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MPs accuse security bodies of failing to safeguard the lives of civilians

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(Last Updated On: December 21, 2020)

Some members of the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) said on Monday that since the start of First Vice President Amrullah Saleh’s 6.30am daily meetings, security in Kabul has deteriorated.

They said that government has failed to maintain security and because of this the number of people killed has increased.

“People want security, but they are making sacrifices everyday, and no one hears their voices. Kabul’s situation is bad and the situation in the provinces is worse. The country has become a slaughterhouse, and no one is being held responsible,” said one MP Mohammad Zahir Tamim.

“Security has not been provided since the implementation of the security charter but insecurity has increased. Government should investigate the blood of victims,” said another MP, Abdul Khaliq.

“The security sector is paralyzed, the daily 6:30am sessions are useless and have created a crisis in Afghanistan,” a third MP, Khalid Asad said.

Mir Rahman Rahmani, head of the Wolesi Jirga, agreed and said officials had failed to provide security.

“Security institutions can’t control the terrorist attacks; the people who vowed to bring security now do not have answers for the people; we should summon the security bodies [to answer to parliament],” said Rahmani.

On the other hand, Saleh said after Monday’s security meeting that insurgent groups plan to use fake MP vehicle registration plates in order to sow chaos. He informed the public that the current plates in use are no longer valid and that MPs need to exchange these for new ones through the ministry of interior.

This comes after MP Khan Mohammad Wardak survived an explosion that targeted his convoy in Kabul city on Sunday.

Ten people were killed in the explosion and another 52 were wounded – including Wardak.

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China welcomes Huawei executive home, but silent on freed Canadians

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Chinese state media welcomed telecoms giant Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, back to the “motherland” on Saturday, after more than 1,000 days under house arrest in Canada, on what they called unfounded charges of bank fraud.

But they have kept silent about Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, the two Canadians released from Chinese custody in an apparent act of reciprocation by Beijing.

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV carried a statement by the Huawei executive, written as her plane flew over the North Pole, avoiding U.S. airspace.

Her eyes were “blurring with tears” as she approached “the embrace of the great motherland”, Meng said. “Without a strong motherland, I wouldn’t have the freedom I have today.”

Meng was arrested in December 2018 in Vancouver after a New York court issued an arrest warrant, saying she tried to cover up attempts by Huawei-linked companies to sell equipment to Iran in breach of U.S. sanctions.

After more than two years of legal wrangling, she was finally allowed to leave Canada and fly back to China on Friday, after securing a deal with U.S. prosecutors.

Huawei, founded by Meng’s father Ren Zhengfei, said in a statement that it “looked forward to seeing Ms. Meng returning home safely to be reunited with her family.” It said it would continue to defend itself against U.S. charges.

Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, detained by Chinese authorities just days after Meng’s arrest, were released a few hours later, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said.

State news agency Xinhua formally acknowledged the end of Meng’s house arrest on Saturday, attributing her release to the “unremitting efforts of the Chinese government”.

Hu Xijin, editor in chief of the Global Times tabloid backed by the ruling Communist Party, wrote on Twitter that “international relations have fallen into chaos” as a result of Meng’s “painful three years”.

He added, “No arbitrary detention of Chinese people is allowed.”

However, neither Hu nor other media have mentioned the release of Spavor and Kovrig, and reactions on China’s Twitter-like Weibo social media platform have been few and far between.

The foreign ministry has not commented publicly.

China has previously denied engaging in “hostage diplomacy”, insisting that the arrest and detention of the two Canadians was not tied in any way to the extradition proceedings against Meng.

Spavor was accused of supplying photographs of military equipment to Kovrig and sentenced to 11 years in jail in August. Kovrig had still been awaiting sentencing.

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Four kidnappers killed by IEA forces in hostage drama

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Herat security officials said four kidnappers had been killed in a clash with Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) forces on Saturday morning.

The incident happened during an operation to rescue a local man and his son who had been taken hostage by the kidnappers.

According to officials, the kidnapping happened in PD12 in Herat city and the hostages were then taken to PD14.

The officials did not give any further details.

IEA officials said both father and son were rescued.

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One killed, seven wounded in Nangarhar explosion

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Nangarhar provincial officials confirmed on Saturday that an explosion was reported in PD1 in Jalalabad city.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) officials confirmed the explosion, but did not provide details about the casualties.

Eye witnesses said however that the incident took place when an IEA military convoy hit a roadside mine.

A source at Nangarhar regional hospital confirmed that one IEA member had been killed and seven others, including civilians, had been taken to the hospital.

According to the source, four civilians were among the wounded.

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