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OIC wants Afghan parties contribute to fighting Coronavirus by permanent ceasefire

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The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) calls on all warring parties in Afghanistan to contribute to tackling the Coronavirus rather than fighting with each other.

Secretary-General of the OIC Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen in a statement urged all laterals to engage in a dialogue to reach comprehensive reconciliation and lasting peace within the framework of the Afghan-owned, Afghan-led peace process.

“Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen renewed his appeal to all leaders and parties in Afghanistan to work together for an urgent and lasting cease-fire and to reduce violence,” the statement said.

Yousef emphasized that during the current trying time, all leaders and parties should support the preventive efforts and measures taken by the government to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 and protect the citizens from the epidemic.

According to the statement, the Secretary-General recalled the decisions adopted by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit and ministerial meetings and the Mecca Declaration issued on July 11, 2018, by the “International Conference of Muslim Scholars (Ulema) for Peace and Security in Afghanistan”, reiterating the firm commitment of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to assist the Afghan people in achieving comprehensive reconciliation and lasting peace, stability and development within the framework of national consensus.

Meanwhile, the OIC “once again welcomed the signing of the agreement between the United States of America and the Afghan Taliban in the Qatari capital, Doha, on February 29, 2020.”

“It is hoped, will pave the way for negotiations involving all Afghan parties for a peaceful political settlement through the Afghan-led peace process,” the statement concluded.

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Eight Taliban militants were killed in Kunduz operation

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The Afghan Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) launched a clearance operation in northern Kunduz province, the Defense Ministry (MoD) said in a statement on Friday.

According to the statement, the commando forces conducted an operation in the Buz Qandahari area at the outskirt of Kunduz city.

At least eight Taliban militants were killed and four others wounded during the raid, the statement said.

The Afghan forces have destroyed three Taliban hideouts, a vehicle, four motorbikes, dozens of IEDs, ammo, and three explosive caches during the operation, the statement read.

Meanwhile, the MoD stated that three key Taliban members have been arrested in an operation by the Afghan forces in Khwaja Sabz Posh district Takhar province.

The Taliban members were identified as Ali Mohammad known as “Osama”, Mullah Ajmal, and Abdul Ghafoor.

The Taliban has not commented on this regard so far. 

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Hekmatyar gives gov’t 10-day ultimatum to accept HIA demands

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Dozens of Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) supporters staged a protest rally in Kabul on Friday, demanding the release of the party’s prisoners from Afghan jails.

Addressing the marchers, the Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar set the government a 10-day deadline to meet their demands.

Hekmatyar warned that if the government failed to abide by conditions laid out in the gov’t-Hizb-e-Islami accord – which was signed in 2016 – the protests would be extended to other provinces.

“The Arg (Afghan Presidential Palace) must put aside deception and implement the Hezb-e-Islami agreement and release all our prisoners. We give a ten-day deadline,” Hekmatyar said.

Meanwhile, Hekmatyar claimed that the security forces have prevented his supporters from joining the protest in several parts of the city, aimed at curbing the demonstration.

A number of Hizb-e-Islami members have called on the Afghan security forces to respect civil rights and let the people raise their voices.

“Police, army, and the NDS forces are the children of the country, they have to let us raise our voices,” Abdul Sattar Khawasi a member of the party said.

Habiburrahman Hekmatyar, son of Hekmatyar stated: “If our demonstrations are stopped (police did not open the way toward the city), we will remove all the police checkpoints from the ways.”

The Afghan government and the Hizb-e-Islami leader Hekmatyar signed a peace treaty in 2016.

According to the agreement, Hekmatyar agreed to cease hostilities in exchange for government recognition of the group and support for the removal of US and United Nations sanctions against the group’s leader.

Based on the agreement, the government committed to grant Hekmatyar amnesty for all his past offenses and release Hizb-e-Islami inmates.

Ziaulhaq Amarkhil, a Senior Advisor to President Ghani in Political and Public Affairs and the Governor of Nangarhar, had stated in a tweet that the government released 1164 Hizb-e-Islami prisoners from Jails in 2020.

He said the government has no obligation to release those who are involved in cases of violation of human rights (Haqul Abd – due to mankind), kidnapping, drug trafficking, prisoners who are sentenced to death and are members of Daesh.

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Ghani calls for ECO’s active role in Afghan peace process

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has called on members of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), an Asian political and economic intergovernmental organization, to play role in supporting a durable peace in Afghanistan.

Addressing the 14th ECO Summit on Thursday, Ghani stated that Afghanistan is in “a truly historic open moment to make a just in lasting peace to a political Agreement to eradicate violence by achieving the in-state of a sovereign democratic in united Afghanistan.”

Ghani told the members of the ECO: “We count on and need your support to secure international and regional guarantees for securing Afghanistan’s future.”

“Pakistan is an especially significant role to play in supporting a lasting peace process for it is the country more likely most likely to suffer from the adverse Consequences god forbid of a failed peace process.” He said.

President Ghani emphasized the urgency for building peace in the war-weary country. 

“For 42 years we the people of Afghanistan have been denied the foundational right to peace it is time to stop the violence that has turned our beautiful country into a killing field,” Ghani noted.

He pointed out that ECO members’ support for a comprehensive ceasefire and to accelerate the negotiations in Doha is crucial.

We, the people and government of Afghanistan and our international partners, have a true sense of urgency to make and build peace. Your support for a comprehensive ceasefire to accelerate the negotiations in Doha is essential,” Ghani stated.

Meanwhile, Ghani has also called on the Taliban to condemn the recent violence across the country.

“The Taliban have a moral responsibility to condemn the violence and socialize peace to their commanders in their rank and file when we are ready to make peace their Violence has no religious justification as pointed out by some of the most prominent Muslim scholars,” Ghani said.

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