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Atta Noor Accuses ARG of Provoking Ethnic Dissensions

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Atta Mohammad Noor, Governor of northern Balkh and the leader of Jamiat-e-Islami Party of Afghanistan accused the Presidential Palace (ARG) of provoking ethnic dissensions.

Speaking at the first gathering of new ‘Coalition for Salvation of Afghanistan’ in Mazar-e-Sharif on Tuesday, Noor criticized the government over monopolization of power.

“We want justice and participation of all ethic sects in [power], minor  in ARG even provoked dissension among Pashtuns,” Noor said.

 He also raised concerns over the security situation in country.

He said the security is deteriorating in the country and hundreds of Afghans are losing their lives, adding that the incompetent security officials should be dismissed.

Governor Noor also demanded unconditional return of First Vice President, General Abdul Rashid Dostum to Kabul and to in his main position.

On its part, Second Deputy to Chief Executive, Mohammad Mohaqiq said that with formation of new coalition, the government has no voting power to continue.

Mohaqiq said that they are not aiming to topple the government or commit violence but to bring reforms in the government.

“With formation of National Unity Government, dissentions and injustice have raised,” Mohaqiq added.

He also called on the government to do not prevent return of VP Dostum to the country.

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11 Taliban militants killed – Paktia

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At least 11 Taliban militants were killed in clashes with the Afghan forces and in mine explosions in Paktia province.

Provincial security officials said that the militants carried out attacks on security outposts in the Kelkin area in Mirzaka district of Paktia on Friday night.

At least five insurgents were killed and four others wounded in the counterattack, the officials added.

According to the officials, a security guard of Paktia police chief was also killed in the incident.

Meanwhile, six Taliban fighters – four in Ahmad Khel district and two in Khoshmand district – were killed in their own mine blasts while they were attempting to plant roadside mines to target civilians and the Afghan forces, the 203 Thunder Corps said in a statement.

The Taliban militant group yet to make a comment about the incidents.

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Khalilzad, Qataris, Taliban discuss development opportunities in Afghanistan

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The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Qatari officials discussed the possibility of co-investing in Afghan projects to “consolidate peace and unlock regional prosperity.”

Khalilzad said in a series tweets that he and Adam Boehler, the CEO of the US International Development Finance Corporation, who is accompanying him during his trip on Afghan peace, met with officials of Qatar Investment Authority and Qatar Fund For Development in Doha.

“We discussed the possibility of co-investing in Afghan projects to consolidate peace and unlock regional prosperity. The potential to amplify investment impact in Afghanistan with like-minded partners is real,” Khalilzad tweeted.

Khalilzad also met with Mullah Baradar the deputy Taliban leader in Doha on Thursday. The group’s spokesman said in a statement that the meeting focused on the Afghan peace process, quick release of prisoners, the commencement of intra-Afghan negotiations, and other related issues.

“We underscored the economic development opportunities that will follow a sustainable peace,” said Khalilzad, “We agreed developing plans in support of peace can never start too early, assuming the two sides can overcome final hurdles on the path to intra-Afghan negotiations.”

Mullah Baradar and his team were engaged and the Taliban recognize all Afghans will have to make compromises in order to draw in the required investment in Afghanistan’s future, the US Envoy tweeted.

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Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan to expand trade ties

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Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, and Azerbaijan have agreed to form a joint committee to expand trade and transportation relations. 

The leaders of the three countries in an online meeting discussed the formation of a joint committee that could work on regional connectivity, railway development, fiber optics, and transportation.

In a tripartite meeting between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, the three leaders discussed trade cooperation. They agreed on the proposal of the President of Azerbaijan to form a joint delegation, which includes ministers of transport and other officials from the three countries.

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani welcomed the proposal of the President of Azerbaijan to form a joint delegation of the three countries

At the meeting, the President of Turkmenistan supported the plan of the port of Aqina and Turgundi to better transmit commercial goods.

“So the first thing is to welcome President Aliyev’s suggestion backed by President Berdimuhamedow that we form a joint task force at the level of heads of transports and other relevant ministries from the three ministries,” said Afghan Pres. Ghani.

During the meeting, Mr. Ghani also announced the development of a railway in Afghanistan, saying that the country needs 4,000 to 6,000 kilometers of railways for economic development and that international partners have expressed readiness to cooperate in this area.

Turkmenistan has expanded the railway network to the ports of Aqina and Torghundi for trade with Afghanistan, which the Afghan government wants to become standard ports.

Ashraf Ghani added: “We are creating dry ports to eight locations in Afghanistan… the finance development cooperation of the United States is now willing and ready to work with us to offer guarantees.”

 In the past, Afghans relied heavily on the Pakistani port of Karachi for trade with the world. With the opening of Iran’s Chabahar port and the opening of new transit routes through Central Asian countries, Afghanistan has been able to reduce its reliance on the port of Karachi in recent years

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