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Around 1,287 people, including 37 females and 3 Iranian citizens, have been arrested across the country during 2019 for alleged involvement in 1,081 drug trafficking cases, the Counter Narcotics Justice Center (CNJC) said.
The spokesman of CNJC, Khalid Muwahid in a press conference on Sunday said that among the detainees, 205 of them, including 13 women, were trying to transport heroin packages inside the boxes from Hamid Karzai International Airport to India and the United Arab Emirates.
According to Muwahid, based on the proposal of the Special Prosecutor’s Office, 313 vehicles, 37 motorcycles, 1592 mobile phones along with 105 weapons have been siezed from the traffickers and also 6,990,311 Afghanis with $ 32,634 have been handed over to the central bank for a definitive account.
The spokesman of CNJC stated that during the solar year of 1398, around 1,771 individuals including 37 women, one foreign national and 84 government employees have been sentenced to imprisonment by the primary court of CNJC.
He further added that the counter-narcotics Police have also seized more than 2,244kg of heroin, more than 1421kg of morphine, more than 30,737kg of opium, more than 106,780kg hashish, more than 1165kg of methamphetamine, more than 5kg of tablets and thousands of liters of liquors.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) says a child was rescued from kidnappers during a police operation in the Jangalak area PD7 Kabul city, and two people including a woman were arrested by Police forces.
The spokesman of MoI, Nasrat Rahimi said Police have taken practical measures after the family of the child informed about the abduction of their child from Jangalak area of Kabul city.
“Police forces rescued the child during a special operation and handed over the child to his family,” Rahimi said.
He further added that one man and a woman have been arrested in connection with the child’s abduction.
Afghan security officials say at least 18 Taliban insurgents and three Afghan security forces were killed and wounded after clashes erupted between the two sides in Faryab province.
Faryab Police press office in a press release on Sunday said, “Clashes erupted between Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents in central area of Garizwan district at around 02:00a.m. (local time) on Sunday.”
According to the press release, at least seven Taliban insurgents were killed and eleven others including one of their commanders named Mullah Hashmatullah were wounded during the clashes.
The Faryab Police added that at least one security forces was killed and two others were wounded in the incident.
The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) says the commission is committed to finish the process of addressing the electoral complaints on time.
During a press conference on sharing the recent developments in assessing complaints, the IECC chief, Zuhra Bayan Shinwari said, “There are 1,371 complaints of electoral offenses, 4,303 electoral violations, and 3,272 electoral crimes.”
She noted that by using the legal authority of the IECC, the perpetrators will be identified for prosecution by the competent authorities after investigating election-related violations.
The IECC chief stated that the electoral complaints have been divided into four categories in terms of impact on the preliminary results of the presidential election; the first category includes 8,749 complaints, the second category includes 1348 complaints, the third category includes 2677 complaints and the fourth category includes 100 complaints.
According to her, of more than 16,500 complaints filed, the largest number of complaints is about the difference in biometric votes which amounts 6,881 votes, following by 2140 votes about invalidation of polling stations without any reason, 1338 suspicious votes and 1380 unjustified votes.
Shinwari added that there were 36 complaints about changing the form of results after the recount process, 29 complaints about the biometric devices, four complaints about counting the votes of one candidate in favor of another candidate, three complaints about the ballot count in absence of observers and 1209 complaints which include other cases filed by the IECC officials.
Afghan local officials say that at least six members of the IS-K group have surrendered to the Afghan security forces.
The Kunar press office in a press release on Sunday said that based on the efforts of the local police in the province, at least six IS-K members have surrendered to the government.
According to the press office, the surrendered IS-K rebels were from the group members of IS-K commander, Shah Zamin who have been active in Pej Dara district.
The deputy of Kunar governor, Gul Muhammad Bidar has called on IS-K members to surrender the government forces, saying the war in Afghanistan is not legitimate.
This comes as hundreds of IS-K members, including foreign nationals in Nangarhar, had earlier surrendered to security forces following which president Ghani has announced the complete defeat of IS-K group in Nangarhar.
Afghan Police have arrested two drug traffickers along with 79 kg of hashish in Baghlan province.
Ahmad Jawid Basharat, the spokesman for Baghlan police, said the drugs were hidden in hay bags loaded in a lorry which was to drive from Baghlan to Kabul.
The traffickers have been identified by the Counter Narcotics Department and taken into custody along with the drugs in a security checkpoint in Baghlan, the security official added.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has signed two decrees that will help combat Kabul’s deadly air pollution, the Presidential Palace said.
The Presidential Palace in a statement said that the first decree is making standard filtering systems obligatory for the heating systems of towers and the second is banning the combustion of tires and plastics by industries and enterprises.
The National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) is responsible to follow up on the implementation of the decrees which is going to be an ongoing effort, according to a tweet post from Director General Shah Zaman Maiwandi.
Afghanistan’s air pollution has reportedly killed more people than the current war. Nearly 26,000 people lost their lives due to air pollution related diseases in 2017, 3,483 deaths due to war.
An insurgents’ network has been busted during an operation carried out by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives in northern Faryab province.
NDS in a statement said that the intelligence forces in coordination with the National Army and Police forces conducted a crackdown against Taliban militants in Shah Qasem village, Pashton Kot district of Faryab, in which a group of four Taliban terrorists were killed and 11 others including head of military commission of Taliban for Pashton Kot Qari Jilan wounded.
According to the statement, a group of five Taliban militants leading by Wazir Gul, who belonged to Mullah Nazem group, the commander of red unit of Taliban in Qaisar district, had surrendered to governmental forces.
Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah has expressed condolences over the killing of the commander of Iran Quds Force, Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani.
Abdullah held a phone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on the latest developments in bilateral relations and the most important regional issues.
He also offered condolences to Iranian foreign minister, the government and the nation of Iran, as well as his family.
The value of the Afghani currency has increased against US dollar and Pakistani rupee while the rates of flour and sugar dipped during the outgoing week in capital Kabul, market sources has said.
The value of Afghan currency has increased by 1.2 percent against US dollar and 4.4 percent against Pakistani rupee during the last one week.
A number of moneychangers in Sara-i-Shahzaha said that the value of Afghani currency was increased after transactions on Pakistani rupees banned in the country, particularly in border provinces.
The campaign for promoting Afghani-only transactions has launched in many provinces including border provinces (Khost, Nangarhar, Laghman and Paktia).
A Kabul University professor named Mohammad Rafi Banaie was injured when unidentified armed men attacked him Saturday in Kabul city, his relatives said.
The armed men attacked Banaie to loot him, according to his relatives, a problem Kabul residents are facing with.
Banaie’s relatives said that the armed attempted to take his mobile phone, cash and laptop computer, and shot him injured when he resisted.
They claimed that one bullet hit Banaie near his heart, but assured that he was not in critical health condition.