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Taliban Splinter Leader Accused Mullah Mansour of Infidelity in Islamic-Emirate

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(Last Updated On: November 10, 2015)

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Mullah Muhammad Rasoul, the new leader of Taliban’s dissident group accused Mullah Akhtar Mansour, Taliban’ leader of infidelity in Islamic Emirate, saying Mansour has signed secret treaties with infidels.

In a video tape which Ariananews finds, Rasoul says that Mullah Mansour has involved most of Mujahideens in conflicts and betrayed the Islamic Emirate.

“We never accept slavery and we obliged to separate from Mansour because he sold, Islamic-Emirate, Jihad, Islam and has signed agreements with infidels,” Muhammad Rasoul Akhund, Taliban’s dissident leader said in a video tape.

Taliban veteran Mullah Mohammad Rasool has also said to the neighboring countries that they would not face any threats from his group.

“We announce to our neighbors that we have no controversy with anyone. We say to all Islamic countries and Muslims that our fights are against the United States,” Rasoul said.

He also warned other extremist groups that they will not allow any group to interfere in their country.

“All Mujahedeen are our brother no matter to be Daesh or Al-Qaeda. But we do not allow them to come to our country to fight or interfere,” Mullah Muhammad Rasoul added.

Divisions between Taliban groups come after the death of Taliban’s spiritual leader, Mullah Muhammad Omar.

The leadership crisis arose when Mullah Omar’s son and brother, who couldn’t make contact with him, challenged Mullah Mansour to explain how and when the leader died.

Now the Taliban may splinter into “a peace camp and a war camp, as well as many commanders going at it alone in pursuit of their own local objectives.

With the Taliban’s leadership in question, however, it is unlikely there will be much progress on reconciliation process.

The Taliban remain an effective fighting force, with recent assaults on Kunduz in northern Afghanistan and a bold attack on the Afghan parliament in June. These too may reflect the internal rifts between those who want to explore dialogue and those who prefer to continue fighting.

 

Reported by Rafi Sidiqi
Written by Muhammad Zakaria

 

 

 

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EU reaffirms commitment to support Afghanistan

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The EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) has adopted conclusions reaffirming the EU’s political commitment to support the people of Afghanistan on their path towards peace, security, stability, democracy, prosperity, and self-reliance.

The council said in a statement that the EU will condition its future political and financial support to ensure that the republican, democratic, and values-based principles are protected and further promoted. 

“The conclusions also reiterate the EU’s support for a negotiated political settlement leading to lasting peace and reconciliation, which must build on the democratic and human rights achievements of the past 19 years,” the statement said.

In its conclusions, the Council calls on the Taliban to build trust and confidence allowing the prompt start of intra-Afghan negotiations based on the sufficient numbers of prisoners already released. 

“The Taliban should respect both the spirit and letter of their bilateral agreement with the government of the United States signed in Doha on 29 February 2020. In this regard, the EU strongly condemns attacks on humanitarian and medical personnel and facilities, including the horrific attack at the Dasht-e-Barchi hospital in Kabul of 12 May,” the statement noted.

The conclusions stress that the EU stands ready to provide political and financial support for the people of Afghanistan by:

  1. Supporting the Geneva Ministerial Pledging Conference
  2. Strengthening EU assistance for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic
  3. Using all instruments available in full cooperation and complementarity with the UN, NATO and regional partners, to contribute to the stabilization of the country
  4. Supporting institutional reform and capacity-building, including in the sectors of security and defense, based on the principles of democratic governance and human rights
  5. Assisting with the reintegration of former fighters as well as their families, the victims of conflict and the most vulnerable, including through specialized child protection programs
  6. Promoting regional cooperation, stability, peace, trade and sustainable connectivity in line with “Connecting Europe and Asia – Building blocks for an EU Strategy” as adopted by the Foreign Affairs Council in October 2018
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Police arrest irresponsible armed men, rescue woman – Takhar

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Afghan forces have arrested a group of irresponsible armed men in operation in Takhar province, rescuing a woman, police confirmed.

The operation was conducted in Pir Kanda Kaw, Persian name, area in Farkhar district of the province on Friday night.

Khalil Asir, a spokesman for the provincial police told Ariana News that the gang’s head was shot dead in fire exchanges and six members of the bands were detained by police. 

Asir added that a woman – Kabul’s resident – who was abducted by the gang has been rescued.

Meanwhile, Afghan forces have seized a number of weapons and ammo of the group during the raids.

The band was involved in murders, armed robbery, kidnappings, and harassment of people, Police further said.

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ATN employee Sulaiman Yousufi dies of Coronavirus

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COVID19 took the life of an employee of the Ariana International Television Network.

Sulaiman Yousufi, an employee of Ariana News and Ariana TV, died of coronavirus today.

Mr. Sulaiman Yousufi was infected by the Coronavirus a few days ago and died early today after severe suffering from respiratory troubles.

Yousufi had been working in the transportation department of Ariana TV and Ariana News for over a decade.

He is survived by a son and two daughters.

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