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Afghanistan Crisis LIVE: We've Banned Taliban From Our Services, Says Facebook; Designates it as Terror Group!

Posted on August 17 2021, 10:52am

Afghanistan Crisis LIVE: We've Banned Taliban From Our Services, Says Facebook; Designates it as Terror Group!

New Delhi: Afghanistan Crisis LIVE: The Taliban on Tuesday declared a general amnesty for all government officials and asked them to return to work. 'A general amnesty has been declared for all… so you should start your routine life with full confidence,' said a statement from the Taliban. Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden, after facing flak from across the world said that 'American troops cannot and should not be fighting in a war and dying in a war that Afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves'. In his first address since the Taliban insurgents took control of Afghanistan, Biden said he stands by his decision to finally withdraw US forces from the war-torn country. In a televised address from the White House, the US president, however, acknowledged that the Afghan government collapsed more quickly than he expected. 'The truth is, this did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated. We gave them every chance to determine their own future. We could not provide them with the will to fight for that future', he said. Stay with us for all the updates.

15.22 PM: As Taliban Take Over, Dress Code Turns to Salwar Kameez

Amid a mad rush at the Kabul airport as people tried to escape Afghanistan, another big change took place on the streets. Most of the men, who wore commonly seen in jeans and T-shirts till a week ago, were dressed in salwar kameez.

Besides, on a normal day in Kabul, one could see a significant number of women on the streets dressed in jeans, long tunics and headscarves and full burqas but not anymore. The small group of women who were seen on the streets were fully covered in hijabs and wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus.

13:54 PM: Afghans who live here are worried about their families in Afghanistan. The situation in the last 1-2 days has been a matter of concern. Taliban took over without a fight, said Yasmin Nigar Khan, granddaughter of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan & All India Pakhtoon Jirga-e-Hind president, in Kolkata.

13:43 PM: The Taliban are sanctioned as a terrorist organization under US law & we've banned them from our services under our Dangerous Organisation Policies.This means we remove accounts maintained by/on behalf of the Taliban& ban their praise,support,&representation, Facebook Spox told ANI.

13:42 PM: Temporarily Air India had to suspend its commercial services because of the conditions in the airport. However, we continue to ensure that anyone who is stuck there is somehow brought here for which the MEA has opened a help desk that is operating already, said Rudrendra Tandon.

13:41 PM: Your welcome has an impact on all of us. Thank you to the Indian Air Force who flew us out under conditions that are not normal, said Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan, Rudrendra Tandon after landing at Jamnagar, Gujarat

13:06 PM: 'A general amnesty has been declared for all… so you should start your routine life with full confidence,' a statement released by the Taliban read.

12:16 PM: Evacuated Indians from Kabul, Afghanistan chant 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' after landing in Jamnagar, Gujarat. Watch video:

08:45 AM: Indian Air Force C-17 aircraft has taken off from Kabul with more than 120 Indian officials in it. The staff was brought inside the secure areas of the airport safely, late last evening, news agency ANI reported quoting sources.

08:31 AM: MHA reviews visa provisions in view of the current situation in Afghanistan. A new category of electronic visa called "e-Emergency X-Misc Visa" introduced to fast-track visa applications for entry into India, said Spokesperson, Ministry of Home Affairs

08:09 AM: Several Indians in Afghanistan wanting to be repatriated to India are in a secure area and will be brought back home safely in a day or two, ANI reported quoting sources.

07:50 AM: Taliban leadership member Amir Khan Mutaqi is in Kabul and has held talks with Abdullah Abdullah, Hamid Karzai and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, TOLO news reported.

07:43 AM: It's important in the national interest to furnish financial assistance of $500 million from the US Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund for the purpose of meeting unexpected urgent refugee and migration needs as a result of the situation in Afghanistan, said White House in a statement.

07:42 AM: Russia's ambassador to Afghanistan Dmitry Zhirnov said Taliban had made Kabul safer in the first 24 hours than it had been under the previous authorities, reported Reuters.

07: 41 AM: Discussed the latest developments in Afghanistan with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Underlined the urgency of restoring airport operations in Kabul. Deeply appreciate the American efforts underway in this regard, said Dr S Jaishankar.

07:41 AM: Significant UN Security Council discussions today on developments in Afghanistan. Expressed the concerns of the international community. Expect to discuss these during my engagements at the UN, said External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar

07:39 AM: Yesterday, thousands of desperate people converged at the Kabul international airport in a desperate attempt of boarding an evacuation flight and leave the war-torn country. The airport has already been shut for commercial flights and subsequently, the US military has taken control of the airport security to facilitate the evacuation of foreign diplomats and citizens.

The Taliban swept into Kabul after the Western-backed government collapsed and President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, bringing a stunning end to a two-decade campaign in which the US and its allies had tried to transform the country.


Afghanistan Crisis LIVE: We've Banned Taliban From Our Services, Says Facebook; Designates it as Terror Group!
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