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The Ministry of Defense in multiple statements has informed that a total of 56 Insurgents were killed, 4 of which were IS-K terrorists across the provinces of Nangarhar, Herat, Faryab, and Paktika.
These were the result of ANA clearing operations and air strikes.
In addition, 1 Insurgent was wounded and 2 motorbikes were destroyed in Herat, 16 insurgents were wounded in Faryab, and 3 were wounded in Nangarhar.
The Afghanistan Journalists Safety Council announced that the Neda-e-Sobh radio of Herat which was destroyed by Taliban on Dec 26, has been launched again.
AJSC has congratulated the resumption of the radio broadcast and calls.
AJSC also called on the National Unity Government to take serious measures for protection of Media.
India’s Republic TV on Saturday accessed a video of Jamaat-ud-Dawah(JuD) second-in-command leader Abdul Rehman Makki in which he can be heard inticing the youth to join the terror group.
The video clip came out when terrorist Hafiz Saeed’s aide Abdul Rehman Makki was addressing the Al-Muhammadia Students, the student’s wing of the Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT), during an indoctrination seminar earlier this month in Islamabad.
In the video, global terrorist Hafiz Saeed’s brother-in-law can be heard saying that ‘they have never been terrorist’ while targeting the Indian forces and calling them ‘terrorists’: “Don’t talk about Kalashnikov culture, remember Russia got Kalashnikovs, anyone who, culture is imbibed by people, we didn’t create this culture, we have built up our defence, we have never been terrorists. I say it in Baramulla, in Islamabad, we have never been terrorists. We saved our own house from Kalashnikov, Moscow, M-16 came from America, Mr Mr Kalashnikov was not ours, Mr Kalashnikov came from Moscow, Russia was a superpower. They asked to do something, we said no, we are independent people. Today the terrorists are Indian Army and not Kashmiris. They are fighting their fights at their doorstep. They are fighting for their freedom. Kashmir is fighting for its respect and freedom. Those who fight for freedom are not terrorists.”
He went on to motivate the youth to join the terror initiative in flocks in order to ‘provide independence to India’:
“We want voices from Islamabad, 20-30 thousand Islamic scholars, we want voices. Independence is Kashmir’s rights, independence is Afghanistan’s right, self-governance is Pakistan’s right. American and big powers have no right to dictate us.”
Hafiz Saeed is the mastermind behind the infamous 26/11 Mumbai terror attack which took place in 2008 and killed scores of people.
Ministry of Interior has instructed all its employees and police personnel to not attend wedding ceremonies in wedding halls and prayer ceremonies in mosques in uniform. They are also instructed to avoid going for shopping with their families while in uniform.
The acting minister of Interior Affairs, Amrullah Saleh, has barred police forces from entering embassies without coordination with the relevant authorities.
The ministry says the decision has been made to bring effective management and leadership in the institution
Mohammad Ismail Khan, a former Jihadi leader and member of the leadership of Jamiat-e-Islami Party of Afghanistan, expressed to TOLONews on Friday that the National Unity Government is not aware of the peace talks’ agenda.
Khan warned that the efforts for holding talks with the Taliban, including the Jeddah talks, will bear no fruits unless the Afghans and regional countries enter the process.
“The peace agenda should become clear for the people of Afghanistan or at least government should be aware of the peace process,” Khan told TOLOnews. “So far, neither the Afghan government, nor the Afghan people have enough information in this regard.”
He said that Jamiat-e-Islami party is forming a team to negotiate with the Taliban.
“Jamiat has considered a list of figures but has not introduced them officially. Let’s the peace process get completed and the talks get started officially in the form that the Taliban show readiness for negotiations, then we will introduce the team,” he said.
The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) announced on Friday that it has imposed a travel ban on the head of the Afghanistan Football Federation, Keramuddin Karim, and four other members of the federation due to allegations of sexual abuse against women football players by members of the federation.
Federation members who have been banned from traveling, include:
• Keramuddin Karim, head of Afghanistan Football Federation
• Nader Alemi, head of goalkeepers’ committee
• Sayed Ali Reza Aqazada, secretary general of the federation
• Abdul Saboor Walizada, head of provinces relations
• And Rustam, an employee of the federation
AGO spokesman Jamshid Rasuli said on Friday that “So far, over 25 people have been investigated. The information which was necessary and needed for the investigations, was taken from the people who are outside the country. Some progress has been made in this regard”.
Six members of the federation were suspended by the federation back on December 9. The AGO announced that they were investigating the case on December 2.
A White House spokesman, quoted by the Bloomberg News, has assured that US President Donald Trump has not ordered the Pentagon to pull troops out of Afghanistan.
“The president has not made a determination to drawdown US military presence in Afghanistan and he has not directed the Department of Defense to begin the process of withdrawing US personnel from Afghanistan,” the Bloomberg News quoted Garrett Marquis, a spokesman for the National Security Council, as saying in an emailed statement on Friday.
This comes after Gen Scott Miller, the NATO forces commander assured this week that there were no such orders he received.