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Armed men enter Kabul gurdwara again, intimidate Afghan Sikh community members

Kabul: In the second such incident in 10 days, heavily armed men claiming to be from the Special Unit of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as the Taliban government calls itself, entered the Karte Parwan Gurdwara in Kabul on Friday and intimidated the Afghan Sikh community members present there, said Puneet Singh Chandhok, President, Indian World Forum.

Ensure people of Afghanistan have immediate, unhindered access to humanitarian assistance: Narendra Modi tells international community

New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi participated virtually in the G20 Extraordinary Summit on Afghanistan on Tuesday where he emphasized the need for the international community to ensure that people of the country have immediate and unhindered access to humanitarian assistance.

Ensuring Afghan territory is not used for supporting terrorism a priority: S Jaishankar

Nur Sultan/New Delhi/UNI: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday said the developments in Afghanistan have generated understandable concern in the region and beyond, and ensuring that Afghan territory is not used for supporting terrorism is a priority.

S Jaishankar calls on Kyrgyz president, Afghanistan discussed

Bishkek/New Delhi/UNI: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar called on Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov during which they discussed expanding the bilateral economic and development partnership and also exchanged assessments on Afghanistan.

IS-KP vs Taliban: Escalating Rivalry

On October 8, 2021, at least 47 persons, including 46 Hazara Shia worshipers, were killed when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive device among worshippers in the Sayyidabad Mosque in the Khanabad Bandar area of Kunduz city, the provincial capital of Kunduz. Another 140 persons were injured in the attack. Later, the Islamic State Khorasan Province (IS-KP) claimed the incident and named Muhammad al-Uyghuri as the bomber. The bomber belongs to the Uygur community that traditionally inhabits the Xinjiang Province of China. The IS-KP release claimed the attack targeted both Shiites and the Taliban for their alleged willingness to expel Uyghurs to meet China’s demands.

Afghanistan: Sikhs, Hindus appeal to India for immediate evacuation from Kabul after gurdwara vandalisation

Kabul/UNI: Days after the vandalisation of the Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul by suspected Taliban militiamen, the council of Afghan Hindus and Sikhs met on Saturday at the gurdwara to discuss the safety of the community and appealed to the Indian government for their immediate evacuation.

Developments in Afghanistan will have 'very, very significant consequences': S Jaishankar

New Delhi/IBNS: India was not taken into confidence on various aspects of the Doha deal US and Taliban inked last year but the following developments in Afghanistan will have "very, very significant consequences" for the region and beyond, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said, according to media reports.

Unravelling Narratives

Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

India and Russia have same goals in Afghanistan where Pakistan pulls the Taliban strings: Experts

India and the world knows without official acknowledgement that the main problem in Afghanistan is not the Taliban but Pakistan while there is a scope for the Asian giant to do better in the present situation where Russia and China would not want things to go out of control, according to experts at a recent panel discussion. 

Country that uses terrorism as a tool should realise it is also a threat to them: Modi gives strong message to Pakistan at UNGA

New York: Indian PM Narendra Modi addressed the UN General Assembly on Saturday when he gave a strong message to Pakistan and said those using terrorism as a political tool should realise that it is also a threat to them.

Events in Afghanistan raise questions about use of terror as a tool to change state structures, warns Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday described the recent events in Afghanistan raise questions about the 'use of terrorism as a tool to change state structure'.

SAARC Foreign Ministers' meet cancelled amid concerns over participation of Taliban-ruled Afghanistan

New Delhi/UNI: A meeting of Foreign Ministers of SAARC countries, which was to be held on September 25 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, was called off on Tuesday tonight amid concerns over the participation by Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.

India concerned about developments in Afghanistan developments: Foreign Secretary Shringla

New Delhi/UNI: As an immediate neighbour, India is naturally concerned about the recent changes within Afghanistan and their implications for the region, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Monday, adding that India is also monitoring the developments related to the humanitarian needs of Afghanistan.

Rajnath Singh discusses Afghanistan situation with US Defence secretary Lloyd J Austin

New Delhi: Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh talked to US Defence secretary Lloyd J Austin over the issue of Afghanistan on Monday.

Snakes in the Backyard

Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management