Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund: ISI’s Man in Kabul

A hardliner with no constituency or charisma, he epitomises a Taliban controlled by Pakistan (Illustration: Saurabh Singh) There are two Taliban leaders from Kandahar with the same name: Mullah Mohammad Hassan. Both had occupied the post of the governor of Kandahar. Both were close associates of the dreaded founder of the outfit, Mullah Mohammed Omar. The … Continue reading Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund: ISI’s Man in Kabul

UNHCR Stays Silent in The Face of Protests and Pleas by Afghan Nationals in New Delhi

Many Afghan nationals protesting outside UNHCR's office in Vasant Vihar, Delhi, are women who have been spending day and night for the past nine days along with their kids and elderly parents in scorching heat and occasional rain. You can see mosquito bites all over the faces of the kids. Now, their presence here has … Continue reading UNHCR Stays Silent in The Face of Protests and Pleas by Afghan Nationals in New Delhi

Hazaras, the Most Unloved, Excluded and Abused People of Afghanistan, Speak Out

Those who have fled the Taliban regime recall the trauma of exclusion, disclose worst fears for those left behind The destroyed statue of Hazara leader Abdul Ali Mazari (Photo: Twitter) In Delhi’s Ashram area where she has lived for the past three years with her family comprising parents, brothers and husband, Rabia (name changed) serves me … Continue reading Hazaras, the Most Unloved, Excluded and Abused People of Afghanistan, Speak Out

‘ISI didn’t plan the Taliban victory. The US facilitated it,’ says Author & Filmmaker Adrian Levy

(Illustration: Saurabh Singh) Adrian Levy has never stayed back this long in London since he was 16, he says. The Covid-19 pandemic has confined him to his London home from where he currently gives interviews on the latest among several books he has co-authored with Cathy Scott-Clark who, these days, is tied up with an … Continue reading ‘ISI didn’t plan the Taliban victory. The US facilitated it,’ says Author & Filmmaker Adrian Levy

SOS Appeal: Fearing for her life, Afghan TV anchor Shabnam wants to leave Afghanistan

Shabnam Khan Dawaran, whose video exposing the Taliban went viral, says she continues to receive death threats Shabnam Khan Dawaran, 24, was a TV anchor with state-run RTA channel until the Taliban stopped her from working SHABNAM Khan Dawaran, the 24-year-old Afghan TV anchor whose video about the harrowing ordeal of being stopped by Taliban … Continue reading SOS Appeal: Fearing for her life, Afghan TV anchor Shabnam wants to leave Afghanistan

The return of the Taliban will have grave consequences for India, says C Christine Fair

C. Christine Fair C.Christine Fair is a renowned scholar of military affairs and politics in South Asia and has lived and worked in Afghanistan and Pakistan besides other countries. Early on, she was a political officer with the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan in Kabul. Fair, Professor, Security Studies, at Georgetown University, is one of the … Continue reading The return of the Taliban will have grave consequences for India, says C Christine Fair