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The general director of independent directorate of local governance, notified that all recruitment is to be postponed up to electoral process. It was also announced that IDLG has decided to postpone all new recruitment and employments of G 1 to 8 up to the conclusion of electoral process.
The Article of the notification indicated that, IDLG has the authority to fire and hire employees under the standard act, conditions will be considered.
by issuing the second order has officially notified that, provincial governors, district chiefs, mayors and relevant authorities aren’t allowed to directly or indirectly interfere in the election affairs.
The order followed the presidential decree no 7, dated – JUNE 26, 2019, with the special emphasis to prevent such disparities or improper interference of IDLG government authorities in electoral process.
Additionally, In order to better implement electoral process of the country, in the area of supporting, use of any governmental assets, facilities and resources in favor or against a specific candidate is also prohibited.
“The provincial authorities must garnering public awareness, their participation in election and exerting violence or pressure or disrupting the security situation that leads to interruption of the electoral process”, IDLG statement said.
For the purpose of administration and supervision of all types of elections and referral procedures, the IDLG established Provincial Supervision Committee to monitor performance of the electoral process and report in accordance to the provisions of the law.
Provincial officials reported that as a result of today’s explosion in Paktia, as of now two people who were injured were shifted to hospital.
Speaking to Reporterly, Abdullah Hasrat governor of Paktia said that around half an hour ago an embedded IED blast took place on vehicle of public uprising forces in city of Gardez, the capital of the province near Paktia university.
This is the initial report and it is not clear who was the target of the attack.
A New York model named Sarah Goolden has alleged that she was stalked and sexually assaulted by the son of former Afghan defense minister.
Sarah Goolden has accused Hamed Wardak of attacking her twice during a trip that the pair two took to Miami on Independence Day weekend 2018, The New York Post reports.
The stunning blonde has filed a lawsuit against him in Manhattan Federal Court, in which she alleges Wardak told her afterwards: ‘You’re just a little blonde model. Who will believe you?.’
Goolden met Wardak, who is a Georgetown University graduate, around ten years ago through a friend when she was a college student in Washington D.C.
He is the son of Abdul Rahim Wardak, who served in the cabinet of former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai until 2012.
Goolden, 29, told the New York Post: ‘He bought me gifts. Of course, he always told me there were no strings attached. He uses his money as a tool to influence almost everybody in his life.’
Wardak’s lawyer, Alexis Fields, told the publication that Goolden’s claims are ‘entirely false,’ and claimed she is ‘attempting to manipulate the current political and anti-immigrant climate to her tactical advantage.’
Goolden said that she agreed to date Wardak, 43, after he courted her for years. But she said Wardak allegedly became violent during a trip they took to Miami about a month after they started dating, according to the lawsuit.
Wardak falsely accused her of cheating and reacted by ‘screaming and pulling her by her hair’ and taking her out of bed, the lawsuit obtained by The Post states.
The Afghan Ministry of Education has announced that use of school students is banned for welcoming national and international guests especially during election campaigns.
The ministry in a statement said on Sunday that, no one is allowed to use school students in campaigns, demonstrations and gatherings including election campaigns.
The statement added that, the decision has been taken with regard to the country’s security situation, aiming to prevent physical and mental harm to school students, preserving impartiality and not engaging education on political issues.
The participation of students at reception and welcoming ceremony by officials including the MoE minister contradict educational principles and obligations and on the other hand, forcing students to attend such ceremonies blemish the spirits and personality of students and also make them feel humiliated.
While saying that the Ministry of Education has directed all directorates of education in capital Kabul and provinces to prevent using students in such occasions, it has emphasized that the offenders will face serious repercussions.
The Afghan National Police (ANP) detected and seized four magnetic bombs, one rocket, two radio handsets and 30 AK-47 bullets during a search operation in the vicinity of the Khost City.
On Sunday morning, a suicide bomber who was looking to carry out a suicide attack in Rustaq District of Takhar was killed in an explosion triggered by the explosives strapped to his body, the Ministry of Interior informed in a statement.
The Afghan National Police (ANP) arrested a suspected terrorist in the scene and no one was harmed during the incident.
Moreover, Afghan National Police (ANP) submitted a huge amount of ammunitions to the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) program in Kabul.
The ammunition containing 215kg of explosives, 53 various types of roadside bombs, 85 hand grenades, 39 rockets, two suicide vests, 221 anti-aircraft rounds, 54 mortar rounds and 61 different types of artillery shells.
The seized ammunitions collected during series of the operations by Afghan National Police (ANP) from different parts of the province.
Afghan National Police (ANP) also arrested two drug traffickers with 130kg of hashish during a search operation in Behsud district of Nangarhar.
The two had skillfully placed the 130kg of hashish in a vehicle.
Meanwhile, the Counter- Narcotics Police of Afghanistan (CNPA) arrested two drug smugglers at HKIA.
The smugglers swallowed capsules containing heroin inside and wanted to smuggle it to India.
An appeal court has sentenced the murderers of Mahsa, a six-year-old girl, to 30 years in prison.
In a hearing held on Sunday in Kabul, the judiciary upheld the verdict of the primary court that was issued on 24 May this year and sentenced Sajad Aqa and Rohoullah to 30 years in prison.
About six months ago, two men kidnapped a little girl named Mahsa and demanded $300,000 ransom for releasing her.
When her family did not provide the ransom, the kidnappers killed the girl.
The dead body of the innocent girl was found in PD15 of Kabul city and the police detained the culprits on 22 February.
The Afghan Army in the north has announced that 4 children were killed and injured in a mine explosion in Faryab province.
As a result of a Taliban perpetrated embedded mine explosion which took place on Saturday afternoon in Taht-e-Baloch village in Belecharagh district of Faryab province, an eight-year-old child was killed and 3 others who are between 9 to 12 years were injured, 209th Shahin Corps said in a statement on Sunday.
The statement added that, these children were all members of one family.
The number of civilian causalities has mounted recently in the country.
Former Minister of Communication and Information Technology Abdul Razaq Wahidi was found innocent by the appeals court of the Anti-Corruption Criminal Justice Center.
The appeals court, on Saturday held a hearing for former minister of communication and information technology, Abdul Razaq Wahidi, who was charged with claim of misuse of authority and graft and after hours of review, the hearing continued until Sunday after which the judge announced their verdict about Mr. Wahidi.
Subsequently, on Sunday the judge announced their verdict and acquitted Abdul Razaq Wahidi in accordance with article 25 of the Constitution, as well as in accordance with article 5 of the penal code.
Meanwhile, the court sentenced Hashmatullah, the deputy of “Ahmadi Printing Press” company to six months of imprisonment, and fined the company a sum of 19 million AFN.
Earlier, Abdul Razaq was imprisoned on April 2019 after the Anti-Corruption Criminal Justice Center held a hearing in his absence.
His case in the Ministry of Finance landed in the Supreme Court early in January 2019 and the final verdict was approved last month in which he was sentenced to three years in prison.
Security officials have reported that two security forces personnel were injured in an explosion in Kabul city.
Confirming the incident, Firdows Faramarz told Reporterly that an explosion took place in the
surrounding of PD5 of Kabul.
According to initial reports, as of now two police personnel have been injured, as per Faramarz.
He so said that the type of explosion is not clear yet.
More details to come.
The U.S. forces conducted an airstrike which targeted a large gathering of Taliban insurgents in Shorabak district of Kandahar and killed 27 insurgents.
Kandahar Police Chief Gen. Tadin Khan Achakzai expressed that the U.S. forces targeted the insurgents shortly after they arrived in their compounds.
Gen. Tadin Khan further added that the Taliban insurgents arrived in Gulistan Valley of Shorabak in Land Cruiser vehicles to visit their headquarters.
Furthermore, Gen. Tadin Khan said the airstrike killed 27 Taliban insurgents and wounded 18 others.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived here on Saturday afternoon on a three-day official trip to the US.
Khan is scheduled to meet US President Donald Trump at the White House Monday during which the American leadership will press him to take “decisive and irreversible” actions against terrorist and militant groups operating from Pakistani soil and facilitate peace talks with the Taliban, as per American media.
He is scheduled to address a gathering of thousands of Pakistani Americans at capitol One Arena in downtown Washington DC on Sunday, July 21, and speak at the US Institute of Peace think-tank on July 23.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will call on him on Tuesday.
Khan’s visit to US is reportedly to aim at resetting ties between his country and US.
National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib met with German MP Mr. Thorsten Frei and German Ambassador to Kabul Peter Prügel and discussed security, peace, and elections.
NSA thanked the German people for standing with Afghans during war & peace. He said that the momentum around peace & elections is an opportunity to make progress towards greater gains.
NSA Mohib also shared about the improved combat capabilities of ANDSF & praised their efforts in defending the population. He also talked about the people’s desire for peace & stability.
Mr. Frei reiterated Germany’s continued partnership with AFG & praised the gains of the past 18 years.
The Fifth Round of China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Practical Cooperation Dialogue (CAPPCD) reiterated the resolve to support a political settlement of the Afghan conflict by the virtue of an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process.
“Both Afghanistan and China appreciated Pakistan’s role in facilitating the peace process and its consistent support to various mechanisms aimed at bringing durable peace stability in Afghanistan,” a statement released by the Foreign Office of Pakistan said.
The statement further added that, during the fifth Round of the dialogue, the three sides discussed implementation status of various projects among Pakistan, Afghanistan and China in the areas of education, health, sports, culture and capacity building.
All three delegations reaffirmed the commitment to further strengthening practical cooperation to achieve the mutually beneficial goals of sustainable peace, development and prosperity.
The delegation from Pakistan was led by Director General Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, whereas the Afghan and Chinese delegations were headed by Director General First Political Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan Musa Arefi and Director General Asia Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, Ambassador Wu Jianghao, respectively.
The CAPPCD mechanism was established in 2017 to achieve the three fold objective of promoting trilateral engagement, enhancing economic cooperation and improving connectivity including through the Belt and Road Initiative.