Latest Afghanistan government News

Pakistani troops kill 10 militants responsible for attack on military base that left 8 soldiers dead

Jul. 16, 2024 04:52 AM EDT

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — All 10 militants who rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into a Pakistani military facility were killed in an 18-hour operation, officials said Tuesday. In its statement, the Pakistani military said eight soldiers were killed when a suicide bomber...

Pakistan will consider expelling hundreds of thousands more Afghans in a continued clampdown

Jul. 11, 2024 14:47 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan will consider a plan to expel hundreds of thousands more Afghans who have been living in the country for years, the foreign ministry said Thursday, the latest in a monthslong government clampdown on undocumented migrants. The plan is still in the works,...

Pakistan says 1.45 million Afghans can stay for another year following UN refugee chief's visit

Jul. 10, 2024 14:01 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan announced Wednesday it is extending the stay of 1.45 million Afghan refugees who legally reside in the country, a day after a visit by the U.N. refugee agency. Afghan refugees with proper documentation will be able to remain in Pakistan until June 30,...

UNHCR chief meets Pakistan's premier to discuss the situation of Afghan refugees following clampdown

Jul. 09, 2024 17:37 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The head of the U.N. refugee agency and Pakistan's prime minister held talks Tuesday about Afghan refugees living in uncertainty in Pakistan following the government's anti-migrant crackdown that started last year as militants stepped up attacks on security forces. ...

Afghanistan has been through everything. Now it wants to dust off its postal service and modernize

Jul. 05, 2024 00:33 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In parts of Afghanistan where there are no street names or house numbers, utility companies and their customers have adopted a creative approach for connecting. They use mosques as drop points for bills and cash, a “pay and pray” system. Now the...

The Taliban tell the West to look past harsh edicts on Afghan women and girls and build ties

Jun. 30, 2024 16:20 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Sunday told the West to look past the measures they have imposed on Afghan women and girls for the sake of improving foreign relations. Their chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the Taliban uphold certain religious and cultural values and public...

Women's rights will be raised at the UN meeting being attended by Taliban, UN official says

Jun. 27, 2024 00:17 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. political chief who will chair the first meeting between Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers and envoys from about 25 countries answered sharp criticism that Afghan women have been excluded, saying Wednesday that women’s rights will be raised at every session. ...

The Taliban confirm they will attend a UN-led meeting in Qatar on Afghanistan

Jun. 25, 2024 14:46 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Tuesday confirmed their delegation will attend an upcoming U.N.-led meeting in Qatar on Afghanistan after the organizers said last week that women would be excluded from the gathering. The meeting on June 30 and July 1 is the third U.N.-sponsored...

UN envoy defends failure to include Afghan women in upcoming meeting with the Taliban in Qatar

Jun. 22, 2024 00:44 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations' top official in Afghanistan defended the failure to include Afghan women in the upcoming first meeting between the Taliban and envoys from 22 countries, insisting that demands for women’s rights are certain to be raised. U.N. special...

German chancellor vows to deport criminals following brutal attack by Afghan migrant

Jun. 06, 2024 05:43 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Olaf Scholz vowed Thursday that Germany will start deporting criminals from Afghanistan and Syria again after a knife attack by an Afghan immigrant last week left one police officer dead and four more people injured. The brutal attack in Mannheim, which...