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Woman shot killed for having affair – Baghlan

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(Last Updated On: March 17, 2020)

A woman, who was pregnant and was mothering two children, was shot killed yesterday by local people in Dara-e Ashraf village of Tala-e Barfak district, Baghlan, on charges of having illegal marital affairs.

Speaking to Ariana News, Abdul Ahad Barfaki, governor of Tala-e Barfak, confirmed the incident and said that the area where the killing has taken was ruled by the Taliban.

He added, “The people who killed the women in a desert court on 16th March are local Taliban men. The man with whom the woman was accused of having affairs is also a Taliban member and have escaped.”

Khadija Yaqin, the head of Baghlan Women Affairs, has also confirmed the incident and told Ariana News that the killing had been conducted by illegal armed men in a Taliban-controlled area. She added that the relatives of the woman were warned to bury the corpse without reading her funeral.

The Taliban Spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid, however, denies the Taliban’s involvement in the case noting that the killing was a personal matter and that the man who has been accused in the affair, is not a Taliban member.

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Armored vehicle targeted in IED explosion in Kabul

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(Last Updated On: January 25, 2021)

An armored Land Cruiser was targeted in an early morning IED explosion in Kabul’s PD4 area in yet another targeted attack.

This time there were no casualties reported, police confirmed.

The incident happened at around 7.35am in Parwan-e-Do area of Kabul. However it is not known who the intended target was.

This comes just a day after a senior official of De Afghanistan Bank, (the Central Bank) was targeted in an IED explosion in Kabul.

The bank said in a statement that Abdullah Dawrani, the head of the Financial Dispute Resolution Commission, was the target in an IED explosion at around 8.15 am on Sunday morning.

According to the statement, Dawrani was wounded and his bodyguard was killed in the blast.

The bank stated that another person was also injured in the explosion, which occurred in the Shah Shaheed area of PD8 of the city but did not reveal the person’s identity.

No group has claimed responsibility for either of the attacks.

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Talks team members meet with Indonesian Ulema leader

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(Last Updated On: January 25, 2021)

Masoom Stanekzai, Chairman of the Afghan Republic’s negotiating team, along with the Minister of State for Peace and members of the negotiating team, met with Jusuf Kalla, Chairman of Muhammadiyah Ulema Organization and former vice president of Indonesia and his accompanying delegation in Doha on Sunday.

At the meeting, Kalla said the continuation of violence in an Islamic society calls into question the peace process.

He added that the two negotiating parties are expected to provide peace and security through a ceasefire and constructive negotiations.

Welcoming Kalla’s remarks, Stanekzai said that providing a ceasefire and effective negotiations are among the priorities of the delegation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

Stanekzai praised Indonesia ‘s constructive role in the peace talks and called for continued co – operation in supporting the Afghan peace process.

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China and Tajikistan increase military presence along Afghan border

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(Last Updated On: January 24, 2021)

China and Tajikistan have increased the number of border troops and outposts along their borders with Afghanistan, security forces confirmed.

An Ariana News reporter also reported having seen the increase in military presence after flying over the area in a helicopter.

According to border guards in Badakhshan, the two neighboring countries have ramped up their military presence in case the Daesh threat increases should a peace deal be sealed with the Taliban.

An Ariana News reporter visited both the Chinese and the Tajik border areas and said Afghan border forces were not well equipped nor were they structured properly.

During the reporter’s visit to Wakhan, in Badakhshan and the border points with China and Tajikistan, he saw from the army helicopter that Tajikistan had increased the number of its checkpoints on the border with Afghanistan. This was also confirmed by security sources.

“We become disappointed when we see Chinese and Tajik soldiers, because they are very well equipped,” Osama Wardoji, a Badakhshan border force member said.

China meanwhile has called for a joint mountain unit with Afghanistan. However, after Washington disapproved, this plan failed to materialize, security sources said.

The governor of Badakhshan meanwhile has said he is concerned about the large number of foreign fighters, especially Tajikistan’s Ansarullah group members, in Badakhshan.

“Foreign fighters like Ansarullah are present in parts of Badakhshan and they are involved in smuggling [minerals from] mines. This is a big threat,” said Zakaria Sawda, the provincial governor.

China, Tajikistan and Afghanistan currently have a joint 150-strong Chinese-backed force on the border working together to coordinate border threats.

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