The attack by gunmen dressed in army uniforms has caused shock and raised questions about how they were able to penetrate security at one of Kabul’s most prominent landmarks.
Swaraj said that the time terror was seen as other people’s problem is ‘long gone’ and that ‘zero tolerance is the call of the day’.
There is no clarity yet if the Indian embassy, located in a high-security diplomatic zone, was the target of the attack.
Mariam Abou Zahab was an unconventional teacher who never tired of guiding policymakers, journalists and students through the maze of Pakistani and Afghan politics.
This attack comes days after a suicide bomber killed at least 41 people and wounded around 80 in a Shi’ite cultural centre in Kabul.
“The administration is withholding $255 million in assistance to Pakistan. There are clear reasons for this. Pakistan has played a double game for years,” US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said.
According to diplomatic sources, Trump’s tweet could be a sign that US was serious about its ‘deadlines’ given to Pakistan taking action against the Taliban and Haqqani network.
Photographs sent by witnesses showed what appeared to be serious damage at the site and a number of dead and wounded on the ground.
The blast comes a week after the group claimed responsibility for an attack on a training facility of the same agency, the National Directorate for Security, in Kabul.
The Chinese attempt to broker talks comes in the background of Af-Pak ties being poisoned, due to Kabul accusing Islamabad of supporting Taliban insurgents fighting US-backed Kabul, to limit New Delhi’s influence in Afghanistan.
The standoff has underlined how uncertain central government control remains outside the capital and how volatile the political situation has become.
Atta Mohammad Noor is one of the leading figures in Jamiat-e-Islami, a party which mainly represents Afghanistan’s Tajik ethnic group.
Mattis, on a one-day visit to Pakistan, said the South Asian nation had made progress in the fight against militancy inside its borders but needed to make more.
With Afghan forces improving and on the offensive, US commanders have more freedom to attack the Taliban and insurgents no longer threaten any major urban centres.
A confidential State Department “dissent” memo said Tillerson breached the Child Soldiers Prevention Act when he decided to exclude Iraq, Myanmar and Afghanistan from a US list of offenders in the use of child soldiers.
Besides investment and economic aid, it is hard to say what the US expects of India in Afghanistan; despite seeking a more active Indian role, the US continues to engage with China and Pakistan to counter the Taliban.
Lack of access to clean, safe, private toilets is a major barrier around the world and it’s an issue that disproportionately affects girls.
Some media reports, citing unidentified sources, said the move had been ordered by the National Directorate for Security to thwart the use of the encrypted messaging services by the Taliban and other insurgent groups.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in Wazir Akbar Khan, a heavily fortified area of the city that houses numerous foreign embassies and government buildings.
His statements marked the opening of the defence’s case, which suffered a blow earlier in the day when the presiding military judge said President Donald Trump had not damaged Bergdahl’s chances of a fair sentence.
Today, the battle to open and close schools is as fierce as ever, as the US-backed government under President Ashraf Ghani struggles to fend off an insurgency dominated by the Taliban.
The former president’s public decision to lead political activity in that direction fundamentally means asking questions arising out of the US presence in Afghanistan.
The train was travelling from Baluchistan’s capital of Quetta to the eastern metropolis of Lahore when a blast on the main railway track damaged one of its cars.
As many as two rockets landed near the international military headquarters in downtown Kabul early on Saturday morning.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, but a statement from the group did not provide evidence to support its claim.
After more than a decade and a half of international intervention in Afghanistan, corruption, insecurity, waste, and other problems mean around two-thirds of Afghan girls still do not go to school, a rights group has said.
The deadliest attack hit a police training centre attached to the police headquarters in Gardez, main city of Paktia province.
Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehaviour before the enemy, with the latter offence carrying a possible life sentence.
Pakistan’s hegemonic design in Afghanistan is clear, but what is subtle is that it seeks to leverage its use of jihadist proxies to convince the US to help resolve the Kashmir dispute with India.
“Hopefully, there will be a change in the cooperative relationship between the United States and Pakistan,” White House chief of staff John Kelly said after the rescue operation.
The rights group urged all European countries to implement a moratorium on returns to Afghanistan until they can take place in safety and dignity.
Relations between the two countries have been frayed over the past decade as officials have long questioned the role Pakistan has played in Afghanistan.
The chief executive of Afghanistan, who is in India on a short trip, also expressed that differences within the international community could impact counter-terrorism efforts.
US forces suffered a “missile malfunction”, causing several civilian casualties, the US-led NATO mission said.
This position assumes significance given that under the new Trump policy the US wants India to contribute more in the war-torn nation.
The move would help US companies develop materials critical to national security while boosting Afghanistan’s economic growth.
As the US deploys 3000 additional troops to Afghanistan, Trump’s “regional approach” to security and tough talk on Pakistan has won a stamp of approval from President Ghani.
“We don’t foresee any political or military role for India in Afghanistan. I think it will just complicate the situation and it will not resolve anything.”
The blast outside Kabul International Cricket Stadium took place during a match in Afghanistan’s Shpageeza Cricket League.
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said 116 new “high impact” development projects would be implemented jointly in 31 provinces of Afghanistan.