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Danish Describes Sexual Favor Allegation on ARG Political

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(Last Updated On: July 14, 2019)

Sarwar Danish, the Second Vice President of the country, described the sexual favor allegations on ARG by some of the former government officials political and baseless with the purpose of electoral campaigns.

He says that there are people who make accusations against the government with the aim to destroy the public’s view towards the government.

Moreover, he directed the Attorney General Office (AGO) to seriously investigate the claims and treat the factors legally if proved; otherwise, the claimers should be prosecuted.

“The Attorney General Office should courageously publicize the offenders and punish them strongly if the claims are proved,” said Mr. Danish.

At the same time, the Attorney General says the government is committed to providing a safe workplace for both men and women and violation of a safe workplace by anyone will be seriously investigated.

“The cases will be followed independently, impartially, seriously, and decisively by us for having the Afghan people’s trust,” said Farid Ahamdi, the Attorney General.

This comes as firstly a former advisor to President Ghani accused ARG of sexual favors in exchange for high-rank positions and which was followed by the similar claims made by some Afghan women.

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Calls grow for a ceasefire on International Day of Peace

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(Last Updated On: September 21, 2020)

Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan, Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo on Monday said that peace in Afghanistan is within reach as the talks currently underway in Doha are a historical opportunity to find a political settlement and resolution to the decades-old war. 

Marking the International Day of Peace, Pontecorvo said the start of peace talks, in Doha a week ago, was a milestone and ushered in a new phase in the peace process. 

“Today, most Afghans have not had the fortune of experiencing their country at peace, still they are hopeful,” he said adding they were hopeful for a sustainable and lasting peace that ends violence and safeguards the human rights of all Afghans. 

He said it was about upholding the rights especially for women, children, ethnic minorities; preserving the hard-won gains of the past 20 years; upholds the rule of law and ensures that Afghanistan never again serves as a safe haven for terrorists. 

He also stated that NATO’s goal in Afghanistan was to support the country and help attain lasting peace and security. 

Afghanistan’s Foreign Ministry also issued a short statement on Twitter and thanked the country’s international partners for working closely with government in its efforts to bring about peace. “Let’s work together to make sustainable peace for all Afghans possible, urging Taliban to respect the wish of Afghan public for ceasefire,” their tweet read. 

The High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) Chairman Abdullah Abdullah also issued a statement on the occasion of the International Day of Peace. 

He called on the Taliban to end the violence and embrace a ceasefire.

He said Afghanistan is at a historic juncture and that the ongoing talks are aimed at reaching a lasting agreement and peace.

“People are tired of the ongoing wars and conflicts. History has proved that war is not the solution to conflicts, and only talks can pave the way for a peaceful life,” the statement read.

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

 

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Atmar, Wilson discuss peace process, urgent need for ceasefire

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(Last Updated On: September 21, 2020)

Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister Haneef Atmar on Sunday met with US Charge d’Affaires Ross Wilson to discuss the peace process. 

In a statement issued Monday, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “The two sides discussed the start of peace talks, expressing satisfaction with the progress so far, and optimism for attaining a sustainable peace.” 

They also discussed priorities the Afghan government needs to address, “namely calling on the Taliban movement to agree to a comprehensive ceasefire and the development of a mechanism for monitoring violence reduction.” 

The two sides also discussed opportunities for expanding trilateral relations between Afghanistan, the United States and Central Asian countries as part of regional mobilization for the Afghan peace process. 

Their talks around a reduction in violence comes amid a sharp rise in attacks around the country in the past few days. 

On Monday morning, US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad also called for an urgent reduction in violence – which has systematically increased since the signing of the Doha agreement between the US and the Taliban in February.

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Khalilzad concerned over escalation of violence across the country

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US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad voiced concern early Monday over the clear increase in violence across Afghanistan over the past few days and called for an immediate reduction in violence. 

In a post on Twitter, Khalilzad said: “Over the last few days, there has been a clear rise in violence in Afghanistan. 

“This escalation is regrettable as Afghans, including many civilians, are losing their lives. 

“Given the recent start of Afghanistan Peace Negotiations, it is imperative all sides reduce violence significantly,” he said.

This comes as Afghan negotiators and the Taliban’s talks team discuss intra-Afghan negotiations in Doha. 

However, a marked increase in violence has been evident over the past week. 

Khalilzad’s comments meanwhile coincide with World Peace Day, which is celebrated each year to honor victims of war and promote non-violence. 

The UN General Assembly declared September 21 as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

 

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