News Updates

25th Oct, 2018 - 31st Oct, 2018
  • India to be in talks with Taliban in Russia at ‘non-official’ level
    India said it will participate, at a “non-official level”, in the meeting being hosted by Russia on Afghanistan where representatives of the Taliban will be present. In response to queries regarding India’s participation in the meeting, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “We are aware that the Russian Federation is hosting a meeting in Moscow on 9 November on Afghanistan.” “Our participation at the meeting will be at the non-official level,” he said. (Hindustan Times, 9.11.2018)
  • Taliban Deputy Is Released Amid Push for Afghan Peace Talks: KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — A longtime deputy in the Taliban who was arrested in a joint intelligence raid by American and Pakistani agents eight years ago has been freed, the insurgent group confirmed on Thursday.
    The release of the deputy, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who is in Pakistan, appeared to be the most tangible result of talks held recently by the Taliban and American diplomats. Mullah Baradar, who seemed interested in exploring peace negotiations before his capture in January 2010, was the Taliban’s most senior military leader at the time. ( New York Times. 25.10.2018)
  • Suicide attack targets Afghanistan election workers in Kabul
    A suicide bomber blew himself up near a vehicle as it entered the head office of Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission on Monday, wounding at least six people, officials say. (AlJazeera: 29.10.2018)
  • Afghanistan elections: Kandahar votes in delayed poll
    Vote was postponed for a week following the killing of the province's police chief in an attack claimed by Taliban. ( Aljazeera: 27.10.2018)
13th Oct, 2018 - 25th Oct, 2018
  • Pak-Afghan border crossing closed after tension over its fencing. (15.10.2018-The Hindu)
  • 18 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack. (14.10.2018 The Hindu)
  • On Chabahar Port Project, India, Iran, Afghanistan Hold First Trilateral dialogue. (NDTV- 24.10.18)
02nd Oct, 2018 - 12th Oct, 2018
  • Election Rally Bombing in Afghanistan Heightens Security Fears
    A suicide bomber attacked an election rally on Tuesday in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, killing at least 14 people and once again highlighting security concerns as candidates prepare for an Oct. 20 parliamentary vote amid a raging war.The attack struck at a gathering of about 300 supporters of the candidate Nasir Mohmand in Nangarhar’s Kama district. Najibullah Kamawal, the province’s director of public health, said at least 43 others were wounded. Officials feared the toll could rise. (2.10.2018. New York Times)
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