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Civil society activists call IEC head summon to Parliament illegal

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Civil society activists have called summoning of head of the independent Election commission illegal and contrary to reformation law.

They have urged that Afghanistan will only experience fair and free elections by reformation of Election system in the country.

Head of the independent Election Commission Ahmad Yosuf Nuristani was summoned by the lower house of the parliament to provide more information over the Election calendar for holding the parliamentary and district level council Election in Afghanistan.

“ Inshallah we will determine the exact date for holding parliamentary Election on Monday , in this regard we have the Government supports.”

Head of the civil society Aziz Rafiee said,” Afghanistan doesn’t have stable condition,the concerns increased when no agreement is made for doing reformation, the Independent Election Commission was declared illegal and now the following commission is trying to announce the Election calendar.”

While other civil society activist Bari Salam said,” First words who shout for reformation were the Mps,now they reject their words this is not good, condition will more be deteriorated.”

Reformation was one of the basic articles of the National Unity Government agreement,since International community declared the continuation of their aids based on the reformation in Afghanistan Election system.

Reported by FarahNaz Forotan

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8 killed in Herat prison riot, officials confirm

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At least eight prisoners were killed in a prison riot on Wednesday night in Herat Central Prison, local officials said Thursday.

Herat Public Health officials confirmed the deaths, and said 12 others including four prison guards were wounded.

However, the head of Herat ambulance services Ibrahim Mohammadi said early Thursday morning that one police soldier and one prisoner had died and 18 wounded had been taken to hospital.

Further details around the prison riot have not been provided but unconfirmed reports indicate a fight broke out while police were trying to close illegal shops inside the prison – which sparked an angry response from prisoners.

Reports also indicate a part of the prison had been set on fire.

The prison is situated in the heart of Herat city, and for residents in the close vicinity the situation had been a major concern as gunshots rang out through much of the night.

But reports indicate clashes lasted a few hours until the situation was eventually brought under control at about midnight.

Neither police nor prison officials have yet provided further details.

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Key Taliban fighter killed in Helmand operation

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At least 38 Taliban militants, including the group’s shadow district governor for Nad Ali were killed in an operation by the Afghan forces in battle-weary Helmand province.

The provincial media office said in a statement on Wednesday night that Mullah Shawali, the Taliban’s shadow district governor for Nad Ali, was killed during a clearance operation on the Lashkargah-Nad Ali road.

The Defense Ministry (MoD), however, stated that Shawali was killed in an airstrike in the Nad Ali district of Helmand on Wednesday.

According to the ministry, Shawali was leading the clashes against the Afghan forces in Chah Anjir and Babaji area in the province.

Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry stated that the route was cleared of the Taliban.

The Taliban has not yet commented on the death of Shawali. 

The clearance operation was launched on Monday to push back the Taliban who had taken control of a number of areas in the past two weeks.

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EU says ‘killings and peace talks cannot go hand in hand’

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The European Union said Wednesday the high level of civilian casualties in the conflict in Afghanistan is “unacceptable.”

According to a statement, the EU repeated its stance on “the central role of International Humanitarian Law in an armed conflict to protect civilians.”

The EU said that despite the high levels of violence taking place against the backdrop of ongoing peace negotiations, “killings and peace talks cannot go hand in hand.”

“Therefore, the European Union joins the Afghan people longing for peace by reiterating its call for an immediate, comprehensive, nationwide and unconditional ceasefire respected by both parties.”

The EU’s statement comes in response to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan’s (UNAMA) new report published on Tuesday that documented 5,939 civilian casualties (2,117 killed and 3,822 injured) from 1 January to 30 September 2020.

In its report, the mission said: “High levels of violence continue with a devastating impact on civilians, with Afghanistan remaining among the deadliest places in the world to be a civilian.”

UNAMA stated that while the number of civilian casualties documented is the lowest in the first nine months of any year since 2012, “the harm done to civilians remains inordinate and shocking.”

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