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Fugitive Taliban begin to smuggle narcotic drugs in Tajikistan

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Police officials in Kunduz Province has stated that the Taliban whom were forced from Kunduz and Baghlan have sheltered in joint border of Afghanistan- Tajikistan and begin to smuggle narcotic drugs to Afghanistan neighboring countries through Tajikistan soil.

Kunduz Police chief has confirmed the issue saying when police forces wanted to arrest Taliban they were engaged and 2 Taliban were killed the following clash took place close to joint border.

“2 Taliban were killed when Afghan security forces were trying to stop Taliban from doing smuggling narcotic drugs to Tajikistan from Imam sahib district at joint border of Kunduz and Tajikistan Kunduz police chief Mohammad Qasim Jangalbagh said,”

Meanwhile the Governor of Kunduz has confirmed the illegal actions of Taliban saying Taliban smuggle narcotic drugs through boats to Tajikistan.

Governor Assadullah Omerkhail said,” Taliban are present at the joint border of Afghanistan- Tajikistan and doing illegal activities smuggling narcotic drugs to Tajikistan through small boats.”

He also added that when Kunduz was fallen into Taliban control few months ago for few days residents of Kunduz were trying to pass by to go to Tajikistan for safe places where they were not permitted by Tajikistan’s border forces which is contrary to International principles.

The following activities of Taliban in joint border comes after that there is rumor that Taliban have come back to Dand-i- Ghori and willing to fortify themselves for retaking that districts from ANSF.

Reported by Nusrat Parsa

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Ghani approves inclusion of mother name on national IDs

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President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a decree has the inclusion of the mother’s name on the Afghan National Identity cards (Tazkiras).

“Based on the Presidential decree, the mother’s name is officially included on the national identity cards (Tazkiras), along with other personal details,” said Sediq Sediqqi, Spokesman for the President on Thursday.

Earlier this month, Afghanistan’s Cabinet Committee on Legislation had approved a bill to amend the Population Registration Act for including a mother’s name on Tazkiras.

Before this amendment, the Afghan National Identity Documents only carried the name of a person’s father.

This development comes after women’s rights activists launched the (#WhereIsMyName) campaign three years ago demanding a mother’s name should be included in official documents.

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Trump’s Former NSA says withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan is an unwise policy

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US President Trump’s former national security adviser, H.R. McMaster says that Trump Administration’s withdrawal plan from Afghanistan is “an unwise policy.”

In an interview with the CBS News, the retired lieutenant general claimed that Trump with his new policy is “partnering with the Taliban against the Afghan government.”

“I think what [President Trump] did with this new policy, is he, in effect, is partnering with the Taliban against, in many ways, the Afghan government. And so, I think that it’s an unwise policy. And I think what we require in Afghanistan is a sustained commitment to help the Afghan government,” McMaster told the CBS.

The US and the Taliban signed a deal in February in Doha for bringing peace in Afghanistan.

According to the deal, the US committed to pulling out all of its troops from Afghanistan within 14 months.

In return, the Taliban pledged to cut ties with al-Qaeda and prevent terrorist groups from operating in the country and to start the peace talks with the government of Afghanistan.

Since February, the US has drawn the level of its forces down to 8,600 from 13,000 and has stated a further drawdown to 4,500 will be done by November.

Trump’s former national security adviser, however, calls the US troops drawdown in Afghanistan “a big mistake.”

He told CBS’s “60 Minutes” that Trump’s plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and his negotiations with the Taliban has made the U.S. less safe.

“Terrorist organizations who pose a threat to us are stronger now than they were on September 10, 2001. Those who perpetrated the mass murder attacks of 9/11 were the mujahideen-era alumni of the resistance to Soviet occupation in Afghanistan,” McMaster told CBS News.

“Today, we are facing an Al-Qaeda and an ISIS alumni that is orders of magnitude greater than that mujahideen-era alumni ever was. And they also have access to much more destructive capabilities,” McMaster adds.

McMaster’s interview with CBS will be aired as part of the 53rd season premiere of “60 Minutes” on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. local time.

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Afghanistan, Tajikistan discuss Afghan peace, bilateral trade and economic ties

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Acting Foreign Minister Hanif Atmar met with Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon on Thursday afternoon and discussed the Afghan peace talks, and strengthening trade and economic cooperations.

In a statement released on Friday, the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) stated that Emomali Rahmon has welcomed the start of the long-waited intra-Afghan talks and assured Atmar of Tajik’s government support for “the Afghan peace process and the principled position of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.”

Meanwhile, the two sides discussed the expansion of trade, economic, and cultural ties between Afghanistan and Tajikistan.

“Emomali Rahmon stressed that cooperation with Afghanistan in Tajikistan’s foreign policy is one of the priority areas,” the statement said.

Both sides also highlighted the importance of further implementation of regional structural and energy projects that are important for the region, which is a factor “in attracting Afghanistan to the process of regional cooperation.”

In particular, the parties’ interest in bringing cooperation in the field of science, education, culture, art, and information to a new level was emphasized.

“The two sides also discussed in detail the implementation of infrastructure projects, trade, and transit development, energy transfer, counter-terrorism and counter-extremism, the control of organized crime, the strengthening of cross-border cooperation, the expansion of cultural trade and the training of Afghan professionals. 

Emphasizing the deep historical and cultural ties between the two countries, Atmar called for the expansion of bilateral relations to the level of strategic cooperation.

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