Akmal Dawi VOA News September 12, 2023 Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia are known for their Shariah-based legal systems and authoritarian ways of governance. But the two Islamist governments are on divergent paths regarding women’s work and education. In the Saudi kingdom, where until a few years ago women were deprived of many social rights and
Al Jazeera: The Qatari prime minister held talks with the Taliban earlier this month, signalling a new effort by the Taliban to end its international isolation since they took over Afghanistan nearly two years ago. The talks took place on May 12, which included a meeting between the Taliban’s supreme leader, Haibatullah Akhunzada, and Qatari
Khaama: The United Arab Emirates was accused of arbitrarily detaining between 2,400 and 2,700 Afghan refugees in a miserable accommodation for more than 15 months, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday. Many Afghan refugees who escaped to the UAE in August 2021 were eventually relocated to the US, Canada and other countries; however, “between
Tolo News: The National Environmental Protection Agency in Farah said that a trader from Qatar has released more than 300 MacQueen’s bustards into the wild in Farah province. According to the officials of this department, Arab countries are busy breeding rare animals and birds in this province. Click here to read more (external link).
Khaama: According to Zamir Kabulov, director of the Second Asian Department of the Russian Foreign Minister, Russia has no intentions to close its diplomatic mission in Kabul, TASS reported. “Such thoughts have not even occurred,” Kabulov said when asked whether Russia had such plans. The Al-Arabiya TV channel stated that several Arab and Western governments
Khaama: Italian TG1 News Network has revealed an investigative report showing that Qatar had paid Ashraf Ghani more than $110 million to avoid resisting the Taliban fighters. This network has published the document of receipt of this money by Ajmal Ahmadi, the special representative of Ashraf Ghani and the former head of the Central Bank
Atlantic Council: Although no government worldwide has yet to formalize diplomatic relations with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Gulf Arab governments are, to various extents, cautiously moving down a path toward soft normalization or partial recognition of the Taliban regime. Click here to read more (external link).
8am: The Taliban Ministry of Information and Culture has said that it has signed contracts worth $42 million with foreign tourists that allow them to hunt rare birds. Bakhtar news agency, the official Taliban-owned news website, reported on Tuesday (December 13th) that the million-dollar contracts with foreign tourists, especially Arabs, facilitate the legal hunting of
Tolo News: Former president Hamid Karzai left Kabul for the United Arab Emirates on Saturday where he will stay for three days before traveling to Germany, his close aide Shahzada Massoud said. This is Karzai’s first trip abroad after the establishment of the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan. Click here to read more (external link). Related
8am: Taliban allows Qatari nationals to hunt Afghanistan’s endangered birds. Sources confirmed to Hasht-e Subh that on Thursday (December 1st), Arab sheikhs, using Taliban helicopters, visited Nimruz province and are hunting rare birds. It is reported that these Arab sheikhs are residents of Qatar and until last week they were busy hunting birds in the