Police and local people searched on Saturday for more bodies in the rubble of a mosque in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar Province after bomb explosions in which at least 69 people were killed during Friday prayers.
Millions of people in Afghanistan are expected to brave the threat of militant attacks during a presidential election on Saturday, hoping to prevent a repeat of a bitter, fraud-marred and ultimately unresolved poll in 2014.
The collapse in peace negotiations between the US and Taliban has removed a potential barrier to holding Afghanistan's presidential election as scheduled on September 28. But the recent surge in Taliban attacks dispels any expectation that the election will lead to peace and stability for people who rate their lives more poorly than any other worldwide.
The face of Afghan cities, specially the larger ones, like the capital Kabul, has changed. This is as part of the mourning ceremonies in the first month of the Muslim calendar. Across the Muslim world, Muharram is commemorated for the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hossein, the third Shia Imam.
Security was tight in southern Kandahar on Saturday as voters waited hours in line to cast their ballots in parliamentary elections that were delayed in the province by one week after an attack by an elite guard killed two top government officials, including a powerful provincial police chief.
Afghans unable to vote in Saturday’s parliamentary election after hundreds of polling stations failed to open were given another chance to cast their ballot on Sunday after voting times were extended despite security threats and warnings of fraud.
Pakistan's new premier Imran Khan has vowed to give citizenship to some Afghan refugees and Bengali immigrants, officials confirmed Monday, granting rights to many who have lived in the country for decades.
A total of 275,000 people have been displaced by drought in western Afghanistan — 52,000 more than the number uprooted by conflict this year — with over two million threatened by the effects of water shortages, the United Nations said.