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Insulting any tribe, ethnicity, group, is offensive by law

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Some experts say that Ghani’s words on Amir Timur Gurkani are considered ethnically offensive. The social media users have also called Ghani’s statement an insult to Amir Timur.

Earlier, President Ashraf Ghani spoke in a gathering titled as the national history, culture, and identity talks, in the presidential palace. What turned controversial was Ghani’s reference to Amir Timur Gurkani as the “Timur-e Lang”, meaning ‘the crippled Timur’, who was the first emperor of the Timurid Empire.

Ghani in his talks said, “Genghis Khan destroyed the irrigation system in the north and northwestern Afghanistan. ‘Timur-e Lang’ destroyed the irrigation system in Sistan, Helmand, and Farah.”

Ghani’s statement was intensely reacted by experts and social media users.

The media office of the first vice president, in a press release, referred to Ghani’s statement as a big insult to “Amir Timur; the Quran keeper” adding that such statements will separate Afghans in this very vital political stage. The first VP office urges the president to apologize to the Afghan people.

Bashir Ahmad Tahyanj, spokesperson of the National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan said, “Unfortunately, President Ghani has a personal bias towards historic figures, honorable ethnicities, and the history and culture of the people who live in Afghanistan. This is not his first time. The National Movement of Afghanistan is against it and wants Ghani to apologize.”

Experts call Ghani’s statements ‘biased and controversial’.

“Based on the 22nd article of the constitution, discrimination is illegal, be it linguistic or ethnic. To respect the ethnicities is binding by law which should be practiced by all.”

However, the presidential spokesperson posted on his Facebook, that the president’s statements were not insulting, intentional and/or disrespectful to the national persona of “Amir Timur”.

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ANDSF to launch offensives in north to retake fallen districts

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The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) are expected to start offensives in Balkh province and across the country to retake fallen districts and areas, said Bismillah Mohammadi, acting minister of defense on Tuesday during a trip to Balkh.

According to Mohammadi, if the Taliban think they can win militarily, they are wrong.

“Hopefully we will witness our offensives across Afghanistan and we will recapture areas one after another,” said Mohammadi.

He also praised ANDSF for their achievements in Balkh, Samangan and Herat provinces.

“It is our obligation to defend the country until our last breath. We assure people that yesterday Kaldar was recaptured and earlier one district in Herat was recaptured,” said Mohammadi.

The acting minister of defense said that people, especially youths, stand by the ANDSF to defend the country.

“When I assessed the situation in Mazar, I saw that most people who stand by ANDSF were youths. Not only in the north but in all Afghanistan, uprising forces were established to defend people,” added Mohammadi.

During his visit to Balkh, Mohammadi also met Afghan army soldiers.

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Well known Afghan comedian gunned down in Kandahar

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A well-known local comedian, Nazar Mohammad, who was known as Khasha Jawan, was gunned down on Tuesday, allegedly by the Taliban, in Kandahar, sparking widespread condemnation.

According to sources, Khasha Jawan was assaulted by the militants before being killed.

He was allegedly then dragged out of his house, with his hands tied behind his back and his body dumped in the Dand district of Kandahar.

A video doing its rounds on social media shows the militants assaulting Khasha Jawan before killing him.

Vice President Amrullah Saleh wrote on his Facebook page that Khasha Jawan was executed by the Taliban in a “kangaroo court.”

“Footage of the moments before the execution of Khasha Jawan Kandahari in a kangaroo court shows that the Taliban does not abide by Sharia; they have no court, no law, and no humanity,” Saleh said.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Culture and Information stated that Khasha Jawan sent out strong messages through “art and allegory” to the people.

Waheed Omer, Director General at the Office of Public and Strategic Affairs of the Afghan government, stated: “Footage of Taliban killing a bound local comedian in Kandahar is a drop [in the ocean compared to] the massacre campaign that the Taliban has waged across Afghanistan.”

“Please don’t look the other way. Raise your voice on whatever stage that you have access to. These savages are after rooting our people out,” Omer tweeted.

The Taliban, however, stated that Nazar Mohammad was a member of the Afghan security forces.

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Taliban negotiating team member’s son killed in clashes in Afghanistan

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Anas Haqqani, a member of the Taliban’s negotiating team, confirmed Tuesday that the son of Mohammad Nabi Omari, a member of the Taliban leadership and negotiating team, was killed in a battle with government forces.

In a tweet, Haqqani confirmed the killing of Omari. But he did not give any further details.

The Afghan government also confirmed that Abdul Haq Omari, who was the deputy chief of the Taliban military wing in Paktia province, was killed in a clash with Special Forces.

Meanwhile, Shaheen 209th Military Corps claims that a Pakistani army officer Javed was killed by NDS forces.

According to the Corps, he was a serving Pakistani army officer and was leading the Taliban in Logar, Paktia, and Paktika provinces and was killed on Tuesday morning in an operation by NDS 01 unit.

The Corps also said that a commander of tactical training and head of the Taliban Red Unit in Faryab province, along with seven of his fighters was killed.

“Qari Hayatullah, known as Osama, the head of the Taliban’s red unit and commander of the Taliban’s tactical and terrorist training for Faryab province, was killed Monday afternoon in a joint operation by defense and security forces in the village of Deh Azizan in the Sabz area of Pashtun Kot district,” read the statement.

During the operation nine other members of the group were wounded, the Corps added.

The Taliban has not commented yet.

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