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Jamiat-e-Islami Reacts to Leaked Audio Tape Attributed to Qanoni

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(Last Updated On: January 8, 2019)

Jamiat-e-Islami party on Tuesday reacted to a leaked audio tape attributed to Mohammad Yunus Qanoni, a former vice president and senior member of Jamiat. 

In the audio tape obtained by Ariana News on Monday, Qanoni talks about Jamiat’s electoral strategy and differences among its members.

He says Jamiat’s strategy for the 2019 presidential elections should be the power system change from presidential system to a semi-presidential one in the country, where the president would have three deputies and chief executive office turn to prime minister with clearly defined roles and responsibilities.

Qanoni also insists that President Ghani is strongly against the system change and that it is a red line for him. But adds that Mohammad Haneef Atmar – who has not yet officially announced his candidacy for elections – is fully agreed with the plan and that they should support him in the poll.

In reaction, Jamiat-e-Islami in a statement said that the party has not yet decided to support a presidential candidate or join any election ticket, adding that Qanoni’s remarks – which “he has delivered to figures outside the party and being circulated to media” – were his personal opinion and do not relevant to Jamiat.

Some Jamiat members, however, confirmed and supported Qanoni’s comments.

“Jamiat is not seeking to secure presidential or deputy seats but seeking system change, that is why Haneef Atmar has agreed to Jamiat’s suggestions,” Shamsulhaq Aryanfar, member of Jamiat-e-Islami party.

Atmar’s office did not comment in this regard yet. But sources close to Atmar said high-level talks have been held with Jamiat members to enhance the election ticket.

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Updates on protests over George Floyd’s killing – USA

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(Last Updated On: June 4, 2020)

All four Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd’s death have been charged, an Aljazeera report.

According to the report, Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd’s neck, has been charged with second-degree murder, up from third-degree murder. He also faces a second-degree manslaughter charge.

In the meantime, the other three are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter.

On the other hand, the US President Donald Trump has been criticized by his former defense secretary, James Mattis, who said he was trying to divide the nation.

Also, Trump’s current defense chief, Mark Esper, has said he opposed Trump’s threat to send in the military to control the unrest.

The report indicates that the protesters have remained undeterred by curfews and the presence of the US National Guard in some cities.

“Those protesting against police brutality have been met with, at times, excessive force by authorities,” the report reveals.

It is also said that some journalists have also been targeted by police.

There are reports of officers getting injured as well in the protests.

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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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