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Pakistan committed to supporting the Afghanistan peace process

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Pakistan supports the peace process in Afghanistan acknowledging that peace in Afghanistan means peace in the region.

Zahid Nasrullah, Pakistani ambassador to Kabul, says that his government will put its full effort in bringing peace to Afghanistan.

He added that terrorism was a challenge for both the countries; therefore, we should join hands and cooperate.

The ambassador, at the Kashmir Solidarity Day celebration in the embassy of Pakistan, said that all countries in the region, especially Pakistan, would surely benefit from peace in Afghanistan.

He said that Pakistan was committed to peace and prosperity in Afghanistan and that it will make every effort to bring peace in Afghanistan.

It is noteworthy that Pakistan is said to play a vital role in the current peace talks between the USA and the Taliban.

The US also believes that Islamabad’s contribution to bringing peace in Afghanistan is essential.

There are beliefs that Pakistan expects to have the US support when and if the tensions and conflicts escalate in Kashmir – if not so, Pakistan’s contributions [to peace talks] would be far from reality.

Nonetheless, the Pakistani ambassador has said that Afghanistan’s peace was more important for them.

Some political experts also believe that peace in Afghanistan will be possible if Pakistan cooperates.

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Afghanistan COVID-19 updates: 302 new cases, total 32,324

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The Ministry of Public Health said Friday that 302 new cases of Coronavirus were registered in the past 24 hours in the country.

The cases were recorded in Kabul (39), Herat (43), Kandahar (3), Balkh (3), Paktia (20), Takhar (9), Bamyan (57), Badghis (29), Logar (2), Parwan (1), Badakhshan (24), Kunar (1), Samangan (20), Ghor (12), Faryab (38), Nooristan (1).

It brings the total infections to 32,324 in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, 12 COVID-19 patients have died in the last 24 hours bringing the total fatalities to 819 in Afghanistan, the ministry said.

The deaths cases were reported as follows: Kabul (6), Kandahar (3), Paktia (2), Takhar (1).

According to the ministry, 1,290 patients were discharged from the hospitals in the past 24 hours after recovering their health.

The ministry added, so far, 17,331 have recovered from the virus.

There are 10,889,434 cases tested positive worldwide, with 521,669 deaths and 5,771,673 recoveries.

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Ghani promotes Dostum to marshal

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President Ashraf Ghani in a decree promoted former vice president Abdul Rashid Dostum to the rank of marshal.

Bashir Ahmad Tahyanj, a spokesman for former vice president Abdul Rashid Dostum, confirmed to Ariana News.

The presidential decree – dated June 10 – shows Dostum’s promotion to marshal, the highest official rank within the Afghan Army Forces.

According to the decree, president Ghani has approved Dostum’s promotion in accordance with Article 64 and Item 19 of the Afghanistan Constitution.

The promotion was a part of the political agreement inked between President Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, the Head of High Council for National Reconciliation.

According to the agreement, Dostum will receive membership in the High Council of State and the National Security Council of Afghanistan.

Dostum is the third person in the history of Afghanistan to receive the title of Marshall after Shah Wali Khan and Mohammad Qasim Fahim.

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Jamiat-e-Islami party picks new chairman, remove Salahuddin Rabbani

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At least 47 members of the Jamiat-e-Islami leadership council on Wednesday voted and removed Salahuddin Rabbani as the executive chairman of the party.

The party elected Enayatullah Shadab as interim chairman of the party to convene the party’s general assembly.

Afghanistan’s Jamiat-e Islami party is apparently divided into two groups. 47 members of the party’s leadership council voted to remove Salahuddin Rabbani from the presidency of the Jamiat-e-Islami and removed him, including Atta Mohammad Noor, Younus Qanuni, Bismillah Mohammadi, Hafiz Mansour, Ismail Khan, and Sattar Murad.

Of the 62 members of the Leadership Council, 47 members appointed Enayatullah Shadab, one of the party’s founders, as interim chairman of the Leadership Council, to prepare for the party’s general assembly after years.

“We have a 50 percent share of the government, and we can’t ignore it because one person decides individually,” said Basir Salangi, a member of the leadership council of the Jamiat-e-Islami Afghanistan. “Out of 62, 47 were with us. 35 and the rest via video said that we were with you.”

Salahuddin Rabbani did not want to be a partner in a participatory government, but 47 members of the Leadership Council see themselves as partners in the government from Abdullah Abdullah’s team and have the prospect of playing a prominent role alongside Mr. Abdullah in the peace process.

“There is no reason for us to be in opposition. It is wise to strengthen the government that is in the political campaign with the Taliban to prevent the Taliban from entering politically and militarily,” said Hafiz Mansour, a member of Afghanistan’s Jamiat-e-Islami leadership.

A section other than the Supreme Leader’s Council is with Salahuddin Rabbani. Mr. Rabbani accused some members of the Islamic Jamiat of compromising two weeks ago.

Salahuddin Rabbani said on June 18: “A number of senior members of the Islamic Jamiat have acted against their own decisions and the leadership’s decision and their fundamental values. The result is that today we are begging the legitimate demands of our people.”

In response to the act of 47 members of the leadership council, the Jamiat-e-Islami led by Salahuddin Rabbani suspended the membership of Atta Mohammad Noor, Younus Qanuni, Kaleemullah Naqibi, Abdul Hafiz Mansour, Waqif Hakimi, Sayed Enayatullah Shadab and Abdul Sattar Murad.

Ahmad Zia Massoud, deputy head of the Islamic Jamiat, said Salahuddin Rabbani is still the head of the Jamiat-e-Islami, and the government, in collusion with some members of the party’s leadership, had paved the way for the Jamiat-e-Islami split after intensive negotiations.

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