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“MoI, Heart of Corruption in Security Institutions”

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(Last Updated On: May 8, 2017)

CORRUPTION_8-5-2017-DARI-SOT.mpg_snapshot_00.39_[2017.05.08_18.02.38]President Ashraf Ghani during the European Union’s 2017 anti-corruption campaign conference held in the Presidential Palace said the Ministry of Interior (MoI) is the heart of corruption in security institutions.

In his inaugural speech at the European Union’s third annual Anti-Corruption Conference in Kabul, Ghani acknowledged having wasted billions of dollars in fighting corruption in Afghanistan.

President Ghani said, “in security sector, we are focusing more on the Ministry of Interior this year. MoI is the heart of corruption in security institutions. We will bring reforms to this ministry. Currently reforms are implementing in the Ministry of Defense.”

“Bad strategy is as much a contributor to corruption as the actions of the corrupt,” the Afghan president asserted. “more efforts were directed at fighting graft in the country than in the last 40 years.”

He added, “We introduced more reforms in security sectors, banking, government hiring system, and our income increased by 35 percent.”

The second vice-President, Sarwar Danish said the government had many great achievements in reducing corruption in customs.

EU Special Representative in Afghanistan, Ambassador Franz-Michael Mellbin said at the conference that the international community is committed to Afghanistan’s anti-corruption fight.

Mellbin at the press conference that concludes the EU’s two-month long campaign to raise awareness and fight corruption in the country added, “From last year, until now, there have been more efforts to fight corruption.”

The campaign highlighted issues such as the illegal extraction of natural resources – the second-largest source of income for insurgents – along with the impact of corruption on the judicial system and security forces.

The Special Representative for United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, during the inauguration of the conference at the Presidential Palace said, “The justice sector is Afghanistan’s most powerful weapon to fight corruption.”

Yamamoto added, “Demonstrating equal justice for all, including the highest ranking and the most powerful is a stark indication that the Anti-Corruption Justice Center and other courts are free from political influence.”

According to Afghanistan Transparency Watchdog, nearly 50 percent of Afghan people called corruption one of the serious challenges in the country.

Reported by Qiam Noori

Edited by Muhammad Zackarya

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Shaheen: The number of prisoners released by the gov’t is conflicted

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(Last Updated On: June 1, 2020)

Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen has said that the government has released less than 2,500 prisoners while claiming the release of 3,000.

According to him, the government has so far released only 2,284 Taliban prisoners, to be exact.

Shaheen added that the release of prisoners had to be transparent, and there should not be any flaws in the process.

Meanwhile, Jawed Faisal, the spokesman for the National Security Council, said that 1,000 Taliban prisoners had been released before Eid-ul-Fitr.

According to him, on the occasion of the Eid, the president announced the release of 2,000 Taliban prisoners, out of which, 1,000 were released over Eid holidays.

Reportedly, in the past three days, the government has released 710 Taliban prisoners and another 290 are expected to be added to the number, bringing the total of the released prisoners to 3,000.

Sayed Akbar Agha, a former Taliban member, said that according to some credible sources, some drug traffickers had also been released among the Taliban prisoners.

According to the government, civilians are included among the over 400 prisoners released by the Taliban and were claimed as men of the government.

The government’s negotiating team has been urging the Taliban to start the Intra-Afghan negotiations soon.

Farooq Majrooh, a member of the government’s negotiating team, said that some countries were ready to host the talks and that the government and the Taliban had to agree on a specific location as soon as possible.

On the other hand, the High Council of National Reconciliation, which is responsible for advancing the peace talks, has announced working on the structure of the council.

Fawzia Kufi, a member of the government’s negotiating team, stressed that women should leading roles in the High Council for National Reconciliation.

The release of 2,000 Taliban prisoners came to an end on Sunday, but the government has said nothing about future steps in the matter; however, the Taliban’s technical team to verify the detainees is still in Kabul.

Earlier, sources told Ariana News that the Intra-Afghan talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban will begin between 10th and 15th June – no official acknowledgment has been made though.

The government hopes that the release of prisoners could lead to starting the Intra-Afghan talks and a reduction in the level of violence; while the Taliban insist on the release of all 5,000 prisoners as a precondition to the talks.

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Stefano Pontecorvo takes office as NATO’s SCR in Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: June 1, 2020)

Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo of Italy officially takes up his role, today June 1, as the new NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan, NATO confirmed in a statement.

NATO Sec-Gen Jens Stoltenberg said, “I look forward to working closely with him at this critical juncture for Afghanistan’s future.”

According to the statement, Pontecorvo will be working with the NATO-led Resolute Support mission that trains, advises, and assists the Afghan National forces as well as advising the NATO Secretary-General and the North Atlantic Council on the Alliance’s efforts in Afghanistan and relations with Afghan partners.

The statement added, “He will liaise with senior members of the Afghan government, Afghan officials and other prominent national and local officials. He will engage with representatives of the international community, Afghan civil society, and non-governmental organizations.”

His previous roles have been described as Italy’s Ambassador to Pakistan, diplomatic adviser to the Italian Defense Minister working on NATO political-military issues, including on Afghanistan, and deputy head of mission at the Italian embassies in London and Moscow.

It is noteworthy that Sir Nicholas Kay of the United Kingdom was previously serving as the NATO SCR in Afghanistan since March 2019.

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Senior Traffic Police official killed – Kapisa

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An Afghan Traffic Police official was killed by unknown gunmen in Kapisa province on Monday, police confirmed.

Shayiq Shurish, a spokesman for the provincial police told Ariana News that Sayed Munir, head of Kapisa’s traffic department, was shot dead by unknown gunmen at around 8 a.m. Monday.

The incident has taken place in Qala-e-Sayed Khan village in Kapisa city, while Munir was on his way to his office, Shurish said.

He said the motives behind the attack yet to be determined, adding that police have begun investigations. 

So far, no group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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