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  • 25 Jul 2021 Share this post

    Afghan Swimmer Gets Name Etched In History

    Kabul: Abbas Karimi, a 22-year-old young Afghan swimmer in the United States, is scheduled to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics next month. For the first time since the championships, city officials in the United States have dedicated July 20 as the day to honor Karimi.

    The official Twitter page of the city of Fort Launderdale, a coastal city in the US state of Florida, has published pictures of the occasion and said that July 20 was celebrated as Abbas Karimi Day.

    Karimi, a young Afghan swimmer from Bamyan province, was born without hands. However, despite the absence, he grabbed the first place in several national and international swimming competitions. Karimi has proven that disability cannot hinder progress. In Bamyan, Abbas Karimi first showcased his skills in driving and writing with his feet. Then, he turned to martial arts and swimming. In a very short time, he was able to develop his swimming skills under the supervision of the officials of the national water sports team and win a gold medal for the first time among the physically challenged.

    Karimi participated in the 2013 International Swimming Competition in Turkey and won the gold medal in the competition. Karimi also won a gold medal at the 2018 World Swimming Championships in Indianapolis, USA. Earlier, in 2017, he won a silver medal in the swimming competition at the World Championships in Mexico City. Karimi also won four gold medals in 2019 by participating in a nationwide inter-state competition in four swimming styles. These medals and championships paved the way for him to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. He is now set to compete in the Tokyo Olympics next month, and there is hope that he will also win. Karimi had said two years ago that he was preparing to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

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  • 25 Jul 2021 Share this post

    Joint Operational Unit Created In Herat City

    Kabul: The joint urban garrison unit was created to respond quickly to security and criminal incidents in the city of Herat. General Abdul Sabur Qane, Governor of Herat, congratulated the garrison on its establishment and said, “This unit operates under the supervision of a single commander in order to respond quickly to incidents, take urgent measures to curb crime and provide security.”

    The governor announced a 24-hour duty for military generals, who will lead the provincial coordination center. General Kheyal Nabi Ahmadzai, the commander of the Zafar Corps, also praised the establishment of this center.

    Also, Herat governor and acting interior minister met tribal elders. During the meeting, which took place on Sunday evening, Kamran Alizai, Chairman of the Provincial Council of Herat expressed support for the security forces and they are ready to cooperate with the security forces. The Acting Interior Minister thanked the people for their cooperation. The governor of Herat, stating that Afghanistan and Herat are the common home of all Afghans, assured that the role of all tribes in the civil and military administrations will be strengthened and the military cadres of Herat will be used more favorably. General Khayal Nabi Ahmadzai, the commander of the Zafar Corps, invited the people to introduce their capable youths to serve in the ranks of the National Army.

    In other news, a senior Taliban member was wounded in a mine explosion in Faryab and five of his bodyguards were killed. Mufti Ismail, a senior member of the Taliban, who had entered Shirin Tagab district of Faryab province on Sunday, the placed bomb in his vehicle which detonated and he was accidentally wounded and five of his men were killed, as per the Faryab Police press office. Also, 259 people have been admitted to Kandahar’s Mirwais Regional Hospital in the past five days, due to fighting, traffic accidents, and criminal acts in some parts of the city, officials said on Sunday.

    According to the hospital officials, in the last five days, 16 dead, 11 injured in criminal acts, 58 injured in traffic accidents, and dozens more were brought to the hospital from different parts of Kandahar due to fighting. Meanwhile, fighting has intensified inside Kandahar city since Saturday night. According to Sadiq Isa, a spokesman for the 205th Atal Army Corps, 11 Taliban insurgents were killed during a security operation in the PD15 last night. Residents in Kandahar told Hashte Subh daily that the Taliban were approaching the city center and had reached PD3 last night.

    Also, Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the recent Human Rights Watch and other verified independent sources’ report on documenting the Taliban’s violence and crimes, and strongly condemns these reprehensible crimes. The reports by verified independent resources and media indicate that the Taliban forces perpetrate in areas under their control unpardonable and prosecutable crimes, including illegal arrests, arbitral killings, torturing civilians, forced marriages, and violation of basic human rights, particularly women’s rights, MFA statement read.

    The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan calls on the international community, human rights agencies, and the International Criminal Court (ICC) to cooperate with the Afghan Government in preventing the Taliban’s organized atrocities and prosecution of the perpetrators to put an end to impunity in Afghanistan. The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, while appreciating the independent verified international agencies’ efforts in confirming the Taliban’s non-compliance to their international commitments and the Doha Peace Agreement, stresses the need to convene an extraordinary meeting of the Human Rights Council and dispatching a fact-finding delegation to assess and follow up on the Taliban’s violations and crimes against humanity.

  • 25 Jul 2021 Share this post

    Number Of Military Prisoners To Be Released By Order Of President Ghani

    Kabul: On the occasion of Eid al-Adha, President Ashraf Ghani issued an amnesty order and commutation of the sentence of “imprisonment” for military and civilian convicts. Safiaullah Jalalzai, the press director of the Prisons Administration, told Hashte Subh daily that a part of the order was for military prisoners.

    Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s decree issued on the occasion of Eid al-Adha has eleven articles. According to the provisions of Article 4, the number of officers, brigadiers, lieutenants, soldiers and soldiers of the National Army, the National Police and members of the National Directorate of Security and other ministries of the military organization who have been sentenced to “partial imprisonment”, if one third of their sentence is “partial” and if they have passed, their punishment will be forgiven.

    It is not yet clear how many prisoners of war will benefit from the terms of the presidential decree. The authority implementing this decree has been appointed by the Prison Administration. There are also commissions in the provinces and in Kabul that include representatives from the Prisons Administration, the Attorney General’s Office, the Ministry of Interior, the General Directorate of National Security, the Ministry of National Defense, and the Ministry of Women. These commissions implement the presidential decree. The representative of the Independent Human Rights Commission in the provinces and Kabul oversees the implementation of this decree.

    Meanwhile, officials at the National Statistics and Information Authority (NSIA) reported to President Ghani that six million e-IDs have been distributed so far and there is a demand for another eight million. However, the president has called for speeding up the distribution of electronic IDs.

    The Presidential Palace announced on Sunday that President Ghani had heard a report from officials of the NSIA on their technical activities, systems development, and distribution of electronic IDs. Ahmad Javid Rasouli, head of NSIA, said that in addition to designing a work system to increase manpower, about six million electronic IDs have been distributed and there is a demand for another eight million ID cards.

    Mohammad Ashraf Ghani stressed at the meeting that the process of distributing electronic IDs should be accelerated. The process of distributing e-IDs, which has recently accelerated, has been controversial from the very beginning. The controversy was based on the inclusion of ethnic groups and the word Afghan as a symbol of the nation.

    Last year, the House of Representatives approved a bill calling for a halt to the distribution of electronic ID cards. This plan did not stop the distribution of ID cards. Members of the House of Representatives were trying to restore the law passed by the parliament, according to which the nation and ethnic group were not mentioned in the identity card. This parliamentary resolution was not accepted by the government.

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    Ministry of Health Reports 414 New Cases of COVID-19

    Kabul: The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Sunday reported 414 new positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in the last 24 hours.

    The ministry also reported 52 deaths and 1,224 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

    The total number of cases now stand at 144,285, while the number of reported deaths is 6,477 and the total number of recoveries is 93,059. The Ministry of Health has called on Afghan citizens to follow health guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

    Also, Dr. Wahid Majrooh, Acting Minister of Public Health, met with a representative of UNICEF and the accompanying delegation on Sunday. In this meeting, they discussed the rapid process of purchasing oxygen generators and how to install and activate it.

    The Acting Minister of Public Health stressed on the need to speed up the process of purchasing oxygen generators from UNICEF, saying that now we seriously need oxygen generators in health centers in the provinces. Majrooh expressed dissatisfaction with the delay in the purchase of oxygen generators by UNICEF and called on them to take serious action in this regard. At the same time, the UNICEF representative stressed on the need to address the challenges in purchasing oxygen generators and to accelerate the procurement process.

    Meanwhile, in other news, Taliban is calling on the international community and non-governmental organizations to assist it with combating the COVID-19 pandemic, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen has told Sputnik. “Now we have control over all rural areas of Afghanistan, there is need for medical assistance. We call on world countries and NGOs to come forward and help us in tackling the corona pandemic,” Shaheen said.

    The spokesman added that, according to the movement’s health commission, while there is a dire need for COVID-19 vaccines and oxygen generators, “no one has helped us.” “They say we are doing our best to create awareness among people but don’t have the necessary medicines and vaccines to cope with the growing pandemic,” Shaheen stated. The United States and the United Kingdom on Friday called on the Taliban to provide access for delivery of humanitarian aid to the areas that they control.

  • 25 Jul 2021 Share this post

    Taliban Attacks On Security Checkpoints In Jabal Saraj, Parwan Repulsed

    Kabul: Confirming the attack, Mohammad Hasher Raufi, the district governor of Jabal Saraj in Parwan province, told Salam Watandar that Taliban fighters launched a large-scale attack on several security checkpoints in Ashaba village of the district at around 3am on Sunday, which was repulsed by security forces.

    Also, security sources in Ghor told Salam Watandar that on Sunday morning, two army soldiers were attacked and killed by two unidentified motorcyclists as they were walking towards “Ghazi Valley” in the west of Firuzkuh city. Witnesses to the incident also say that the motorcyclists fled the scene after firing at the two security forces. According to them, the incident took place in front of the gate of the special forces of the province.

    Zalmai Karimi, spokesman for the Ghor Police, confirmed that two security forces had been killed. No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the attack. On the other hand, Shayeq Sanjani, the police chief of Bagram district of Parwan, told Salam Watandar that verbal clashes between a man and his nephew in the village of Qalandarkhil in the district had led to the nephew being killed. He added that the perpetrator of the murder had been arrested by the police. According to the Bagram police, in another incident, two men were cleaning a gas storage facility in the village of Sar Sayad, when a person was killed and another was poisoned. Parwan Police says both incidents took place before noon on Sunday.

    Meanwhile, second Vice-President Sarwar Danesh says there is no difference between the Taliban of yesterday and today, and that the group, which has dominated some areas for several days, has shown that there has been no change in their thinking. The second vice-president wrote in a post on his Facebook page, “The only change is that with the mistakes of the international community and countries near and far, this group has gained relative legitimacy and today considers itself the winner of the war.”

    According to him, the Taliban, by committing war crimes and massacring innocent people, have taken control of a number of parts of the country and the group’s fighters, from Ghazni Malistan to Spin Boldak in Kandahar, Ghor and Badghis and the northern provinces, have destroyed public property and the infrastructure of the country.

    The abduction of women for forced marriages, the suppression of freedom of expression and local media, the shooting of artists and cultural figures, the looting of people’s homes and property, the forced recruitment and forced relocation of people, and the ransacking of people’s homes have been among the group’s shameful acts in recent wars. Earlier, the Taliban claimed control of the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province, evicting hundreds of civilians overnight and shooting more than 100 civilians. According to some reports, Taliban fighters in Ghazni’s Malistan district also shot dead a number of locals, including farmers, drivers of vehicles and civilians in general, and had previously forced IDPs of Badakhshan in Kunduz province to move from.the province.

    UNHCR has endorsed some of these reports, denouncing the violence and saying that forced migration and disappearance is against international law. Meanwhile, Danesh wrote that the international community now understands that the Taliban is never in favor of real peace and thinks more of war and violence than a political solution.

    Danesh called the Taliban’s invitation to international meetings and conferences a “wrong treatment” of the group and “unreasonable optimism” about the peace process, calling it a form of “disgrace and legitimization” of the terrorist group. He called the pressure on the Afghan government to release Taliban prisoners and the “hasty withdrawal of foreign troops” and to leave the Afghan government and people alone in the face of Taliban attacks an “unforgivable mistake of the international community” that the vice president said could never be remedied.

    Meanwhile, the President of Tajikistan in his speech to the Tajik military, expressed his hope for peace and stability in Afghanistan. He added that in the past, Afghan leaders have mediated for peace in Tajikistan, despite intense fighting on Afghan territory, which has resulted in a comprehensive turnaround in the country’s negotiation process. The Afghan Government said that it is grateful for the goodwill and continued support of Tajikistan, a friendly and brotherly country, and reiterates the importance of strengthening a regional consensus to combat terrorism and violent extremism, which is a common threat to the region and the world.

    In fact, as a result of the ongoing clashes in Sheberghan, the capital of Jawzjan province, at least 15,000 students have been barred from attending school. Shayesta Haidari, Jowzjan’s deputy education director for finance and administration, told the Sobhe Kabul newspaper that under the direction of the Ministry of Education, schools in the province reopened on July 24, but due to the ongoing clashes in the city of Sheberghan, 40 schools are still closed.

    According to her, the schools that are still closed are located on the Jawzjan-Sar-e Pul and Jawzjan-Balkh highways. Haidari said, “After the war spread to the outskirts of Sheberghan, large numbers of residents were displaced, and now that summer exams have begun, students are unable to attend school.” She added of the 15,000 students about 5,000 are female students. Some residents of Sheberghan described the clashes in the city as worrying and said that its continuation would cause more people to be displaced from their areas.

    Also, as per the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Afghanistan, almost 287,000 people have left their homes this year due to fighting. In addition, close to 594,500 people have returned from neighboring countries to Afghanistan, mainly from Iran, as per their report for January-June 2021.

  • 25 Jul 2021 Share this post

    81 Members Of Taliban Killed In Balkh

    Kabul: The 209th Shaheen Corps based in Balkh province said that 81 Taliban members have been killed and 43 others wounded in airstrikes in Balkh province.

    Hanif Rezaei, a spokesman for the 209th Shaheen Corps, said on Sunday that the airstrikes had been carried out in the Kaldar and Chimtal districts of Balkh. Rezaei said that the air force bombed several Taliban positions in the Joy-e Jadid area on Saturday in Kaldar district of Balkh province, killing 80 Taliban members and wounding 43 others.

    The spokesman for the 209th Shaheen Corps said a Taliban member was killed and another wounded in an airstrike in the Chimtal district of Balkh province. According to Hanif Rezaei, a vehicle, 10 motorcycles and a Taliban Humvee full of explosives were also destroyed during the attacks. The Taliban have not yet commented on the matter.

    Meanwhile, General Abdul Rahman Rahman, senior Deputy of Interior Ministry, went to Takht-e-Pul district of Kandahar province to assess the security situation and inspect the activities of the forces stationed in the district. He gave the necessary instructions to the military officials of the district to fight terrorism and suppress the terrorists and praised their recent operations and activities.

    Also, at 3pm on Saturday, terrorists placed a ring of mobile controlled bomb in a passenger car in the PD18 of Kabul, in the area of Shohada square. Fortunately, before the explosion, it was detected and defused by the engineering team of Kabul Police Headquarters and a bloody terrorist incident was prevented.

    Meanwhile, victims and families displaced to Kabul after the fall of Malistan district in Ghazni province called on the government to pay immediate attention to the security situation and the displaced people in the district. The families and victims told a news conference in Kabul on Sunday that the Taliban had committed war crimes after entering Malistan and shot dead civilians who were not involved in the fighting.

    They called on the Office of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and international agencies to stop the Taliban from killing civilians in Malistan district and to prevent the spread of war crimes in accordance with international law and human rights. According to Malistan residents, the Taliban raided people’s homes and, after “looting” property, set fire to residential houses and looted shops in the center of Malistan district.

    According to local residents, the Taliban have killed at least 43 people in Malistan district of Ghazni province, including military and civilian people, including women and children. The Taliban deny the allegations. Residents also say dozens of families, most of them children and women, have been displaced. These displaced people have migrated to Kabul and neighboring areas of Malistan.

    Residents of Malistan point out that after the fall of Malistan district to the Taliban, the provision of government services to the people has stopped and even the provision of health services has stopped. The victims of the Taliban attack on Malistan, Ghazni, have called on the government to fulfill its constitutional obligation to restore order and security in Malistan district and clear the area of Taliban fighters.

    Residents of Malistan called on the government to take immediate and serious measures to ensure lasting security in the district, and to review the security establishment in Malistan, given the geography of the district and its proximity to insecure districts. They also called on the Taliban to stop killing innocent people, looting people’s homes, shops and farmland, and to address the perpetrators of such crimes in their ranks.

    Residents of Malistan have also called on the parties involved to return the displaced as soon as possible and to provide an opportunity for the people to harvest their crops so that life can return to normal. Victims of war and displaced people in Malistan have called on charities to reach out to war victims in Malistan district and take action.

  • 25 Jul 2021 Share this post

    MoI Arrests Mastermind Of Rocket Attacks On Eid Prayer Ceremony At Presidential Palace

    Kabul: The Ministry of Interior (MoI) announced on Sunday that special police forces have arrested the mastermind of rocket attacks on Eid al-Adha prayer ceremony at the Presidential Palace.

    MoI spokesman Mirwais Stanekzai said that the men had been detained in a targeted operation in the PD5 of Kabul. Stanekzai mentioned the main organizer as Momen, and said that he had been involved in several targeted terrorist attacks in Paghman district of Kabul. According to him, the detainees are all members of the Taliban. The Taliban have not yet commented on the matter. On Tuesday, when the Eid prayer was being held at the Presidential Palace, at least three rockets were fired near the Presidential Palace.

    Meanwhile, Kabul police have confirmed that the bodies of five people who had been shot dead were found in Dasht-e-Naseri area of Guldara district of the province.

    Ferdaws Faramarz, a spokesman for the Kabul Police Command, said that the bodies were found at 11am on Saturday. The men were reportedly shot dead in Shakardara district and their bodies were dumped in the Guldara district of Kabul. There are also reports that some of these individuals were members of the security and defense forces.

    According to reports, which have not yet been officially confirmed by Kabul police, gunmen took the five out of the car and shot them in the Hajibek area of Shakardara district on Friday night.

    Faramarz has not commented on the identities of the men or who shot them. He stressed that the joint security team has begun work to investigate the incident and identify the perpetrators. No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Also, security sources in Jawzjan province said a religious scholar has been assassinated by unidentified gunmen in the provincial capital, Sheberghan. His name was Rafiullah. Ahmad Massoud Nadim, spokesman for the Jowzjan police headquarters, told the Etilaat roz daily that the incident took place at around 6:00 pm on Saturday in front of the Kart-e Mawlana Jalaluddin Mohammad Balkhi Grand Mosque. Nadim also said that the motive for the assassination had not yet been determined, but that efforts were being made to identify and arrest the perpetrators. The Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs has also confirmed his assassination.

    In other news, the Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation said that the US government assistance to Afghan refugees will prioritize the basic needs of internally displaced people. The Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations said that the newly announced US assistance to Afghan IDPs will be spent on the growing number of internally displaced people.

    US President Joe Biden has set aside $ 100 million to help Afghan refugees from his country’s emergency relief fund. Reza Baher, deputy spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations, told RFE / RL on Saturday night that the aid had not yet reached the Afghan government. Baher added that US aid might be provided through the Afghan government or through international aid agencies. He stressed that in any case, the basic needs of the IDPs are given priority.

    “The assistance provided by the United States Government will be used to address the needs of the displaced. We are committed to addressing at least some of the humanitarian needs and basic needs of the displaced in a state of emergency,” he said. “We will use this aid as well, so that we can prevent a humanitarian catastrophe inside Afghanistan.”

    According to the statistics of the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations, in the current year 1400, the total number of displaced people has reached 42,000 families, which is estimated to be approximately 300,000 people in total. The number of displaced people has increased in recent weeks as battlefields heat up in various provinces. The White House said in a statement that the money was intended to help those refugees who have suffered as a result of the current situation in Afghanistan. According to the announcement, the aid will also include those who have applied for an immigrant visa to the United States.

  • 25 Jul 2021 Share this post

    Quetta Base For Insurgency: French Ambassador

    Kabul: French Ambassador to Kabul, David Martinon, has said that the base for insurgency is in Quetta, adding that Afghan leaders and people should show unity against any foreign interferences.

    “The base for insurgency is in Quetta, everyone knows that and that is a fact that cannot be discussed,” he told The Kabul Times, in response to a question on Pakistani support to Taliban insurgency, adding that the Taliban is seeking absolute power in the country. In an interview with The Kabul Times, replying to a question on release of Taliban prisoners and the intensification of war by the group, the French ambassador said: “Taliban want to control the country and they want to cease power; it is not about prisoners. It’s just an excuse and is just a fake reason.

    “About lifting the UN sanctions, we see absolutely no reason to change our position on the question of release of the prisoners. But on these matters, we do not have a say, this is the responsibility of the Afghan government, and we understand that they are not prepared, fortunately, to release these five or seven thousand prisoners.”

    Hinting at destruction of infrastructure, Martinon said that they [Taliban] should start considering that this is their own country and avoid destruction of vital infrastructure. “There is no assurance that we will commit to do that again. When they destroy a bridge, how they can assure that this bridge will be rebuilt? If they destroy a road, how they will be assured that anyone will get interest to rebuild that, which was destroyed by Taliban?

    “They should consider that this is their own country. If they pretend that they act on behalf of the Afghan people, they should have in mind, most of all the prosperity of their people,” he added, as per The Kabul Times. The ambassador also called on Taliban to respect the progress made so far.

    “We call on the Taliban to respect the progress, the progress that Afghan people made during the last 20 years. We know that Afghan people are extremely attached to these rights. They may have been disappointed sometimes, but they do not want to go back to a regime that actually belongs to other centuries,” he added.

    The remarks come at a time when the Taliban fighter have destroyed buildings, bridges, IT infrastructure and telecommunication towers in territories under their control. “The position of France on the delisting of the sanctions is that we haven’t got any indication that it would be to legitimate, according to international human rights, to lift these sanctions, precisely because of what the Taliban are doing now. If they want to see change in the position of the United National Security Council, maybe they should start changing their behavior and stop violating human rights,” he added.

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    No Harm Will Come To Traders During Operation To Retake Islam Qala: Government

    Kabul: The head of the Joint Chamber of Commerce of Afghanistan Herat and Iran’s Khorasan Razavi provinces said that the Afghanistan government has promised not to harm the traders in the operation to retake Islam Qala border crossing.

    “The Afghan government has promised that if it launches an operation to retake the Islam Qala border crossing from the Taliban, it will not cause any harm to traders, drivers, trucks and commercial consignments, and will prevent them from getting harmed,” said the head of the Joint Chamber of Commerce of Afghanistan Herat and Iran’s Khorasan Razavi provinces Mira Jan Suleiman Kheil.

    Suleiman Kheil also said, “During the talks with the government, it was decided that the government would inform traders and merchants before launching any operation by publishing an announcement,” adding that “we hope the government operation will succeed without clashes, fire and bloodshed.”

    “If the government has not taken any special action to retake the customs administration of Islam Qala, it has been because it tries to prevent damage and losses to traders and trucks in the region,” the Afghan businessman said.

    Suleiman Kheil further said, “We have no contact with the Taliban, so we do not have information about their behavior in the Islam Qala customs, but according to the information given by drivers and business activists in the Islam Qala area, the Taliban have not created any problems in the area for traders and drivers.”

    Meanwhile, he added, “Although the Taliban’s behavior in Herat is unpredictable, so in talks with the elders of the region, we agreed that the trucks would be held at Islam Qala customs at night and that all trucks would leave for Herat during the day.”

    The Afghan businessman also pointed to the five-day closure of the Islam Qala-Dogharoon border crossing on the occasion of Eid al-Adha and said, “Today, Saturday, after a five-day closure, the border was reopened at 7:00 AM and trucks left Iran for Afghanistan and empty vehicles left Islam Qala back to Iran without any problems.”

    Suleiman Kheil also said, “Currently, there are no serious threats and problems for the trucks and commercial shipments on the way from Islam Qala to Herat, adding that news about landmines being planted on this road that is published on cyberspace, is inaccurate.

    Meanwhile in Taliban-held districts, people are at war with the group, as per reports. Before the fall of the districts and the rule of the Taliban, foreign and domestic institutions were engaged in providing services to the local people. In all districts and even in most villages, the government had road and school construction projects, as well as development, agricultural, and support programs for local people, all of which were shut down by the Taliban. Even courses and schools are closed and are likely to remain closed until the government recaptures the districts, as per sources.

    Also, a number of sources and uprising forces in the Ghorbandiha district of Parwan and Tagab district of Kapisa province said that the Pakistani military is leading and commanding the clashes in these districts. A commander of local forces in Shinwari district of Parwan province, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Hashte Subh daily that when airstrikes were carried out on a number of Taliban positions in the districts and a number of Taliban members were killed, the Red Cross workers took the bodies of Taliban members and transported it to Pakistan.

    “When we checked the vehicles at the checkpoint, because we were afraid that the Taliban would be disguised as rescue workers, we also checked the Red Cross ambulance,” the local commander added. “We reported dozens of cases where the bodies of foreign fighters have been transferred to their country through our province.”

    According to the commander, in the most recent case, a Pakistani soldier known as Shakeel was killed in a head-on fight with government forces in the Parwan and his body was transported to Pakistan by the Red Cross. Meanwhile, Samiullah, a resident of Siah Gerd district in Ghorband, told Hashte Subh daily that when the Taliban took control of the district, a number of them spoke in Urdu. According to him, there are many foreign fighters who have joined the Taliban.

    Also, as per Nangarhar governor Ziaulhaq Amarkhil 39 dead bodies of Pakistan insurgents killed in Nangarhar have been formally sent to Pakistan through Red Cross and many more through other ways in remote areas of the province.

    However, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid denies the presence of foreign fighters in their ranks. A number of sources from Tagab district of Kapisa province also say that the number of foreign fighters in this district is more than the number of domestic fighters. “When we evacuated Tagab district, the Taliban took control of the market in Manur district, where locals saw a large number of foreigners, especially Pakistanis, speaking Urdu,” the Kapisa police chief told Hashte Subh daily.

    Local officials in Parwan and Kapisa provinces also confirm the presence of foreign fighters among the Taliban. It is worth mentioning that the country’s military officials have always spoken about and strongly criticized the presence of foreign fighters, especially Pakistanis, in media and security meetings.