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Ghani adamant about not compromising on Constitution

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Addressing an event to mark National Journalists Day, President Ashraf Ghani referred to the peace process and said he will never compromise Afghanistan’s Constitution or the nation’s sovereignty.

President Ghani says there is no space to compromise on the rights of Afghan women in the peace process, adding that all Afghans need to come together to forge a consensus in defense of democracy.

Ghani says that the Afghan people want freedom of speech, and that attacks on Afghan journalists are attacks on the future of Afghanistan.

Key values must be defended. Anyone who divides society and destroys the republican system has destroyed freedom of expression, he said.

Afghan women’s rights are fundamental to me and Afghan women’s rights should be preserved, he said.

An attack on freedom of expression is an attack on the future of Afghanistan.

Ghani asked whether people thought it possible to hold elections without freedom of expression and also stated “We do not accept any deviation from the Constitution”.

Ghani told all government employees that “if we see violence against journalists in the provinces, I will immediately dismiss you.”

On news of an Afghan military chopper having been shot down earlier Thursday, Ghani said he was “angry” about the incident, that happened in Behsud district in Maidan Wardak province. “Over 80 suspects” have been arrested, he said.

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India hosting key SCO anti-terror meeting

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The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s (SCO) anti-terror body Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) representatives came together Monday for the start of a three-day meeting in New Delhi.

Among those attending is a three-member Pakistani delegation that arrived in India on Saturday via the Wagah border.

The situation in Afghanistan and the worsening humanitarian crisis in the country is expected to be on the agenda.

According to Indian media reports, New Delhi is also expected to raise issues regarding the security situation in Afghanistan.

The RATS is the Executive Committee of the SCO, headquartered in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, which is a permanent unit of the organisation which serves to promote cooperation of member states against terrorism, separatism and extremism.

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IEA says girls’ schools will reopen soon

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Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), and deputy minister of the IEA’s Ministry of Information and Culture, said progress has been made at a meeting of religious scholars and girls’ schools would reopen soon.

Speaking to reporters in Kabul on Sunday Mujahid said: “Good progress has been made at the meeting of the country’s scholars regarding the reopening of girls’ schools and other major political issues, and girls’ schools will be reopened in the near future.”

He said that the meeting, attended by tribal leaders and influential people of the country, is focusing on major political, security and social issues.

“The Ulema are consulting on the reopening of girls’ schools, and progress will be made soon,” said Mujahid.

Meanwhile, Anas Haqqani, a senior member of the Islamic Emirate, said on Wednesday that a meeting of religious scholars would be held to discuss the issue of girls going to school.

The closure of girls’ schools above the sixth grade sparked a major outcry around the world with the international community repeatedly calling for schools to reopen.

Officials at the Ministry of Education of the Islamic Emirate have said that they will reopen girls’ schools in the near future within the framework of Islamic principles.

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Uzbekistan to host international conference on Afghanistan

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Tashkent will host a high-level international conference on Afghanistan at the end of July, Uzbekistan’s interim Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Norov announced.

Norov said the key focus would be on security, political stability and the socio-economic development of the region.

“As for Afghanistan, unfortunately, we are seeing a decrease in the attention of the international community to the situation in this country. Meanwhile, the situation there remains difficult, due to the acute economic crisis and the difficult humanitarian situation, challenges to regional security and stability remain,” he said.

Tashkent Times reported that Norov felt the international community should take responsibility for the present and future of Afghanistan and provide continued assistance to resolve problems in the country.

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