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South Africa ‘A’ Beat Afghanistan ‘A’ by 164 Runs In Tri-Series

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South Africa ‘A’ crushed Afghanistan ‘A’ by 164 runs in Pretoria to secure their second win of the tri-series after Reeza Hendricks an unbeaten knock of 173.

 Hendricks, who carried his bat through the innings, smashed 14 fours and five sixes in his 145-ball knock as the hosts posted 336 for 5 after being put in to bat.

Afghanistan ‘A’ had as many as six batsman crossing double figures, with the highest being Rahmat Shah’s 55.

Najibullah Zadran (26), Afsar Zazai (24) and Shafiqullah (16) got off to starts but fell to expose the lower order.

They were bowled out for 172 in 32.2 overs with Tabraiz Shamsi, the left-arm wrist spinner, claiming 4 for 19.

Afghanistan ‘A’ have now lost both their matches in the tri-series. They take on India ‘A’ in their next encounter  on August 1 at the same venue.

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Covid-19 in Afghanistan; 22 died, 194 others infected

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(Last Updated On: July 7, 2020)

According to the Ministry of Public Health and in the past 24 hours, 22 patients died of the pandemic and 194 others tested positive.

According to the MoPH statistics, 15 cases in Kabul, 57 cases in Herat, 11 cases in Balkh, 23 cases in Takhar, 32 cases in Daikundi, 12 cases in Badghis, five cases in Parwan, five cases in Badakhshan, two cases in Kunar, 11 cases in Ghazni, six cases in Kandahar, six cases in Maidan Wardak, two cases in Khost, one case in Nangarhar, one case in Laghman, and three cases in Panjshir were registered.

Taking these numbers into account, the total number of Covid-19 cases in Afghanistan came to 33,384.

Meanwhile, 22 patients passed out of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours in the country bringing the total number of Covid-19 fatalities to 920.

MoPH added that 495 patients recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours bringing the total number of recoveries to 20,151.

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Ghani urges Taliban to show flexibility, cut attacks

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Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani urged the Taliban to show flexibility and cease attacks in full compliance with declaring a ceasefire. 

Addressing a consultative meeting to strengthening consensus for peace, Ghani said that the Taliban are not committed to bringing peace in the country as they refuse to reduce their attacks.

The meeting was held on Monday in Kabul and representatives from 19 countries had attended the summit to establish a regional and international consensus on the Afghan peace process.

“We hope that Pakistan’s sincere cooperation in the start of intra-Afghan talks will be favorable, and we will continue to monitor this through diplomatic sources and ensure its results,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Gran Hiwad.

Pakistan’s foreign minister has stressed the need to remove obstacles to peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban and called on the international community to monitor the process.

On the other hand, peace talks between Afghans are said to be deadlocked due to the Taliban’s sabotage according to the government. But can holding such meetings pave the way for challenging dialogue between Afghans?

Several other meetings are scheduled to be held with the participation of representatives from several countries, including the United States and Russia, as well as international organizations such as the United Nations, as well as representatives from Pakistan, India, Iran, China, Egypt, and Qatar.

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Freed Taliban prisoners could return to battlefield: AIHRC

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Concerned about the release of thousands of Taliban prisoners, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) says that there is no guarantee that these fighters would not return to the battlefield.

Thousands of Taliban prisoners, when released, put their finger on a document and sign it so that they would not return to the battlefield again. However, this guarantee is not enough for the Afghan Human Rights Commission. The head of the commission considers the guarantees obtained from these prisoners to be very weak.

“There is no guarantee that these prisoners will not return to the battlefield,” said Shahzad Akbar, head of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission.

But the distance from prison to the battlefield is seen to have been short for Taliban detainees.

 According to security officials, Qari Rohullah, one of the released Taliban prisoners who had returned to war after his release from prison, was wounded in a clash with security forces on the Kabul-Jalalabad highway, with more than a dozen of his subordinates being killed.

“Qari Rohullah was the one who was recently released from our prison,” said Ghulam Haidar Rahmanzai, Laghman’s national security chief.

But a Taliban spokesman called the reports of the return of those released on the battlefield baseless and an excuse for the release of the remaining prisoners of the group.

“This is the reason why the security forces do not believe in the release of the Taliban prisoners,” said Manzour Stanekzai, Laghman’s security commander.

The release of five thousand Taliban prisoners is one of the main conditions for the start of negotiations between the Afghans. Human rights organizations have called the release of these Taliban fighters without strong guarantees, dangerous. But the Taliban have repeatedly insisted on their commitment to the peace deal with the United States.

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