Thursday, 13 June 2024

South Asian Update
South Asian Update
Heavy rain and flash floods kill 33 in Afghanistan

Heavy rain and flash floods kill 33 in Afghanistan

Over the span of three days heavy rains and subsequent flash flooding have led to the loss of at least 33 lives in Afghanistan, as reported by the government`s disaster management department.

8 killed in Pakistan air strikes on eastern Afghanistan

8 killed in Pakistan air strikes on eastern Afghanistan

Tragedy struck on Monday as eight individuals, including women and children, lost their lives in what has been described as "reckless" air strikes conducted by the Pakistan military in the border areas of Afghanistan, according to a statement by a spokesman for the Taliban government.

25 killed in Afghanistan landslide caused by snow

25 killed in Afghanistan landslide caused by snow

A devastating landslide triggered by heavy snowfall has resulted in the loss of 25 lives and left eight individuals injured in the eastern Afghan province of Nuristan, according to statements from a spokesman for the disaster management ministry on Monday. 

Millions of Afghans go hungry as winter cold bites

Millions of Afghans go hungry as winter cold bites

Khurma had to borrow her neighbour`s shoes to walk to Pul-e Alam city to collect a cash handout being given to the growing number of vulnerable Afghans who are struggling to survive the winter.

Afghan elite forces troops face return to Taliban after UK ’betrayal’ 
Afghan elite forces troops face return to Taliban after UK ’betrayal’ 

A recent report by the BBC has highlighted the plight of approximately 200 Afghan special forces members who were trained and supported by the United Kingdom and now face the prospect of being sent back to their Taliban-controlled homeland.

Afghan foreign minister to takeover mandate of deputy PM
Afghan foreign minister to takeover mandate of deputy PM

Afghanistan`s interim Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi is set to assume the responsibilities of the deputy prime minister on a temporary basis, as reported by local media.

Pakistan should solve its internal problems on its own: Taliban

Pakistan should solve its internal problems on its own: Taliban

Pakistan must solve its domestic problems on its own and not blame Afghanistan for its failures, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement Wednesday, responding to Islamabad’s charges that militants attacks in Pakistan.

Afghanistan opium poppy supply plummets 95% after Taliban ban

Afghanistan opium poppy supply plummets 95% after Taliban ban

A recent United Nations report has revealed a staggering 95% reduction in opium poppy production in Afghanistan, previously the world`s leading supplier, after the Taliban administration implemented a ban on narcotics cultivation last year.

Afghans return to Taliban rule as Pakistan moves to expel 1.7m

Afghans return to Taliban rule as Pakistan moves to expel 1.7m

As the November 1 deadline set by Pakistan for undocumented migrants to leave the country approached, Muhammad Rahim embarked on a bus journey from Karachi to the Afghan border. Rahim, a 35-year-old Afghan national, had spent his entire life in Pakistan, having been born there.

Pakistan prepares to deport illegal Afghan residents

Pakistan prepares to deport illegal Afghan residents

The Pakistani government has given its approval for the establishment of multiple deportation centers to address the issue of hundreds of thousands of Afghan nationals residing illegally in the country. Pakistan is preparing to apprehend and repatriate these individuals to Afghanistan, with the process scheduled to begin next month.

Afghanistan hit by second strong earthquake in days

Afghanistan hit by second strong earthquake in days

Early on Wednesday, a significant 6.3 magnitude earthquake jolted the western province of Herat in Afghanistan, as reported by the US Geological Survey.

Powerful earthquake kills more than 2000 people in Afghanistan

Powerful earthquake kills more than 2000 people in Afghanistan

Tragic news emerged from Afghanistan as a series of powerful earthquakes wreaked havoc, resulting in the loss of more than 2000 lives, as reported by Red Crescent spokesman Erfanullah Sharafzoi on Sunday.

Afghanistan shuts down embassy in New Delhi

Afghanistan shuts down embassy in New Delhi

The Afghanistan embassy in New Delhi announced its decision to cease operations starting October 1, 2023, citing a `lack of support` from the Indian government, failure to fulfill Afghanistan`s interests, and constraints related to personnel and resources.

Taliban plans to establish extensive surveillance network

Taliban plans to establish extensive surveillance network

The Taliban is in the process of developing an expansive camera surveillance network for Afghan cities, which may involve repurposing a blueprint devised by the United States prior to its withdrawal in 2021, according to a spokesperson from the Afghan interior ministry. This initiative aims to complement the thousands of cameras already in place across Kabul.

China appoints ambassador to Afghanistan amidst controversy

China appoints ambassador to Afghanistan amidst controversy

China has taken the initiative to appoint an ambassador to Afghanistan following the Taliban`s return to power in 2021. This action marks the first such appointment by any nation since the Taliban regained control of the country, and it carries significant implications for diplomatic relations in the region.

Taliban ban political parties in Afghanistan

Taliban ban political parties in Afghanistan

The Afghanistan Taliban declared a comprehensive ban on the activities of political parties within the nation. The announcement, made on Wednesday, reinforces the Taliban`s stance on political pluralism and governance.