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Pakistan, China raise efforts for Afghan-Taliban Peace Talks

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The spokesman of executive office said that Pakistan and China raise efforts for the start of official negotiations between Afghan government and Taliban group.

Mujibul Rahman Rahimi, spokesman of executive office emphasized that Islamabad has not taken practical steps to bring Taliban to the negotiation table so far and Pakistan’s measures for providing facilities to Peace Talks is not acceptable for Afghan government.

“Efforts in cooperation with Pakistan and China are ongoing for the start of Peace Talks between Afghanistan-Taliban, we hope Pakistan stand by its commitments,” Rahimi said.

Pakistan outgoing president, Asef Ali Zardari visits Kabul at the height of insecurity in Afghanistan to assure Afghans of their efforts to bring Taliban to the negotiation table.

Former president of Pakistan in a meeting with the chief of executive officer, Abdullah Abdullah announced support for Peace Talks process with Taliban and called for strengthening Kabul-Islamabad ties.

Zardari stressed that with distrust between the two neighboring countries should be eliminated.

He emphasized on joint fight against the terrorism and support Peace Talks process.

However, Afghans have always accused Pakistan of deceiving Afghanistan and not fulfilling its commitments.

According to Afghan analysts Pakistan considers war in Afghanistan as its interests and will never try to end war in Afghanistan.

“Pakistan has always supported Taliban and still involves in the insecurities, therefore war in Afghanistan is in interest of Pakistan,” Ghulam Farooq Majroh, member of Parliament said.

Afghan people are said to believe the key for Peace in Afghanistan is in the hands of Pakistan. But they all know that they key opens peace door in Afghanistan that Taliban wanted to negotiate with the government.
Reported by Fawad Naseri

 

 

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Flash flood warning issued for nine provinces

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Afghanistan’s Meteorological Department (AMD) on Tuesday issued a flash flood warning for nine provinces, including Kabul and Parwan. 

AMD said on its website rain and possible flooding can be expected in Kabul, Kunar, Nuristan, Laghman, Kapisa, Panjshir, Parwan, Nangarhar and Badakhshan provinces over the next 24 hours. 

Rainfall of between 10 and 20 mm has been forecast. 

This warning comes after August’s torrential rain across 13 provinces left close to 200 people dead and thousands homeless.

The worst-hit province was Parwan, which saw torrents of water destroy hundreds of homes in the provincial capital Charikar. 

 

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Almost 100 dead as Armenia, Azerbaijan clashes continue

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Almost 100 people, including civilians, have been killed as battles between Armenia and Azerbaijan continued Tuesday, for the third day, over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory. 

Both Armenia and Azerbaijan said that heavy fighting had continued overnight.

The self-proclaimed authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh said 87 of their military personnel had been killed and 120 wounded since Sunday.

According to the Armenpress news agency, they put the fatality figure on the Azerbaijani side at nearly 400.

Azerbaijan has not revealed its military losses but has confirmed seven civilian deaths.

Although the fighting started in the Nagorno-Karabakh territory on Sunday, clashes appeared to be spilling over the border on Tuesday. 

Armenia’s defense ministry said a passenger bus had been hit by an Azerbaijani drone in the eastern Armenian city of Vardenis. There were no reports of casualties.

Azerbaijan earlier said two Azerbaijani civilians had been killed in Armenian shelling in Azerbaijan on Monday, following the deaths of five people from the same family a day earlier, BBC reported.

The UN Security Council meanwhile is expected to hold emergency talks on the issue Tuesday.

Both sides have mobilized more soldiers and Turkey on Monday was reportedly sending in Syrian rebel fighters to help Azerbaijan. 

In a statement on Tuesday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said: “I am deeply disturbed by the reported loss of civilian lives and injuries, as well as damage to civilian property and infrastructure.”

She also urged “an immediate end to the fighting”.

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14 killed, including five children, in Daikundi roadside explosion

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At least 14 people were killed on Tuesday morning when the vehicle they were traveling in hit a roadside bomb. 

The explosion happened in Kariz village in Kajran District, the Ministry of Interior confirmed. 

The incident happened at about 9am. Seventeen civilians had been in the vehicle at the time of the explosion. 

Those killed include seven women, five children and two men, officials confirmed. Three others were wounded.

A sharp rise in violence has been detected around the country in the past two months, with a marked increase in the use of IEDs by the Taliban – which largely affects civilians as they are planted along public roads. 

Afghan security forces have however been detecting and defusing hundreds of these explosive devices around the country each week – putting their own lives at risk to do so.

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