Afghanistan – Ariana News Bringing Afghan News to the World Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:24:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Taliban Suffers heavy Casualties In Farah Operation Fri, 17 Aug 2018 11:32:48 +0000

Afghan soldiers, backed by U.S. forces have killed as many as 60 Taliban insurgents and wounded over 40 more in an operation in Balablok district of western Farah province, a security official confirmed Friday.

The Provincial Police Chief,  Fazal Ahmad Sherzad said that that in the operation, the Afghan security forces has targeted the Taliban hideout and destroyed the group’s military equipment and ammunition.

He did not elaborate on possible casualties to civilians and Afghan security forces during the operation.  But he stressed that the air and ground operation is also underway in many other districts of the province.

This comes as reports suggest, with the deployment of foreign forces in Farah, the Taliban attacks on outposts of the Afghan forces have been declined in the province.

Farah has been among relatively restive provinces of Afghanistan in recent years, where the Taliban insurgents have been actively operating in its number of the districts.

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‘No Enemy Activity Occurred in Ghazni City Today’ – NATO-Led RS Tue, 14 Aug 2018 15:32:30 +0000

NATO-led Resolute Support and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Spokesman Lt. Colonel Martin O’Donnell said on Tuesday that Ghazni City remains under the Afghan government control.

In a statement, he said that “no reported enemy activity has occurred thus far today” in the city.

“The Afghan National Army’s 203rd Corps, the Afghan National Police’s 303rd Zone and Afghan Special Security Forces continue to conduct clearing operations to root out remnants of the Taliban within the city,” Mr. O’Donnell said in a statement. 

“What we observed as these Afghan-led operations drove a large portion of Taliban from the city over the last day or so, was the retreating Taliban attacking the more vulnerable surrounding districts, which Afghan forces are reinforcing,” he said.

He noted some Taliban fighters remain in the city, adding that these insurgents do not pose a threat to the city’s collapse.

The Resolute Support Spokesman further said that the Taliban who have hidden themselves amongst the Afghan populace do pose a threat to the civilian population, who were terrorized and harassed.

“The Taliban, who falsely and repeatedly claim that they do not target civilians, have executed innocents, destroyed homes, burned a market and created the conditions for a potential humanitarian crisis with this attack,” he said.

According to the official, “clearly” the Taliban have paid no heed to the calls of the Afghan people for them to reconcile and join the peace process.

“From a U.S. Forces-Afghanistan perspective, U.S. airpower has killed more than 220 Taliban since, August 10,” Mr. O’Donnell said.  “In addition to the initial strike on Friday, U.S. forces conducted five strikes Saturday, 16 strikes Sunday, 10 Monday and none thus far today.”

“Also, AH-64s from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Combat Aviation Brigade provided close-air support on Friday, Sunday and Monday,” he added.

MoMP Seeks Attracting Investment in Mining Sector Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:32:05 +0000

Ministry of Mine and Petroleum (MoMP) says seeking to attract investment in the mining sector in a bid to increase government revenues.

“We are attempting to get the approval of economic high council on all projects of the mining sector in order to ease the problems and boost the contracts’ process in the sector,” said the ministry’s spokesman Abdul Qadir Mutfi.

According to the official, contract for extracting Badakhshan Gold Mine and Balkhab Copper Mine in Sar-e-Pul province have already got approved by the economic high council.

The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), meanwhile, said that increasing contacts in the mining sector is effective and that the government should support the private investments in the sector.

“We support this so that investments in mining sector get raised, but the government should have issues in this regard that need to be solved,” said Khan Jan Alokozay, Deputy Head of ACCI.

Since the formation of the National Unity Government contracts in the mining sector had been halted. But reports suggest that the contracting process has resumed now. 

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EU, Norway Call for Conclusion of Legal Proceedings against Gen. Dostum Mon, 13 Aug 2018 12:26:03 +0000

 The European Union and Norway in a released statement on Monday called for the conclusion of the legal proceedings against First Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum who return to Kabul from more than a year-long exile in Turkey, following the allegation of torturing and abusing a political rival Ahmad Eshchi.

  “The European Union and Norway takes note of the return of 1st Vice President, General Abdul Rashid Dostum to Afghanistan. We expect the conclusion of the legal proceedings against General Dostum, in full respect of the law and due process. Nobody should be above the law,” the EU and Norway heads of missions in Afghanistan said in a statement.

“It is important that all Afghans continue to work together to promote peace, stability, and democracy throughout the country, based on full respect for the rule of law by all citizens,” the statement added.

Gen. Dostum return to Kabul on July 22. He went to Turkey after reports in 2016 that his guards had seized political rival Ahmad Eshchi and subjected him to beatings, torture and violent sexual abuse.

He denied the accusations but, amid international demands that he face justice to show that powerful political leaders were not above the law, he left the country in May last year, saying he needed to seek medical treatment in Turkey.

Suicide Bombing Occurs Near IEC Main Office in Kabul Mon, 13 Aug 2018 10:03:23 +0000 At least one policeman was killed and another injured in an explosion near the gate of the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) where supporters of disqualified candidates had gathered as a protest, police confirmed.

Kabul Police Spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said the blast took place at around 1:15pm in police district 9 when a suicide bomber attempted to enter among the protesters.

He added that the suicide attacker detonated his explosives-packed vest after he was identified and stopped by police.

Initially, police told Ariana News that the blast was as a result of a sticky bomb attached to a police vehicle.

Immediately there was no claim of responsibility.

Earlier today, backers of six disqualified candidates closed down IEC main office to protest over the removal of 35 names from the parliamentary election candidate list.

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Man Sells His Granddaughter, Robber Steals the Money Sun, 12 Aug 2018 14:56:18 +0000

A 65-year-old man allegedly has sold his 18-month-old granddaughter for 70,000 AFN in Balkh province to overcome poverty, but luck wasn’t on his side as a stealer robbed the money while he was on his way to home.

Balkh is one of the provinces, located in the north of the country. It is divided into 15 districts. It has a population of about 2 million. Some poor families in the province usually sell their children to battle against poverty.

Mohammad Jan and his wife Anisa who have sold their granddaughter, say poverty and economic problems have forced them to take this “remorseful” move. They sold the baby girl named Nargis for 70,000 Afghanis before the money being robbed by a stealer.

“I was counting the money when they [the stealer] begin to take my photos. He left the area after taking photos and so as me, but when I reached to Roza-e-Sharif, the stealer robbed the money,” Mohammad Jan said.

Nargiz’s elder sister Nazira says she misses her. “I was playing with her, I miss her,” she said.

But the grandfather said he is remorseful for selling his granddaughter. He asked people to help him.

Mohammad Jan has taken care of his two granddaughters after his son-in-law passed away and his daughter who has given birth to his two granddaughters have married again.

ICC Approves Plans for Afghanistan Premier League Sun, 12 Aug 2018 13:33:31 +0000

The Afghanistan Cricket Board’s (ACB) plans for the staging of the Afghanistan Premier League (APL) received a significant boost earlier this week as the International Cricket Council (ICC) gave its stamp of approval for the tournament.

According to a release on the ACB website, ICC’s approval enabled “member boards to issue No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to players associated with the respective boards”.

The APL will begin as a five-team tournament and will be played between 5 and 21 October at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates.

The league will be made up of teams from Kabul, Nangarhar, Kandahar, Balkh, and Paktia.

The bidding process for the ownership of the franchises is ongoing, and it is expected to be concluded later this month.

The tournament is different from the Shpageeza League, which is a 12-day tournament played in Afghanistan between six teams.

The APL marks the latest step in Afghanistan’s increasing presence in world cricket. Afghanistan were given ICC Full Member status in 2017, and in June they played their first ever Test, in Bengaluru against India.

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IECC Drops 35 Names from Final List of Candidates for Parliamentary Elections Sat, 11 Aug 2018 12:19:23 +0000

The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) has removed 35 names from the final list of candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections.

The names of the candidates were removed after a special investigation commission reviewed the complaints against the possible candidates for having links with illegal armed individuals and groups.

 The names of those dropped from the final list are as follows:

  • Ahmad Shah Shams, Mohibullah and Amanullah Hotaki from Uruzgan province;
  • Abdul Rahman Sheedani from Bamyan; 
  • Fawzia Koofi, Maryam Koofi, Mohammad Nabi Bayan and Abdul Samad Abdul Hameed from Badakhshan province;
  • Sayed Jafar Naderi, Assadullah Islamzoi and Hayatullah Wafa from Baghlan province;
  • Assadullah Sharifi from Balkh province;
  • Ghulam Haidar Jailani and Noor Ahmad Sekandar from Parwan province;  
  • Allah Mir and Nawid Ibrahimkhil from Paktia province;
  • Bashir Qanet and Assadullah Ayub from Takhar province;
  • Liyaqatullah Babakarkhil and Jabar Jabarkhil from Khost province;
  • Masuma Khawari, Mohammad Asif Azeemi and Raees Khairullah from Samangan province; 
  • Sakhi Naweed from Faryab province;
  • Qais Hassan, Mawlawi Tarakhil, Sayed Daoud Naderi, Sedaqat Zahid, Ziaulhaq Amarkhil, Ehsanullah Atif, Shir Ali Ahmadzai and Zardad Faryadi from Kabul; 
  • Shayista Baz Naseri from Kunduz province;  
  • Akbar Stanekzai from Logar province;
  • And Jawed Zaman from Nangarhar province.
Rashid Khan Launches Charity to Help Afghan Orphans Fri, 10 Aug 2018 10:12:41 +0000

Afghanistan’s cricket superstar Rashid Khan has announced establishing a charity organization as a move to help orphan children and poor people in the country.

The charity organization named “Rashid Khan Foundation” would help Afghan orphans to get education and health facilitates, Rashid Khan said on his Facebook page.

“Respected Afghans, with your prayers, I was able to take another good step for my beloved country and nation. I made ‘The Rashid Khan Foundation’,” Rashid said, adding that it was the time to help his countrymen.

He said orphan children would be provided the opportunity to get education and then the organization would work to provide clean drinking water, health facilities and other humanitarian assistance.

This comes as the 19-year-old spin sensation is currently playing in Vitality Blast – the English domestic T20 tournament, as part of the Sussex franchise team  before joining the squads for Afghanistan’s three-T20I and three-ODI series against Ireland, starting from 20th August to 31st August.

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Taliban Shadow Chief Justice Signals Green Light for Peace Talks Tue, 07 Aug 2018 14:51:05 +0000 The Taliban Shadow Chief Justice Mawlawi Abdul Hakim in a signed letter has called for peace in Afghanistan. The letter was also indicating rifts and dissensions within the Taliban.

The letter purportedly has been released by the people affiliated to Taliban Shadow Chief Justice in Herat province, in which Mawlawi Abdul Hakim addressed the Taliban leader Habtullah Akhundzada to respond to the Afghan people’s “legitimate demands” for peace.

The letter indicates a green light for peace talks with the Taliban and rift and dissensions within the militant group’s leadership.

In the letter, Mawlawi Hakim has welcomed the latest 3-day ceasefire between the Taliban and the government in which the fighters of the group were able to enter the cities and celebrate Eid days with people.

In the letter, he urged members of Taliban’s leadership council to perform their “faithful” responsibility by participating in “conditional or unconditional” peace talks, comprised of “real” representatives of Afghanistan and impartial & leading Afghan Ulema, whether it was being organized inside Afghanistan or in abroad.

The letter noted that if the Taliban leadership “unconditionally” reject the peace calls of Afghan Ulema and leaders of Islamic countries, it will not last so long for the group to lose its domestic and international financial support and trust.

“Therefore, we hope that the leadership of Emarat-e-Islami should think on the decisions of Afghan ulema and clear their stand to Afghan people and the international community at peace meetings by sending representatives so that Emarat-e-Islami could gain every spiritual and financial kind of support and trust of brotherhood Islamic countries, ” the letter reads.

This is not the first time that a letter signed in the name of a high-ranking Taliban member, indicating a deep rift within the Taliban.  Previously, a similar letter signed by Mawlawi Hakim was denounced as a fake by a Taliban spokesman.

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Using Biometric Tech in Election Process Is Time-Consuming: ARG Tue, 07 Aug 2018 13:09:24 +0000

Presidential Palace (ARG) has rejected the proposed plan of the political parties on using biometric technology in upcoming parliamentary and district council elections, saying usage of a biometric system is time-consuming and will prevent having timely elections.

 Changing the election system, allowing political parties to oversee the election process and the usage of biometric technology were among the issues being presented in the plan by the political parties for the election which has been rejected by President Ashraf Ghani.

The political parties stressed transparency in the upcoming elections, claiming that the voter and candidate registration process has been triggered by fraud.

They said their plan of having a biometric system in the voter registration process has been proposed six months ago and that the government and election commission have not paid heed in this regard.

Following the matter,  former IEC’s head of Secretariat Imam Mohammad Warimach said that the political parties urging the formation of a temporary government, adding that the election commission is leading the country into deeper crises with its current election plan.

The election observers, however, said that the government and the political parties have no will of holding the elections in the country.

This comes as President Ghani on Tuesday issued a decree on elections to prevent interference and ensure transparency in the upcoming parliamentary and district council elections which are scheduled to be held on October 20, followed by the presidential election on April 20, next year.