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Indian Ambassador to Kabul Vinay Kumar inaugurated the RCC bridge which was funded under Government of India’s HICDP Scheme in Ghor Province on Saturday .
The Government of India has completed approx 345 projects under HICDP scheme in Afghanistan and over 545 are under various stages of completion.
Ambassador Kumar also laid the foundation stone for an educational institute in Ghor Province. The project is funded under Government of India’s HICDP programme.
Finally, Mr Kumar addressed a public gathering of University Students, teaching faculty and other dignitaries at Ghor Province and reiterated India’s commitment for capacity building through ICCR and ITEC scholarships.
A group of 10 Afghan cyclists reached their destination after a one-month journey through the Lapis Lazuli Trade and Transit Route from Herat province in Afghanistan to Turkey via Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.
Their journey began on April 22. The cyclist group is carrying the message of peace to the Lapis Lazuli member countries.
The Lapis Lazuli Corridor was inaugurated by President Ghani last December. It connects Afghanistan through Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia to the Black Sea and ultimately through Turkey to the Mediterranean Sea and Europe.
Major Mohammad Farid Ahmadi has formally assumed charge of the Special Operations Corps of the Afghan military at the rank of Lieutenant General.
Before this MG Ahmadi served as the head of the Joint Special Operations Centre for one year. His educational background has been associated with millitary from the start. His military training/education started from military high school.
MG Ahmad earned his Master’s degree in Military Sciences from the Parachute Commando University of Russia. He attained his Staff Officer education in an academy in America. He obtained his second Master’s degree in International Relations, International Security and Strategy from London’s Royal College.
Moreover, he also completed his Strategic Defense Studies at the Royal College of Defense Studies. He was involved in the military assignments of the likes of platoon commander to currently commanding Special Operations Corps.
Acting Defense Minister Asadullah Khalild during the appointment ceremony of the new special forces commander Gen. Farid Khan said that the new commander must look after security forces and address their problems on time.
“Taliban’s spring (offensive) has failed and they did not have any advancement across the country”, Khalid said.
Khalid added that the priority of the ministry of defense is to address the forces problems and look after them. He also assured that the recent appointments are merit-based.
Khalid said that 23,000 familes of martyred and disabled soldiers received assistance from the Ministry of Defense this year.
Meanwhile, the new commander of Special Forces Gen. Farid said that his top priority is to increase operations and ensure the security of upcoming elections.
“Together we will change the trend of war to peace in support of the Afghan people”, Gen Farid said.
“I’m warning the Taliban fighters. Do not kill yourself for no reason. Have mercy on your families. Don’t listen to your Taliban leaders who sit under the flags of other countries. I warn foreign terrorists. Leave Afghanistan or this will be your graveyard”, Gen Farid conceded.
It was announced by the 203 Thunder Corps that some 22 insurgents were killed in airstrikes on Saturday.
The insurgents were killed as a result of the airstrikes in the provinces of Wardak and Paktika.
Three people were wounded in the blast in Jalalabad city.
Ahmad Farid, spokesperson of Nangahar police said that the explosion in Jalalabad city of the province was result of an IED explosion.
Unconfirmed reports say that the target may have been a provincial council member.
Kabul police arrested 43 people for celebratory firing following the national cricket team’s victory against Pakistan on Friday night.
The Ministry of Interior in a statement said the police forces arrested the individuals from various districts of Kabul city.
The statement further added that the celebratory firing injured some people besides creating fear among the residents of Kabul.
The celebratory firing started after national cricket team’s victory on Friday night. The Afghan team defeated Pakistan by three wickets during a warm-up match in Bristol England on Friday.
Afghanistan’s cricket team bowled Pakistan out for 262 before chasing down the total in 49.4 overs in their 1st warm-up match of World Cup 2019 in Bristol on Friday.
Pakistan were bowled out for 262 by Afghanistan in Bristol, as Babar Azam’s hundred and Wahab Riaz’s fiery spell ended in vain.
Mohammad Nabi also came up with an all-round effort for Afghanistan.
Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed failed to shine with the bat in Pakistan’s World Cup 2019 warm-up match against Afghanistan.
An explosion has been reported in the city of Jalalabad on Saturday morning.
The nature of attack, casualties are yet to be determined.
More details to follow.