UN Secy General Guterres Calls On Taliban To Reverse Ban On Girls’ Education

On the International Day of Education, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called on the Taliban in Afghanistan to reverse the ban on girls’ access to secondary and higher education. Calling education a fundamental right, Guterres said that now is the time for all nations to ensure taking actual steps to develop welcoming and inclusive learning environments for all. “Now is also the time to end all discriminatory laws and practices that hinder access to education. I call on the de facto authorities in Afghanistan in particular to reverse…

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China Providing Modern Weaponry To Taliban: Report

China is providing modern weaponry to the Taliban in the wake of the recent attack by the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) on a hotel in Kabul that mostly housed Chinese nationals, writes Zafar Iqbal Yousafzai, author of The Troubled Triangle: US-Pakistan Relations under the Taliban’s Shadow in The Jamestown Foundation. The move comes as unstable and volatile Afghanistan threatens Chinese interests and could be a hurdle to the success of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Moreover, Chinese sources have expressed concern that uncertainty and unrest could lead to…

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UN Security Council Denounces Taliban’s Ban On Women In Afg

Condemning the Taliban-led administration’s ban on women attending universities or working for humanitarian aid organisations, the United Nations Security Council called on Tuesday for the full, equal and meaningful participation of women and girls in Afghanistan. The 15-member council said in a unanimous statement that the ban on women and girls attending high school and university in Afghanistan “represents an increasing erosion for the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms.” The ban, according to the council, “would have a significant and immediate impact on humanitarian operations in the country,”…

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Foreign NGOs Cease Operations After Taliban’s Ban On Women Workers In Afg

Five major non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have halted operations in Afghanistan after the Taliban prohibited women from working for them. Care International, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and Save the Children said they could not continue their work “without our female staff.” The International Rescue Committee has also suspended operations and Islamic Relief has announced that it will cease most of its operations. Afghanistan’s government the Taliban have consistently repressed women’s rights. The latest edict on non-governmental organisations came just days after the Taliban prohibited women from attending university. The Taliban’s…

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Taliban Bans Women From Universities In Afghanistan

Women are barred from attending private and public universities in Afghanistan, effective immediately and until further notice, according to a Taliban government spokesman said on Tuesday in the latest edict restricting their rights and freedoms. The decision was made following a meeting of the Taliban government. Despite initially promising a more moderate rule and greater rights for women and minorities, the Taliban has widely implemented their harsh interpretation of Islamic law or Sharia. Taliban have barred girls from middle and high school and women from most jobs and ordered them…

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Taliban Urges India To Invest In Afghanistan’s Urban Infrastructure

Afghanistan requires Indian investment, according to a media report. Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban’s Head of Political Office, said that a Taliban delegation met with the head of mission at the Indian Embassy in Kabul and invited its teams to assist in the construction and maintenance of infrastructure projects in the country. “Afghanistan welcomes Indian investment in urban infrastructure. This is the message that the Afghan Minister of Urban Development communicated in a recent meeting with the Indian Charge d’Affaires in Kabul,” Shaheen said that the Taliban’s Minister of Urban Development,…

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Pak Writes To Taliban Govt Before SCO Meet Asking Arrest Of Masood Azhar

Pakistan has written a letter to Afghanistan asking to arrest terrorist Masood Azhar. India has given evidence of Masood Azhar being in Pakistan many times, but the government of Pakistan and the army there has been denying this. Before the SCO meeting, Pakistan has started writing a letter to describe itself as a terror victim. Pakistan has written a letter to the Talibani government of Afghanistan in which it has instructed to arrest terrorist Masood Azhar. However, Indian security experts have called it a plain show off. Expert Alok Bansal…

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India Has Set Of Interests When It Comes To Engaging With Taliban: US

Different countries will engage with the Taliban regime in different ways, and India has a set of interests when it comes to engaging with them, the United States said on Monday, days after the first-ever Indian delegation visited Kabul since the hardline group took control over Afghanistan last year. Last week, India sent a team led by a senior diplomat to Afghanistan last week to oversee the delivery of its humanitarian aid and meet with senior members of the Taliban regime. The team, led by JP Singh, the external affairs ministry’s point person for Pakistan, Afghanistan…

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Indian diplomatic team in Kabul for the 1st time since Taliban takeover

For the first time since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in 2021, India has sent a team of diplomats to Kabul to pick up some of the threads from its efforts of over two decades which had to be abandoned with the forced regime change.  “A team led by Joint Secretary (PAI), Ministry of External Affairs, is currently on a visit to Kabul to oversee the delivery operations of our humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced in a statement on June 2.  An MEA spokesperson…

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JeM, LeT Maintain Training Camps In Afghanistan: UN Report

Pakistan-based terror groups such as Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba, led by 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed, maintain their training camps in some provinces of Afghanistan and some of them are directly under the Taliban control, according to a UN report. The 13th report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team cites a UN Member State as saying that Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a Deobandi group ideologically closer to the Taliban maintains eight training camps in Nangarhar, three of which are directly under Taliban control. India’s Permanent Representative to the UN…

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