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‘Political Tensions More Dangerous Than Terrorism to Regime’ – Hekmatyar

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(Last Updated On: January 5, 2018)

Referring to the recent tensions between the ousted governor Atta Mohammad Noor and the government, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar says political tensions are more dangerous than terrorism to the current regime.

The leader of Hezb-e-Islami, Hekmatyar said that the tensions between Noor and ARG should be solved through negotiations.

Hekmatyar, meanwhile, said that he will prevent the collapse of the current regime and any attempts to bring changes in it, insisting that any changes should be brought through legal channels and with the consent of all parties involved.

The Hezb-e-Islami leader made the remarks at a news conference on Thursday in Kabul, where he also accused Iran of exporting Islamic state militants of Syria and Iraq to Afghanistan to destabilize northern Afghan provinces.

“Iran is deploying Daesh militants from Syria and Iraq in north of Afghanistan, and they are coming through Iran,” he said, adding that Iran is playing the same game in Afghanistan as it played under the name of Daesh in Iraq and Syria.

Iran embassy in Kabul, however, rejects the claims.

In response to the recent claims of Amrullah Salehi, former Intelligence agency Chief who asserted that more than 20 Daesh inmates who are being under imprisonment, have had links with HIG, Hekmatyar said those who claim HIG prisoners had relation with Daesh should prove the allegation by disclosing their names.

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Russia’s Putin won’t attend G20 summit in person

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(Last Updated On: October 19, 2021)

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the G20 summit in Rome in person this month, but will take part via video link, the Kremlin said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Kremlin said Putin informed Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi about his plans in a telephone call during which they also discussed the situation in Afghanistan and bilateral issues.

This comes after the United Sates announced that will not join international talks on Afghanistan organized by Russia this week due to logistical reasons, but is open to participating in the future, the State Department said on Monday.

Moscow is hosting talks on Wednesday with officials from the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), China and Pakistan, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special representative was quoted as saying last week.

“We will not participate in the Moscow talks. The Troika-plus has been an effective, a constructive forum. We look forward to engaging in that forum going forward, but we’re not in a position to take part this week,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said.

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IEA Council of Ministers meet to discuss numerous issues

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A meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) was held on Monday at the Presidential Palace in Kabul under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, Zabiullah Mujahid, the deputy minister of information and culture said in a statement.

The meeting was followed by a report back on the economic activities carried out by the Deputy Prime Minister, Mawlavi Abdul Salam Hanafi, read the statement.

According to the IEA the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amir Khan Mottaqi also provided information on important issues related to foreign trips and meetings with foreign representatives.

During the meeting necessary decisions were also taken on some important issues, Mujahid said.

A delegation was also formed from the agencies of Nadir Pakhtun Markets, in Kabul, and for mining. These were tasked to discuss in principle the modalities of starting construction work as soon as possible and submit plans in order for the implementation of the plans, the statement said.

Also higher education officials were instructed to take serious steps to standardize the affairs of universities and urged the officials of private universities to attract students to the relevant faculties after obtaining the necessary legal licenses.

Meanwhile, in order to control and organize the affairs of NGOs, the relevant commissions were tasked to evaluate the course of affairs, the activities of which should be tailored to the interests of the country in all respects and in accordance with the policies of the Islamic Emirate.

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India plans to send food to Afghanistan

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India plans to send food and medical aid to Afghanistan amid warnings that the nation could face a catastrophic famine this winter.

India is considering options to transport 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat and medical aid to Afghanistan. This, however, will be subject to Pakistan’s approval.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called for “urgent and unhindered” humanitarian assistance to Afghan citizens.

Speaking at the G20 summit on Afghanistan, Modi had noted that the Afghan people have a great feeling of friendship for India and that every Indian feels the pain of Afghan people facing hunger and malnutrition.

Meanwhile, UN World Food Programme (WFP) had earlier said it is in touch with India to donate wheat to Afghanistan.

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