Ayaz Gul VOA News August 31, 2016 ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — Pakistan will reopen a southwestern border crossing with Afghanistan for routine traffic on Thursday after days of closure, stranding thousands of travelers and trade convoys on both sides, officials said. The Chaman border facility was closed about two weeks ago when Afghans staged an anti-Pakistan demonstration
Tolo News: In a recent policy shift, India’s traditional rival Pakistan has slapped new sanctions on Afghan nationals who have an Indian visa in their passports. On Tuesday, director of Hamid Karzai International Airport, Jabbarkhail said that over the past few days Pakistan has deported or banned entry to at least ten Afghans after finding Indian visas
Business Insider: New York City, Paris, Hollywood, Afghanistan? That’s what some tourists are considering when it comes to making their next sightseeing trip. Even though the US State Department has issued a travel warning to the country, the tourism business in Afghanistan is an active industry for those brave enough to go. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: The flow of foreign tourists into Afghanistan has dropped dramatically this year amid security threats and insurgency, said Noor Mohammad Hassankhail, head of the Afghan tourism board. Rising violence and ongoing security threats have had a negative impact on the economy in terms of tourism, particularly regarding the vast array of historical sites and monuments
Stuff.co.nz: Christopher Foulkes expected to stay in Kabul for five weeks but a year and a half later, he’s still there. Most people see Afghanistan as a war zone. But even from behind bullet-proof glass, Christopher Foulkes sees the most beautiful country in the world. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: Mounting insecurity in Badakhshan has severely affected the domestic tourism industry in the province, said the provincial directorate of information and culture. The directorate said that in the past, more than 400 tourists a year visited the province to take in its pristine mountain scenery and the peaks of Pamir. However, due to a sharp
The Wall Street Journal: Afghanistan’s airlines, a vital transportation link in the war-torn country, are under threat of closure and suspension of services for allegedly flouting tax and safety rules, according to the country’s aviation authority and senior airline executives. The Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority is accusing the industry of skirting millions of dollars in taxes and
Tolo News: Thousands of Kabul residents on Fridays visit the limited number of recreational places that the city has to offer. Those who make their way to parks and other recreational areas in the city said despite living in a country where insecurity and war prevails, people still want to leave their homes for fun and entertainment. Bebe
Khaama Press: The Afghan passport has been identified as the least powerful in the world for the restrictions the Afghans face in terms of visa-free travel, according to an updated index by a London-based consulting firm. The index found Germans held the most powerful passports in the world for third year in row in 2016, according
VOA News Ayaz Gul February 9, 2016 ISLAMABAD—The United States has warned its citizens in Afghanistan that insurgents are planning to attack foreign guest houses in the capital city of Kabul as of early this month. A U.S. Embassy statement issued early Tuesday says the warning is based on reports it has received, adding there