March 22, 2002 |
It was the kind of festival the Taliban would never allow: All-night parties. Spontaneous drumming, singing and dancing in restaurants. Picnics, high jinks, gambling and merrymaking that had little to do with religion. Afghans on Thursday celebrated Nowruz, the first day of spring and the traditional start of the Persian new year, by discarding the puritanical and indulging in their new life of freedom, music, movies, games and laughter. Millions of Afghans took part in the revelry.
December 31, 1999 |
Indian negotiators have offered to release jailed Kashmiri militants to gain the freedom of more than 150 hostages on a hijacked jet in Afghanistan, but talks are deadlocked concerning the issue of sanctuaries for the hijackers and the militants, Afghan officials and other sources said Thursday.
December 22, 2001 |
Haji Abdul Qadir climbed into his white Toyota Land Cruiser with darkly tinted windows Friday and set off on the six-hour drive to Kabul, taking with him an armful of documents and enough soldiers to take on a small army. Qadir, the governor of Nangarhar province, is expected to play a prominent role in Hamid Karzai's interim government that will be sworn in today in the capital, officially ending the brutal five-year rule of the Taliban. He does not underestimate the challenges ahead.
November 2, 2001 |
A month ago, Afghanistan's main opposition force and exiled king agreed to join in shaping a pro-Western leadership for their country. By the end of October, a Supreme Council for National Unity was to be ready to supplant the Taliban, whose days of harsh, theocratic rule seemed to be numbered. But that accord among Afghans has done little more than fire up the rival ambitions of outsiders.
November 17, 2001 |
Any new government in Afghanistan should not be divided equally between tribes or religious sects, nor should foreign governments play a role in setting it up, the Northern Alliance general who controls the western city of Herat said Friday. "The criteria to establishing a government is not tribal or religious, just wise and reasonable people," Gen.
November 3, 2001 |
Foreign ministers from six of Afghanistan's neighbors, the United States and Russia intend to meet Nov. 12 with the U.N. envoy who has been trying to set up a post-Taliban government in the central Asian nation, U.S. officials said Friday. Lakhdar Brahimi, the special U.N. representative for Afghanistan, has been holding intensive talks with Afghans and members of the Pakistani government in Islamabad and will visit Iran before returning to New York on Nov. 10.
April 5, 2002 |
The fragile new Afghan government took on a daunting political and logistical challenge Thursday, vowing to eliminate the Afghan poppy crop, source of perhaps 70% of the world's opium and of much of this impoverished country's income. Just two weeks from the harvest of the plants, which are used in the production of heroin, the government said it would offer farmers about $500 an acre to destroy crops--a fraction of what they can earn by selling the opium the plants yield.
October 7, 1998 |
The Taliban offered to stop growing poppies--which help make Afghanistan the world's second-largest opium producer after the Golden Triangle of Southeast Asia--in exchange for recognition by the United Nations as the government of the country. Mullah Mohammed Omar, the supreme leader of the Islamic militia, made the offer in remarks that were broadcast by the Taliban over the radio. Only Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates recognize the Taliban as the government of Afghanistan.
October 3, 1996 |
At their front line in the rocky, wind-swept Hindu Kush mountains, Taliban militiamen vowed Wednesday to spread their doctrine of Islamic fundamentalism right up to the border of the former Soviet Union. In a military blitzkrieg, the Talibs scored their most dazzling success with the capture of Kabul, the capital, six days ago.
November 6, 1995 |
Embattled Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani is to announce plans next week to hand over power to an interim authority, a presidential spokesman said Sunday. "The president is ready to hand over power to a person or a committee on the basis of an agreement of all rival factions," the spokesman, Aziz Morad, told reporters in his office in the Presidential Palace. He said Rabbani had acknowledged that the transfer of power should lead to "positive changes in Afghanistan."