Latest news and happenings of Afghanistan and region
The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto met with the chairman of Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission, Nader Nadery on Wednesday.
Mr Nadery tweeted on social media saying that he met Ambassador Yamamoto and “The two sides discussed progress on public administration reforms, peace & need for protecting the achievements in public sector reforms as well as the up-coming Geneva conference.”
UNAMA also released a similar statement announcing that the two sides discussed the preparations for Geneva Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan which is to be held later this month.
World Health Organisation on Wednesday announced that 16 ‘champions of equality’ to progress the cause of ending gender based violence, have been selected by the UN Afghanistan.
The campaigns by the same will begin in what will be known as “16 Days of Activism”.
At the event which took place, Dr Rik Peeperkorn from WHO spoke on behalf of the UN in Afghanistan and emphasised on everyone’s contribution towards the fight against gender-based violence.
Late Police Chief of Kandahar Gen Raziq was assassinated in October 2018. His brother, Tadin Khan was soonafter appointed as the acting police chief of the province,
who has now promised revenge for his brother.
“You did it for Punjab (Pakistan’s ISI) as you bear the burden of serving them,” Khan stated on social media while referring to his brother’s assassination.
He added, “I am warning them that we will get to you. Your future generation will regret your action… We will not give up.” He said that wherever they are, in Iran or Pakistan, he will not give up.
Afghanistan’s intelligence agencies’ findings showed said that Raziq’s killing was plotted in Pakistan.
Khan says that he is just carrying forward the same strategy adopted by his brother to counter the country’s enemies, “He was against thieves, Taliban, ISI, and stooges of Iran and Russia”.
It has been reported by sources to Khaama Press that Afghanistan’s Land Authority (ARAZI) is getting merged with the Ministy of Urban Development and Housing (MUDH).
According to the sources, the current director of the Land Authority (ARAZI) Jawad Paikar has now been appointed as the acting Minister of Urban Development and Housing.
No comment has been made yet by the Office of the President, ARG.
The former Minister of Urban Development and Housing Syed Sadat Mansoor Naderi had stepped down from
his position few months ago.
As announced by the Japanese Embassy in Kabul, the Japanese government has granted an Emergency Grant Aid of $13 million, for the damage caused by drought in some provinces via the World Food Programme. Zlatan Milisic, WFP Representative and Country Director for Afghanistan said “This timely contribution from the Government of Japan will enable WFP to meet the basic food and nutrition needs of the affected women, men, girls and boys.”
Mr. Suzuka, the Ambassador of Japan to Afghanistan expressed, “People of Afghanistan have been facing food shortage caused by natural disasters that occur frequently in the country. Particularly in this year, due to a severe drought, unprecedented food insecurity has been brought to many areas of the country and it damaged the life of people, especially most vulnerable people such as women and children. Based on this fact, Japan has decided to work with the WFP through providing emergency assistance for the most vulnerable people in the drought-hit areas. Japan always stands by the people of Afghanistan.”
The food assistance is to contribute to 473,000 vulnerable people affected by drought, natural disasters and seasonal food insecurity, to contribute to food security.
The contribution from the Government of Japan, will enable WFP to implement three activities-the General Food Distributions programme, food for assets programme, and to retain children in schools.
The deputy spokesperson to the president has announced that the Taliban Commander who was leading the battle in Jaghori district has been killed.
This comes after the government has announced that it has sent many commanders and security forces to Jaghori, Malistan and Uruzgan Khas districts.
President Ghani has restricted the authorities of all governmental institutions in the procurement division. In a new decree that has been released by him, the President has now authorised the national procurement department to take charge of all procurement related issues of the ministries and institutions.
Previously, ministries and government institutions had the authority to review and approve procurement related cases having a value of up to 100 million Afghanis. But after the latest decree, President has stated that the National Procurement Department and the head of the department will have the authority to review and approve all procurement related cases starting from next fiscal year.
Ministry of Finance and Presidential palace’s administration have been intimated about the changes and been told to give all required facilitation to the national procurement department.
It has been announced that 3 foreign members of the Daesh militant group have been arrested in Kabul, the National Directorate of Security said in a statement Wednesday.
“Additionally, five Taliban members were also arrested in raids carried out by special units of NDS.
The militants were planning to carry out terrorist attacks on military and civilian targets in the city” the statement added.
The statement also informed that “The five Taliban militants were identified as Mohammad Rahim, Sharafuddin, Farid Ahmad, Habibur Rahman and Mohammad Musa.
The arrested Daesh militants were identified as Noorullah (from Turkey), Noor Mohammad (Tajikistan) and Mohammad Afzal (Pakistan).”
The Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan, Vinay Kumar inaugurated new projects during his visit to Bamiyan province of Afghanistan.
The Indian Embassy in Kabul in a statement informed that Ambassador Vinay Kumar inaugurated an eight room school funded by Government of India on Tuesday.
The statement further added the Minister for Economy Dr. Mustafa Mastoor and Governor of Bamyan Muhammed Tahir Zahir had also taken part in the inauguration ceremony in in Panjab district of Bamyan Province.
The government of India pledged a new aid of $1 billion to support the reconstruction projects in Afghanistan which was declared during a visit by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in late 2016.
The Ministry of Defense has released multiple statements announcing that a total of 59 insurgents were killed across 5 provinces in the past 24 hours.
21 insurgents were killed, 16 were wounded and 17 weapons were destroyed in ANA airstrikes in Chapa Khak and Nachin areas in Trenkut capital of Uruzgan Province.
In Farah, 6 insurgents were killed and 17 wounded in ANA response attacks in vicinities of Farah capital.
Another 6 insurgents were killed and 5 were wounded in ANA airstrikes in Qarabagh and Malistan districts of Ghazni Province.
2 insurgents were killed, 2 arrested, along with 1 vehicle, 1 motorbike, 3 kg opium and some weapon and ammunition being seized in ANA response attacks in Nad Ali district of Helmand.
Finally, 24 insurgents were killed and 19 were wounded in ANA airstrikes in Qaysar district of Faryab Province.
President Ashraf Ghani has announced that the International Islamic University would be built in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan along with the Technology Park.
He made the remarks during a meeting with the tribal elders, religious scholars, and other representatives of Nangarhar province.
Expressing that the International Islamic University would be built in Nangarhar province, the President said that he has directed the Ambassador of Islamic Cooperation Organization for the same.
He assured that the budget has been allocated for the construction of Nangarhar administrative complex and facilities would also be put in place for the construction of Technology Park and civil airport in Jalalabad city.
Speaking at a gathering in Kabul on Tuesday, Chief Executive Abdullah expressed that he would decide on the upcoming political event only after consultation with people.
CE Abdullah has also rejected the idea of a possible US proposal to postpone presidential elections, saying that the election will be held on due time.
Meeting with US Ambassador John Bass, Abdullah clarified that peace is separate from election.
Bass said that the US support timely presidential election, Abdullah’s office said in a statement.
UNICEF announced on Tuesday that 12 ministries/institutions of Afghanistan signed an agreement “to serve the best interest of children in conflict with the law”.
The agreement is supposed to strengthen juvenile systems as per international standards.
On Monday, the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline (TAPI) and Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) power transmission line and railway initiated by the Turkmenistan’s side were discussed in Kabul with chief executive Abdullah Abdullah.
A delegation of Turkmenistan led by Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Rashid Meredov was sent on a visit to Afghanistan.
The delegation was received by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, who reaffirmed Afghanistan’s ‘commitment to the traditional intergovernmental dialogue.’
Some Turkmen-Afghan inter-MFA consultations took place, during which the sides exchanged views on key areas of interstate cooperation.
A meeting of the Joint Commission for Security Cooperation was also held, following which the relevant protocol was signed.
On February 23, 2018, the construction of the Afghan section of the TAPI gas pipeline, which will export gas from the Galkynysh field in Turkmenistan, was launched.