Latest News – Ariana News https://ariananews.af Bringing Afghan News to the World Sat, 17 Aug 2019 14:13:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Ghani Describes Election, Republic System as Redlines https://ariananews.af/ghani-describes-election-republic-system-as-redlines/ Sat, 17 Aug 2019 14:13:05 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=328747 Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, a presidential candidate, says that he will accept the transition phase after the peace agreement if the Taliban accept the presidential election and republic system for the government.

He describes the election and the republic system for the government as the non-tradable redlines.

“The Taliban have not shown any positive potential. Do they have made anything? Do they have proposed any plan regarding Afghanistan’s future? Do they have any answer how they will serve the Afghan women?” said Ghani.

The State-Builder electoral ticket has intense allusions to the Taliban while the peace process is going on.

“Mullah Omar wanted to talk but he did have anything to say,” said Amrullah Saleh, member of the State-Builder electoral ticket running for the first vice-presidency.

Meanwhile, the ticket which is in the government as well describes holding the presidential election as a selection test of selecting between the Islamic Emirate of the Taliban and the current governing system.

“The election is about selecting between the Islamic Emirates and republic system of governing,” said Sarwar Danish, member of the State-Builder electoral ticket running for the second vice-presidency.

This electoral ticket says that if won the election will eradicate the political privileges and sharing of the power.  

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Afghan Women Criticize Undercover Decisions About Peace https://ariananews.af/afghan-women-criticize-undercover-decisions-about-peace/ Sat, 17 Aug 2019 13:35:36 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=328724 The women at the Afghan Women’s Network criticize the undercover decisions made about the Afghan peace and are concerned in this regard.

They ask all the involved sides in the Afghan peace process to consider engaging the Afghan women, men, and youth in any peace agreement, the ceasefire in the country and holding the presidential election to preserve the Afghan people’s gains over past 18 years.

They describe the idea of an interim government ‘castaway’.

“Demands of all the sides should be considered and respected when an agreement is made,” said Mary Akrami, Chief of the Afghan Women’s Network.

They further do not accept such a peace that only stop killing but bring restrictions to the people including marginalizing the women.

“The peace which we want has conditionals. Only stopping the killings cannot be peace,” said Mahbobeh Saraj, a civil activist.

Moreover, they prioritize the presidential election, saying the elected government can make decisions regarding Afghan peace.

“The elected government can represent the Afghan people and use its authority in all of the agreements,” said Shinkai Karokheel, an MP from Kabul province.

This comes as the United States’ president has discussed the Afghan peace process with his senior advisors.

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Citizens Criticize Gov’t for Costly Celebration of Independence Day https://ariananews.af/citizens-criticize-govt-for-costly-celebration-of-independence-day/ Sat, 17 Aug 2019 12:23:56 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=328708 A number of the country’s citizens criticize the government for what they call consecutive holidays and costly celebration of the country’s 100th anniversary of the Independence Day.

They describe the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Independence Day as an electoral campaign, saying it has negatively impacted economic of the country.  

“The fund allocated to it could be used for better stuff for good of the country,” said Yalda Ozma, a Kabul resident.  

“The celebration might be an electoral campaign. If this much fund was helped with the startups, they could improve,” said Soona Haidari, an entrepreneur.

Meanwhile, the citizens are concerned about the security on the 100th anniversary of the country’s Independence Day.

This comes as the celebration of Independence Day described is unprecedented compared to the previous years. 

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64 Taliban Militants Killed in Ghazni, Balkh and Logar Operations https://ariananews.af/64-taliban-militants-killed-in-ghazni-balkh-and-logar-operations/ Sat, 17 Aug 2019 10:48:41 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=328673

At least 64 Taliban insurgents were killed in several clashes with Afghan forces in Ghazni, Balkh, and Logar provinces of the country.

The Provincial media office of Ghazni said in a statement on Saturday that the Afghan army conducted a clearance operation in Siyahgag area in Qarabagh district of the province on Friday.

As a result, at least 12 militants were killed and six others wounded, the statement said.

Meanwhile, six insurgents were killed and four others injured in an airstrike by foreign forces in Ada village of Deh Yak district on Friday night, the statement added.

In a separate incident, a vehicle hit a roadside mine Kotal-e Rawza area of central Ghazni city on Friday, in which one civilian was injured and yet no group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

In Balkh, at least 35 Taliban fighters were killed and seven others wounded in the ground and air operations in Daulatabad and Sholgar districts of the province in the last 24 hours, the 209th Shaheen Corps said in a statement.

According to the statement, a large weapon cache of the militants was also destroyed during the raids.

Meanwhile, Afghan forces launched a clearance operation in Charkh district of Logar on Friday night, Defense Ministry said in a statement.

A least eleven militants were killed and two-weapon caches of the Taliban were also destroyed in the operation, the statement added.

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

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Trump Meets With Senior Aides to Consider Deal With Taliban https://ariananews.af/trump-meets-with-senior-aides-to-consider-deal-with-taliban/ Sat, 17 Aug 2019 04:48:50 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=328620

U.S. President Donald Trump held a meeting with his cabinet officials and other senior security advisers on Friday and discussed the status of negotiations with the Taliban over the troop pullout from Afghanistan and prospects for a political settlement to end the long-term war in the country.

Trump held the session at his New Jersey Bedminster Golf Club with Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph F. Dunford, CIA Director Gina Haspel, White House national security adviser John Bolton, and the U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad.

“Just completed a very good meeting on Afghanistan. Many on the opposite side of this 19-year war, and us, are looking to make a deal – if possible,” Trump said in a tweet after the session.

The U.S. Secretary of State said in a tweet that the United States is working diligently on the path forward in Afghanistan. 

“In close cooperation with Afghanistan, we remain committed to achieving a comprehensive peace agreement, including a reduction in violence and a ceasefire,” Pompeo said. “Ensuring Afghan soil is never again used to threaten the U.S. or her allies, and bringing Afghans together to work towards peace.”

According to a report by the Washington Post, an initial withdrawal under the proposed deal would include roughly 5,000 of the 14,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. In exchange, the Taliban would agree to renounce al-Qaeda and to bar it from activities such as fundraising, recruiting, training and operational planning in areas under Taliban control.

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Senior Afghan Security Officials, U.S. Commander Visit Paktia https://ariananews.af/senior-afghan-security-officials-u-s-commander-visit-paktia/ Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:22:15 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=328538

Top Afghan security officials and commander of the Resolute Support Mission General Austin Scott Millar visited Paktia province on Wednesday, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Afghan officials and the Resolute Support commander traveled to Paktia to review the security situation of the province.

According to the statement, Acting Defense Minister Asadullah Khalid, Acting Interior Minister Massoud Andarabi, Chief of National Directorate of Security (NDS) Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai and Gen. Scott Miller, the Resolute Support Commander held meetings with the provincial governor and security leaders of Paktia and discussed the security situation of the province.

Meanwhile, Miller reiterated Resolute Supports Missions’ commitment to supporting Afghan security forces.

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140 Couples Marry in Mass Wedding in Kabul https://ariananews.af/140-couples-marry-in-mass-wedding-in-kabul/ Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:49:29 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=328532

A large wedding ceremony was held on Friday in the capital Kabul, where 140 couples get married.

The wedding was planned by Hazrat-e-AbulFazl organization in western Kabul city.

The couples attending the ceremony said that holding such ceremonies are aimed to cut back on lavish expenses of wedding parties.  

 “I am so glad for attending this great wedding ceremony, I ask all citizens to prevent lavish expenses,” Ismail Khaliqi a groom attended the wedding ceremony said.

“My wedding was more glorious compared to others. We did a great job. We must be a good example to the others,” Najiba a bride attended the party said.

Families at the ceremony also welcomed holding mass weddings and called on the nation to support poor people so that they get married.

Lavish wedding ceremonies have become very common across Afghanistan that can cost thousands of U.S. dollars.

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U.S. Ambassador Questions Afghan Govt’s Commitment to Fight Corruption https://ariananews.af/u-s-ambassador-questions-afghan-govts-commitment-to-fight-corruption/ Fri, 16 Aug 2019 05:31:45 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=328407

The U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, John Bass reacted to the release of the former CEO of Kabul Bank Khalilullah Ferozy, who is convicted of multimillion-dollar fraud.

Bass said in a tweet on Thursday that he is “disturbed by reports” that the Afghan government has requested early release for Kabul Bank fraud perpetrator Khalil Firozy before the conclusion of his sentence.

“Countless Afghans suffered in the past decade because international assistance funds were stolen for personal gain,” Bass added.

“This action, along with the continued failure to execute warrants for those accused of corruption, calls into question the government’s commitment to combating corruption and making best use of donors’ support,” the U.S. Envoy said.

Bass’ comments come after President Ashraf Ghani in a decree ordered the release of Firozy.

However, Rahmatullah Nabil, the former chief of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and one of Ghani’s opponent in the upcoming presidential election said that Firozy was released after he contributed $30 million to Ghani’s campaign.

“According to a credible source, Ashraf Ghani released Khalil Firozy one of the prime suspect of Kabul Bank scandal last week after contributions of USD 30 million to his campaign camp. Ashraf Ghani was also part of SmartCity deal in which he fired his legal adviser M. A Mohamadi,” Nabil tweeted.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for President Ghani Sediq Sediqqi said that Firozy was released due to an illness he suffers from and that he is into a severe house arrest.

“This has no truth in it Nabil sahib, because of his deteriorating health conditions the Government has put him under severe house arrest,” Sediqqi added.

The Kabul Bank was collapsed in 2010 after losing nearly $1 billion, and Khalil Ferozy and the bank’s founder, Sherkhan Farnood, were sent to prison and told to repay more than $800 million.

However, Farnood died in prison in a heart attack in 2018.

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U.S. President to Meet Top Security Officials on Afghanistan https://ariananews.af/u-s-president-to-meet-top-security-officials-on-afghanistan/ Fri, 16 Aug 2019 03:11:33 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=328409

The U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to meet with his top national security advisers on Friday to review a US-Taliban peace plan that could end America’s longest war in Afghanistan, CNN reported.

According to two sources familiar with the planning, CNN reported that Trump is expected to meet at his Bedminster golf resort with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton.

Several defense officials have told CNN that Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford are expected to be present.

CNN quotes two other sources saying that the major topic will be Afghanistan and the plan that Taliban negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad, has been working on for months to end the conflict in the war-weary country.

According to the multiple sources familiar with the plan, the report said that the peace plan is expected to formalize a significant withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan — from about 15,000 troops to 8,000 or 9,000 troops — and enshrine official commitments by the Taliban to counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad has held at least eight rounds of negotiations with the Taliban delegation in Qatar that he said the last round of talks was “productive” as the two sides had focused on technical details.

“Over the last few days, the sides (the U.S. and Taliban representatives) focused on technical details,” Khalilzad said. “They were productive. I am on my way back to DC to consult on next steps.”

Meanwhile, Khalilzad has shared the details of expected peace agreement with President Ghani before the beginning of the eighth round of US-Taliban talks in Doha, the capital city of Qatar.

Last week, the Newsweek magazine reported that the U.S.-led operations against the militant group in Afghanistan have significantly reduced or halted as the Pentagon continues to plan for a potential withdrawal of thousands of U.S. forces from its longest conflict ever.

The U.S. personnel have been ordered to limit nearly all offensive combat operations against the Taliban and cease advising the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces as the Trump administration proposes cutting U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan by nearly half to 6,000 as a means of finalizing “technical” details among Taliban leadership, senior Pentagon officials quoted by the Newsweek.

However, the U.S. military in Afghanistan has rejected the reports of limitations in the U.S. operations against the militants in the country.

 A spokesman for the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, Sonny Leggett said that no changes have been brought to the U.S.’s mission in Afghanistan.

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Taliban’s Minister of Defense Killed Over Airstrikes: Sources https://ariananews.af/talibans-minister-of-defense-killed-over-airstrikes-sources/ Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:47:07 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=328365 The security sources said on Thursday that Sadr Ibrahim, the Taliban’s Minister of Defense is killed as a result of the airstrikes conducted by the NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in ‘Dasht-e-Boom’ area located between the ‘Shahwali Kot’ and Khakrez districts of Kandahar province.

The sources add that he was targeted by the airstrikes when he was on his way to Pakistan in a car alongside his ten accompanying people.

Hayatullah Hayat, Kandahar’s Governor, confirms the incident and says that based on his information the person was killed in Badghis province, not in Kandahar.

Sadr Ibrahim was the resident of Sarwan district in Helmand province who was working as the chief of the Taliban’s military commission during their tenure.

The Taliban’s Spokesperson, Qari Yousuf Ahamd,  however, rejects the report and says that Sadr Ibrahim is alive.

This comes as the eighth round of talks between the United States and the Taliban is finished recently and the final peace agreement is expected to be signed in a few days.

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Afghanistan to Celebrate Its 100th Anniversary of Independence https://ariananews.af/afghanistan-to-celebrate-its-100th-anniversary-of-independence/ Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:01:12 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=328351 The officials at Kabul Municipality says that they are preparing the city on occasion of the country’s 100th Independence Day anniversary.

“The Kabul Municipality tries to celebrate the country’s independence day in its perfect way using our existed facilities; therefore, installing lights on the streets is going on in addition to other stuff since several months,” said Nargis Mohmand, the Speaks person to the Kabul Municipality.  

However, a number of the Kabul residents say that the allocating large amount of funds to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the country’s Independence Day in the current situation is absurd.

They stress that the funds could be used for providing security, investing in developing projects and creating job opportunities for the citizens.

“We cannot gain our political independence unless we have economic independence,” said Ezatullah, a Kabul resident.

“We are not independent and celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Independence Day suing the aided funds by other countries is ridiculous,” said Mohammad Ali Kawa, a Kabul resident.

Afghanistan gained its independence from Britain a hundred years ago back in Aug 1919; however, a number of the country’s citizens believe that their country is not independent currently. 

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U.S. to Sign ‘New Agreement’ With Afghan Gov’t https://ariananews.af/u-s-to-sign-new-agreement-with-afghan-govt/ Thu, 15 Aug 2019 11:50:12 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=328343 The National Unity Government (NUG) says that the United States will sign a new agreement with the Afghan government concurrently with the US-Taliban peace agreement.

The NUG officials say that they have the agreement’s content.

Mujib Rahimi, the Spokesperson to the Office of the Chief Executive, says that the agreement is to indicate that the Afghan government is aware of the agreement which will be signed between the United States and the Taliban and it will be signed in the coordination of the Afghan government.

Familiar sources with the US-Taliban peace agreement’s content say that total withdrawal of foreigner forces from Afghanistan, termination of all contracts of U.S. with the Afghanistan, release of 35,000 prisoners of the Taliban, and termination of all the foreigner forces bases in Afghanistan are the core articles of the agreement.

“We still need part of the foreigner forces remain in Afghanistan since they are to train the Afghan forces and support them,” said Sediq Sediqqi, the Spokesperson to the Presidential Palace.

“The total withdrawal of foreigner forces is included in the agreement and no military base of them will remain in Afghanistan,” said Wahid Muzhda, a political commentator.

According to the sources, the agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban is supposed to be signed by the end of August and the U.S. has accepted that the Taliban sign the agreement as the Islamic Emirates.

“The Russian, China and some other regional countries are expected to become ready as the agreement will be signed in their presence,” said Nazar Mohammad Motmaein, a political commentator.

This comes as both the Afghan government and the close sources to the Taliban accept that the intra-Afghan negotiations will begin after the US-Taliban agreement is signed.

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Presidential Candidates Council Prioritizes Peace Process https://ariananews.af/presidential-candidates-council-prioritizes-peace-process/ Wed, 14 Aug 2019 13:06:00 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=328273 The Presidential Candidates Council in Kabul says that the bloodshed will continue in the country if the election is not sacrificed for peace. 

“The peace process should be completed so the opportunity for an inclusive election to be provided. Otherwise, no one will participate in the election,” said Shahab Hakimi, a presidential candidate.

Though the vague peace process with the Taliban and the low interest of presidential candidates to the electoral campaigns have arisen concerns, some of the candidates stress that they will manage both national processes.

“We go on both with the peace process’s agenda and the election’s agenda. Both are the holy desire of the Afghan people and none should deny each other,” said Faramarz Tamana, a presidential candidate.

As it seems, the U.S. has prioritized the Afghan peace process and is less interested in holding of the election unless the peace process is finalized.

“This can be a political issue where a ticket can use the current situation for its benefit and make other candidates busy with the peace process,” said Naiem Ayoubzada, Chief of the Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan.

This comes as Afghanistan’s presidential election was supposed to take place on September 28th; however, the electoral commentators believe that the election will not take place on the scheduled date.

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Drug Distributors Kill Kabul Resident https://ariananews.af/drug-distributors-kill-kabul-resident/ Wed, 14 Aug 2019 12:49:09 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=328271 The armed drug distributors shot a resident of Qala-e-Ali Mardan area in PD1 of Kabul city during a verbal contention two days before the Eid-ul-Adha.

The victim’s family members say that Naqebullah was killed in front of his father and two children’s eyes after he asked the drug distributors to leave the area close to his house.  

Naqebullah had two children and a wife. 

“No one can come outside of their house because of the armed drug distributors,” said Lina, the victim’s wife.

“They [the drug distributors] shot my father from his behind,” said the daughter of the victim.

The brother and father of the victim say that the irresponsible gunmen have killed many people in the area so far though the National Directory of Security agency is located close to the area.

The government does not have the ability to arrest the gunmen, they add.

“My son told them [the drug distributors to leave the area. They replied to him, ‘what can you do if we don’t’. After my son turned, they shot seven bullets,” said Mohammad Ehsan, father of the victim.

“The crimes which take place here are not followed. Even the government employees are being beaten by them [drug distributors],” said Samiullah, brother of the victim.

Meanwhile, the officials in the Kabul Police say that they have arrested one person in connection with the incident.

“We have arrested one person and other people who are suspected are wanted,” said Ferdous Faramarz, the Spokesperson to the Kabul Police.

This comes as the security situation in Kabul has arisen concerns for its resident; armed robberies even during the days are simple of the many forms of insecurity in addition to suicide attacks and bombing.   

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Six Taliban Militants Killed in Helmand Clash https://ariananews.af/six-taliban-militants-killed-in-helmand-clash/ Wed, 14 Aug 2019 07:22:59 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=328240

At least six Taliban insurgents were killed and three others wounded in a clash with Afghan security forces in southern Helmand province, Interior Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the clashes broke out after a group of militants attacked security outposts in Ghamsir district of the province on Tuesday.

The statement further said that three dead bodies of Taliban fighters have remained at the battleground.

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

Helmand is among the insecure province in southern Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgents are operating in a number of its districts.

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No changes in U.S. Forces Operations in Afghanistan: U.S. Army https://ariananews.af/no-changes-in-u-s-forces-operations-in-afghanistan-u-s-army/ Tue, 13 Aug 2019 12:32:45 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=328064

The U.S. military in Afghanistan has rejected the reports of limitations in the U.S. operations against the militants in the country.

 A spokesman for the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, Sonny Leggett said that no changes have been brought to the U.S.’s mission in Afghanistan.

“Resolute support remains committed to supporting Afghan security forces as they protect Afghan people from those who oppose peace,” said Leggett. “As general miller said our mission is not changed, we remain committed to supporting Afghan security forces.”

Earlier, the Newsweek magazine reported that the U.S.-led operations against the militant group in Afghanistan have significantly reduced or halted as the Pentagon continues to plan for a potential withdrawal of thousands of U.S. forces from its longest conflict ever.

The U.S. personnel have been ordered to limit nearly all offensive combat operations against the Taliban and cease advising the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces as the Trump administration proposes cutting U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan by nearly half to 6,000 as a means of finalizing “technical” details among Taliban leadership, senior Pentagon officials quoted by the Newsweek.

It comes as the U.S. Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has just concluded the eighth round of peace talks with the Taliban delegates in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

Khalilzad said in a tweet on Monday that this round of talks was “productive” as the two sides had focused on technical details.

“Over the last few days, the sides (the U.S. and Taliban representatives) focused on technical details,” Khalilzad said. “They were productive. I am on my way back to DC to consult on next steps.”

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Gov’t Rejects Taliban’s Claims Regarding the Release of 76 Afghan Forces https://ariananews.af/govt-rejects-talibans-claims-regarding-the-release-of-76-afghan-forces/ Tue, 13 Aug 2019 11:12:34 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=328052 The Ministry of Interior in a statement on Monday rejected the Taliban’s claims regarding the release 76 Afghan forces from their prisons.

On August 10, the Taliban in a statement claimed that 76 Afghan security personnel were released from Taliban’s captivity in the various province of the country on the occasion of Eid.

According to the Taliban’s statement, the Afghan forces have been released in Kunduz, Uruzgan, Khost and Sar-i-Pul provinces.

However, the Interior Ministry said that its findings and information received from the provinces confirms that during the last few days the Taliban has released no Defense and Security forces who were kept in their prisons.

The Ministry added that the Taliban’s statement has been issued to spread propaganda as no captive soldiers have been released yet.

The statement further said that the Taliban have decided and willing to release Afghan soldiers they should provide a list of the released individuals.

It comes as, on Sunday, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani ordered to free 35 Taliban inmates from the prison of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) on the occasion of Eid Ul Adha.

The NDS said in a statement that the directorate released 35 Taliban prisoners according to a presidential decree which was issued on the occasion of Eid Ul Adha.

The statement further added that the prisoners were released as a gesture of goodwill to help advance the peace process.

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Pakistan’s Envoy to U.S. Says Kashmir Crisis Could Affect Afghan Peace https://ariananews.af/pakistans-envoy-to-u-s-says-kashmir-crisis-could-affect-afghan-peace/ Tue, 13 Aug 2019 09:29:47 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=328047

Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, Asad Majeed Khan has said on Monday that his country might redeploy troops from the Afghanistan border to the Kashmir frontier, a shift that could complicate American peace talks with the Taliban, the New York Times reported.

In an interview with the New York Times editorial board, Khan emphasized that the Kashmir and Afghanistan issues were separate and that he was not attempting to link them.

On the contrary, he said, Pakistan hoped the U.S. talks with the Taliban would succeed and that his country was actively supporting them.

“We are doing all that we can and will continue,” Mr. Khan has told the New York Times. “It’s not an either-or situation.”

Such a possibility, coming just as Pakistan’s longstanding Kashmir crisis with India has escalated, could add a new element to the peace negotiations, which are said to be in the final stages and would end the long-term conflict in the war-weary country.

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35 Taliban Inmates Release from NDS Prison As a Peace Gesture https://ariananews.af/35-taliban-inmates-release-from-nds-prison-as-a-peace-gesture/ Mon, 12 Aug 2019 13:22:55 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=327976

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has set free 35 Taliban inmates from the prison of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) on the occasion of Eid Ul Adha.

The NDS said in a statement that the directorate released 35 Taliban prisoners according to a presidential decree which was issued on the occasion of Eid Ul Adha.

The statement further added that the prisoners were released as a gesture of goodwill to help advance the peace process.

Meanwhile, the statement stated that the government has always kept the door for negotiations open in a bid to maintain peace and ensure a lasting ceasefire.

The NDS, in addition, said that the release of the inmates as an obvious example of the Afghan government’s will regarding peace and end of the long conflict in the country.

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Afghans Themselves Determine Their Country’s Future: Ghani https://ariananews.af/afghans-themselves-determine-their-countrys-future-ghani/ Sun, 11 Aug 2019 12:52:50 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=327919

President Ghani addressing on occasion of Eid-ul-Adha says that Afghanistan is not any one’s gift to Afghans and the Afghans themselves make decisions regarding the important national issues.  

He stresses that any decisions regarding Afghans is their own business and no foreigner country can make decisions about Afghanistan’s future.

“Our future is not being determined outside; neither in a friend-country nor in the neighboring countries. The future of Afghanistan is being determined in every part of Afghanistan by every Afghan,” said President Ghani.

He stresses that the negotiations can have no conditional but not the peace is not possible without any conditions.

Moreover, President Ghani stresses that the Afghans will not be able to achieve peace without a legitimate and strong government as the outcome of an election.

“Peace will come; the peace which majority of the Afghans want that through their negotiations. The peace is possible by the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban,” said Ghani.

At the same time, he says that holding the election is essential.  

“Today the nation is ready for the election. We have taken all the preparations and have paid 90 million dollars while the people thought that we will hold the election by other help. We will pay for all the costs next time,” said Ghani.

At the end of his talks, he indicated that the government cannot make the final decision regarding the peace as its tenure will end soon and it related to the next government and people of Afghanistan.

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