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Sexual Favor Allegations on ARG Should Be Investigated Impartially: MPs

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(Last Updated On: July 13, 2019)

A number of the lawmakers describe the increase of sexual favor allegations on the Presidential Palace (ARG) shameful and stress that the allegations should be seriously investigated.

“This is very shameful. I do not know why the judiciary and judicial institutions are silent,” said Sharif Balkhabi, an MP from Jowzjan province.

“The judiciary and judicial institutions should seriously and impartially follow the allegations,” said Fawzia Naseryar, an MP from Kabul province.

Around two months ago, a former advisor to President Ghani claimed that some of the senior officials at ARG seek sexual favors in exchange for high-rank positions.

Though ARG rejected the allegation, BBC recently has interviewed some of the Afghan women who claim that the senior officials at government have abused them sexually.

However, the BBC keeps the identities of these women anonymous.

One of the interviewed women says that her boss, who is a senior minister, has repeatedly suggested that she have sex with him.

“When I went to see him he told, ‘the reason I selected you is I want you to be my friend.’ He was asking for sex directly from me. I told him, ‘I am qualified; I never thought you would say such things to me. I stood up to leave; he grabbed my hand and took me to a room at the back of his office. He pushed me towards the room and told me, ‘it will take only a few minutes done worry come with me’. I pushed by his chest and said, ‘enough! Don’t make me scream’,” said one of the interviewed women.

At the same time, the Attorney General Office says that legal measures will be taken regarding the allegations.

“The Attorney General Office (AGO) takes measures independently and impartially based on Afghanistan’s law, and the provided evidence and documents,” said Jamshed Rasuli, the Spokesperson of AGO.

The experts say that if AGO does not follow the sexual favor allegations on ARG independently, its independence will be dubious.

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Pentagon offers payment to families of victims of botched drone strike

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(Last Updated On: October 16, 2021)

The Pentagon has offered unspecified condolence payments to the family of 10 civilians who were killed in a botched U.S. drone attack in Afghanistan in August in the final days before American troops withdrew from the country.

The U.S. Defense Department said it made a commitment that included offering ex-gratia condolence payments, in addition to working with the U.S. State Department in support of the family members who were interested in relocation to the United States.

The Pentagon had said the strike targeted an Islamic State (Daesh) suicide bomber who posed an imminent threat to U.S.-led troops as they completed their withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The intelligence failure raised hard questions about future risks, particularly whether the United States can keep track of threats from Afghanistan without a presence in the country.

The confirmation of civilian deaths provided further fuel to critics of the chaotic U.S. withdrawal, which generated the biggest foreign policy crisis yet for President Joe Biden’s administration.

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NASA probe will study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids

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(Last Updated On: October 16, 2021)
NASA launched a first-of-its kind mission on Saturday to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, two large clusters of space rocks that scientists believe are remnants of primordial material that formed the solar system’s outer planets. Matthew Larotonda reports.
 
NASA launched a new space probe on Saturday (October 16) morning in a special 12-year mission designed to visit more asteroids than ever before.

It focuses on the Trojan asteroids, which are two large clumps of space rocks orbiting the sun. One floats ahead of Jupiter and the other behind it.

Scientists believe the rocks are leftovers from the formation of our solar system.

The probe is called “Lucy” and NASA hopes it will help us learn more about our solar system’s history.

The asteroids are also rich in carbon compounds, and may provide insights into organic materials and life on Earth.

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Turkey could run Kabul airport, says Erdogan

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(Last Updated On: October 16, 2021)

Having previously run Kabul airport, Turkey can take similar steps in the future with Qatar and Afghanistan if the three countries reach a deal, the Turkish president said on Friday.

“So far, we have had a lot of effort in Afghanistan’s infrastructure and superstructure … We were operating the Kabul Airport. In the future, if agreements can be reached, Turkey, Qatar, Afghanistan, we can take such steps,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters.

About the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s recent visit to Turkey, Erdogan said the group asked for humanitarian aid and “made requests concerning the functionality of new process in Afghanistan.”

Erdogan vowed to provide “all manner of support” to the Afghan people as long as the interim administration “takes a just stance in protecting the rights of the Afghan people.”

He said the IEA should also take a fair stance in their relations with Turkey.

An IEA delegation visited Turkey on Thursday to discuss bilateral issues, as well as cooperation on the future of Afghanistan.

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