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The Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah at an event regarding education of girls said that the majority of Afghan people now realized the need to educate their children.
During the event, CE Abdullah declared that considering the issue of girls’ access to education is essential and appreciated the efforts of the women’s and children’s rights institutions in this regard.
“The overwhelming majority of Afghans have realized that education is a necessity, but they need a confidence that there will be no violence at school with their children,” he said.
Abdullah emphasized that the violence against children in some parts of Kabul is being carried out by some teachers and that the teachers do not understand the psychological problems of the children and do not have the information in this regard which this requires the public efforts.
The Chief Executive further stressed that he had a full commitment to provide Afghan girls and women with access to education.
Indian Prime Minister Modi in a phone call with President Ashraf Ghani congratulated the Afghan government and the Afghan people for the “successful” holding of the presidential election and he invited Ghani to visit India, the Presidential Palace said.
Presidential Palace in a series of tweets said that the Indian PM stated that as a friend, neighbor and the world’s largest democracy, India thoroughly supports democracy in Afghanistan.
According to the Presidential Palace, Modi declared that India supports a peace process which is owned, led and controlled by Afghans.
Modi said India also stands with Afghanistan in the fight against terrorism.
“For his part, Ghani appreciated continued support of India which he said was not only a good neighbor and friend but a strategic friend. Ghani said that Afghanistan was committed to implement the Constitution,” the Presidential Palace added.
Security officials have confirmed that the Police local commander for Alysa district of Kapisa province has been killed in a Taliban ambush.
The spokesman of Kapisa Police, Abdul Shayeq Shoresh told Reporterly, “The Police commander, Abdul Azim Mazlumyar was killed in a Taliban ambush at around 11:00am (local time) when he was on his way to work between the Tagap and Alysa districts’ routes.”
According to Shoresh, the police commander was killed along with one his bodyguards.
He further added that foreign forces killed five Taliban militants in an airstrike in Nejrab district on Monday night.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) says at least 12 Taliban insurgents have been killed and wounded in Baghlan province.
MoD in a press release on Tuesday said that at least five Taliban insurgents including a top Taliban commander named Qari Ishaq Gajor were killed in an airstrike in Baghlan province.
According to the press release, the airstrike was carried out in Qala Khaja area of Dand-e Ghori district and seven other insurgents were also wounded in the incident.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) says over 100 terrorists were killed and 45 others suffered injuries in operations conducted by the Afghan forces in the last 24 hours.
According to MoD, Afghan forces conducted 18 operations in 15 different provinces of Afghanistan. In these operations, around five terrorists were also arrested.
“In the last 24 hours, 18 operations were conducted in 15 provinces of Afghanistan, as a result of which 109 terrorists were killed, 45 terrorists injured and 5 others were arrested,” MoD tweeted.
However, MoD has not clarified whether the terrorists belonged to a single group.
China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Cultural Heritage Forum was held in Urumqi, Xinjiang, to strengthen trilateral exchanges in field of cultural heritage protection and expand tripartite cultural cooperation.
More than 20 officials and experts from three countries attended the forum and conducted extensive exchanges and discussions on archaeological research, protection concepts, protection measures and development technologies of cultural heritage, and the development direction of future cultural heritage protection and inheritance, according to a report of CRI.
Zhang Zhizhong, First Secretary of the Asian Department of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed out in his opening speech that China, Pakistan and Afghanistan had a rich and splendid cultural heritage.
This forum is one of the pragmatic cooperation projects under the dialogue mechanism between the foreign ministers of three countries, he added.
As an important event in the field of cultural exchanges among the three countries and part of the “Asian Cultural Heritage Protection Action”, this forum aims to strengthen the friendly exchanges between the three countries in the field of cultural heritage protection and expand the tripartite cultural cooperation.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) says at least seven Afghan army forces have been killed in a Taliban’s attack in Balkh province.
MoD in a press release on Tuesday said that the insurgents attacked an outpost of National Army and Security Forces in Kheily Guli area of Dawlat Abad district at around 04:30am (local time) on Tuesday.
According to the press release, seven personnel of the army were killed and three others were wounded.
The press release added that at least three National Security forces were also wounded in the incident.
Germany’s federal police force has said that 11 migrants were found alive in a refrigerated truck at a service station in Bavaria, in the south-east of the country.
German Police said that the migrants were all from Afghanistan and were aged between 14 and 31.
The 11 people are understood to have boarded the Turkish truck when it was loaded with fruit in Serbia, according to news agency dpa.
The migrants were found by authorities after the driver of the truck heard knocking noises from the vehicle at a highway rest area near Passau, close to the Austrian border. Authorities said the passengers were suffering headaches and breathing problems in the back of the vehicle.
Police said that the driver of the truck assured them that he had not known about the passengers. The lorry was bound for Belgium.
Ten of the fourteen candidates that had run for presidency are going to be fined by the Afghan government, as per the law.
Each candidate was required to pay a deposit of 100,000 to the state bank as a guarantee of their viability as a presidential candidate.
As per Wasdam report, the deposits of candidates with less than 10% of votes will not be returned and will be added to the government treasury.
According to sources, the following candidates failed to achieve 10% votes:
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar 3.85%
Rahmatullah Nabil 1.86%
Faramarz Tamanna 0.99%
Sayed Noorullah Jalili 0.85%
Latif Pedram 0.69%
Enayatullah Hafeez 0.62%
Mohammad Hakim Torsan 0.36%
Ahmad Wali Massoud 0.22%
Mohammad Shahab Hakimi 0.18%
Ghulam Farooq Nijrabi 0.09%
Mohammad Haneef Atmar 0.09%
Noor Rahman Lewal 0.05%
The preliminary results of the election were announced on December 22 and President Ghani led the polls at 50.64%.
The US Department of Defense has identified the US service member killed Monday in Afghanistan as Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Goble, 33, of Washington Township, New Jersey.
Goble died “as a result of injuries sustained while his unit was engaged in combat operations” on Sunday in Kunduz Province, according to a statement released Monday.
He was assigned to the Army’s 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
Earlier Monday, the Taliban claimed responsibility for Goble’s death, even as peace negotiations between the group and US continue.