Tuesday, 9 August, 2022

Topic: Taliban

India reopens embassy in Kabul, sends ‘technical team’ with relief material for Afghanistan

According to the External Affairs Ministry, the decision to have a diplomatic presence in Kabul was taken keeping in mind ‘historical and civilisational relationship’ with Afghans.

‘No choice’ says Afghan journalist whose photo on street went viral. Taliban offers him job

After a tweet of former newsreader Mosa Mohammadi selling food on a pavement went viral, Taliban’s Director General of National Radio and Television reached out.

‘Unlikely’ that Afghan ex-president Ghani fled Kabul with millions in cash, says US govt report

US govt's Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction says Ashraf Ghani fled with about $440,000 belonging to Afghan govt during Taliban takeover in August 2021.

For Pakistan, peace with TTP jihadists can prove as bloody as war

The jihadist sunrise over Pakistan’s north-west threatens to make it war-torn wasteland. The Generals will likely call this peace.

How Pakistan turned its back on Afghan musicians who fled Taliban rule

About 150 Afghan artists living in Peshawar since August 2021 face deportation back 'to a life of threat', with some already arrested under Pakistan's Foreigners Act.

India finally holds talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban govt, 9 months after leaving Kabul

For first time since Taliban takeover, India has sent official delegation to Afghanistan, led by J.P. Singh, joint secretary (Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran Division) at MEA.

NSA Ajit Doval pushes for ‘terror free’ Afghanistan, says India stands with Afghan people

Doval's comments came at 4th Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan attended by national security advisors from Tajikistan, India, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan & China.

Nothing has changed about Taliban, from terror to Sharia. Islamic world should pressure them

From upholding women’s rights to ensuring safety & internal harmony, the Taliban have backtracked on every promise they made, and the outcome can’t be great.

US ignores failure to shut Pakistan border for Afghan defeat. India, please take note

The US could have used its coercive resources to compel Pakistan to shut down the Taliban’s transborder sanctuaries. It chose not to—costing its victory.

India shouldn’t retain ties with Afghanistan’s previous rulers, says Taliban leader Shaheen

Suhail Shaheen, Taliban's spokesperson, says security will be provided if India plans to reopen its embassy and can finish incomplete projects.

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Representational image | Indian Navy/Facebook

Tale of two ships – How Delhi is asserting Indianness of the Indian Ocean to China

A US Navy ship docked in an Indian port for the first time. And a Chinese ship couldn’t in Sri Lanka. New Delhi is finally pulling strings.
Representational image | Rupixen/Unsplash

‘We are cracking down’— how Modi govt plans to make it tougher for states to fund freebies

The Narendra Modi government is looking at ways to check states’ spending on handouts like free electricity and rations. The first step is to tighten the noose on state borrowings.


Representational image | Indian Army soldiers during the Army Day Parade at Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Army looks to reduce troops by 2 lakh, deployment in Kashmir could be rejigged

The Army, which faces a shortage of about 1.35 lakh personnel, is aiming to reduce its strength from 12.8 lakh to around 10.8 lakh.

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.