Latest News – Ariana News Bringing Afghan News to the World Mon, 24 Jun 2019 15:08:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Robbers Kill Young Man in Daylight to Get His Money, Mobile Mon, 24 Jun 2019 15:08:11 +0000 Two unidentified armed robbers killed a young man in PD6 area of the capital Kabul on Sunday afternoon.

The robbers have used a knife to kill the man after he has refused to give his money – around 1,000 Afghanis – and his mobile phone.

Family members of the victim say that the man was killed when he went out to buy medicine from a pharmacy for his sick wife.

The victim has lost his brother, father, and mother in different incidents in the past and has left two children and a sick wife behind who are living at a rental house.

Kabul police say that the case is under investigation but they have not found the culprits yet.

Criminal incidents have tremendously increased in the capital Kabul where a man can get killed for a smartphone or for a small amount of money.

This comes as Kabul residents are making their daily commutes in fear.

Presidential Candidates Vow to Launch Massive Rally from Ghazi Stadium Mon, 24 Jun 2019 14:04:47 +0000 The presidential candidates and their supporters are set to launch their demonstration against the continuation of President Ashraf Ghani’s tenure on Tuesday.

Shahab Hakimi, a presidential candidate announced on Monday that they will launch a huge protest early on Tuesday morning from Ghazi stadium in the east of Kabul.

Mohammad Mohaqiq, Second Deputy Chief Executive and running mate of a presidential candidate said that the protesters will demand President Ghani to step down.

“We have repeatedly told the government that its time is finished but they didn’t listen to us. We have undertaken a number of initiatives including demonstrations, holding negotiations with the Taliban and Pakistan and so on,” Mohaqiq said.

According to the Afghan Constitution, the legal tenure of President Ghani has ended on May 22.

However, the Supreme Court of Afghanistan extended his service term until the re-election of a new president which raised widespread reactions by the presidential candidates.

The Council of Presidential Candidates suggested Ghani to either step down from his presidency or refrain from his candidacy.

The candidates accuse President Ghani of misusing from government resources.

This comes as the Afghan presidential palace is scheduled to be held on September 28 this year.

Afghan War Is Not an Internal Issue: Atmar Mon, 24 Jun 2019 13:28:33 +0000 Mohammad Hanif Atmar, an Afghan presidential candidate on Monday said that the ongoing war in Afghanistan is not an internal issue and we should not seek an internal solution to end it.

Speaking at the Afghan Peace Conference titled “Lahore Process” in Pakistan, Atmar said that a regional and international consensus is needed for peace in Afghanistan.

He added that a peace agreement that does not preserve the right of the people is not acceptable.

Meanwhile, Atmar called on Pakistan to support the Afghan peace process and pave the way for an intra-Afghan dialogue.

Recently, dozens of Afghan politicians including Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Atta Mohammad Noor, Chairman of High Peace Council Karim Khalili, Second Deputy Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqiq, and Hanif Atmar attended at a conference in Lahore city of Pakistan.

In the inaugural ceremony of the conference on Saturday, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qurishi said Pakistan is committed in its efforts to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Not A Good Time To Raise The Issue of Durand Line: Ministry of Borders Mon, 24 Jun 2019 12:59:57 +0000 The Afghan Ministry of Borders and Tribal Affairs on Monday said that it is not a good time to raise the issue of the Durand Line with Pakistan.

In response to the recent remarks by Atta Mohammad Noor the Chief Executive of Jamiat-e Islami party, Abdul Waheed Khawari a spokesman for the Ministry of Border Affairs said that individuals and governments cannot make a decision about the fate of the Durand Line because it is “a very big issue”.

“We can hold a referendum when we have peace in our country,” Khawari said.

Afghanistan has never accepted the Durand Line as the main border with Pakistan.

Sayed Naveed Amiri, an international relations commentator says that Afghanistan needs to finalize the issue of peace with the Taliban and then both Pakistan and Afghanistan can discuss the Durand Line.

This comes a day after Atta Mohammad Noor, a prominent Afghan politician suggested that a referendum must be held to decide regarding the issue of the Durand Line between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Noor added that it is the main problem between the two countries and people living on both sides of the Line can make a decision in this regard.

Afghan Parliament Set to Hold New Speaker Election Mon, 24 Jun 2019 12:28:40 +0000 After weeks of tensions between lawmakers, the only controversial vote in favor of Mir Rahman Rahmani was identified invalid by the majority members at the end of a secret ballot on Monday.

As a result of today’s election, Mr. Rahmani failed to become the parliament speaker.

New faces including Mr. Rahmani will run for the position of the parliament speaker on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Malek Qais, an elderly member of the House was appointed as the interim speaker.

Last month, lawmakers in the lower house of parliament divided after the interim speaker of the House announced Mir Rahman Rahmani, an MP from Parwan province, as the winner at the end of an election.

His rival, Kamal Naser Osuli, an MP from Khost province, refused to accept the decision.

Several committees were formed to resolve the issue but all efforts had no breakthrough.

Kabul – Sharjah Air Corridor Inaugurated Mon, 24 Jun 2019 09:55:47 +0000 The Officials inaugurated Kabul – Sharjah air corridor on Monday, Afghan officials said.

According to the Afghan Ministry of Industry and Commerce, the first flight carried two tons of fresh apricots to the Sharjah City of the United Arab Emirates.

The announcement was made today by Ajmal Ahmadi, the Afghan minister of industry and commerce and economic advisor to President Ashraf Ghani.

Afghanistan launched its National Air Corridor Program to grow its economy and create employment opportunities.

In 2017, the Afghan government launched the “Afghanistan-India Air Corridor” to facilitate trade between Kabul and New Delhi via air freight.

Following that the Afghan government expanded it to several other countries including Turkey, Saudi Arabia, European Union, Kazakhstan, China, and UAE.

Taliban Threatens Afghan Media to Stop Ads Against the Group Mon, 24 Jun 2019 09:27:59 +0000 The Taliban insurgent group on Monday threatened Afghan media to stop airing anti-Taliban advertisements unless they will be a military target.

In a statement released, the insurgent group has set a one-week ultimatum for all radio stations and TV channels to stop the anti-Taliban advertisements paid for by the government.

The Taliban adds that those media outlets that refuse to do this will be considered enemy intelligence nests and their journalists and others staffs will not be safe.

The Afghan security institutions pay media outlets to broadcast advertisements so that people inform security forces if they see any suspicious activities.

This comes as the insurgent group has attacked media outlets in the past due to different reasons.

Baghlan Police Arrested a Suspect on Accusation of Drug Trafficking Mon, 24 Jun 2019 05:13:42 +0000 The police in northern Baghlan province said on Sunday that a suspect was arrested on accusation of drug (Heroin) smuggling.

Colonel Neyazmand, police chief of Baghlan province, said that the drugs were loaded in a Hino truck in Kunduz province.

According to Mr. Neyazmand, the smuggler wanted to transfer the drugs to Kabul.

The smuggler was identified by the Counter Narcotic Police in the Shamarq checking point of Pul-e-Khumre before reaching to their destination, he further added.

The suspect’s case will be submitted to the Justice and judiciary institutions once their detection file completed.

Formers Succeed to Grow Banana Trees in Helmand Sun, 23 Jun 2019 14:36:35 +0000 Formers in Helmand succeeded to grow banana trees as an effort to replace the cultivation of narcotic drugs in the province.

The Agriculture Directorate of Helmand said on Sunday that they have researched the cultivation of banana on nine plants.

Formers seems to be very happy for being able to cultivate the fruit and are eyeing to have the production of banana in the near future.

“I hope our trees give us banana and grow bigger,” said Jama Gul, a former in Helmand.

Rafiullah Qalam, an agricultural expert in the province believes that Helmand weather is good for cultivating any plant and urges the farmers to cultivate other plants instead of poppy.

This comes as banana consumption is huge in Afghanistan which is mainly imported from Pakistan and India.

Redesigning of Kabul Crossroads Costs $4m: Municipality Sun, 23 Jun 2019 14:15:00 +0000 The Kabul Municipality has allocated 330 million Afghanis (an estimation of $4m) to redesign the crossroads in the capital Kabul as an effort to reduce the heavy traffic in the city.

The official said on Sunday that the project started five months ago and is still underway.

Nargis Mohmand, a spokesperson for Kabul Municipality said the budget has been provided from the municipality revenues.

However, economic experts say that the project has no positive outcome and express concerns regarding the existence of corruption in the project.

Salim Tofan, an Afghan economical expert said considering the budget what has been done is quite different.

At the same time, drivers also criticize the move, saying it has created more traffic jams in some crossroads.

Musa, a taxi driver in the capital Kabul, said that the municipality is implementing the project but then the destroy what they have constructed.

The Kabul municipality and traffic police have failed to reduce the heavy traffic jams in Kabul.

IEC Accused of Registering Ghost Voters Sun, 23 Jun 2019 13:50:32 +0000 The Independent Election Commission has announced the number of newly registered voters over 100,000 but electoral observers describe this figure as deceptive and inaccurate.

“IEC presents an imaginary number of registered voters. The commission has failed in this process, therefore, they want to pretend that they have succeeded,” said Habibullah Shinwari, member of a Kabul-based electoral monitoring organization.

The electoral observers say that the “imaginary voters” provides the opportunity for frauds in the upcoming presidential election.

“In fact, the IEC officials want the people not to vote so there is an opportunity for committing fraud,” said Abdul Aziz Aryaee, a former IEC official.

Recently, IEC began the voters’ registration process for the upcoming presidential election that will last for a period of twenty days.

The commission is expecting to register over 1.5 million voters.

However, Abdul Aziz Ibrahimi, the deputy spokesperson for IEC says that the voters’ registration process will be extended in Ghazni province.

“The voters’ registration process will not be extended in other provinces except in Ghazni due to the closure of some of the registration centers because of security issues,” Ibrahimi said.

The voters’ registration process will end on the 29th of June.

This comes after IEC criticized for its failure to implement public awareness campaigns for the voter’s registration process.

Seventh Round of US-Taliban Talks to Begin on June 29 Sun, 23 Jun 2019 13:38:02 +0000 Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, said in a tweet on Saturday that the seventh round of the U.S. dialogue with the Taliban will begin on June 29th in Doha.

“Based on my recent visits to Afghanistan and Qatar, I believe all sides want rapid progress,” tweeted Khalilzad.

In this round of the negotiations, the Taliban is expected to focus on the timeline of the foreign forces withdraw from Afghanistan while the U.S. team will focus on a ceasefire and intra-Afghan dialogue.

“If the Taliban and the United States do not reach an agreement, there is a huge possibility that the talks will face a deadlock,” said Nazar Mohammad Motamein, a pro-Taliban political commentator.

The Afghan government has always said that intra-Afghan dialogue is the only way for peace agreement but the Taliban has so far denied to sit with Ghani’s government, calling it a puppet regime.

“We demand the U.S. and the Taliban to agree on an intra-Afghan dialogue in their seventh round of talks as the problem will only be solved this way,” said Ghafoor Ahmad Jawid, the Spokesperson for the High Peace Council.

This comes the U.S. officials have said that they will not withdraw from Afghanistan unless they are assured that Afghanistan cannot be a threat to Washington and its allies.

4 Killed, 3 Injured in Herat Traffic Accident Sun, 23 Jun 2019 13:22:36 +0000 At least four people including women were killed and three others wounded in a traffic accident in western Herat province of Afghanistan on Sunday, a local official said.

The incident happened after a small vehicle collided with a truck in Herat-Islam Qala highway.

An official in Herat central hospital said that the wounded victims were under their treatment.

The health condition of the wounded people said to be stable.

According to the Herat central hospital, they receive at least one thousand patients of traffic accidents every month.

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.

Noor Suggests Holding A Referendum On Durand Line Sun, 23 Jun 2019 12:30:24 +0000 Atta Mohammad Noor, the Chief Executive of Jamiat-e Islami party suggests that a referendum must be held to decide regarding the issue of the Durand line between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Speaking at the Afghan Peace Conference titled “Lahore Process” in Pakistan, Noor suggested that Afghanistan and Pakistan should resolve the issue of the long-lasting Durand line with the support of other countries.

“let’s move based on realities. There are some issues that no one can courage to tell. The Durand Line, the water and transit issues are the main problems between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Let’s take courage and resolve the Durand Line issue. A referendum must be held for people living on both sides of the Durand Line,” Noor said.

Meanwhile, participants of the conference called on Pakistan to use its influence over the Taliban insurgent group to accept direct talks with the Afghan government.

Prominent Afghan politicians, who have taken part at the conference, expressed their optimism regarding Pakistan’s commitment for the Afghan peace process.

“We are very happy after hearing the remarks of Mr. Qurishi who said Pakistan is committed for peace in Afghanistan. We are very hopeful,” Hanif Atmar, a presidential candidate told reporters.

Latif Pedram, another presidential candidate said at the conference that Pakistan should have a new view toward Afghanistan and it must be modern, humanitarian and beyond specific ethnic and tribes.

However, Amanullah Hotaki, a Kabul-based international relation commentator said that such a conference will not have a positive result for Afghanistan.

This comes as the U.S. and Taliban negotiators are expected to hold the seventh round of their talks in Qatar on June 29.

MPs Form ‘Impartial Committee’ to Resolve Parliament Impasse Sun, 23 Jun 2019 11:19:23 +0000 Lawmakers on Sunday formed another 25-member committee to resolve the impasse over the House Speaker.

Parliament members say they are tired of the situation and the committee should find a legal solution to the problem.

“Both sides are trying to find a solution. An impartial committee has been formed. I’m hopeful that in another one or two days we will restore calmness in the House,” said Hamidullah Tokhi, an MP from Zabul province.

Meanwhile, some parliamentarians emphasize that a specific agenda must be determined by the majority of the members in order to finalize the issue.

“Disorganized discussions were going in every corner of the House. There was no agreement on a specific agenda,” said Habib-ul-Rahman Pedram, an MP from Herat province.

Some MPs emphasize that a final decision endorsed by the majority of the members will be announced on Monday and no circle should create a problem.

Last month, lawmakers in the Afghan parliament divided after the interim speaker of the House announced Mir Rahman Rahmani, an MP from Parwan province, as the winner at the end of an election.

His rival, Kamal Naser Osuli, an MP from Khost province, refused to accept the decision.

Several committees were formed to resolve the issue but all efforts had no breakthrough yet.

US Airstrike Kills Taliban Shadow District Chief in Herat Sun, 23 Jun 2019 10:25:59 +0000 A famous Taliban commander has been killed by a U.S. drone strike in Shindand district of Herat province, police said in a statement on Sunday.

According to the statement, Resolute Support carried out airstrikes in Aziz Abad area of Shindand district and as a result, the Taliban’s shadow governor for Angel district was killed.

The Individual was identified as Mullah Awaz also known as Ghazi Awaz.

Mullah Awaz was involved in insecurities in western Herat province, the statement added.

Meanwhile, Taliban fighters have attacked a security outpost in Guzara district of Herat on Saturday mid-night, killing three Afghan soldiers.

A security source told Ariana News that the incident occurred in Ziaratjah village of Guzara district.

He added that casualties have been inflicted to the Taliban militants as well.

The Taliban insurgent group has not made a comment about the report yet.

Secretary General of Afghanistan’s Boxing Federation Assassinated in Kabul Sun, 23 Jun 2019 06:53:11 +0000

Hamidullah Hamidi, the Secretary-General of National Boxing Federation was killed in an attack by unknown gunmen in the capital, Kabul city.

Hamidi was shot dead in PD3 of Kabul city when he was on the way to his office on Sunday morning.

Kabul police spokesman Ferdous Faramurz confirmed the incident to Ariana News but did not provide further details.

No individual or group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Militants Failed to Blow Up Tomb of King Mahmud Sun, 23 Jun 2019 06:11:47 +0000

A person was killed and another wounded in their own mine explosion in central Ghazni province, local officials said on Sunday.

Ahmad Khan Sirat, a spokesman for Ghazni police told Ariana News that the incident has taken place in the provincial capital, Ghazni city, on early Sunday morning.

According to Sirat, the individuals wanted to plant two mines in at the tomb of Sultan Mahmud, the first independent ruler of the Ghaznavid dynasty, ruling from 998 to 1030, at Rawza area of Ghazni city.

He added that their bomb went off prematurely and as a result one of them was killed and the other one wounded.

An un-exploded mine was also defused at the area by the Afghan security forces, the official added.

Sirat stressed that the individuals have links with the Taliban militant group.

The Taliban yet to make a comment about the incident.

Senior IEC Officials in Dubai to Purchase Biometric Devices Sat, 22 Jun 2019 15:25:01 +0000 Senior IEC Officials including the chairman of the commission and IEC Chief Secretariat have traveled to Dubai to purchase biometric devices for the upcoming presidential election.

Electoral observers on Saturday said that the senior officials have traveled instead of the technical staff of the IEC and in fact, it is an entertainment trip for them.

“Professional staff had to go instead of IEC officials. Unfortunately, their trip is for the purpose of entertainment,” said Yousuf Rashid, member of a Kabul-based electoral monitoring organization.

Meanwhile, the presidential candidates criticize the government for their lack of intention to maintain the election’s transparency.

“The absence of biometric devices benefits Ghani and therefore the government is not much interested in using the biometric devices in the upcoming presidential election,” said Faramarz Tamana, a presidential candidate.

For the first time, IEC used the biometric devices in the 2018 parliamentary elections which had several technical problems.

“There is not any professional person in entire the commission whom can be relied on for holding a transparent election. Therefore, it is better the government consumes the budget for purchasing the biometric devices,” said Najibullah Ahmadzai, a former official of IEC.

IEC denied sharing their viewpoint on this issue.

Based on the modified election ruled, IEC was supposed to use the new technology in the entire process of the elections.

However, this commission will use the biometric devices only in the polling day for identifying the voters.

The Afghan people will go for the presidential elections on September 28 while there are concerns about the election’s transparency and security across the country.

Kabul Owns 122 Amusement Parks: Municipality Sat, 22 Jun 2019 15:06:24 +0000 The officials at Kabul Municipality said on Saturday that the capital Kabul currently owns 122 amusement parks.

According to the officials, interested private sectors can lease the parks to build them.

They emphasize that this way the private sector can benefit from investing in the construction of the parks and the people by using from the services.

“13 amusement parks are quite ready for the private sector to take their responsibility and cooperate with us,” said Nargis Mohmand, the spokesperson for Kabul Municipality.

Meanwhile, some members of the private sector say that they are ready to invest in building amusement parks if the municipality leases the projects through long-term contracts.

Jan Aqa Naweed, spokesperson for the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries said that the private sector provides better services than government.

At the same time, Zabihullah, a resident of Kabul suggests the municipality to rent the parks to the private sector in order to increase the services and the government’s revenue.

This comes as most of the parks in Kabul are not usable and they have changed to ruins or safe places for drug addicts.