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Wolesi Jirga apologizes for restriction on media

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(Last Updated On: August 6, 2012)

The administrative board of the House of Representatives has officially apologized for preventing media from filming Parliament’s session.

Recently, the House of Representatives considered a specified spot outside the assembly hall for the reporters and said they were restricted from recording images of the general session of the House.

Until now the reporters in order to cover the meeting have been required to use fixed cameras in the Hall through which they are unable to film the sessions directly.

This has provoked the anger of reporters, saying through this restriction the House is censoring some events.

Journalists and reporters on Saturday declared that until the restrictions were lifted from the media, they would not cover any of Wolesi Jirga’s sessions.

In response to these reactions, deputy secretary of the Wolesi Jirga Farhad Azimi apologized for preventing media from imaging Saturday’s session in which the defense and interior ministers were summoned and then declared disqualified by the MPs.

The Minister of Information and Culture Syed Makhdom Rahin also expressed his concerns regarding the restrictions on media, saying it was contrary to the freedom of expression.

He said, “With the exception of coverage of some secret and highly classified meetings, the restrictions on media are against the law.”

Though the government has long maintained that it supports the freedom of expression, many government departments prohibit media from getting information.

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Afghan forces push back Taliban attacks – Ghazni

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(Last Updated On: July 10, 2020)

The Afghan forces have pushed back Taliban attacks in central Ghazni province, the Defense Ministry (MoD) said.

In a statement released on Friday, the MoD said the militants have carried out attacks in Shalez and Asheqwal areas in the center of Ghazni province on Thursday that faced resistance by the Afghan security and defense forces.

According to the statement, the Afghan forces pushed back the attacks, killing eight Taliban militants and wounding three more.

The Defense Ministry did not provide details of the casualty of the Afghan forces.

The Taliban militant group yet to comment about the incident.

It comes as the Taliban apparently has intensified attacks in a number of provinces which shows a clash to the Doha agreement to bring peace in Afghanistan.

Two days ago the group carried out a car bomb suicide attack in Kandahar’s Shah Wali Kut district which result in the killing of two policemen and wounding of 15 more. In Ghazni, the Taliban target police commander of Deh Yak district as well.

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12 Taliban insurgents killed in Paktia clashes

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At least 10 Taliban militants including a commander of the group were killed in clashes with the Afghan forces in Paktia province, the army confirmed.

Aimal Momand, a spokesman for the Afghan military told Ariana News that the clashes broke out after a large number of the insurgents attacked outposts of the Afghan forces in Zazi Aryoub district of the province.

The incident has taken place in Shah Mohammad village in the district at around 5 a.m. Thursday.

According to Momand, the group’s commander known as Abasin was also among the deaths and seven more were wounded in the incident.

He added no casualty was inflicted on the Afghan forces.

In a separate incident, the militants attacked the Afghan army while they patrolling in Samkani district of the province, Momand said in the counterattack on Wednesday night two Taliban fighters including one Pakistani national were killed and two others wounded.

Meanwhile, the Taliban, however, claimed that its fighters have imposed casualties on the Afghan forces in Zazi Aryoub clashes, but the group’s spokesman did not provide further details.

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Taliban truck bomb kills 2, wounds 15 in Kandahar

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At least two police were killed and 15 others wounded in a car bomb explosion in southern Kandahar province, a source confirmed.

A security source on a condition of anonymity told Ariana News that an explosive-laden truck targeted the police headquarters building of Shahwalikot district of the province early Wednesday morning.

The incident took place at around 4 a.m. Wednesday, Shahwalikot residents say that casualties might increase.

Meanwhile, the Taliban militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The group further claimed that at least 20 soldiers including the district’s police chief were killed in the blast. 

As the Taliban’s attacks intensify, some local officials say that government forces have switched from the defensive into the offensive mood.

Separately in Ghazni, the district police chief for Deh Yak, Habibullah, was killed in a roadside mine blast at around 4:30 early Wednesday.

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