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A number of Ghazni representatives in the parliament and the Provincial Council at a news conference in Kabul emphasized that they have not received any actionfrom the government on the Taliban attack on Jaghori district since the morning, despite frequent contacts with the authorities of the security agencies.
“As we are talking here now, the intense fighting between the people and the Taliban in Jaghori continues, and no government forces have come there,” said Syed Abdul Qayum Sajjadi, Ghazni MP.
These representatives of the Ghazni people emphasize that Jaghori residents are now under the attack of the Taliban because they are supporting the current government.
Mr. Sajadi stated that during a meeting with the Afghan Minister of Defense, the Defense Minister has said that the defensive forces will arrive in Jaghori today until sunset.
However, Ghazni representatives do not believe in these promises of security institutions, and they insist: “We are demanding the government to act urgently to help Jaghori; otherwise we will act to defend our people.”
Security officials have reported that 69 insurgents killed and wounded across 15 provinces of Afghanistan.
The Ministry of Defense said in a statement that as a result of the invasive and clearing operations of the ANSDF in Nangarhar, Kunar, Kapisa, Paktika, Ghazni, Maidan Wardak, Kandahar, Zabul, Farah, Samangan, Baghlan Faryab, Sar-i-pul, Nimroz and Helmand 35 insurgents were killed and 34 others wounded.
In these operations, four terrorists have been arrested and several hideouts have been destroyed and a quantity of weapons and ammunition has been seized by government forces.
The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces detected 13 roadside bombs during joint clearance operations in Farah province.
The operations were carried out in Khak Safid district and Farah City capital of western Farah province, yesterday.
In a separate report, based on intelligence report, Afghan National Police discovered four mortars and three hand grenades which were placed by enemies of peace and stability of Afghanistan in the Rasool Abad region, 3rd district, Ghazni City, capital of Ghazni province.
Bashir Ali Shafaq, head of the provincial Council of Hizb-e Wahdat Islami Mardum-e Afghanistan told Reporterly that local forces are cleaning up the Hotqol area of Jaghori district and the Taliban have been pushed back.
“The Taliban are fleeing to the area of the Larga, and the people as uprising forces are also pursuing them,” Shafqa continued.
He added that what confronted the war was the sheltering of the Taliban in residential homes.
Shafaq further emphasized that the government has not yet reached the areas where the war is taking place and that the resistance that has so far been shown is carried out by the people themselves.
He noted that the government has not yet provided any air and land assistance to Jaghori.
NATO’s Secretary General Stoltenberg visited Herat and in a statement on social media, wrote “Honoured to visit Herat and meet international forces contributing to NATO’s ResoluteSupport Mission. Under Italy’s leadership, troops here are playing a key role in ensuring Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven for international terrorism.”
On Tuesday, the NATO Chief held a press conference with President Ghani and pointed out that Taliban must end the war now.
President Ashraf Ghani met with Turkmenistan foreign minister Rashid Meredov
Arg and Meredov assured his country’s support for Afghan-led peace process, implementation of major economic projects and regional security.
This comes after Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkmenistan signed an agreement for an electricity project on Wednesday.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani presided over the signing of Memorandum of Understanding for TAP (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan) transmission line with a Turkish company that will bring 1,000 MW of electricity and $100 million yearly to Afghanistan, as per the statement by Presidential palace.
The statement added that the transmission line stretches 750 km long within Afghanistan: from Torghundi, Herat to Spin Boldak. Then continuing on to Quetta. Çalık Holding, which is a Turkish company, has agreed to invest $1.6 billion on the project, as per the statement.
As per the MoU provisions, Afghanistan and Pakistan will both receive 1000 MW of electricity each from the project. Pakistan’s share of electricity (1000 MW) will be transmitted via Afghanistan to Pakistan through this line, and Afghanistan will receive $100 million annually from Pakistan.
The project will be completed in 3 years, the Presidential Palace statement has confirmed.
It has been announced in a statement by the Presidential Palace, that an agreement has officially been signed between Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Pakistan for a 500kv electricity project.
The agreement was signed on Wednesday in Kabul wherein President Ghani and other senior officials were present.
Local authorities have reported the withdrawal of the Taliban from areas of the city of Jaghori in Ghazni province.
Ghazni governor spokesman, Aref Noori, told Reporterly that the clash ended after 10am today and the Taliban had stepped back to the Gilan province.
According to preliminary statistics, up to now, three local police have been killed and five others injured.
He said there were no reports about the casualties of Taliban militants.
Taliban had attacked local police outposts on the border of Jaghori and Guilan in Ghazni province at 1 am on Wednesday.
Sources have confirmed that Mohammad Akram Khpalwak, the head of High Peace Council’s Secretariat has resigned from his position.
Reasons behind resignation are unknown.
Five children and a woman have lost their lives as result of a gas cylinder explosion in Sharana city of Paktika province.
More details are yet to be out.
The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East released a statement on Wednesday informing that a clash broke out between two fictions of the Taliban group in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, leaving at least six dead or wounded, including civilians.
Th incident has taken place in the vicinity of Ghani Khel district.
The statement further added that the militants of the main Taliban group fought with the militants of Tehrik-e-Taliban in 28th Canal of joi Village, with 2 casualties.
According to 201st Silab Corps, at least two militants affiliated with the main Taliban were wounded.
Safita Wazir, a 27-year-old former refugee from Afghanistan has bagged the seat in New Hampshire’s House of Representatives.
The Democrats have scored a majority in House of Representatives in the US mid-term elections whereas Republicans lead in House of Senate.
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, confirmed in an email to Reuters that the Chabahar port in Iran is exempted from sanctions on Iran.
“Chabahar port is important in economic growth of Afghanistan, so the Chabahar port is exempted from Iran sanctions,” Pompeo said.
The effect of this is that Afghanistan can continue import of fuel from Iran. Some 6 other countries have been additionally given waiver in the Iran sanctions.
The decision comes days after US principle deputy state secretary Alice Wells visited Afghanistan and met with President Ghani and other officials.
The Independent Election Commission on Tuesday announced that it would recount the votes from 404 polling stations across 11 provinces after having received numerous complaints.
The parliamentary elections had a lot of challenges which the IECC, candidates, voters and observers pointed out.