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Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) says at least 13 civilians have been killed in 10 incidents in Afghanistan during the past six days.
A statement issued by AIHRC on Sunday said the incidents took place in Kabul, Herat, Ghor, Kunar, Kunduz and Paktia provinces.
“13 people, including 8 men, 3 children and 2 women were killed, and 93 others, including 47 men, 25 women and 21 children, have been wounded in the last six days alone,” the statement said.
The AIHRC has called on the involved parties in Afghanistan war to respect international humanitarian law.
The commission also called on the United Nations and the international community to declare a reduction in violence as a “true measure” of the parties’ claims to peace and to put pressure on them to end the violence and establish a ceasefire.
For several months now, the level of violence has risen as the Afghan peace talks officially begin. In addition to the day-to-day clashes between Afghan security forces and the Taliban, which has also resulted in civilian casualties, the level of targeted assassinations and the detonation of magnetic mines in Kabul and other provinces has increased in recent months.
As the two major Moscow-Ankara peace meetings approach, Abdullah Abdullah, the chairman of High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), says that Afghanistan should be held accountable for the US plan and regional meetings to be held in the near futur and has a clear and unified position.
The leadership of HCNR has announced that the fifth meeting of the leadership committee of the council held today, Sunday in the Sapidar Palace.
Abdullah Abdullah called the fifth meeting of the leadership committee
of HCNR vital and stressed that Afghanistan should have a clear and unified position on the plan presented by the United States and the regional peace meetings to be held in the near future for the peace in Afghanistan.
“We are not afraid to raise issues, but the legitimate position and will of the people and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan must be clear,” Abdullah said.
The meeting discussed the US government’s plan and regional peace summits on the Afghan peace process, with members emphasizing the importance and necessity of peace, saying that any measures to ensure peace in Afghanistan should be taken.
The participants of the meeting noted that the peace in Afghanistan has a regional and global aspect. The sincere efforts and support of the region and the world can guarantee the success of this process.
According to the HCNR statement, members of the Leadership Committee continue to emphasize the need to accelerate the peace process, strengthen national, regional and global consensus for peace, establish a permanent ceasefire, and ending the violence.
Previously, the Presidential Palace had reacted to the US plan by implicitly rejecting it, saying that the election was a non-negotiable principle for the Afghan government.
Following the reaction to the inclusion of a new list of ethnicities in the electronic ID card, Abdullah Abdullah, the chairman of High Council for National Reconciliation, said that the decision on “large and sensitive national” issues needed to be discussed at a national and larger level.
Dr. Abdullah said that at a time when Afghanistan needs unity, consensus on national issues, avoid marginal issues that undermine the unity and solidarity of the people.
The chairman of HCNR stressed that the National Statistics Authority and Information should correct this “mistake” in the interests of the country and the unity of the people, and refrain from actions that he said would harm the interests of the country.
This comes as, the inclusion of the new list for the tribes names has been met with widespread reactions.
The Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) announced on Sunday that due to the recent rainfalls and snowfall in Badakhshan province, the routes to Kohistan district, Zardano Paspal pass, the Raghistan, Yawan district, Yaftal Kotal district and Shakar lab pass have been blocked to traffic.
According to MoPW, the snowfalls are ongoing in Panjshir province and and the Anjoman pass has been blocked to traffic.
The Ministry noted that the routes to Ashkamsh and Guzargah districts which were blocked due to avalanches now opened and only the route to Pafli pass of Baghlan province is blocked.
MoPW cited that the Matak to Bamiyan route has been blocked in Shinwari district of Parwan province due to flash floods.
The Ministry added that the routes of Marmal, Safid pass of Chakent district and Bakak pass in Ghor province have also been blocked to traffic.
Afghan National Security Adviser (NSA) Hamdullah Mohib has said that the Afghan and Pakistani officials have met in Bahrain and discussed the Afghan peace process.
Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, NSA Mohib said that the head of National Directorate of Security (NDS) Zia Saraj, the Afghan Army Chief of Staff, Yasin Zia and he himself met with Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff and the head of the country’s intelligence.
“We have repeatedly stated that peace would not be achieved only through negotiations between Taliban and Afghan government. The important issue is Pakistan that should be involved in the talks,” Mohib said.
He added that the Bahrain meeting between Afghanistan and Pakistan was mediated by the British officials and the meeting will be continued.
The speaker of Afghan Lower House of Parliament, Mir Rahman Rahmani says the Pakistani National Assembly speaker Asad Qaisar will visit Kabul in the near future.
Mr. Rahmani on his Facebook page has written that he had a meeting with the Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan and discussed about the Pakistani paramilitary officials trip to Kabul.
The two sides also discussed the current political situation of in the region, regional consensus, the Moscow and Turkey’s peace summits, and the Afghan peace process.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Sunday reported 13 new positive cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours.
The ministry also reported two deaths and six recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
The cumulative number of total cases is now 55,972 the number of total reported deaths is 2,459 and the total
number of recoveries is 49,477.
The new cases were reported in Kabul, Heart, Nangarhar, Kunar, and Uruzgan.
Hundreds of Afghan women have had their voices heard on peace -without them needing to leave their homes or have access to the internet- in a door-to-door programme conducted in the country’s northeast by the Afghan Women Network with support from UNAMA.
UNAMA in a press release said that the views expressed were then presented at a national level to the Afghan Women’s Network (AWN) and UNAMA in Kabul, to be shared with the female members of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s Peace Negotiation Team.
“AWN Kunduz shared the views with provincial civil society and human rights defenders’ organisations,” the press release said.
According to the press release, Over three months of this winter, the UN-backed effort reached more than 1,500 women, many who have been homebound with little to no access to media and the world outside their homes.
Many of the interviewed women said it was the first time their opinions were being sought on an important national issue.