Taliban: News

18 May 2024


Afghanistan floods claim 50 lives, thousands of homes damaged

Heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding in central Afghanistan have claimed the lives of at least 50 people.

Cricket Australia postpones T20I series against Afghanistan: Here's why 

In a major development, Cricket Australia (CA) has indefinitely postponed their scheduled three-match T20I series against Afghanistan due to human rights issues.

19 Mar 2024


Explained: Pakistan airstrikes in Afghanistan, deterioration of Islamabad-Taliban ties

Pakistan on Monday conducted two airstrikes in the provinces of Paktika and Khost in Afghanistan, increasing tensions between the two countries.

01 Mar 2024


Real story behind Netflix's 'IC814: The Kandahar Hijack'

On Thursday, Netflix India released its slate for 2024.

13 Feb 2024


Taliban shuts down 'queer.af' LGBTQ+ Mastodon instance: What's next?

The Afghanistan government, now under Taliban control, has unexpectedly shut down the "queer.af" Mastodon instance, as reported by 404 Media.

21 Jan 2024


Plane that crashed in Afghanishtan not Indian: Civil Aviation Ministry

A commercial aircraft crashed in Afghanistan's northeast Badakhshan province on Saturday night (local time), local media reported.

12 Dec 2023

Pakistan Army

Pakistan: Suicide bombing at army base leaves 23 dead

At least 23 people died in a suicide bombing attack at a Pakistan Army base in the country's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Tuesday, AFP reported.

24 Nov 2023


Afghanistan permanently shuts down its Indian embassy over 'policy,' 'interests'

The Afghan Embassy officially announced its permanent closure in New Delhi on Friday over "persistent challenges from the Indian government."

30 Oct 2023

Pakistan Government

Pakistan to begin kicking out illegal immigrants from November 1

Pakistan has declared that it will start deporting undocumented immigrants, including 1.7 million Afghans, in phases from Wednesday (November 1), reported PTI.

08 Oct 2023


Death toll in Afghanistan earthquake crosses 2,000: Report

The death toll from the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that jolted western Afghanistan on Saturday has gone up to 2,000, news agency Associated Press (AP) reported, quoting a Taliban government spokesperson on Sunday.

07 Oct 2023


Afghanistan: 14 dead, 78 injured after 6.3-magnitude earthquake

A massive 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked western Afghanistan on Saturday, resulting in 14 deaths and 78 injuries, the AFP reported, citing officials.

Afghan embassy in Delhi to shut down: Reports 

Afghanistan's Ambassador to India, Farid Mamundzay, has announced the closure of its embassy in Delhi due to a lack of cooperation from the Afghan and Indian governments, News18 reported.

28 Aug 2023


Global outrage as Taliban bars female students from studying abroad 

Days after the Taliban government in Afghanistan allegedly stopped scores of female students from leaving the country to study in Dubai, global rights organizations and activists have expressed dismay over the move.

04 Jul 2023


Afghanistan: Taliban bans women's beauty salons in new decree

In a new verbal order, the Taliban has banned women's beauty salons in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, and other provinces, Taliban Ministry of Vice and Virtue spokesperson Mohammad Akif Mahajar told TOLO News.

08 Jun 2023


Afghanistan: Bomb explosion during Taliban governor's memorial kills another official

A bomb explosion killed a former Taliban police official, Safiullah Samim, in Afghanistan's northeastern Badakhshan province on Thursday, reported Associated Press.

05 May 2023

Movie Review

'The Kerala Story' review: Poor filmmaking bogs down important tale

Riding high on controversies, Sudipto Sen's directorial The Kerala Story (TKS) was released in the theaters on Friday. The makers have claimed that 32,000 Kerala women were converted to Islam and made to join ISIS. His bold attempt at narrating the details of the barbaric crime in a two-hour movie unfortunately falls flat due to various factors including weak acting, dialogue, and music.

27 Apr 2023

Pawan Khera

Congress questions Modi's 'silence,' hints Taliban links in Poonch attack

Pawan Khera, the head of Congress's media and publicity department, has questioned the PM Narendra Modi-led government's "silence" on the terror attack that claimed the lives of five Indian Army personnel in Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir, last week.

26 Apr 2023


Taliban killed ISIS mastermind of 2021 Kabul airport bombing: US

The Taliban administration killed the alleged mastermind behind the suicide bombing at Kabul airport in August 2021, according to United States (US) officials.

22 Apr 2023


Taliban prohibits women from taking part in Eid celebrations 

In yet another harsh decision against women, the Taliban banned women from attending Eid celebrations in two provinces of Afghanistan— Baghlan and Takhar, ANI reported, quoting Khaama Press.

16 Mar 2023

Pakistan News

Pakistan now world's most terror-hit country: Global Terrorism Index

Pakistan has surpassed Afghanistan as the country with the highest number of terrorist attacks and deaths in South Asia, according to the annual Global Terrorism Index (GTI) report published by Institute for Economics and Peace.

14 Mar 2023


Taliban members to attend 4-day online crash course on India

The members of the Taliban government in Afghanistan will be attending the "India immersion" online course, which starts on Tuesday, reported Indian Express.

11 Mar 2023


Afghanistan: Blast at journalist award event kills 1, many injured

A bomb blast in northern Afghanistan on Saturday took the life of one person, while several others, including children, sustained injuries.

08 Mar 2023


India promises 20,000 MT wheat to Afghanistan through Iran's Chabahar

India will send 20,000 metric tons of wheat to Afghanistan through Iran's Chabahar Port as humanitarian aid in partnership with the United Nations World Food Program (UNWFP).

06 Mar 2023


Iran: Suspected targeted poison attacks affect girls from 50+ schools

A string of suspected targeted poisonings of schoolgirls in Iran has triggered a wave of panic in the country.

19 Feb 2023


Telangana is India's 'Afghanistan,' CM KCR its Taliban: YS Sharmila

Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Telangana Party (YSRTP) supremo YS Sharmila claimed on Sunday that Telangana was India's Afghanistan and Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) was its Taliban.

05 Feb 2023

Pakistan News

Pakistan: Massive blast near police headquarters in Quetta, 5 injured

At least five people were injured in a massive explosion outside the police headquarters in Quetta, Pakistan, Dawn reported.

18 Jan 2023


Afghanistan: Taliban publicly chop off hands of 4 convicts

Controversial public punishments including amputations have come to the limelight again in Afghanistan as the Taliban punished more convicts.

16 Jan 2023


Mada 9, unveiled by Taliban, is Afghanistan's first indigenously-built supercar

Taliban has unveiled Afghanistan's first indigenously built supercar called the Mada 9. The vehicle was under development for five years and was built by a company called ENTOP.

08 Jan 2023


Big mouth loser: Taliban on Prince Harry's 'killed 25' remark

After Price Harry claimed that he had killed 25 people in Afghanistan during his time in the military, the Taliban publicly criticized the Duke of Sussex and called him a "big mouth loser."

01 Jan 2023


Kabul: Explosion outside military airport, multiple casualties feared

Several people died in an explosion outside a military airfield in Afghanistan's Kabul on Sunday, AFP reported citing government officials.

21 Dec 2022


Afghanistan: Taliban ban women from university education

The higher education ministry of Afghanistan said that female students wouldn't be allowed in any of the country's universities until further notice.

07 Nov 2022


Taliban reveals founder Mullah Omar's burial place 9yrs after death

The Taliban on Sunday disclosed its founder Mullah Omar's final resting place, which was kept secret for over nine years since his death in 2013, reported AFP.

30 Sep 2022


19 dead after explosion rocks Kabul education center, several injured

An explosion by a suicide bomber at the Kaaj education center claimed the lives of at least 19 people and injured dozens in Dasht-e-Barchi of west Kabul in Afghanistan.

07 Aug 2022


Afghanistan: Another blast kills 8, injures over 20 in Kabul

A bomb explosion on a busy shopping street in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, on Saturday killed a eight and wounded 22 others, as per hospital officials and witnesses.

06 Aug 2022


Afghanistan: Blast in Kabul kills 8, IS claims responsibility

The militant group Islamic State (IS) has reportedly taken responsibility for a fatal blast in a Shi'ite residential area of Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Friday.

04 Aug 2022

al Qaeda

Pakistan or Taliban: Who aided US in killing Ayman al-Zawahiri?

A key figure behind the 9/11 attacks, al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed by a special R9X Hellfire missile in Kabul on Sunday, the US announced.

18 Jul 2022


Taliban tell women officers to send male relatives as replacements

Almost a year after the Taliban took over Afghanistan, women officials have reportedly been asked to stay at home and send their male relatives as replacements.

22 Jun 2022


280 killed as powerful quake of magnitude 6.1 strikes Afghanistan

At least 280 people were killed as a powerful earthquake jolted Afghanistan early on Wednesday, BBC reported.

18 Jun 2022


Kabul: Multiple blasts in gurdwara after gunmen kill guard

At least two explosions were reported from a gurdwara in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Saturday.

22 May 2022


Afghan women TV hosts cover faces after Taliban's diktat

Female news anchors on Afghanistan's biggest TV channels went on air with their faces covered, a day after defying a Taliban directive to hide their presence on the broadcast.

19 Apr 2022


Afghanistan: Three bomb blasts at Kabul boys' school; 6 killed

Three bomb blasts at a boys' school in Afghanistan's capital city, Kabul, on Tuesday killed six people, including students, and injured many.

27 Dec 2021

Jammu And Kashmir

Terrorism rose in India in 2020; 37% in J&K: Report

India experienced more terror attacks in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020, compared to 2019, the US state department said in a report.

27 Dec 2021


Afghanistan's election commissions dissolved; Taliban says 'no need'

The Taliban has disbanded Afghanistan's two electoral commissions as well as the state departments of peace and parliamentarian affairs, an official said on Sunday.

03 Nov 2021


How Taliban's foreign currency ban affects Afghanistan

The Taliban has banned all foreign currency in Afghanistan and ordered its citizens to only use Afghan currency for trade.

01 Nov 2021

Yogi Adityanath

If Taliban moves toward India, airstrike is ready: Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said that if Taliban moves toward India, "an air strike is ready."

31 Oct 2021


Taliban government's continued non-recognition 'could become world's problem'

The Taliban on Saturday warned the United States that continued non-recognition of the Afghanistan government could become a problem for the world.

15 Oct 2021


Dozens killed in blast at Shia mosque in Afghanistan's Kandahar

Multiple blasts rocked a mosque in the Afghan city of Kandahar during Friday prayers, reports said, marking yet another incidence of violence in the Taliban-ruled country.

14 Oct 2021


Blackouts hit Kabul as Taliban fails to pay power suppliers

There were multiple power outages across the Afghan capital Kabul and several other provinces once again on Wednesday.

12 Oct 2021


Pro-Taliban online posts: 13 people arrested under UAPA granted bail

Thirteen people out of the 15 arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in Assam over pro-Taliban posts on social media have been granted bail by local courts.

09 Oct 2021


ISIS-K claims killing 300 Shia worshippers in Afghan mosque attack

The Islamic State-Khorasan (ISIS-K) has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing inside a crowded mosque in Kunduz province in northern Afghanistan.

05 Oct 2021


Taliban says graduates of 2000-2020 useless; prefers religious studies

The Taliban on Monday said that its Afghanistan government would not recognize those who have graduated high school between 2000-2020, local reports said.

29 Sep 2021


Taliban asks India to resume international flights to Afghanistan

The Taliban has reportedly written to India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), seeking the resumption of commercial flights between India and Afghanistan.

28 Sep 2021


Taliban issue no-shave order to barbers in Lashkar Gah

The Taliban on Monday banned barbershops in a southern Afghanistan province from shaving or trimming beards, claiming their edict is in line with Shariah or Islamic law.

25 Sep 2021


Will Taliban speak at UNGA? Here's what the UN says

The Taliban, which now rules Afghanistan, is unlikely to participate in the ongoing session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, reports said.

24 Sep 2021


Strict punishments by amputation, execution to return: Taliban official

The Taliban is looking to bring back executions and amputations as forms of punishment in Afghanistan, one of the group's founders said in a recent interview.

24 Sep 2021


Biden-Modi meeting: Pakistan, Taliban likely to dominate talks

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the United States President Joe Biden will hold their bilateral meeting on Friday, reports stated that Pakistan and its influence over the Taliban are likely to be key topics to be discussed.

22 Sep 2021


Attackers strike Taliban vehicles in eastern Afghanistan, five killed

Attackers struck Taliban vehicles in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, witnesses said, killing at least two fighters and three civilians in the latest violence since the group's takeover of the country in mid-August.

22 Sep 2021


Taliban requests to address UN; names Suhail Shaheen as envoy

The Taliban has reportedly sent a request letter to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, asking to address world leaders at the ongoing UN General Assembly.

22 Sep 2021


SAARC meet called off as Pakistan wanted Taliban participation

A meeting of Foreign Ministers of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries has been canceled, reports said.

21 Sep 2021


No women included in Taliban's new list of Cabinet members

The Taliban on Tuesday announced another list of new names for the remaining Cabinet positions in its new government. However, no women made it to the list once again.

19 Sep 2021


After promising inclusivity, Taliban orders women workers to 'stay home'

The Taliban has asked many female employees in Kabul city to stay home, interim city mayor Hamdullah Namony said.

18 Sep 2021


'Tragic': US admits its Kabul drone strike killed 10 civilians

The United States has admitted that 10 civilians were killed when it launched a drone strike against suspected ISIS terrorists in Kabul last month.

15 Sep 2021


Taliban infighting: Deputy PM, top minister involved in 'major row'

Days after the formation of the new Taliban government in Afghanistan, infighting has reportedly broken out within the extremist group, the BBC reported.

15 Sep 2021


UNHCR: 736 Afghans recorded for new registration in India

A total of 736 Afghans were recorded for new registration from August 1 to September 11, the UNHCR said, adding that it is scaling up its capacity to meet increasing requests for registration and assistance of Afghans in India.

15 Sep 2021


Afghan female footballers evade Taliban, reach Pakistan

Thirty-two women football players from Afghanistan, who were facing threats from the Taliban, have reached Pakistan along with their families after the government issued emergency humanitarian visas to evacuate them.

14 Sep 2021


Evictions trigger anti-Taliban protests by thousands in Afghanistan's Kandahar

Thousands of Afghans on Tuesday protested against the Taliban in Kandahar after residents were asked to vacate a residential army colony.

14 Sep 2021


Pakistan harbors Taliban members, says US; to reassess relationship

The United States will be reassessing its relationship with Pakistan in the coming days, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Monday, noting that some of Pakistan's interests "are in conflict with ours."

14 Sep 2021


Once inmates, Taliban now in charge in a Kabul prison

Once, Kabul's main prison was crowded with thousands of Taliban captured and arrested by the government. On Monday, a Taliban commander strolled through its empty halls and cell blocks, showing his friends where he had once been imprisoned.

13 Sep 2021


UN official slams Taliban over reprisal killings

The United Nations human rights chief says that her office has received credible allegations of reprisal killings by the Taliban of former Afghan security forces, as well as instances in which officials in the previous government and their relatives were arbitrarily detained and later turned up dead.

12 Sep 2021


Undated video shows Taliban celebrating after beheading Afghan soldier

An undated video has emerged which shows the Taliban's fighters celebrating after reportedly beheading an Afghan soldier while yelling "God is Great."

12 Sep 2021


Kabul: Women wearing niqab, burqa stage protest supporting Taliban

About 300 Afghan women wearing full-face veils staged a pro-Taliban protest at a university lecture theatre in Kabul Saturday.

11 Sep 2021


Classified documents from Afghanistan transferred to Pakistan in three aircraft

Pakistan now has access to crucial, classified data from Afghanistan as three of its planes—which had actually come with humanitarian aid for the neighboring country—returned with "bags full of documents" on Thursday, reported CNN-News18.

10 Sep 2021


Pakistan rejects allegations it backed Taliban in Panjshir Valley

Pakistan has rejected reports that it aided the Taliban's takeover in the Panjshir province.

10 Sep 2021


Taliban tortures, kills ex-VP Amrullah Saleh's brother in Panjshir: Report

Afghanistan's former Vice President Amrullah Saleh's elder brother Rohullah Saleh was reportedly killed while he was leaving Panjshir for Kabul.

10 Sep 2021


Taliban says women cannot be ministers; should just give birth

Days after forming an all-male Cabinet in Afghanistan, the Taliban's misogyny was exposed once again when its spokesperson claimed that women shouldn't be ministers and they should only give birth.

10 Sep 2021


Pakistan rejects reports of aiding Taliban offensive in Panjshir Valley

Pakistan has rejected reports that it was aiding the Taliban offensive in Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley, terming these as a "mischievous propaganda campaign."

10 Sep 2021


India tells UNSC Afghanistan still fragile; calls for inclusive government

India has told the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that the "fragility" of the Afghanistan situation is of great concern to India.

10 Sep 2021


Afghanistan is on brink of 'universal poverty,' says UN envoy

Afghanistan is at the risk of a "total breakdown" of the economy if the international community does not immediately step in and infuse money into the country, the United Nations (UN) has warned.

10 Sep 2021


Pakistan will use own currency for trade with Taliban: Report

Pakistan is planning to carry out bilateral trade with the Taliban using its own currency, the Pakistani rupee.