Afghan crisis live updates: Taliban issue '11 rules' for media organisations

Afghan crisis live updates: Taliban issue '11 rules' for media organisations

The expanded Taliban cabinet has accommodated several non-Pashtuns, but it still does not have a woman face. However a Taliban minister has not ruled out inducting women in the future. In a communique to the UN, Taliban said they want to address the UNGA, and also named an Afghan 'representative' to the world body. Stay with TOI for all updatesRead Less

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Afghan crisis live updates: Taliban issue '11 rules' for media organisations
20:12 (IST) Sep 24

Taliban further censor Afghan media, issue '11 rules' for scribe organisations

These curbs include directives against publishing topics that are in conflict with Islam or insulting to national personalities, and also instruct journalists to produce news reports in coordination with the government media office, The New York Times reported. Since the collapse of Afghan government, Over 150 media outlets in Afghanistan have shut down their operations as they struggled to carry out their day to day functions. This is because the Taliban has been continuously creating intrusion in media's 'right to information' which has hampered the work of scribe organisations, Tolo News reported. Some of the most prominent newspapers were also forced to cease print operations and now publish only online, amid the country's sharp economic downturn.

16:18 (IST) Sep 24

Taliban to submit complaints to UN over US shooting at Kabul airport

Taliban has expressed its wish to file complaints with the United Nations and other authorities over the United States' shooting at the Kabul airport during evacuations in August. This comes after the Pentagon last Friday acknowledged that the August 29 drone strike in Afghanistan was a tragic mistake that killed 10 civilians, including seven children.

15:40 (IST) Sep 24

Multiple blasts: Three bodies found in Afghanistan's Jalalabad

Three bodies were found in the city of Jalalabad in Nangarhar province in Afghanistan on Friday morning, local media reported. All the deceased were taken to the hospital, according to eyewitnesses. On Wednesday, the eastern province of Nangarhar witnessed multiple attacks in Jalalabad city resulting in the death of five persons, as per TOLO News. Four explosions in different parts of the city took the lives of two people and injured three others.

15:35 (IST) Sep 24

Afghanistan on agenda of Modi-Biden talks, says White House official

14:59 (IST) Sep 24

Moscow in talks with Afghanistan's Taliban leaders about visit to Russia: Report

Moscow is discussing a possible visit by a delegation of the Taliban-appointed government to Russia with Kabul, the RIA news agency cited a Russian foreign ministry source as saying on Friday. Separately, RIA quoted Taliban deputy culture and information minister Zabiullah Mujahid as saying that Kabul was seeking such contacts.

14:57 (IST) Sep 24

Afghan Taliban defence minister orders crackdown on abuses

The Taliban's new defence minister has issued a rebuke over misconduct by some commanders and fighters following the movement's victory over the Western-backed government in Afghanistan last month, saying abuses would not be tolerated.

14:21 (IST) Sep 24

Former Afghan policeman commits suicide due to joblessness

A former Afghan policeman died of suicide in eastern Kunar province after he was left jobless post the Taliban takeover of the country. Shaaker, a 38-year-old policeman died of suicide on Thursday, reported Tolo News. After the Taliban control of Afghanistan, he was left without a job and the previous government had also not paid his three months' salary, reported The Khaama Press News Agency.

13:12 (IST) Sep 24

Read: Afghans dying at border as tensions intensify between Taliban, Pakistan

Amid tensions between the Taliban and Pakistan, Afghans are dying at Spin Boldak after Islamabad restricted entry at the key international intersection only to Pakistani or Kandahar identification cardholders. Earlier this month, a rush toward the entry checkpoint of the Pakistan border resulted in the death of at least one person. However, those patrolling the boundary on the Afghan side claim that over the past week, several people have perished from dehydration and heatstroke and because they could not access life-saving medical care in the Chaman district.

11:35 (IST) Sep 24

Read: Afghan activist says Taliban have no choice but to listen to women

The Taliban will have no choice than to bend to the demands of Afghan women if they want to escape economic collapse and diplomatic isolation, a leading rights activist said. Seventy-three-year-old Mahbouba Seraj decided not to flee Kabul last month when the Taliban seized back power, two decades after they were ousted. Instead, from her home in Kabul, she has followed the Taliban's mixed messages, trying to decipher what lies ahead for the women of her country who she has dedicated her life to.

11:19 (IST) Sep 24

Read: Taliban faces discord among top leadership

The recent disappearance of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan from the public eye, shows that all is not well within the Taliban top leadership. There have been reports of divisions among the Taliban leadership, raising questions about the unity within the group which took over Afghanistan last month, reported Al Jazeera. Sources told Al Jazeera the discord is "very real" and if disharmony grows, it will spell trouble for the people.

11:18 (IST) Sep 24

Pak-Afghan border in Torkham reopens for trade activities

Torkham border between Pakistan and Afghanistan has reopened for trade activities, informed Pakistani Frontier Corps (FC) on Thursday deployed at the border. Long waiting queues of stalled trade vehicles are seen on both sides of the border as the border was closed and clearance process was suspended. After clearance process resumed for trade vehicles, the issue of traffic jam at the Torkham border was addressed," said FC officials, reported The News.

10:44 (IST) Sep 24

Taliban's relationship with global community going to be defined by actions it takes, it's not a favour: Sec Blinken

The Taliban's relationship with the international community is going to be defined by the actions the group takes, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, asserting that “this is not a favour” to the world but a basic requirement for a stable and secure Afghanistan. The Taliban swept across Afghanistan last month, seizing control of almost all key towns and cities in the backdrop of withdrawal of the US forces that began on May 1. On August 15, the capital city of Kabul fell to the insurgents.

09:55 (IST) Sep 24

The Taliban swept across Afghanistan last month, seizing control of almost all key towns and cities in the backdrop of withdrawal of the US forces that began on May 1. On August 15, the capital city of Kabul fell to the insurgents.

09:52 (IST) Sep 24

Read: Blinken discusses way forward in Afghanistan with Pak FM Qureshi

US Secretary of State Tony Blinken has met with the visiting Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the 76th UN General Assembly and discussed the way forward in Afghanistan, stressing on the importance of the countries to work together on the issue. “A lot to focus on, starting with Afghanistan and the importance of our countries working together and going forward on Afghanistan,” Blinken said during his meeting with Qureshi on Thursday in New York. Blinken appreciated the work that Pakistan has done to facilitate the departure of American citizens who wish to leave Afghanistan as well as others.

07:51 (IST) Sep 24

Read: World powers agree to push Taliban to form inclusive government

The five permanent UN Security Council members found common ground on Wednesday on Afghanistan with officials saying all the powers would press the Taliban to be more inclusive after their military takeover. China and Russia have described last month’s Taliban victory as a defeat for the US and moved to work with the insurgents, but no country has moved to recognise a government that includes international pariahs. (AFP)

20:59 (IST) Sep 23

US calls on UNSC P5 members to remain united on Afghanistan, hold Taliban accountable

The US has called on fellow permanent members of the UN Security Council to remain “united” on Afghanistan, to hold the Taliban accountable to its commitments and to work together to ensure humanitarian access and availability of funds to meet humanitarian needs in the war-torn country. The US, the UK, France, China and Russia, known as P5, are the five permanent and veto-wielding members of the 15-nation powerful UN organ. (PTI)

20:00 (IST) Sep 23

Islamic State uses Taliban's own tactics to attack Afghanistan's new rulers

A little more than a month after toppling the Western-backed government in Kabul, Afghanistan's new Taliban rulers are facing internal enemies who have adopted many of the tactics of urban warfare that marked their own successful guerrilla campaign. A deadly attack on Kabul airport last month and a series of bomb blasts in the eastern city of Jalalabad, all claimed by the local affiliate of Islamic State, have underlined the threat to stability from violent militant groups who remain unreconciled to the Taliban. Read more

19:18 (IST) Sep 23

Taliban abuses cause widespread fear in Afghanistan: Human Rights Watch

The Taliban in Afghanistan's western city of Herat are committing widespread and serious human rights violations against women and girls, a new report has revealed. The Taliban have instilled fear among women and girls by searching out high-profile women since taking over the city in mid-August. (ANI)

18:00 (IST) Sep 23

The Taliban, which now rule Afghanistan after overthrowing the elected-government of President Ashraf Ghani, are unlikely to represent their country at the high-level United Nations General Assembly session as representatives of the ousted dispensation still occupy the office at the UN, a Pakistani media report said on Thursday: PTI

16:56 (IST) Sep 23

China calls for lifting sanctions on Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, release of its forex reserves

China on Thursday called for the lifting of sanctions against the Taliban-administered Afghanistan and urged the US not to use the frozen foreign exchange reserves of the war-torn country as a "bargaining chip" to exert political pressure on the hardline militant group. Addressing the G20 Foreign Ministers via a video link, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi also demanded the rushing of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan without any delay. Read more

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