Latest news and happenings of Afghanistan and region…
FIFA, the international governing body of football has announced that it is examining allegations regarding members of the Afghanistan national women’s team being sexually and physically abused by men from the country’s football federation, including its president, Keramuudin Karim.
A detailed coverage on the testimonies of the women players from Afghanistan in The Guardian demonstrated that claims of abuse have prompted the male Afghan team’s principal sponsor, Hummel which is a Danish sportswear manufacturer, to disassociate with the Afghan federation (AFF) and call for new leadership.
Senior figures associated with the Afghanistan women’s team told the Guardian that “abuse took place inside the country, including at the federation’s headquarters, and at a training camp in Jordan last February”.
Khalida Popal, a former head of the women’s football department at the AFF, who was forced to flee the country in 2016 and seek asylum in Denmark, also spoke about the unfortunate ordeal.
The AFF in this issue, clarified in a statement that it “vigorously rejects the false accusations made with regard to the AFF’s women’s national team”. It added that it has a “zero-tolerance policy towards any such type of behaviour”.
In response to the controversy, Afghan government assured that the attorney General’s office and the Ministry of Interior are to duly probe into the claims of sexual abuse on Afghan women’s football team.
An international movement and momentum has gathered credibility and coverage under the popular hashtag #metoo which entails people to speak up and share about their ordeals of sexual harassment and abuse. A key impact of this has been that more and more people are becoming less afraid to complain about their experience of harassment and abuse.
Kakar Advocates, a Kabul based law firm has bagged achieved highest international recognition for third year in a row in Asia area.
The Kakar Advocates has been ranked as a “Band I” Law firm in the Chambers and Partners’ 2019 Guide, the firm announced in a statement on Saturday. This is the third consecutive time the firm has bagged this achievement.
The firm has handled cases of jurisdiction over 185 fields.
37 Taliban insurgents have been killed as a result their own car bombing in the Maroof district of southern Kandahar province.
According to Aziz Ahmad Aziz, the governor’s spokesman who informed news sources, the incident took place in Maroof district on late Friday night.
It was reported that the explosives rigged the insurgents’ vehicle and went off, killing several insurgents.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defense, confirmed that 37 militants were killed and 15 motorcycles were also destroyed in the bombing.
Press office of Ghazni governor said in a statement today that the security situation in Jaghori and Malistan districts have been under full control of Afghan security forces for two weeks now.
Hundreds of residents in these districts have been recruited into the ranks of the local army and people uprisings, which are currently undergoing military training, in order to ensure the long-term security of the districts, the statement added.
Meanwhile, about 30 bases and outposts are to be established to create a security belt in both districts.These security outposts will be established along the frontier areas of the Jaghori and Malistan districts with the districts of Gilan, Uruzgan Khas, and Khak-e-Afghan, to repulse the enemy’s movements.
The statement clarifies that hundreds of displaced families from Jaghori and Malistan district have returned to their areas and that schools and health centers are also routinely functioning.
Ghazni province officials have asked the IDPs to return to their main areas in Jaghori and Malistan from Daikundi, Bamiyan and Kabul provinces.
The Public Relations Office of the Senior Advisor to President Ashraf Ghani in Banking and Finance has said that so far Afghanistan has exported more than 4,400 tons of local products worth $80 million to world markets through the air corridors.
Sameer Rasa, the Head of Public Relations Office of Senior Advisor to the President in Banking and Finance, informed that the total exports to other countries through Afghanistan’s air corridors will surge to 5,000 tons of goods by the end of this fiscal year – December 21 – which will value up to $100 million.
The ACCI deputy head Khan Jan Alokozay also said that the value of the local products will increase to 50 percent if they are exported through air corridors to world markets, “The air corridors have benefited farmers as well, because investors have sold the Afghan products with higher prices in world markets and the prices have increase here.”
Security officials have reported about Taliban casualties in Badakhshan province.
As a result of an air strike in Dare Khostak area of Jorm district of Badakhshan province, 18 Taliban insurgents including a commander of the group, called Maulawi Mahbub, were killed and 3 others wounded, according to a statement by 209 Shahin Corps.
Also in a separate operation, a base, two strongholds, a number of vehicles, and a quantity of weapons and equipment of this group have been eliminated.
US Ambassador to Kabul, John Bass released a statement on social media informing that he met with members of the Hazara community from the areas of Ghazni and Uruzgan.
It was stated that Mr Bass discussed about the grievances and concerns of Hazaras regarding Jaghori and Malistan.
He clarified in the statement that Resolute Support and the United States completely suppory ANDSF operations in Ghazni and are working to resolve the problems of displaced people as well.
The Uruzgan Khas district of Uruzgan as well as Jaghori and Malistan districts of Ghazni had been under constant attack by the Taliban, wherein more than 5000 families got displaced are in dire need of help. It has been reported that all the internally displaced people from these areas are devoid of basic necessities like food and shelter.
Afghanistan is going to host Ireland for a full series in February-March next year in the Indian city of Dehradun.
Afghanistan will play three T20, five One-day and a one-off Test against Ireland, as confirmed by the International Cricket Council.
George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of United States passed away on Saturday at the age of 94.
Bush was a stalwart Republican party leader who had also served in the World War 2 as a naval aviator for US Navy.
The former president was an oil tycoon before he joined politics as a Republican.
His death was announced in a tweet by Jim McGrath, his spokesman. The cause of his death was not immediately available. In 2012, he announced that he had vascular Parkinsonism, a condition that limited his mobility. His wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush, died on April 17, 2018.
Iran Embassy in Kabul released a statement rejecting the remarks by Brian Hook, who is theUS Special Envoy for Iran, on support to Taliban.
The statement clarifies that remarks by US envoy and other leaders regarding Iran’s support to terrorist groups in the region are made only to justify “hurriedly and non-transparent” effort by US in Afghanistan and damaging Iran-Afghanistan ties.
The US recently demonstrated pictures of ammunitions that it claims to originate or sourced from Iran and went on to say that these weapons have been supplied by Iran to the Houthis in Yemen and other insurgent and terrorist outfits in the region.