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The prestige and status of foreign ministry shouldn’t be questioned and sacrificed by personal interests, Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah has remarked.
The Office of Chief Executive said in a statement on Thursday that Dr. Abdullah made the remarks on Wednesday evening at a ceremony held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Afghanistan’s modern diplomacy
CE Abdullah added that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not affiliated with a specific tribe and group, and its status should be respected in order to succeed and strengthening this institution is the responsibility of all.
Chief Executive Abdullah added that Afghanistan needs to maintain good relations with the countries in region and the world, and the relations should be maintained by preserving the dignity, independence and national interests of the country.
He also stressed that the differences of opinion should not hamper the national interests, and more then ever before, Afghanistan needs unity, protection of the national interests and respect towards the status of its institutions in defense of the dignity of the people.
Afghanistan’s 100 years of diplomacy was celebrated in a glorious gathering with the presence of H.E Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, H.E Salahuddin Rabbani, H.E Hamid Karzai, the Chief Justice, former Foreign Ministers, current members of cabinet, foreign ambassadors to Kabul, and some high officials of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
One of three Croatian soldiers injured in an apparent suicide bomber attack in Afghanistan has died, Croatia’s defense ministry said Wednesday.
The 27-year-old soldier, identified only by his initials J.B., died Wednesday from injuries he suffered in the attack in Kabul, the ministry statement said.
The soldiers were in a convoy Wednesday morning near a military base on the outskirts of Kabul when the attacker slammed his motorcycle into one of the vehicles, the ministry said. It wasn’t immediately clear what happened to the attacker.
Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said a suicide bomber struck near a convoy heading to a military camp on the outskirts of Kabul. NATO in Afghanistan said a coalition vehicle was hit by an explosive device in Kabul city and one Coalition service member succumbed to his wounds.
Defense Minister Darmir Krsticevic told reporters earlier Wednesday that three soldiers were injured and that one of them suffered serious head injuries and was in life-threatening condition. The other two were out of danger.
Krsticevic said the soldiers are aged between 27 and 32 and that “this was an isolated incident and all other Croatian soldiers are safe.”
Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said “we have never experienced such an attack with such consequences” since joining the international missions 16 years ago.
There are 99 Croatian soldiers serving in Afghanistan.
Seven Taliban insurgents were killed while a group of Taliban attacked Afghan National Police (ANP) check posts in Shorabak and Registan Districts of Kandahar, as per ministry of interior.
Additionally, the Afghan National Police (ANP) discovered and defused a bomb, placed by terrorists at the entrance gate of the Baghlan University.
Afghan National Police also encouraged all citizens to report suspicious activities and criminal acts by dialing 119.
In other news, the Counter- Narcotics Police of Afghanistan (CNPA) arrested two drug traffickers with 22kg of illicit drugs during a search operation in Zaranj City of Nimruz.
The drugs were recovered from a vehicle hidden in its compartments.
The spokesperson of ministry of public health Wahidullah Mayar confirmed that the wounded count has reached to 41, and number of the casualty rate of those who lost their lives has reached to 10 in the explosions at Kabul PD16.
Among the killed were 5 women and one child.
On Thursday morning, two explosions took place and a a bus was hit in PD16 of Kabul.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said his country’s military “fears” a “two-front situation” with India and Afghanistan, adding that the leadership had called for “strategic depth” in their military doctrine to avoid being “sandwiched between India and Afghanistan”.
Responding to another question on Afghanistan, Khan said his government had decided to put an end to the decades-old policy of interfering in Afghan politics to avert the danger that Pakistan might someday confront an Afghan-Indian alliance.
“The fear amongst the Pakistani military establishment was always that there would be a two-front situation…you know, the eastern front, which is India. And then, if Afghanistan was also in the Indian sphere of influence, then Pakistan would be sandwiched between these two,” Mr Khan said.
The Pakistani security doctrine had sought “what was called the ‘strategic depth’ of being able to influence Afghan affairs”, he said, adding, “But this has changed. Today, we feel that by interfering in Afghanistan in order to secure the strategic depth, we have actually done a lot of damage to our own country and…we have become partisan in Afghanistan’s internal affairs.”
Imran Khan, who was accompanied by his top military officers during his three-day official visit to the US, said that he spoke for Pakistan’s army in saying that “we should not ever interfere in the internal affairs of Afghanistan”.
“Let the Afghans decide what they want, what sort of government they want and we should facilitate the peace process. So, this is the big difference. Now, we are all on the same page. And fortunately, now the United States is on the same page too,” he said.
The Pakistani prime minister said he had previously declined to meet the Afghan Taliban leaders, following objections by the Afghan government.
The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum has announced that 8 employees of thr ministry were killed in Thursday morning’s Kabul explosion.
In a statement, the ministry of mines and petroleum said that 8 employees of the ministry were killed due to the suicide attack on a bus carrying employees in the surrounding of PD16 of Kabul city.
The statement further added that, a number of employees were also injured in the explosion.
While condemning the attack, the Ministry of Mines called on the security and intelligence institutions to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of the incident.
Meanwhile, this morning a suicide bomber on a motorbike targeted a bus carrying the employees of ministry of mines and after the police arrived at the scene, a second explosion took place.
However, the Taliban in a statement rejected the involvement in this attack.
The ministry of interior said in a statement that Taliban violence against civilians continues across the country, which it strongly condemns, including today’s “despicable & senseless attack in Kabul in which 7 civilians martyred & 21 others injured”.
The deliberate targeting of civilian is a war crime and ANDSF won’t leave it unaccountable, said MoI.
“Targeting civilians is a clear sign of the weakness of Taliban terrorists and such attacks can never weaken the spirit of cooperation between Afghan people and their security forces”, as per the ministry.
In a roadside bomb explosion in Khogyani district of Nangarhar province, 11 people were killed and injured, as per security officials.
Speaking to Reporterly, the provincial governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said that at least seven people, including six women and a child, were killed and four others wounded on Thursday morning in a roadside bomb blast which took place in Wazir area of Khogyani district of Nangarhar province.
He added that, the individuals are the members of a family whose car got,hit with a roadside bomb while they were on their way to attend a marriage ceremony.
Taliban in a statement had claimed the responsibility of the car bomb explosion in PD9 of Kabul city.
Earlier today, the Security forces reported the occurrence of an explosion in PD9 of Kabul city.
Nasrat Rahimi, spokesperson of Ministry of Interior said that a car bomb blast took place in PD9 of Kabul city.
As a result of today’s multiple explosions in Kabul, 7 people have been killed and 21 others have been wounded.
All the wounded have been receiving the required treatment in hospitals. Among those killed were 5 women and one child.
Dr. Wahidullah Mayar, Spokesperson at the Ministry of Public Health confirmed the above casualties.
The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff has traveled to Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul for consultations with U.S., NATO and Afghan officials.
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford said he wants to ensure Army Gen. Austin S. Miller, the commander of the Resolute Support effort in Afghanistan, has all he needs, as per US Department of Defense.
Gen Dunford said he wanted to see the pulse of operations in the country in advance of the national elections in September. The Afghans were holding a “rehearsal of concept” for the elections as he arrived.
“That is clearly a big priority for them, [and they are] making sure they have everything in place,” Dunford said in an interview with reporters traveling with him.
“Government and coalition forces are also working to support the negotiations process as it takes place. U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has been meeting with Taliban negotiators in Doha, Qatar, most recently earlier this month. He is in Kabul now, speaking with members of the Afghan government as he works to encourage inter-Afghan conversations between the Taliban and the government”, the statement added.
The negotiations have not changed the military mission in the country, Dunford assured.
“Day to day, the mission hasn’t changed for General Miller and the team, and they are still taking the fight to the Taliban and supporting the Afghan military,” he said.
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul and met with President Ghani, CE Abdullah and Foreign Affairs minister Salahuddin Rabbani.
He had “Productive discussions today on where we are on the Afghan Peace Process in Kabul”.
Khalilzad tweeted that the discussions focused on next steps and efforts underway to form an inclusive and effective negotiating team.
This time around, Khalilzad’s trip to the region comes just right after some shocking remarks made by US President Donald Trump on Monday as he met with Pakistan PM Imran Khan in Washington.
Security forces have reported the occurrence of 3rd explosion in PD9 of Kabul city.
Nasrat Rahimi, spokesperson of Ministry of Interior said that a car bomb blast took place in PD9 of Kabul city.
This is the third blast after two blasts that have occurred on Thursday morning in Kabul city.
Security forces have reported the occurrence of second explosion in PD16 of Kabul city
Confirming the second explosion, Nasrat Rahimi MoI spokesman said that he will provide the details later.
The first explosion took place in the same area took the five people and injured ten others.
The suicide attack occurred on a bus in PD16 of Kabul on Thursday morning.
Security forces reported that 5 people were killed and 10 others were injured in an explosion that occurred in Thursday morning in Kabul
Nasrat Rahimi, spokesperson at Ministry of Interior said that, as a result of an explosion in surrounding of PD11 of Kabul, 5 were killed and 10 others were wounded.
According to Rahimi, the explosion occurred as a result of a suicide attack on a bus
More details as follows.