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Abdullah discusses peace process with Pakistan’s PM

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Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah spoke with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on the phone Wednesday to discuss the Afghan peace process and the importance of Pakistan’s support.

According to a statement issued by Abdullah’s office, Khan reaffirmed his support to the Afghan peace process and said he hopes intra-Afghan negotiations start soon so as to “end the current crisis in the country.”

Khan noted that peace in Afghanistan meant peace and stability in Pakistan and that peace would boost regional cooperation.

“There is a remarkable opportunity for peace in Afghanistan and we must seize this opportunity to achieve peace,” Abdullah told Khan.

Abdullah also highlighted the importance of regional consensus and Pakistan’s collaboration for bringing peace in Afghanistan.

“Both sides reiterated that a reduction in violence could create an environment for negotiations between the two sides (government and Taliban),” read the statement.

Khan meanwhile invited Abdullah to visit Islamabad, a statement issued by Abdullah’s office said.

The discussion between the two coincided with a trip by a Taliban delegation, led by the group’s deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, to Pakistan.

On Tuesday, the Qatar-based group, met with Foreign Minister Mahmood Qureshi and discussed issues around the peace process.

In the meeting, Qureshi emphasized that “there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and that a political settlement was the only way forward.”

The “Foreign Minister underlined that this historic opportunity must be seized by the Afghan stakeholders to secure an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive negotiated political solution,” a statement issued by Qureshi’s office said.

Qureshi also reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to a peaceful, stable, united, democratic, and prosperous Afghanistan and emphasized the need for the implementation of the US-Taliban agreement signed in Doha in February so as to pave the way for the immediate start of intra-Afghan negotiations.

“The Foreign Minister also cautioned against ‘spoilers’ who did not wish to see the return of peace in the region,” the statement read.
In addition to discussions around peace, Qureshi also highlighted the importance of Pakistan-Afghanistan ties based on amity, shared history, and geography and reaffirmed Pakistan’s abiding solidarity with the people of Afghanistan.

He urged the international community to enhance its engagement for reconstruction and economic development of Afghanistan.

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Hekmatyar gives gov’t 10-day ultimatum to accept HIA demands

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Dozens of Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) supporters staged a protest rally in Kabul on Friday, demanding the release of the party’s prisoners from Afghan jails.

Addressing the marchers, the Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar set the government a 10-day deadline to meet their demands.

Hekmatyar warned that if the government failed to abide by conditions laid out in the gov’t-Hizb-e-Islami accord – which was signed in 2016 – the protests would be extended to other provinces.

“The Arg (Afghan Presidential Palace) must put aside deception and implement the Hezb-e-Islami agreement and release all our prisoners. We give a ten-day deadline,” Hekmatyar said.

Meanwhile, Hekmatyar claimed that the security forces have prevented his supporters from joining the protest in several parts of the city, aimed at curbing the demonstration.

A number of Hizb-e-Islami members have called on the Afghan security forces to respect civil rights and let the people raise their voices.

“Police, army, and the NDS forces are the children of the country, they have to let us raise our voices,” Abdul Sattar Khawasi a member of the party said.

Habiburrahman Hekmatyar, son of Hekmatyar stated: “If our demonstrations are stopped (police did not open the way toward the city), we will remove all the police checkpoints from the ways.”

The Afghan government and the Hizb-e-Islami leader Hekmatyar signed a peace treaty in 2016.

According to the agreement, Hekmatyar agreed to cease hostilities in exchange for government recognition of the group and support for the removal of US and United Nations sanctions against the group’s leader.

Based on the agreement, the government committed to grant Hekmatyar amnesty for all his past offenses and release Hizb-e-Islami inmates.

Ziaulhaq Amarkhil, a Senior Advisor to President Ghani in Political and Public Affairs and the Governor of Nangarhar, had stated in a tweet that the government released 1164 Hizb-e-Islami prisoners from Jails in 2020.

He said the government has no obligation to release those who are involved in cases of violation of human rights (Haqul Abd – due to mankind), kidnapping, drug trafficking, prisoners who are sentenced to death and are members of Daesh.

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Ghani calls for ECO’s active role in Afghan peace process

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has called on members of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), an Asian political and economic intergovernmental organization, to play role in supporting a durable peace in Afghanistan.

Addressing the 14th ECO Summit on Thursday, Ghani stated that Afghanistan is in “a truly historic open moment to make a just in lasting peace to a political Agreement to eradicate violence by achieving the in-state of a sovereign democratic in united Afghanistan.”

Ghani told the members of the ECO: “We count on and need your support to secure international and regional guarantees for securing Afghanistan’s future.”

“Pakistan is an especially significant role to play in supporting a lasting peace process for it is the country more likely most likely to suffer from the adverse Consequences god forbid of a failed peace process.” He said.

President Ghani emphasized the urgency for building peace in the war-weary country. 

“For 42 years we the people of Afghanistan have been denied the foundational right to peace it is time to stop the violence that has turned our beautiful country into a killing field,” Ghani noted.

He pointed out that ECO members’ support for a comprehensive ceasefire and to accelerate the negotiations in Doha is crucial.

We, the people and government of Afghanistan and our international partners, have a true sense of urgency to make and build peace. Your support for a comprehensive ceasefire to accelerate the negotiations in Doha is essential,” Ghani stated.

Meanwhile, Ghani has also called on the Taliban to condemn the recent violence across the country.

“The Taliban have a moral responsibility to condemn the violence and socialize peace to their commanders in their rank and file when we are ready to make peace their Violence has no religious justification as pointed out by some of the most prominent Muslim scholars,” Ghani said.

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16 People Killed in Badakhshan avalanche: official

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At least 16 people were killed following a major avalanche in the Raghistan district in the northeastern province of Badakhshan on Thursday, local officials said.

Badakhshan governor’s spokesman Nek Mohammad Nazari said five more people were wounded in the avalanche that happened in the Zarandab village in the district.

He said the area is under Taliban control, but added that efforts are underway to help those trapped.

In the other hand Bashir Samim, head of the Badakhshan provincial council, said that 16 people were killed and six others were injured in an avalanche in the Zarandab area, which is located in the middle of Raghistan district.

According to Samim the incident happened at around 09:30 am local time.

Samim asked the government to provide emergency assistance to the victims in the area.

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