Afghan Taliban expands food payment program as economic crisis intensifies

The Taliban administration said on Tuesday it was expanding its ‘food for work’ program, in which it uses donated wheat to pay thousands of public sector employees instead of cash as a financial crisis intensifies. Wheat, largely donated by India to the previous U.S.-backed Kabul government, is being used to pay 40,000 workers 10kg of… Read More Afghan Taliban expands food payment program as economic crisis intensifies

Afghan Taliban release media rules, ban TV shows with female actors

The Taliban administration has released a set of restrictions on Afghan media, including banning television dramas that included female actors and ordering women news presenters to wear “Islamic hijab”. Afghanistan’s Ministry of Vice and Virtue set out nine rules this week, a Taliban administration spokesman said on Tuesday, largely centred on banning any media that… Read More Afghan Taliban release media rules, ban TV shows with female actors

Afghan Taliban to begin payment of overdue salaries of government workers

Afghanistan’s Taliban administration will begin paying the overdue salaries of government workers from Saturday, officials said. Thousands of Afghan government workers are owed at least three months of salary, one of the many crises faced by the Taliban since the Islamist movement took over the country in August. “The finance ministry says that, starting today,… Read More Afghan Taliban to begin payment of overdue salaries of government workers

India hosts first regional meeting on Afghanistan since Taliban takeover

Diplomats and security analysts from Afghanistan’s neighbours, with the notable exceptions of China and Pakistan, gathered in New Delhi on Wednesday to discuss how to engage with the country’s Taliban rulers. Convened less than three months after the withdrawal of the last U.S. and Western forces from Kabul, the Delhi Regional Security Dialogue for Afghanistan… Read More India hosts first regional meeting on Afghanistan since Taliban takeover

Afghanistan’s Taliban-appointed foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi visits Pakistan

Afghanistan’s Taliban-appointed foreign affairs chief begins a visit to Pakistan on Wednesday to discuss trade and other ties as the Taliban seek global recognition and the unfreezing of assets to prevent an economic crisis. Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi will lead a delegation to Islamabad to discuss “Pakistan-Afghanistan relations with a particular focus …… Read More Afghanistan’s Taliban-appointed foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi visits Pakistan

Pakistan reaches one-month ceasefire agreement with local Taliban militants

Pakistan and local Taliban militants have agreed a one-month ceasefire which may be extended if both sides agree, spokesmen said on Monday, opening the possibility of a fuller peace accord to help end years of bloodshed. The Pakistani Taliban, or Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), are a separate movement from the Afghan Taliban and have fought for… Read More Pakistan reaches one-month ceasefire agreement with local Taliban militants

Taliban appoints provincial governors, police chiefs in Afghanistan

The Taliban appointed 44 of its members to key roles including provincial governors and police chiefs on Sunday, a key step in shoring up its governance as the country grapples with growing security and economic problems. It is first large-scale round of appointments announced since the cabinet was formed in September. The Taliban released the… Read More Taliban appoints provincial governors, police chiefs in Afghanistan

Pakistani Taliban demand prisoner release as condition for ceasefire talks

The Pakistani Taliban have demanded that the government of Pakistan release a number of prisoners as a condition for talks aimed at laying the ground for full ceasefire negotiations, multiple sources in the group said. The Pakistani Taliban, also known as Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan or TTP and separate from the Afghan Taliban, have had two… Read More Pakistani Taliban demand prisoner release as condition for ceasefire talks