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Ghani: No More ‘Misuse of Power’ – Police to Restore ‘Law and Order’

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(Last Updated On: January 13, 2020)

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani emphasizes to take the Police Force out of warfare and get them back to what they ought to be doing – law enforcement.

President Ghani, speaking in the graduation ceremony of 500 fresh policemen today January 13th, underlined that interference in the affairs of the Ministry of Interior must be put an end to. He warns, “No security officials have the right to kill a suspect.”

Ghani says, “Interference in the affairs of MoI must reach its minimum. There is no place for illegal armed men in our law. Thieves and smugglers cannot threaten the police, nor can they swear at the police. If you want the support, you have mine and my administration’s full support.”

To this date, the police conduct anti-insurgency operations, the ones that leave them with excessive casualties. Now, however, the president wants them to get back to their actual responsibilities, meaning, to enforce the law and order. “The police have to stop fighting the war and from now on, they should return to their actual jobs, enforcing the law and order,” says Ghani.

In the meantime, Massoud Andarabi, the Acting Minister of MoI says, “The trends that had been promoted in the MoI on basis of personal interests, have been diagnosed which will be replaced with standardized mechanisms. New schemes to restore security in Kabul are also being applied.”

The 500 fresh police force graduates from the National Police Academy are strongly expected to professionally bring reforms in ‘actions and procedures’ in order to add to the effectiveness of operations that have been launched to lower crimes in Afghanistan.

President Ghani, took the ceremony as an opportunity to address the fact that operations of the security forces cause civilian casualties. He said, “No security officials, even the top ones, have the right to kill a suspect.”

Ashraf Ghani’s strong emphasis on the legitimate use of power comes after the incident of a week ago when five people, including an ex-jihadi commander named Amir Satar Ghorbandi, were killed in an NDS operation in Kabul.

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Afghan Republic’s team agrees ‘in principle’ to peace talks procedures 

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(Last Updated On: November 28, 2020)

The Afghanistan Republic’s peace negotiating team said on Saturday night that both sides have agreed in principle to the rules and procedures regarding talks going forward but that this does not mean the framework has been finalized. 

“The negotiation teams of both sides have ONLY agreed in principle to the 21 articles of the rules & procedures, with the exception of the introduction because it requires further discussion & clarification. Therefore in the joint meeting on Nov 17, 2020 in the presence … of the host country, it was decided that the rules & procedures will only be considered final once it is presented to the general meeting of both delegations & approved there,” the Afghan Republic’s statement read. 

“The IRoA (Islamic Republic of Afghanistan) has shared our understanding of the elements of the introduction with the other side (Taliban),” read the statement.

This statement followed soon after Naeem Wardak, the Taliban’s spokesman in Doha posted on Twitter that the “procedure” to take the intra-Afghan negotiations forward was finalized between the two sides on November 15. 

In a series of tweets Naeem said: “The procedure of Intra-Afghan negotiations between the negotiating teams was completed and finalized in 21 articles on the 15th of November 2020.”

He said this framework was then interpreted in the presence of the “host/facilitator country”, that being Qatar, two days later – on November 17. 

“A copy of it was handed over to the host/facilitator country after it was approved by both negotiating teams,” he tweeted.

This comes after reports first emerged around November 23 that there had been a breakthrough in stalled talks in Doha, which officially started on September 12. 

Sources said early this week that Afghanistan Republic’s chief negotiator Massoom Stanikzai and presidential peace advisor Salam Rahimi were in Kabul to discuss progress with President Ashraf Ghani. 

But both parties to the talks remained tight-lipped about any progress.

In fact, Presidential Palace spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said at a press conference on Wednesday that no progress had been made in Doha regarding peace talks.

Sediqqi said the Taliban’s demands contradict the Afghan Constitution but he did confirm that Stanikzai had been in Kabul.

Seddiqi said the republic’s negotiating team will hold discussions with the Taliban in respect of the Afghan Constitution and on the advice of the peace consultative Jirga.

Wednesday’s denial comes after some sources told Ariana News on condition of anonymity that Afghan leaders had approved some points that had been contested – leading to a breakthrough in the talks.

 

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Atmar calls on Muslim scholars to condemn “unjustified” violence in Afghanistan

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Haneef Atmar, Minister of Foreign Affairs, has called on the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to step up their support for the Afghan peace process.

Addressing the 47th session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Niamey, the capital of Niger, Atmar urge the Ulema across Muslim countries to condemn the “unjustified” violence in Afghanistan

“We urge you all to join hands and support the Afghanistan peace process and to encourage Ulema across the OIC member states in condemnation of the violence in Afghanistan and support of the peace process,” he said.

Meanwhile, Atmar raised his concerns over the spike of violence across the country. He stated that the Afghan people “today continue to experience violence at the hands of our terrorist enemies on a daily basis.”

He pointed out that attacks on civilians have been increased – both in frequency and in the savagery of violence – in recent months.

“In Kabul alone, we have witnessed levels of depravity and attacks on civilian targets that are totally unprecedented from a killing spree in a maternity hospital to a suicide bomb inside a classroom full of young students in a private education facility, to a large-scale attack on Kabul University.”

“Targeted assassination of our moderate Ulema, human rights activists and journalists have added to the frenzy of violence,” Atmar highlighted.
Atmar also called on the OIC states to push the Taliban for peace and end the conflict in Afghanistan.

“We call on the OIC and its member states that have influenced in the Afghan peace process to continue to urge Taliban to pursue peace and an end into the conflict with greater urgency and sensitivity,” Atmar noted.

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Ghani discusses power transmission issues with Turkmen counterpart

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President Ashraf Ghani and his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow on Saturday discussed a number of issues, on the phone, including the transmission of power from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, said the Presidential Palace in a series of tweets.

During the phone conversation, both sides agreed that Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) should meet with Turkmenistan officials over the transmission of power and to finalize the details allowing the process to move forward.

Turkman president said that they had funded the construction of a mosque in Aqeena that will be inaugurated soon,

Ghani meanwhile said that the Afghan Minister of Haj and Religious Affairs will represent Afghanistan at the inauguration ceremony.

According to the Palace, both sides also discussed strengthening bilateral relations, mutual cooperation, and regional projects.

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