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The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Thursday reported 205 new positive cases of coronavirus out of 691 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
The ministry also reported 12 deaths and 29 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
The cumulative number of total cases is now 43,240 the number of total reported deaths is 1,617 and the total number of recoveries is 35,092.
The new cases were reported in Kabul, Herat, Kandahar, Balkh, Nangarhar, Bamiyan, Kunduz, Nimroz, Badghis, Parwan, Logar, Badakhshan, Ghazni, Helmand, Ghor, Kapisa, Zabul and Samangan provinces.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to investigate the terrorist attacks and perpetrators on Afghanistan’s soil and the claims of Pakistani government.
Recently, Pakistan’s army claimed that a tribal elder in Nangarhar province, identified as Fraidoon Khan Mohmand, was involved in the 2017 attack on Agriculture College in Pakistan’s Peshawar.
In the meantime, MoFA in a press release has rejected Pakistan’s claims, saying in a statement that Pakistan’s claim of Afghanistan soil used for terrorist activities against its country is “baseless”.
“As a victim of terrorism, the Government of Afghanistan is committed to the fight against terrorism and will never allow its territory to be used to carry out destructive activities against other countries,” the statement said. “The Afghan government will continue to coordinate global efforts to jointly fight terrorism and to fund, equip and shelter terrorist groups in the region.”
MoFA also stressed that as the Afghan government prepares to host Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan this week, the Pakistani government was expected to raise issues of interest and debate through existing mechanisms for bilateral co-operation between the two countries.
Amrullah Saleh, the first vice president says Afghanistan’s judiciary should hold an open trial for the detained terrorists.
“I ask the judiciary to hold a public trial of the arrested terrorists and to invite the families of the martyrs as witnesses during the trial,” Mr. Saleh wrote on his Facebook page on Sunday.
“Sanawallah, who had linked Adil to the Taliban IS, is from the Naseri Ha village of Shakardara and has worked for the Haqqani network for many years. The agreement now is that Taliban takes responsibility for the attacks on military targets and IS-K (Daesh) takes responsibility for the attacks on civilians, which is nothing more than a name in this matter.”
Mr. Saleh had previously announced the arrest of the mastermind of the attack on Kabul University, saying that the man was named Adil who had studied religious school until the third grade and was later recruited by Sanawallah, a former member of the Haqqani Network.
He added that IS-K is just a name and that the people involved in the recent attacks are “Hizb ut-Tahrir, the Taliban, ISIL and so on.”
The Badakhshan governor’s office says the Taliban militants have carried out at least 17 attacks in different districts of the province since the start of peace talks in Qatar.
The office cited that these attacks have been thwarted by the Afghan security forces.
According to the Badakhshan governor, the Taliban insurgents have forcibly collected money and food materials from around 100 families in Khadra village of Shaki district.
The Afghan gardeners have called on the government for markets and storages for their products.
During an exhibition held by Kandahar’s local officials and DI organization, the Afghan gardeners stated that their products have increased but faced a lack of markets.
The exhibition was held in 34 booths, aimed at finding markets for Kandahar’s pomegranates.
The officials, however, promised to accelerate their efforts to find markets for the pomegranates.
Salang Pass Maintenance Authority said on Sunday, that the Pass is closed for the second day due to snow and storm.
The department added the probability of snowfall in the next 24 hours on the Salang highway will reach 90%.
Snow thickness on the north is reported to be 31cm in dept and at the southern part is about 30 cm.
Meanwhile, the department reported, that the Salang Highway is open to passenger vehicles, but must use Tire chains for better grip and safety.
The department has asked drivers to consider the speed, weight and height allowed when crossing the route.
Acting Foreign Minister, Mohammad Haneef Atmar has met with Markus Potzel, Special Representative of Germany for Afghanistan to discuss the Afghan peace process among other topics.
The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the two sides discussed the obstacles and challenges facing the progress in peace talks, including the high level of violence and the call for an immediate ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
“At the outset, Foreign Minister thanked the people and government of Germany for their continued support and commitment to Afghanistan over the past 19 years, particularly the crucial role that Germany has played in the Afghanistan peace process,” the statement read.
According to the statement, the sides also discussed the preparation for the 2020 Conference on Afghanistan due to be held in Geneva on the 23-24 November.
“While emphasizing Germany’s support of the Afghanistan peace process and preservation of the democratic gains, including the Islamic Republic, Mr. Potzel said that his government is ready to participate and renew its commitment in the 2020 Conference on Afghanistan,” the statement noted.
Both sides have also stressed strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.
“Pretzel assured Minister Atmar of his country’s continued commitment and cooperation with Afghanistan,” the statement concluded.