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Ending domestic differences ends the war in Afghanistan – Sirajuddin Haqqani

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(Last Updated On: February 20, 2020)

As the US and Taliban representatives are about to sign a peace deal, Sirajuddin Haqqani, the deputy leader of the Taliban said that “No peace agreement” comes without mutual compromises.

The two laterals are reportedly expected to sign a peace agreement following a 7-day probationary period of ‘reduction in violence’ later this month.

Haqqani, in a letter published by the New York Times, said that the Taliban “are about to sign an agreement with the United States and we are fully committed to carrying out its every single provision, in letter and spirit.”

He stressed that achieving the potential of the agreement, ensuring its success and earning lasting peace in Afghanistan would depend on an equally scrupulous observance by the United States of each of its commitments.

“Only then can we have complete trust and lay the foundation for cooperation — or even a partnership — in the future,” Haqqani said.

The letter noted the need for lasting peace in Afghanistan, as Haqqani said that the Afghans have suffered for more than four decades, “The long war has exacted a terrible cost from everyone… Everyone has lost somebody they loved.”

“Everyone is tired of war. I am convinced that the killing and the maiming must stop,” said Haqqani adding, “My fellow Afghans will soon celebrate this historic agreement.”

Meanwhile, Haqqani said that if the US and Taliban could reach an agreement, the intra-Afghan disagreement should be resolved through dialogue.

Haqqani, in the letter, considers the idea that Afghanistan is being used by disruptive groups to threaten regional and global security, calling it “inflated” and “politically motivated exaggerations” by the players of the war.

He writes, “We have already suffered enough from foreign interventions. We will take all measures in partnership with other Afghans to make sure the new Afghanistan is a bastion of stability and that nobody feels threatened on our soil.”

Afghanistan cannot afford to live in isolation. The new Afghanistan will be a responsible member of the international community, Haqqani said.

He further states that Afghans will remain committed to all international conventions as long as they are compatible with Islamic principles, adding that other countries are expected to respect the sovereignty and stability of Afghanistan and consider it as a ground for cooperation rather than competition and conflict.

Source: New York Times


Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, son Abhishek test positive for Coronavirus

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(Last Updated On: July 12, 2020)

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek Bachchan were tested positive for Coronavirus, Bachchan confirmed.

 “I have tested CoviD positive..shifted to Hospital.. hospital informing authorities .. family and staff undergone tests, results awaited,” Amitabh Bachchan said in a tweet on Saturday night.

Both actors have been admitted to a hospital in Mumbai, India.

The 77-year-old actor also urged all those who have been in close proximity with him in the last 10 days to get themselves tested for COVID-19

Meanwhile, Abhishek has informed that they have ‘mild symptoms.’

“Earlier today both my father and I tested positive for COVID 19. Both of us having mild symptoms have been admitted to hospital. We have informed all the required authorities and our family and staff are all being tested. I request all to stay calm and not panic. Thank you,” Abhishek wrote on Twitter.

It comes as the number of COVID-19 cases in India has risen to 820,916 with 22,123 deaths and 515,386 recoveries.

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England World Cup winner Jack Charlton dies

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(Last Updated On: July 11, 2020)

Jack Charlton, the 1996 World Cup winner with England and former head of Ireland national football team, has died aged 85 on Friday, BBC reported.

Charlton has been suffering from lymphoma since 2019 as well as dementia.

One of English football’s most popular characters, Jack Charlton was in the team that won the World Cup at Wembley in 1966.

He was the former defender of Leeds United 1950 to 1973. Leeds is the club in which he spent his entire club career.

A family statement read: “Jack died peacefully on Friday, July 10 at the age of 85. He was at home in Northumberland, with his family by his side. As well as a friend to many, he was a much-adored husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.”

“We cannot express how proud we are of the extraordinary life he led and the pleasure he brought to so many people in different countries and from all walks of life.

He is survived by wife Pat, whom he married in 1958, and their three children, John, Deborah, and Peter

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Taliban accuses Afghan government intelligence of torturing the group’s prisoners

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(Last Updated On: July 11, 2020)

The Taliban accused the Afghan intelligence of torturing prisoners of the group for admitting to receiving money from Russia to kill American soldiers.

The claim of Russia rewarding Taliban fighters for killing US troops in Afghanistan is now slowly being linked to the Taliban and the Afghan government.

Recently, Khairullah Khairkhah, a member of the Taliban political group in Qatar, said that no one could prove that the Taliban had taken money from Russia to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan.

“They have tortured prisoners to confess about the matter so that they can report to the world, while everything is completely baseless and no one can prove that the Taliban is receiving military assistance from Russia,” said Khairullah Khairkhah, a member of the Taliban political group in Qatar.

But Afghanistan’s national security says that it treats prisoners according to human rights law.

On the other hand, the Russian Foreign Minister once again called Russia’s involvement in this issue baseless and said that a number of US officials are initiating this claim to harm the Trump administration on the verge of the presidential election.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said: “I can only say that all these allegations are based on speculation and no clear facts have been presented.”

The Taliban have previously denied receiving money from Russia to kill US troops in Afghanistan, but this is the first time the Taliban have acknowledged their prisoners’ confession through torture by Afghan intelligence.

Although the Afghan government has said it will not release some 600 Taliban prisoners on serious charges, sources close to the Taliban say that the group still insists on releasing prisoners on the basis of a pre-arranged list and does not agree with the new list of prisoners.

“They still want the prisoners to be released according to the previous list. No new list has been arranged and has not been handed over to the government,” said Sayed Akbar Agha, a former Taliban member.

Afghanistan’s allied countries also appear to be opposed to the release of hundreds of Taliban prisoners accused of involvement in major events, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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