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U.S. Congress Asks For Joint Afghan-Pak Combat against Haqqani Network

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(Last Updated On: November 20, 2017)

The U.S. Congress passing a bill has asked Afghanistan and Pakistan Armies to jointly combat against Haqqani Network and target the militants.

However, Afghan government rejects any agreement of joint military operations between Kabul and Islamabad saying that if Pakistan stop supporting the terror groups, it will significantly contribute to the removal of terrorists in Afghanistan.

This is the latest attempts by the United States for bringing Afghan and Pakistan militaries closer after the announcement of Trump Strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia. The tensions between Kabul and Islamabad worsened after Pakistan failed to bring the Taliban leaders on negotiating table.

The bill refers to targeting Haqqani Network as the urgent needs in the fight against terrorism and describes the Network as a separate group from the Taliban. While, Sirajuddin Haqqani, the leader of Haqqani network is the first deputy leader of the Taliban.

But Afghan Defense officials suggest no willingness for joint military operation with the Pakistan military and disappointingly insist on stopping Islamabad’s support of the terror groups.

“Stopping Pakistan’s support of the terrorism matters the most and if the country hesitate to conduct operation on terroristic targets, then it should stop such support and that will contribute to the security of Afghanistan and the region”, says Jawid Faisal, the deputy spokesperson of Afghan CEO, Abdullah Abdullah.

Afghan government sees Haqqani Network as the main military branch of the Taliban which has plotted the deadliest high profile attacks in the major cities of the country, mainly in Kabul.

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ATN employee Sulaiman Yousufi dies of Coronavirus

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(Last Updated On: May 29, 2020)

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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Prisoner release; Taliban’s technical team negotiating with gov’t

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(Last Updated On: May 29, 2020)

Both the Taliban team and the government are negotiating on how to verify and release the prisoners, as well as obtaining guarantees of not returning to the war, Arg said.

An agreement on peace between the Taliban and the government has not yet been reached, but the US-Taliban peace agreement which was signed three months ago in Doha, Qatar says that the Afghan government should release 5,000 Taliban prisoners in exchange for 1,000 prisoners from the Taliban side.

A Taliban delegation is now in Kabul negotiating the prisoners’ release.

However, the Taliban has said that the team was in Kabul only to monitor the release of prisoners and has no further authority over other aspects of the peace process.

The Afghan government and the Taliban in their latest actions came to an agreement about a three-day ceasefire on the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr.

The Afghan government is now urging the Taliban to take new and more practical steps in the process of starting Intra-Afghan negotiations.

Arg said that the government’s negotiating team was ready and that the government was committed to take new measures.

Sediq Sediqqi, the presidential spokesman said that the Afghan government had taken major steps towards peace and it was time for the Taliban to show the green light.

Sources close to the Taliban said that the unannounced ceasefire by the group is ongoing, but they will not start the Intra-Afghan negotiations until thousands of the Taliban prisoners are released.

The United States and the international community are waiting for the Afghan government and the Taliban to begin the first round of Intra-Afghan Talks, as the start of these talks could open new doors to the Afghan peace process.

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Official: Laliga to resume on June 11

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(Last Updated On: May 29, 2020)

The Spanish Football league known as La Liga will officially resume on June 11, says the Laliga’s president Javier Tebas.

While the Coronavirus shutdown the European football leagues for two months, the major football leagues are now preparing to resume their matches.

The Germany’s Bundesliga is already resumed, whereas the other major leagues are yet to resume their matches.

According to Javier Tebas, the Laliga’s president, the match between Real Betis and Sevilla on June 11 could restart the league.

Tebas added the 2020-2021 season of Laliga will start on September 12.

This comes as all matches of the league for this season will be held behind the closed doors.

The England’s Premier League is expected to start on June 17th, while the Italy’s Serie A will resume on June 21st.

The French Football League was cancelled for this season, and Paris Saint German became the early champion of the season.

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