Without participation of political figures in jirga, formal recognition of Taliban not possible: Afghan ex-politicians
Kabul [Afghanistan], July 2 (ANI): Criticising Afghanistan's national assembly, former politicians said that without the participation of political figures at such gatherings, the formal recognition that the Taliban wanted, would not be possible, neither at a local nor an international level.
Haibatullah Akhundzada gives rare public speech at all-male gathering in which he effectively rules out inclusive government The Taliban’s reclusive emir has lashed out at foreign demands on his government, as the UN rights chief called for an end to “systematic oppression” of women in the country.
The Taliban's secretive leader, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, has made his first visit to the Afghan capital Kabul, according to Taliban officials. Mullah Haibatullah was said to have addressed a large gathering of around 3,000 religious scholars convened to discuss issues of "national unity".
More than 3,000 men participated in the key Taliban religious gathering Taliban inside Afghan Presidential Palace in Kabul Taliban’s chief leader Haibatullah Akhundzada made a rare appearance at a large gathering of religious clerics called loya jirga in Kabul on Friday but no decision was made regarding the stalled education of girls and women in the country.
Army medics who helped evacuate thousands of Afghan nationals from Kabul last summer have been awarded operational service medals. Some of them were caught up in the aftermath of a bombing which killed 13 US marines and dozens of others. Maj Will Jenkins, who led the team, said he was "about as proud as I could be" of the 30 members of 16 Medical Regiment, based in Colchester.
UK government accused of leaving former employees and their families ‘in limbo’ in Afghanistan, where they are targets for the Taliban More than 170 people who worked for the British embassy in Kabul remain in hiding in Afghanistan in fear for their lives, almost a year after the Taliban retook the country.
Kabul [Afghanistan], July 1 (ANI): In Afghanistan, nearly 500,000 families may soon become homeless as a result of the increasing pressure from the government to send internally displaced people to their origin. "Nearly 4,000 individuals have been evicted from their improvised homes just in and around Kabul," said Neil Turner, Country Director for Norwegian Refugee Council in a statement.
Gunfire erupts during a lunchtime break of the grand council meeting in Kabul Three gunmen were shot dead in the Afghan capital as they were suspected of preparing to attack the first day of a huge Taliban gathering of clerics and local dignitaries. Gunfire erupted during a lunchtime break of the grand council meeting, before Taliban security forces said they had quickly killed the suspects.
Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers are holding a gathering of some 3,000 Islamic clerics and tribal elders for the first time since seizing power in August Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers held a gathering Thursday of some 3,000 Islamic clerics and tribal elders for the first time since seizing power in August, urging those at the meeting to advise them on running the country.
The meeting will be held in Kabul and could last three days A major gathering of Afghan tribal elders and religious scholars which begins today could discuss the Taliban’s decision to bar girls above the age of 12 from going to school. Afghan commentators are describing the meeting to be held at the Kabul Polytechnic University campus as a loya jirga, or grand assembly, such as the meeting of dignitaries in 2002 that shaped the country’s future after the United States helped rebels topple the previous Taliban regime.
In Afghanistan, like in most conflict zones around the world, it’s women who are shouldering the heaviest burden Since the takeover by the Taliban, life in Afghanistan has changed beyond recognition. As one former security guard told me on my visit to Kabul earlier this month, “If you were to tell me life would be like this, I wouldn’t have believed you.”
Stansted Airport hijack: Remembering when armed gunman held 160 terrified passengers hostage on Stansted's runway for five days
After only 14 minutes off the ground air traffic control lost contact with the plane, and what ensued was horrific for those on board More than 20 years ago one of our local airports was the scene of one of the largest hostage situations in the UK. Armed gunman hijacked an Afghan Boeing 727 that was eventually brought down by RAF fighter jets to land at Stansted Aiport, ending in an armed standoff for days on the runway tarmac.
Lost in limbo: Thousands of Afghan migrants in Turkey — still awaiting help from the West, including Canada — now face deportation
Turkey was to be a brief stop en route to a new life. Now, after nearly a year of waiting for help from countries like Canada, thousands of Afghan migrants face deportation to the home they fled Soraya’s nightmare began in late August last year, the day private security personnel — American mercenaries, in her telling — moved in next door to her housing unit on the grounds of an Afghan embassy in Central Asia.
Officials say a Pakistani military cargo plane carrying relief goods for Afghanistan’s earthquake-affected people has landed at the Khost airport A Pakistani military cargo plane carrying relief goods for Afghanistan’s earthquake-affected people landed at the Khost airport Saturday, officials said, as tents, food and medical supplies rolled into the mountainous region.
Emergency lifesaving aid relief continued to flow into quake-hit eastern Afghanistan on Friday, as UN humanitarians and partners rushed to help the most vulnerable communities. One of the UN teams on the ground, the refugee agency UNHCR, transported tons of relief items into the provinces of Khost and Paktika, where several thousand houses were destroyed or damaged by the 5.9 magnitude quake that struck early on Wednesday.
Afghanistan earthquake: Taliban could block women seeking healthcare after quake, Human Rights Watch fears
The Taliban have banned women in some parts of Afghanistan from accessing healthcare unaccompanied or receiving treatment by a male health worker The Taliban could maintain a block on women accessing healthcare facilities unaccompanied by a male relative despite being hit by an earthquake that has killed 1,150 people, the associate director of women’s rights at Human Rights Watch fears.