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Afghan Senate members say that all aspects for the release of Taliban detainees should be considered based on the resolution of the Consultative Loya Jirga, because their liberation like the past, should not strengthen the Taliban lines, and the exchange of prisoners should be done bilaterally.
During their Tuesday meeting, in addition to supporting peace talks, the members of Afghan senate have emphasized that the Afghan issue doesn’t have a military solution; and for providing peace, national, regional and global consensus should be created.
They stressed that the Afghan people expect Zalmay Khalilzad to share the details of previous rounds of talks and also increase his consultations with the Afghan politicians regarding these negotiations.
Release of Taliban prisoners should be done in accordance with a precise plan, a guarantee should be taken from prisoners, and even they should have a weekly attendance so that they don’t join the ranks of the enemy, said the senate.
Meanwhile, some unconfirmed reports indicate that 90 Taliban insurgents have been released from the Pul-e-Charkhi prison of Kabul on Monday night as per a decree by President Ghani.
The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has announced that advertising material have been sent to the provinces to cover registration of eligible voters.
For better implementation of public awareness campaigns and covering registration of more eligible voters and other activities, printed material has been sent to the provinces, IEC said on Tuesday.
The Election Commission added that the public awareness material includes more than 98,000 posters, fact sheets, leaflet and billboards which are written in two national languages.
Meanwhile, on Monday the Presidential Candidates’ Council objected the injustice and discrimination of leaders of the government and warned that they will use any option including boycotting the election to fight this injustice and discrimination.
They stressed that Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah did not accept their proposal to pass the deadlock of vacuum of power.
Security officials have reported that 5 people were killed and 11 others were wounded in two traffic accidents in Ghazni province.
Speaking to Reporterly, provincial police spokesman Ahmad Khan Seerat said the first incident happened at 7AM on Tuesday morning on the Kabul-Kandahar highway when a Toyota Corolla vehicle crashed with a passenger bus in Shahbaz village of Ghazni city as a result five passengers of Corolla vehicle died and one passenger wounded.
Seerat added that, in another incident, a fuel tanker derailed from the road in Gelan district of the province around 10AM and during the evacuation of a fuel tanker, it took fire, as a result, 10 people who were busy evacuating the oil were injured.
The injured individuals were taken to clinic of Gelan districts, said Ghazni, said provincial police spokesman
Former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has been arrested in connection with a high-profile money laundering case.
Zardari’s opposition Pakistan People’s Party has said the arrest was politically motivated. Pakistan’s anti-graft body, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), arrested former President Asif Ali Zardari at his home in Islamabad on Monday in connection with a high-profile money laundering case that saw hundreds of millions of dollars siphoned out of the country, as reported by Pakistani media.
Zardari and his sister are facing allegations of operating fake bank accounts for money laundering. Both deny these charges against them, and instead accuse the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan of “political victimization,” as Shazia Marri, a lawmaker from Zardari’s party, put it.
Pakistan’s anti-graft body has arrested several politicians and businessmen on corruption charges since Imran Khan took office last year.
Zardari’s arrest came after an Islamabad court rejected a bail extension request from Zardari and his sister, who is also implicated in the case but has not yet been arrested.
US Ambassador to Kabul John Bass posted on Twitter that he welcomes the Afghan government’s efforts to improve the climate for a political settlement by releasing some Taliban prisoners for Eid.
“Lasting peace will be rooted in reconciliation and forgiveness by all”, he wrote. Bass also added that in contrast, however, the Taliban’s prisoners are not being released but they are being freed from captivity by Afghan security forces. For this reason he applauded ANDSF bravery in freeing hundreds of fellow Afghans.
The ministry of interior released multiple statements informing that a total of 65 Taliban insurgents were killed in the past 24 hours.
Last night, 45 Taliban insurgents were killed and 20 others injured, while a group of armed Taliban attacked Dai Chopan district headquarters. Mulavi Abdul Bari, Taliban’s shadow district governor for Dai Chopan district of Zabul was among those killed.
Moreover, five Taliban insurgents were killed & 9 others injured following in an encounter with ANP in Peer Dunbal region, Bala Buluk district of Farah.
Finally, in a joint clearance operation, 10 Taliban insurgents were killed & 15 others injured in Sar-e-Pul City, while villages cleared of terrorists and the clearance operation ongoing in insecure villages of Sar-e-Pul City.
The Director General of The Executive Board Afghanistan Atomic Energy High Commission lead a delegation to Tehran and signed a memorandum of understanding on peaceful nuclear cooperation with the head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran on Monday.
The High-level delegation of Atomic Energy Commission has traveled to Iran in order to become familiar with the capabilities of Iran’s nuclear industry and to expand bilateral cooperation in various fields of peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
The memorandum of understanding on cooperation between the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and the Atomic Energy Commission of Afghanistan has been signed to cooperate in various fields, especially capacity building of human resource and atomic energy applications in health and agriculture.
The MoU was signed between Tahir Sharan, Director of Afghanistan Atomic Energy High Commission and Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.
President Ghani has asked the ambassadors of countries based in Kabul to support Suraya Dalil’s candidacy as Deputy Director General for International Organization for Migration (IOM).
In a meeting with a number of ambassadors from the countries based in Kabul, the president asked them to support Suraya Dalil’s candidacy, the presidential palace said in a statement on Monday night.
Ms Suraya Dalil has been nominated as Deputy Director General for International Organization for Migration.
She has previously served as Minister of Public Health and Afghanistan’s ambassador to Switzerland. Ms Dalil also has work experience in various international organizations.
Security officials have reported the dismantlement of two Taliban prisons and release of 47 prisoners in Kunduz and Baghlan provinces.
34 people were rescued from a Taliban prison in an operation by special police forces in northern Baghlan province on Monday night, Nasrat Rahimi spokesman of Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.
Rahimi added that, the prisoners freed from Taliban prison include 7 soldiers, 7 police and 3 NDS personnel and 17 civilians.
The Ministry of Defense said in another statement that as a result of commando forces operation in Kunduz province, 13 people were freed from a Taliban prison.
The ministry has not provided details about the released prisoners.
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad had an exchange of ideas on the Afghan Peace Process with leading female Afghan politicians & senior govt officials and discussed progress Afghan women have made & their concerns about the future. “US policy is that women should be at the table in intra-Afghan dialogue & negotiations”, Khalilzad tweeted.
Khalilzad also began his day at a Youth Peace Conference organized by students who debated how to strengthen their voice & protect civil rights in intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations.
“Afghanistan has been at war longer than these students have been alive. They demand the opportunity to live in peace. I applaud their efforts and they have my support”, Khalilzad expressed.
The US special envoy stopped by a bazaar to meet entrepreneurs, and was glad to see women’s full participation in society and in Afghanistan’s economic future is essential.
“I went home with lapis and saffron, not to mention tremendous respect and inspiration. Unexpectedly, one booth at the bazaar was run by Afghan legend, Sharbat Gula. Same piercing eyes from her “Afghan Girl” NatGeo cover. Like all Afghans, she deserves to see an end to violence followed by a lasting peace”, he wrote.