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Arrangements to release 2,000 more Taliban prisoners

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(Last Updated On: June 13, 2020)

The Taliban technical delegations and the Afghan government are preparing a list of 2,000 other Taliban prisoners for release in Kabul.

An inside government source said that the government may not agree to release some of the prisoners on the list, so the release of 2,000 prisoners will begin after taking a review of the list.

Nonetheless, President Ghani has said that the 2,000 Taliban prisoners will be released soon.

Latif Mahmood, a deputy presidential spokesman, said, “The release of the detainees is a fundamental decision of the government to end the violence, secure the ceasefire and speed up the peace process. We expect the opposition to stop violence and engage in peace (talks) which is the main desire of people.”

With the release of 2,000 other prisoners, the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners will be completed based on the US-Taliban agreement.

Ahmad Saeedi, a political expert, said, “The release of 5,000 prisoners is being done under the pressure of the United States and Zalmay Khalilzad. He (Khalilzad) made this clear during a recent meeting with the three Afghan leaders: Hamid Karzai, Ashraf Ghani, and Abdullah Abdullah that the talks will not start unless the prisoner releases are completed.”

As the peace process progresses, the Office of the National Security Council says 89 civilians were killed and 150 others wounded in Taliban military operations in the past two weeks – a claim denied by the Taliban.

“In the last two weeks alone, they have martyred 89 civilians and wounded 150 others in 29 provinces, contrary to all human, Islamic and war principles,” said Jawid Faisal, the spokesman for the ONSC.

Although government sources acknowledge that violence has declined in the graph, violence has not been significantly reduced as expected by the government.

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Russia’s Putin won’t attend G20 summit in person

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the G20 summit in Rome in person this month, but will take part via video link, the Kremlin said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Kremlin said Putin informed Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi about his plans in a telephone call during which they also discussed the situation in Afghanistan and bilateral issues.

This comes after the United Sates announced that will not join international talks on Afghanistan organized by Russia this week due to logistical reasons, but is open to participating in the future, the State Department said on Monday.

Moscow is hosting talks on Wednesday with officials from the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), China and Pakistan, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special representative was quoted as saying last week.

“We will not participate in the Moscow talks. The Troika-plus has been an effective, a constructive forum. We look forward to engaging in that forum going forward, but we’re not in a position to take part this week,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said.

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IEA Council of Ministers meet to discuss numerous issues

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(Last Updated On: October 19, 2021)

A meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) was held on Monday at the Presidential Palace in Kabul under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, Zabiullah Mujahid, the deputy minister of information and culture said in a statement.

The meeting was followed by a report back on the economic activities carried out by the Deputy Prime Minister, Mawlavi Abdul Salam Hanafi, read the statement.

According to the IEA the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amir Khan Mottaqi also provided information on important issues related to foreign trips and meetings with foreign representatives.

During the meeting necessary decisions were also taken on some important issues, Mujahid said.

A delegation was also formed from the agencies of Nadir Pakhtun Markets, in Kabul, and for mining. These were tasked to discuss in principle the modalities of starting construction work as soon as possible and submit plans in order for the implementation of the plans, the statement said.

Also higher education officials were instructed to take serious steps to standardize the affairs of universities and urged the officials of private universities to attract students to the relevant faculties after obtaining the necessary legal licenses.

Meanwhile, in order to control and organize the affairs of NGOs, the relevant commissions were tasked to evaluate the course of affairs, the activities of which should be tailored to the interests of the country in all respects and in accordance with the policies of the Islamic Emirate.

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India plans to send food to Afghanistan

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India plans to send food and medical aid to Afghanistan amid warnings that the nation could face a catastrophic famine this winter.

India is considering options to transport 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat and medical aid to Afghanistan. This, however, will be subject to Pakistan’s approval.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called for “urgent and unhindered” humanitarian assistance to Afghan citizens.

Speaking at the G20 summit on Afghanistan, Modi had noted that the Afghan people have a great feeling of friendship for India and that every Indian feels the pain of Afghan people facing hunger and malnutrition.

Meanwhile, UN World Food Programme (WFP) had earlier said it is in touch with India to donate wheat to Afghanistan.

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