Afghanistan crisis Highlights: Afghanistan’s acting Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund has appealed to former officials of past governments to return to the country and assured them “full protection”, saying the period of bloodbath is over and they face a humongous task to rebuild the war-ravaged nation.
“We paid a heavy price for seeing this historic moment in Afghanistan,” Mullah Hasan was quoted as saying by PTI on Wednesday, a day after the hardline Islamic insurgents unveiled an interim Cabinet after seizing power in Kabul.
Earlier today, a US lawmaker sought sanctions against Pakistan for reportedly aiding the Taliban offensive in Panjshir. Congressman Adam Kinzinger said this in a tweet after Fox News report quoted a CENTCOM source saying that the Pakistani military are assisting the Taliban offensive in Panjshir, including 27 helicopters full of Pakistani Special Forces, backed up by Pakistani drone strikes.
Days after announcing the new government, Taliban has reportedly banned all unauthorised demonstrations and women’s sports — women’s cricket specifically. Meanwhile, ex-president Ashraf Ghani apologised to the people for leaving Afghanistan abruptly and denied reports that he left Kabul with millions of dollars in cash from the treasury.