Afghanistan
Afghanistan: Return of Taliban to effect mostly to women, children

The US-Taliban talks have bogged down because the latter is not willing to negotiate with the Ashraf Ghani government in Kabul. Washington is keen to leave Afghanistan and save the $45 billion it spends there annually but is troubled over what the Taliban will do to Afghanistan after it leaves.

Nepal PM for re-activation of defunct SAARC

Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Tuesday said he had asked to Indian Prime Minister  Narendra Modi about reviving Saarc. In his view the Bimstec could not be an alternative to the grouping of Bay of Bengal states.

15 Sikhs killed in a suicidal blast in Afghanistan

Up to 15 people were killed and 20 injured as a motor bomb rocked Jalalabad city, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province on Sunday

Sushma flags off 1st wheat shipment to Afghanistan from Kandla port via Chabahar port in Iran

India on Sunday sent its first consignment of wheat to Afghanistan through the Chabahar port in Iran, seen as a "landmark" move to operationalise the new strategic transit route, bypassing Pakista

Afghan, FM Minister Khwaja Asif makes plea for swapping Kulbhusan with Pak terrorist

Pakistan received a proposal to swap Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav for a terrorist who carried out the horrific 2014 Peshawar school attack and is now jailed in Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif has claimed.

Afghan films made digital away from Taliban’s eyes

When the Taliban charged in to Afghanistan's state-run film company in the mid-1990s intent on destroying all the movies, Habibullah Ali risked everything to save them.

PM condemns Kabul terror attack

Kabul: At least 25 people have been killed and 42 wounded after a Taliban car bomb struck a bus carrying government employees in western Kabul on Monday, officials said, in the latest attack to strike the Afghan capital.

First all-female orchestra group launched in Afghanistan

Following years of civil unrest, the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) was opened in 2010 to offer kids of all social backgrounds an opportunity to learn music. Today, the Zohra Orchestra at the ANIM is the first all-female group of its kind to launch in Afghanistan.

First Afghan-India air corridor inaugurated, bypassing Pakistan

Afghanistan is a mountainous landlocked country and all imports and exports depend on neighbouring countries. Even before relations between Kabul and Islamabad became strained over accusations of harbouring militants, Pakistan has stymied Afghanistan’s efforts to trade with India.

Urban Afghan women re-entering the public life in Kabul

During the Taliban rule, like all other working women in Afghanistan, Suraya Raisada had to quit her job. “I began giving tuitions to schoolchildren at home,” said Ms. Raisada in broken Urdu, a reporter with a leading daily in Afghanistan who began working in the early 1990s during the mujahideen period. 

Truck bomb Blast hits Kabul’s diplomatic area killing 90 persons, injuring 365

The massive truck bomb attack in Kabul on Wednesday that killed at least 90 people and injured 365, has also damaged several embassies in the city’s highly-fortified diplomatic quarter. Indian Embassy staffs are safe after the massive Kabul blast, tweets Sushma Swaraj, India’ External Affairs Minister.

Afghanistan president threatens Pakistan to permit Afghan traders to use Wagah border for exports to India or lose transit route from Afghanistan

Kabul has threatened to shut the Afghan transit route for Pakistani exports to Central Asia if Islamabad does not allow Afghan traders to use Lahore’s Wagah border for trade with India. “If Pakistan does not allow Afghan traders to use the Wagah border for imports and exports of their goods, Afghanistan will also not allow Pakistan to use Afghan transit routes to reach Central Asia and other countries for exports,” President Ashraf Ghani said in a meeting with UK’s special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Owen Jenkins in Kabul. 

Kolkata Kidnapped aid worker back home safe from Afghanistan after 44 days of captivity

 Kidnapped aid worker back home safe from AfghanistanKidnapped aid worker back home safe from AfghanistanSushma Swaraj tweets end of 43-day ordeal of Judith D’Souza. Judith D’Souza, the Indian aid worker who was kidnapped in Kabul last month, was rescued from her captors on Friday. She reached New Delhi on Saturday evening.

Indian consulate in Afghanistan attacked, two terrorists killed

Punjab Khabar Bureau
KABUL: A group of armed men late Sunday attacked the Indian consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, the provincial governor spokesperson told media.

Afghan first female pilot soars above gender barrier

With a hint of swagger, Afghanistan's first female pilot since the fall of the Taliban is defying death threats and archaic gender norms to infiltrate what is almost entirely a male preserve. Dressed in khaki overalls, aviator shades and a black headscarf, 23-year-old Niloofar Rahmani cuts a striking presence as she struts across the tarmac at the Kabul Air Force base, which is otherwise devoid of women as reported the Dawn.