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Head of Hezb-e-Islami Reacts to Hekmatyar’s Decision

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(Last Updated On: March 14, 2018)

The head of Hezb-e Islami, Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal has reacted towards Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s recent decision to dismiss the three senior members of the party.

Hekmaryar’s Hezb-e Islami in a statement on Tuesday said it has canceled the membership of its three top members including Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, the second deputy of Chief Executive, Muhammad Khan and the minister of justice Basir Anwar.

However, Arghandiwal claimed the Hezb-e Islami has been officially registered to his name at the Ministry of Justice and no one can oust him from the membership.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed the party has been registered in Arghandiwal’s name but refused to comment regarding the issue.

The Hezb-e Islami led by Hekmatyar has said that the International Community and President Ghani’s government have accepted the party’s peace accord that was led by Hekmatyar.

“Hekmatyar has signed an agreement with President Ghani’s government from Hezb-e Islami’s address which the International Community accepts it too,” said Fazel Ghani Haqmal, a member of Hezb-e Islami press office led by Hekmatyar.

Afghan analysts are said to believe that the Hezb-e Islami has been registered to Arghandiwal’s name based on the law.

“When Arghaniwal’s claim can be right that the Hezb-e Islami has not been registered to Hekmatyar’s name,” said Asadullah Ezat, an Afghan lawyer.

Afghandiwal worked as the economic minister during former President Karzai’s governance and he supported Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah in the previous Presidential Election.

The other senior member of Hezb-e Islami, Muhammad Khan is now the first deputy of CE Abdullah and Basir Anwar is currently acting as the justice minister in the government.

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Afghanistan Coronavirus updates: 787 new cases, total 18,054

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(Last Updated On: June 4, 2020)

The Ministry of Public health confirmed Thursday that 787 people were tested positive for the Coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

According to the ministry, the cases have been registered as follow: Kabul 323, Herat 110, Kandahar 65, Balkh 34, Paktia 36, Nangarhar 54, Badghis 48, Khost 40, Paktika 32, Nimroz 18, Kunar 15, Takhar 8, Bamyan 2, Logar 1, and Parwan 1.

It brings the total affected to 18,054 in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, six people have died of the virus in the past 24 hours and 63 people have recovered and fully discharged for the hospital, the health ministry added.

So far, 300 people have died of COVID-19 while 1,585 others have recovered from the virus.

It comes as, on Wednesday, Fahim Qarluq the district governor for Qala-e-Zal and General Rashid Bashir, Police Chief of the province have died from COVID-19 on Wednesday morning.

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Gov’t officials don’t follow health guidelines, social distancing

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(Last Updated On: June 3, 2020)

The failure to comply with health guidelines and social distancing in gatherings by a number of high-ranking government officials has been criticized.

Citizens blame officials for being negligent to the Coronavirus, saying that their behavior is a sign of the government’s reluctance in the fight against the virus.

In the latest instance, the chairman of the High Reconciliation Council amongst other officials attended a ceremony without abiding by the health guidelines and/or social distancing.

That is, Salem Izadiar’s commemoration ceremony with the presence of high-ranked government officials and citizens, including high-ranking officials – without keeping any of the health guidelines in mind, is considered to be one of the main causes of Coronavirus outbreak.

Additionally, the Minister of Interior Affairs, who is considered as one of the key officials in the fight against Coronavirus, also attended a meeting in Baghlan, not taking into account any social distancing and/or health measures.

It is worth mentioning that recently Rashid Bashir, the police chief of Kunduz province, and Fahim Qarluq, the governor of Qala-e-Zal district the province, died of the virus.

The Ministry of Public Health has frequently expressed concerns over social non-compliance with health guidelines and its dire consequences.

On the other hand, the death toll from the virus has increased; however, only a part of the fatalities are officially recorded, but a larger proportion of Covid-19 positive or suspicious deaths are, for some reason, not reported at all.

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Dr. Ayaz Niazi’s assassination triggers queries

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(Last Updated On: June 3, 2020)

The assassination of Dr. Ayaz Niazi, imam of the Wazir Akbar Khan Mosque, has raised questions and reactions.

Dr. Niazi became the target of an IED explosion at the mosque yesterday evening while preparing for the evening prayer.

He died at the hospital of deadly injuries.

A number of military experts have called yesterday’s incident a ‘political terrorist attack’ and blamed the security agencies for not preventing such attacks in Kabul.

Intelligence experts attribute the weakness in the intelligence agencies that leads to such horrific attacks.

President Ghani personally visited the Mohammad Dawood Khan hospital today and, while praying for the deceased and offering condolences to his family, he ordered security agencies to follow up on the incident.

Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry has announced the formation of a delegation to investigate the incident and arrest its perpetrators.

About Dr. Ayaz Niazi:

Dr. Mohammad Ayaz Niazi was 56 years old and was born in Yamgan district of Badakhshan province. At the age of twelve, he learned the holy Quran by heart. After high school, he joined Al-Azhar University in Egypt and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Islamic Economics. Also, he had a Ph.D. in Islamic Jurisprudence from Al-Azhar University in Egypt. Dr. Niazi served as a professor at the Faculty of Sharia at Kabul University and as imam at the Mohammad Wazir Akbar Khan Mosque.

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