Newsfeed Sunday, July 28

Latest news and happenings of Afghanistan and region…


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    Developing: Death Toll Increases to Two Due to Kabul Complex Attack

    Wahidullah Mayar, the MoPH spokesperson informed that now two people have lost their lives and 25 others have been injured due to the complex attack in PD4 Kabul today.

    Wahidullah Mayar, the spokesperson of MoPH has confirmed that one person was killed and 13 others were wounded in the complex attack of PD4 in Kabul.

    The complex attack took place in PD4 when an explosion occurred followed by a complex attack by attackers. Special security forces have now blocked all roads connecting to Shaheed Circle.

    More details to come.

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    Developing: One Killed, 13 Wounded in Kabul PD4 Complex Attack

    Wahidullah Mayar, the spokesperson of MoPH has confirmed that one person was killed and 13 others were wounded in the complex attack of PD4 in Kabul.

    He added that all wounded have been taken to the hospital and getting treatment.

    The complex attack took place in PD4 when an explosion occurred followed by a complex attack by attackers. Special security forces have now blocked all roads connecting to Shaheed Circle.

    More details to come.

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    Developing: Complex Attack in Kabul Leaves 6 Wounded

    It has been reported by MoPH that 6 people have been wounded in the complex attack that began with an explosion in PD4 of Kabul, near Green Trend Office.

    The incident took place in PD4 when an explosion took place followed by a complex attack by attackers. Special security forces have now blocked all roads connecting to Shaheed Circle.

    More details to come.

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    26 Taliban Insurgents Killed in Farah, Helmand & Kandahar Provinces

    Security officials have reported that 24 Taliban insurgents were in Farah province.

    In s clash between Farah police forces and Taliban which took place in the surrounding of Bagh Naw village on Saturday night, 19 insurgents were killed and 5 others were injured, Ministry of Interior said in a statement.

    The statement added that, 3 police forces personnel were also killed in the clash.

    Moreover, 5 Taliban insurgents were killed 3 others injured while a group after a group of Taliban insurgents attacked ANP checkposts in Nehr Saraj District of Helmand. The ANP seized two rocket launchers, one radio handset & some military equipment from the scene.

    Finally, two Taliban insurgents were killed in clashes with ANP in PD5 & PD12 of Kandahar City.

    ANP also discovered & defused a roadside bomb, placed by terrorists in Qala-e-Dasht village, Shakar Dara District of Kabul.

    Additionally, the GCPSU arrested 3 suspected terrorists during an overnight operation in Dehsabz District of Kabul. GCPSU seized one rifle as well.

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    Voters Can File Complaint in IHRC Offices If Their Political Rights Are Violated

    With the beginning of the presidential election campaigns, the Independent Human Rights Commission has announced that voters and candidates may file complaints to local and provincial offices of the commission if their political rights are violated during the campaigns or during the process of holding the election.

    The Independent Human Rights Commission in a statement said on Sunday that the government should create appropriate conditions for citizens to enjoy their political rights, including holding free, nationwide, secret, direct, transparent and fair election.

    The statement further added that, based on its duties and authorities, the Human Rights Commission will monitor the means in which citizens are entitled to their rights, including respect to the principles of non-threats, lack of discrimination and the principle of impartiality and the rights such as freedom of expression, freedom of movement, freedom of association and formation of coalition during the elections.

    The commission also emphasized on the timely holding of presidential elections and ensuring the transparency and neutral monitoring of national and international institutions in the election process.

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    CE Office: Fraud & Delinquency in Election Will Have Bad Consequences for Country’s Stability

    The Chief Executive Office of National Unity Government has said that any kind of fraud and misconduct in the election and falsifying the people’s votes at this crucial stage can have adverse consequences for the stability of the country.

    As the election campaign period begins, thr chief executive office in a statement called on all political parties and citizens of the country to follow existing laws, and contribute to the peaceful transformation of power.

    The statement added that transparent, nationwide and credible elections is one of the fundamental components of a democratic society, but the Afghan people do not have good experience from the previous elections, given the widespread and organized fraud.

    The office of chief executive has emphasized that “Our expectation from electoral commissions is to keep in mind the lessons learnt from the past elections and the commissions should not hesitate in any efforts for holding clear, credible and transparent elections, and fulfill their duties and responsibilities in accordance with the laws of Afghanistan.”

    Sunday marked the official beginning of the presidential election campaigns in the country and the presidential candidates would be allowed to continue their campaign for 60 days.

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    Special Forces Repulse Taliban Attack on Ismail Khel District, Six Insurgents Killed

    An attack on Ismail Khel district by Taliban insurgents was repulsed and 18 insurgents were killed and wounded, the National Directorate of Security announced.

    Thr National Directorate of Security in a statement said that its special forces have inflicted heavy causalities on Taliban insurgents with the help of local residents in the Ismail Khel district of Khost province.

    The statement added that in the clash, 6 insurgents were killed and 12 others were injured.

    The Taliban insurgents were killed when they were planning to carry out on attack on the residents of Ismail Khel district of the province.

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    Education Ministry Bans Election Campaigns at Universities and Higher Education Institutions

    The Ministry of Higher Education has said that universities and higher education institutions are centers for teaching, research and science, hence, election campaigns are prohibited in these places.

    The Ministry of Higher Education in a statement on Sunday called on all employees, university lectures and students to abstain from conducting conferences, lectures and other activities related to electoral campaigns and similar to those prohibited by law.

    Based on the election law, no official or government employee has the right to use government facilities or official time to campaign for a specific candidate, the statement added.

    The Ministry of Higher Education has emphasized that the violators will be introduced to the related institutions.

    Meanwhile, earlier the Ministry of Education banned the use of students in welcoming ceremonies of government and foreign officials as well as in election campaigns.

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    Taliban Reject Direct Talks with Afghan Government

    The Taliban said on Sunday they will not hold direct talks with Afghan government and rejected a statement from a senior minister about plans to hold the such as meeting within the next two weeks, a senior Taliban official said as per media sources.

    “Intra-Afghan talks will start only after a foreign force withdrawal is announced,” said Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban’s political office in Qatar.

    On Saturday, Abdul Salam Rahimi, the state minister for peace affairs, said the government would be represented by a 15-member delegation during direct talks with the Taliban “in the coming two weeks”.

    This comes just after US Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad and Afghan government seemed positive and announced of an intra-Afghan talks soon.

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    Six Civilians Killed & Injured as Mine Goes off in Ghazni

    Provincial officials reported that 6 civilians were killed and injured in a mine explosion in Ghazni province.

    Ghazni press office in a statement said that the incident had taken place in PD3 of the provincial capital, Ghazni city, at around 8:35 am on Sunday.


    The Taliban insurgents had planted the mine on the Kabul-Kandahar highway, the statement said.

    The statement further added that 3 civilians were killed and 3 others were injured after the mine exploded.

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    Presidential Election Campaigns Officially Kick Off

    Sunday marked the official beginning of the presidential election campaigns in the country.

    In this round of presidential elections, 18 candidates are competing.

    The Independent Election Commission had previously announced that the 18 presidential candidates would be allowed to continue their campaign trails for 60 days, adding that 48 hours prior to ballot, all the candidates must stop their campaigning in order to observe election silence period.

    IEC had said that each candidate is permitted to spend 442 million AFNs, equivalent to about $5 million.

    Meanwhile, in the 2014 presidential elections, each candidate was permitted to spend 10 million AFNs for election campaigns.

    Earlier, the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) had confirmed that a budget of $149 million had been approved for the upcoming presidential elections and added that the government of Afghanistan will contribute $90 million to elections budget and the international community will contribute $59 million to elections budget.

    Additionally, the Interior Ministry’s Spokesman Nasrat Rahimi in a joint press conference with the Defense Ministry’s Spokesman Rohullah Ahmadzai said that serious measures would be taken to protect presidential candidates and their running mates.

    The presidential election campaigns start after the election commissions (IEC and IECC) emphasized that any campaigning activity in the pre-election period or after the defined time will be considered as election violation.

    Based on the election law, presidential candidates and political parties are required to observe the principles of running election campaigns such as respect for all laws and regulations of the country, the principle of honesty, the principle of respect for the personalities, political freedoms within the framework of the law, equal access to financial and national facilities and the principle of impartiality, the commissions had said.

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    US Congress Approves End-Use Monitoring F-16 Sales Worth $125m to Pak, Freeze in Security Assistance Continues

    The Pentagon notified the US Congress on Friday of a decision to approve military sales worth $125 million that would result in end-use monitoring of the F-16 fighter jets of Pakistan.

    The notification comes after a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House.

    A PTI report from Washington said US officials had clarified that the freeze in security assistance to Pakistan on Trump’s direction in place since January 2018, was still in force. The latest decision would help in assigning some 60 contractors to Pakistan to help in end-use monitoring of F-16 fighter jets in that country.

    “There has been no change to the security assistance suspension announced by the President in January 2018. As the President reiterated this week, we could consider the restoration of certain security assistance programmes consistent with the broader tenor of our relationship,” a state department spokesperson told PTI.

    “This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the US by protecting American technology through the continued presence of US personnel that provide 24×7 end-use monitoring,” he said.

    The clarification followed a statement from the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency that said “The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Pakistan for Technical Security Team (TST) in continued support of the F-16 programme for an estimated cost of $125 million.”

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    Tajikistan Sends 80 Afghan Prisoners Home to Serve the Remainder of Their Sentence

    Tajikistan will hand over 80 Afghan citizens to Afghanistan who had been imprisoned in Tajikistan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

    Sibghatullah Ahmadi, Spokesperson at Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a tweet on Sunday that, Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani met with the Tajik President Emomali Rahman at the sideline of Central Asian plus Japanese Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. At this meeting Minister Rabbani asked for extradition of criminals between the two countries.

    Ahmadi added that Emomali Rahman welcomed this suggestion and gave order to his government to facilitate the process.

    The 80 Afghan nationals who had been imprisoned in Tajikistan, are scheduled to be transferred to the country at 8:30AM to serve the remainder of their sentence in the country, according to Ahmadi.

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    14 Killed & Injured in Car Bomb Explosion in Ghazni

    Security officials have reported that 14 security force personnel were killed and injured in a car bomb explosion in Ghazni province.

    A Humvee vehicle packed with explosives targeted a joint outpost of National Police, Local Police and Public Uprising Forces on Sunday around 4AM which was located in a residential area, Ahmad Khan Sirat, spokesperson of Ghazni police told Reporterly.

    He added that, the incident took place in Sarfaraz village of Ab Band district which killed 4 police personnel of the district and injured 10 national and local police.

    Meanwhile, on Saturday Taliban insurgents detonated a Humvee vehicle, loaded with explosives, at the entrance checkpoint of Ab Band district’s police headquarters.