Latest news and happenings of Afghanistan and region…
Local authorities have announced the arrival of NDS 907 special units in Farah province.
The press office of Farah province said in a statement that the NDS 907 special unit, with a capacity of 600 people equipped with armored vehicles and modern technology, including lasers and night vision cameras have arrived in Farah province.
The governor of Farah, in a meeting with this unit, said: “With the arrival of NDS 907 Special Unit, the urban security belt should be expanded and the security situation should improve.”
A statement by Taliban confirmed that the group’s delegation was sent to Tehran to discuss peace and security among other issues related to Afghanistan and the region.
“The delegation visited Tehran to share Taliban’s views on ‘post-occupation’ scenario and establishment of peace and security in Afghanistan and the region with Iranian officials,” Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for Taliban, said in a statement.
The statement added that the Taliban delegation often travels to neighboring countries and the region to have discussions on stability in Afghanistan.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi on Monday confirmed that Taliban representatives from Afghanistan arrived in Tehran on Sunday and began the peace negotiations with Iran.
Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, said on December 28 that Iranian officials have met with the Taliban and that its details were shared with the Afghan government in Shamkhani’s trip to Kabul last week.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League (AL) party has won the country’s parliamentary vote, as their election commission announced on Monday.
An AL-led coalition won a massive 288 out of a total 350 seats while the main opposition alliance dominated by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secured just six.
In the last elections four years ago, which were boycotted by the BNP, the AL had won 234 seats. A party needs 151 seats to form a government.
“My congratulations to the Awami League,” Helal Uddin Ahmed, secretary of the Election Commission Secretariat, said in a televised address as he read the results.
Bangladesh’s ruling party had surged ahead within hours of the counting of the votes – an outcome the Jatiya Oikya Front, the BNP-led opposition alliance had feared.
Sheikh Hasina, 71, shall serve her fourth term as the country’s prime minister after his victory.
The Ministry of Defense announced in multiple statements that a total of 67 insurgents have been killed across the provinces of Helmand, Uruzgan, Faryab, Paktia, Kapisa, Ghazni and Uruzgan as a result of clearing operations by Afghan army and airstrikes by Afghan Air Force.
21 insurgents were killed, 2 vehicles, a number of weapons and ammunition were seized in ANA commandos’ clearing operations in Sangin district of Helmand Province.
Additionally, 10 insurgents were killed in Afghan Air Force airstrikes in Shirin Tagab district of Faryab Province.
Moreover, 11 insurgents were killed in airstrikes by Afghan Air Force and ANA artillery attacks in Trenkut capital of Uruzgan Province.
Furthermore, 9 insurgents were killed and some villages were cleared of insurgents in ANA clearing operations in Nijrab district of Kapisa Province.
In Ghazni, 6 insurgents including Hamidullah, Taliban intelligence in charge were killed in airstrikes by Afghan Air Force in Nawa district.
5 insurgents were killed and 1 weapon and ammunition depot were destroyed in airstrikes by Afghan Air Force in Zarmat district of Paktia Province.
Finally, 5 insurgents were killed in airstrikes by Afghan Air Force in Nad Ali district of Helmand Province.
The Afghanistan-born Veteran Bollywood actor Kader Khan has died at the age of 81 after he was admitted to a hospital in Canada, it has been reported.
According to reports, the actor was suffering from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and had been admitted in a hospital in Canada after complaining of breathlessness where he was put on a BiPAP ventilator.
Khan was born in Kabul, Afghanistan on October 22 and is best known for his work as an actor and a writer in several Bollywood films, according to Hindustan Times.
He has been part of numerous blockbusters including Khoon Bhari Maang, Biwi Ho To Aisi, Bol Radha Bol, Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Judwaa, Dulhe Raja and Haseena Maan Jayegi. He was last seen in 2015 in Ho Gaya Deemag Ka Dahi.
An estimated 3,227 babies will be born in Afghanistan on New Year’s Day, UNICEF said today. Afghan babies will be part the estimated 395,072 babies to be born on New Year’s Day.
UNICEF estimates that a total of 99,183 babies will be born in South Asia alone, representing one quarter of all babies born.
India — 69,944
Pakistan — 15,112
Bangladesh — 8,428
Afghanistan – 3,227
Nepal – 1,591
Sri Lanka – 822
Bhutan – 40
Maldives – 19
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has actively began replacing static police checkposts throughout the city with mobile police posts instead, the ministry said.
The fresh initiative is aimed at creating psychological and actual safety to Kabul residents, as well as establishing a quicker response and surprising criminals, the statement said.
“In order to ensure better security for Kabul city, the Ministry of Interior has sent necessary instructions to all relevant departments, especially to Kabul police headquarters,” said Nusrat Rahimi a spokesman for Ministry of Interior Affairs.
The implementation of the plan began in Kabul’s police district 11 and will cover the entire city eventually, the minsitry said.
The New Year 2019 was welcomed in all parts of the world with New Zealand and Australia celebrating it first.
2019 awaits major developments and occasions for Afghanistan and the larger region. As Afghan Peace talks are underway, it needs to be seen how the outcome will unfold.
Moreover, Presidential elections are awaited in the later half of the year.
Even in the arena of sports, there is the most awaited ICC World Cup for ODI format in which the Afghan National Cricket Team is anticipated to be a strong contender.
US Ambassador to Kabul, John Bass, announced on social media that he agrees with the UNAMA statement on acknowledgement of a delay in presidential elections whilst calling for key reforms in the electoral bodies of the country.
He wrote “Afghan people deserve elections bodies that are non-political, highly capable, and staffed with experts who fan restore public tryst in the elections process”.
The UNAMA on Monday released a statement regarding IEC’s announcement of a 3-month delay in presidential elections. The statement called for release of the new electoral calendar soon and emphasised on proper reforms in the electoral bodies and preparations for the elections so that mistakes are not repeated.
President Ghani and the First Lady met Afghanistan’s Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry members on Monday, according to a presidential palace statement.
In this meeting the President emphasised that in order to empower female entrepreneurs, govt will prioritize purchasing their products if they meet the standard.