RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal September 8, 2023 Pakistan’s main border crossing with Afghanistan remained shut on September 8, stranding thousands of civilians and halting hundreds of vehicles carrying goods between the two countries. Islamabad closed the Torkham border crossing following a clash with Taliban forces three days earlier. The move has left thousands
Akmal Dawi VOA News September 7, 2023 WASHINGTON — The Taliban, facing international sanctions and a dire economic outlook at home, have intensified efforts to leverage Afghanistan’s vast natural resources. From oil to copper, gold and lithium, the Islamist leadership, unrecognized by any nation as Afghanistan’s legitimate government, has inked multibillion-dollar mining deals with Chinese and
Ayaz Gul VOA News September 7, 2023 ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s main border crossing with landlocked Afghanistan was closed for a second day Thursday after deadly clashes between security forces from the two countries. Residents and transporters said the abrupt closure had stranded hundreds of truck convoys on both sides carrying commercial goods through the busy Torkham
8am: According to the report, the Taliban have interfered in humanitarian activities and have also damaged humanitarian assets and facilities. Delays in signing agreements and interference in staff hiring are among the factors contributing to the suspension of humanitarian activities by aid organizations. The report indicates that 95% of the Taliban’s restrictions have been motivated
Tolo News: Officials of the Ministry of Industry and Trade said that exports to Pakistan have decreased by $66 million compared to last year. The State Bank of Pakistan also reported that in July, Pakistan’s exports to Afghanistan increased by 32%, but imports from Afghanistan to Pakistan decreased by 76%. “Exports have decreased, the reason
Ayaz Gul VOA News August 31, 2023 ISLAMABAD — Afghanistan’s Taliban announced Thursday they have signed more than $6.5 billion worth of mining contracts with local and foreign companies from China, Iran, Turkey and Britain. Shahabuddin Dilawar, the Taliban minister of mines and petroleum, said the seven contracts cover the extraction and processing of gold, copper,
8am: Shamsuddin Hemayoun, the governor of the Yangi Qala district in Takhar province, stands accused of manipulating a substantial quantity of humanitarian aid, including approximately 160 bags of chemical fertilizers and improved wheat. This aid was generously provided by the “Swedish Committee for Afghanistan” to cater to the needs of vulnerable locals and struggling farmers
Ariana: The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) said on Tuesday that a truckload of figs worth $300,000 was set on fire in Loralai region of Balochistan in Pakistan. Khan Jan Alokozay, Deputy Head of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), confirmed the incident and told Ariana News that the issue will
Ariana: Officials in Badakhshan’s main hospital say that cases of malnutrition among children in the remote northeastern province have increased. According to them, in the past month, they have hospitalized more than a hundred children suffering from malnutrition, and cases are on the rise. “We admit severe acute malnutrition, which is accompanied by a disorder.
WP: The canal project was initially conceived in the 1970s under the first Afghan president, Mohammed Daoud Khan, and construction finally began in 2021 under the last, Ashraf Ghani. Click here to read more (external link).