Afghanistan Crisis September 7 Highlights: Taliban name Mohammad Hasan as head of new Afghan govt, Abul Ghani Baradar as deputy; Check full list of acting ministers

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Afghanistan News Today, Taliban govt formation latest news Highlights: US working to enable Kabul charter flights; Blinken confirms Mazar-i-Sharif crisis; Taliabn allows Afghans with valid visas and passports to take evacuation flights; Hundreds of Afghan protesters attend anti-Pak rally in Kabul, chant 'death to Pakistan'

Afghanistan News Live, Afghanistan News Today, Kabul News Today, Panjshir News Today, Taliban News Latest TodayA Taliban soldier patrols at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. Some domestic flights have resumed at Kabul's airport, with the state-run Ariana Afghan Airlines operating flights to three provinces. (AP Photo)

Kabul Afghanistan Taliban Crisis News Today Live Updates, Taliban govt news today, Panjshir battle news today September 7 News Highlights: Nearly 22 days after taking over the control, the Taliban on Tuesday finally announced a caretaker government in Afghanistan. The interim government paid homage to the old guard of the group by giving top posts to Taliban personalities who dominated the 20-year battle against the US-led coalition and its Afghan government allies.

The Taliban named Mullah Hasan Akhund, an associate of the movement’s late founder Mullah Omar, as the head of Afghanistan’s new government, with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the movement’s political office, as his deputy. Sarajuddin Haqqani, son of the founder of the Haqqani network will be the new interior minister. Amir Khan Muttaqi has been appointed acting foreign minister, Mullah Yaqoob as acting defense minister, and Abas Stanikzai as acting deputy foreign minister in the new Afghan government, said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in a news conference in Kabul on Tuesday.

While announcing the Cabinet for the new Afghan Government, spokesman Mujahid, said the appointments were for an interim government. He, however, did not elaborate on how long they would serve. So far, the Taliban have shown no indications that they will hold elections.

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    22:46 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: UN says 'negotiated, inclusive' settlement needed for Afghan peace

    Only a "negotiated and inclusive settlement will bring sustainable peace to Afghanistan," U.N. spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters in New York on Tuesday after the Taliban formed a new government. (Reuters)

    22:29 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Taliban supreme leader tells new government to uphold sharia law

    Taliban supreme leader tells new government to uphold sharia law: AFP (ANI)

    21:40 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: 2 people dead, 8 injured after protest in Afghanistan's Herat

    Two people dead, eight wounded after protest in Afghanistan's Herat, reports AFP (ANI)

    21:31 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Taliban block hundreds from leaving Afghanistan

    An Afghan employee of an American organization in Afghanistan says the Taliban are blocking her and hundreds of other people from boarding charter evacuation flights out of Afghanistan. The woman spoke to The Associated Press anonymously Tuesday, saying she feared for her safety if she is singled out by the Taliban. The US organisation, Ascend, has worked for years with Afghan women and girls. The woman is among several hundred people, reportedly including American citizens and green card holders, who say they have been waiting in large residence halls and hotels for more than a week for permission to board waiting charter flights out of the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif. "We think we are in some kind of jail," the woman told the AP. She says the American citizens she has met in the group are vulnerable people in their 70s, parents of Afghan Americans in the United States. (AP)

    20:33 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Taliban spokesman says Amir Khan Muttaqi has been appointed as acting foreign minister

    Taliban spokesman says Amir Khan Muttaqi has been appointed as Afghanistan's acting foreign minister (Reuters)

    20:25 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Mullah Yaqoob appointed as acting defense minister in new afghan government

    Mullah Yaqoob appointed as acting defense minister in new afghan government - Taliban spokesman says (Reuters)

    20:18 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Taliban spokesman says Abas Stanikzai is acting deputy foreign minister in new afghan government

    Taliban spokesman says Abas Stanikzai is acting deputy foreign minister in new afghan government (Reuters)

    20:18 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Taliban spokesman says Sarajuddin Haqqani is appointed acting interior minister

    Taliban spokesman says Sarajuddin Haqqani is appointed acting interior minister (Reuters)

    20:17 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Hassan Akhund is appointed acting PM; Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar acting deputy PM

    Taliban spokesman says Hassan Akhund is appointed acting prime minister in new Afghan government, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar acting deputy prime minister (Reuters)

    20:12 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Mohammad Hasan to lead new Taliban govt in Afghanistan

    Mohammad Hasan to lead new Taliban govt in Afghanistan: AFP (ANI)

    20:11 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Taliban announced acting ministers for the future govt

    Taliban announced acting ministers for the future govt: TOLOnews

    20:00 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Taliban to announce first members of new Afghanistan government tonight

    Taliban to announce first members of new Afghanistan government tonight: AFP (ANI)

    19:52 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Blinken to testify in U.S. Senate on Afghanistan on Sept. 14

    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will testify to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a hearing examining the country's withdrawal from Afghanistan, the committee said in an announcement on its website on Tuesday. (Reuters)

    19:41 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Hundreds of Afghan protesters attend anti-Pak rally in Kabul, chant 'death to Pakistan'

    Hundreds of Afghan protesters, including women, took to the streets of Kabul on Tuesday, chanting "death to Pakistan" and denouncing Islamabad's interference in Afghanistan and airstrikes by its jets in Panjshir province in support of the Taliban, according to a media report. The Taliban on Monday said they have seized Panjshir, the last province not in their control, after their takeover of the US-backed Afghanistan government last month. The protesters claimed that Pakistan Air Force jets conducted airstrikes in Panjshir province, Khaama news reported. Chanting "death to Pakistan", "Freedom", "Allah Akbar" and "we do not want captivity" among many other slogans, the protesters gathered at the gate of the Pakistani embassy in Kabul and asked its staff to leave Afghanistan, it reported. "Pakistan, Pakistan, Leave Afghanistan,"a slogan on a huge banner read. The agitators said they do not want a puppet government in Afghanistan and asked for an inclusive government, it said. The Taliban fighters reportedly fired gunshots in the air to disperse the protestors but they were still agitating, the report added. Several Afghan journalists covering the demonstration were arrested, witnesses and Afghan media outlets said. Afghanistan's TOLO news reported that the Taliban detained its cameraperson Wahid Ahmadi and confiscated his camera. The Taliban forces prevented some journalists from filming the protest, it added. (PTI)

    19:37 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Blinken denies Taliban blocking Americans from leaving Mazar-i-Sharif

    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken denied on Tuesday reports that the Taliban had blocked Americans attempting to fly out of of a northern Afghan city, but said the group had not allowed charter flights to depart because some people lacked valid travel documents. Reports have emerged over the past few days that 1,000 people, including Americans, had been stuck at Mazar-i-Sharif airport for days awaiting clearance for their charter flights to leave. One organizer blamed the delay on the State Department, a criticism echoed by some Republicans who have called on the Department to do more to facilitate the charter flights (Reuters)

    19:03 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Italy's Draghi, China's Xi discuss Afghanistan, G20 summit

    China's President Xi Jinping and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi spoke by telephone on Tuesday about the Afghan crisis, Draghi's office said.The two leaders also discussed cooperation between their countries at a bilateral level and in the context of a summit of the Group of 20 rich nations which Draghi will host in Rome next month, the statement said.Xi said China would support Italy's efforts in making the summit a success, China's official Xinhua news agency said, adding he hoped Italy would play an active role in promoting China-EU relations. (Reuters)

    18:53 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Americans warier of US government surveillance: AP-NORC poll

    As the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approaches, Americans increasingly balk at intrusive government surveillance in the name of national security, and only about a third believe that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were worth fighting, according to a new poll. More Americans also regard the threat from domestic extremism as more worrisome than that of extremism abroad, the poll found. The poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that support for surveillance tools aimed at monitoring conversations taking place outside the country, once seen as vital in the fight against attacks, has dipped in the last decade. That's even though international threats are again generating headlines following the chaotic end to the 20-year war in Afghanistan. (AP)

    18:43 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Afghanistan, Trade & Economic Coop to be discussed at SCO meet next week

    Growing violence in Afghanistan, trade and economic cooperation as well as fighting against the global pandemic of COVID-19 are on the agenda of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization or SCO Heads of State summit.

    The summit taking place in a hybrid mode is being held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan from Sept 16-17, 2021 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend virtually. READ MORE

    18:14 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Taliban disperse Kabul rally, arrest journalists

    The Taliban have fired gunshots to disperse a rally on Tuesday in Kabul and arrested several Afghan journalists who were covering the demonstration, witnesses and Afghan media outlets said. The protest began outside the Pakistan Embassy in the Afghan capital to denounce what the demonstrators allege as Pakistan's interference in Afghanistan, especially Islamabad's alleged support for the latest Taliban offensive that routed anti-Taliban fighters in Panjshir province. Posts on social media demanded the release of the arrested reporters. An Afghan journalist who was among those detained and who was later freed told The Associated Press he was punished by the Taliban. (AP)

    18:02 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Americans warier of US government surveillance: AP-NORC poll

    As the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approaches, Americans increasingly balk at intrusive government surveillance in the name of national security, and only about a third believe that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were worth fighting, according to a new poll. More Americans also regard the threat from domestic extremism as more worrisome than that of extremism abroad, the poll found. The poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that support for surveillance tools aimed at monitoring conversations taking place outside the country, once seen as vital in the fight against attacks, has dipped in the last decade. That's even though international threats are again generating headlines following the chaotic end to the 20-year war in Afghanistan. (AP)

    17:53 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Afghanistan's takeover by Taliban will benefit Pakistan, harm India: Owaisi

    AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday said the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban is not good for India and it will benefit Pakistan. "Over Rs 35,000 crore of our taxpayers' money has been invested in developmental works of Afghanistan. Now the Taliban has come there. The changes in Afghanistan are not good for India," Owaisi said in reply to a question on the effect of the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan on UP politics. 

    17:37 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Afghans with valid visas and passports can take evacuation flights: Taliban

    Afghans with valid visas and passports stranded in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif and waiting to take chartered evacuation flights out of the country will be allowed to leave, a Taliban official at the city's international airport said Tuesday. Mawlawi Hafiz Mansour said the majority of Afghans waiting to take one of four evacuation flights have neither valid visas nor passports. The Taliban have said only Afghans with passports and valid visas would be allowed to leave. Mansour did not provide a breakdown of the numbers of those with valid documents and those without. (AP)

    17:17 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: US confirms evacuation of four citizens to 'third country' from Afghanistan since troop withdrawal: Seoul

    The US facilitated the departure of four American citizens from Afghanistan via an overland route to a "third country", becoming the first Americans to be evacuated from the war-torn country since the withdrawal of US troops, a senior State Department official has said. "Our Embassy greeted the Americans as they crossed the border into the third country," the official told CNN. The official did not identify the country the US used to facilitate the evacuation, but Pakistan is the closest land route out of Afghanistan, Dawn newspaper reported. (PTI)

    17:05 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Seoul: Taliban gov't must respect basic rights

    South Korea's Foreign Ministry says Seoul is willing to work with a new Afghanistan government led by the Taliban if it follows 'international convention, respects basic human rights and refuses to provide refuge for terrorism.' Ministry spokesman Choi Young-sam spoke at a briefing on Tuesday where he addressed comments by Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen, who in an interview with South Korean broadcaster SBS called for Seoul to reopen its embassy in Kabul, saying that the safety of South Korean diplomats would be ensured. (AP)

    16:55 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: No Afghan protestors outside UNHCR office now: Delhi HC told

    Delhi Police Tuesday informed the Delhi High Court that there are now no protests outside the UNHCR office here by Afghan nationals seeking refugee status. 'The protest by Afghan refugees has been withdrawn from UNHCR Office' said the Delhi Police in its status report filed before the high court. It was hearing the petition filed by Vasant Vihar Welfare Association seeking the removal of protestors in the proximity of residential areas. (PTI)

    16:40 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Blinken denies Taliban blocking Americans from leaving Mazar-i-Sharif

    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken denied on Tuesday reports that the Taliban had blocked Americans attempting to fly out of of a northern Afghan city, but said the group had not allowed charter flights to depart because some people lacked valid travel documents.Reports have emerged over the past few days that 1,000 people, including Americans, had been stuck at Mazar-i-Sharif airport https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/some-1000-people-awaiting-taliban-flight-clearance-mazar-i-sharif-new-york-times-2021-09-05 for days awaiting clearance for their charter flights to leave. One organizer blamed the delay on the State Department - criticism echoed by Republicans who have said not enough has been done to facilitate the charter flights.Blinken was speaking at a news conference in Qatar, a U.S. ally that has emerged as a key interlocutor to the Taliban, which seized power in Kabul on Aug. 15 after the Western-backed government collapsed. (Reuters)

    16:16 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Protesting airstrikes in Panjshir, people throng Kabul streets chanting 'death to Pakistan'

    Chanting "death to Pakistan", Afghan protesters, including women, took to the streets of Kabul on Tuesday, as they claimed that Pakistani jets conducted airstrikes in Panjshir province, according to a media report. The Taliban on Monday said they have seized Panjshir, the last province not in their control, after their takeover of the US-backed Afghanistan government last month. The Taliban members reportedly fired gunshots in the air to disperse the protestors but they were still agitating, the Khamma news agency of Afghanistan reported. A number of men and women took to the streets of Kabul chanting slogans against Pakistan as they claimed the country's jets conducted airstrikes in Panjshir province, it said. (PTI)

    15:52 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Taliban fire in air to scatter Kabul protesters; no reports of injuries

    Taliban gunmen fired in the air on Tuesday to scatter protesters in the Afghan capital of Kabul, witnesses said, as video showed scores of people scurrying to escape volleys of gunfire, although there were no immediate reports of injuries.Hundreds of men and women shouting slogans such as "Long live the resistance," and "Death to Pakistan" marched in the streets to protest against the Taliban and what they called interference in Afghanistan's affairs by neighbouring Pakistan."The Islamic government is shooting at our poor people," one panic-stricken woman on the street says over sounds of gunfire in an Iranian television news video clip. "These people (Taliban) are very unjust, and they are not human at all."U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday the United States is in contact with about 100 Americans who have remained behind in Afghanistan and is working to make sure charter flights can leave safely. – Reuters

    14:28 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Blinken says U.S. working to enable Afghanistan charter flights

    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday the United States is working to make sure charter flights can leave Afghanistan safely.Speaking in Qatar at a press conference alongside Qatar Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Blinken said Taliban officials had told the U.S. they will let people with travel documents freely depart Afghanistan . Reuters

    14:27 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Qatar minister hopes Kabul airport will be operational in coming days

    Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said on Tuesday his country hoped that Kabul airport would be up and running for passengers in the next few days, but that no agreement on how to run it had yet been reached.Sheikh Mohammed, speaking at a conference alongside U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, said he had discussed recent evacuations from Afghanistan with U.S. officials. Reuters

    14:27 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: U.S. has identified a small number of Americans in Mazar-i-Sharif -Blinken

    U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Tuesday Washington has identified a "relatively" small number of Americans seeking to depart from Afghanistan's Mazar-i-Sharif.Blinken, who was speaking with his Qatari counterpart in a joint press conference in Doha, said that the challenge with the evacuation charter flights is that some Afghans seeking to leave do not have appropriate documents. Reuters

    13:43 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Turkey says working with Qatar, U.S. on operation of Kabul airport

    Turkey is working with Qatar and the United States about operating Kabul airport and is in talks with the Taliban, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday, adding security at the airport was the main issue.Cavusoglu told broadcaster NTV that 19 Turkish technicians were in Kabul, holding talks with Qataris about the airport.Turkey has told the Taliban that it would not take part in the airport mission unless its units are involved in security. Cavusoglu said the Taliban could ensure security outside the airport, but they would need a more reliable mechanism inside.A private security company could be used for the mission if the Taliban insisted on having no foreign powers in Afghanistan, Cavusoglu said. – Reuters

    13:04 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Pakistan not setting up new camps for Afghan refugees: Interior Minister

    Pakistan is not setting up any new camp to accommodate Afghan refugees trying to flee the war-ravaged neighbouring country after the Taliban seized power in Kabul, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad has said. Rashid said that there are no Afghan refugees at the border and the government has not established any camp in the area, the Business Recorder newspaper reported. Rashid's statement came on Sunday during his visit to the Torkham border after reports that people were massing at the border and trying to enter Pakistan which already has been hosting about 3 million Afghan refugees. According to officials, about half of the refugees staying in Pakistan are illegal as they have not been registered in the country. Officially about 1.5 million are registered and have documents to stay, carry out businesses and move across the border. - PTI

    12:18 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Key meeting in India amid tension in Kabul

    India's National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and Russia's NSA Nikolai Patrushev to meet tomorrow in Delhi - ANI

    12:07 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: After unrelenting summer, Biden looks to get agenda on track

    The collapse of the Afghan government, a surge of COVID-19 cases caused by the delta variant, devastating weather events, a disappointing jobs report. What next? After a torrent of crises, President Joe Biden is hoping to turn the page on an unrelenting summer and refocus his presidency this fall around his core economic agenda. But the recent cascade of troubles is a sobering reminder of the unpredictable weight of the office and fresh evidence that presidents rarely have the luxury of focusing on just one crisis at a time. Biden's unyielding summer knocked his White House onto emergency footing and sent his own poll numbers tumbling. ‘The presidency is not a job for a monomaniac,’ said presidential historian Michael Beschloss. ‘You have to be multitasking 24 hours a day.’ Never has that been more true than summer 2021, which began with the White House proclamation of the nation's ‘independence’ from the coronavirus and defying-the-odds bipartisanship on a massive infrastructure package. Then COVID-19 came roaring back, the Afghanistan pullout devolved into chaos and hiring slowed. - AP

    11:38 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: 78 Afghanistan evacuees released from ITBP quarantine centre

    Seventy-eight people including Afghan nationals, who were evacuated from Afghanistan after Kabul fell to Taliban last month, were on Tuesday discharged from an ITBP facility here after they completed a 14-day quarantine rule in place to check the spread of coronavirus infection. The group includes 53 people from Afghanistan (34 men, nine women and 10 children), and 25 Indians (18 men, five women and 12 children), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) spokesperson Vivek Kumar Pandey said. They were handed over medical certificates and a red rose as they left the facility. These people were brought to this COVID-19 quarantine facility located in south-west Delhi's Chhawla area on August 24 after they landed here onboard an evacuation flight operated by the Indian Air Force. - PTI

    10:51 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: What's China's Kabul Plan?

    Western powers say they are prepared to send humanitarian aid, but broader economic engagement would depend on the make-up of the Islamists' new government in Kabul.China's ambassador to Afghanistan promised to provide humanitarian aid during a meeting with senior Taliban official Mawlawi Abdul Salam Hanifi in Kabul on Monday, Tolo news reported.China has not officially recognised the Taliban as Afghanistan's new rulers, but Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi last month hosted Mullah Baradar, chief of the group's political office, and has said the world should guide the new government rather than pressure it. – Reuters

    09:24 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Curtains in classrooms

    The Taliban have repeatedly sought to reassure Afghans and foreign countries that they will not reimpose the brutal rule of their last period in power, when they carried out violent public punishments and barred women and girls from public life.But more than three weeks after they swept into Kabul, they have yet to announce a government or give details about the social restrictions they will now enforce.Asked whether the United States would recognise the Taliban, U.S. President Joe Biden told reporters at the White House late Monday: “That’s a long way off."Teachers and students at universities in Afghanistan's largest cities - Kabul, Kandahar and Herat - told Reuters that female students were being segregated in class with curtains taught separately or restricted to certain parts of the campus.One female student said women sat apart from males in university classes before the Taliban took over, but classrooms were not physically divided."Putting up curtains is not acceptable," Anjila, the 21-year-old student at Kabul University, told Reuters by telephone."I really felt terrible when I entered the class ... We are gradually going back to 20 years ago." - Reuters 

    09:19 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Qatar's Emir discusses Afghanistan with U.S. secretaries of state and defense

    Qatar's ruling Emir and the visiting U.S. secretaries of state and defense discussed developments in Afghanistan and efforts to enhance security there, the emir's court said.The Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, received U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin after their arrival in Doha earlier in the day.The visit came with Washington seeking support for the evacuation of Americans and at-risk Afghans left behind in Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover and build a consensus among allies on how to respond to the new Islamist rulers. – Reuters

    09:17 (IST)07 Sep 2021
    Afghanistan News Live: Afghanistan T20 tournament postponed, says official

    Afghanistan’s professional T20 cricket tournament, which was due to start on Friday, has been postponed, an official from the country's cricket board (ACB) told Reuters.The Shpageeza Cricket League was due to feature eight franchises – up from 2020’s six – including holders The Kabul Eagles.Top Afghani players, including world number three T20 bowler, leg-spinner Rashid Khan, were set to play in the 15-day league, which was expected to be contested across the country.However, after the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan on Aug. 15, the future of many sporting events in the country remains uncertain.First staged in 2013, the Afghan Cricket Board (ACB) had said this year’s edition of the Shpageeza would take place, even after the Taliban swept to power.But on Monday an ACB spokesperson said that it would not be going ahead."Unfortunately the Shpageeza Cricket League has been postponed,” the spokesperson said. “We'd been hoping that it could be staged, but it isn't viable at the moment.“The current financial situation in the country makes it impossible for such an event to go ahead, so the eight franchises and the Afghan Cricket Board agreed that it should be postponed to a later date. – Reuters

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