Ariana News – Ariana News Bringing Afghan News to the World Thu, 25 Apr 2019 15:35:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Order of the Afghan presidential candidates on ballots determined Thu, 25 Apr 2019 12:56:24 +0000 Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission(IEC) on Thursday held drawing that determined the order candidates’ names will appear before voters.

All 18 individuals who registered themselves as candidates for the poll made it to the final list.

The vote is scheduled for September 28. Rahmatullah Nabil will have his name first on the ballot, while; Zalmay Rasool name came last in the list. Meanwhile, Incumbent President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah secured 8th and 9th positions respectively.

The Order of presidential candidates on ballots are as follows:

  1. Rahmatullah Nabil

2. Syed Noorullah Jalili

3. Faramarz Tamana

4. Shaida Mohammad Abdali

5. Ahmad Wali Massoud

6. Nooru Rahman Lewal

7. Mohammad Shahab Hakimi

8. Ashraf Ghani

9. Abdullah Abdullah

10. Hakim Torsan

11. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

12. Abdul Latif Pedram

13. Noorulhaq Oloomi

14. Ibrahim Alokozay

15. Ghulam Farooq Nejrabi

16. Enayatullah Hafeez

17. Mohammad Haneef Atmar

18. Zalmay Rasool

Pakistan will not be party to any internal conflict in Afghanistan anymore: Imran Khan Thu, 25 Apr 2019 12:42:30 +0000 The Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said Pakistan will not be party to any internal conflict in Afghanistan anymore.

Describing the ongoing peace efforts ‘a historic opportunity for peace in the region’, Prime Minister said Pakistan was fully supporting the reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

“Afghanistan conflict has brought great suffering for both Afghanistan and Pakistan over the last 40 years. Now, after a long wait, the Afghanistan Peace Process presents a historic opportunity for peace in the region and Pakistan is fully supporting the process including the next logical step of Intra Afghan Dialogue wherein Afghans will themselves decide upon the future of their country,” he said in a statement.

Khan further said “In this backdrop, Pakistan is highly dismayed by the surge of violence in Afghanistan from all sides. The so-called offensives are condemnable and will undermine the peace process. It is not right to seek an edge in dialogue through coercion.”

“Pakistan implores all parties to recognize the importance of the moment and seize it. Pakistan has committed all diplomatic and security capital to the success of peace process. Pakistan will not be party to any internal conflict in Afghanistan anymore,” the statement added.

At least 8 Taliban militants killed in Zabul province Thu, 25 Apr 2019 12:31:05 +0000

The Afghan Military in the South has announced that 8 Taliban militants were killed and 17 others were captured during a clash with the security forces in southern Zabul province.

The 205th Atal Corps in a statement has said that during a joint clearing operation by the Afghan Special Forces and the 205th Corps, 17 insurgents have been captured in Nawbahar district of Zabul province.


The statement further indicated that the security forces encountered heavy clashes with the Taliban which resulted in eight Taliban killed and an additional five were injured.

Zabul Province has seen an increase of Taliban activity since the announcement of their spring offensive, Al Fath, however, Zabul security forces have taken steps under the security plan Operation Khalid, like this recent operation, to lower violence across the province and prevent future attacks by the Taliban.

The Taliban did not make any comment regarding the incident yet.

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Taliban Shadow District Governor Arrested in Jawzjan Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:14:16 +0000 Afghan special forces have arrested a shadow district governor of Taliban in Jawzjan province, an official said on Thursday.

Provincial governor spokesman Fridoon Aniq said that Mawlawi Obaidullah the shadow district governor of Taliban for Faizabad district of Jawzjan province was arrested during a special operation by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in the Shabarghan city, the capital of Jawzjan.

He said the individual was arrested while he wanted to visit Sufi Qala village of Shabarghan city.

According to the provincial governor spokesman, the Taliban official was planning to deteriorate the security situation of Shabarghan city localities.

Meanwhile, Alif Shah the district governor of Faizabad district says the Taliban official was in charge of nearly 200 militants in the area.

Taliban has not made a comment about the report yet.

Afghan Forces Taking Extra Measures to Protect Peace Jirga Wed, 24 Apr 2019 13:25:02 +0000 The Afghan security forces have taken extra security measures for holding the upcoming Consultative Loya Jirga on Peace in the capital Kabul.

The security forces have been assigned in different parts of the city, especially at the entry gates of the city. Security forces can be seen in any corner of the city.

However, Kabul residents criticize regarding road closures during such events, adding the security situation of the city is getting worse day by day.

“The intelligence agencies are very weak because they cannot prevent from the occurrence of security incidents,” said Fridoon, a resident of Kabul.

“Despite all security measures, something is always happening. I hope this Jirga ends without any violence,” said Hafiz, another resident of Kabul.

Nusrat Rahimi, Spokesman of the Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoIA) says that all major roads will not be closed for traffic during the program.

Meanwhile, an official who is appointed to organize Jirga says preparations are ongoing to hold the Jirga on-time.

“Urozgan province representatives have been transferred to the capital Kabul and the rest of participants will be transferred based on a timetable,” said Abdul Rashid Ayoubi, a Spokesman for Peace Jirga.

The Consultative Peace Jirga is due to be organized on April 29 in Kabul where around 3,000 people from all walks of society will come together to discuss peace and reconciliation with the Taliban insurgent group.

Moscow to Host Trilateral Meeting on Afghan Peace Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:48:54 +0000

Moscow will host a trilateral meeting on the Afghan peace on Thursday between Russia, China, and the United States.

On Wednesday, the Russian embassy in Kabul said in a statement that the meeting will be held at special representatives’ level in Moscow on April 25.

According to the statement, the direct U.S.-Taliban peace talks and the perspective of a national reconciliation process will be discussed in the meeting.

Russia has said it is in favor of coordinating international efforts for Afghan peace so that the “interests of regional states and Afghanistan’s neighbors” are reflected in peace-related meetings.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s High Peace Council (HPC) expects the meeting to help Afghanistan reach to peace and stability.

“We hope the meeting pave the way for an intra-Afghan dialogue and ceasefire in the country,” said Asadullah Zairi, Deputy Spokesman of HPC.

Afghan experts are hopeful about the outcome of such meetings.

“Afghanistan’s war has its internal, regional and international aspects. Without the cooperation of regional powers such as Russia, U.S., and China, it is impossible to solve the issue of Afghanistan,” said Ahmad Saeedi, a political commentator.

“I believe the interference of Russia and China and their meeting with the U.S. will have a positive impact on the Afghan peace process,” said Sayed Akbar Agha, a former Taliban member.

By: Hesamuddin Hesam

Khalilzad Says Important Steps Not Taken for Launch of Intra-Afghan Dialogue Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:01:37 +0000

U.S. Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad says that important steps have not been taken for the launch of an intra-Afghan dialogue to end the long-lasting war in Afghanistan.

Speaking in a video message to the Afghan youth at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Khalilzad once again emphasized the need for preserving the achievements of the last 18 years.

Ambassador Khalilzad said that he has negotiated the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan in exchange that the insurgent group would guarantee that Afghanistan would not harbor terrorists who could threaten Americans or their allies.

However, he emphasized that important steps have not been taken for the launch of an intra-Afghan dialogue between the Afghan government and the Taliban insurgent group and “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed”.

“So far there is no improvement regarding a permanent ceasefire and ending the war. Agreement over all these issues will take time,” Khalilzad said.

In addition, he reiterated that the war in Afghanistan must end while preserving the gains of the post-2001.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass says that Washington is committed for supporting Afghanistan and Afghans must also strive to bring peace and have a peaceful and dignified life.

Some Afghan youths say they are optimistic regarding the ongoing U.S. efforts for Afghanistan reconciliation.

Fawad Aman, a journalist in Kabul and a participant of the event said that Mr. Khalilzad has assured youths that there will be no deal over the achievements of the past years.

Another participant, Omid Wardak said that he is hopeful about the ongoing peace efforts.

This comes as Mr. Khalilzad has started the seventh round of his trips to Afghanistan, United Kingdom, Russia, India, Pakistan, and Qatar from April 21 to May 11 in order to facilitate a political settlement that end the conflict in Afghanistan.

By: Hesamuddin Hesam

Taliban Attack Security Outposts in Farah Wed, 24 Apr 2019 10:40:16 +0000

At least two policemen were killed after Taliban militants attacked security checkpoints in Anar Dara district of western Farah province, an official said on Wednesday.

Provincial police spokesman Muhibullah Muhib confirmed the incident, adding that Afghan security forces have pushed back Taliban attacks.

He further said that casualties have been inflicted to the Taliban militants as well but the exact figure was unknown.

Meanwhile, a Taliban spokesman claims they have inflicted heavy casualties to the police forces in the province.

Farah is among the volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgent group is actively operating in a number of its districts and usually carrying out attacks against Afghan forces.

UNAMA Report Shows 23 Percent Decrease in Civilian Casualties Wed, 24 Apr 2019 07:07:45 +0000

The U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) says in a report that the number of civilian casualties from the Afghan conflicts has a 23 percent decrease compared to the same period last year.

In the first quarter of 2019, the UNAMA continued to document high levels of harm to civilians from the armed conflict. From 1 January to 31 March 2019, UNAMA documented 1,773 civilian casualties (581 deaths and 1,192 injured), including 582 child casualties (150 deaths and 432 injured), the report says.

This represents a 23 percent decrease in overall civilian casualties as compared to the same period last year and is the lowest for a first quarter since 2013, the report adds.

The overall reduction of civilian casualties was driven by a decrease in civilian casualties by suicide improvised explosive device (IED) attacks, the report notes.

UNAMA notes the particularly harsh winter conditions during the first three months of the year, which may have contributed to this trend, the report underscores.

It is unclear whether the decrease in civilian casualties was influenced by any measures taken by parties to the conflict to better protect civilians, or by the ongoing talks between parties to the conflict, the report says.

UNAMA says that the mission remains very concerned by the continued targeting of civilians and increase in civilian casualties from the use of non-suicide IEDs by Anti-Government Elements, as well as significant increases in civilian casualties from aerial and search operations, which drove an overall increase in civilian casualties by Pro-Government Forces.

Civilian deaths attributed to Pro-Government Forces surpassed those attributed to Anti-Government Elements during the first quarter of 2019, the report further says.

Between 1 January and 31 March 2019, UNAMA attributed 608 civilian casualties (305 deaths and 303 injured) to Pro-Government Forces, representing a 39 percent increase from the same period last year.

UNAMA notes with concern that Pro-Government Forces were responsible for more civilian deaths than Anti-Government Elements during the first quarter of 2019. UNAMA attributed 17 percent of civilian casualties to the Afghan national security forces, 13 percent to international military forces, two percent to pro-Government armed groups, and two percent to multiple Pro-Government Forces.

Between 1 January and 31 March 2019, UNAMA recorded 18 incidents that impacted education, 4 12 of which were attributed to Anti-Government Elements, four to Pro-Government Forces, and two jointly to Anti-Government Elements and Pro-Government Forces. Four of these incidents involved attacks by Taliban targeting girls’ schools in Farah province, mostly in areas under their control, including setting the school buildings and equipment on fire. While no casualties were recorded, the attacks spread fear among the students and their families and led to school closures, affecting education for almost 3000 girls.

During the first three months of 2019, Anti-Government Elements remained responsible for the majority of civilian casualties, causing 963 civilian casualties (227 deaths and 736 injured), representing a 36 percent decrease as compared to the same time period in 2018, the report adds.

According to the report, UNAMA attributed 39 percent of civilian casualties to Taliban, 12 percent to Daesh and three percent to unidentified Anti-Government Elements.

UNAMA remains seriously concerned about Anti-Government Element attacks that deliberately target civilians, including the civilian government administration. 

Afghanistan, Tajikistan to Face in Football Friendly Match Wed, 24 Apr 2019 06:18:16 +0000

Afghanistan national football team in a friendly match to face with Tajikistan national football team on June 7, 2019.

The match reportedly to be held in Dushanbe city, the capital of Tajikistan.

It comes as Head coach of Afghanistan’s national football team, Anoush Dastgir, has also urged the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) for holding a match against Iran in Tehran.

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Election97: General Attorney Yet to Finalize Cases of Former Electoral Officials Wed, 24 Apr 2019 05:16:05 +0000

Pas Az Khabar: AIHRC Records Over 11,000 Civilian Casualties in 1397 Wed, 24 Apr 2019 05:10:13 +0000

IECC Says All Presidential Candidates Are Qualified Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:18:17 +0000 The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Tuesday said that all candidates for Afghanistan’s presidential election have found their way to the final list to run for president.

Speaking at a televised press conference, Zuhra Bayan Shinwari the Chief of IECC said, there was no complaint against any presidential candidates; therefore, the IECC sent the final list of candidates to the Independent Election Commission (IEC) for the announcement.

At the same event, Mohammad Qasim Elyasi the spokesman of IECC added that the final list of candidates was sent to the IEC after several legal assessments completed by the IECC.

A total of 18 individuals have nominated themselves as candidates for the upcoming presidential election in Afghanistan.

The Afghan presidential election was initially scheduled for April 20 but was delayed until July 20, then pushed back again until 28 September 2019.

By: Hesamuddin Hesam

AIHRC Records Over 11,000 Civilian Casualties in 1397 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 13:28:31 +0000 Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Tuesday said that it has recorded more than 11,000 civilian casualties (3,032 deaths and 8,180 injured) last year in Afghanistan.

According to the AIHRC, civilian casualties have risen 19 percent in 1397 compared with the previous year.

In its annual report for 1397, AIHRC says its findings show that 21 percent of the casualties include children, adding that women casualties have also increased by 17 percent compared to the year 1396.

The report attributes 53 percent of the casualties to the Taliban, over 12 percent to the Islamic State also known as Daesh, over 11 percent to pro-government forces, and 22 percent to unknown elements.

The majority of these casualties were caused by suicide attacks, the human rights commission said.

“Any side causes civilian casualties must be held accountable at a court. The culture of impunity must be eradicated,” said Sima Samar, the Head of AIHRC.

By: Hesamuddin Hesam

Gov’t Decision to Open New Parliament Draws Criticism Tue, 23 Apr 2019 12:39:10 +0000 According to government officials, President Ashraf Ghani is expected to inaugurate the National Assembly in the upcoming Friday.

However, electoral observers and experts criticize the decision of opening the National Assembly, saying the move will create a new crisis if the new parliament is opened before the announcement of the final result of parliamentary elections for all provinces.

They also emphasized that the cases of former electoral officials must be finalized before the inauguration of the new parliament.

“When the operators [former commissioners] are under investigation by the judicial organs, the action and decisions the operators have taken are not correct,” said Daud Ali Najafi, former Chief Secretary of Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC).

“If the National Assembly is inaugurated, the electoral commissions will continue the old scenarios,” said Yousuf Rasheed, Chief Executive Officer of the Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA).

Nearly six months ago, Afghans cast their votes for parliamentary election candidates, but so far the IEC has announced the final results for 28 provinces.

By: Hesamuddin Hesam

36 Taliban Insurgents Killed in Ghazni Joint Operation Tue, 23 Apr 2019 10:23:33 +0000

At least 36 Taliban militants were killed in several air and ground operations conducted jointly by the Afghan and coalition forces in Ghazni province, a local official said on Tuesday.

Arif Noori, a spokesman for the provincial governor told Ariana News that the operations were conducted in the provincial capital Ghazni city and in Ab band, Andar, Nawa and Deh Yak districts of the province.

According to Noori, at least 36 Taliban insurgents including a group’s key commander were killed and 12 others wounded during the military raids.

The Taliban commander was identified as Mullah Ramazan.

Nine Taliban insurgents were also detained during the operations, Noori said.

A weapon cache and at least 46 vehicles of the Taliban were also destroyed during the raids, he added.

The Taliban militant group has not made a comment about the incidents yet.

On Sunday night, the Afghan Special Forces had launched an operation in Qarabagh district of Ghazni where at least nine Taliban militants were killed and 10 captives freed from their prison.

Ghazni is among the insecure provinces in southern Afghanistan where the Taliban militants are actively operating in a number of its districts including the capital city of the province.

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