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Hekmatyar Describes Suicide Attacks as Holy Islamic Act

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Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of Hezb-e-Islami says suicide attacks are called martyrdom or Istishhadi raids, if it’s meant for sacred causes.

Following the latest terror attacks in capital Kabul that killed and wounded hundreds of people, mostly civilians. Hekmatyar says ‘martyrdom’ attacks are holy Islamic action.

 “If someone is tired of his life and suicides at the end is called suicide attack, but istishhadi [martyrdom] attacks mean when someone commits an attack for great holy goals,” Hekmatyar said during a special interview with Ariana News on Saturday.

Hekmatyar, however, stressed that killing innocent people is “haram” (forbidden), and Islam rejects any kind of attacks which being attempted for such cause.

“Every attack that takes place from any side and results in killing of innocent people, is haram. Islam rejects it and we condemn it in the strongest terms,” he said.

The Hezb-e-Islami leader Hekmatyar’s remarks come as he was accused of taking part in and supporting attacks by al-Qaeda and the Taliban militant groups in Afghanistan, before signing a peace deal with the Afghan government on September 2016.

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US envoy welcomes ‘historic’ opportunity for peace

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Zalmay Khalilzad, the United States’ Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, welcomed the Afghan Loya Jirga’s declaration and President Ashraf Ghani’s decision to sign the decree ordering the release of the 400 remaining prisoners.

In a series of tweets Monday morning, Khalilzad said these were bold steps but “after 40 years of war, a historic opportunity for peace is now possible; one that benefits all Afghans and contributes to regional stability and global security.

He said in the next few days, the US expects the completion of prisoner releases, then travel of the Afghan negotiating team to Doha, and from there the immediate start of intra-Afghan negotiations.

“The parties will embark on a process to reach an agreement on a political roadmap & a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire to end the Afghan war.

“As we have supported the Afghan people for the past 19 years, so do we now support Afghan men and women to achieve the sustainable peace for which they have long yearned,” he said.

Khalilzad stated the United States seeks a sovereign, unified, and democratic Afghanistan that is at peace with itself and its neighbors and does not pose a threat to the world. 

“Today, we are one step closer” to that peace, he said.

This comes after Sunday’s landmark decision following a three-day grand council of over 3,200 tribal elders, community leaders and politicians to release the remaining 400 ‘hardcore’ Taliban prisoners that have been a stumbling block in the way of starting intra-Afghan negotiations. 

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Afghan MMA fighter defeats his American opponent

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Nasrat Haqparast, an Afghan MMA fighter, defeated his American opponent Alex Munoz in a UFC fight in the United States.

The match was held Saturday in Las Vegas, US.

Haqparast managed to win all three rounds on every scorecard against his rival.

By defeating Alex Munoz, the Afghan fighter has picked up his 12th win in the UFC rings.

Haqparast is the second Afghan who is fighting in the UFC after Siyar Bahadurzada.

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Seven policemen killed in Ghazni Humvee bomb explosion

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At least seven policemen were killed and 16 others wounded in a vehicle bomb explosion in central Ghazni province.

Wahidullah Jumazada, a spokesman for the provincial governor told Ariana News that an explosive-laden Humvee was detonated at the Public Protection Battalion of Ghazni on Saturday evening.

The incident took place in the Kotal-e-Rawza area, Jumazada said, adding that several gunmen engaged in a gunbattle with Afghan forces following the explosion.

Officials at a Ghazni hospital said so far seven bodies and 14 wounded individuals had been taken to the hospital.

Local officials have not yet provided further details. 

No group or individual including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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