Ariana News https://ariananews.af Bringing Afghan News to the World Thu, 07 Feb 2019 15:05:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 Moscow Talks’ Declaration Has No ‘Executive’ Outcome: ARG https://ariananews.af/moscow-talks-declaration-has-no-executive-outcome-arg/ Thu, 07 Feb 2019 14:01:40 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=296839

The Afghan government which was not part of the two-day talks between the Taliban and Afghan oppositions in Moscow said on Thursday that the joint declaration – issued by the delegates at the end of the meeting – has no “executive” outcome.

The delegates on Wednesday issued a joint declaration in which they outlined a nine-point approach to promote intra-Afghan dialogue aimed at reaching a political settlement in Afghanistan.

However, in reaction President Ghani’s Spokesman wrote in a tweet: “The meeting of some Afghan politicians with the Taliban which was held in Moscow at the invitation of the Russian Federation, was not about peace talks but a political and scientific debate on peace and a statement issued at the end of this meeting is the summary of the two-day talks and has not executive outcome on peace.”

 The joint declaration of Moscow Talks read that ensuring lasting peace, protecting the national sovereignty and promoting social justice, paving ground for complete withdrawal of foreign forces from the country, maintaining national unity, ensuring the principles of Islamic and its national values, preventing the occurrence of dark events of the recent decades in the country and mutual respect and understanding among Afghans were the among issues as the delegates have agreed upon in the meeting.  

Establishment of an official political office for the Taliban  in Qatar, removal of some Taliban leaders from the UN blacklist,  providing assurance to the international community that Afghanistan will not be used against any other nations, protection of educational, political, economic and social rights of women and freedom of speech in accordance with the Islamic principles, protection of political and social rights of the entire people of Afghanistan in line with Islamic principles were the other important points which were outlined in the declaration.

According to the declaration, the delegates unanimously agreed to hold the next round of talks in Doha, the capital of Qatar in the near future.

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Delegates Issue Joint Declaration at End of Moscow Talks https://ariananews.af/delegates-issue-joint-declaration-at-end-of-moscow-talks/ Thu, 07 Feb 2019 13:11:52 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=296832

The delegates who attended the two-day peace talks in Moscow on Wednesday issued a joint declaration as a move towards initiating an intra-Afghan dialogue to end the nearly two decades of conflict in Afghanistan.

The joint declaration which includes nine key points has considered the Moscow meeting as a major step towards promoting intra-Afghan dialogue.

The declaration read that ensuring lasting peace, protecting the national sovereignty and promoting social justice, paving ground for complete withdrawal of foreign forces from the country, maintaining national unity, ensuring the principles of Islamic and its national values, preventing the occurrence of dark events of the recent decades in the country and mutual respect and understanding among Afghans were among issues as the delegates have agreed upon in the meeting.  

Establishment of an official political office for the Taliban  in Qatar, removal of some Taliban leaders from the UN blacklist,  providing assurance to the international community that Afghanistan will not be used against any other nations, protection of educational, political, economic and social rights of women and freedom of speech in accordance with the Islamic principles, protection of political and social rights of the entire people of Afghanistan in line with Islamic principles were the other important points which were outlined in the declaration.

According to the declaration, the delegates unanimously agreed to hold the next round of talks in Doha, the capital of Qatar in the near future.

It comes as the Afghan government which did not participate in the meeting due to persistent refusal of the Taliban said the Afghan politicians who attended the Moscow Talks have no executive authorities and were not officially representing Afghanistan.

However, the High Peace Council which is a none-state organization has welcomed the Moscow meeting and described it as a sign towards initiating intra-Afghan dialogue.

The council noted that it hopes the Taliban also sit in negotiating table with the Afghan government.

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U.S. Envoy Rejects Reports of Timetable for Troops Withdrawal https://ariananews.af/u-s-envoy-rejects-reports-of-timetable-for-troops-withdrawal/ Thu, 07 Feb 2019 12:10:22 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=296828

The U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has rejected the reports in which claimed that Washington had promised to pull out half of its troops from Afghanistan by the end of April.

“In recent days, I’ve heard some individual Taliban officials claim we have a troop withdrawal timetable for Afghanistan. Today, they correctly retracted that claim. To be clear: no troop withdrawal timetable exists.” Khalilzad wrote on Twitter.

Earlier, Russia’s RIA news agency had quoted a Taliban official at peace talks in Moscow as saying that the United States had pledged of pulling out half of its troops from Afghanistan by the end of April.

It comes as the delegates attending the peace talks in Moscow on Wednesday issued a joint declaration in which they outlined a nine-point approach to promote intra-Afghan dialogue aimed at reaching a political settlement in Afghanistan.

The delegates unanimously agreed to hold the next round of talks in Doha, the capital of Qatar in the near future.

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Pakistan’s Crackdown Against Pashtun Activists Raises Concerns of Afghan Gov’t https://ariananews.af/pakistans-crackdown-against-pashtun-activists-raises-concerns-of-afghan-govt/ Thu, 07 Feb 2019 11:45:26 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=296818

The arrest of a group of ethnic Pashtun activists at a rally in Pakistan this week raised serious concerns of the Afghan government.

The members of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) were detained during an Islamabad protest against police violence on Tuesday, the latest in a series of moves against the group which was founded a year ago to protest the death of a Pashtun man killed by police in the Pakistani port city of Karachi.

Tuesday’s incident, reopening longstanding tensions between Kabul and Islamabad.

“The Afghan government has serious concerns about the violence perpetrated against peaceful protesters and civil activists in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan,” Ghani wrote in a tweet.

“We believe it is the moral responsibility of every government to support civil activities that take a stand against the terrorism and extremism that plagues and threatens our region and collective security. Otherwise, there could be long-standing negative consequences,” he added.

In reaction, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi rejected Ghani’s comment.

“Such irresponsible statements are only gross interference,” he said in a tweet, adding that Ghani should focus on the “longstanding grievances of the Afghan people”.

Tuesday’s protests followed the death of PTM regional leader Arman Loni in southwestern Balochistan province which the group blamed on police.

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ELECTION97, ARG in Contradiction of Friendship and Hostility with the United States https://ariananews.af/election97-arg-in-contradiction-of-friendship-and-hostility-with-the-united-states/ Thu, 07 Feb 2019 06:27:11 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=296789

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Pakistan Reiterates Support to Kashmir People on Solidarity Day https://ariananews.af/pakistan-reiterates-support-to-kashmir-people-on-solidarity-day/ Wed, 06 Feb 2019 09:25:12 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=296644

Pakistan observed ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ on Tuesday (February 5) as the country’s President Arif Alvi reiterated his support to the people of Kashmir in their struggle for the right of self-determination.

Pakistan president in a message said that the February 5, is an opportunity to pay tribute to the unparalleled commitment of the Kashmiris for the attainment of the legitimate right to self-determination.

“We reassure our Kashmiri brothers and sisters that we will remain consistent in our principled position on Kashmir. The entire Pakistani nation stands with its Kashmiri brethren in their valiant struggle to achieve the legitimate right to self-determination,” Alvi said.

Pakistan’s President also urged the Indian government to uphold the rights of the Kashmiri people.

Every year on February 05, Pakistan celebrates the day as “Kashmir Solidarity Day” when they organize protest rallies against the alleged human rights violation in Kashmir.

It comes as the tensions between Pakistan and India have intensified on Kashmir. Pakistan is pushing India to implement the United Nations resolutions on the decades-old dispute between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

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Zerbena 05 Feb 2019 / زیربنا ۱۶ دلو ۱۳۹۷ https://ariananews.af/zerbena-05-feb-2019-%d8%b2%db%8c%d8%b1%d8%a8%d9%86%d8%a7-%db%b1%db%b6-%d8%af%d9%84%d9%88-%db%b1%db%b3%db%b9%db%b7/ Wed, 06 Feb 2019 07:01:45 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=296695

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AGHAZE ROOZ 05 Feb 2019 / آغاز روز ۱۶ دلو ۱۳۹۷ https://ariananews.af/aghaze-rooz-05-feb-2019-%d8%a2%d8%ba%d8%a7%d8%b2-%d8%b1%d9%88%d8%b2-%db%b1%db%b6-%d8%af%d9%84%d9%88-%db%b1%db%b3%db%b9%db%b7/ Wed, 06 Feb 2019 06:59:20 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=296680

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RSF Condemns Killing of Two Journalists in Takhar https://ariananews.af/rsf-condemns-killing-of-two-journalists-in-takhar/ Wed, 06 Feb 2019 06:54:11 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=296675

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Wednesday condemned the armed attack on Radio Hamseda in Taloqan, the capital of the northeastern province of Takhar in which two journalists were shot dead.

The attack was carried out by two unidentified gunmen who entered the radio station on Tuesday at around 05 p.m. asked who was in charge and then opened fire on the two journalists present at the time.

According to RSF statement, one was acting news editor Shafiq Arya, 28. The other, identified only as Rahimullah, 26, was presenting a programme.

Provincial Police Chief Rashid Bashir confirmed the death of the two journalists and said an investigation was underway.

“We offer our condolences to the families and colleagues of Shafiq Arya and Rahimullah, and we urge the police to conduct a thorough investigation in order to identify this attack’s perpetrators and instigators as quickly as possible,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Iran-Afghanistan desk.

Radio Hamseda employs 11 people, including four women, and has been broadcasting from 6 a.m. to midnight since 2007. Owner Simin Hosseini, who is a member of Taloqan’s municipal council, said he had received no threats.

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ELECTION97: The Election and Peace are two Separate Agenda before the Afghan Government https://ariananews.af/election97-the-election-and-peace-are-two-separate-agenda-before-the-afghan-government/ Wed, 06 Feb 2019 06:48:21 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=296659

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PAS AZ KHABAR: Ariana Saeed has been Chosen as Ambassador for Fighting Cancer https://ariananews.af/pas-az-khabar-ariana-saeed-has-been-chosen-as-ambassador-for-fighting-cancer/ Wed, 06 Feb 2019 06:45:55 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=296642

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‘No Uncertainty, Ambiguity about U.S. Commitment to Afghanistan’: Pompeo https://ariananews.af/no-uncertainty-ambiguity-about-u-s-commitment-to-afghanistan-pompeo/ Wed, 06 Feb 2019 06:34:34 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=296638

President Ashraf Ghani held a telephone conversation with the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday evening, hours before the U.S. President Trump spoke of negotiations with the Taliban in his annual State of the Union address.

According to Presidential Palace, the U.S. Secretary of State reiterated the stance and commitment of the United States to Afghanistan.

“There is no uncertainty and ambiguity about the U.S. commitment to Afghanistan and our enduring partnership,” Pompeo stressed.

He also stressed that the American troops will remain in Afghanistan until a political settlement being reached in the war-torn country.

“Our military partnership is unwavering and will remain until a lasting and inclusive peace is achieved,” Pompeo said.

The U.S. Secretary of State also underscored the central importance of ensuring the centrality of the Afghan government in the peace process.

He also reiterated the U.S. commitment and support to holding the upcoming presidential elections in July.

“We both agreed that words, rumors, and speculations cannot replace actions and that our partnership and resolve will remain strong in the pursuit of peace,” Pompeo said.

It comes as U.S. President Trump said in his annual State of the Union address said that his administration had accelerated talks for a political settlement in Afghanistan, and would be able to reduce U.S. troops there as negotiations advance to end the war there.

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‘Great Nations Don’t Fight Endless Wars’ – Trump https://ariananews.af/great-nations-dont-fight-endless-wars-trump/ Wed, 06 Feb 2019 05:38:04 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=296617

The U.S. President Donald Trump reiterated on Tuesday that if an agreement has reached in peace talks with the Taliban, he would pullout American troops from Afghanistan.

Trump said in his annual State of the Union that his administration has accelerated talks with groups to reach into a political settlement in Afghanistan, including with the Taliban.

“We do not know whether we will achieve an agreement — but we do know that after two decades of war, the hour has come to at least try for peace,” he said.

Trump also pledged in his speech to Congress that he would reduce the current 14,000 American troops in Afghanistan. After losing more than 2,300 U.S. soldiers and spending more than $900 billion in Afghanistan since 2001.

“As we make progress in these negotiations, we will be able to reduce our troop presence and focus on counter-terrorism. And we will indeed focus on counter-terrorism,” he said.

“Our brave troops have now been fighting in the Middle East for almost 19 years. In Afghanistan and Iraq, nearly 7,000 American heroes have given their lives. More than 52,000 Americans have been badly wounded,” he said.

Trump also said that when he campaigned for president in 2016, he wanted to focus more on domestic issues than foreign conflicts.

“Great nations do not fight endless wars…,” he said,” Our troops have fought with unmatched valor — and thanks to their bravery, we are now able to pursue a political solution to this long and bloody conflict.

“When I took office, ISIS controlled more than 20,000 square miles in Iraq and Syria. Today, we have liberated virtually all of that territory from the grip of these bloodthirsty killers,” he added.

Trump also noted that now, they are working with their allies to destroy the remnants of ISIS. “It is time to give our brave warriors in Syria a warm welcome home,” he said.

This comes as the Republican-led U.S. Senate backed largely symbolic legislation on Monday that broke with Trump by opposing plans for any abrupt withdrawal of troops from Syria and Afghanistan.

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21 People Sentenced to Prison over Kabul Intercontinental Hotel Attack   https://ariananews.af/21-people-sentenced-to-prison-over-kabul-intercontinental-hotel-attack/ Tue, 05 Feb 2019 14:49:57 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=296583

Twenty-one people have been sentenced to imprisonment over last year’s deadly attack on Intercontinental Hotel in the capital Kabul. 

Over a two-dozen people including foreigners had been killed in the Taliban attack which took place in January 2018.

Jamshed Rasooli, a spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office said that 21 people who had been accused of involving in the attack and negligence were jailed.

Rasooli said that 13 of them – who were working for a company that was in charge of security at the hotel – sentenced to 3-4 years in prison.

 Eight more who were Taliban members and involved in organizing and planning the attack, were sentenced to 20-30 years in prison, the official said.

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U.S. Senate Breaks with Trump by Opposing Plans for Abrupt Withdrawal of Troops https://ariananews.af/u-s-senate-breaks-with-trump-by-opposing-plans-for-abrupt-withdrawal-of-troops/ Tue, 05 Feb 2019 12:14:05 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=296564

The Republican-led U.S. Senate backed largely symbolic legislation on Monday that broke with President Donald Trump by opposing plans for any abrupt withdrawal of troops from Syria and Afghanistan.

The Senate voted 70-26 in favor of a non-binding amendment, drafted by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying it was the sense of the Senate that Islamist militant groups in both countries still pose a “serious threat” to the United States.

The amendment acknowledged progress against Islamic State and al Qaeda in Syria and Afghanistan but warned that “a precipitous withdrawal” could destabilize the region and create a vacuum that could be filled by Iran or Russia.

It called on the Trump administration to certify conditions had been met for the groups’ “enduring defeat” before any significant withdrawal from Syria or Afghanistan.

Before the vote, McConnell said he introduced the bill so the Senate could “speak clearly and directly about the importance of the” missions in Afghanistan and Syria.

Passage was expected after the Senate voted to advance it in a procedural vote last week. After concerns from some Democrats, the Senate approved a change to the bill making it clear the amendment was not intended to be a declaration of war or authorization to use military force.

The vote added the amendment to a broader Middle East security bill making its way through Congress. The Senate voted 72-24 to advance the broader bill in a procedural vote on Monday after the amendment vote.

To become law, however, the bill would need to pass the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, where it is unlikely to move without significant changes because of concerns about a provision addressing the “Boycott, Divest and Sanction” movement concerned with Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.

The votes marked the second time in two months that the Senate supported a measure contradicting Trump’s foreign policy, although legislation to change his policies has yet to become law.

Several of Trump’s fellow Republicans strongly disagreed with his plans to withdraw 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria on the grounds that militants no longer pose a threat.

Senator Jim Risch, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, disputed before Monday’s vote that the amendment rebuked or insulted Trump. “As I read it, it recognizes … his effort for us to examine exactly what we are doing in these places,” Risch said.

Reported by Reuters.

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NDS Forces Arrest Group of Armed Kidnappers in Kabul https://ariananews.af/nds-forces-arrest-group-of-armed-kidnappers-in-kabul/ Tue, 05 Feb 2019 11:45:56 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=296552

Afghan Intelligence operatives have arrested a seven-member group of kidnappers in the capital Kabul, the National Directorate of Security said in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement said that the group has been involved in kidnappings, armed robberies, and extortion in the capital.

According to the statement, the group was led by Obaidullah, known as Raees Obaid who has been arrested with seven of his collaborators in Kabul City.

The statement also noted that the Afghan intelligence forces have seized a large amount of arms and ammunition.

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PAS AZ KHABAR 04.Feb.2019| The Government’s Ability to Maintain the Afghan Security Forces https://ariananews.af/pas-az-khabar-04-feb-2019-the-governments-ability-to-maintain-the-afghan-security-forces/ Tue, 05 Feb 2019 06:34:29 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=296504

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ELECTION97: Emphasis on Reforms in the Electoral Commissions https://ariananews.af/election97-emphasis-on-reforms-in-the-electoral-commissions/ Tue, 05 Feb 2019 06:29:51 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=296490

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Zerbena 04 Feb 2019 / آغاز روز ۱۵ دلو ۱۳۹۷ https://ariananews.af/zerbena-04-feb-2019-%d8%a2%d8%ba%d8%a7%d8%b2-%d8%b1%d9%88%d8%b2-%db%b1%db%b5-%d8%af%d9%84%d9%88-%db%b1%db%b3%db%b9%db%b7/ Mon, 04 Feb 2019 15:01:02 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=296467

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AGHAZE ROOZ 04 Feb 2019 / آغاز روز ۱۵ دلو ۱۳۹۷ https://ariananews.af/aghaze-rooz-04-feb-2019-%d8%a2%d8%ba%d8%a7%d8%b2-%d8%b1%d9%88%d8%b2-%db%b1%db%b5-%d8%af%d9%84%d9%88-%db%b1%db%b3%db%b9%db%b7/ Mon, 04 Feb 2019 14:58:12 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=296384

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