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Jamiat Warns President Ghani to Step Down

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(Last Updated On: June 2, 2019)

Some members of Jamiat-e Islami party at a gathering on Sunday warned that the continuation of President Ashraf Ghani’s government will have negative consequences.

Ahmad Wali Massoud, a senior member of the political party and a presidential candidate for the upcoming election called on President Ghani to apologize from the people and step down.

In addition, some members of the party claimed that Ghani is insisting to extend his tenure in order to engineer major electoral frauds in his favor.

“Why do you emphasize to remain in power for another five months? You couldn’t do anything for the last five years. You have no other objective except planning to commit electoral fraud and appointing your favorite individuals to specific positions,” Massoud said.

“Jamiat party believes that the legal tenure of the National Unity Government has ended and should leave the palace before it is late,” Abdul Sattar Murad, the head of Jamiat political committee said.

At the same event, Ibrahim Alokozy, another presidential candidate accused President Ghani of cheating the people for the last four years for being the world’s “second thinker”.

“The people will not be deceived anymore; therefore, step down and don’t create chaos. People don’t want you,” Alokozy said.

According to the Afghan Constitution, the legal term of Ghani’s government ended on May 22.

However, Afghanistan’s Supreme Court extended Ghani’s tenure until the re-election of a new president.

This comes a day after the Peace and Moderation electoral ticket led by Hanif Atmar warned of big protests following Eid-ul-Fitr if Ghani did not step down from power.

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Children included among refugees forced into river by Iranian border guards

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(Last Updated On: May 28, 2020)

Findings show some children were among the ones thrown killed into the Harirud River by Iranian border guards.

The families of those who were thrown into the Harirud River by Iranian border guards a few weeks back have demanded the government share the results of the fact-finding committee with them.

The Independent Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has also acknowledged that there were children among the victims.

Naeem Nazari, deputy head of the Independent Human Rights Commission, said their investigation revealed that several children included those thrown into the river by Iranian border guards.

Herat Governor Sayed Wahid Qatali also said that the investigation was ongoing, and some considerable results had been achieved, which would soon be made public.

On the other hand, the families of those who were thrown into the river by Iranian border guards are asking the government to share with them the results of the investigation conducted by the fact-finding committee.

A delegation led by the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister arrived in Afghanistan a few days ago and met with Afghan officials.

The Iranian and Afghan delegations stressed that this issue should be seriously investigated and that the results should be shared with the people.

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Prisoner releases; Taliban’s technical team arrives in Kabul

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(Last Updated On: May 28, 2020)

A Taliban technical team has arrived in Kabul to conduct verification for the Taliban prisoners.

The Taliban’s political office in Qatar and the Office of National Security Council confirmed that the team had come to Kabul only to take care of some technical work on the releases of prisoners at both ends.

Suhail Shaheen, the spokesperson for the Taliban’s political office in Qatar, said that a five-member Taliban team had been sent to Kabul to verify and release the prisoners and that the team would address some technical problems.

The Office National Security Council also confirmed that the Taliban and the government’s technical delegation were working to ease the release of prisoners.

On the other hand, the Pentagon believes that the Afghan government has taken an effective step towards peace by deciding to release 2,000 Taliban prisoners in the new round.

Many believe that as hurdles have been removed to an extent, the opportunity for bringing peace should not be missed this time.

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Coronavirus update; cases exceed 13,000 in Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: May 28, 2020)

With 580 newly registered cases, the total number of cases for the Coronavirus reached 13,036, with 235 deaths.

The Ministry of Public Health announced the 580 new cases of Coronavirus as follows: Kabul with 322 cases, Herat with 139, Panjshir with 27, Balkh with 22, Farah with 21, Paktia with 20, Faryab with 15, and Parwan with 14 cases.

The Ministry of Public Health also expressed concerns about the lack of facilities saying that the Darulaman Palace, which was designated for the Coronavirus patients, has been evacuated.

Waheed Majrooh, a deputy of the Health Ministry, said that if medical supplies are not provided soon, it will cause major troubles.

Majrooh added that the Darulaman Palace, which was the center of abstraction, had been evacuated, and its beds had been transferred to hospitals.

The Ministry of Public Health emphasized that the least people can do is using masks, keeping social distancing, and washing their hands more often.

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