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Afghan refugees killed in Iran; MFA investigating the case

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The Afghan Foreign Ministry said in a statement that they have been investigating the burning of a vehicle carrying Afghan nationals in the Iranian city of Yazd.

Afghanistan’s ambassador to Iran blames the human traffickers for their failure to comply with traffic rules which led to the burning of the Afghan refugees’ transport.

One day after the burning of a car carrying Afghan refugees in Yazd province of Iran, the Afghan ambassador, who went to Yazd to investigate the incident, met with the injured, said that the car caught fire because of the human trafficker’s negligence on following the traffic rules.

“First, the Iranian police shoot at the car’s tire, and the smuggler speeds up until the car hits the roadside barrier and catches fire,” said Ghafoor Liwal, Afghan ambassador to Iran.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, three Afghan refugees were killed and five others were injured in the incident.

“Iran’s treatment of Afghan refugees is against human rights law,” said Naeem Nazari, deputy commissioner for human rights.

The incident has sparked a wave of reactions on social media, with users highlighting the incident and criticizing Iranian leaders.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has never taken a long-standing action regarding the plight of Afghan refugees,” said Faramarz Tamana, a former head of the MoFa’s Center for Strategic Relations.

The Afghan Foreign Ministry added that it would proceed with the matter with its counterpart as per the outcomes of the investigation.

It is worth mentioning, weeks ago, reports indicated that the Iranian border guards had thrown and killed a number of Afghan refugees in the Harirud River. This was followed by the Afghan and Iranian governments assigning a joint delegation to look into it; however, the results are pending.

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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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