Ariana News Bringing Afghan News to the World Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:59:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Taliban Formulates 10-Member Negotiating Team for Peace Talks: HPC Fri, 14 Dec 2018 13:45:22 +0000

High Peace Council (HPC) says Taliban has formulated a 10-member negotiating team for peace talks with the Afghan government.

The direct talks between the U.S. and Taliban have raised hopes among many interested parties to ensure peace in war-torn Afghanistan.

Recently, the U.S. Special Envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad met NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels, where the North Atlantic Council expressed support for the U.S. efforts to promote an Afghan-led and owned peace process.

In early October, Khalilzad met with the Taliban representatives in Qatar and then met with the Afghan government officials in Kabul where he has asked both sides to come up with an authorized team of negotiators for peace talks.

Following the issue, Rahim Bek Yaqubi, a member of the HPC said that the Taliban has formulated a negotiating team which according to him, is comprised of five members from the armed group’s Qatar office and five more are the members who have been released from Guantanamo Bay in late October.

Yaqubi stressed that the face-to-face talks between the Taliban and the government negotiating teams were expected to take place after the end of Khalilzad’s third round of trips to the region.  

However, the Taliban Spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid in a phone call with Ariana News rejected the issue as “baseless”.

This comes as some Afghan people and politicians have concerns that the past 16 years’ achievements in Afghanistan might get compromised in the negotiation process with the Taliban.

But President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday in a meeting in Herat province assured that the government would not conclude any peace deal behind closed doors. He insisted that every decision regarding peace will take place based on people’s will and the approval of the parliament.

‘No Peace Agreement Will be Concluded Behind Closed Doors’: Ghani Fri, 14 Dec 2018 11:51:02 +0000

President Ashraf Ghani has said that the government would not conclude any peace agreement behind closed doors, insisting that every decision regarding peace will be taken based on people’s will and the approval of the parliament.

Ghani made the remarks during a meeting with various sects of the people on Thursday in western Herat province.

He said ensuring peace is a must so that the country could get to development and progress, adding that based on a national consensus, the government is committed to peace.

The president stressed that the government will not compromise on the fate of the women in the peace process. He said the negotiating team has been formed to kick off peace talks.

Regarding the elections, Ghani emphasized that the coming presidential vote will be held on its scheduled time, adding that protecting votes of the people is the responsibility of all the government institutions.

He assured that the government would make all its efforts to pave the way for a transparent election in the country. 

By Shakib Mahmud

U.S. Service Member Dies in Non-Combat Incident in Afghanistan Fri, 14 Dec 2018 10:51:07 +0000

An American service member has died in a non-combat-related incident in Afghanistan, the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission said in a statement on Friday,  without offering further information.

The statement said that the incident happened on Thursday and is being investigated.

The service member’s identity was being withheld until his family could be notified.

Resolute Support mission is being engaged in training, advising and assisting the Afghan military forces consisting of thousands of troops in war-torn Afghanistan.

The latest death brings the number of U.S. service members who have died in Afghanistan to 15.

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Tamim Shansab’s Case Referred to AGO: Kabul Police Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:52:49 +0000

The case of Tamim Shansab, head of a former security company and his 20 men has been referred to the Attorney General Office, Kabul Police said on Thursday.

Shansab was arrested along with his 20 armed men in Kabul last week after 24 hours of a standoff with police. 

Mohammad Salem Almas, head of Kabul police Crime Investigation Department said they have seized a large number of weapons and other military equipment from Shansab’s house, which was under siege of security forces after he refused to leave the building.  

Almas said that Tamim and men are currently in Pul-e-Charkhi prison, adding that police have finalized their investigation and referred Shansab and his 20 men’s case to the Attorney General Office for further legal procedures. 

This comes as the government has stepped up in arresting the irresponsible armed men in Kabul. Recently, police arrested 10 illegal armed men Bagrami district of Kabul.

“The irresponsible armed will be arrested where ever they are because they are involved in all of the issues in the country,” Almas said.

Afghan Forces ‘Solely’ Conduct First Night Air Raid against Militants Thu, 13 Dec 2018 13:49:04 +0000

For the first time, the Afghan military forces have managed to conduct night air raid against the insurgent groups after years of coalition forces’ support, the Ministry of Defense said on Thursday. 

Ghafoor Ahmad Jawid, Spokesman of the Defense Ministry said that the air raid has been conducted with Super Tucano aircraft which targeted a base of the Taliban in the northern Urozgan province. 

He said the training process of pilots for other kinds of military aircraft is also underway in order to launch such kind of overnight operations in the country.

Previously Afghan forces were backed by the coalition forces while launching overnight aerial operations.

The forces recently increased air raids in insecure parts of the country including in Farah, Urozgan, Ghazni, and Helmand provinces. Military officials said that the air raids is important in reducing the number of casualties to pro-government forces, insisting that such kind of operations will increase.

This comes as the government military forces have lost more than 10 helicopters this year in which a number of soldiers and pilots have been killed. The choppers have crashed due to various reasons including technical issues and Taliban attacks.

Afghanistan Sends First Set of Cargo Trucks to Europe via Lapis Lazuli Route Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:23:38 +0000

The first set of Afghanistan’s cargo trucks left for Europe through Lapis Lazuli route on Thursday.

The trucks will cross Torghondi port in Herat into Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, and eventually will reach to Europe after crossing Georgia and Turkey.

Inaugurating the Lapis Lazuli corridor on Thursday in western Herat province, President Ghani said the route will connect Afghanistan to South Asia, Central Asia and to Europe.

At the inauguration ceremony of the corridor,  high-ranking officials of Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Georgia were also present.

At the event, Hamid Tahmasi, Afghan Minister of Transport said that the Lapis Lazuli route will facilitate landlocked Afghanistan in exporting its commercial products to European markets and that will develop the Afghan economy.

He stressed that the corridor will reduce the trade gap between Afghanistan and Europe and that will decrease the cost of imports and exports in the country.

The Lapis Lazuli corridor agreement was signed on November last year by five nations in Turkmenistan marking an important milestone in the collective efforts towards deepening connectivity and enhancing trade in the region.

Taliban Suffer Heavy Casualties in Farah Thu, 13 Dec 2018 11:52:53 +0000

At least 20 insurgents including two commanders of the Taliban were killed in an airstrike of coalition forces in the western province of Farah on Thursday, local officials said.

The provincial police spokesman Muhebuallh Muheb said that the airstrike was conducted in “Karez Shikhan” area of the provincial capital Farah City which also wounded 15 others.

The official added that one of the senior commanders of the Taliban identified as Mawlawi Abdul Aziz was killed in the aerial raid.

The Taliban did not comment regarding the incident so far.

This comes as last month, Gen. Scott Miller, the commander of Resolute Support mission and U.S. forces in Afghanistan met with local officials in Farah province where he pledged to support the Afghan security forces against the militants in the volatile province.

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Khalilzad to Meet NATO Chief in Brussels Tomorrow Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:18:25 +0000

The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad is expected to meet NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on Thursday (Dec. 13).  

According to a press release issued today on the NATO website, Ambassador Khalilzad will also address the North Atlantic Council.

Khalilzad’s visit to NATO HQ comes as part of his third round of trips to the regional countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar with an “interagency” delegation.

During his visit, Khalilzad will continue to meet the Afghan government officials and other interested parties to support and facilitate the peace process in Afghanistan.

HPC Questions Structure of Consultative Board for Peace Process Wed, 12 Dec 2018 14:54:23 +0000

The Deputy Head of High Peace Council (HPC) Habiba Sarabi on Wednesday questioned the structure of High Advisory Board for the peace process, saying the women’s presence in the board has been “unfair”.

Addressing a  conference on women’s role in peace, Sarabi said that the high advisory board lacks women’s presence and that the government has not considered a fair role for the women and youth in the board.

At the event, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said that high advisory board representing the people from across the country,  insisting that the government has no preconditions for launching negotiations with the Taliban and that opportunity for peace should not be missed.

“We are ready for talks. There is no precondition to kick off negotiations, this is very an important issue,” he said.

The U.S. Ambassador John Bass was also present at the event. He said women’s role in the peace process should not be excluded.

Bass said the contributions of women to achieving an end to the conflict are “critical” to the success and “sustainability” of this effort.

This comes as the government announced the formation of the High Consultative board for peace on Tuesday aimed at building a national consensus for kicking off peace talks with the Taliban.

IEC Resumes Recounting of Kabul Votes Wed, 12 Dec 2018 14:04:16 +0000

Foll Amid tensions with electoral complaints body, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday resumed recounting of the votes of parliamentary elections for Kabul.

The IEC  Deputy Spokesman Zabiullah Sadat said that the commission resumed the recounting process with a new method which includes changes in the number of observers and audit teams.

The electoral complaints commission (IECC), meanwhile, said that the IEC should provide them with evidence and documents regarding Kabul votes and that use a new mechanism in this regard, adding that thereafter, the commission will reconsider its decision of invalidating the votes of parliamentary elections for Kabul.

The election observers, however, stressed that the electoral commission should announce the final results of the elections.

This comes as days earlier, the IECC said that the election commission has not provided all the necessary information to the IECC nor it has reached to an agreement to determine a timetable for recounting of Kabul votes.

President Ghani to Inaugurate Lapis Lazuli Route In Herat Tomorrow Wed, 12 Dec 2018 13:19:28 +0000

President Ghani is expected to inaugurate Lapis Lazuli route connecting Afghanistan and Europe in a ceremony in western Herat province tomorrow (Thursday), officials said Wednesday.

The route begins in Aqina and Turghundi ports in Faryab and Herat provinces and crosses many countries in the region including Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey.

The route will be inaugurated at a ceremony in the presence of high-ranking officials from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey.

“Trade through Lapis Lazuli route will create a regional transit and transport network, starting in Afghanistan and reaching to Europe residing along with route will benefit from its immense economic advantages,” the President Palace said ahead of the route inauguration.

According to the officials, the Lapis Lazuli route will have cheaper transport cost for the transferring of commercial products to foreign markets.

“We are making headways to resolving transit issues. Lapis lazuli corridor will supply Afghan products to European Markets,” ARG said quoting the president.  

The Lapis Lazuli corridor Agreement was signed on November last year by five nations on the sidelines of RECCA VII in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan marking an important milestone in the collective efforts towards deepening connectivity and enhancing trade in the region.

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