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Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials have announced the completion of the biometric devices delivery by Friday.
IEC spokesman Seyed Hafizullah Hashemi said on Wednesday that the biometric devices and a voter list, with all its supplements, have been dispatched to the provinces of Farah, Badghis, Herat, Zabul, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Helmand and Nimroz by air and land.
At the same time, Hashemi emphasized that some of these devices will be transferred to Badakhshan, Baghlan, Kunduz, Takhar, Paktika, Bamyan, Daikundi and Ghor provinces today, and the rest of the devices and the list of voters will reach these provinces by Friday.
Security officials have reported that they have confronted the Taliban attack on forces stationed in the district of Obah in Herat province.
Herat Police Headquarter said in a statement on Wednesday that the Taliban attacked the ANP forces in the district of Obah, Herat province.
The statement added that the Taliban attack had been confronted by the ANP, and three Taliban insurgents were killed and a military official was injured in the clash.
There have been no ANP casualties in the clash.
Lt General Asim Munir of Pakistan has been made the head of Pakistan’s infamous spy agency ISI, as confirmed by Pakistan’s Army media wing.
He replaces Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar.
Munir was recently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General. Prior to this he was serving as the head of the Military Intelligence (MI).
He was also conferred Hilal-i-Imtiaz in March 2018.
There have also been several other promotions in Pakistan recently.
Security officials have reported that 49 terrorists have been killed or wounded across 14 provinces of Afghanistan.
The Ministry of Defence said in a statement on Monday that as a result of the invasive, airborne, artillery and cleanup operations of the security forces over the past 24 hours in the provinces of Helmand, Balkh, Baghlan, Nimruz, Paktia, Faryab, Khost, Sar-e-Pul, Ghazni, Kandahar, Logar, Herat, Paktia, Badakhshan and Uruzgan, 40 terrorists were killed and 9 others wounded.
The statement added that during these operations, a significant amount of ammunition and explosive and a number of vehicles belonging to the terrorists were also destroyed.
The spokesman for the Independent Election Commission (IEC) has announced the deadline for obtaining the election monitoring card.
Hafizullah Hashemi said in a press conference on Wednesday that all candidates, political currents and parties will have a deadline of Monday (15th October) to complete the entire credential process for monitoring the election day.
Hashemi has said that as of now, 12,000 observers from local organizations and nine observers from international organizations have received their credentials.
The head of justice department of Balkh province, Sayed Jafar Mesbah, had been targeted in an armed assault on Wednesday.
Mr. Mesbah told AVA that he was slightly injured, but one of his bodyguards has been injured severely.
The increase in armed assaults and assassinations in Mazar-e-Sharif city has sparked concerns from the people of the city for some time now.
The Afghan Ministry of Education has said that it has dismissed 13 of its employees and teachers for participating in electoral campaigns for parliamentary elections.
The Ministry of Education spokeswoman, Nooria Nezhat said that, unlike the regulation of the ministry, these employees used government facilities in favor of their desired candidates.
He urged parliamentary candidates to stop using the ministry’s staff in their electoral campaigns, underlining the previous announcements about the impartiality of the ministry in the election.
The Ministry of Education spokeswoman has warned that the ministry will sue in the Electoral Complaints Commission, if the candidates do not pay attention to the ministry announcements.
The President has made it clear that “enemy propaganda” will not be able to create any hurdles for the Afghan people to practice their right to vote.
In a meeting of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces organized in Presidential Palace on Tuesday, the President made these comments and said that the elections are a national and democratic process. He also ensured the security of the elections and that the Afghan armed forces would make sure there is ample security during the election campaigns and voting.
This comes after the Taliban on Monday released a statement threatening to boycott the elections and possibly attack those who are providing security.
To ramp up the implementation of projects for construction of the Mazar-i-Sharif-Herat railway, the Surkhan-Pul-i-Khumri transmission lines, roads of various lengths and other infrastructure facilities in Afghanistan, Germany and Uzbekistan will begin to attract financial investors, as per a statement by Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan.
On Sunday, special representative of the president of Uzbekistan for Afghanistan, Ismatulla Irgashev, met with special representative of the German government for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Markus Potzel and the two sides discussed about Tashkent Declaration which was signed earlier on March 27th.