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Taliban denies Ghani’s call for ceasefire in Ramadan

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In his Ramadan message, President Ghani called on the Taliban for a ceasefire to honor the holy month of Ramadan and because of the Coronavirus threat, but the Taliban said a ceasefire was not reasonable to ask due to a lack of adherence to the implementation of the peace agreement and endangering thousands of their prisoners amid the pandemic.
On the other hand, NATO has said that the prospect of starting negotiations to achieve peace in Afghanistan is an exceptional opportunity and that the Taliban must end the violence immediately.
President Ghani said: “The Afghan people and government want the Taliban in this critical situation throughout the country to respect the call for peace and ceasefire in the holy month of Ramadan and to refrain from violence against the Muslim people of Afghanistan and start living a peaceful life.”
Hours after the president’s call, Suhail Shaheen, the spokesman for the Taliban’s political office in Qatar, said that Taliban has adopted a comprehensive mechanism for signing an agreement with the United States adding that “The Security Council and the international community have confirmed that if it is implemented, it will lead to peace and a ceasefire.”
He added, despite the fact that thousands of their prisoners are in danger of the crisis, it was unreasonable to call for a ceasefire.
“The Taliban believe that under the agreement signed with the United States, 5,000 prisoners should be released and a ceasefire should be negotiated,” said Khalil Safi, head of the Afghan Peace Center.
Meanwhile, a number of foreign representatives in Afghanistan are calling on the parties involved to reduce violence during Ramadan.
Nicolas Kay, NATO’s representative in Afghanistan stated, “I wish everyone would enjoy a peaceful Ramadan” hoping that the “war ends” so that Muslims in Afghanistan can celebrate Ramadan in peace.”
This comes as the National Security Council reported the release of 58 other Taliban prisoners and that 550 Taliban insurgents have been released so far.
According to the agreement signed between the United States and the Taliban, 5,000 Taliban prisoners and 1,000 government prisoners should be released, followed by Intra-Afghan negotiations.

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Imran Khan says peace in Afghanistan would boost regional trade

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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan says that peace and stability in Afghanistan would be beneficial for the entire region as it would enhance economic opportunities.

In a meeting with Nisar Ahmed Faizi Ghoryani, Afghanistan’s Acting Minister of Industry and Commerce, on Thursday Khan stated: “Peace in Afghanistan would be beneficial for the entire region by enhancing regional connectivity and providing new opportunities for economic cooperation.”

The Pakistani prime minister noted that Pakistan and Afghanistan have untapped economic synergy and opportunities, which he said could only be realized through cooperation in the economic and trade sphere.

Khan also reiterated Pakistan’s consistent support to peace and stability in Afghanistan and emphasized the need for a negotiated political settlement.

Meanwhile, Ghoryani thanked Pakistan for its role in facilitating the Afghan peace process and its “desire for enhanced economic and trade ties between the two countries.”

Ghoryani, who traveled to Islamabad to attend the Pakistan-Afghanistan 2020 Trade and Investment Forum, has met with the country’s high-ranking officials and discussed transit issues and expansion of trade between the two countries this week.

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Ghani calls for talks to be based on Holy Quran and Sharia Law

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President Ghani said Thursday that peace negotiations, currently underway in Doha, should be based on the Holy Quran and Islamic law (Islamic Sharia).

Addressing a ceremony at the Ministry of Defense, on the occasion of the Prophet Mohammad’s birthday, celebrated by Muslims across the world, Ghani slammed the Taliban stating that the group has fought for 40 years in the name of religion, but now, instead of the rules of Islamic law, the Taliban insist on the US-Taliban deal as the foundation of the talks.

The US-Taliban deal was signed in Doha in February – an agreement that paved the way for peace talks between the Afghan government representatives and the Taliban.

Talks started on September 12 but have been mired in disputes between the two teams with the main hurdle being that of jurisprudence on which to base negotiations going forward.

Raising the issue Thursday, Ghani also stated that “Afghanistan Defense and Security Forces are guardians of the Afghanistan Constitution,” which is one of the most Islamic-centered constitution’s in the world.

“As an Islamic country, governed by an Islamic government, we are honored that the construction process of over one thousand mosques across the country is being completed,” he noted.

Ghani pointed out that what can be done through peace, cannot be done through war, calling the ongoing bloodshed in the country “illegitimate”.

He also pointed out the unity between Hanafi and Ja’fari jurisprudences in the country and said Islamic civilization was second to none, but others were plunged in darkness, underlining that there is no link between the holy religion of Islam and terrorism.

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Renegades signs Afghan teenager for Australia’s Big Bash League

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(Last Updated On: October 29, 2020)

Australia’s Melbourne Renegades have signed up 15-year-old Noor Ahmad after a 12-month scouting mission and plan to unleash him on the Big Bash League later this year. 

Earlier this week Renegades confirmed Mohammad Nabi had also signed up and on Thursday, the club announced on its website, 15-year-old Noor Ahmad, from Kabul, will also join their team. 

“We’ve been tracking Noor Ahmad closely for more than a year now and although he’s in the early stages of his career, he’s an exciting prospect and he has a few tricks that’ll make life difficult for batsmen,” Renegades Coach Michael Klinger said. 

Ahmad is a left-arm wrist-spinner who has earned high praise around the globe.

Ahmad earned a contract in the Caribbean Premier League earlier this year and won a T20 trophy under Mohammad Nabi’s captaincy in 2019.

“The Renegades fans and followers of the Big Bash may not know much about Noor at this stage but I can tell you, he is a very exciting talent who I feel has a big future in the game,” Nabi said.

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