Afghanistan on Friday declared a lockdown in the capital Kabul in an effort to stem the spread of the virus. All public and private offices and markets except supplying essential products remained closed until further notice.

Raising slogans, protesters waved black flags and held placards opposing the visit of Shah to the city. Another protest by the All Indian Youth League was also held in the Esplanade area.

The United States will withdraw all its forces from Afghanistan within 14 months, as per a joint agreement between the Afghan government and Washington.

The team, personally chosen by President Ghani, is being dubbed as "a group to establish initial contacts" with the Taliban, according to Tolo News.

Shah said that it had been the wish of generations of Indians to have a magnificent temple of Lord Ram in Ayodhya. "It will happen in four months," he said and accused Congress of having tried to delay the court verdict in the past.

The legislation provides Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees of Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, who arrived in India on or before December 31, 2014.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Act grants citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, Buddhists and Christians fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh and who came to India on or before December 31, 2014.

About 1100 academicians, scientists, professors, researchers, engineers have written an open letter to the nation, extending their support to the contentious bill.

The LJP chief assured that his party would take due care of the "worries" of Muslim, Dalit and deprived sections with respect to NRC.

This enlightened CAB has not only brought succour to persecuted minorities, it has also exposed double standards of so-called opinion leaders of liberal secular groups.