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WJ to summon security officials on Saturday

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(Last Updated On: April 27, 2015)

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Afghanistan Wolesi Jirga (WJ) – the lower house of parliament summoned security officials to be present at Saturday’s session due to the recent insecurities of Kundoz province.

Kundoz representatives in Parliament expressed their deep concerns over security situation in Kundoz and said that the Afghan security forces are currently surrounded by the armed oppositions of the government and serious measures should be taken regarding the issue as soon as it’s possible.

Shukria Paiman, Member of Parliament who tried to show the conditions of wounded soldiers in Kundoz failed to express her concerns and statements.

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“As I contacted with security forces, they have surrounded and came under the attacks of the armed oppositions. A serious decision should be taken.” Shukria Paikan said.

In the meantime, representatives in Parliament are said to consider the security situation of the northern parts of the country critical and said that most of governors and chief districts are involved in insecurities.

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Naqibullah Fayeq, Member of Parliament said, “Insecurity has also raised in Faryab province. Most of girl’s schools and governmental offices have been closed and the Almar district is half under government’s control and half under Taliban’s control.”

Afghan forces follow a tough test this spring and are facing the attacks of internal and foreign oppositions.

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The attacks raise as that now Afghan security forces do not have the support of foreign forces and have independently the responsibilities to provide security.

Meanwhile, the lower house of parliament denounced 7th Sawr and praised 8th Sawr, the two important events in Afghanistan’s political history.

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The 7th and 8th Sawr are two important events in political history of the country and the oppressed Afghan nation will always remember the military takeover occurred in the country on 7th Sawr 1357, because this chaotic day considered to be as the start of crisis and calamities to the people of Afghanistan and tragic consequences of this day felt by this nation over the previous three consecutive decade and still going on.

On Sawr 7th, 1357 some government opposition factions by using the army resorted to military cope against the democratic establishment of Sardar Muhammad Dawood Khan to topple him from the power and the military take over besides devastating political and democratic spheres of the country pave the ground for regional and neighboring countries to expand interferences into internal affairs of the country.

8th, Sawr is marked as the day of victory of Muhahideen factions after they toppled Russian backed Dr. Najibullah government and this is also remembered just like the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) military takeover on democratic government of Dawood Khan.

Both 7th and 8th Sawr are remembered as two important events in the history of Afghanistan.

 
Reported by Abdul Aziz Karimi

 

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Kuwait’s Emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Sabah, has died aged 91

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Kuwait’s Emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, has died at the age of 91, state media reported.

Sheikh Sabah’s 83-year-old half-brother, Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmed, has been named by the cabinet as his successor.

In a message of condolence to the royal family and Kuwaiti nationals, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said it was with “great regret and emotion” that he had received the news of the Emir’s death. 

“The Emir of Kuwait was one of the most important and prominent figures in the Islamic world and one of the good friends of Afghanistan. During his reign, he always had good intentions towards our country and paid special attention to the development of friendly and fraternal relations between the two countries,” said Ghani in a statement issued by the Presidential Palace.

“His Highness Sheikh Sabah during his reign performed valuable services for the advancement, progress and welfare of the people of his country,” said Ghani adding that he will always be remembered for the good work he had done. 

“On behalf of the government and people of Afghanistan, I express my deepest condolences and sympathy to the officials of the Kingdom of Kuwait, the family of the late Emir of Kuwait and the people of that country. I pray to God Almighty,” said Ghani. 

Afghanistan’s chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah, who is currently on a three-day visit to Pakistan, also passed on his condolences. 

In a message on Twitter, Abdullah said: “Deeply saddened to hear the demise of His Royal Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, Amir of Kuwait. My thoughts and prayers are with Amir’s family, the people & government of Kuwait. His soul may rest in peace.”

The Emir had ruled the oil-rich Gulf state since 2006 and had overseen its foreign policy for more than 50 years and had been dubbed the “dean of Arab diplomacy” for his efforts to restore relations with states that backed Iraq during the 1990-1991 Gulf War, when Kuwait was invaded by Iraqi forces.

He also often acted as a mediator in regional disputes, including the ongoing diplomatic stand-off between Saudi Arabia, its allies and Qatar.

 

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Flash flood warning issued for nine provinces

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Afghanistan’s Meteorological Department (AMD) on Tuesday issued a flash flood warning for nine provinces, including Kabul and Parwan. 

AMD said on its website rain and possible flooding can be expected in Kabul, Kunar, Nuristan, Laghman, Kapisa, Panjshir, Parwan, Nangarhar and Badakhshan provinces over the next 24 hours. 

Rainfall of between 10 and 20 mm has been forecast. 

This warning comes after August’s torrential rain across 13 provinces left close to 200 people dead and thousands homeless.

The worst-hit province was Parwan, which saw torrents of water destroy hundreds of homes in the provincial capital Charikar. 

 

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Almost 100 dead as Armenia, Azerbaijan clashes continue

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Almost 100 people, including civilians, have been killed as battles between Armenia and Azerbaijan continued Tuesday, for the third day, over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory. 

Both Armenia and Azerbaijan said that heavy fighting had continued overnight.

The self-proclaimed authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh said 87 of their military personnel had been killed and 120 wounded since Sunday.

According to the Armenpress news agency, they put the fatality figure on the Azerbaijani side at nearly 400.

Azerbaijan has not revealed its military losses but has confirmed seven civilian deaths.

Although the fighting started in the Nagorno-Karabakh territory on Sunday, clashes appeared to be spilling over the border on Tuesday. 

Armenia’s defense ministry said a passenger bus had been hit by an Azerbaijani drone in the eastern Armenian city of Vardenis. There were no reports of casualties.

Azerbaijan earlier said two Azerbaijani civilians had been killed in Armenian shelling in Azerbaijan on Monday, following the deaths of five people from the same family a day earlier, BBC reported.

The UN Security Council meanwhile is expected to hold emergency talks on the issue Tuesday.

Both sides have mobilized more soldiers and Turkey on Monday was reportedly sending in Syrian rebel fighters to help Azerbaijan. 

In a statement on Tuesday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said: “I am deeply disturbed by the reported loss of civilian lives and injuries, as well as damage to civilian property and infrastructure.”

She also urged “an immediate end to the fighting”.

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