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MoD launches operation to arrest militia commander Alipour



(Last Updated On: March 21, 2021)

Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) said on Saturday that they have launched an operation in Wardak province to arrest local militia commander Abdul Ghani Alipour, whose fighters shot down an (Mi-17)military helicopter last week.

Some reports in Iran media, citing a source, said Alipour had admitted his men had shot down the helicopter.

However, Alipour implied that the helicopters had been engaged in an operation against his men.

According to the MoD several of Alipour’s men have been killed during the operation so far.

“After the Alipour men targeted our helicopter and martyred our nine military members, the MoD launched an operation to arrest Alipour, and to take revenge of our military members, and to prevent illegal acts,” said Rohullah Ahmadzai, spokesman for the MoD.

The MoD did not provide further details.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Mohaqiq, President Ashraf Ghani’s senior adviser, said government should not be hasty to use force.

Karim Khalili, leader of the Hezb-e Wahdat Islami Afghanistan, also voiced concerns about the Behsud case, adding that a military act will lead to a crisis.

According to Khalili the problem should be addressed peacefully.

On the other hand, some political analysts said that government should take care of civilians during the operations, in order to avoid another catastrophe.

“The Alipour act is not acceptable for people, training one pilot needs more money. Government should act, if Alipour does not surrender himself to government,” said Abdul Sattar Hussaini, an MP.

“Civilians should not be faced with threats. Government should be very carefull during the operation, in order to avoid civilian casualties. Operations must be against the perpetrators,” said Samim Shamsi, a political analyst.

This comes after the helicopter was shot down in Behsud district of Maidan Wardak province. Four crew members and five security force members were killed.

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CSTO ready to ensure its security given situation at borders



(Last Updated On: May 17, 2022)

The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) is prepared to ensure the security of its borders amid growing insecurity in Afghanistan and elsewhere, according to a joint statement by the CSTO leaders that was adopted at the organization’s summit in Moscow on Monday and posted on the Kremlin’s website.

“The situation in Afghanistan and on other external frontiers of the CSTO member-states is alarming,” the statement said.

“In connection with this, we express readiness to maintain security at the borders within the CSTO’s zone of responsibility.”

The meeting was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov and President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon – the leaders of all six member states of the group.

The Collective Security Treaty was signed on May 15, 1992 in Tashkent.

Despite CSTO members’ concerns, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, says that security is ensured throughout Afghanistan and that no opposition group is active enough to be considered a threat to the security of other countries.

According to the Deputy Spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, Afghanistan’s borders are more secure than ever and countries should not worry about this.

“Afghanistan’s borders are now more secure than ever, and Afghan territory will not be used against any country,” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.

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India hosting key SCO anti-terror meeting



(Last Updated On: May 16, 2022)

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s (SCO) anti-terror body Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) representatives came together Monday for the start of a three-day meeting in New Delhi.

Among those attending is a three-member Pakistani delegation that arrived in India on Saturday via the Wagah border.

The situation in Afghanistan and the worsening humanitarian crisis in the country is expected to be on the agenda.

According to Indian media reports, New Delhi is also expected to raise issues regarding the security situation in Afghanistan.

The RATS is the Executive Committee of the SCO, headquartered in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, which is a permanent unit of the organisation which serves to promote cooperation of member states against terrorism, separatism and extremism.

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IEA says girls’ schools will reopen soon



(Last Updated On: May 16, 2022)

Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), and deputy minister of the IEA’s Ministry of Information and Culture, said progress has been made at a meeting of religious scholars and girls’ schools would reopen soon.

Speaking to reporters in Kabul on Sunday Mujahid said: “Good progress has been made at the meeting of the country’s scholars regarding the reopening of girls’ schools and other major political issues, and girls’ schools will be reopened in the near future.”

He said that the meeting, attended by tribal leaders and influential people of the country, is focusing on major political, security and social issues.

“The Ulema are consulting on the reopening of girls’ schools, and progress will be made soon,” said Mujahid.

Meanwhile, Anas Haqqani, a senior member of the Islamic Emirate, said on Wednesday that a meeting of religious scholars would be held to discuss the issue of girls going to school.

The closure of girls’ schools above the sixth grade sparked a major outcry around the world with the international community repeatedly calling for schools to reopen.

Officials at the Ministry of Education of the Islamic Emirate have said that they will reopen girls’ schools in the near future within the framework of Islamic principles.

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