, Madrasas Operating in Country: Ministry

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 18 Feb 2024 Officials at the ministry said that they are committed to providing balanced modern and religious education for people all over the country. The Ministry of Education of the Islamic Emirate said that 18,000 schools and over 17,000 madrasas [religious schools] are operating across the country.  Officials at the

‘broke.af’ goes offline as Afghan web domains suspended amid payment dispute

By Raphael Satter Reuters February 16, 2024 WASHINGTON, Feb 16 (Reuters) – More than 100 Afghan websites have been suspended after a French internet services firm failed to make payments to the Taliban-controlled Ministry of Communications, officials said this week, a blow to mischievous internet users who used the “.af” appended to Afghan web domains

Majority of Afghan women against Taiban recognition: UN

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press February 17, 2024 The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) recently conducted a survey among Afghan women, shedding light on their apprehensions concerning the potential recognition of the Taliban. Interviews with 745 women from all 34 provinces revealed that nearly 67% of respondents fear that recognizing the Taliban could

Amnesty International urges Doha Meeting on Afghanistan to end ‘Taliban’s Human Rights Abuse’

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press February 17, 2024 Image/Amnesty International/Website. Deprose Muchena, Senior Director at Amnesty International, emphasized the crucial opportunity presented by the upcoming UN-convened meeting in Doha, Qatar, on February 18-19 to address the culture of impunity and the human rights abuses of the Taliban. He stresses the need for unified action to

Khaama Press Editor in Chief Detained by Authorities in Kabul

By Khaama Press February 17, 2024 KABUL, February 17, 2024 – Mansoor Nekmal, the Editor in Chief of Khaama Press, has been detained following a summons to the Ministry of Vice and Virtue, sparking urgent calls for his release and a rallying cry for press freedom in Afghanistan. The detention came after a recent report

Biden ‘privately defiant’ over chaotic 2021 Afghanistan withdrawal, book says

Martin Pengelly in Washington The Guardian Fri 16 Feb 2024 10.42 EST The Internationalists details how the president was determined to leave a country in which 2,324 US troops were killed since 2001 Joe Biden is “privately defiant” that he made the right calls on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan in summer 2021, a new book reportedly

Taliban decrees on clothing and male guardians leave Afghan women scared to go out alone, says UN

Associated Press February 17, 2024 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghan women feel scared or unsafe leaving their homes alone because of Taliban decrees and enforcement campaigns on clothing and male guardians, according to a report from the U.N. mission in Afghanistan. The report, issued Friday, comes days before a U.N-convened meeting in the Qatari capital is set to

Mujahid: Terrorist Groups Not Allowed to Operate from Afghanistan

Naweed Samadi Tolo News 17 Feb 2024 Mujahid told TOLOnews that countries’ concerns about the existence of terrorist groups and their threats from Afghanistan are unfounded. The spokesman for the Islamic Emirate, Zabihullah Mujahid, said that they have pledged to all countries in the region and the world not to allow any terrorist group to

UNSC Meets on Terrorism, Islamic Emirate Responds to UN Claims

TOLOnews TV Network 17 Feb 2024 The spokesman of the Islamic Emirate told TOLOnews that Daesh has been suppressed in Afghanistan.  Islamic Emirate in response to the remarks of UN Security Council’s members about the presence of terrorist groups in Afghanistan, said that “false” intelligence information causes these concerns.  The spokesman of the Islamic Emirate

Islamic Emirate Reacts to UN Report on Women in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 17 Feb 2024 Mujahid said that women’s rights are ensured in the country and such reports are baseless. The Islamic Emirate’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, in response to the joint report of UN institutions addressing the situation of women in Afghanistan, said that UNAMA is preventing the political progress of the current Afghan

Afghanistan Will Never Recognize Durand Line as Border: Stanikzai

TOLOnews TV Network 16 Feb 2024 The deputy FM stated that the requirement of visas and passports to travel “to Afghanistan” is not acceptable to the Afghanistan people. The deputy minister of foreign affairs of the Islamic Emirate said that Afghanistan will never recognize the Durand Line as a border. Speaking at a gathering in

Afghan-American Critiques US Afghan Strategy, Modi Upbeat on Economy at ET Summit

By Ayanangsha Maitra Khaama Press February 15, 2024 During the prestigious ET Global Business Summit in New Delhi, Afghan-American humanitarian Safi Rauf offered a critical perspective on the US government’s handling of the Afghan crisis. Speaking to Khaama Press, Rauf pointed out the flawed US strategy of negotiating with what he considers the wrong factions.

MacCaul calls Ghani’s escape ‘Cowardly’ as Government collapses

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press February 16, 2024 The Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the United States House of Representatives called the escape of former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani as “cowardly.” Michael McCaul agreed with Zalmay Khalilzad’s assertions regarding the failure of the former leaders of the Afghan government to maintain order, stating,

World Bank Approves Shift to Channel IDA Funds to Afg Humanitarian Aid

Reuters  15 Feb 2024 The shift marks the first time that the World Bank’s own funds would be sent to Afghanistan since the Taliban seized power in August 2021 (Reuters) – The World Bank Group said on Thursday its executive board endorsed a new approach to aiding Afghanistan that will deploy some $300 million from

Looking Back on the Soviet Presence in Afghanistan

Fatima Adib Tolo News 15 Feb 2024 The war lasted over nine years and an estimated one million civilians, including children, were killed.  In this war 14,000 Soviet soldiers were killed. Thursday, the 26th of Dalw (February 15), is the 35th anniversary of the withdrawal of the Red Army of the former Soviet Union from Afghanistan.

US Congress Summons Khalilzad for Doha Agreement Details

Fatima Adib  Tolo News 16 Feb 2024 Khalilzad said to members of congress that if the Doha agreement with “the Taliban” was not reached, the US would have had to enter the war again. The United States Congress summoned Zalmay Khalilzad, the former US special representative for the reconciliation of Afghanistan, to speak on Thursday

Doha to Host Meeting on Afghanistan This Sunday

By Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 16 Feb 2024 The spokesperson for the UN General-Secretary has said that the UN chief is set to travel to Qatar on Sunday (February 18) to participate in the meeting. In two days, Doha will be hosting a meeting with nearly 20 countries’ representatives on Afghanistan, but the Islamic Emirate has yet

Exclusive: Biden defends deadly Afghanistan withdrawal — doesn’t think anyone made a mistake

Alex Thompson Axios 16 Feb 2024 President Biden is privately defiant that he made the right calls on Afghanistan in 2021 despite the U.S. military’s chaotic exit, according to an upcoming book obtained by Axios. Why it matters: Biden believes history will look kindly on his decision to end the two-decade war — America’s longest — even

Why has China recognised Taliban’s envoy to Beijing?

By Ruchi Kumar Al Jazeera Published On 14 Feb 2024 Beijing’s move is being seen as a shot in the arm for an isolated Taliban as it struggles for global recognition amid Western sanctions. At an official ceremony held by the Chinese government in Beijing on January 30, a queue of foreign diplomats lined up

UNAMA Concerned About Arrests of Afghan Women: UNSG Spox

By Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 13 Feb 2024 The Islamic Emirate on the other hand denied the detentions of women and added that the government is committed to fighting against family violence. The UN Secretary General’s spokesperson expressed concern about the alleged arbitrary arrests and detention of women in Afghanistan. Speaking at a briefing, Stéphane Dujarric

Islamic Emirate Rejects Report of Daesh Activity In Afghanistan

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 14 Feb 2024 The report says that ISIL-K has taken a broad strategy for the recruitment of troops in Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate rejected the UN report about the activities of Daesh in Afghanistan.  The spokesman of the Islamic Emirate told TOLOnews that Daesh has been suppressed in Afghanistan and cannot

US Envoys For Afghanistan Plan to Attend Doha Meeting

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 14 Feb 2024 Spokesperson Matthew Miller said that the US “strongly supports” the resolution’s call for a UN special envoy for Afghanistan. The US State Department said that the Special Representative for Afghanistan Tom West and Special Envoy for Women, Girls, and Human Rights in Afghanistan Rina Amiri plan to attend

US Policy Towards ‘Taliban’ Has Not Changed: White House

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 13 Feb 2024 Meanwhile, political analysts are of the view that the upcoming presidential elections will impact engagement between Kabul and Washington. Washington says that the Islamic Emirate should meet their own commitments if they want to be recognized. John Kirby, US National Security Council spokesman, at a press briefing said

Doha meeting won’t grant Legitimacy to Taliban Govt

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press February 13, 2024 Former US Ambassador Ryan Crocker asserts that the upcoming international meeting on Afghanistan in Doha won’t grant legitimacy to the Taliban’s government. Crocker told Voice of America that the United Nations, as the meeting’s host, should clarify that the Taliban regime doesn’t deserve recognition and shouldn’t be

WFP assists 19 million people in Afghanistan over the past year

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press February 13, 2024 The World Food Program has announced that it has provided food items and cash assistance to nearly 19 million people in Afghanistan over the past year. According to a report released on Tuesday, February 13th, these aids were aimed at strengthening local communities, preventing malnutrition, and improving

Foreign aid drops sharply as Taliban abuses jeopardize the Afghan health system, group says

BY RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press February 12, 2024 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Human Rights Watch said Monday that Afghanistan’s public health system has been hit hard following a sharp reduction in foreign assistance, coupled with serious Taliban abuses against women and girls, jeopardizing the right to healthcare of millions of Afghans. In a report, the New York-based

Afghan Oil Production Jumps With $49 Million Chinese Investment

By Akmal Dawi Voice of America/VOA February 06, 2024 5:50 PM FILE – An oil installation in an area near Herat, Afghanistan, Dec. 17, 2009. A Chinese company has invested in oil production in Afghanistan’s Amu Darya basin. A Chinese energy company’s investment of $49 million in Afghanistan’s oil production has helped boost the country’s

Japan announces funding for Tajikistan-Afghanistan border management

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press February 10, 2024 The United Nations Development Program in Tajikistan has announced that the Japanese government, through its International Cooperation Agency (JICA), will finance the “Border Management” project between Tajikistan and Afghanistan. According to Central Asia’s Times newspaper on Friday, February 9th, this project was launched in early 2015 and

The positive stories Afghanistan needs

Hujjatullah Zia A Kabul-based journalist Al Jazeera Published On 10 Feb 2024 Amid the hard times my country is going through, I have left behind despair and embraced hope. These days, Afghanistan makes international headlines more and more rarely and when it does, it is always about yet another tragedy. A humanitarian crisis, an earthquake,

UN Seat Must Be Given to the Islamic Emirate: Kabir

TOLOnews TV Network 10 Feb 2024 The meeting comes as the Doha meeting is to be held in less than a couple of weeks.  The deputy prime minister for political affairs, Mawlawi Abdul Kabir, in a meeting with the head of UNAMA in Afghanistan, Roza Otunbayeva, asked that Afghanistan’s seat in the organization be given

Islamic Emirate: Activists Arrested Due to Illegal Activities

TOLOnews TV Network 10 Feb 2024 Mujahid added that no one has the right to operate against Islamic Sharia and the laws of the country. The Islamic Emirate said that Manizha Seddiqi, an activist for women’s rights, and two other activists for education were arrested because of their illegal activities in the country. The Islamic

Economic challenges hit female journalists in Kabul’s media

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press February 9, 2024 After the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan and significant political changes, many media outlets in the city of Kabul have been shut down due to economic problems. Journalists, especially female journalists, are facing unemployment, insufficient resources, and meagre income. Many have been forced to leave their

US President extends freeze on Afghanistan’s Foreign Reserves with new executive order

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press February 9, 2024 US President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that Afghanistan’s foreign reserves would continue to be frozen beyond February 11. This decision stems from Biden’s initial executive order issued on February 11, 2022, addressing the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and its associated threats. The original executive order, issued

Kakar: Recognition of Islamic Emirate Needs Regional Consensus

TOLOnews TV Network 9 Feb 2024 During the interview, Kakar said the Durand Line is an internationally recognized “border” between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The prime minister of the caretaker government of Pakistan, Anwar ul-Haq Kakar, said that the recognition of the Islamic Emirate needs the regional consensus. In an exclusive interview with TOLOnews, Kakar said

Amiri: Region Should Keep ‘Principled Position’ on ‘Inclusive Afghanistan’

TOLOnews TV Network 9 Feb 2024 Rina Amiri wrote on X that they also discussed the importance of the role of the countries in the region around Afghanistan. The Special Envoy for Afghan Women, Girls, and Human Rights, Rina Amiri, in a meeting with Furqat Siddikov, the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the United States, emphasized

UN announces extension of refugee cards for Afghan migrants in Pakistan until end of March

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press February 8, 2024 UN Announces Extension of Refugee Cards for Registered Afghan Migrants in Pakistan Until the End of March. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has announced that the Pakistani government has extended the refugee cards for registered Afghan immigrants until the 31st of March 2024. Confirming this decision,

Center Formed for Talks Among People, Officials, Intl Community

Sodaba Nazhand Tolo New 8 Feb 2024 On the other hand, the spokesman of the Islamic Emirate asks the politicians to coordinate with the government in this regard.  Several politicians formed a “Dialogue Center” for the negotiations between the Islamic Emirate, the people of Afghanistan, and the international community.  According to these politicians, the negotiations

NGOs Warn of Adverse Effects of Lack of Rainfall in Afghanistan

By Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 7 Feb 2024 According to the statement, Afghanistan is currently enduring its worst drought in the past 30 years Save the Children and four other NGOs in a joint statement on Monday warned about the lack of rainfall and worsening weather conditions in Afghanistan. “Some 25 out of 34 provinces are

Over half a million expelled migrants from Pakistan in urgent need of food assistance: WFP

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama News February 7, 2024 The World Food Program asserts that nearly half a million expelled Afghan migrants from Pakistan are in dire need of immediate food assistance. In a post on the X network on Tuesday, the organization stated that expelled migrants from Pakistan lack economic support and face difficulties starting

Karzai describes UN coordinator’s assessment of Afghanistan as ‘Realistic and Practical’

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press February 7, 2024 President Hamid Karzai has announced his meeting with Mr. Feridun Sinirlioglu, the special coordinator for the United Nations Secretary-General for Afghanistan, emphasizing its significance. The former president said on its social media platform X about his discussion regarding the Doha meeting during his meeting with Mr. Sinirliglu.

Biden’s hasty exit from Afghanistan deemed biggest mistake

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press February 7, 2024 An American media outlet known as The National Interest has termed America’s hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan as President Biden’s biggest failure, stating that it underscores the futility of “the entire two-decade endeavour in Afghanistan.” According to this report, authored by Peter Suciu, America’s tumultuous exit from Afghanistan,

Intl Organizations Sustain Calls for Women’s Rights in Afghanistan

By Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 7 Feb 2024 Earlier, the Acting Minister of Virtue and Vice had called the violation of women’s rights and their arrest because of “bad hijab” propaganda. Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a report once again expressed concern over the imposition of restrictions on women in Afghanistan, saying that the “Taliban have

In Doha, World Will Seek Ways for Increased Interaction: Kabir

By TOLOnews TV Network 7 Feb 2024 Kabir also said that the Islamic Emirate wants a balanced policy with all the countries of the world, including the US and Russia. The deputy Prime Minister for Political Affairs, Mawlawi Abdul Kabir, on Wednesday at a gathering (Strengthening National unity and Islamic Government) in Kabul said that

Illegitimate Detention of US Citizens in Afghanistan ‘Unacceptable’: McCaul 0 COMMENTS

By TOLOnews TV Network 7 Feb 2024 McCaul added that Republicans and Democrats alike will not tolerate the “illegitimate” detention of American citizens. Michael McCaul, the chairman of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, at a committee session said that they will continue their efforts to free the American citizens held hostage by the Islamic

Local dentist lives on $1,000 a month to fund Afghanistan dental project

By: Juliet Lemar KSBY Television News Central California Posted at 5:00 PM, Feb 02, 2024 Living on $1,000 a month in Santa Barbara may seem impossible, but for one local dentist, it’s just a way of life. Dr. Rolfe isn’t a typical dentist — he’s 84, makes crowns by hand, has funky art and musical instruments in

IBHARI launches ‘Gender Apartheid’ Investigation in Afghanistan and Iran

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press February 5, 2024 Written By: Hakim Bigzaam The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) reports that, in coordination with several members of the British Parliament, it has launched an investigation into the situation of women in Afghanistan and Iran. The IBAHRI currently has this issue under scrutiny. While international

Posting of UN Special Envoy for Afghanistan Against UN Law: Mujahid

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 5 Feb 2024 The political analysts give various opinions regarding the appointment of the UN special envoy for Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said that the appointment of the UN special envoy for Afghanistan—a vacancy approved in the 2721 resolution by the UNSC in December 2023– is contrary to

Ulema, Elders in North Bring Up Education in Meeting With Kabir

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 5 Feb 2024 They mentioned their problems and requested the interim government reconstruct the roads and provide job opportunities for the youth. The religious clerics and tribal elders of the northern provinces called for attention to education and health issues in their meeting with the deputy prime minister for political affairs,

US Exploring Consular Return to Afghanistan Without Recognizing Taliban Rule

By Akmal Dawi VOA News  February 02, 2024 9:43 AM FILE – A member of the Taliban’s Fateh, a special forces unit, stands guard outside the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan, now with a Taliban flag painted on its outer concrete wall, in Kabul, Sept. 8, 2021. The United States is cautiously exploring the possibility of

Kakar: Central Govt in Afghanistan ‘Absent,’ Kabul Reacts

Naweed Samadi Tolo News 4 Feb 2024 The spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate said that there exists a central government in Afghanistan which is leading the entire affairs of the country. The Islamic Emirate reacted to the remarks of Pakistan’s interim Prime Minister saying that the Afghan caretaker government possesses control over the entire territory

Swiss Federal Council Signs Agreement With Afghan Trust Fund

TOLOnews TV Network 4 Feb 2024 We have collected $7.25 billion and $2.25 billion in assets,” said Sayed Masoud, an economist. The Federal Council and the foundation “Fund for the Afghan People” (Afghan Fund) have signed an agreement on privileges and immunities of the Foundation in Switzerland, which entered into force on February 1, 2024,

Pakistan Extends Afghan Refugees’ Stay Until March: Media

Sodaba Nazhand Tolo News 4 Feb 2024 The refugees rights activists called on the Islamic Emirate to pay attention to the challenges of the Afghan refugees in Pakistan. The caretaker government of Pakistan has granted approval for the extension of the residency of 1.3 million undocumented Afghan refugees, Pakistani media reported.    The extension allows

UK FCDO Advises Against All Travel to Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 3 Feb 2024 However, the Islamic Emirate’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said that security is ensured in the country and the safety of foreign nationals is also ensured. The UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) in a statement advised British nationals to not travel to Afghanistan. According to FCDO statement, there is

Kabul Reacts to UN Experts Concerns: No Women Detained Over Hijab

 Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 3 Feb 2024 The spokesman for the Islamic Emirate, Zabihullah Mujahid, said that no woman are being detained by the Islamic Emirate because of hijab. The Islamic Emirate said the information of the United Nations about the detention of women in the country is false. The spokesman for the Islamic Emirate,

Rights Group Proposes Criteria for Representatives at Doha Meeting

By Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 2 Feb 2024 The Doha conference will be hosted by the United Nations on February 18th and will last for two days. Human Rights Defenders Plus (HRD+) proposed a criteria for the participation of civil society representatives in the Doha conference. The Human Rights Defenders in a proposal said: “The Human

UNSC to Meet on Appointment of Special Envoy to Afghanistan

 Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 2 Feb 2024 Meanwhile, the Islamic Emirate said that the appointment of the special representative is not useful. The United Nations Security Council is to hold a meeting on Afghanistan based on resolution 2721 for the appointment of a special representative to Afghanistan. The UNSC in a statement said that the

US Again Urges Interim Afghan Govt to Take Steps for Intl Legitimacy

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 2 Feb 2024 The Islamic Emirate’s spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, said that they are committed to all pledges which they made with the international community.  The spokesman for the US Department of State, Matthew Miller, said that Washington would continue to call on the “Taliban” to take steps to gain international legitimacy. 

WHO praises Japan’s ongoing healthcare aid to Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press February 2, 2024 The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomed the sustainable aid provided by the Japanese government in the healthcare sector for Afghanistan during a visit by a Japanese delegation to the Afghan-Japan hospital. Wednesday, the World Health Organization shared on its social media platform X that the visit of

US dismisses reports of reopening American consulate in Kabul

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press February 2, 2024 The US Embassy for Afghanistan in Doha has denied reports about the reopening of its consulate in Afghanistan. The US mission to Afghanistan in Doha, also known as the Afghanistan affairs unit, told Khaama Press that the United States’ position towards Afghanistan remains unchanged, and there are

Exile Scholars helping Afghan girls to access online education

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press February 3, 2024 Written By: Tabasum Nasiry A group of Afghan scholars in exile have announced the creation of online classes to provide access to education for Afghan girls who are facing gender discrimination and educational bans in Afghanistan. According to a report by the American University, these classes have

Former Afghanistan Security Forces targeted in Killings, says US Congressman

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press February 1, 2024 Brian Mast, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, stated on Wednesday that contrary to the statements made by the Biden administration and the Taliban, former Afghan security forces are systematically and purposefully being killed in Afghanistan. He accused the Biden administration of dishonesty, alleging that

Ex-Afghan special forces to have UK relocation claims re-examined

By Joe Inwood BBC Newsnight 1 February 2024 BBC Newsnight previously revealed that more than 200 members of the Triples who had fled to Paksitan were facing deportation Former Afghan special forces who served alongside the British but were denied relocation to the UK will have their cases re-examined, the government says. Armed Forces Minister

Kabul Reacts to UNSC Report, Saying Counter Terrorism Main Principle

TOLOnews TV Network 1 Feb 2024 But Mujahid said that serious fighting took place against Daesh. The Islamic Emirate in reaction to the United Nations Security Council’s report said that counterterrorism is the main principle of the interim Afghan government. This comes as the UNSC in its recent report said al-Qaida was reported to have

Nations Engaged With Kabul Should Urge Women’s Rights: US State Dept

Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 1 Feb 2024 Matthew Miller said that Washington wants to see the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan improved. A US State Department spokesperson said that Washington calls on any country engaged with Kabul to urge improvement on women’s and girls’ rights. Addressing a press briefing, US State Department spokesperson

Islamic Emirate Reacts to Transparency Intl Report

TOLOnews TV Network 31 Jan 2024 Afghanistan has scored 20 out of 100 in the new index, ranking 162 out of 180 countries and territories. The Islamic Emirate responded to a Transparency International report by saying that Afghanistan’s ranking of 162nd in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) does not mean that corruption levels have risen

Factors of Afghan Economic Crisis from SIGAR’s Point of View

Bibi Amina Hakimi Tolo News 31 Jan 2024 Abdul Latif Nazari, the deputy minister of Economy, referring to DAB said that this bank operates independently. The Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) in a report said that the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) blocked DAB from accessing its assets held in

Afghanistan cricket exile Ekil Latifi: ‘We were scared they were going to kill us’

Emma John The Guardian Wed 31 Jan 2024 06.00 EST The team that had to flee after the return of the Taliban is pushing hard for a return to international cricket It’s 4pm, and 19-year-old Ekil Latifi has been at the indoor cricket centre at Lord’s for eight hours. Nor is she planning on going

US Reacts to China’s Relations with Islamic Emirate

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 31 Jan 2024 Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday received the credentials of 42 ambassadors to China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. A day after the Chinese President Xi Jinping accepted the credentials of Bilal Karimi as the Islamic Emirate’s ambassador to Beijing, a US State Department

750 Ethnic Conflicts Solved Since Islamic Emirate Rule: Abid

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 31 Jan 2024 Abid added that the Islamic Emirate is committed to solving the ethnic conflicts and more than 140 other conflicts are getting solved. Abdul Khaliq Abid, the deputy minister of tribal affairs and borders, in an exclusive interview told TOLOnews that after the Islamic Emirate came to power, 750

UN emphasizes support for women’s businesses in Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press January 30, 2024 Written By: Tabasum Nasiry The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has stated that, in light of the collapse of Afghanistan’s economic system, it has supported 50 women in the central regions of the country in various aspects, ranging from small and medium-sized businesses to infrastructure and healthcare

Afghanistan drops from 150th to 162 in Corruption Fighting Index: Report

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press January 30, 2024 In a recent report by the International Transparency Organization, Afghanistan, now ruled by the Taliban, has fallen to the 162nd position in the Corruption Fighting Index for 2023, with a low score of just 20 points. In 2022, Afghanistan was ranked 150th among 180 countries with the

Karzai stresses girls’ education in meeting with women activists

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press January 30, 2024 Hamid Karzai, former President of Afghanistan, emphasized the vital importance of reopening schools and universities for girls during a meeting with a group of women activists and supporters of girls’ education. Mr. Karzai considered girls’ education crucial for the progress and development of Afghanistan during this meeting.

Inclusivity Not Discussed at Kabul Conference: Mujahid

TOLOnews TV Network 30 Jan 2024 The spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate told TOLOnews that the outcome of the conference will strengthen regional solidarity. The Islamic Emirate said that the issue of an inclusive government was not talked about in Monday’s Afghanistan’s Regional Cooperation Initiative Conference in Kabul. The conference, which was attended by representatives

Region Dealing with Kabul for Security, Economic Stability: ICG

 TOLOnews TV Network 30 Jan 2024 But ICG underscored that regional actor sought more dealings with Kabul. The International Crisis Group (ICG) said in a report that as most of the world shuns the “Taliban due to their violations of women’s and girls’ rights, countries in the region around Afghanistan are dealing with the regime

Amu Darya’s daily oil extraction will surpass 2,000 tons, says Chinese company

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press January 29, 2024 Chinese company Afg-Chin Oil and Gas Limited has announced plans to activate 24 new wells in the Amu Darya basin in 2024, aiming to increase daily oil extraction to over 2,000 tons. The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum confirmed that the company’s head recently met with the

Daesh No Longer Threat for Afghanistan: Islamic Emirate

TOLOnews TV Network 29 Jan 2024 Mujahid added that Daesh is not acting in the interest of any country. The Islamic Emirate’s spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, said that Daesh is not a threat for Afghanistan and that the Islamic Emirate’s forces have tightened the security across the borders. Mujahid made the remarks in reaction to a

Kabul Hosts ‘Afghanistan’s Regional Cooperation Initiative’

Najibullah Lalzoy Web/Social Media Editor Tolo News 29 Jan 2024 He also said that regional security remains of grave importance for the Islamic Emirate. The summit named “Afghanistan’s Regional Cooperation Initiative” was held with the participation of envoys of regional countries on Monday in Kabul. Speaking at the summit, acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi,

Taliban Under Scrutiny After $1.2M ‘Stolen’ From Crashed Russian Jet

By Isabel van Brugen Newsweek Jan 26, 2024 at 6:25 AM EST The Taliban is under scrutiny after $1.2 million is reported to have been “stolen” from a Russian private jet that crashed in Afghanistan’s northern Badakhshan province on January 21. Four out of the six people aboard the Dassault Falcon 10 aircraft survived the crash. The jet

China-Afghanistan Relations to Improve: Officials

Naweed Samadi Tolo News 27 Jan 2024 The Afghanistan Embassy in Beijing wrote on X that in the meeting Mao Ming pledged the strengthening of diplomatic relations of China with Afghanistan. The Deputy Director of the Asian Department at China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mao Ming, in a meeting with the Ambassador of the Islamic

Representatives of Afghan Women, Civil Society Invited to Doha Meeting

TOLOnews TV Network 27 Jan 2024 Addressing a press briefing, Dujarric said that the meeting will be held in Doha on February 18 and 19 The UN Secretary General’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said that in the Doha meeting there will be collective meetings with special envoys on Afghanistan, including with Afghan women representatives and civil

Over 7,000 Afghan migrants returned home from Pakistan in past month

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press January 27, 2024 The Ministry of Migrants and Repatriates of Afghanistan has announced that in the past month, more than 7,000 Afghan migrants, including 305 prisoners, have returned to the country from various prisons in Pakistan. The ministry stated on Saturday, in a published report that these migrants entered the

Afghan activists call on Swedish Parliament to recognize ‘Gender Apartheid’ in Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press January 26, 2024 A group of Afghan residents in Sweden met with some members of the Swedish parliament, requesting that the Swedish government officially recognize “gender apartheid in Afghanistan and the genocide of the Hazaras.” Members of the “Solidarity Union” and several human rights defenders met with Swedish parliamentarians on

NAI Media Watchdog Temporary Suspends Its Operations

Naweed Samadi Tolo News 26 Jan 2024 Khelwatgar stressed that no representative will be representing the organization in Afghanistan anymore. Mujeeb Khelwatgar, the head of NAI (a group that supports open media in Afghanistan) in a video message announced the temporary suspension of this organization’s activities in Afghanistan. Khelwatgar stressed that no representative will be

25 Foreign Nationals in Jail: Prisons Official

TOLOnews TV Network 26 Jan 2024 Badr said that of over 19,000 detainees, approximately 800 are women and more than 200 are members of the Islamic Emirate. The deputy head of the Office of the Prison Administration, Habibullah Badr, said that there are 25 foreign nationals currently in the prisons of the Islamic Emirate. In

US Using ‘Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs’ With Kabul: Patel

TOLOnews TV Network 26 Jan 2024 Earlier, relatives and some US politicians in a gathering called for the release of American citizen Ryan Corbett from detention in Afghanistan. The deputy spokesperson for the US State Department, Vedant Patel, said that “work” is ongoing by the US special envoy of hostage affairs regarding American citizens. In

Farmers Suffers Extreme Income Loss From Opium Ban: UNODC

Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 26 Jan 2024 Anubha Sood, representative of the UNODC Afghanistan, said that many challenges in Afghanistan have affected the food supply of families. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said that after the ban on poppy cultivation in Afghanistan, the income of farmers decreased. Anubha Sood, representative of

Islamic Emirate Invited to Coming Meeting in Doha: Deputy PM

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 26 Jan 2024 According to a statement released by the Arg, the two sides discussed girls’ education and other political issues. The political deputy of the Prime Minister of the Islamic Emirate, Mawlawi Abdul Kabir, in his meeting with Norway’s chargé d’affaires Paul Klouman Bekken said that the Islamic Emirate has

Turkish and Iranian presidents call for inclusive Govt in Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press January 25, 2024 The Presidents of Iran and Turkey, in a joint statement, emphasized the creation of an inclusive, responsible, and accountable government to represent all the people of Afghanistan. Ebrahim Raisi and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called for ensuring security for the people of Afghanistan “without any ethnic or sectarian

Karzai: Hope schools and universities will reopen for girls in Afghanistan

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press January 25, 2024 On the occasion of World Education Day, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai called for the reopening of schools and universities for girls beyond the sixth grade in Afghanistan. Hamid Karzai reiterated this demand on Wednesday and urged the Taliban administration to create favourable conditions for girls’ education

Kabul to host regional conference next week: Iranian official

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press January 26, 2024 The Director-General of South Asian Affairs at the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that Kabul will host a regional conference called “Worthy of Attention” next week. Rasoul Mousavi stated that representatives from Iran, Pakistan, Russia, and China will participate in this conference, followed by a

US warned Iran that ISIS-K was preparing attack ahead of deadly Kerman blasts, a US official says

BY AAMER MADHANI Associated Press January 25, 2024 WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government privately warned Iran that the Islamic State group’s affiliate in Afghanistan was preparing to carry out a terrorist attack before bombings in Kerman earlier this month that killed 95 people, a U.S. official said Thursday. The official, who was not authorized to comment

Pakistan’s Munir Accuses Afghanistan of Supporting Balochistan Insurgents

TOLOnews TV Network 25 Jan 2024 He also stated: “The life of a single Pakistani is more important than the entire Afghanistan.” Pakistani media quoted the country’s chief of army staff, Syed Asim Munir, saying that the insurgency in Balochistan has long been supported by Afghanistan, and the western neighbor has never shown friendship towards

UN Chief to Hold Meeting on Afghanistan in Doha February 18-19

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 25 Jan 2024 This comes as Moscow is set to host a quadrilateral meeting of Russia, China, Iran, and Pakistan in the near future about Afghanistan. The UN Secretary General’s Spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, said that the Secretary General will convene a meeting of member-states and regional-organization special envoys on Afghanistan in

Moscow Reiterates Call for Inclusive Govt, Women’s Rights in Afghanistan

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 25 Jan 2024 Sergey Lavrov asked the Islamic Emirate to fulfill their commitments to the international community. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, said that Moscow, along with the rest of the members of the UN, will not recognize the Taliban until human rights, especially women’s rights, are

Japan’s Chargé d’Affaires Vows to Help Afghans

TOLOnews TV Network 24 Jan 2024 In an interview, Tanimoto said Tokyo wants to strengthen its ties with Kabul in a bid to have enduring relations with the people of Afghanistan. The chargé d’affaires of the Japan embassy, Takuya Tanimoto, said that considering the long historic relations between Afghanistan and Japan, Tokyo seeks to support

On Education Day, Calls Mount to Reopen Schools for Females

TOLOnews TV Network 24 Jan 2024 She also urged the Islamic Emirate to recognize that education is not just a moral imperative but critical for prosperity and peace. The 24th of January is the International Day of Education. This day arrives as girls above the sixth grade are not allowed to go to school in

On Intl Day of Education Girls Call for Reopening of Schools

TOLOnews TV Network 24 Jan 2024 Meanwhile, some religious scholars asked the Islamic Emirate to provide education for girls in the country as soon as possible. On the International Day of Education some girls who have been denied access to education in the country expressed concerns about their unclear future. They once again asked the

Islamic Emirate Wants Good Relations with World: Kabir

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 24 Jan 2024 Afghanistan is the common home of all tribes, and asked the citizens of the country to participate in the settlement of Afghanistan in an all-round way. The Deputy PM for Political Affairs, Mawlawi Abdul Kabir, at a conference today (Wednesday) in Kabul said that the Islamic Emirate wants

After Years, F.B.I. Recovers Remains of American Woman in Afghanistan

By Adam Goldman Reporting from Washington The New York Times Jan. 23, 2024, 10:26 a.m. ET The recovery of Cydney Mizell, an aid worker abducted in 2008, demonstrates the intricacies of tracking down hostages, particularly in a country where the United States no longer has a presence. The disappearance of Cydney Mizell was one of the

Afghan nationals top the list of asylum seekers in France in 2023

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press January 23, 2024 The Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons in France (OFPRA) has announced that Afghans, with 17,500 requests, were the largest group of asylum seekers in the country in 2023. This agency stated that in total, 142,500 people requested asylum in France last year. OFPRA

US expresses major concern over the Taliban’s treatment of Afghan women

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press January 23, 2024 The US State Department deputy spokesperson, Vedant Patel, expressed deep concern on Monday regarding the Taliban regime’s treatment of women in Afghanistan. Patel emphasized that the Taliban’s actions, particularly regarding women’s rights and basic human rights, are unacceptable to the United States. The US has taken measures

Deputy PM Says Corruption, Drug Activity Stopped in Afghanistan

Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 23 Jan 2024 The Arg in a statement said that in this meeting Mawlawi Abdul Kabir requested the European Union’s help in the health and education sectors of Afghanistan. The deputy Prime Minister for Political Affairs, Mawlawi Abdul Kabir, said that corruption and narcotics has ended in Afghanistan. In a

Afghan Women Treated Based on Islamic Law: Deputy Minister

Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 23 Jan 2024 The detention of several women in various parts of Kabul earlier faced widespread reactions by the international community. The deputy Minister of Vice and Virtue, Mohammad Faqir Mohammadi, said that whatever is enforced on women in Afghanistan is based on Islamic law. In an interview with TOLOnews, Mohammadi

Pakistan Official Again Alleges Threats Coming From Afghan Soil

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 22 Jan 2024 Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Jan Achakzai also said that terrorists have networks in Afghanistan. Balochistan’s caretaker minister for information, Jan Achakzai claimed that Afghan soil is a threat to Pakistani security forces.  Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Jan Achakzai also said that terrorists

4 Countries to Soon Hold Meeting on Afghanistan: Kabulov

Shabnam Amini Tolo News 23 Jan 2024 This is not the first meeting on Afghanistan either on a regional or global level but analysts have different views on the outcomes of such meetings. Russia said that a quadrilateral meeting will take place by the end of January this year to discuss Afghanistan. The Russian president’s

Over a Million Refugees Deported in 2023: MoRR

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 23 Jan 2024 Mohammad Rasool, who was forcibly expelled from Pakistan, said that refugees deported from Pakistan should be provided with shelter. The acting Minister of Refugees and Repatriation, Khalil Rahman Haqqani, in a meeting with the head of International security and supplies of UNHCR said that over a million refugees

Trade resumes as Pakistan and Afghanistan reopen Torkham border crossing after 10 days

The Associated Press/ABC News January 23, 2024, 1:31 AM ET Officials say trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan has resumed after they reopened a key northwestern border crossing shut for more than 10 days PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan resumed Tuesday after the two sides reopened a key northwestern border crossing shut for

The Daily Hustle: My life as a refugee – and choosing to return home 

Sayed Asadullah Sadat Afghanistan Analysts Network  20 Jan 2024 After the Islamic Republic collapsed in August 2021, tens of thousands of people rushed to Kabul airport, attempting to leave Afghanistan. Some faced specific threats from the new rulers. Others were fearful of an uncertain future, increased violence and unemployment and hoped for a better future

Two Journalists detained in Kabul raise concerns about press freedom

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press January 20, 2024 The Afghanistan Journalists Center has reported the detention of two journalists in Kabul, stating that they were summoned and subsequently detained by the intelligence agency of the Taliban. According to the center’s news release, on Thursday, Ahmed Jawad Rasouli and Abdulhaq Hamidi, the editor-in-chief and owner of

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Chief: Joint Plan Will Solve Kabul-Islamabad Tensions

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 20 Jan 2024 In an interview with a Pakistani media outlet Geo News, he said that the Pakistani officials also called the creation of this strategy appropriate. The leader of Pakistan’s Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, said that during his visit to Kabul, he asked the Islamic Emirate to create a joint

Islamic Emirate: It is Not Responsibility of Nations to Decide Govt

TOLOnews TV Network 20 Jan 2024 Some political analysts said that the Islamic Emirate and the world should comply with each other’s wishes in some issues. The spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, Zabihullah Mujahid, in response to the recent remarks of the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, said that the nature of the government, and

US Admits Sending $40 Million Weekly to Afghanistan Amid Controversy

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press January 19, 2024 The U.S. Department of State has confirmed that it sends $80 million in cash to Afghanistan under Taliban control every 10 to 14 days. This comes as the Taliban, since June does not disclose the receipt of $40 million packages through the media to avoid criticism. The

Kakar Claims Foreign Troops’ Weapons in Afghanistan Sold in Black Markets

TOLOnews TV Network 19 Jan 2024 Earlier, Kakar claimed that the weapons left from the foreign troops in Afghanistan are being used by the Tahrik-e-Taliban Pakistan. The Prime Minister of the Pakistani caretaker government, Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, said that the weapons left from the foreign troops in Afghanistan are being sold in the black markets. Speaking

10.5 Billion Afs Paid to Orphans, Widows and Disabled People: MMD

TOLOnews TV Network 19 Jan 2024 The ministry spokesman, Faisal Khamosh, said that 620,000 widows and disabled people are registered at the ministry.  The Ministry of Martyrs and Disabled Affairs (MMD) announced the payment of 10.5 billion Afghanis to orphans and the disabled in 1402 (current solar year). The ministry spokesman, Faisal Khamosh, said that

Russian FM Stresses Formation of Inclusive Govt in Afghanistan

By Fatima Adib Tolo News 19 Jan 2024 The political analysts stressed that the interim government should accept the wishes of the international community to pave the way for recognition. The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, expressed hope for the formation of a government in Afghanistan that would feature “political inclusivity.” Speaking at his annual news

Kabir: Wide Interaction with the World is Essentially Recognition

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 19 Jan 2024 Before this, some regional and other countries in the world have said that until the Islamic Emirate fulfills their promises, they will not recognize them.  The Deputy PM for Political Affairs, Mawlawi Abdul Kabir, says that although there is no official announcement, the world recognizes the Islamic Emirate.

In First, Pakistan Restricting 4 of 5 Crossing Areas With Afghanistan

Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 19 Jan 2024 Torkham, Spin Boldak, Ghulam Khan, Dand-e-Patan and Angur Ada are the joint crossings between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Among 5 joint crossings between Afghanistan and Pakistan, only Ghulam Khan crossing is not blocked. According to the Chamber of Commerce and Investments, the restrictions in the trade sector are

Calls Mount From Businesspeople to Open Torkham Crossing

Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 18 Jan 2024 ACCI said that with the closure of the Torkham crossing for commercial vehicles, a loss of $100,000 dollars has been sustained by the merchants. A number of merchants said that the closure of the Torkham crossing to commercial vehicles has caused Afghanistan’s fresh fruit and vegetables to

Worsening economic insecurity under Taliban rule in Afghanistan: UNDP Report

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press January 18, 2024 The latest report from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Afghanistan indicates a worsening economic insecurity under the control of the Taliban regime. Released on Thursday, January 18th, the organization’s report reveals that 69% of Afghanistan’s population faces a shortage of necessities, including healthcare, essential goods,

Karzai emphasizes national dialogue and girls’ education in meeting with UN Envoy

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press January 18, 2024 Image/Karzai/Twitter. Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai met with Markus Potzel, the Political Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in Afghanistan. During the meeting, they discussed the report by Feridun Sinirliuglu, the Special Coordinator of the United Nations Secretary-General for Afghanistan, and Security Council Resolution 2721.

Haqqani, Iodice Discuss Next Month’s Meeting on Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 17 Jan 2024 The acting Interior Minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani, in a meeting with Rafaella Iodice, the EU Chargée d’Affaires for Afghanistan, talked about a range of topics including next month’s meeting in Doha on Afghanistan. The Interior Ministry in a statement quoted Haqqani as saying, “the presence of the Islamic Emirate representatives

Women, Girls Bearing Brunt of Economic, Humanitarian Crisis: UNDP

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 18 Jan 2024 Rodriques said that 7 out of 10 Afghans are unable to fulfill their basic needs for food, health care and employment. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said that women and girls are bearing the brunt of the economic and humanitarian crises where female-headed households work more for

Islamic Emirate Leader: Women’s Rights Not Ensured by Previous Govts

Mohammad Amin Pacha Tolo News 18 Jan 2024 The Islamic Emirate’s leader once again did not mention any remark regarding the education of girls. The leader of the Islamic Emirate in an audio recording attributed to him, said that the rights of women have been ensured within an Islamic structure compared to before. According to

Where is Balochistan and why is it the target of Iran and Pakistan strikes?

Hannah Ellis-Petersen South Asia correspondent The Guardian Thu 18 Jan 2024 08.00 EST Balochistan is a region with a distinct cultural and historical identity that is now divided between three countries: Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan. This week, Iran and Pakistan launched strikes across each other’s borders targeting militants in the Balochistan area. The region takes its name

Almost 100,000 Afghan children are in dire need of support, 3 months after earthquakes, UNICEF says

 RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press January 15, 2024, UNICEF says almost 100,000 children in Afghanistan direly need support, three months after earthquakes devastated the west of the country ISLAMABAD — Almost 100,000 children in Afghanistan are in dire need of support, three months after earthquakes devastated the country’s west, the U.N. children’s agency said Monday. A 6.3-magnitude

US aims to destabilize Afghanistan: Iranian Envoy

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press January 17, 2024 Hassan Kazemi-Qomi, Iran’s special representative in Kabul, believes that despite the U.S.’s clear failure in Afghanistan, they continue to try to destabilize the country and support terrorism, especially ISIS. Qomi made these statements on Tuesday, January 16th, during an interview with the IRNA news agency in Islamabad.

UNICEF Announces 950 Community-Based Education Classes

Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 17 Jan 2024 Currently, some children in various provinces are getting educated outdoors and do not have access to standard classes. UNICEF announced the establishment of 950 new community-based education classes in Afghanistan with the cooperation of South Korea. UNICEF has said that these classes are aimed at helping the education

Iran Forms ‘Regional Contact Group’ on Afghanistan

 Fatima Adib Tolo News 17 Jan 2024 Special representatives stated that the “Regional Contact Group” should define and follow a political, economic and security cooperation package for Afghanistan.  The Iranian Ambassador and special representative to Afghanistan, Hassan Kazemi Qomi, in an interview with Iranian media said that a “Regional Contact Group” has been formed to

96,000 Children Affected from Earthquake in Herat: UNICEF

TOLOnews TV Network 17 Jan 2024 UNICEF in a report also called for an increase in healthcare services and clean water for children who face challenges from earthquakes. The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said that the last earthquake in Herat affected 96,000 children.  UNICEF in a report also called for an increase

Islamic Emirate Denies Intention to Access Nuclear Weapons

 Sodaba Nazhand Tolo News 16 Jan 2024 The head of the office, Suhail Shaheen, said that the Islamic Emirate plans to repair the weapons left behind by foreign forces in Afghanistan. The political office of the Islamic Emirate has denied allegations about Kabul’s intention to “access nuclear weapons.” The head of the office, Suhail Shaheen,

Talks Underway to Reopen Torkham Crossing for Commercial Trucks: Mujahid

TOLOnews TV Network 16 Jan 2024 Mujahid said that the Torkham crossing was first blocked by the Pakistani military for commercial trucks. The Islamic Emirate’s spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, said that negotiations are underway with Pakistani officials to facilitate the reopening of Torkham crossing for transit trucks. The Torkham crossing was closed on Tuesday for the

Over 40,000 Afghan citizens obtain Turkish Residence Permits

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press January 16, 2024 According to data from the Turkish Ministry of Interior’s Migration Authority, 41,978 Afghan citizens have obtained residence permits in Turkey. The authority announced on Tuesday that over 30,000 more Afghan asylum seekers in Turkey have received short-term residence documents. According to the latest data from the Turkish

Australia urged to speed up visas for Afghan women who fear being sent back to Taliban rule

Sarah Basford Canales The Guardian Tue 16 Jan 2024 Many waiting for a ticket to Australia are in Pakistan, where local authorities are undertaking a mass deportation Afghan women’s rights defenders who have fled the Taliban’s rule say they are at risk of imminent return to Afghanistan by Pakistani authorities, prompting calls for the Australian government

Almost 100,000 Afghan children are in dire need of support, 3 months after earthquakes, UNICEF says

BY RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press  January 15, 2024 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Almost 100,000 children in Afghanistan are in dire need of support, three months after earthquakes devastated the country’s west, the U.N. children’s agency said Monday. A 6.3-magnitude earthquake shook Herat province on Oct. 7 and a second strong quake struck the same province days

Shakib: We Mediate, But Not Accommodate TTP in Afghanistan

By Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 15 Jan 2024 Sardar Ahmad Shakib said that the Islamic Emirate has taken steps to address the concerns of Pakistan. The charge d’affaires of Afghanistan’s embassy in Islamabad, Sardar Ahmad Shakib, in a special interview with TOLOnews said that the Islamic Emirate’s mediation between Pakistan and the TTP does not mean

Torkham Crossing Blocked for 3rd Day, Drivers Call for Its Reopening

Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 15 Jan 2024 “It has been three-days since the Torkham crossing was closed. We have fresh fruits which we want to transfer to Pakistan,” a driver said.   Following the blockage of Torkham crossing for three consecutive days, truck drivers called on the Islamic Emirate and Pakistani to sit for

In the new Afghanistan, it’s sell your daughter or starve

By Stephanie Sinclair The Washington Post January 15, 2024  Stephanie Sinclair, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, is the founder and president of Too Young To Wed. Their names are Khoshbakht, Saliha, Fawzia, Benazir, Farzana and Nazia — Afghan girls ages 8 to 10 who have been sold into marriage. Desperation forced their parents to thrust them

Senior Pakistani politician meets reclusive Taliban supreme leader in Afghanistan

Associated Press January 13, 2024 ISLAMABAD (AP) — A senior Pakistani politician met the Taliban supreme leader in Afghanistan, the politician’s office said Saturday. It’s the second publicly known meeting between a foreign official and the reclusive Hibatullah Akhundzada, who rarely appears in public and seldom leaves the southern Afghan province of Kandahar. It’s also the first known

Pakistan effectively shuts the key crossing into Afghanistan to truck drivers

BY RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press January 13, 2024 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan effectively closed a key northwestern border crossing with Afghanistan to truck drivers on Saturday, Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban said. Noor Mohammad Hanif, director of Information and Culture department in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province said that officials at the Torkham began asking for passports and

Religious Scholars, Tribal Elders Call For Reopening of Schools for Girls

 Naweed Samadi Tolo News 14 Jan 2024 At a gathering in Kabul, they said that women’s presence is necessary throughout the nation and that they should have access to education. Some religious scholars and tribal elders of the country asked the Islamic Emirate to immediately open schools and universities for girls in the country. At

Mawlawi Abdul Kabir: We Want Good Relations With All Countries

Naweed Samadi Tolo News 13 Jan 2024 The Deputy Prime Minister for Political Affairs added that no resistance, including Daesh, has clear activities in Afghanistan. The Deputy Prime Minister for Political Affairs, Mawlawi Abdul Kabir, said the Islamic Emirate does not want its relations with neighboring countries and the world to be damaged in any

Nimroz Governor Escapes Suicide Attack, 3 Guards Injured

TOLOnews TV Network 14 Jan 2024 Khalid escaped the attack unhurt but three of his bodyguards were injured, according to the officials. A suicide bomber seeking to target the governor of Nimroz, Mohammad Qassim Khalid, was gunned down before reaching his target but three force members of the Islamic Emirate were injured as the explosive

Afghan women defying countless restrictions

ByFidel Rahmati Khaama Press January 11, 2024 Afghan Women’s Restaurant/Image/Khaama Press. In Afghanistan, women face multiple layers of restrictions, often rooted in undesirable customs and practices driven by low education levels in society. The resurgence of the Taliban regime has further obscured these restrictions under the guise of “religious” or “Afghan cultural” norms, leading to

Afghan girls detained and lashed by Taliban for violating hijab rules

Zuhal Ahad The Guardian Wed 10 Jan 2024 Girls as young as 16 have been arrested across the Afghan capital, Kabul, in the past week for violating the Taliban’s hijab rules. The girls – who were detained in shopping centres, classes and street markets – were accused of “spreading and encouraging others to wear a

Blasts Hit Kabul, Balkh Leaving Several Killed

Mujeeb Rahman Awrang Stanikzai Head of TOLOnews’ Online Department 11 Jan 2024 Meanwhile, sources in Mazar-e-Sharif said that an explosion took place this afternoon (Thursday) in the city. At least two civilians were killed and 12 others were injured in a grenade blast in PD 18 of Kabul today, a spokesman for the Kabul security

Reopening of UK Embassy in Kabul is Under Review: UK Official

 TOLOnews TV Network 11 Jan 2024 Some political analysts said that it is necessary for the Islamic Emirate to give in to some of the demands of the international community. Andrew Mitchell MP, Minister of State at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, said the government will keep “very much under review” calls to reopen

UN ‘concerned’ Taliban detaining Afghan women for dress code violations

Al Jazeera Published On 11 Jan 2024 Taliban chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says the UN preoccupation with Afghan women is unwarranted. The United Nations mission in Afghanistan is “deeply concerned” about Taliban authorities arbitrarily arresting and detaining women and girls it accuses of violating dress codes regarding the Islamic headscarf, or hijab. In a statement

Taliban detains dozens of women in Afghanistan for breaking hijab rules with “modeling”

CBS News Updated on: January 10, 2024 / 12:05 PM EST  Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers have rounded up dozens of women in an apparent crackdown on perceived violations of the group’s strict dress code. Dozens of women and girls were detained briefly last week in Kabul, a senior Taliban spokesperson told CBS News on Monday, confirming what appeared

Iran Deports Nearly 900 Afghan Minors in 2 Months: Nimroz Official

TOLOnews TV Network 10 Jan 2024 Local officials in Nimroz province said that they are trying to find ways to return these minors to their homes. Nearly 900 Afghan minors have been deported from Iran to Nimroz province in Afghanistan in the last two months, a local official in Nimroz said. Sediqullah, 14, is one

Islamic Emirate Calls UNSC Decisions on Afghanistan ‘Unilateral’

Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 10 Jan 2024 The statement reads that according to reports of the head of UNAMA, Roza Otunbayeva, 50 decrees have been issued regarding women. The Islamic Emirate said the decisions of the UN Security Council regarding Afghanistan are “unilateral.” The spokesman for the Islamic Emirate, Zabihullah Mujahid, said that this organization

Ministry: Air Arabia Resumes Flights to Kabul

By Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 10 Jan 20234 Some businessmen praised this move but added that it was also necessary to resolve the issue of businessmen’s visas to Arab nations. Afghanistan’s Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) said that airline Air Arabia has resumed flights to Kabul after two and half years of

No Specific Control to Ensure Swiss-Based Fund Not Misused’: SIGAR

TOLOnews TV Network 9 Jan 2024 The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said in its newly released report that there are currently no specific controls in place to ensure funds are not diverted to or misused by the Taliban. John F. Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, wrote the above in response

Four Killed in Nangarhar grenade attack

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama News January 9, 2024 On Sunday night, in Hasark district, Nangarhar province, a hand grenade attack wounded the head of education and killed his four daughters, as confirmed by officials on Monday. The incident occurred on Sunday night when unidentified individuals hurled a grenade at Ghulam Jilani Hanafi’s residence, leaving his

Islamic Emirate Wants Positive Relations with World: Muttaqi

Shams Amani Tolo News 9 Jan 2024 It has been more than two years since the Islamic Emirate came to power but no world countries have yet recognized it. The Islamic Emirate Foreign Minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, said that the Islamic Emirate pursues a policy of engagement and positive relations with all world countries. Muttaqi

Afghanistan Humanitarian Needs in 2024 Require $3.06 Billion: OCHA

TOLOnews TV Network 9 Jan 2024 Meanwhile, the Ministry of Economy (MoE) said that they have long-term programs to counter poverty in the country. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that of the 23.7 million people in need of life-saving assistance, “humanitarian partners have prioritized 17.3 million people to

19,000 People Including 800 Women Imprisoned in Afghan Jails: Officials

TOLOnews TV Network 9 Jan 2024 Meanwhile, some political and military analysts urged the interim government to launch educational training for the detainees.  The deputy head of the Office of the Prison Administration said that around 19,000 people, including 800 women, are currently held in prisons across Afghanistan for various crimes. In an interview with

Afghan journalists Laadli award winners highlight ongoing women’s struggle

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama Press. January 8, 2024 Fataneh Bayat, an Afghan journalist and the recipient of the Laadli Award, asserts that winning this award highlights that Afghan women still breathe under severe constraints. The Laadli Award, presented annually by an Indian organization known as “Population First” to promote gender equality, was awarded to Fataneh

3,000 Anti-Terrorist Operations Conducted in 2023: Islamic Emira

Naweed Samadi Tolo News 8 Jan 2024 Qani emphasized that in these operations, the sanctuaries of ISIS were also destroyed. The Ministry of Interior said that in 2023, it conducted nearly 3,000 operations to suppress terrorist groups and armed individuals in the country. Abdul Matin Qani, the MOI spokesman, said that female security forces were

Afghanistan Exposed to Worst Drought in 30 Years: OCHA

TOLOnews TV Network 8 Jan 2024 OCHA added that 30 out of 34 provinces are grappling with severe or extremely poor water quality. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in a report said Afghanistan endured its worst drought in 30 years last year. According to the report, the repercussions of

Qomi: Iran Does Not Support Opponents of Islamic Emirate

Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 8 Jan 2024 Hassan Kazemi Qomi emphasized that Iran does not support the opponents of the Islamic Emirate, but tries to make Afghanistan a part of regional cooperation. Iran ambassador and special representative to Afghanistan, Hassan Kazemi Qomi, met with the Deputy PM for Political Affairs, Mawlawi Abdul Kabir, late on

Islamic Emirate Praises Sinirlioğlu’s Work as UN Coordinator

TOLOnews TV Network 7 Jan 2024 In addition, political analysts said that Sinirlioglu’s appointment was efficient for Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate has praised the mission of Special Coordinator of the United Nations for Afghanistan, Feridun Hadi Sinirlioğlu, saying that he has somewhat presented the realities of Afghanistan on the international stage. The spokesperson of the

Supreme Leader Orders All Laws to be Sharia-Based: Ministry

Naweed Samadi Tolo News 7 Jan 2024 Sahibzada said the capacity-building program was aimed at building the capacity of lawyers in serving people and implementing Islamic Sharia. The supreme leader of the Islamic Emirate has ordered that Afghanistan’s laws be based on Sharia law and Islamic Jurisprudence, said the Ministry of Justice. Speaking at the

Exclusive: US intelligence confirms Islamic State’s Afghanistan branch behind Iran blasts

By Jonathan Landay and Steve Holland Reuters January 5, 2024 WASHINGTON, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Communications intercepts collected by the United States confirmed that Islamic State’s (ISIS) Afghanistan-based branch carried out twin bombings in Iran that killed nearly 100 people, two sources familiar with the intelligence told Reuters on Friday. “The intelligence is clear-cut and indisputable,” one

Citizens Criticize ‘Slow Process’ of Supreme Court

TOLOnews TV Network 6 Jan 2024 Some citizens asked the Islamic Emirate to address their cases as soon as possible. Some citizens criticized the slow process of hearing their cases in the Supreme Court. Some citizens asked the Islamic Emirate to address their cases as soon as possible. “The courts should do their work quickly,

Islamic Emirate Asks Countries for Flexibility in Recognizing Interim Govt

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 6 Jan 2024 Meanwhile, analysts have different views regarding what should be done to solve the problem between the Islamic Emirate and the international community. The Islamic Emirate’s spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid, said that they are trying to solve some challenges in the way of interaction of countries with the current Afghan

Unemployment, Debt Has Increased in Afghanistan: Biruni Institute

TOLOnews TV Network 6 Jan 2024 In this assessment, which interviewed 300 people, the social and economic evaluation of the citizens in the capital was discussed. Biruni Institute, an Afghanistan-based group, said in an assessment that after the Islamic Emirate came to power, the unemployment rate among men has increased by 31% and among women

Kabul Has ‘Counterterrorism Commitments’: Miller

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 5 Jan 2024 The Islamic Emirate said that not allowing Afghan soil to be used against other countries is the main strategy of the interim government. Matthew Miller, spokesman for the US Department of State, said Washinton continues to make clear to the Taliban that they have counterterrorism commitments that it

Iran Announces Plans for Afghanistan, Pakistan Borders

TOLOnews TV Network 5 Jan 2024 Iran’s interior minister added that some parts of the border between Afghanistan and Iran are misused and this issue is dangerous for Iran. Iran’s Interior Minister, Ahmad Wahidi, has announced the implementation of a plan to block some of the country’s borders with Afghanistan and Pakistan. Ahmadi in an

Envoys to Afghanistan to Meet: UN Chief’s Associate Spokesperson

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 5 Jan 2024 The Islamic Emirate, meanwhile, called for an invitation of its representative in the meeting of the special envoy. Stephanie Tremblay, Associate Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, said that Secretary General Antonio Guterres intends to organize the second meeting of the country’s special envoys for Afghanistan at an appropriate

First Waterway Between Kamal Khan Dam and Zaranj Opens

TOLOnews TV Network 5 Jan 2024 Some farmers who have been affected by recent droughts are happy with the completion of work on this canal. The work of a canal that brings the Kamal Khan dam to the city of Zaranj , the capital of Nimroz province, has been completed and put into operation. This

Afghan People’s Fund Accumulated $155M: Mehrabi

By Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 5 Jan 2024 According to him, the initiative ultimately serves to enhance the well-being of the Afghan people. Shah Mohammad Mehrabi, Central Bank supreme council member and board member of the Afghan Trust Fund in Switzerland, said that the Afghan people’s fund has experienced substantial growth, with accumulated revenue

Mujahid Reacts to UNAMA, Saying Arrests Based on ‘Information’

Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 4 Jan 2024 “UNAMA urges an end to arbitrary arrests. Rights to family, lawyers, care, fair trial must be upheld,” it said. The Islamic Emirate’s spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid, responded to UNAMA’s request to cease arbitrary arrests by saying that all arrests are done in accordance with the law. Mujahid pointed out

Resolution Shows UNSC Support for Reintegration of Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 4 Jan 2024 Meanwhile, some political analysts urged the two sides to consider each other’s demands in a bid to pave the way for engagement. In response to a question regarding the United Nations resolution about Afghanistan, US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said that the resolution shows that the UNSC supports

Supreme Leader Attempting to Find Way for Girls’ Education: Mujahid

Najibullah Lalzoy Tolo News 4 Jan 2024 . Spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate said that the entire leadership is concerned about the issue and that the supreme leader, Hebatullah Akhundzada himself is striving to find a solution for this. Speaking at X space on TOLOnews, Zabiullah Mujahid said that the issue of girls’ education will

Islamic State claims responsibility for Iran bombings that killed at least 84

Patrick Wintour  Diplomatic editor The Guardian Thu 4 Jan 2024 Afghan affiliate of IS claims responsibility for blasts in memorial crowd as Tehran tightens security on its eastern borders Islamic State has claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on a crowd in southern Iran marking the anniversary of the death of the senior Revolutionary Guards commander

Women in Afghanistan face increased restrictions in 2023

Written By: Zahra Rashidi Khaama Press News Agency January 3, 2024 Since the Taliban regime regained power in August 2021, it has issued over 50 decrees to limit women’s public and private roles. By 2023, these restrictions have become more severe, significantly affecting women’s lives. The Taliban’s restrictive actions against women can be categorized into

1000s of Afghan Women, Girls Join Online Study Programs

Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 3 Jan 2023 She said that online programs were not so effective to her. The Financial Times reported that following the ban on female education in Afghanistan, thousands of Afghan women and girls have been able to join online study programs in the US and UK. The University of the People,

Islamic Emirate Estimates Daesh Numbers in Afghanistan Around 80

Fatima Adib Tolo News 3 Jan 2024 He said that the sanctuaries of the Daesh group have been eliminated in Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate’s spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, said that the Daesh has been suppressed in Afghanistan and that between 70 to 80 Daesh members are estimated to be based in Afghanistan, and they are being

ARCS Head: Need For Humanitarian Aid Increasing

TOLOnews TV Network 3 Jan 2024 Some immigrants who have recently returned from Pakistan said that they are facing serious economic challenges and that these aids are not enough for them. The President of the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS), Matiul Haq Khalis, said that the forced deportation of immigrants from neighboring countries and the

Work on 500 Projects Continues Across Afghanistan: Deputy PM

TOLOnews TV Network 2 Jan 2024 The mosque is located alongside the Kabul-Kandahar highway, and it cost them 3.5 million Afs. The deputy prime minister for Economic Affairs, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, said that work on more than 500 small and big development projects is being continued across Afghanistan. Speaking at a gathering held to

Pakistan’s Deportations of Afghans Has Decreased: Mujahid

TOLOnews TV Network 2 Jan 2024 Mujahid said the officials of Pakistan’s caretaker government pledged to not put pressure on Afghan refugees. The Islamic Emirate’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid, said that the deportation of Afghan refugees by Pakistan has recently dropped compared to the initial days when Pakistan began expelling undocumented Afghans from its soil in

By Jennifer Jett NBC News Jan. 1, 2024 HONG KONG — In August 2021, when U.S.-led forces were withdrawing from Afghanistan and evacuation flights were being overwhelmed by people desperate to leave with them, Mahbouba Seraj decided to stay. Seraj, 75, an Afghan-American women’s rights activist and founder of the nonprofit Afghan Women’s Network, had been in Afghanistan since

Nearly 15,000 Counter-Narcotics Operations in 2023: MoI

TOLOnews TV Network 1 Jan 2024 Meanwhile, the political analysts called the Islamic Emirate’s efforts with counter-narcotics effective. The Ministry of Interior said that nearly 15,000 counter-narcotics operations were conducted in 2023, during which the security forces seized around 8,200 tons of narcotics. “In 2023, around 15,000 special raids were conducted regarding counter-narcotics, we had

Review of Afghan Human Rights in 2023

Sodaba Nazhand Tolo News 31 Dec 2023 The UN special rapporteur voiced concern over the deterioration of human rights within the past two-years. In 2023, the human rights issue, especially the women and girls, was one of the issues that faced reactions of various countries. Compliance with human rights especially women’s rights and the girls

Afghan Security Situation in 2023 Reviewed

Naweed Samadi Tolo News 1 Jan 2024 According to reports, the number of casualties was less than the casualties of the first three months of 2022. In 2023, as a result of anti-security events, nearly 200 people were killed and wounded across the country. According to reports, the number of casualties was less than the

1 Million Internally Displaced Transferred to Home Areas: Ministry

By Shabnam Amini Tolo News 1 Jan 2024 The ministry has pledged to address the challenges of internally displaced people and provide assistance to them. The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation has given statistics that there are three million internally displaced people in the country, one million of whom were transferred to their home areas.

Taliban say security forces killed dozens of Tajiks, Pakistanis involved in attacks in Afghanistan

Associated PressDecember 31, 2023 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Security forces in Afghanistan killed a number of Tajik and Pakistani nationals and arrested scores others involved in attacks against religious clerics, the public, and mosques, a senior Taliban official said Sunday. Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid, Taliban’s appointed defense minister, during a press conference in the capital, Kabul, said

Report: 30,000 Undocumented Afghans Detained By Pakistan in 2023

Naweed Samadi Tolo News 30 Dec 2023 The report also said that most Afghan refugees have been arrested in Balochistan province. The International Organization of Migration (IOM) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have published a joint report saying more than 30,000 undocumented refugees have been detained in Pakistan in 2023. The report

MoI: Capacity Increased From 150,000 to Over 200,000 Personnel

TOLOnews TV Network 30 Dec 2023 Qani said that efforts are underway to attract fresh forces from various provinces. The Ministry of Interior’s spokesman, Abdul Matin Qani, said that the capacity of the ministry has increased from 150,000 to more than 200,000 personnel and that all forces and personnel have been enrolled based on the

168 Cases of Violence Against Journalists Recorded: AJC

Nazir Shinwari Tolo Newes 30 Dec 2023 The Islamic Emirate in reaction to the AJC’s report said that the detention of the journalists has not been due to their media related activities. The Afghanistan Journalists Center expressed concern about media rights violations in Afghanistan and said that in 2023 it recorded 168 cases of violations

Da Afghanistan Bank: We Protected Value of Afghani

Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 30 Dec 2023 Some economists said that the increase in the Afghan currency value will also affect the decrease of the prices. Da Afghanistan Bank said that the value of the Afghani in 2023 has increased by 26.4% compared to the previous year. Haseebullah Noori, the spokesperson of Da Afghanistan

UN Security Council Adopts Resolution on Afghanistan

Mujeeb Rahman Awrang and Gulalai Hakim Tolo News 30 Dec 2023 The resolution was adopted after 13 members of the Security Council voted in favor, while Russia and China abstained. The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on Friday co-penned by the UAE and Japan that focuses on a path for Afghanistan’s reintegration into the

Veiled rebellion: Female medical students go underground in Afghanistan

By Anastasiia Carrier Al Jazeera Published On 30 Dec 2023 One year ago, the Taliban told women they couldn’t study medicine. Now, some are doing it in secret. Lima stayed home the last time the Taliban inspected the hospital where she secretly trains as a nurse. After five years of medical training, Lima, 28, should

Kazakhstan Removes Islamic Emirate From Banned Group List

Naweed Samadi Tolo News 29 Dec 2023 The acting foreign minister praised this decision of Kazakhstan, saying that it will be beneficial for the two countries. Kazakhstan ambassador to Afghanistan Alim Khan Yasin Galdiev in a meeting with the acting foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, said that his country has taken the Islamic Emirate off

UNSC Expected to Vote on Draft Resolution on Afghanistan Assessment

By TOLOnews TV Network 29 Dec 2023 The draft text was proposed by Japan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the co-penholders on the file, the report said. The UN Security Council said in a report that it is due to “vote on a draft resolution on the Afghanistan independent assessment, which was requested by

TTP militants activity in Afghanistan poses major security threat to Pakistan: Army

By Fidel Rahmati Khaama News Agency December 28, 2023 Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati The army’s declaration stated that they consider the freedom of action of TTP militants in Afghanistan and their access to the latest weapons a serious concern for Pakistan’s

Internal Policy Discussed in Political Commission Meeting

TOLOnews TV Network 28 Dec 2023 Muttaqi has taken charge of domestic and foreign policies of the Islamic Emirate as the political deputy PM was facing health issues. The deputy prime minister for political affairs, Mawlawi Abdul Kabir, chaired a meeting of the political commission on Wednesday, where the participants discussed the internal policy of

Resolution About Afghanistan on UNSC Table: Andisha

Najibullah Lalzoy Tolo News 28 Dec 2023 Speaking on X Space of TOLOnews, Andisha said that Afghanistan has become a focal point of discussions in the UNSC. Nasir Ahmad Andisha, the permanent representative of Afghanistan to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, said that there is a resolution on the table of the United

Poverty Increases in Afghanistan: UNICEF

By TOLOnews TV Network 28 Dec 2023 UNICEF in the report said that the economic crisis has increased the number of people in need of humanitarian aid in Afghanistan.  The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) recently published a report on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan from August 2021 till March 2023. UNICEF in

Air Arabia Relaunches Flights To Kabul

BYALEXANDER MITCHELL Simple Flying 26 December 2023 Services operated by Jazeera Airways will soon follow. SUMMARY  Air Arabia and Jazeera Airways are set to resume flights to Kabul, increasing the total number of international carriers operating at the airport to three.  The Afghan Ministry of Transport is optimistic that more carriers will resume operations at

Haqqani: Restrictions Imposed by Foreigners Causing Humanitarian Tragedy

By TOLOnews TV Network 26 Dec 2023 “The acting interior minister hoped that such organization can present a real picture of the current situation of the country to others,” the spokesman noted. The acting minister of Interior, Sirajuddin Haqqani, in a meeting with Tadamichi Yamamoto, the former head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

Deputy PM: Countries Should Learn From Our History

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 27 Dec 2023 According to Mawlawi Abdul Kabir, Afghans hate occupation and never allow any type of occupation. The political deputy PM, Mawlawi Abdul Kabir, said the world and neighbors should learn from Afghanistan’s history, during a meeting on December 27, the 44th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s invasion of the

Pakistan Expelled Several Asylum Seekers Waiting For US Visas: Activists

TOLOnews TV Network 27 Dec 2023 A group in Pakistan that defends the rights of Afghan immigrants told TOLOnews that about 140 immigrants who were awaiting visas from the US and other nations have been deported from Pakistan. According to the group, these immigrants wanted to go to the US after getting visas, among them

Marking Soviet Invasion, Kabul Asks World to Not Interfere in Affairs

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 27 Dec 2023 Dec. 27 marks the 44th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate asked the international community to interact with the current government and refrain from interfering in the country’s internal affairs, on the 44th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan. Dec. 27

Afghan schoolgirls are finishing sixth grade in tears. Under Taliban rule, their education is over

BY MOHAMMAD HABIB RAHMANI Associated Press  December 25, 2023 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Bahara Rustam, 13, took her last class at Bibi Razia School in Kabul on Dec. 11 knowing it was the end of her education. Under Taliban rule, she is unlikely to step foot in a classroom again. In September 2021, a month after

Nadim Criticizes Foreign Intervention in Afghanistan’s Affairs 0 COMM

By TOLOnews TV Network 23 Dec 2023 However, some religious clerics criticized the misuse of the Islamic Emirate’s name by some people and urged the current government to prevent this. The acting minister of higher education, Neda Mohammad Nadim, criticized what he called as the interference of countries in the internal affairs of Afghanistan. Speaking

Spokesman: Islamic Emirate Attachés Active in 16 Countries

Naweed Samadi Tolo News 23 Dec 2023 Some analysts said that Afghanistan will benefit from the appointment of attachés in various sectors. The Islamic Emirate said that in addition to the current government’s embassies’ operations in sixteen nations, their attachés are also active in the political, cultural, commercial, and immigrant sectors. The spokesman of the

Kabul Residents Worried About Increase of Crime

TOLOnews TV Network 23 Dec 2023 Qani said that they are trying to identify and arrest people who commit crimes, armed robberies, murders, and car thefts in the country. Some Kabul residents are worried about the increase in crime in the capital. Milad is one of the residents of Kabul City, whose car was stolen

As Afghan economy struggles, Taliban increasingly looks to go it alone

By Rick Noack The Washington Post December 23, 2023  KABUL — More than two years after the Taliban’s takeover, its internationally isolated government is pushing ahead with a plan to make the Afghan economy more self-sustaining, if not outright self-sufficient. Afghan officials are overseeing the construction of dams and canals to boost agriculture, and tunnels

WHO Says Over 1M Children Malnourished in Afghanistan

By Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 21 Dec 2023 According to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus the Director-General of WHO, they need $185 million to fight against malnutrition.  The World Health Organization said that over a million children in Afghanistan are facing severe malnutrition. According to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus the Director-General of WHO, they need $185 million to fight

Taliban official says Afghan girls of all ages permitted to study in religious schools

Associated Press Updated 11:57 AM EST, December 21, 2023 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan girls of all ages are permitted to study in religious schools, which are traditionally boys-only, a Taliban official said Thursday. A day earlier, U.N. special envoy Roza Otunbayeva told the Security Council and reporters that the United Nations was receiving “more and more

Barred From University for One Year, Girls Cope With Depression

Sodaba Nazhand Tolo News 20 Dec 2023 Female students urged the Islamic Emirate to reopen universities for them. Several female students said that education is their fundamental right and that the world should not remain silent in this regard as a year has passed since girls were denied the opportunity to attend universities. Female students

CSTO Concerned by Insurgency and Smuggling from Afghan Soil

TOLOnews TV Network 20 Dec 2023 But by rejecting this claim, the Islamic Emirate once again assured that the territory of Afghanistan will not be used against any country. The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Secretary General, Imangali Tasmagambetov, at the joint meeting of the Council and the 16th plenary session of the CSTO Parliamentary

White House: ‘We Didn’t Just Leave a Bunch of Weapons in Afghanistan’

TOLOnews TV Network 20 Dec 2023 Speaking at a press briefing, he said that the US has not left a bunch of weapons in Afghanistan.  John Kirby, US National Security Council spokesman, once again rejected the claims regarding the existence of weapons left by US forces in Afghanistan. Speaking at a press briefing, he said

Roza Otunbayeva Briefs UN Security Council on Situation of Afghanistan

By Mursaleen Muwahed Web Journalistand and online content writer Tolo News 20 Dec 2023 Pointing out the issue of engagement, the UN envoy said that officials of the current Afghan government are open to further engagement with UNAMA. The head of UNAMA, Roza Otunbayeva, today briefed the UN Security Council on the situation in Afghanistan,

Afghans fled the Taliban in droves. Now Pakistan wants to send them back

By Andrew North The Economist Dec 19th, 2023 Omid has been living in Pakistan without a formal permit. The police are trying to push him out He was eating dinner with his family when the knocking began. Like many Afghans, Omid, a translator, had fled from Afghanistan in 2021 after the Taliban took over. He and

US State Dept Warns Americans Against Traveling to Afghanistan

 Mujeeb Rahman Awrang Stanikzai Head of TOLOnews’ Online Department 19 Dec 2023 The statement claims that the “Taliban have harassed and detained aid and humanitarian workers.” The US Department of State urged its citizens to refrain from traveling to Afghanistan “due to terrorism, risk of wrongful detention, kidnapping and crime.” “US citizens should not travel

FM Muttaqi Opposes Appointment of UN Peace Envoy for Kabul

TOLOnews TV Network 19 Dec 2023 The acting minister also said that Afghanistan’s doors for engagement were open for all. The acting minister of foreign affairs, Amir Khan Muttaqi, said he opposes the appointment of a representative of the UN for peace and reconciliation negotiations in Afghanistan. The new potential envoy was suggested by UN

Islamic Emirate Considers Witholding of UN Seat ‘Illegal’

Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 19 Dec 2023 The committee reviewed two conflicting communications regarding Afghanistan’s representation at the seventy-eighth session of the General Assembly. The Islamic Emirate considers the UN members’ decision to not hand over the Afghanistan seat at the United Nations to its ambassador “illegal.” This comes as the UN Credentials Committee has

Afghanistan: ‘I have to sedate my hungry baby due to aid cuts’

By Yogita Limaye Afghanistan correspondent BBC/Aamir Peerzada 18th December 2023, 10:11 EST Sohaila often feeds her youngest child tea as she has nothing more nutritious to give her “The last time I was able to buy milk for my baby was two months ago. Normally I just fill the [feeding] bottle with tea. Or I

Afghan Refugees in Turkey Hope for Relocation, Fear Deportation

Farkhunda Paimani Roshan Noorzai Voice of America/VOA December 15, 2023 8:57 PM WASHINGTON — Edris Niazi had “a normal life,” back in Kabul, working as a government employee, but his life “turned upside down” after the Taliban seized power in 2021. Niazi, 32, is now working as a welder in Turkey’s Kayseri province with “no

Kabul Calls on Host Nations to Not Use Afghan Refugees Politically

TOLOnews TV Network 18 Dec 2023 Intl Migrants Day has arrived while Afghanistan witnessed the deportation of thousands of migrants from Pakistan, Iran and other countries in recent months. Coinciding with International Migrants Day, the senior officials of the Islamic Emirate on Monday in a ceremony asked the countries not to use Afghan immigrants as

Oppressed by the Taliban, she swallowed acid. Now her siblings are trying to save her life

By Hilary Whiteman, Anna Coren and Abdul Basir Bina CNN Sun December 17, 2023 Karachi, Pakistan  Arzo is so weak she spends most of her day lying on a thin mattress in a dimly lit room under a ceiling fan that steadily circulates the polluted air of Pakistan’s largest city. To pass the time, she watches makeup

Deputy PM Meets with UK’s Chatterston Dickson

 TOLOnews TV Network 15 Dec 2023 The meeting is the first between Mawlawi Abdul Kabir and a foreign official within the past three months. The Prime Minister’s office said in a press release that the Political Deputy Prime Minister Mawlawi Abdul Kabir met with Robert Chatterton Dickson, chargé d’affaires ad interim of the UK Mission

UNSC Renews Mandate of Team Monitoring Sanctions on Islamic Emirate

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 15 Dec 2023 Geng Shuang, Chinese envoy at the UNSC, stressed the need to ensure that Afghanistan does not become a hub for terrorist organizations. The UN Security Council said in a statement it has extended for another year the mandate of the team monitoring sanctions on the “Taliban and associated

Afghanistan: Taliban sends abused women to prison – UN

By Nicholas Yong BBC News 15th December 2023 Getty Images There are no more state-sponsored women’s shelters in Afghanistan The Taliban government in Afghanistan is putting women abuse survivors in prison and claiming it is for their protection, according to a UN report. The UN said the practice harms the survivors’ mental and physical health.

Pakistan Wants Handover of Attackers Allegedly in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 15 Dec 2023 Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, said that the problem of Afghanistan and Pakistan should be solved jointly. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the caretaker government of Pakistan asked the Islamic Emirate to hand over the perpetrators of the recent attack in Dera Ismail Khan in

Pakistan extends deadline for Afghans awaiting third-country resettlement

By Abid Hussain Al Jazeera Published On 14 Dec 2023 More than 450,000 Afghans have left the country since Pakistani authorities launched a deportation drive in October. Islamabad, Pakistan – The Pakistani government has announced that undocumented Afghans awaiting paperwork to resettle to a third country will be allowed to stay in Pakistan for two more

Pakistan Seeks US Help Against Pakistani Taliban in Afghanistan

Akmal Dawi Voice of America/VOA December 13, 2023 Pakistan’s army chief is in Washington this week seeking U.S. assistance against what Islamabad alleges are terrorist havens in neighboring Afghanistan. General Asim Munir is trying to convince U.S. security and defense officials that militant groups such as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Islamic State’s Khorasan offshoot (IS-K)

Releasing Americans Detained in Afghanistan is US Priority: Miller

TOLOnews TV Network 14 Dec 2023 The political analysts said that Washington and Kabul should exchange the detainees in a bid to pave the way for an improvement of relations. The US Department of State’s spokesman, Mathew Miller, said that Washington does not have a higher priority than the safety and security of US citizens

UNAMA Urges ‘Taliban’ to Take Steps to Protect Women From Violence

TOLOnews 14 Dec 2023 This comes as the interim Afghan government has been globally criticized for its strict policies towards women and girls. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) urged the “de facto Taliban authorities to take all necessary steps to protect Afghan women and girls from gender-based violence, in line with their obligations

Taliban sending Afghan women to prison to protect them from gender-based violence, says UN report

Associated Press December 14, 2023 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Taliban officials are sending Afghan women to prison to protect them from gender-based violence, according to a U.N. report published Thursday. Before the Taliban seized power in 2021, there were 23 state-sponsored women protection centers in Afghanistan where survivors of gender-based violence could seek refuge. Now there

Afghanistan excluded from COP28 as climate impacts hit home

By Gloria Dickie and Charlotte Greenfield Reuters December 11, 2023 DUBAI, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Humanitarian concerns have been raised over Afghanistan being left out of United Nations climate negotiations for a third year in a row, as the country grapples with worsening drought and floods. Dozens of people were killed in Afghanistan, one of the world’s most vulnerable countries

MoD fined after email blunder risked Afghan interpreters’ lives

By Liv McMahon & Chris Vallance Technology reporters BBC News 12th December 2023 BBC British troops in Afghanistan in 2008 The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been fined £350,000 over an email blunder that exposed details of interpreters fleeing Afghanistan. The 265 people affected had worked with the UK government – some were in hiding

Afghans who helped UK housed in Dorset military camp

BBC News 12th December 2023 Google The Ministry of Defence will house families at Chickerell Camp A military camp in Dorset will be used to accommodate people from Afghanistan who have the right to remain in the UK. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is using Chickerell Camp near Weymouth to house people who supported the

OCHA: $46 Billion Can Restrict Humanitarian Crisis

 Habib Rahman Qooyash Tolo News 13 Dec 2023 This comes as OCHA in 2023, due to the lack of budget, decreased their assistance for 10 million people from May until November. The United Nations has requested $46 billion for the prevention of the humanitarian crises in the next year.  The United Nations Office for the

Attack in Pakistan Not Related to Afghanistan: Mujahid

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 13 Dec 2023 He also stressed that there is no threat from Afghan soil to any country. The spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, Zabihullah Mujahid, said that Tuesday’s attack in Pakistan is not related to Afghanistan and called Pakistan’s claim baseless. Mujahid said that if information is shared with the Islamic

7 Journalists Detained in Current Solar Year in South: Watchdog Group

TOLOnews TV Network 13 Dec 2023 Sultan Ali Jawadi, editor in chief of Naseem radio station, was arrested in September in Daikundi. He was recently sentenced to one year in prison. At least seven journalists have been detained in the southern zone of Afghanistan in the current solar year (March 22, 2023, onward), a media

Suicide attacker used 264 pounds of explosives to target police station in Pakistan, killing 23

BY MUNIR AHMED Associated Press December 13, 2023 ISLAMABAD (AP) — The suicide bomber who rammed his car into a police station’s main gate in Pakistan’s northwest used 120 kilograms (about 264 pounds) of explosives, authorities said Wednesday. The attack — one of the deadliest in months — killed 23 officers and wounded 32 others the day

‘Never giving up’: A former Afghan refugee’s mission to heal trauma

By Amandas Ong Al Jazeera Published On 13 Dec 2023 A doctor in the UK is determined to help refugees heal through his charity which mixes exercise with therapy Chester, United Kingdom – It is just after 8:30am on a Friday and 40-year-old Waheed Arian is cycling down a path next to a frost-covered football field

Myanmar becomes world’s biggest producer of opium, overtaking Afghanistan

Agence France-Presse Tue 12 Dec 2023 Opium production in Afghanistan slumped an estimated 95%, according to a UN report Myanmar became the world’s biggest producer of opium in 2023, overtaking Afghanistan after the Taliban government’s crackdown on the trade, according to a United Nations report. Myanmar produced an estimated 1,080 metric tonnes of opium – essential for

Attack on Pakistani Security Post Near Afghanistan Kills 23 Soldiers

By Salman Masood and Zia ur-Rehman Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan The New York Times Dec. 12, 2023 Twenty-three soldiers were killed in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday when heavily armed militants attacked a security post in one of the deadliest assaults on the country’s security forces in recent years, officials said. The pre-dawn raid occurred on the outskirts

UN: Taliban Must Embrace, Uphold Human Rights Obligations in Afghanistan

Associated Press December 10th, 2023, 4:31 PM KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — The Taliban must embrace and uphold human rights obligations in Afghanistan, the U.N. mission in the country said Sunday on Human Rights Day and the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Since seizing power in 2021, the Taliban have erased basic rights

US Sanctions Two Former Afghan Officials for Corruption

Reuters and TOLOnews 12 Dec 2023 In its statement, the Treasury described several alleged schemes under which the Rahmanis enriched themselves. The US Department of Treasury in a press release said on Monday that its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned two former Afghan government officials — Mir Rahman Rahmani and his son, Ajmal

US Has Pursued Policy of Engagement With ‘Taliban’: West

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 12 Dec 2023 He said that Washinton will remain in touch with the Afghans, and “that includes the Taliban as we pursue those objectives.”  The US special envoy for Afghanistan, Thomas West, said that the US has pursued a policy of engagement with the “Taliban” and that he is in “regular”

Afghan Women’s Education Highlighted at Doha Forum

TOLOnews TV Network 11 Dec 2023 The situation of human rights, including restrictions imposed on girls and women by the current authorities, have drawn international attention. The UN special rapporteur for Afghan human rights, Richard Bennett stressed the importance of girls’ education in Afghanistan, saying that the Taliban have disagreements over the issue of girls

“Taliban” Should be Guided by What Afghans Want: Decker

 Mujeeb Rahman Awrang Stanikzai Head of TOLOnews’ Online Department 11 Dec 2023 She said that despite the closure of the embassy in Kabul, all activities of the US mission for Afghanistan are functioning. Karen Decker, Chargé d’Affaires of the US Mission to Afghanistan, urged the “Taliban” to be guided by what the Afghan people want,

UNSC Discuss Afghanistan’s Situation Behind Closed Doors

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 11 Dec 2023 Meanwhile, political analysts and human rights activists are of the view that the policies of the Islamic Emirate are crucial for engagement with the world. The United Nations Security Council held a closed-door meeting on Afghanistan. In the meeting hosted by Switzerland, members of the council also discussed

Islamic Emirate to Iran FM: Govt is Inclusive

TOLOnews TV Network 10 Dec 2023 Amirabdollahian said in a gathering that the “Taliban are not [like] Daesh and that they are today’s reality in Afghanistan.” The Islamic Emirate reacted to the recent remarks of Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian regarding the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan, saying that its government is inclusive

Amiri Urges Investment in Female Education in Afghanistan

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 10 Dec 2023 Speaking at the same session, Roya Mahboob, Afghan businesswoman and entrepreneur, said that the people in Afghanistan want change. The US special envoy for Afghan human rights and women, Rina Amiri, called for investment in the female education sector in Afghanistan, in a bid to provide the way

100,000 Posts to Be Created for School Teachers: Deputy Minister

TOLOnews TV Network 10 Dec 2023 Mohammad Khalid Sadiq made the remarks in a graduation ceremony of 350 students from a high school in Kabul. The deputy Minister of Education (MoE) said that 100,000 posts are expected to be created for school teachers in the near future in various provinces. Mohammad Khalid Sadiq made the

Increase of Heng Production Brings New Hope for Farmers

Habib Rahman Qooyash Tolo News 10 Dec 2023 Some businessmen said that in recent years, the cultivation and trade of heng plants has increased in various parts of the country. The Ministry of Industry and Commerce said that in the past 6 months, $70 million dollars worth of heng has been exported. Akhundzada Abdul Salam

UN agency warns of Afghans dying in harsh winter if there’s no proper shelter after leaving Pakistan

Associated Press December 10, 2023 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency has warned that Afghans could die in harsh winter conditions if they don’t get adequate shelter once they cross the border from Pakistan. Almost half a million Afghans have left Pakistan since early October, when the Islamabad government announced it would arrest and deport foreigners

US’s West Shares Details of Meetings with Pakistani Officials

TOLOnews TV Network 9 Dec 2023 West said that the US stands with Pakistan against terrorism in the region. The US special envoy for Afghanistan Thomas West on X provided details of his meetings with Pakistani officials during a visit to the country, saying that important conversations happened about grave security challenges posed by “TTP”

Calls Mount for Scrutiny of War Crimes in Afghanistan

By Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 9 Dec 2023 This conference of the United Nations on “Accountability for Crimes Committed in Afghanistan” was held on Friday. The UN special rapporteur for Afghanistan, Richard Bennett, criticized the lack of accountability for crimes against humanity in Afghanistan. Richard Bennett in a conference for “Accountability for Crimes Committed in Afghanistan”

Taliban Criticize New US Human Rights Curbs Against Two Leaders

Ayaz Gul Voice of America December 09, 2023 FILE – Afghan women wait to receive food distributed by a humanitarian aid group in Kabul, Afghanistan, on May 23, 2023. The United States on Dec. 8 imposed sanctions against two Taliban leaders for human rights abuses against women and girls. ISLAMABAD — Afghanistan’s Taliban government denounced

Over 482,000 ‘Illegal Afghan’ Refugees Deported: Bugti

TOLOnews TV Network 9 Dec 2023 This comes as some of the Afghan refugees in Pakistan expressed concerns over their mistreatment by the country’s police. Sarfraz Ahmed Bugti, Pakistan Caretaker Interior Minister, said that over “482,000 illegal Afghan immigrants’ have been deported from the country since the policy of deportation of refugees has become into

EU’s Borrell: ‘Gender Apartheid’ Exists in Afghanistan

Naweed Samadi Tolo News 9 Dec 2023 Some women’s rights activists asked the international community to take action to remove restrictions against women in Afghanistan. In a meeting in Brussels, Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, spoke about the existence of gender discrimination after the re-establishment

Islamic Emirate Reacts to Sanction of Its Officials by US

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 9 Dec 2023 Sayed Jawad Sijadi, university lecturer, said that the imposition of sanctions will affect the relations between the US and Taliban. The Islamic Emirate condemned the recent sanctions imposed by the US Department of the Treasury on two of its officials and said that imposing sanctions is not the

Girls Over 6th Grade Concerned About Their Educational Future

TOLOnews TV Network 8 Dec 2023 More than two years have passed, and there is still no news about the reopening of school for girls above the sixth grade. At the end of the 1402 solar school year, a number of sixth grade girls have expressed concern about not being able to go to school

Ministry Reacts to HRW Report on Girls’ Education

Naweed Samadi Tolo News 8 Dec 2023 The MoE’s spokesman, Mansour Ahmad Hamza, said that the education sector is active across the country without any favoritism based on ethnicity, language and area. The Ministry of Education denied the claims of the Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, saying that the ministry pays serious attention to the

Biden: US Ready to Respond to ‘Possible Threats’ from Afghanistan

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 8 Dec 2023 However, Biden did not give details about where the American forces are stationed. In a letter to the US Congress, President Joe Biden said that US forces stationed in the region are ready to respond to “possible threats” arising from Afghanistan. He said that the US military personnel

Afghan Women’s Education Part of Doha Forum’s Session

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 8 Dec 2023 The Islamic Emirate has not yet commented about the meeting but earlier stressed the presence of envoys of the Islamic Emirate. The Reconstruction of Education for Women in Afghanistan is part of the agenda of the two-day meeting with the presence of foreign envoys and former Afghan officials

Afghan Hazara refugees live in fear of being deported by Pakistan

By Caroline Davies Pakistan correspondent BBC News 5th December 2023 Reuters Police have been searching for undocumented Afghan nationals across Pakistan In the shaky mobile phone footage, women’s voices can be heard panicking. The camera moves in and out of focus, positioned through a crack in a door frame. Across the yard, Pakistani police are

India Says Afghan Embassy, Consulates ‘Functioning’

TOLOnews TV Network 7 Dec 2023 Meanwhile, political analysts believe that the resumption of Afghan embassy’s activities will improve the relations between Kabul and Delhi. Arindam Bagchi, a spokesman for India’s Ministry of External Affairs, said that the Afghan embassy in New Delhi and the consulates in Mumbai and Hyderabad are functioning. Bagchi made the

Amnesty Intl Calls for Probe of War Crimes in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 7 Dec 2023 The Islamic Emirate has also asked the ICC to investigate the war crimes of other countries committed in Afghanistan. Amnesty International called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to prioritize and accelerate the delivery of justice for victims of crimes committed by the Taliban, as well as by other

Taliban causing ‘irreversible damage’ to whole education system in Afghanistan

Kaamil Ahmed The Guardian Wed 6 Dec 2023 Human Rights Watch warns bar on women means unqualified men now teach boys, fewer subjects are taught and beatings are routine The Taliban is causing “irreversible damage” to Afghanistan’s education system through the reintroduction of corporal punishment, curriculum changes and the use of unqualified teachers to replace

Inside the remote army base where hero Afghans are housed after being welcomed to the UK

Holly Bancroft Social Affairs Correspondent The Independent (UK) 1 Dec 2023 The Ministry of Defence has transferred more than 1,100 Afghans to Garats Hay under a secretive mission codenamed Operation Lazurite Inside Operation Lazurite: Look inside the army base being used to welcome Afghans to the UK Get the free Morning Headlines email for news

China Hopes Kabul Further Responds to Intl Expectations

Fatima Adib  Tolo  News 6 Dec 2023 But he also stressed the importance of building an open and inclusive political structure in Afghanistan. The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, Wang Wenbin, said that China hopes Afghanistan will further respond to the expectations of the international community. In response to a question about the appointment of Bilal

Islamic Emirate Never Sought to Harm Other Countries: Deputy PM

Nazeer Shinwari TOLOnews’ Reporter 6 Dec 2023 Hanafi also highlighted the increased security in the country as well as efforts to counter narcotics. The Deputy Prime Minister for Administrative Affairs, Abdul Salam Hanafi, said that the Islamic Emirate never sought to damage other countries, and urged the neighboring countries to be politically neutral towards Afghanistan.

West to Kick Off Visits to Region to Discuss Afghanistan

Nazeer Shinwari TOLOnews’ Reporter 6 Dec 2023 However, some political analysts believe that the visit of the US special envoy for Afghanistan is important considering the current circumstances. Thomas West, US Special Representative, said that he has started travels to Pakistan, UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia from December 5-15. “Look forward to meeting with key

Taliban’s abusive education policies harm boys as well as girls in Afghanistan, rights group says

BY RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press Updated 8:34 PM EST, December 5, 2023 ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban’s “abusive” educational policies are harming boys as well as girls in Afghanistan, according to a Human Rights Watch report published Wednesday. The Taliban have been globally condemned for banning girls and women from secondary school and university, but the rights

Afghans Banned From 16 Provinces In Iran As Forced Exodus Continues

By RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty December 04, 2023 15:06 GMT During the past few months, the rate of Afghans deported from Iran has steadily increased despite efforts by Afghanistan’s Taliban-run government to persuade Tehran to give the Afghans more time. (file photo) Iran has banned millions of Afghan refugees and migrants in

Australia Warns Citizens About Travel to Afghanistan

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 5 Dec 2023 The Islamic Emirate said Afghanistan is secure and that there is no threat for any foreigner in the country. Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has extended a warning to its citizens against travel to Afghanistan due to security reasons. The Ministry said there were ongoing threats

Climate Change Unfolding in Afghanistan

Nazeer Shinwari TOLOnews’ Reporter 5 Dec 2023 TOLOnews reached out to some farmers who shared their deep concerns about the affects of climate changes on their harvests. The UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan, Daniel Peter Endres, expressed concerns over the affects of climate changes in Afghanistan, saying that the climate crisis “today

Situation of Afghan Women Discussed in Meeting of Opposition

TOLOnews TV Network 5 Dec 2023 Some of the participants of the meeting told TOLOnews that the participants discussed the situation of the women in Afghanistan.  The participants of a meeting of opposition figures of the Islamic Emirate called for a roadmap and a framework for Afghanistan’s future. The meeting was held in Vienna. Some

World Bank to Resume Projects in Afghanistan: Ministry

Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 5 Dec 2023 The payment for some projects which stopped following the collapse of the previous Afghan government will be completed by April 2024. The Ministry of Finance said that the World Bank will resume around 45 incomplete projects in Afghanistan. The payment for some projects which stopped following the

After long banning polio campaigns, Taliban declares war on the disease

By Rick Noack The Washington Post December 5, 2023  ACHIN, Afghanistan — During its 20-year armed campaign, the Taliban repeatedly banned door-to-door immunization campaigns, helping to make Afghanistan one of only two countries where naturally acquired poliovirus is still endemic. Two years after the Taliban took power, however, it has done an about-face, and its

Heavily pregnant Afghan women eligible to come to UK stuck in Pakistan

Nicola Kelly The Guardian Sun 3 Dec 2023 People who worked for or were affiliated with the British Council may lose babies as government delays relocation to UK Pregnant Afghan women who are eligible for resettlement in the UK have been told their babies may not survive unless they are urgently evacuated. The women, who

US Officials Will Visit Pakistan to Discuss Afghan Issues: Pakistani Media

Naveed Samadi Tolo News 4 Dec 2023 Zabihullah Mujahid added that Pakistan has expelled Afghans against international norms and their position is also clear in this regard. Pakistani media reported that in the next week, three US officials will enter the country to talk with Pakistani officials about Afghan immigrants. Pakistani media reported that the

Ministry of Higher Education: Curriculum Review 70% Completed

Nazir Shinwari Tolo News 4 Dec 2023 Some students said that the curriculum should be reviewed based on global standards. The Ministry of Higher Education said the curriculum review is 70 percent complete.  The head of the curriculum department of the MoHE, Abdul Rauf Farahi, stated that the purpose of the review of the curriculum

Afghan Opposition Leaders Meet for 2nd Day in Vienna

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 4 Dec 2023 But the Islamic Emirate urged the host countries to prevent such meetings on their territory. The second day of a meeting of opposition leaders and foreign diplomats was held in Vienna, where participants discussed the extension of cooperation, diplomatic movements and a political roadmap for the future of

Lack of Women Noted at Herat University Graduation

By Nasir Ahmad Salehi TOLOnews Reporter 3 Dec 2023 Nadim indicated to the meeting of the opposition of the Islamic Emirate abroad, urging them to return to the country. The graduation ceremony at Herat university was held without the presence of any female students. The graduates meanwhile expressed concerns about lack of job opportunities in

Education Minister Criticizes Poor Quality of Religious Schools

By TOLOnews TV Network 3 Dec 2023 A number of graduates asked the Islamic Emirate to provide them with employment opportunities in the country. The Acting Minister of Education, Habibullah Agha, criticized the poor quality of education in religious schools in the country. By expressing his concerns about this issue, Habibullah Agha asked the Islamic

UN to Hold Meeting on Afghanistan This Month

Naveed Samadi  Tolo News 3 Dec 2023 This comes as the Islamic Emirate said that the meetings without the presence of its envoys will be meaningless. The UN Security Council said in a statement that it will convene for its quarterly open briefing on Afghanistan in December. According to the statement, the special representative of

HRW Raises Concerns About Arrests of Women in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 2 Dec 2023 Some women’s rights activists are calling for the release of the protesting women. Human Rights Watch has expressed concern about the current situation of activist women in Afghanistan and said that the arrests, threats, and suppression of women are still ongoing. A report published by Human Rights Watch expressed

Power in Afghanistan in the Hands of Religious Scholars

Fatema Adee Tolo News 2 Dec 2023 Haqqani said that the power in Afghanistan is now in the hands of religious scholars and they understand the interests and priorities of the country. The acting Interior Minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani, in a meeting with a delegation of scholars from Islamic countries, discussed a range of topics including

Pakistan’s Top Court Begins Hearing Challenge to Expulsion of Afghans

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 2 Dec 2023 The petitioners have said that the deportation of Afghan immigrants is outside the jurisdiction of the caretaker government of Pakistan. Pakistan’s Supreme Court began hearings on Friday on a petition by rights activists seeking to halt forced deportation of Afghan refugees, who were born in Pakistan and those

Afghanistan Among 10 Most Vulnerable Countries to Climate Change: UN

TOLOnews TV Network 2 Dec 2023 UNAMA said that Afghanistan is one of the 10 most vulnerable countries in terms of climate change in the world. The United Nations Vice-Chancellor, in an announcement urged the presence of an Afghan representative in the next “COP” climate change meeting. UNAMA said that Afghanistan is one of the

Emerald Mining Ongoing: Panjshir’s Governor

TOLOnews TV Network 2 Dec 2023 Local officials have also announced the start of work on “how to extract forty newly discovered emerald mines” in Panjshir. The local officials of Panjshir said that an American businessman has promised to invest nearly 10 million dollars for the purpose of providing an advanced means of extracting emerald

Kabul Rejects US Report on Al-Qaeda, Daesh in Afghanistan

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 2 Dec 2023 According to military experts, this report of the US is not free from the country’s political views on Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate rejects the US State Department’s 2022 annual terrorism report about the activity of al-Qaeda and Daesh elements in Afghanistan, which was released by the US State

Karimi Presents Credentials in Beijing as Ambassador to China

TOLOnews TV Network 1 Dec 2023 Karimi also pledged that the Afghan soil will not be used against any country. Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi said on X that Bilal Karimi presented his credentials to the Director-General of the Protocol Department of the Foreign Ministry of China, Hong Lei, as the Islamic Emirate’s ambassador

Earthquake and Deportation of Refugees Worsened Humanitarian Situation

TOLOnews TV Network 30 Nov 2023 Andisha added that from August 2021 until now, thousands of specialists, people with knowledge and skills, are leaving Afghanistan. The permanent representative of Afghanistan to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Nasir Ahmad Andisha, at the 114th conference of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) expressed concern about

Afghan Embassy in India Reopened, Say Consuls

TOLOnews TV Network 1 Dec 2023 Zabiullah Mujahid, said that there has been a breakthrough in addressing the problems of the Afghan embassy in India. The Afghanistan Embassy in New Delhi was reopened by the two top Consuls of Afghanistan in India on Thursday. The acting Consul General of Afghanistan in Mumbai, Sayed Mohammad Ibrahimkhil,

UN, EU Participates in Swedish Committee for Afghanistan Meeting

Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 1 Dec 2023 They emphasized that during the last two years, access to education, work and many parts of public life, even going to parks, has been limited. The UN Rapporteur for Afghanistan’s human rights situation and Chargee d’affaires of the EU for Afghanistan have expressed concerns about the humanitarian

Is Modi’s India cosying up to the Taliban?

By Ruchi Kumar A Jazeeral Published On 1 Dec 2023 A shut embassy and school and growing engagement with the Taliban point to New Delhi’s changing approach to Kabul, say analysts. On November 24, more than two years after Taliban fighters drove into Kabul to reclaim control over Afghanistan, a key, lasting outpost of the

Iranian Minister: Afghan Immigrants Lacking Permits Will Be Deported

 TOLOnews TV Network 30 Nov 2023 In the meeting, Haqqani asked Turkey, Iran, and Pakistan not to persecute Afghan immigrants and to respect the human rights of immigrants. The Iranian Minister of Interior Ahmad Wahidi claimed that the Islamic Emirate has asked Iran for an opportunity to provide the conditions for the return of “Afghan

Hanafi: We Want Good Relations With All Countries

TOLOnews TV Network 30 Nov 2023 Officials of the Islamic Emirate repeatedly call for increased relations and engagement with regional and world countries. The Second Deputy of the Prime Minister, Abdul Salam Hanafi, in a meeting with Raffaella Iodice, chargée d’affaires of the EU delegation in Afghanistan, said that the Islamic Emirate wants good relations

Sinirlioğlu Presents Assessment of Afghanistan at Closed UNSC Session

TOLOnews TV Network 30 Nov 2023 Political analysts said that if the report is based on the realities on the ground, it can help with solving some current challenges in Afghanistan. UN Special Coordinator for Afghanistan, Feridun Sinirlioğlu, on Tuesday presented his report of an assessment of Afghanistan to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

A Pakistani province aims to deport 10,000 Afghans a day

BY ABDUL SATTAR AND MUNIR AHMED Associated Press Updated 7:41 AM EST, November 30, 2023 QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani province is setting targets for police to arrest and deport hundreds of thousands of Afghans it says are in the country illegally, officials said Thursday. The measure is part of a nationwide crackdown following a sharp decline in

Taliban could be convinced to open girls’ schools, says Afghanistan ex-education minister

Ruchi Kumar The Guardian Wed 29 Nov 2023 01.00 EST Global governments should engage with the Taliban because some in the regime support reversing the ban, says Rangina Hamidi There are many Taliban officials who would support reversing the ban on schooling for girls in Afghanistan, according to the country’s last education minister before the takeover.

Nadim: We Are Not Ready to Accept Orders Against Islamic Laws

TOLOnews TV Network 29 Nov 2023 Some political analysts have various views on the international community’s behavior with the current Afghan government. The acting minister of higher education, Neda Mohammad Nadim, said that the world wants to put illegal demands on the Islamic Emirate over the current government’s recognition. Speaking at the graduation ceremony of

Stanikzai: Afghan Embassy in India to Reopen in Coming Days

TOLOnews TV Network 29 Nov 2023 Stamkzai said that twenty embassies of neighboring and regional countries are currently operating in Afghanistan. Following the halting of operations of the Afghan embassy in India, now Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, said that the embassy will reopen in a few days. In an interview

Facing Poppy Ban, Afghan Farmers Call for Help Planting Alternatives

Hadia Ziae Tolo News 29 Nov 2023 Meanwhile, the UNODC said that more discussions are needed to grow alternative crops in Afghanistan. Some farmers in different provinces of the country want more cooperation from the Islamic Emirate in the field of alternatives to cultivating crops used for illicit drugs in the country. They said that

Karzai: ‘Intl Community Should Not Seek Forcible Removal of Taliban Govt’

TOLOnews TV Network 29 Nov 2023 Although the Islamic Emirate has not yet commented on this issue, it has said before that there is no need to talk with political figures in the country. The former Afghan president Hamid Karzai said that the international community should not seek the forcible removal of the current government

Kabul to be engaged diplomatically on repatriation of illegal foreigners

UMER FAROOQ Dawn 27 Nov 2023 PESHAWAR: Authorities have decided to engage Kabul and other foreign missions diplomatically to stress importance of seamless repatriation of illegal foreigners, according to documents. The documents showed that participants of a meeting decided to assure Afghan embassy in the federal capital and other foreign missions about Pakistan’s all out

Pakistani Currency Against US Dollar Drops By 20% in 2023: Bloomberg

Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 28 Nov 2023 The Ministry of Economy (MoE) said the reason for the Afghan currency’s stability is a surge in producing and exportation. Bloomberg, in a story titled Asia’s Worst-Performing Currency Heads for Another Tough Year, reported the fall of the Pakistani Rupee by 20% versus the dollar in 2023.

Tehran Again Calls for Inclusive Govt in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 28 Nov 2023 Meanwhile, a number of political analysts said that specialized people should be given a place in the government. Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has once again emphasized the need for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan. Nasser Kanaani, the spokesman of Iran’s Foreign Ministry, said that Tehran

Amnesty Intl, OCHA Raise Concerns About Women’s Rights in Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 28 Nov 2023 This organization has called for an end to the violation of women’s rights in Afghanistan. Amnesty International and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) have expressed concern about the violation of the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan. The statement of Amnesty International

Regional Engagement Called For at Herat Security Dialogue

 TOLOnews TV Network 28 Nov 2023 The session was attended by Afghan opposition figures and envoys of more than 20 countries and organizations. The participants of the Herat Security Dialogue (HSD) in their second day of meeting stressed the importance of a regional agreement and the role of the regional countries to solve the issue

4 Employees of Germany’s Main Aid Agency Arrested in Afghanistan

Voice of America November 26, 2023 FILE – A local aid worker from pushes a wheelbarrow loaded with aid supplies outside a distribution center as a Taliban fighter secures the area, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct. 28, 2021. BERLIN — Taliban authorities in Afghanistan arrested four local employees of Germany’s main government-owned aid agency,

Herat Security Dialogue to Discuss Afghan Situation Held in Dushanbe

TOLOnews TV Network 27 Nov 2023 Some of the participants criticized the double standard policy of the international community towards Afghanistan. More than 150 high profile people including opposition figures of the Islamic Emirate, analysts and envoys of many countries and international organizations attended the 11th Herat Security Dialogue, where they exchanged views on the

Pakistan’s Mass Expulsion Turns Past Good Will Into ‘Hostility’: Haqqani

Naveed Samadi Tolo News 27 Nov 2023 Addressing the same gathering, provincial governor Mohammad Amin Omari called on the citizens to help with the deportees. The acting Minister of Interior, Sirajuddin Haqqani, said that Pakistan—as one of the hosting countries of Afghan refugees—has turned all its good actions regarding the Afghan refugees over the past

President of Uzbekistan: Afghanistan is Critical to Regional Stability

 Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 25 Nov 2023 According to some political analysts, the presence of the representative of the Islamic Emirate is beneficial for taking a stand in such meetings. The President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, said that Afghanistan is critical to stability in the region. Speaking at the First Summit of the United Nations

Shaheen: UN Using Afghanistan’s Seat to Pressure Kabul

Naweed Samadi Tolo News 25 Nov 2023 He said the current Afghan government needs to take into account the legitimate demands of the people of Afghanistan. Suhail Shaheen, the head of the Islamic Emirate’s Qatar-based Political Office, said the UN acted without neutrality in determining the seat of Afghanistan. In an interview with RTA, Shaheen

Activists Call for Rights on Intl Elimination of Violence Against Women Day

TOLOnews TV Network 25 Nov 2023 On this day, António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, called on everyone to work to eliminate violence against women. November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Some activists in the field of women’s rights are worried about the situation of women in the country,

Detained aid worker feared ‘he was not going home’

Chris Robinson BBC News online Mark McAlindon BBC Look North 23rd November 2023, 04:47 EST BBC UN worker Kevin Cornwell spent nine months detained in Afghanistan Kevin Cornwell spent nine months detained in Afghanistan He had been working for the UN when secret police arrested him after searching his hotel The paramedic spoke of attempts

Pakistan under fire for ‘shocking’ $830 exit fee for refugees who fled Taliban

Shah Meer Baloch in Islamabad The Guardian Wednesday, 22 November 2023 Afghans waiting to be resettled in the UK and other western countries face steep charge in ‘unprecedented’ move Pakistan’s decision to impose hundreds of dollars in exit fees for every Afghan refugee who fled the persecution by the Taliban has been condemned as “shocking and

Families Ripped Apart as Pakistan Expels Tens of Thousands of Afghans

By Zia ur-Rehman Reporting from Karachi, Pakistan The New York Times Nov. 24, 2023 On the day Baz Gul’s world was shattered, he was out scavenging garbage with his 10-year-old son, hoping to earn a few dollars to provide for his family of five. He and his son were arrested on Sept. 12 in the

Meeting of Islamic Emirate’s oppositions, Foreign Diplomats Held in Moscow

Naveed Samadi Tolo News 24 Nov 2023 The envoy of Iran talked about the Islamic Emirate’s fight against Daesh and other groups in Afghanistan. A meeting under the title of “Afghanistan in the past and future” with the participation of Islamic Emirate opponents and envoys of various countries was held on Thursday in Moscow. The

Committee to Transfer Property of Afghans Deported From Pakistan Formed

By Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 24 Nov 2023 He said that the committee will provide all necessary facilities for the Afghans. The Islamic Emirate’s spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, said that a committee has been established to facilitate the transfer of property of Afghan refugees being deported by Pakistan. He said that the committee will provide

Pakistan Firm on Exit Fee for Afghans Waiting for Asylum in West

Ayaz Gul Voice of America November 24, 2023 11:33 AM ISLAMABAD —  Officials in Pakistan have defended charging fees on Afghan nationals leaving the country or waiting for Western-sponsored resettlements, saying the decision complies with local immigration laws. The targeted community comprises tens of thousands of people who worked for the U.S.-led NATO military mission

Female Afghan Students Decry US Visa Denial

Akmal Dawi Voice of America November 21, 2023 3:05 PM Nineteen-year-old Dewa — not her real name — had an admission letter to an undergraduate college program in the United States and a scholarship covering all her expenses. But the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, rejected her student visa application, saying they believed she was

UN agency urges Pakistan to halt expelling Afghans during winter

By Asif Shahzad Reuters November 22, 2023 Summary Pakistan should halt deportations as winter may be deadly- UNHCR Vulnerable Afghan individuals should be identified -UNHCR Police searching homes and expelling those who remain Many Afghans go underground, fearing danger back home ISLAMABAD, Nov 22 (Reuters) – The U.N. refugee agency on Wednesday urged Pakistan to

‘What’s wrong?’: The silence of Pakistanis on expulsion of Afghan refugees

By Abid Hussain Al Jazeera  22 Nov 2023 As nearly 1.7 million Afghans are ordered to leave, there is palpable silence on the streets of Pakistan over the government’s move. Islamabad, Pakistan – They were a common sight across major Pakistani cities, performing low-paying wage work – loading goods at markets, pushing carts on streets to

The Afghan Embassy says it’s permanently closing in New Delhi over challenges from India

Associated Press November 24, 2023 NEW DELHI (AP) — The Afghan Embassy in New Delhi is permanently closed, it announced Friday, due to challenges from the Indian government and a lack of diplomatic support. In a press release, it said the decision was already effective from Thursday and follows the embassy’s earlier move to cease operations

108 Cases of Violence Against Journalists in 2023 in Afghanistan: Watchdog

Naweed Samadi Tolo News 19 Nov 2023 The head of NAI, Zarif Karimi, said that the cases include arrests, harassment and humiliation of journalists by the security forces. NAI, a media-supporting organization in Afghanistan, said that nearly 110 cases of violence against journalists have been recorded in 2023 in Afghanistan. The head of NAI, Zarif

If Govt is Recognized, Kabul Will Adopt Intl Norms in Line With Sharia

TOLOnews 20 Nov 2023 However, he stressed even if the Islamic Emirate is recognized, the issues which are against the Islamic rules will not be accepted. The Islamic Emirate’s Spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, said that they are not obliged to adhere to the UN laws unless their government is recognized by the United Nations members. This

More than 400,000 Afghans have returned home from Pakistan following crackdown on migrants

BY MUNIR AHMED Associated Press November 20, 2023 ISLAMABAD (AP) — More than 400,000 Afghans returned to their home country following the ongoing crackdown on illegal foreigners in the country, Pakistani authorities said Monday. Zabihullah Mujahid, chief spokesperson of the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan, confirmed the number and told The Associated Press that the majority have been

Reactions to Food And Drug Official’s Trip to Europe

Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 19 Nov 2023 The Islamic Emirate told TOLOnews that Abdul Bari Omar was invited to the Netherlands on an official visit. After the reaction of the head of the Afghanistan Food and Drug Authority’s trip to Germany and his speech among Afghan immigrants in this country, the Islamic Emirate said that

Sharia Punishment Does Not Violate Human Rights: Supreme Court Official

TOLOnews TV Network 19 Nov 2023 The gathering was held under the title of “implementation of Sharia Hudod and its role in society.” An official of the Supreme Court said that the implementation of Sharia Hudod (rules of punishment) are not against human rights or violate freedom. Speaking at a gathering held in the Academy

Work on Constitution Underway: Mujahid

Mitra Majeedy Tolo News 19 Nov 2023 They also expressed concerns over the absence of a constitution in the country. The Islamic Emirate’s spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, said that work on the formation of the constitution is underway. However, he stressed that after the improvement of governance and economic condition of the citizens, the grounds will

Online abuse of politically active Afghan women tripled after Taliban takeover, rights group reports

BY RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press November 19, 2023 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Online abuse and hate speech targeting politically active women in Afghanistan has significantly increased since the Taliban took over the country in Aug. 2021, according to a report released Monday by a U.K.-based rights group. Afghan Witness, an open-source project run by the non-profit Center for Information Resilience,

Some Pakistani Clerics Support Expulsion of Refugees

TOLOnews TV Network 18 Nov 2023 In a speech in Peshawar, he said that these two countries should use restraint and act carefully in cases where countries create “mistrust.” Several religious scholars of Pakistan supported the expulsion of illegal immigrants from this country. During a meeting with Pakistan’s chief of army staff, General Syed Asim

Regional Countries Mulling Simultaneous Taliban Recognition, Pakistani Envoy Says

Ayaz Gul Voice of America/VOA News November 16, 2023 FILE – Taliban flags fly at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 9, 2021. ISLAMABAD —  Afghanistan’s neighbors, along with Russia, are sustaining ties with its Taliban government under an “understanding” that they will grant it formal recognition simultaneously if certain conditions are met, a regional

Inside the Taliban’s luxury hotel

by Andreas Babst The Guardian/NZZ Thu 12 Oct 2023  Once the site of legendary parties, the Intercontinental in Kabul is still a potent symbol of who rules Afghanistan – and what its future might hold At the first barrier, a Talib smiles; he has orders to smile. At the second barrier, a sign: Weapons Handover Point.

Afghanistan’s North is Threat to Member Countries: CSTO

TOLOnews TV Network 17 Nov 2023 This official added that the current leadership of Afghanistan does not yet fully have the situation in the country under control.  A Russian Colonel-General has claimed that the north of Afghanistan is a threat for the members of the CSTO. Russia’s TASS news agency quoted General Anatoly Sidorov as

Guterres Stresses Roadmap for Intl Reintegration of Afghanistan

TOLOnews TV Network 17 Nov 2023 “More integrated and coherent international engagement should be pursued through a performance-based roadmap,” the document stated. The third recommendation of the assessment of the situation of Afghanistan to the UN Security Council by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, called for a roadmap for reintegration of the country into the

Potzel Says Afghans Should Have Choices, Recognizes Improved Security

TOLOnews TV Network 17 Nov 2023 The governor of Panjshir meanwhile, expressed concerns over the reduction of humanitarian assistance in Panjshir. The deputy special envoy for Afghanistan, Markus Potzel, in a meeting with the Panjshir governor Mohammad Agha Hakim said that the “people of Afghanistan should be given the choice and opportunity to decide how

‘Robust Measures’ Keep US Aid From Benefiting Islamic Emirate: Miller

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 17 Nov 2023 But the Islamic Emirate’s spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, denied the interim government’s interference in international assistance’ delivery. The spokesman for the US department of State, Mathew Miller, told a press conference in a response to a question about SIGAR John Sopko’s testimony to the US Congress regarding the “Taliban’s”

Taliban minister raises return of deported Afghans’ assets in Pakistan visit

By Charlotte Greenfield Reuters November 17, 2023 ISLAMABAD, Nov 17 (Reuters) – The Taliban’s acting commerce minister said he had asked Pakistan to help return the assets of expelled Afghans and discussed ways to overcome Afghanistan’s stalled banking sector transactions during a four-day visit to Islamabad this week. Acting minister Nooruddin Azizi’s arrival in the Pakistani capital

Amnesty Intl Demands Pakistan Stop Refugee Deportations

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 16 Nov 2023 Amnesty International in a statement said that this action of Pakistan started while Afghanistan is in a humanitarian crisis. Amnesty International once again demanded a stop to the deportations and detentions of Afghan refugees by Pakistan. Amnesty International in a statement said that this action of Pakistan started

Pakistan’s Envoy: ‘We Will Recognize Taliban Regime Simultaneously’

Naweed Samadi, Tolo News 16 Nov 2023 Pakistan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan further stated that the level of corruption and drug cultivation have decreased in Afghanistan. Asif Durrani, Pakistan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, said that Pakistan will not unilaterally take steps to recognize the current Afghan government. Speaking at the Islamabad Policy Research Institute, Durrani

‘In tents again’: Life comes full circle for Afghans expelled from Pakistan

By Khudai Noor Nasar Al Jazeera Published On 16 Nov 2023 Many Afghans fled to Pakistan after the Soviet invasion in the late 1970s – only to be forcefully returned to a homeland in crisis. Torkham, Afghanistan – Gul Khan Kaka was in his early 20s when he had to abandon his home and flee to

UN-Mandated Assessment Links Taliban’s Legitimacy to Afghan Women’s Freedom

Ayaz Gul Voice of America November 14, 2023 7:26 PM ISLAMABAD — An independent assessment commissioned by the United Nations has linked recognition of the Taliban government to compliance with Afghanistan’s international treaty obligations and commitments, requiring it to immediately remove sweeping curbs on women’s rights to education and employment opportunities. “Any formal re-integration of

Trade Agreement Signed Between Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan

By Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 15 Nov 2023 ACCI said that the private sector of Afghanistan is also trying to solve the challenges of businessmen in a permanent way. A trilateral trade and transit agreement was signed between Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan in Islamabad. The extension of commercial relations, joint investments, and strengthening of

MoI: Nearly 2,000 Women Work in Ministry

TOLOnews TV Network 15 Nov 2023 Women who work in various departments of the Ministry of Interior said that they have earned achievements in the security sector. The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said that nearly two thousand employees of the ministry are women. These women are working in the Ministry of Interior’s several departments, including

Expelled Refugees Suffering From Psychological, Emotional Problems

By TOLOnews TV Network 15 Nov 2023 A number of refugees deported from Pakistan criticized the treatment by the Pakistani military. A number of refugees expelled from Pakistan say they have suffered psychologically due to harassment by the Pakistani military. Officials at the health camp in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar say that many refugees

FlyDubai resumes flights to Afghanistan after halting them 2 years ago as Taliban captured Kabul

By RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press November 15, 2023 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Officials from Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban on Wednesday welcomed the resumption of FlyDubai flights to Kabul’s international airport two years after stopping service following the collapse of the Western-backed government. All international airlines halted flights to Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in

Turkey deports thousands of Afghans , following Pakistan, Iran

Afghanistan Times November 14, 2023 AT News KABUL – In a trend echoing similar moves by Pakistan and Iran, Turkey has escalated the deportation of Afghan migrants, with nearly 4,000 individuals repatriated in recent weeks. This surge in expulsions aligns with a broader regional pattern, as both Pakistan and Iran have collectively repatriated an estimated

NEPA Calls for Resumption of Intl Projects

TOLOnews TV Network 14 Nov 2023 Hafiz Aziz Rahman, head of the National Environmental Protection Agency, on Monday in a meeting called for the resumption of international projects in the environment sector in Afghanistan. The head of the National Environmental Protection Agency said during a program to improve the capacity of provincial employees of the

Mass Deportations ‘Could Bring Further Trouble’ to Region: ICG

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 14 Nov 2023 Najeeb Rahman, a political analyst said that Pakistan has always sought to put pressure on Afghanistan through refugees. International Crisis Group’s expert Ibraheem Bahiss, in a “Q and A” released by ICG stated that Pakistan’s policy to deport Afghan refugees “could bring further trouble to the region,” notwithstanding

Taliban minister raised refugee assets issue during Pakistan visit: Embassy

Al Jazeera Published On 14 Nov 2023 Afghanistan’s acting commerce minister meets Pakistan’s foreign minister as Islamabad cracks down on undocumented refugees. The Taliban’s acting commerce minister met Pakistan’s foreign minister in Islamabad this week, says an Afghan embassy statement, discussing trade and how the thousands of Afghan citizens Pakistan is expelling could take cash

Pakistan Extends Stay of 1.4 Million Registered Afghan Refugees

Ayaz Gul and Sarah Zaman Voice of America November 10, 2023, 4:59 PM FILE — An Afghan refugee girl stands in a camp near the Torkham Pakistan-Afghanistan border in Torkham, Afghanistan, Nov. 4, 2023. ISLAMABAD — Pakistan announced Friday that it had extended, after a delay of four months, the legal residence status of about 1.4 million

Pakistan opens new border crossings to expedite Afghans’ repatriation

By Saleem Ahmed Reuters November 13, 2023 QUETTA, Pakistan, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Pakistan on Monday opened three new border crossings to accelerate the repatriation of undocumented Afghan nationals who have been ordered to leave the country or face expulsion, officials said. Many Afghans have opted to go home voluntarily to avoid deportation under a government

IRC’s Dent: Afghanistan Cannot Afford to Absorb Refugees

TOLOnews TV Network 12 Nov 2023 Abdul Latif Nazari, deputy minister of the economy, said that the Islamic Emirate is trying to reduce poverty and hunger in the country. Nancy Dent, the vice president of Asia at the International Rescue Committee, said that Afghanistan is still facing an economic crisis and is unable to absorb

Guterres Offers Assessment of Afghanistan to UNSC

Mujeeb Rahman Awrang Stanikzai Head of TOLOnews’ Online Department 12 Nov 2023 Guterres stressed the need to pursue intra-Afghan dialogue to achieve more inclusive governance. The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in an assessment of the situation of Afghanistan to the UN Security Council, recommended a roadmap for reintegration of the country into the international system. On

Nearly 400,000 Afghan Refugees Expelled from Pakistan in Past 2 Months

By TOLOnews TV Network 13 Nov 2023 The Afghan nationals who are detained in Pakistan voiced concerns about their situation, saying that they are struggling with severe challenges. The consulate of the Islamic Emirate in Karachi, Pakistan, Abdul Jabar Takhari, said that the detention of Afghan refugees in Pakistan is still happening at a high

The Take: Forced to leave Pakistan, where can Afghan refugees go?

Al Jazeera Published On 13 Nov 202313 Nov 2023 The expulsion of undocumented Afghans in Pakistan is underscoring tensions with Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. Four million Afghans seeking refuge in Pakistan have been caught up in a government crackdown on immigration. What choices are left for those being forced to leave? In this episode:  Abid Hussain (@abidhussayn),

An Old Master’s Song for the Nation That Broke His Heart

By Mujib Mashal Reporting from Beverwijk, in the Netherlands The New York Times Nov. 9, 2023 For his fellow exiles, Sadiq Fitrat Nashenas, an 88-year-old star from a golden era, evokes the Afghanistan they left behind, and one that could have been. For four nights before the concert, the old master had trouble sleeping. In

Girls Reiterate Call to Reopen Schools

TOLOnews Tolo News 10 Nov 2023 They say that education is one of their fundamental rights and the Islamic Emirate should open the gates of schools to girls as soon as possible. Coinciding with World Science Day, girls who are students above the sixth grade want to reopen schools once again. They say that education

Raisi at ECO Calls for Economic Support for Afghanistan, Inclusive Govt

Fatima Adib Tolo News 10 Nov 2023 The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, also stressed the importance of stability in security in Afghanistan. Ebrahim Raisi, the president of Iran, called on ECO members to support economic improvement and reconstruction in Afghanistan. Speaking at the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), Raisi said Iran is ready to facilitate

Iran, Tajikistan Continue to Call for Inclusive Govt in Afghanistan

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 9 Nov 2023 Speaking at the conference, Raisi accused America of destruction, murder, slaughter and backwardness in Afghanistan. Iran and Tajikistan once again called for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said that the two nations seek the establishment of an inclusive government in Afghanistan

Over 50,000 Refugees Returned Through Spin Boldak in 9 Days

By TOLOnews TV Network 9 Nov 2023 A number of refugees deported from Pakistan complain about the inappropriate treatment of the Pakistani military. A number of refugees deported from Pakistan complain about the inappropriate treatment of the Pakistani military. They say that now that they have returned to the country, there is a need for

Voices Raised to End Restrictions on Women, Girls in Afghanistan

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 9 Nov 2023 However, the Islamic Emirate’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, rejected the violation of women’s rights in the country. The head of UNAMA, Roza Otunbayeva, once again criticized what she called the violation of the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan. Speaking at the international conference “Women in Islam,” which

Half of Afghan Population Below Poverty Line: World Bank Economist

 TOLOnews TV Network 9 Nov 2023 Some economists added that half of Afghanistan’s population currently lives below the poverty line. Several World Bank top economists voiced worries during a discussion at the US Institute of Peace over the deterioration of Afghanistan’s dire economic conditions. “We see that in terms of monetary poverty, we still have

Pakistan PM says expulsion of Afghans a response to Taliban non-cooperation

Reuters November 8, 2023 ISLAMABAD, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Pakistan said on Wednesday that its move to expel hundreds of thousands of undocumented Afghans was a response to the unwillingness of the Taliban-led administration to act against militants using Afghanistan to carry out attacks in Pakistan. Last month, Pakistan set a Nov. 1 start date

Keeping lights off: Undocumented Afghans go underground in Pakistan

By Ariba Shahid and Mohammad Yunus Yawar Reuters November 9, 2023 KARACHI, Pakistan, Nov 9 (Reuters) – After living in Pakistan for years, thousands of Afghans have gone into hiding to escape a government order to expel undocumented foreigners because they fear persecution under a Taliban administration in their homeland, rights activists say. “The gate is locked

Afghans who helped Army given homes at Weeton Barracks

BBC News 9 Nov 2023 Afghans who helped and supported the UK forces during the conflict in their home country will be offered temporary accommodation at a barracks. Up to 55 families, who have a legal right to be in the UK, will be housed in service family accommodation homes in Weeton Barracks near Blackpool.

Analysts warn that Pakistan’s anti-migrant crackdown risks radicalizing deported Afghans

BY RIAZAT BUTT Associated Press November 9, 2023 ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani government’s crackdown on undocumented migrants and mass deportations to Afghanistan risk radicalizing those who have been forced out of the country — often returning to deplorable conditions back home, analysts and experts said Thursday. More than 250,000 Afghans have left Pakistan in recent weeks as

Afghan former interpreter with British army resettles in UK after legal battle

Geneva Abdul The Guardian Wed 8 Nov 2023 01.00 EST Ahmad* was approved for relocation to UK before Home Office refusal meant he missed evacuation from Afghanistan in 2021 An Afghan former interpreter with the British army has resettled in the UK with his family after a lengthy legal battle with the government, more than

Families of Blast Victims Call For Increased Security

TOLOnews TV Network 8 Nov 2023 The explosion in the west of Kabul took the life of a man who was busy working to find a piece of bread for his family on the streets. Victim’s families in the Dasht-e-Barchi area of Kabul asked the current government to ensure their security. They said that they

UN Chief Appoints New Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan

By Hadia Ziaei Tolo News 8 Nov 2023 The UN said in a press release that Ratwatte has over 14 years of experience of working on Afghanistan and regional issues. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on November 7 the appointment of Indrika Ratwatte of Sri Lanka as his new Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan with

ISIL claims Kabul bus attack targeting Shia Muslims

Al Jazeera Published On 8 Nov 20238 Nov 2023 The attack is the second in weeks against Afghanistan’s historically oppressed Shia Hazara community. The ISIL (ISIS) group has claimed responsibility for a deadly bus attack targeting the Shia Hazara community in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul. The blast in the Dasht-e-Barchi district, a Hazara stronghold, killed seven people

Bus Bombing in Kabul Kills 7 Afghan Civilians

Ayaz Gul Voice of America November 07, 2023, 3:47 PM Map highlighting location of Kabul, Afghanistan. ISLAMABAD — Taliban officials in Afghanistan said Tuesday that a bomb blast ripped through a minibus in Kabul, killing at least seven civilians and wounding 20 others. A police spokesman confirmed the casualties, saying the evening deadly bombing occurred

7 People Killed, 20 Wounded in Blast in Kabul

TOLOnews TV Network 7 Nov 2023 The security forces have arrived in the area. At least seven people were killed and 20 others were wounded in a blast that targeted a transportation bus in the Dasht-e Barchi area of Kabul, Kabul security department’s spokesman, Khalid Zadran said. The security forces have arrived in the area.

UN Deputy Chief Reiterates UN’s Support for Afghan Women

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 7 Nov 2023 Meanwhile, the Islamic Emirate’s spokesperson said that women’s rights have been ensured in Afghanistan. The UN Deputy Secretary-General has asked for attention to and an assessment of the restrictions on women and girls in Afghanistan. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the International Conference on Women in Islam,

Cricket Gives a Nation Bowed by Violence a Reason to Stand Tall

By Mujib Mashal Reporting from Pune, India The New York Times Nov. 7, 2023 Afghanistan’s cricket team has won big games and many fans in an international competition, in a stark contrast to the pariah status of its government. Want the latest stories related to Afghanistan? Sign up for the newsletter Your Places: Global Update, and we’ll send them

Fall Semester Exams Held While Excluded Girls Look On

TOLOnews TV Network 5 Nov 2023 They want the Islamic Emirate to provide them with educational opportunities in the country like boys. As the final exams of the fall semester are held in government universities, some female students said that they are currently in despair. They want the Islamic Emirate to provide them with educational

Pakistan Continues Mass Deportations Amid Intl Calls for Reconsideration

TOLOnews TV Network 5 Nov 2023 The Pakistani media reported on Monday that over 6,000 Afghan refugees have left Pakistan within the past 24 hours. Thousands of Afghans are returning to Afghanistan as Pakistan escalates crackdowns on undocumented refugees to leave, brushing off calls by the UN, rights groups and Western embassies to reconsider expelling

Number of Deported Refugees from Iran Has Doubled: Official

TOLOnews TV Network 5 Nov 2023 The Afghans who have been deported from Iran voiced concerns about the mistreatment of the country’s government towards the refugees. Officials at Herat’s Islam Qala crossing said that the number of refugees being deported from Iran has recently doubled—over 20,000 Afghans returned within one week. The officials said that

‘Kill me here, but I am not going back’: An Afghan refugee in Pakistan

By Abid Hussain Al Jazeera Published On 6 Nov 2023 Shakira Aslami’s family is among thousands fearing an uncertain future as the Pakistani government cracks down on undocumented migrants. Islamabad, Pakistan – On a recent October evening, 41-year-old Shakira Aslami was washing dishes in the tiny kitchen of her two-room apartment when she heard a commotion

Islamic Emirate Allocates 2 Billion Afs for Returnees

Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 5 Nov 2023 The Islamic Emirate recently allocated two billion afghanis to refugees returning from Pakistan. Officials said that the Islamic Emirate is working to provide facilities for migrants returning from Pakistan.  At the same time, the Chinese ambassador in a meeting with the acting foreign minister also pledged that

Taliban appeal to Afghan private sector to help those fleeing Pakistan’s mass deportation drive

Associated Press November 4, 2023 ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Saturday appealed to Afghanistan’s private sector to help people fleeing Pakistan’s mass deportation drive. Pakistan is arresting and expelling all foreigners it says are in the country illegally, but the policy mostly affects Afghans because they are the biggest group of undocumented foreigners in the country.

Afghan opium poppy cultivation plunges by 95 percent under Taliban: UN

Al Jazeera Published On 5 Nov 2023 Poppy cultivation and opium production have plunged more than 90 percent in Afghanistan since Taliban authorities banned the crop last April, according to a UN report published on Sunday. Poppy cultivation has dropped by around 95 percent – from 233,000 hectares at the end of 2022 to 10,800

Pakistan starts mass deportation of undocumented Afghans

Shah Meer Baloch in Islamabad The Guardian Wed 1 Nov 2023 12.25 EDT Pakistan has begun arresting and deporting Afghan refugees who missed Wednesday morning’s deadline for them to leave, a government minister has announced. At least 200,000 people have already returned to Afghanistan voluntarily, said Pakistan’s acting interior minister, Sarfraz Bugti. The crackdown on unregistered foreigners, part

Americans Detained in Afghanistan ‘Highest Priority’: Decker

TOLOnews TV Network 3 Nov 2023 Decker said on X that her country would not hesitate to make any effort to repatriate US citizens detained in Afghanistan. Karen Decker, Chargé d’Affaires of the US Mission to Afghanistan, said that bringing Americans who are detained in Afghanistan back home is Washington’s priority. Decker said on X

Pakistan Continues Mass Deportation of Afghan Refugees

TOLOnews 3 Nov 2023 The refugees, with most of them facing an uncertain future, are temporarily settled in the Torkham area of Nangarhar. Thousands of Afghan refugees are entering through Torkham crossing as Pakistan continues to implement mass deportations of refugees despite facing a backlash internationally.  Drivers of passenger vehicles told TOLOnews that thousands of

Pakistan speeds up Afghans’ repatriation as deadline expires

By Mushtaq Ali and Mohammad Yunus Yawar Reuters November 3, 2023 PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Nov 3 (Reuters) – Pakistan opened more border centres on Friday to speed up the return of tens of thousands of undocumented Afghans, an official said, two days after a deadline to leave or face expulsion expired and ignoring pleas to give the plan

World Bank: Half of All Afghans Are Living in Poverty

Bibi Amina Hakimi TOLOnews’ Reporter 2 Nov 2023 It’s stated in the report that imports reached US$ 5.7 billion, showing a 27 percent growth. The World Bank in its latest monthly report called the “Afghanistan Economic Monitor,” said that half of all Afghans are living in poverty. According to the statement, from January to September

Pakistan: 200,000 Afghan Nationals Returned Home

Ayaz Gul Voice of America October 30, 2023 6:53 PM Afghan refugee children sit on a truck loaded with belongings as they and their families prepare to return home, outside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees repatriation centers in Azakhel town in Nowshera, Pakistan, Oct. 30, 2023. ISLAMABAD — Pakistan said Monday that almost 200,000

‘Don’t ignore us’: Afghans awaiting UK relocation fear time is running out

Geneva Abdul The Guardian Wed 1 Nov 2023 Some have waited years in Pakistan for Britain to fulfil its promises – and are now at risk of deportation For a year after the fall of Kabul and the swift withdrawal of international allies from Afghanistan, Jawed* and his family were in hiding, evading the ruling Taliban

Afghans Returning From Pakistan Face Difficult Situation

TOLOnews TV Network 2 Nov 2023 Some of the returnees noted that the Pakistani military treated them more badly than ever before, against all laws and moral norms. Three thousand families have returned to Afghanistan from Pakistan through the Spin Boldak crossing in Kandahar in the last two days following the start of the process

Pakistan’s Expulsion of Afghan Refugees Continues to Spark Intl Reactions

Fatema Adeeb Tolo News 2 Nov 2023 Meanwhile, the United Nations said that the organization is concerned about this forced deportation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan. The forced deportation of Afghan immigrants from Pakistan has sparked worldwide reactions. The US Department of State’s spokesman, Matthew Miller, in reaction to the forced deportation of Afghans, asked

Border crossing with Afghanistan swamped by Afghans after Pakistani expulsion order

By Mushtaq Ali Reuters November 2, 2023 PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Thousands of people swamped Pakistan’s main northwestern border crossing seeking to cross into Afghanistan on Thursday, a day after the government’s deadline expired for undocumented foreigners to leave or face expulsion. Pakistani authorities began rounding up undocumented foreigners, most of them Afghans, hours before Wednesday’s

Why is Pakistan deporting over a million undocumented Afghan immigrants?

Reuters November 2, 2023 KARACHI, Pakistan, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Pakistan’s midnight deadline for undocumented foreigners to leave expired on Thursday, as more than 140,000 migrants, mostly Afghans, were estimated to have left voluntarily. Authorities rounded up people to temporary holding centres a day earlier, ahead of Wednesday’s deadline, set a month ago, to leave or

Aid agencies warn of chaotic and desperate scenes among Afghans returning from Pakistan

Associated Press Updated 6:10 AM EDT, November 2, 2023 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Major international aid agencies on Thursday warned of chaotic and desperate scenes among Afghans who have returned from Pakistan, where security forces are detaining and deporting undocumented or unregistered foreigners. The crackdown on illegal migration mostly affects Afghans because they are the majority of foreigners

‘Where do I go back to?’: Expelled Afghans battle chaos at Pakistan border

By Abid Hussain Al Jazeera Published On 1 Nov 20231 Nov 2023   Nearly 1.7 million undocumented Afghans ordered to leave the country by Wednesday as ‘holding centres’ are set up across the country. Islamabad, Pakistan – Syed Muhammed is holding a prescription a doctor wrote for his ailing mother, whom he carried on his shoulders to

Taliban urges Pakistan to grant more time for undocumented Afghans to leave

Al Jazeera Published On 1 Nov 2023 Pakistan has given 1.7 million undocumented Afghans in the country until November 1 to leave voluntarily or be deported. Afghanistan’s Taliban government has urged Pakistan to give undocumented Afghans in the country more time to leave as pressure mounts at border posts where thousands of returnees have gathered,

Afghans in droves head to border to leave Pakistan ahead of a deadline in anti-migrant crackdown

BY RIAZ KHAN AND ABDUL SATTAR Associated Press Updated 10:08 AM EDT, October 31, 2023 PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Large numbers of Afghans crammed into trucks and buses in Pakistan on Tuesday, heading to the border to return home ahead of the expiration of a Pakistani government deadline for those who are in the country illegally to

Thousands of Afghan refugees fleeing Pakistan as deportation deadline looms

Abid Hussain Al Jazeera Published On 31 Oct 2023 People head to the border before the expiration of a deadline for ‘illegal’ migrants to leave or face deportation. Islamabad, Pakistan – Thousands of Afghan refugees and migrants in Pakistan are heading to the border to return home a day before a government-imposed deadline to leave the country expires.

‘I’m Starting Again From Zero’: Afghans Pour Out of a Hostile Pakistan

By Christina Goldbaum and Safiullah Padshah Reporting from Torkham, Afghanistan The New York Times Oct. 30, 2023 More than 70,000 undocumented Afghans have returned home in recent weeks to meet a Wednesday deadline ordered by the Pakistani government. The grandfather always feared this day would come. In the four decades since he fled Afghanistan during the Soviet

Pakistan’s Bugti Outlines Plan for Deportations Following Nov. 1 Deadline

TOLOnews TV Network 30 Oct 2023 This comes as the Afghan refugees in Pakistan voiced concerns about their deteriorated condition. The Interior Minister of the caretaker government of Pakistan, Sarfraz Bugti highlighted the deportation of “illegal Afghan refugees” as the November 1 deadline for Afghan nationals is reaching its end. According to Bugti, the deportation