Latest news and happenings of Afghanistan and region…
Kabul Police Spokesperson Basir Mujahid, told Reporterly that at around 2 PM today, Maulawi Abdul Basir Haqqani, the head of the Ulema council of the PD 7 area of Kabul, was assassinated by a gunman in the PD 7.
Mujahid further emphasized that the police arrested the gunman with his arms right after the assault.
Based on media sources, Abdul Basir Haqqani, the deputy chief of Kabul’s Ulema council has been assassinated by unknown gunmen in PD7 area of Kabul.
There has been no confirmation from security officials yet.
More details to follow.
Roya Rahmani has now been appointed as Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States, as announced by the Presidential Palace.
Ms Rahmani previously served as the Afghan Ambassador to Indonesia.
Recently, Hamdullah Mohib who was the Afghanistan Ambassador to US since 2015, was appointed as National Security Advisor.
Spokesperson to the President has confirmed that President Ghani will be attending the Geneva Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan which is to be held next week.
The spokesperson also added that the Geneva conference on Afghanistan is not going to be donor countries making new pledges.
This comes after November being a month of focus on Afghanistan. Moscow also hosted the Moscow Peace Talks in early November which was attended by representatives of 13 countries as well by Taliban and Afghanistan’s High Peace Council’s representatives.
Ministry of Defense released a statement to report that 44 terrorists have been killed across 8 provinces of Afghanistan in the past 24 hours.
As a result of the invasive, airborne and cleanup operations of the security forces over the past 24 hours in the provinces of Kunduz, Helmand, Nangarhar, Ghazni, Paktika, Kandahar, Farah and Balkh, 44 insurgents were killed, according to the statement.
The statement added that during these operations, 5 insurgents were wounded, several hideouts and a significant amount of ammunition and explosives belonging to the insurgents were also destroyed.
The Indian Embassy in Kabul posted on social media today that the second batch of Women ANDSF officers proceeded to the Officers Training Academy (OTA) Chennai, India.
They will go to the famous OTA for professional military training.
Before their departure, they were addressed by Indian ambassador Vinay Kumar today.
Pakistan’s famous cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi was arrested by Pakistani authorities after he encouraged his followers to shut down cities in the country.
“Police raided our madrassa and arrested our revered leader,” Saad Rizvi told Reuters by telephone.
After Rizvi’s arrest, his supporters clashed with Pakistan police in the eastern city of Lahore soon and at least five people wounded, police informed.
Rizvi had earlier this month led a nationwide protest over the Pakistani Supreme Court’s acquittal and release of a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, who had spent eight years on death row on a blasphemy conviction.
He had urged his supporters earlier in the day to take to the streets if he was arrested, and late on Friday night his son said he had been taken away in a raid on his religious school, or madrassa, in Lahore.
Rizvi is the leader of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP) party, which earlier this month blocked roads in Pakistan’s biggest cities for three days and threatened the Supreme Court judges.
The deputy spokesman to the president has reported about the establishment of security outposts in Jaghori and Malistan districts.
Shah Hussain Mortazawi, the deputy spokesman to president, wrote on his Facebook page:”To ensure the security in vulnerable areas of Malistan and Jaghori district, security outposts are to be established.”
He stressed that the budget for establishing twenty outposts in Jaghori and ten outposts in Malistan was allocated.These outposts and security measures are being considered after the Taliban attacks on Jaghori and Malastan districts of Ghazni during the past month.
Local authorities have announced the increase in the number of casualties in the suicide bombing yesterday in a Mosque at the ANA regiment 1.
The governor of Khost,Hakim Khan Habibi, told media that 12 people were killed and 33 others wounded in a suicide attack in the province on Friday.
there were 10 deaths and 15 injuries reported yesterday.
It has been reported that an Afghan air force helicopter made an emergency landing in Maruf district of Kandahar on Saturday.
This was confirmed by the provincial chief to news sources that the helicopter was transferring troops from center of district.
The helicopter caught fire but no casualties took place.
As per Resolute Support, one US Service member was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday.
US Department of Defense will wait to reveal the name of the deceased for 24 hours after notification to family is completed.
Farkhunda Zahra Naderi, the senior advisor to President Ghani in UN Affairs has resigned.
Naderi was the National Solidarity Party of Afghanistan candidate from Kabul province in the 2010 parliamentary election and was elected as member of parliament.
She was elected as President of the third Standing Committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in March 2014 at the 130th Assembly of IPU and In December 2016, she was appointed a senior advisor to President Ashraf Ghani on United Nations affairs.
US President Donald Trump expressed that “We’re in very strong negotiations with Afghanistan right now,” addressing reports after delivering a Thanksgiving holiday message to US soldiers in Afghanistan.
“I really think the people of Afghanistan … are tired of fighting” he added.
“We are talking about peace and we’ll see if that happens … We have negotiations going on. I don’t know that they are going to be successful, probably they’re not. Who knows? They might be, they might not be,” he further remarked.
The US President’s remarks on Thanksgiving comes after US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has been in a visit to the region for facilitating a peace process.
The Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish has expressed that the upcoming presidential elections have no context in delay with respect to the peace process and that there is no legal justification for delaying the process.
While addressing an event which was commemorating the 3rd death anniversary of Qurban Ali Erfani (leader of Hizb-e Wahdat-e Islami Millat-e Afghanistan), VP Danish said that “peace does not mean to end the incumbent government or ignore the past seventeen years’ achievements.”
He also added that creating an interim administration is archaic and arbitrary and that an interim government will only benefit the enemies.
“The old slogan of an interim government is completely unnecessary, unimplementable and against Afghanistan’s Constitution. In fact, it means going backwards and means creating a crisis. This is a demand that is, more than anything else, for the benefit of Afghanistan’s internal and external enemies and it is not for the benefit of the Afghan people,” said Danish.
IEC chief Abdulbadi Sayyad while addressing a press conference expressed the commission was unable to announce the primary results of 10 provinces due to some issues.
He added the process of transferring the data of biometric devices to the main server is still on but he assured the transparency of the process.
According to Sayyad, based on primary results, the following candidates from their respective provinces have been deemed as winners in the parliamentary elections.
Daikundi has four seats in the Wolesi Jirga, the Lower House of Parliament and in this election, three men and one woman candidates have won.
The winner candidates from Daikundi are:
• Sayed Mohammad Daud Naseri has received 13,055 votes
• Raihana Azad has received 12,680 votes
• Ali Akbar Jamshidi has received 10,990
• Sherin Mohseni has received 10,480
Farah has four seats in the parliament and based on primary results, four men and one woman have won.
The winner candidates from Farah are:
• Humayun Shaheedzada has received 2,404 votes
• Abdul Satar Hussainin has received 1,889 votes
• Abdul Naseer Farahi has received 1,658 votes
• Abdul Jalil Bakhtawar has received by 1,483 votes
• Belgis Roshan has received 1,104 votes
Uruzgan has three seats in the Wolesi Jirga and based on primary results, two men and one woman who are thr winners are as follows:
• Bismillah Jan Mohammad has received 1,413 votes
• Qudratullah Rahimi has received by 1,375 votes
• Anosha Barikzai has received 737 votes
Jawzajan has five seats in the parliament and based on primary results, four men and one woman won.
The winner candidates from Jawzjan are:
• Batur Dostum has received 9,768 votes
• Baktash Eschi has received 6,792 votes
• Mohammad Karim Jawzjani has received 4,140 votes
• Azizullah Ulfati has received 3,349 votes
• Halima Sadaf Karimi has received 1,134 votes
Bamiyan has four seats in the Wolesi Jirga and based on primary results, three men and one woman have won.
The winner candidates are:
• Mohammad Rahim Aliyar has received 10429 votes
• Zaheeruddin Jan Agha has received 9945 votes
• Mohammad Jamal Fakoori Beheshti has received 9,021 votes
• Nekbakht Fahimi has received 6,167 votes