Afghanistan Crisis Live Updates: Ashraf Ghani and family welcomed by UAE ‘on humanitarian grounds’

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17th Aug, 2021. 11:00 am
Taliban in possession of Kabul's airport after the US withdrawal
00:08 (PST)19 Aug

Ashraf Ghani and family welcomed by UAE 'on humanitarian grounds'

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that it has welcomed exiled Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his family into the country. "The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation can confirm that the UAE has welcomed President Ashraf Ghani and his family into the country on humanitarian grounds," read a statement on the ministry's official website. Ghani's location has been under speculation since he escaped from Afghanistan on Sunday, as the Taliban arrived in capital Kabul in the...

23:08 (PST)18 Aug

Afghan central bank’s assets worth of $9.5bn freeze by US

Afghan central banks $9.5 billion have been frozen by the US, by stopping the shipments of cash to the nation as it attempts to keep a Taliban-led administration from regaining access to the money, confirmed by an administration official. Any central bank possessions that the Afghan administration has in the U.S. will not be accessible to the Taliban, which remains on the Treasury Department’s authorizations description list stated the Officials. The nation’s central bank shipments of dollars would stop as...

21:08 (PST)18 Aug

US vs Taliban: The splendid defeat in Afghanistan

Taliban take complete control of the Afghan presidential palace after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani escaped from his own country on August 15, 2021, from Kabul, Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, the turn of events were shocking but certainly not surprising. The Taliban’s intense cooping of the country’s main cities and finishing in their march towards the capital completely unchallenged as President Ashraf Ghani escaped the country. This all was expected, yes, but no so swiftly, so exultantly, so humiliatingly. Since the war began in Afghan...

13:08 (PST)18 Aug

Taliban 2.0: Leaders promise rule unlike their previous illiberal regime

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has said that the security of all foreigners in Afghanistan is guaranteed and women will be given all rights according to Sharia. "We do not want to repeat any conflict and war, so the Islamic Emirate has no enmity with anyone, all animosities are over," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah told his first press conference in Kabul after the recapture of Afghanistan. Taliban seems more 'open-ended' as compared to their previous regime the reason is that they want...

11:08 (PST)18 Aug

Kabul: Women protest for their rights in front of Taliban

women in the Afghan capital, Kabul, protested against the Taliban and demanded their basic rights in front of the Taliban after they took over Afghanistan. The video, which went viral on social media, shows women protesting in the Afghan capital, Kabul, holding handwritten placards and protesting against the Taliban and demanding their basic rights. Afghan women are also chanting anti-Taliban slogans during the protests, while the Afghan Taliban can also be seen in the video around women who are allowing...

11:08 (PST)18 Aug

Human organs found from the wheels of American plane flying from Kabul

The U.S. Air Force says it is investigating human organs found on the side of the wheel of one of the 17-C planes flying from the Afghan capital, Kabul. According to the details, pictures circulating on social media earlier this week showed Afghans eager to leave Kabul running towards the C-17 plane and clinging to it. A video also surfaced showing two people falling from a military plane flying from Kabul. The U.S. Air Force said in a statement that...

01:08 (PST)18 Aug

Hijab is mandatory for women, not Burqa: Taliban

The Taliban gave a huge statement on Tuesday since coming to power that they would not make the full burqa obligatory for women. Previously under the Taliban governance, it was compulsory for all the females in Afghanistan to wear Burqa for traveling outside their residence. Under their governance in 1996-2001, girls' schools were sealed, women were banned from roaming and working, and women were enforced to wear an all-covering burqa in public areas. "The burqa is not the only hijab...

22:08 (PST)17 Aug

Taliban spokesperson holds first official press conference in Kabul

Kabul: The Taliban held their first official news conference since they took complete control of the capital city. Taliban stated in their press conference on Tuesday that they wished for peaceful relations with other countries. “We don’t want any internal or external enemies,” stated the Taliban's main spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. The spokesman emphasized that the rights of women will be secured within the outline of Islam. “Taliban want private media to be independent, but not work against national values”, Mujahid...

20:08 (PST)17 Aug

Taliban delegation headed by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar meets Qatar's foreign minister

Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani on Tuesday met with a Taliban convoy headed by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Doha. A statement by the Qatari Foreign Ministry said the meeting between Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani and the Taliban delegation headed by Abdul Ghani Baradar studied the up-to-date safety and political expansions in Afghanistan. The statement stated that talks concentrated on the “necessary efforts to achieve national reconciliation, work...

17:08 (PST)17 Aug

Evacuation flights continue at Kabul airport 

KABUL: Evacuation flights carrying diplomats and civilians from Kabul continued as of Tuesday afternoon, a witness confirmed. "The military flights are continuing in Kabul airport. Roughly at 3:28 p.m. (local time), a huge cargo plane took off from Hamid Karzai International Airport," witness Farhad Mohammdi who lives near the Kabul airport told Xinhua. "This is the first time the flight departed during the day. All Monday night, huge planes were taking off or landing in the airport. The sound of...

18:08 (PST)17 Aug

Afghanistan Crisis: Taliban announces ‘amnesty’ across the country

The Taliban has confirmed an “amnesty” across Afghanistan, trying to tranquil tensions through a nervous capital city. Taliban has further announced and urged Afghan women to join its government. Whereas Kabul airport is in chaos, as thousands of Afghani citizens trying to flee the country surrounded the city’s international airport in a despairing effort to go on board. On the contrary. Evacuation flights from Afghanistan have been recommenced as a Western security official told the Reuters news agency on Tuesday...

14:08 (PST)17 Aug

India evacuates diplomats, citizens from Kabul

NEW DELHI: An Indian Air Force (IAF) C-17 plane evacuated over 120 Indians, including diplomats, from Kabul and landed in the western state of Gujarat on Tuesday, said a government official. It is the first evacuation undertaken by an IAF plane amid the critical situation in Afghanistan after the Taliban took power in Kabul. The Indian security personnel guarding the embassy in Kabul and other Indian nationals were also among the evacuees. According to Arindam Bagchi, spokesman of the Ministry...

13:08 (PST)17 Aug

Pakistan looks forward to a peaceful neighbour: President Alvi

President Dr Arif Alvi said on Tuesday that Pakistan will be the biggest winner after Afghanistan as peace returns to the country, reiterating that Islamabad looks forward to a peaceful neighbour. In an exclusive interview with Turkish news channel TRT World, the president said the most important factor is that there are no big reports of violence. “The Afghan people probably welcomed the Taliban coming in,” he said hoping the things will settle down fast and a peaceful government will...

13:08 (PST)17 Aug

Pakistan will closely engage with US for peaceful Afghanistan: FM Qureshi

Pakistan on Tuesday assured that it would remain closely engaged with the US and other international partners in promoting efforts in support of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan. Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi in a telephone call with US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken, stressed that continued US economic engagement with Afghanistan was of crucial importance. The foreign minister shared Pakistan’s perspective noting the significant change in the situation within a short span and the avoidance of violence....

12:08 (PST)17 Aug

Biden blames Afghan army, leaders for situation in Afghanistan

Despite the chaos in Kabul, US President Joe Biden has said he stands firm behind the decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan and blamed the Afghan army and leaders for the current situation. While breaking the silence on the withdrawal of US troops after several days of televised scenes, he blamed the Taliban's occupation of Afghanistan on Afghan political leaders who fled the country and the US-trained Afghan army who did not fight the Taliban. At the same time,...

11:08 (PST)17 Aug

American Female reporter wears Burqa as Taliban takes full control of Afghanistan

On 15 August Taliban declared victory and took over full control of Afghanistan after that the world has been surprised to see a female CNN reporter wearing a burqa. 40 years old CNN reporter Clarissa Ward arrived after the US withdrawal to cover the situation in Afghanistan and has been seen reporting for the past several days. Clarissa Warid also conducted interviews with some Taliban officials but after August 15, people were surprised to see her on TV in a...

09:08 (PST)17 Aug

UNSC calls for immediate formation of representative government in Afghanistan

The UN Security Council called for the immediate formation of a representative government in Afghanistan in which women have an equal share. An emergency UN Security Council meeting was held in New York following the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan, urging the international community to unite and prevent Afghanistan from being used for terrorism. UNSC called on the international community to work together to ensure that Afghanistan does not become a breeding ground for terrorism, The Security Council requested that in...

01:08 (PST)17 Aug

Ashraf Ghani escaped country with 4 cars full of cash claims the Russian embassy

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country with four cars and a helicopter full of cash, claimed the Russian embassy in Kabul stated the Private news agency. Ghani had to leave some money behind as all of it was not fitting in, claims reports. Ashraf Ghani fled from Afghanistan on Sunday as the Taliban arrived in Kabul effectively unobstructed. On the contrary, Ghani’s current whereabouts are unknown. He said he wanted to avoid bloodshed. Russia has stated that it will...

22:08 (PST)16 Aug

Commercial Flights Out Of Kabul Cancelled

The airspace in Afghanistan is closed for commercial flights, say airline sources. Several airline’s nonstop routes from the US to Afghanistan have been diverted so that they do not enter the Afghan airspace. These flights will avert to Doha or UAE and after refueling fly to Delhi. Due to airspace closure, Air India had to cancel its Delhi-Kabul-Delhi flight that was supposed to operate on Monday. This closure will mean all flights between Afghanistan and the world, will have to...

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11:00 (PST)17 Aug

The Taliban gave a huge statement on Tuesday since coming to power that they would not make the full burqa obligatory for women.

Previously under the Taliban governance, it was compulsory for all the females in Afghanistan to wear Burqa for travelling outside their residence.

Under their governance in 1996-2001, girls’ schools were sealed, women were banned from roaming and working, and women were enforced to wear an all-covering burqa in public areas.

“The burqa is not the only hijab (headscarf) that (can) be observed, there are different types of hijab not limited to the burqa,” Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for the group’s political office in Doha, told Britain’s Private News channel.

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