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HPC Outlines New Strategy for Ensuring Peace Talks with Armed Oppositions

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The High Peace Council (HPC) on Thursday said it has outlined a new strategy as part of the peace and reconciliation efforts with the armed oppositions including the Taliban.

“The environment is ready, and we Afghans should work together to bring peace in Afghanistan,” said Habiba Sarabi, the Deputy Chairperson of the High Peace Council. “We are very glad to have international community as partner to support us.”

Habiba Sarabi made the remarks at an event titled “Voices for Peace in Afghanistan” which was held in Serena Hotel in Kabul.

Sarabi said that last year, HPC has worked hard to finalize a strategy for bringing justice and sustainable peace in the war-torn country.

“Last year, for six months the High Peace Council have worked very hard to finalize the strategy, the vision for this strategy is to bring sustainable and justice peace in Afghanistan so the Afghans could stay in a secure environment,” she said.

According to Sarabi, the strategic objectives in the new policy, include negotiation through contacting with armed people who are engaged in fighting against the government, national consensus which is one of the major and important object for High Peace Council and monitoring on the political agreements – the High Peace Council will monitor all the political agreements between the government and oppositions as they have been doing with Hezb-e-Islami.

The Deputy Head of HPC said that national consensus could not be done without regional and international consensuses and it is mostly depends on the Afghan government.

Promoting the local initiative such as conflict resolution with the local elders and building the capacity of High Peace Council at the headquarters and local level as well as promoting culture of peace in the country are the other strategic objectives of the new strategy.

“We have to change culture of violence to culture of peace, …from homes , villages and local level,” she said.

Sarabi, meanwhile stressed that they have set up some advisory boards for the High Peace Council including women, youth and religious scholars boards as a move to take the public advisory for peace process.

The official concluded that the High Peace Council had reintegration program which proved unsuccessful therefore, it is not part of their new strategy.

At the event, the EU ambassador in Kabul, Pierre Mayaudon stressed that building national consensus is important for ensuring peace in Afghanistan.

“Building up a national consensus together with regional and international consensuses is undoubtedly one of the priorities of all those who combine the efforts to promote the goals of peace in Afghanistan,” he said.

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135 new Coronavirus cases registered – Afghanistan

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The Ministry of Public Health says that in the last twenty-four hours, 135 positive cases of Coronavirus have been registered in the whole country, with Kabul having the highest number of cases of Covid-19 with 51 people.

Coronavirus cases are declining in Afghanistan. However, the number of patients in the country is still in the triple digits.

 According to the statistics of the Ministry of Health, 135 positive cases of Coronavirus have been registered in the country in the last 24 hours, of which 51 were in Kabul, 37 in Herat, 16 in Ghor, nine in Logar, nine in Balkh, four in Kunduz, three in Baghlan, three in Laghman, two in Takhar and one in Kunar have been infected with the Coronavirus.

The Ministry of Health has said that with the registration of these cases, the total number of people infected with the coronavirus in Afghanistan has reached 34,740.

“Over the past 24 hours, 135 positive cases of the coronavirus have been identified in Afghanistan,” said Masoumah Jafari, deputy spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health.

The ministry added that 24 people had died in the past 24 hours and that the death toll from the Coronavirus had risen to 1,062.

According to the Ministry of Health, in the past 24 hours, 279 people with the Coronavirus have recovered and the number of recoveries has reached 21,454.

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Around 3,000 civilians casualties in six months: AIHRC

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The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said in its six-month report that 1,213 Afghan civilians were killed and 1,744 were injured in the first six months of 2020. These casualties were reported in 880 incidents.

The Independent Human Rights Commission (IHRC) said that the death toll was up 19 percent from last year. In the first six months of this year, an average of 16 civilians killed every day, according to the report.

According to the Afghan Human Rights Commission, 31 percent of all civilian casualties were in targeted assassinations, 26 percent as a result of landmine and car bombings, and 11.7 percent in suicide attacks, 11.5 percent in ground warfare, as well as airstrikes and night operations.

533 killed and 412 wounded as a result of targeted assassinations.

A total of 259 civilians were killed and at least 507 were injured when mines and car bombs exploded. Civilian casualties in these types of incidents show a seven percent increase compared to the same time last year.

According to the report, the number of female deaths in the first six months of 2020 has decreased by 0.5 percent compared to the first half of 2019.

“In 2020, a total of 378 civilians were victims of rocket attacks, including 117 deaths and 261 injuries,” said Naeem Nazari, deputy director of the Human Rights Commission. “The number of civilian casualties from rocket attacks is 47% lower than in the first half of last year.”

According to the findings of the Human Rights Commission, of the total civilian casualties in the first six months of 2020, 48.5% were caused by the Taliban, 26.7% by unknown perpetrators, 15.5% by government forces, and 6.3% by ISIS, 2.3 percent were carried out by international forces, and the rest were casualties from rocket fire by Pakistani forces in Kunar, Kandahar, Paktia and Khost provinces.

The Ministry of Interior does not reject the possibility of civilian casualties but says police have worked to prevent civilian casualties during the war.

The Afghan Human Rights Commission urges the war parties in Afghanistan to respect the international humanitarian law treaties, not to harm civilians during armed conflict, and to immediately start peace talks by establishing a ceasefire.

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Embezzlement in Afghan customs; $1 billion annually lost to graft

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More than $1 billion annually is being lost to embezzlement from the Afghan customs revenues. 

Integrity Watch of Afghanistan said Tuesday local tyrants have embezzled millions of dollars from Herat customs, adding that the government has no plan to prevent stealing of public treasury.

A statistic shared by officials from Herat customs shows that the customs have more than 30 billion AFN incomes per year but less than 20 billion AFN had been collected in the government’s account.

Since 1390, the Persian calendar, the Ministry of Finance and Herat customs have recorded annual revenue figures as follow:

In 1390, Herat Customs had 16 billion AFN incomes. The revenues in 1392 declined to 13 billion AFN and decreased to 9 billion AFN in 1393 compared to the previous years.

The statistics show 12 billion AFN incomes in 1394, while the figure increased to 20 billion AFN in 1396 and 1397. On 1398 the incomes once again declined to 16 billion AFN.

Meanwhile, in Twitter and Facebook posts a senior official of Herat customs has also shared daily incomes of the organization for the current year: On March 4, daily income was 136 million AFN, on July 8 the revenue was 119 million AFN and on July 9 the income was 122 million AFN, according to the statistics.

Meanwhile, the incomes of the organization could reach 33 billion AFN in the current year, figures show.

The Herat customs have averaged more than 10 billion AFN in revenue each year, but these figures do not reflect the actual incomes.

The Ministry of Finance, however, says not only the customs of Herat but also no customs across the country have the same revenue per year, due to a high volume of goods.

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