'Afghan Taliban will not make any leadership change'

Afghan Taliban will not change its decision to appoint Mullah Akhtar Mansour as the group's chief as he was elected by a "clear majority" with only a "few people" opposing him, Mullah Omar's former spokesman has said.

Afghan government says it won't separately deal with Taliban
Afghan government says it won't separately deal with Taliban

Afghanistan's government has addressed the growing leadership crisis in the Taliban for the first time, saying it won't deal with the militant group separately from other "armed opposition" in the country.

Mullah Omar`s death: Taliban`s loss, Islamic State`s gain

 Mullah Omar`s death poses an existential crisis for the Afghan Taliban, analysts say, potentially presaging a splintering of the movement as the Islamic State group gains a toehold among insurgents enthralled by its battlefield prowess.

Taliban confirm death of Mullah Omar, appoint his successor
Taliban confirm death of Mullah Omar, appoint his successor

A day after Afghan government sources claimed that Mullah Omar died two years ago, Taliban broke their silence on Thursday and officially confirmed the death of their one-eyed leader.

Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead: Reports
Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead: Reports

Just days after Afghan Taliban issued a statement by its supreme leader Mullah Omar backing peace talks, reports have emerged claiming that the militant outfit's one-eyed leader was killed two years ago in July.

ISIS preparing to attack India, readying for 'final battle': Report
ISIS preparing to attack India, readying for 'final battle': Report

The ISIS is preparing to attack India to provoke an Armageddon-like confrontation with the US, according to an internal recruitment document of the feared group which also seeks to unite the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban into a single army of terror.

No large ISIS footprints but it's creeping into India: Army
No large ISIS footprints but it's creeping into India: Army

A top Army commander today said there are no large footprints of ISIS in Jammu and Kashmir but the outfit was "creeping towards this side" and the security grid has to stop the "terrible" organisation from getting a foothold in the country.

Kabul confirms parley with Taliban
Kabul confirms parley with Taliban

 The Afghan government on Wednesday confirmed holding face-to-face peace talks with the Taliban at a hill resort in neighbouring Pakistan and said the dialogue will continue after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

`Fear they will find me`: death threats stalk Afghan acid victim
`Fear they will find me`: death threats stalk Afghan acid victim

 Four years after a militiaman doused Mumtaz with a flesh-searing acid for rejecting his marriage proposal, leaving her disfigured, scarred and traumatised, death threats have forced the 20-year-old Afghan into hiding.

Afghan peace envoy, ISI secretly meet Taliban leaders in China: Report

An Afghan peace envoy held secret talks with Taliban leaders in China last week which were also attended by Chinese officials and representatives of Pakistan's spy agency ISI, a media report has said.

Afghan Taliban announce they sent delegation to Iran

The Afghan Taliban said Wednesday that a delegation from its Qatar-based political office had visited Iran for talks, as Kabul has made repeated overtures to the insurgent group to reopen peace negotiations.

Afghan Taliban `soften stance` on women`s rights: Activists

 The Afghan Taliban, condemned for their misogynistic ideology, were surprisingly open with female delegates who attended peace talks in Qatar, pledging support for women`s education and their right to work in "male-dominated professions", activists said.

Taliban welcome Afghan peace efforts after Qatar talks

Taliban militants who have been waging war on the Afghan government for more than a decade have expressed a willingness to soften their position on a range of issues that could lead to talks on ending the conflict.

Taliban announce plans to ramp up attacks in Afghanistan

  The Afghan Taliban announced the start of its annual spring offensive on Wednesday, warning it would ramp up attacks on foreign embassies and government officials as well as military targets. 

Afghan Taliban announce `spring offensive` to start April 24

The Afghan Taliban announced Wednesday they will launch their annual "spring offensive" from April 24, vowing attacks across the country at a time when US-led foreign forces are pulling back from the frontlines.

Pak army extends support to Afghan Taliban's peace talks

 Pakistan military today extended its support to possible talks between Afghan Taliban and US officials in Qatar to end 13-year conflict in Afghanistan and said all stakeholders should not allow detractors of peace to succeed.

Pakistan officials say Afghan Taliban signal readiness for peace talks

Senior Pakistani army and diplomatic officials said on Thursday the leadership of the Afghan Taliban has signalled through the Pakistani military that they are willing to open peace talks, which could be held later in the day.

No talks with India without Kashmir on agenda: Pakistan
No talks with India without Kashmir on agenda: Pakistan

The United States on Tuesday called on India and Pakistan to re-engage in serious dialogue, saying both the countries needed to overcome historical mistrust.

Afghan Taliban decry "biased" UN report on civilian casualties

 Afghanistan`s Taliban on Sunday accused the United Nations of "enmity and political motives" in reporting that three-quarters of a record-high number of civilians killed and wounded this year were victims of the insurgents.

UN, Afghan Taliban dialogue to reduce civilian casualties

The top UN official in Afghanistan said the world body has been in touch with the Taliban in an effort to reduce civilian casualties and to make them aware of their obligations under international human rights laws.