Ariana News – Ariana News Bringing Afghan News to the World Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:05:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Four Countries Hold Talks in Abu Dhabi over Afghan Peace Process Thu, 15 Nov 2018 12:34:53 +0000 Representatives of Afghanistan, United States, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates attended a quadrilateral meeting in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday to discuss peace in Afghanistan, the Office of the National Security Council of Afghanistan (ONSC) said Thursday.

Hamdullah Mohib, the National Security Advisor of Afghanistan has attended at the meeting on behalf of Afghanistan and U.S. Peace Envoy Khalilzad represented Washington.

According to the ONSC, the quartet has committed to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

Meanwhile, Qazi Amin Waqad, a member of Afghan High Peace Council says the government has decided to open a new office for peace talks that will have members from the government, Taliban, Peace Council, and Political Parties. In addition, representatives of foreign countries will observe the activities of the new institution.

“Based on Taliban’s policy, this institution will be a national organization where Taliban will also partake and will work in coordination with this national organization,” Waqad said.

But experts are not optimistic regarding possible delays in the upcoming presidential election or with the establishment of an interim government as an effort to make peace with the Taliban insurgent group.

“If there is no commitment from the Taliban side, there is no need for delaying the national processes including the election. Delaying election cannot help the acceleration of peace talks,” said International Relations Expert Faramarz Tamana.

This comes after reports emerged that the U.S. Administration has given Zalmay Khalilzad, six months to broker peace in Afghanistan.

Taliban Facilitator Arrested, Arms Seized in Paktika Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:31:41 +0000 The Afghan intelligence agency has arrested a Taliban facilitator in Paktika province, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said on Thursday.

According to a statement released, NDS operatives have arrested a weapon and ammunition facilitator of the Taliban insurgent group with 179 light weapons in Surobi district of Paktika.

The statement further said that a Taliban commander, identified as Bahawol also known as Ayoubi, planned to transfer 168 pistols, seven AK47s, four Dragunov sniper rifles, and 4000 ammunition from Pakistan to Ghazni province in order to plot terrorist attacks.

The weapons were placed inside a Mazda truck which was full of woods, the statement concluded.

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Clashes Erupt Between Students at Kabul University Hostel Thu, 15 Nov 2018 09:54:57 +0000 Physical clashes reported on Thursday between students inside the Kabul University hostel.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that at least one student was killed and 10 others injured as result of the incident.

An eyewitness told Ariana News that Afghan security forces have arrived at the scene to control the situation.

Reportedly, a number of students wanted to stage a demonstration for an ongoing fighting in Ghazni province but some others have refused.

Police officials have not made a comment about the incident yet.

(This is a developing story.)

Brother of Slain Gen. Razeq Vows to Revenge Thu, 15 Nov 2018 07:43:57 +0000 Tadeen Khan, the Police Chief of Kandahar vows to revenge the assassination of his brother General Abdul Razeq.

In his first public interview on Wednesday, Khan emphasized that he will follow the way of late Gen. Raziq and will not allow any country including Pakistan, Iran, and Russia to interfere in Afghanistan and Kandahar affairs.

“I’m warning to the slaves of Punjab that I will reach you in anywhere God willing. Your future general will regret your action. Even if you are supported by Punjab, Iran or Russia, we will not let you,” Khan said.

The new Police Chief of Kandahar also promised to be more severe against the Taliban.

“Our pathway against Punjab is the same as [General Raziq]. I promise to the people of Kandahar and Afghanistan that I’m against thieves, ISI, Iran and Russia mercenaries,” he added.

Brother of slain Razeq further said that investigations are underway on the assassination of former Kandahar police chief.

Last month, General Razeq, the most influential man in the south, shot dead by an insider at the end of a meeting with the top U.S. general in Afghanistan. Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Exclusive Interview with Head of IECC Abdul Aziz Aryaee Thu, 15 Nov 2018 06:44:21 +0000

PAS AZ KHABAR: Increase of U.S. Airstrikes in Afghanistan Discussed Thu, 15 Nov 2018 06:41:47 +0000

NEGARISH: Russia – U.S. rivalry over peace at Afghanistan Discussed Thu, 15 Nov 2018 06:39:37 +0000

Taliban Attack Farah, Killing Dozens of Afghan Security Forces Thu, 15 Nov 2018 06:27:34 +0000 Taliban militants have launched widespread attacks over Farah City, Bala Buluk, Pusht-e-Koh, and Pusht Rod districts last night, killing dozens of Afghan security forces.

A security official who wished not to be named told Ariana News that more than 40 security forces were killed in Bala Buluk district and three security checkpoints also captured by the Taliban fighters.

Provincial Police Spokesman Muhibullah Muhib confirms that casualties have sustained to Afghan forces in Bala Buluk district, but says the number is less than being told.

He added that at least 37 Taliban militants were also killed by Afghan forces in Pusht-e-Koh and Pusht Rod districts.

According to Farah residents, Taliban have also attacked security checkpoints inside Farah city. Residents told Ariana News that the Taliban have a huge presence in Bagh-e-Pul area which is located inside the capital city of Farah province.

However, local security officials have confirmed the injury of two policemen inside Farah city.

Farah is among the volatile provinces in the west of Afghanistan where Taliban militants have a huge presence and usually carry out coordinated attacks against the government forces.

Politicians Welcome Possible Delay in Election with Skepticism Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:08:23 +0000 A number of political parties on Wednesday welcomed delays in the upcoming presidential election and the idea about the establishment of an interim government.

Politicians emphasize that they support any plan which can help to end the ongoing violence in Afghanistan.

“If it is only a three-month delay in the election that can help the acceleration of peace talks, then it is a good idea. During the period, Independent Election Commission can also take its required readiness,” said Anwar ul-Haq Ahady, Head of the New National Front Party of Afghanistan.

“We welcome any plan that ensures peace and stability, but these plans should not pave the ground for more instability,” Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, the Head of Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan said.

Meanwhile, some politicians are against the idea of interim government.

“It is not clear yet whether this plan is for holding a transparent election and peace process, or it is a plan for the continuity of President Ghani’s government under the name of the interim government,” Ahmad Wali Massoud, the Head of Massoud Foundation said.

Former Taliban members also praise the proposed plan but emphasize on withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

“Before delaying the election, there must be an agreement over the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan and then the Afghan government and Taliban can decide about the election,” said Sayed Akbar Agha, a former Taliban member and Leader of Rah-e-Nejat Afghanistan Council.

This comes a day after news emerged that Washington considers asking Afghanistan to postpone its presidential election. However, the Office of President Ashraf Ghani and U.S. embassy in Kabul announced that they are committed to timely presidential elections.

Seven Killed, Nine Injured in Baghlan Traffic Accident Wed, 14 Nov 2018 12:48:07 +0000 At least seven people were killed and nine others wounded in a traffic accident in Baghlan province, a local official said.

Abdul Azim Ghafari, Deputy of Baghlan Public Health Directorate, said the incident happened on Wednesday afternoon in Baghlan – Samangan highway in Kilagay area of Doshi district.

According to Ghafari, the incident took place when a passenger bus collided with two Toyota Corolla vehicles.

The victims of the incident include three children, three men, and a woman.

Accidents are common in Afghanistan’s highways where roads are often in a poor state.

Most of the traffic accidents are basically because of the carelessness, high-speed driving, insufficiency of traffic signs, and bad condition of the roads.

Eight Militants Including Three Foreigners Arrested in Kabul Wed, 14 Nov 2018 09:16:49 +0000

The Afghan intelligence Special Forces have arrested eight members of the Taliban and Daesh insurgent groups in the capital Kabul, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the spy agency, the detained individuals intended to carry out terrorist attacks on military and civilian targets in Kabul City.

The five Taliban militants were identified as Mohammad Raheem, Sharafuddin, Farid Ahmad, Habiburahman and Mohammad Musa.

The three arrested Daesh militants were identified as Noorullah, Noor Mohammad and Mohammad Afzal.

The statement further said that Daesh militants are residents of Turkey, Tajikistan, and Pakistan.

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PAS AZ KHABAR: Interview with Karen Decker, the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul Wed, 14 Nov 2018 04:38:45 +0000

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Afghan Govt Should Formulate Negotiating Team for Peace Talks – Karen Tue, 13 Nov 2018 16:29:34 +0000

Karen Decker,  the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul says the step that the Afghan government has to take is to formulate an authoritative negotiating team for peace talks with the Taliban.

Speaking to Ariana News, Karen Decker said that the U.S. has sent a strong signal for reaching a political settlement between the Taliban and the Afghan government by appointing Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad as special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation.

“…so the next step the one that the Afghan government is taking now is to formulate an authoritative negotiating team that is ready for political talks with an authoritative negotiating team from the Taliban,” she said.

Khalilzad has recently met with the Afghan government leaders including President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul and briefed them of his scheduled trip to regional countries including Pakistan, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates.

“Starting about a month ago Ambassador Khalilzad is meeting and will continue to meet…” she said.

According to Karen, the U.S. will continue its efforts in the Afghan peace process to ensure direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.   

Regarding the issue of drought which affected many provinces in Afghanistan, Karen said the U.S. has announced an addition $44 million in aid to address the drought issue in the country.  

“The drought is affecting almost the entire country; 20 of the 34 provinces are facing drought and Afghan people are suffering,” she said.