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Politicians Welcome Possible Delay in Election with Skepticism

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(Last Updated On: November 14, 2018)

A number of political parties on Wednesday welcomed delays in the upcoming presidential election and the idea about the establishment of an interim government.

Politicians emphasize that they support any plan which can help to end the ongoing violence in Afghanistan.

“If it is only a three-month delay in the election that can help the acceleration of peace talks, then it is a good idea. During the period, Independent Election Commission can also take its required readiness,” said Anwar ul-Haq Ahady, Head of the New National Front Party of Afghanistan.

“We welcome any plan that ensures peace and stability, but these plans should not pave the ground for more instability,” Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, the Head of Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan said.

Meanwhile, some politicians are against the idea of interim government.

“It is not clear yet whether this plan is for holding a transparent election and peace process, or it is a plan for the continuity of President Ghani’s government under the name of the interim government,” Ahmad Wali Massoud, the Head of Massoud Foundation said.

Former Taliban members also praise the proposed plan but emphasize on withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

“Before delaying the election, there must be an agreement over the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan and then the Afghan government and Taliban can decide about the election,” said Sayed Akbar Agha, a former Taliban member and Leader of Rah-e-Nejat Afghanistan Council.

This comes a day after news emerged that Washington considers asking Afghanistan to postpone its presidential election. However, the Office of President Ashraf Ghani and U.S. embassy in Kabul announced that they are committed to timely presidential elections.

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Afghan MMA fighter defeats his American opponent

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Nasrat Haqparast, an Afghan MMA fighter, defeated his American opponent Alex Munoz in a UFC fight in the United States.

The match was held Saturday in Las Vegas, US.

Haqparast managed to win all three rounds on every scorecard against his rival.

By defeating Alex Munoz, the Afghan fighter has picked up his 12th win in the UFC rings.

Haqparast is the second Afghan who is fighting in the UFC after Siyar Bahadurzada.

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Seven policemen killed in Ghazni Humvee bomb explosion

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At least seven policemen were killed and 16 others wounded in a vehicle bomb explosion in central Ghazni province.

Wahidullah Jumazada, a spokesman for the provincial governor told Ariana News that an explosive-laden Humvee was detonated at the Public Protection Battalion of Ghazni on Saturday evening.

The incident took place in the Kotal-e-Rawza area, Jumazada said, adding that several gunmen engaged in a gunbattle with Afghan forces following the explosion.

Officials at a Ghazni hospital said so far seven bodies and 14 wounded individuals had been taken to the hospital.

Local officials have not yet provided further details. 

No group or individual including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Afghanistan to release 400 ‘hard-core’ prisoners to start peace talks

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The Loya Jirga, or grand council, on Sunday officially agreed to release 400 Taliban prisoners so as to pave the way for intra-Afghan peace talks. 

The Jirga, made up of 3,200 tribal elders, community leaders and politicians, announced their decision on the third and final day of the gathering. 

“In order to remove an obstacle, allow the start of the peace process and an end of bloodshed, the Loya Jirga approves the release of 400 Taliban,” the assembly said in a resolution.

Within minutes, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said, “Today, I will sign the release order of these 400 prisoners.”

In his closing speech Ghani said: “We have the capacity for peace, and most importantly, we have the moral courage that war is not the solution.”

He said both the people and government of Afghanistan accept the Taliban as a reality but it was now up to the Taliban to prove whether they accept the diversity and unity of Afghanistan or not.

“The Loya Jirga of Afghanistan made history today. The Afghan Loya Jirga wants to end the last 40 years” of war, he said. 

“Great courage is not in war, great courage is in peace,” he added. 

He also said the decision made collectively by the delegates proved it was a sign of the country’s national unity and the people’s belief in the constitution and system of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

The release of the 400 “hard-core” Taliban prisoners has been a stumbling block in the peace talks process over the past few months, following the Doha agreement signed between the US and the Taliban. 

In accordance with the agreement, the Afghan government had to release 5,000 Taliban prisoners. Over 4,600 have been released so far but the final 400, who were listed by the Taliban, has been a sticking point. 

Last week Ghani called for a Loya Jirga to make the decision. 

According to Reuters, talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government will start in Doha this week.

However, Ghani has said that the Taliban must agree to a complete ceasefire before talks can start. 

This latest move comes amid mounting pressure from the United States for Afghanistan and the Taliban to work out a peace deal. 

Ahead of November US elections, Trump is determined to fulfill a major campaign promise of ending America’s longest war.

The drawdown of troops is part of the US’s plan and will bring the number of US troops to “a number less than 5,000” by the end of November, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in an interview broadcast on Saturday.

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