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Taliban shot dead seven civilians in Balkh

Taliban shot dead seven civilians in Balkh

3 Hour Kabul Now Kabul Now

The Taliban militants have shot dead seven civilians in Shulgara district of the northern Balkh province, according to local security officials. Adel Shah Adel, spokesman for Balkh police chief, told Kabul Now that the incident took place on Tuesday, April 07, in Jerhaye Nahr-e-Surkh village of the district. He detailed that the Taliban had shot … The post Taliban shot dead seven civilians in Balkh appeared first on KabulNow.

Politics of prejudice: how does quota system work in Afghanistan?

Politics of prejudice: how does quota system work in Afghanistan?

1 Day Kabul Now Kabul Now

Afghanistan has come a long way in education sector. The country has made a remarkable quantitative and qualitative progress in this sector compared to the late 1990s, when the Taliban were in power and schools were shut in most parts of the country. Despite achievements made, the country’s educational system is facing major flaws. Widespread … The post Politics of prejudice: how does quota system work in Afghanistan? appeared first on KabulNow.

Afghanistan faces hard time as Covid-19 continues to climb

Afghanistan faces hard time as Covid-19 continues to climb

1 Day Kabul Now Kabul Now

As the pandemic coronavirus continues to spread across the country, health authorities in the western and hardest-hit city of Herat confirmed to Kabul Now that 41 health workers have been infected by the pandemic disease. In another case, a physician, working with a private hospital in Kabul, passed away on Monday, April 06. His colleagues … The post Afghanistan faces hard time as Covid-19 continues to climb appeared first on KabulNow.

International donors frustrated over personal agendas of Afghan leaders

International donors frustrated over personal agendas of Afghan leaders

1 Day Kabul Now Kabul Now

US State Department’s SAC says that business does not go as usual for international donors in Afghanistan and they are “frustrated” and “fed up” with personal agendas of the Afghan leaders. The statement comes while Afghan leaders Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah have stuck in a squabbling political crisis over results of the 2019 disputed … The post International donors frustrated over personal agendas of Afghan leaders appeared first on KabulNow.

Ghani appoints Atmar as acting foreign minister

Ghani appoints Atmar as acting foreign minister

04 Apr 2020 Kabul Now Kabul Now

President Ashraf Ghani has appointed his former national security advisor, Mohammad Haneef Atmar, as acting foreign minister. A decree issued by Ghani on Saturday, April 04, says that Haneef Atmar is a nominee for the position of foreign ministry. Mr. Atmar needs to secure a vote of confidence by the Afghan parliament.   Haneef Atmar, … The post Ghani appoints Atmar as acting foreign minister appeared first on KabulNow.

Let’s stand together for a just peace

Let’s stand together for a just peace

03 Apr 2020 Kabul Now Kabul Now

By: Aref Mohammadi I met ex-UN Envoy to Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, Staffan de Mistura, in our class last month. He presented a seminar on negotiating techniques in international complex conflicts and the lessons learned from the previous experiences on the ground in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Before the beginning of his seminar we … The post Let’s stand together for a just peace appeared first on KabulNow.

First Chines medical supply arrived in Kabul

First Chines medical supply arrived in Kabul

02 Apr 2020 Kabul Now Kabul Now

The first Chines aid supply arrived in Kabul today, Thursday, April 02. The supply includes medicine, respirator and mask. Afghanistan’s second vice president, Mohammad Sarwar Danish, who chairs emergency committee for control of coronavirus outburst, received the aid supply at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. China’s ambassador to Kabul, Wang Yu, was also present … The post First Chines medical supply arrived in Kabul appeared first on KabulNow.

Books in the time of quarantine

Books in the time of quarantine

02 Apr 2020 Kabul Now Kabul Now

By: Anis Rezaei “Books keep us sane.” We all are familiar with these words. Yet they have never been as applicable as they are right now, under our current circumstances. With cities and towns going into lockdown one after another, with social-distancing and staying home regulations getting enforced stricter day after day, with the fear … The post Books in the time of quarantine appeared first on KabulNow.

Kabul hosts Taliban delegation amid political crisis

Kabul hosts Taliban delegation amid political crisis

01 Apr 2020 Kabul Now Kabul Now

The Afghan government hosted a three-member delegation of the Taliban on Tuesday, March 31, in the capital Kabul, to discuss a prisoner swap modus operandi in face-to-face meeting, the country’s national security council said in a tweet. The Office of National Security Council confirmed that a technical committee of the Peace Initial Contact Group (PICG) … The post Kabul hosts Taliban delegation amid political crisis appeared first on KabulNow.

Rights group call for inclusion of war victim in peace talks

Rights group call for inclusion of war victim in peace talks

30 Mar 2020 Kabul Now Kabul Now

Afghan rights group have called for inclusion of war victim representatives in intra-Afghan talks. Transitional Justice Coordination Group (TJCG), which is a coalition of 26 human rights and war victims’ organizations, has called on the Afghan government to take on board call by the rights groups and include an Afghan war victim representative in the … The post Rights group call for inclusion of war victim in peace talks appeared first on KabulNow.

Afghan government will host Taliban delegates in Bagram

Afghan government will host Taliban delegates in Bagram

30 Mar 2020 Kabul Now Kabul Now

The Afghan government says that release of Taliban prisoners will not commence by tomorrow. “There is no prisoner release happening tomorrow. Taliban agreed in the video conference yesterday to send a team to Kabul to hold further technical discussion with the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan,” Javid Faisal, spokesperson for the Office of … The post Afghan government will host Taliban delegates in Bagram appeared first on KabulNow.

Kabul under lockdown, poor residents worried about bread

Kabul under lockdown, poor residents worried about bread

29 Mar 2020 Kabul Now Kabul Now

The Afghan government placed the capital Kabul under lockdown on Saturday, March 28, to control spread of the pandemic Covid-19, which so far according to official record has taken three lives in the country. A lockdown status was put into effect for at least three weeks making Kabul the fourth province where a day-time curfew … The post Kabul under lockdown, poor residents worried about bread appeared first on KabulNow.

“We have no choice but to flee this land,” say Afghanistan’s Sikh and Hindu

“We have no choice but to flee this land,” say Afghanistan’s Sikh and Hindu

29 Mar 2020 Kabul Now Kabul Now

Afghanistan’s Sikh and Hindu community is the most discriminated identity group in a predominately Muslim majority country. They are a soft-target for terror group such as ISKP which claimed responsibility for the recent deadly attack on a Sikh temple in Kabul. The Sikh and Hindu community of Afghanistan has suffered widespread discrimination in a country—which … The post “We have no choice but to flee this land,” say Afghanistan’s Sikh and Hindu appeared first on KabulNow.

EU calls for immediate ceasefire in Afghanistan

EU calls for immediate ceasefire in Afghanistan

28 Mar 2020 Kabul Now Kabul Now

The European Union has called for an immediate ceasefire in Afghanistan. The call comes while earlier the Taliban carried out a deadly attack on a police checkpoint in Zabul, and Islamic State Khurasan Province (ISKP) launched the deadliest attack on a Sikh temple in Kabul, killing at least 24 civilians and wounded nearly 80 others. … The post EU calls for immediate ceasefire in Afghanistan appeared first on KabulNow.

Afghan government finalizes negotiating team for talks with Taliban

Afghan government finalizes negotiating team for talks with Taliban

28 Mar 2020 Kabul Now Kabul Now

Nearly after a month delay, the Afghan government has finalized a 21-member negotiating team that will represent the government in the intra-Afghan talks with the Taliban. The negotiating team was supposed to be finalized earlier but was delayed for multiple reasons, notably a political crisis over formation of an inclusive government that continues to challenge … The post Afghan government finalizes negotiating team for talks with Taliban appeared first on KabulNow.

Afghan government finalizes negotiating team for intra-Afghan talks

Afghan government finalizes negotiating team for intra-Afghan talks

28 Mar 2020 Kabul Now Kabul Now

Nearly after a month delay, the Afghan government has finalized a 21-member negotiating team that will represent the Afghan government in the intra-Afghan talks with the Taliban. The negotiating team was supposed to be finalized earlier but was delayed for multiple reasons, notably a political crisis over formation of an inclusive government that continues to … The post Afghan government finalizes negotiating team for intra-Afghan talks appeared first on KabulNow.

Three Afghan cities under lockdown as Covid-19 continues to climb

Three Afghan cities under lockdown as Covid-19 continues to climb

26 Mar 2020 Kabul Now Kabul Now

Three western cities of Afghanistan, which share porous borders with Iran, were put under lockdown after the country’s health authorities warned that the pandemic was close to take the whole western region, which is fragile to be hit by the deadly Covid-19.     Speaking at a press conference this morning, March 26, Feda Mohammad Paykan, … The post Three Afghan cities under lockdown as Covid-19 continues to climb appeared first on KabulNow.

Gunmen attacked on Sikh temple in Kabul, killing 25 people

Gunmen attacked on Sikh temple in Kabul, killing 25 people

25 Mar 2020 Kabul Now Kabul Now

Gunmen launched attack on a Sikh temple in central Kabul, today, Wednesday, March 25, killing nearly 25 civilians and wounding 80 others, Afghan security authorities confirmed. The attack continued for nearly six hours and Afghan security forces rescued Silk families who were taken hostage by the gunmen, said Tariq Arian, a spokesperson for the Afghan … The post Gunmen attacked on Sikh temple in Kabul, killing 25 people appeared first on KabulNow.