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While saying that 5,000 volumes of Pakistani curriculum books were destroyed, Ministry of Education stressed that these books were only used for Pakistani migrants.
Afghan Ministry of Education said in a statement that 5,000 volumes of Pakistani curriculum textbooks which were published by UNICIEF were distributed at a limited time among Pakistani immigrants.
Ministry of Education has denied propaganda claiming that Pakistani curriculum was being taught at Paktika schools and added that these Pakistan’s textbooks were stored in containers without being used and based on cooperation of provincial authorities with Education Department these books were destroyed on 27 April.
National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib, speaking at a ceremony in 1TV station to commemorate journalists said that Afghan forces and journalists pursue shared objectives. “Attacks on journalists undermines free speech”, expressed Supreme Court Justice Anisa Rasooli.
Meanwhile, Acting Interior Minister Massoud Andarabi said that they have pursued 1,000 cases of violence against journalists. NSA Mohib assured that they are taking the issue of safety of journalists seriously .
“We recognize the importance of journalists work”, said NSA Mohib. The ceremony was to commemorate journalists on 30 April as on this day one year ago, 10 Afghan journalists, including 2 working with 1TV, lost their lives in attacks in Kabul and Khost.
Local officials reported that Taliban momentum increased in Jawzjan province. They also confirmed that seven Public Uprising Forces were killed and wounded in Taliban attack on Monday night.
Speaking to Reporterly, Fraidun Aniq, spokesperson for Jawzjan province said that Taliban momentum has recently been increased in the province.
He further insisted that “the enemy’s momentums have mounted recently, but it does not mean that they have achieved success and control in the province.”
In the latest Taliban attack, which took place last night, 2 Public Uprising Forces were killed and 7 others wounded in the area of Jabbar Shahid of Aqcha district, Aniq said.
He added that, in this clash heavy casualties were inflicted on Taliban insurgents.
The army in north part of the country also said that in a 4-hour clash between Taliban insurgents and security forces in Achqa district, six Taliban insurgents were killed and 16 others were wounded.
Security officials have reported that, five security personnel and 13 Taliban insurgents were killed and wounded in Balkh province.
Hanif Rezaie, spokesman for 209th Shahin Corps in north part of the country told Reporterly that as a result of Taliban’s attack on security outposts in Sharsharak area (Balkh-Jawzjan highway) of Chahar Bolak district of Balkh province, five security personnel were wounded.
He further said that, with arrival of reinforcement the attack was retreated after two hours, and in this clash seven Taliban insurgents were killed and six others wounded. The condition is normal now, Rezaei added.
Local officials have reported that 22 IS-K terrorists were killed in Nangarhar province.
Nangarhar press office said in a statement that these terrorists were killed during a night operation of National Directorate of Security Forces in Zawi area of Khogyani district.
In this operation four hideouts of IS-K group along with some weapons and ammunition have been destroyed, as per officials.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that the National Security Forces (NDS) has arrested two people on connection with being part of the IS-K group.
US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood and the two exchanged views on the ongoing cooperation for political settlement in Afghanistan, as per Pakistani officials.
The foreign secretary of Pakistan also reassured about his country’s commitment to peace and stability in Afghanistan.
The current trip to the region is Khalilzad fourth such visit. On Monday, Khalilzad also met with US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, Alice Wells, who also arrived in Islamabad on Monday. The two held talks with Pakistani officials in Islamabad.