Taliban to sign agreement with UAE on Afghan airports operations

The Taliban will sign an agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on operating airports in Afghanistan, the group’s acting deputy prime minister said on Tuesday, after months of talks with the UAE, Turkey and Qatar. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar made the announcement in a Tweet and later told reporters in Kabul that his administration… Read More Taliban to sign agreement with UAE on Afghan airports operations

Afghan Taliban mediate ceasefire between Pakistan and local militants

The Taliban in Afghanistan have mediated a temporary ceasefire between Pakistan and a local Pakistani Taliban militant group following talks between the two sides in Kabul, an official said on Wednesday. The Pakistani Taliban – known as the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) – has carried out some of the bloodiest attacks inside Pakistan since 2007. It… Read More Afghan Taliban mediate ceasefire between Pakistan and local militants

Afghanistan Taliban ban women from flying without male chaperone

The Taliban have told airlines in Afghanistan that women cannot board domestic or international flights without a male chaperone, two sources said on Sunday. The move comes after the Taliban backtracked on their previous commitment to open high schools to girls, a u-turn that shocked many Afghans and drew condemnation from humanitarian agencies and foreign… Read More Afghanistan Taliban ban women from flying without male chaperone

Afghanistan Taliban orders girl high schools to remain closed

The Taliban on Wednesday backtracked on their announcement that high schools would open for girls, saying they would remain closed until a plan was drawn up in accordance with Islamic law for them to reopen. Teachers and students from three high schools around the capital Kabul said girls had returned in excitement to campuses on… Read More Afghanistan Taliban orders girl high schools to remain closed

U.S. to free half of $7billion in frozen Afghan funds to curb economic collapse

The United States is seeking to free up half of the $7 billion in frozen Afghan central bank assets on U.S. soil to help the Afghan people while holding the rest to possibly satisfy terrorism-related lawsuits against the Taliban, the White House said on Friday. President Joe Biden signed an executive order to deal with… Read More U.S. to free half of $7billion in frozen Afghan funds to curb economic collapse

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