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Ministry of Defense release a statement to report that 44 terrorists have been killed across 11 provinces of Afghanistan.
As a result of the invasive, airborne and cleanup operations of the security forces over the past 24 hours in the provinces of Nangarhar, Logar, Paktia, Paktika, Ghazni, Maidan Wardak, Kandahar, Farah, Kunduz, Balkh, and Helmand, 44 insurgents were killed, according to to the statement.
The statement added that during these operations, 4 insurgents were arrested, several hideouts and a significant amount of ammunition and explosives belonging to the insurgents were also destroyed.
At least 45 Taliban militants including four of their commanders renounced violence and joined peace process in Nangarhar, the local officials said on Thursday.
Nangarhar Provincial governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani has informed that the militants joined peace process after they were persuaded the provincial intelligence, National Directorate of Security, to renounce violence.
Khogyani further added that the militants were conducting insurgency in Momandara, Khogyani, Sherzad, Ghani Khel, Achin, and Nazian districts.
He said the militants renounced violence after reaching to a conclusion regarding the situation of the country as well as losing fighting the capabilities.
According to Khogyani, the militants also handed over five heavy weapons and 54 light weapons to the National Directorate of Security.
Speaking on behalf of the reconciled militants, Nabiullah and Islam said they have conducted insurgency and destructive activities for the past six years on instructions of the neighboring intelligence circles.
They also added that they were encouraged to join peace process after hearing to the Fatwas of the Ulemas as well as losing fighting capabilities.
The provincial government media office in a statement said nearly 300 militants have joined peace process due to the efforts of the National Directorate of Security during the recent months.
The Afghan Presidential Palace has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on the Development and Strengthening of the Electricity Sector between the Ministry of Finance and the Asian Development Bank, aimed at establishing a national electricity grid.
The memorandum was signed by Mohammad Homayoun Ghayomi, the acting minister of finance and ADB country director for Afghanistan,Samuel Tumiwa, on Thursday morning in the presence of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.
Under the memorandum, Daikundi, Uruzgan, Ghor, Nuristan and Nimroz provinces are connected to a single national electricity grid.
However, the budget commitment of the MoU is currently $ 240 million, which will increase with the development of projects.
Also, during the implementation of this memorandum, the study, design and procurement processes will begin.
The Ministry of Defense has said in a statement that as a result of air operations in the district of Azra, Logar province, 19 insurgents, including 8 Pakistani people.
In this operation, three vehicles, two 82-mm recoilless rifles, three NSV machine guns and seven sniper rifles have been destroyed as well.
President Ghani visited the victims of Tuesday’s Kabul blast in the hospital on Wednesday night.
There he addressed the issue of the blast and attacks on Afghans.
He began “In the course of our history, even under the darkest eras, there have never been such a targeted, coward and heinous attack against the Ulema, against the Birthday of the Prophet (PBUH) and against Islam.
Two days ago, enemies of Afghanistan broke all moral and Islamic values. They attacked our tradition and national identity.”
Talking about those responsible for the attack he said “Those who brought suicide attacks to our country are responsible for the attack. Taliban cannot absolve themselves of responsibility by only condemning the attack. They should stop killing Afghans, Muslims and human beings once and for all and take practical steps towards peace.”
Calling on international community for help, he insisted that “Sanctuaries and support infrastructure of suicide attacks, training centers and financial resources of terrorists are all located in a neighboring country.We demand from our international friends to identify the government and countries that support acts of terror in Afghanistan.”
Chief Executive Abdullah on his visit to Paris, met with UNESCO Director-General as well as President of the French senate in two separate meetings.
As per two different statements by Dr Abdullah on social media, it was informed that he met with the two important leaders.
Dr Abdullah added that in his meeting with Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of UNESCO, the two discussed bilateral relations. Work and activities of UNESCO in Afghanistan and “promises to increase and intensify our work in areas of education and preserving historical sites”
In his meeting with the French Senate president, Gerard Larcher, Dr Abdullah debated bilateral relations, elections, peace and political developments in Afghanistan.
President Ghani and the First Lady visited the victims of Tuesday night’s blast in Kabul on Wednesday night.
President Ghani spoke to some victims at the Emergency Hospital.
The Kabul blast claimed lives of more than 50 people and injured more than 80.
On his visit to Paris for the OECD Eurasia Week 2018, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah met with Jean-Yves Le Drian, France’s Minister of Europe & Foreign Affairs in Paris.
As per Dr Abdullah’s statement on social media, the two “discussed bilateral relations, security, peace & political developments in Afghanistan.”
He expressed his gratitude towards the French for their support to Afghanistan.