Afghanistan-Taliban crisis Live Updates: The Taliban has asked women workers to stay home “till security gets better” in the country, news agency AFP reported.
Addressing a press conference, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid also said that the US must complete its evacuation from Afghanistan by August 31–the date the Biden administration set for the withdrawal of all American troops. He also said that life is returning to normal in the country but chaos at the airport remains a problem.
In other news, CIA Director William J Burns held a secret meeting in Kabul on Monday with the Taliban’s de facto leader Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul on Monday in the highest-level face-to-face encounter between the two sides since the militant group seized the Afghan capital. The meeting came ahead of a warning from the UN human rights chief of credible reports of “summary executions” and restrictions on women in areas under Taliban control.
Ahead of the virtual G7 meet on the Afghan crisis, China said the international community should support chances for positive developments in Afghanistan rather than impose sanctions on the Taliban.
The Group of Seven leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States are due to hold a virtual meeting today to discuss the situation arising after the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul.
The UN human rights chief said on Tuesday that she had received credible reports of serious violations committed by the Taliban in Afghanistan, including “summary executions” of civilians and Afghan security forces who have surrendered.
Michelle Bachelet gave no details of the killings in her speech to the Human Rights Council, but urged the Geneva forum to set up a mechanism to closely monitor Taliban actions. Click here for more details.
Expressing concern over the situation prevailing in Afghanistan, India on Tuesday called upon the international community to ensure full support to the Afghan people and said it hopes that it does not pose a challenge to its neighbours and the country is not used by terrorist groups such as LeT and JeM.
In his address at a special session of the UN Human Rights Council on the situation in Afghanistan, Indian ambassador Indra Mani Pandey said that a “grave” humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Afghanistan and everyone is concerned about the increasing violations of fundamental rights of the Afghan people