Afghanistan crisis Live News Updates: The foreign minister in Afghanistan’s new Taliban-run Cabinet Tuesday said the government remains committed to its promises not to allow militants to use its territory to attack others. The first press conference by Amir Khan Muttaqi since the Taliban formed an interim government a week ago comes as governments around the world — and many Afghans at home — are searching for indications on how it will rule Afghanistan after sweeping out the US-backed government and taking over Kabul a month ago.
Meanwhile, thousands of Afghans protested against the Taliban in the southern city of Kandahar on Tuesday, according to a former government official and local television footage, after residents were asked to vacate a residential army colony. Protesters gathered in front of the governor’s house in Kandahar after around 3,000 families were asked to leave the colony, according to the former government official who witnessed the crowds.
While the Taliban is yet to respond to the protests, the group earlier denied rumours that one of their top leaders Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has been killed in a shootout with rivals.
The Afghanistan issue is expected to feature prominently in the upcoming Quad summit where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet with leaders of Australia, Japan and the United States at the White House in Washington on Sept. 24. Meanwhile, donors have pledged more than $1.1 billion to help Afghanistan, where poverty and hunger have spiralled since the Taliban took power, and foreign aid has dried up.