Ariana News Bringing Afghan News to the World Fri, 24 May 2019 18:04:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Blast in Kabul Kills 2, Injures 16 Fri, 24 May 2019 13:43:39 +0000 According to a statement by the Ministry of Interior Affairs (MOI), an explosion happened in Altaqwa mosque in eastern Kabul around 1:30 PM on Friday.

Kabul Police Force said that the explosives were relocated in the bearer of the mosque.

“The explosion happened when people had gathered for offering the Friday prayer in the mosque,” said Ferdaws Faramarz, Spokesperson for the Kabul Police Force.

Two peoples including Mawlawi Sami Rahman-an Afghan well-known religious scholar were killed and 16 others were injured as a result of the blast, added the statement.

However, witnesses of the incident told the number of causalities is twice than what MOI reported.

Yet, no individual/group has claimed the responsibility for this blast.

This is not the first time that a mosque is targeted by attacks as religious places have been targeted also in the past.

Gov. Takes New Measures to Prevent External Products Trafficking Fri, 24 May 2019 12:31:04 +0000 The Afghan government takes new measurements to prevent trafficking of the external products into the country.

“Stopping the external products trafficking will result in rising of the internal products,” says the private sector while it appreciates this action.

According to the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), trafficking of the external products to the markets has created many challenges for the merchants in the country.

As said by the officials in the ACCI, President Ghani has promised to build security stations in five zones of the country in order to prevent trafficking of the external products.

“There are both internal and external products trafficking. To prevent these, President Ghani, in meeting with the officials in the Ministry of Interior Affairs (MIA), has promised to build security stations in the vulnerable locations of the country,” said Jalaluddin Saed, chief of the Afghan-German Economic Council.

Meanwhile, experts stress of eradicating challenges from Afghanistan Customs and Revenue Department (ACRD) first in order to implement this action of the government; while they consider this action advantageous to the country’s economic. 

“Serious measures are needed to preclude the trafficking. This would be advantageous to the economics of the country,” said Kamaluddin Kamal, an economic expert.

This comes as the lack of attention by the Ministry of Finance to the country’s customs department and the existence of corruptions have caused the increase of trafficking of external products into the country.

Senate Speaker’s Adviser Arrested on Charges of Supporting Terrorists Fri, 24 May 2019 08:02:10 +0000

The Afghan Police forces have arrested Haji Dilawar, an adviser to Senate Speaker Fazl Hadi Muslimyar, on charges of supporting terrorist groups in capital Kabul, Interior Ministry (MoI) said in a statement.

Dilawar was arrested during an operation conducted by the Afghan counter-terrorism forces in Kabul city of Thursday, the statement said.

According to the statement, security forces also seized some fake documents, fake number plates, illegal weapons, 700 thousand Pakistani rupees, an armored vehicle as well as Pakistani ID cards.

It comes as criminal activities have tremendously increased in Kabul city where a criminal incident is being reported almost every day.

Last year, the Afghan security forces stopped Haji Dilwar’s car at a checkpoint in Jalalabad city of eastern Nangarhar province and removed black films from his car, a day after that the soldier who was involved in removal of tinted windows along with other soldiers was killed in a blast, Nusrat Rahimi a spokesman for MoI said.

The MoI’s findings show that Haji Dilawar had coordinated the attack, Rahimi added.

Mob Boss and His Two Comrades Killed in Kabul Fri, 24 May 2019 06:31:39 +0000 The Afghan Security forces killed Enayat Qochi, the head of ‘one of the most dangerous criminal networks in Kabul city’ during an encounter in Paghman district, Interior Ministry (MoI) said in a statement.

The security forces launched an operation after Qochi and his seven comrades stole a Vehicle from PD4 of capital Kabul city and the police traced them in Paghman district on Thursday evening, the statement said.

According to the statement, Qochi and his two comrades were killed during an exchange of fire with the police forces.

Four members of the criminal group were also arrested during the raid, MoI said.

Qochi was in police’s wanted list and that he was involved in many criminal cases, including murders, armed robberies and kidnapping in Kabul city, MoI added.

This comes as criminal activities have tremendously increased in Kabul city where a criminal incident is being reported almost every day.

Kandahar Car Bomb ‘Wounds Ten’ Fri, 24 May 2019 05:46:45 +0000

A car bomb has wounded at least ten people in the provincial capital of southern Kandahar, officials said on Friday.

Gen. Tadin Khan Kandahar Police Chief told Ariana News that the blast happened on 22th street of Aino Mina, an elite housing development on the outskirts of the Kandahar city, on Thursday night.

Khan said, as a result, six children and four women were injured in the incident.

He added the investigations are underway to find out that what the motive behind the attack was.

However, reportedly the blast targeted houses of Baloch leaders at the area but Kandahar police chief denied the claims.

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Khalilzad Briefs US Congress Behind Closed Doors Thu, 23 May 2019 14:02:33 +0000 The U.S. Special Envoy for Afghan Peace Zalmay Khalilzad on Wednesday briefed U.S. Congress about the latest direct talks between the U.S. and Taliban negotiators in Doha, the capital of Qatar, aimed at ending the 17-year war.

The talks were held behind closed doors, but U.S. Senator Jim Risch has told that he believes Khalilzad is making progress. However, he added that it is a difficult situation to get to the finish line.

Bob Menendez, another U.S. Senator has told that there is a deep conflict between the intelligence community’s views and Khalilzad’s optimism regarding the Afghanistan reconciliation process.

Meanwhile, Michael Rubin, an American scholar who has assessed the U.S. President peace plan for Afghanistan suggests that the Trump administration’s Afghanistan strategy repeats mistakes made by the Clinton and Obama administrations.

According to Mr. Rubin, the Taliban has repeatedly failed to keep diplomatic commitments and treating the Taliban as independent from Pakistani command-and-control will undercut the utility of any peace deal struck with the Taliban.

Speaking at an event at the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS) on Thursday, Waheed Muzhda, an Afghan political analyst said that Taliban engaged in direct talks with the U.S. as the winner of the war while the U.S. team entered into the talks as the loser.

At the same event, Humaira Rahbin, Women’s Rights Activist said there is no guarantee that the Taliban will stay committed to their commitments if the U.S. troops leave Afghanistan.

Ambassador Khalilzad has held six round of direct talks with the Taliban so far. The two sides have agreed on the withdrawal of American troops in exchange for guarantees that Afghanistan will not be used again as a shelter for terrorists to threaten the U.S. and its allies.

The insurgent group has so far refused to set with the Afghan government, calling it a puppet regime of American invaders.

However, Khalilzad has said that all talks would take place in accordance with the principle that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.”

By: Hesamuddin Hesam

Long-awaited Protesting Candidates Demand Special Court Thu, 23 May 2019 12:56:45 +0000 A number of protesting candidates have set up a protest tent near the Afghan presidential palace for the past one month.

Protesters accuse the government of engineering the October parliamentary election and urges for the creation of a special court to assess the electoral violations.

“Instead of giving a positive response to our demands, President [Ghani] ordered the interior ministry to remove our protest tents by force and they beat us,” said Arezo Safi, a protesting candidate from Kandahar province.

“We want a special court for the electoral violations because we have documents showing that we are the winners of the election,” said Heela Mujtaba, another protesting candidate from Paktika.

Meanwhile, electoral observers emphasis that legal solutions are available to solve this problem.

“Their voice must be heard and this protests must end. There are legal solutions to resolve such issues,” said Fazel Ahmad Manawi, former Chief of Independent Election Commission.

“Unfortunately, the government is ignoring the protesters and their demands,” said Marwa Amini, spokesman of the Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA).

Afghanistan’s parliamentary election was held on October 2018 after a three-year delay but it was followed by widespread challenges.

It took electoral bodies seven month to finalize the controversial results of parliamentary elections.

Afghan Parliament Dispute Remains Unsolved Thu, 23 May 2019 12:01:22 +0000 Tensions in the Afghan parliament continued on Thursday as well; though, the majority of the 27-member committee endorsed the selection of Mir Rahman Rahmani as parliament speaker yesterday.

The final decision was expected to be made today in the general session of the lower house, but the session ended with no result.

Even, a supporter of Rahmani’s rival tried to attack an impartial member of the 27-member committee.

“There are two different views. Osuli’s supporters insist that we should decide about the controversial vote in the general session while 130 MPs have approved the final decision of the committee, saying there is no need for repeat voting,” said Abdul Qayoom Sajadi, an impartial member of the special committee.

Meanwhile, some lawmakers said that specific circles are trying to benefit from the continuation of the tensions.

“We must not keep silence regarding the ongoing situation. A specific group is trying to force their will on all lawmakers,” said Sayed Azeem Kabrzani, an MP from Herat province.

“The main problem is with the interim administrative board. They are allowing everyone to talk and create chaos,” said Abdul Rauf Enami, an MP from Badakhshan province.

However, members of the special committee insist that based on their assessments Mr. Rahmani is the legitimate Parliament Speaker.

“We did a comprehensive assessment and based on the election, we announced Mr. Rahmani as the parliament speaker,” said Ghulam Hussain Naseri, an impartial member of the special committee.

Tensions in the Afghan parliament erupted after MPs divided over the selection of Mir Rahman Rahmani as the House Speaker and his rival MP Kamal Naser Osuli rejected to accept the election result.

Taliban Shells Missiles on Bagram Airfield Thu, 23 May 2019 11:23:51 +0000 Bagram airbase, the largest U.S. military base in northern Parwan province of Afghanistan, was shelled with missiles on Wednesday night, a local official said.

Abdul Wasay Rahimi, Deputy Police Chief of Parwan said the missiles were fired at around 9 p.m. last night.

In retaliation, the U.S. airstrikes have hit Dasht-e Qalandar Khail village of Bagram district, the official added.

He did not comment regarding the possible casualties.

The Taliban insurgent group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Meanwhile, a key Taliban member has been arrested by police in the province.

Provincial police spokesman Salim Noori said on Thursday that a key Taliban member identified as Hameedullah was arrested in Shinwar district of the province.

He further said that the detained individual was involved in destructive activities in Ghorband district of the province.

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Candidates Organize Civil Movements Against Government Wed, 22 May 2019 16:07:04 +0000 In spite of the oppositions, President Ghani is on power even though his tenure ended on Monday, May 22.

The Council of Presidential Candidates believes that this action is an indecency and ignoring the country’s Constitution by ARG (Afghanistan’s Presidential Palace).

Faramarz Tamana, a presidential candidate, says that they do not want to break the government structure; however, the government should respect the law and the oath that they had made at the beginning of their tenure.

This members of the Council warned that they and their supporters will organize civil movements including disobedience in the next few days against the government to prevent the illegal extension of President Ghani’s tenure.

“The Afghan people do not accept this situation. They will organize the legal movements in case the government leaders ignore our demands and continue their illegal administration,” said Qader Shah, Spokesperson for the Peace and Moderation election ticket led by Mohammad Hanif Atmar.

Despite the closure of roads leading to the ARG by containers on Wednesday due to possible protests, ARG said that President Ghani will continue working in his position normally.

Based on article 61 of the country’s Constitutions, the National Unity Government legal term ended today, May 22.

However, the Supreme Court of Afghanistan approved the extension of President Ashraf Ghani’s tenure late on April until the re-election of a new president.