Latest news and happenings of Afghanistan and region…
Wahid Majroh, spokesperson to Ministry of Public Health has confirmed to Reporterly that 40 people have been killed and 60 have been wounded in the suicide blast that took
place in Kabul’s PD15.
The incident took place in Oronus hall.
More details to follow
Kabul police spokesperson Basir Mojahed has confirmed to Reporterly that a suicide attack has taken place inside the Oranus hall in PD15 area of Kabul. The area lies on airport road. Mr Mojahed confirmed that a ceremony for birth of Prophet mohammad was taking place in the hall when the incident occurred.
No responsibility of attack has been claimed yet. More details to follow.
The preliminary results of the parliamentary elections that took place on October 20 were originally to be announced on November 10. But the IEC postponed the date for 23rd, citing issues around “filtering and transportation.”
Maleeha Hasan, a member of IEC, said that the results of all provinces cannot be announced on the date due to audit and recount of votes.
The results might cover Panjshir, Daikundi, Parwan, Kunar, Laghman, Farah and Bamyan.
Election watchdogs have also criticized IEC’s failure to announce preliminary results of the last election.
Yousuf Rashid, head of Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan, has expressed that the IEC is slow in tallying of votes.
President Ashraf Ghani while addressing an event on the occasion of Mawlid al-Nabi stated that Afghanistan needs to up its efforts to bring stability to itself.
Talking about development, the President expressed that Afghanistan needs to review and reform its educational policy so as to facilitate peace, stability and prosperity.
He also said “After this, the head of the council of ulema of each province will attend the meetings of the High Council of Ulema. The provicnial heads of the Hajj and Religious Affairs are obligated to provide computer trainings and other technological facilites for the mosques’ Imams and religious scholars.”
Respecting the occasion, President Ghani pointed that everyone needs to learn from Prophet Mohammad’s life, that is eventually going to help end the violence.
Ministry of Defense has stated that in the past 24 hours, “the country’s defense forces launched 11 planned joint offensive and clearing operations as well as 98 special commando duties and 6 air strikes to eliminate enemy nests and threats created in different parts of the country, killing 38 insurgents killed and injuring 34 others as a result”.
The operation was launched with support of air strikes in Nangarhar, Laghman, Logar, Paktia, Paktika, Ghazni, Kandahar, Farah, Takhar, Balkh and Helmand provinces.
14 insurgents were killed and 20 injured in the Charbolak district of Balkh province and three vehicles were also demolished.
12 people were killed and 3 were wounded in Gereshk, Marja, Nad Ali and Sangin districts of Helmand province, some weapons and ammunition were also destroyed.
In Waghaz, Ander and the capital of Ghazni province, 11 insurgents were killed, 8 were wounded, one vehicle and a quantity of weapons and ammunition were seized.
Furthermore, in Alishang district of Laghman province, one insurgent was killed, two wounded, 20 kilograms of explosives and 2 Kalashnikov rifles siezed.
Finally, in Pashtuncot district of Faryab Province, an insurgent was wounded,a hideout and some quantity of weapons and ammunition were destroyed.
The Afghan Military in the East claims that at least 51 militants of the IS-K terrorist group have been killed in Haska Mina district of Nangarhar province.
The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East in a statement said that Afghan security forces and Special Forces conducted operations in Awghaz village in Haska Mina district.
The statement also added that 51 militants of ISIS terrorist group were killed during the operations.
Some compounds of the terrorist group were also demolished along with a cache of weapons and munitions.
Afghanistan’s peer review in boosting private sector development and policies for entrepreneurship, which helped Afghan participants to interact with experts from OECD, was convened earlier this week. Emphasis was put on improving businesses through digital government.
Dr Abdullah explained that Afghanistan’s National Peace and Development Framework has identified the private sector as key driver of economic growth and the development of small and medium enterprises is a top priority for the Afghan government.
Dr Abdullah admitted that digitisation of the essential services in SMEs will have multifold effects.
The OECD Eurasia 2018 week had several participants and as per Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Afghanistan benefited greatly from the participation.
Local sources report about the resumption of Pakistani rocket attacks on eastern Afghanistan.
Pakistani forces shot 130 rockets on Monday in the districts of Sarkano and Dangam in the province, Kunar police chief, Haqnawaz Haqyar, said on Monday.
According to him, a civilian was killed as a result of the rocket hit.
After a few months of rocket and gunfire attacks paused from Pakistan in eastern Afghanistan, attacks have resumed.
President Ghani met with the US House of Representatives headed by Jim Banks, on Monday.
The meeting, which took place in presidentialPalace, had both sides discussing the expansion of “bilateral cooperation, the effectiveness of the US strategy for South Asia and Afghanistan, the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, elections, reforms, regional connectivity and economic growth,” as per the statement of presidential palace.
The statement added that United States House of Representatives reassured and reaffirmed its continued support for Afghanistan and “acknowledged the achievements of the Afghan government in recent years President Ghani, praised the government and the people of the United States for continued support, saying that sustained US support is important in many areas.”
The presidential palace released a statement regarding the upcoming Geneva Conference
“President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with ambassadors and representatives of stakeholder nations and institutions at Arg this afternoon to discuss Afghanistan’s preparation for Geneva conference to be held November 27-28,” the statement informed.
The president also thanked the ambassadors and representatives for their help in organizing the conference and expressed that it gives “Afghanistan and its partners an opportunity to lay out gains and achievements of the first half of transformation decade, and discuss challenges lying ahead.”
The statement clarifies that President Ghani has reaffirmed that Afghanistan is in the process of transforming from a financially-dependent nation to a partner nation.
US President Donald Trump, who is known for expressing his thoughts on social media jotted down this on Monday:
“….We no longer pay Pakistan the $Billions because they would take our money and do nothing for us, Bin Laden being a prime example, Afghanistan being another. They were just one of many countries that take from the United States without giving anything in return. That’s ENDING!”
In response, Pakisten prime minister Imran Khan also wrote on Twitter “Trump’s false assertions add insult to the injury Pak has suffered in US WoT in terms of lives lost & destabilised & economic costs. He needs to be informed abt historical facts. Pak has suffered enough fighting US’s war. Now we will do what is best for our people & our interests”
This comes after he was quoted to have said that Pakistan doesn’t do a “damn thing” to tackle terrorism and that’s the reason US stopped paying it billions every year.