While some reports say Afghanistan is on the verge of economic collapse as cash crisis continues, others state China and Pakistan are in rush to exploit weakening Afghan economy. Afghanistan refugee crisis threatens to prolong amid Pakistan playing ball with Taliban, an expert has said. Stay with TOI for the latest developmentsRead Less
People sell household items alongside Kabul streets amid worsening economic situation under Taliban regime
Amid the worsening economic situation in Afghanistan, people are selling off their household items on the streets of Kabul in order to make money for survival.Every household item including carpets, refrigerators and TV sets can be found on the roads leading to Chaman-e-Hozori park in Kabul, Tolo News reported."I sold my items for less than half their value. I bought a refrigerator for 25,000 Afghanis and sold it for 5,000. There is no way. What am I to do? My children need food at night," an Afghan local informed.
UNSC extends Afghan mission mandate for 6 months
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Friday voted to extend the mandate for its assistance mission in Afghanistan by six months and called on the Taliban to create an inclusive government.The 15-member council acted in a resolution passed unanimously, Anadolu Agency reported.
Govt employees face financial problems as offices shut down
Government employees are facing financial problems in Afghanistan as government offices have mostly remained closed since the Ashraf Ghani government collapsed last month following the Taliban takeover.According to residents, they are facing financial problems as government offices have mostly remained closed and their wages have not been paid, Tolo News reported.
Plane carrying 170, including US, European citizens, departs Kabul for Doha, reports Reuters
China and Russia urge Taliban to keep security promises
Russia and China's leaders on Friday urged the new Taliban government in Afghanistan to remain peaceful to its neighbours and combat terrorism and drug-trafficking.Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping spoke via video link at a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), an eight-member group that promotes itself as an antidote to Western geopolitical dominance.Putin said the organisation, holding its meeting in Tajikistan, should "use its potential" to "stimulate the new Afghan authorities" in fulfilling their promises on normalising life and bringing security in Afghanistan.
Xi asks SCO countries to encourage Afghanistan to have inclusive political framework, shun terrorism
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday said that the SCO countries should step-up coordination and encourage Afghanistan to put in place an inclusive political framework wedded to moderate policies and resolutely fight all forms of terrorism after the Taliban takeover of Kabul.Addressing the 21st summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) at Dushanbe via video link, Xi said: “Afghanistan has undergone drastic changes”.
There has been a special relationship between Indians & Afghans. All regional & global initiatives for Afghan society's help will have India's full support: PM at SCO-CSTO Outreach Summit on Afghanistan
Together we should ensure that humanitarian aid reaches Afghanistan in an unhindered manner: PM Narendra Modi
India has been Afghanistan's trusted partner for development and humanitarian help. We've contributed in every sector -infrastructure, education, health and capacity building- in all parts of Afghanistan. Even today, we're willing to send food material and medicines to our Afghan friends: PM Modi
Economic woes of the Afghan people increasing due to blockage in financial and trade flows: PM Narendra Modi
These norms can become a template for Global Anti-Terror Cooperation in the times to come. The norms should be based on principle of zero tolerance against terrorism. It should have a code of conduct to put a check on activities like cross-border terrorism & terror financing: PM
SCO Member Nations should develop strict norms over this issue: PM Modi at SCO-CSTO Outreach Summit on Afghanistan
All countries have been victims of terrorism, so together we should ensure that the land of Afghanistan is not used to spread terrorism in any country.
Other extremist organisations might get the encouragement to grab the power through violence: PM Modi at SCO-CSTO Outreach Summit on Afghanistan
If instability and fundamentalism continue in Afghanistan, terrorist and extremist ideologies will be encouraged across the world: PM Modi
That's why it is essential that the global community take a decision on the recognition of the new system, collectively and with proper deliberation. On this matter, India supports the central role of the United Nations.
We need to focus on 4 main issues. 1st, the change in power in Afghanistan is not inclusive. It happened without negotiations. This raises questions over acceptance of the new system. The representation of women, minorities and all sections of Afghan society is essential.
The recent developments in Afghanistan can lead to an increase in the trafficking of illegal arms, drugs and human trafficking: PM Modi during SCO-CSTO Outreach Summit on Afghanistan
Neighbouring nations like us have been mostly affected by the chain of events that are taking place in Afghanistan. So, regional focus and regional cooperation are very important in this context.
PM Modi's remarks at SCO-CSTO Outreach Summit on Afghanishtan