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Afghan crisis live updates: Qatar's ruler urges world leaders not to boycott Taliban

Afghan crisis live updates: Qatar's ruler urges world leaders not to boycott Taliban

The ground situation in Afghanistan under the Taliban looks to be stabilising. However there have been incidents of Taliban coming under attack, purportedly from Isis factions. Stay with TOI for all updates.Read Less

THE TIMES OF INDIA | Sep 21, 2021, 23:35:30 IST
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Key Events

  • Qatar's ruler urges world leaders not to boycott Taliban
  • Taliban expand economic team as Afghan crisis deepens
  • Afghanistan's Taliban say working on reopening girls' high schools
  • Taliban appoint deputy ministers in all-male government
  • Afghan high school girls rally against Taliban, reports AP
Afghan crisis live updates: Qatar's ruler urges world leaders not to boycott Taliban
23:28 (IST) Sep 21

Qatar's ruler urges world leaders not to boycott Taliban

The ruling emir of Qatar, whose nation has played a pivotal role in Afghanistan in the wake of the US withdrawal, urged world leaders gathered at the United Nations on Tuesday against turning their backs on the country's Taliban rulers. Speaking from the podium of the UN General Assembly, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani stressed "the necessity of continuing dialogue with Taliban because boycott only leads to polarization and reactions, whereas dialogue could bring in positive results.''

23:27 (IST) Sep 21

FBI Chief says terrorist groups probing US to plan large-scale attacks after Afghan exit

Terrorist groups are searching for US weaknesses in efforts to pull off a mass casualty attack reminiscent of September 11, 2001, especially with the American exit from Afghanistan, FBI Director Christopher Wray told Congress on Tuesday. "We are certainly watching the evolving situation in Afghanistan. Now 9/11 was 20 years ago but for us at the FBI, as I know it does for my colleagues here with me, it represents a danger we focus on every day and make no mistake the danger is real," Wray said in testimony to the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

22:38 (IST) Sep 21

Taliban expand economic team as Afghan crisis deepens

Afghanistan's Taliban government bolstered its economic team on Tuesday, naming a commerce minister and two deputies as the group tries to revive a financial system in shock from the abrupt end to billions of dollars in foreign aid. Nooruddin Azizi, a businessman from Panjshir province north of Kabul, was named as acting minister of commerce and industry and would start work immediately, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told a news conference. Azizi joins the acting finance minister and minister for economic affairs, both of whom were announced previously, in a team facing a daunting task.

21:53 (IST) Sep 21

Taliban, Russian envoy discuss situation in Afghanistan, relations between countries

Representatives of the Taliban movement and the Russian president's special envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, discussed at meetings in Kabul the current situation in Afghanistan, the country's future and interaction between countries, the movement's spokesman Mohammad Naeem told Sputnik. "In general, the current situation in the country and the future. The relationship between states and the economic situation," Naeem said, answering what topics were discussed at the meetings. Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed that Kabulov was taking part in the meeting of the Taliban with the delegations of Russia, China and Pakistan.

21:51 (IST) Sep 21

Taliban's monopolised version of Islam will snatch women's rights in Afghanistan: Report

Afghan women once again will be treated as second-class citizens with limited rights and unabated suppression in Afghanistan, a media report said on Tuesday. The harsh reality is that Afghan women will be under unabated suppression in their own country and the Taliban in the name of their monopolised version of Islam will sacrifice the women's rights and freedom in Afghanistan, Pakistan's The News International reported on Tuesday. Afghan women will experience violence not just in its physical form; it will also be structural, cultural and institutional, The News International said.

19:33 (IST) Sep 21

Taliban bans IPL broadcast in Afghanistan

The Taliban-ruled Afghanistan has banned the broadcast of the hugely popular Indian Premier League (IPL) in the country over the presence of "female audience and spectators" in stadiums. Ever since the Taliban's takeover of the strife-torn country last month, the international sporting community has been concerned about the fundamentalist group's position on women participating in sports. Former Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) media manager and journalist M Ibrahim Momand said the live broadcast of IPL matches was banned due to possible "anti-Islamic" content.

18:47 (IST) Sep 21

Taliban sack CEO of Afghan cricket board

The Taliban have sacked the head of Afghanistan's cricket board, replacing him with a member of the feared Haqqani network, responsible for some of the worst attacks in the country's history. Hamid Shinwari posted on his Facebook page on Monday that he has been removed on the orders of senior Haqqani officials, a branch of the Taliban. "Anas Haqqani visited the cricket board and told me very clearly that my job as the (chief) executive officer was over," Shinwari wrote on his Facebook page. Anas Haqqani is a senior Taliban official and the younger brother of Afghanistan's new interior minister Sirajuddin Haqqani.

17:19 (IST) Sep 21

Afghan merchants fear for future as Taliban takeover raises costs

Merchants in the historic Afghan trading city of Herat fear for their future after being hit by Taliban tax collection and a backlog for goods to clear customs. The country's third-biggest city is a strategic hub along the ancient Silk Road -- with nearby borders to Iran and Turkmenistan -- and is a key generator of revenue for the country. Although the Taliban blame rampant corruption by the previous government for a rise in costs for importers, businessmen in Herat say they face going under if the hardline Islamists do not lower taxes. "I'm feeling really hopeless," merchant Faghir Ahmad told AFP.

16:42 (IST) Sep 21

At UN, Biden will try to move past Afghanistan with climate, China focus

President Joe Biden plans to defend his hasty troop withdrawal from Afghanistan on Tuesday in a speech to the United Nations, arguing it was needed to pivot U.S. policy to focus on a global challenge from China and climate change. Biden will make his first appearance at the United Nations since taking office as president in January. He faces criticism of the Afghan pullout and his handling of an Australia submarine deal that angered France, a key ally in countering China.

15:22 (IST) Sep 21

Taliban say no al-Qaida or ISIS in Afghanistan

Afghanistan's Taliban rulers said on Tuesday there was no evidence of Islamic State or al Qaida militants being in the country, days after Islamic State claimed responsibility for bomb attacks in the eastern city of Jalalabad. Since toppling the Western-backed government in Kabul last month, the Taliban have faced pressure from the international community to renounce ties with al Qaida, the group behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. At the same time, they have had to deal with a series of attacks claimed by an affiliate of Islamic State, with which they have been in conflict for several years over a mix of economic and ideological disputes. Read more

14:56 (IST) Sep 21

Afghanistan's Taliban say working on reopening girls' high schools

The Taliban administration in Afghanistan is working towards reopening high school education for girls, who were left out of a recent return to school for boys and younger girls, although a Taliban spokesman speaking on Tuesday gave no time frame for action. The Taliban say they have changed since their 1996-2001 rule, when they barred women from leaving home without a male relative and shuttered schools for girls, but they stirred scepticism when they said last week that they would open schools for high school-aged boys but not girls. Read more

14:46 (IST) Sep 21

Taliban appoint hardline battlefield commanders to key Afghan posts

Afghanistan's Taliban rulers announced several senior appointments on Tuesday, naming two veteran battlefield commanders from the movement's southern heartlands as deputies in important ministries. Main Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Mullah Abdul Qayyum Zakir will be deputy defence minister, while Sadr Ibrahim was named deputy minister for the interior. Both men had been expected to take major positions in the new government but neither was named in the main list of ministers announced this month. Read more

14:17 (IST) Sep 21

Mujahid defended the latest additions to the Cabinet, saying they included members of ethnic minorities, such as the Hazaras. He said the deputies were chosen for their technical skills.

13:22 (IST) Sep 21

Mujahid made no reference to the now-closed women's affairs ministry, which was shut down last week and replaced with a department that earned notoriety for enforcing religious doctrine during the previous Taliban regime.

12:56 (IST) Sep 21

Taliban has funds to pay govt salaries 'but needs time': Spokesman

12:30 (IST) Sep 21

Taliban appoint deputy ministers in all-male government

12:26 (IST) Sep 21

Taliban to allow girls back in school 'as soon as possible': Spokesman

12:18 (IST) Sep 21

Taliban announce list of deputy ministers, fail to appoint any women, doubling down on all-male, all-Taliban government

12:05 (IST) Sep 21

After Afghans fell from plane, families live with horror

10:00 (IST) Sep 21

Barbers suffer under Taliban rule as Afghans shun fashion

Quiffs, mohawks, and crew cuts were hairstyles Nader Shah was accustomed to styling for image-conscious young men in Afghanistan's third-biggest city of Herat. But since the Taliban swept to power in mid-August, Afghans have little cash to spare and fear being punished for sporting short or fashionable cuts. "Before, people came and asked for different hairstyles, but it's simply not like that anymore," 24-year-old Shah said at his barber's shop, with mirrors covering every wall. "Now they are heartbroken."

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