Traders involved in Afghan transit trade and bilateral trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan said they suffered losses amounting to billions in local currency, waiting for their cargo to be cleared at the Karachi port. Clearance delays of up to 5-12 days is faced by traders sending cargo to Afghanistan, a member of the Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry told the Daily Times.

1 June 2020

Stefano Pontecorvo, NATO’s new Senior Civilian Representative (SCR) in Afghanistan, arrived in Kabul today. The Italian ambassador will be working with the NATO-led Resolute Support mission which trains, advises and assists the Afghan security forces and institutions. The diplomat will advise the NATO Secretary General and the North Atlantic Council on the Alliance’s efforts in Afghanistan and maintain relations with Afghan partners.

1 June 2020

Systemic issues such as the differences in the negotiating positions of the U.S., the Afghan government and the Taliban may protract the stalemate in Afghanistan, a report by International Institute of Strategic Studies said. The Institute’s annual ‘Armed Conflict Survey 2020’ (ACS) report covers 33 conflicts, from Afghanistan to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The less likely scenario in Afghanistan, the report says, is a

1 June 2020

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) reported 545 new cases of Coronavirus have emerged in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 15,750 confirmed cases. There are currently 14,057 cases active in the country. For the first time in more than two weeks, the number of cases in Kabul has decreased. New positive cases have been

1 June 2020

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has thanked Qatar’s Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani for supporting the UN humanitarian airlift operations from Doha to Kabul during the Coronavirus pandemic. The UN humanitarian flights enable the access and deployment of emergency aid to Afghanistan. Qatar Airways has signed a two-year partnership with the UN to deliver humanitarian relief and assistance to at-risk populations.

1 June 2020

The estimated population of Afghanistan is estimated at 32.9 million in the solar year of 1399. The solar calendar starts on the first day of spring, which is March 20. The report was published by the National Office of Statistics and Information. According to the estimates, about 16.8 million – 51% - are men and about 16.1 million – 49% - are women.

1 June 2020

Azerbaijan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov indicated the country’s interests in working closely with Afghanistan during a telephonic meeting with Mohammad Haneef Atmar, the acting Afghan Minister of Foreign Affairs. Atmar, reports AZERTAC, stressed on the importance the Afghan leaders placed on expanding bilateral cooperation with Azerbaijan. He said the country was interested in expanding bilateral, trilateral and multilateral ties with Azerbaijan to

1 June 2020

Afghan security officials confirmed that Sayed Munir, head of Kapisa's traffic department, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on Monday morning in the provincial centre. The incident occurred in Qala-e-Sayed Khan village in Kapisa city, while Munir was on his way to work, said Kapisa Police spokesman, Abdul Shayeq Shoresh. Police said investigations are underway regarding the

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