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A trade exhibition of Afghan products has opened in Baku, which features more than 40 Afghan companies exhibiting textiles, food, building materials and other products.
Azerbaijan’s Economy Minister Shahin Mustafayev and Afghanistan’s Commerce and Industry Minister Ajmal Ahmady attended the opening ceremony of the exhibition.
“Economic relations between Azerbaijan and Afghanistan are developing dynamically”, Mustafayev said at the opening of a trade exhibition promoting Afghan products.
According to the minister, Afghanistan – Azerbaijan trade turnover increased by 30 percent in 2018, and by 23 percent in the first eight months of 2019.
“Afghan companies, taking advantage of the favorable conditions created in Azerbaijan, present their products here. This is the first exhibition in which Afghan products are presented in Azerbaijan,” Mustafayev added.
Organized at the Baku Business Center, the exhibition will run until Oct. 14.
National Directorate of Security (NDS) said that 10 Taliban insurgents were killed, injured and detained including their commanders and 3 important hideouts of the group were destroyed in Kunduz.
NDS in a statement said that ANDSF including Special Forces of 209 Unit of NDS and commando backed with air support of NATO forces carried out a joint operation on Taliban hideouts in Sajani village, Chahar Dara district of Kunduz province on Friday.
As a result of the operation, 3 important hideouts of Taliban group were destroyed, 3 insurgents were killed and 3 others including a group commander identified as Ajmal were wounded, the statement read.
The statement further noted that 4 fighters including a member of Taliban red unit identified as Zalmai were arrested.
Zalmai was member of Qari Shafaq group, a Taliban red unit commander.
According to NDS statement, 3 weapon caches of Taliban group were detected and destroyed in the operation.
More than 100kg of explosives materials, 9 light and heavy weapons, 125 hand grenades, 100 light and heavy shell rounds, dozens of various mines and a huge number of military equipment were seized by security forces, the statement added.
Attorney General Office (AGO) has said that Daikundi Prosecution Office registered and investigated 534 cases including 115 cases of violence against women during the last nine months.
AGO in a statement on Saturday said, Daikundi prosecution office investigated 534 cases of which 30 cases of child abuse, 115 cases for violence against women, 32 cases of smuggling drugs, 8 cases of corruption crimes and 367 cases were related to beating, injuring and robbery.
The statement noted among those cases, 249 were completed and were sent to the court for juridical detachment.
129 cases are under work by the primary prosecutions of this province, 5 cases were referred to Justice Directorate for subjective incompetence, 19 cases were referred to intelligence organs for the purpose of completing their detection information and 62 other cases have been retained for lack of required reasons, the statement read.
The statement stated that due to addressing to the aforementioned cases, one million 883 thousand and 635 AFN were deposited to the government account.
This comes as violence against women in Daikundi has increased this year compared to last year.
The “Stability and Partnership” electoral team has said that it will not let anyone violate the election law, including the Independent Election Commission (IEC).
Addressing a press conference on Saturday in Kabul, Asadullah Saadati, Abdullah’s running mate for second vice president said, “We (candidates) have received the results of more than 22,000 polling stations through the IEC’s website, and by using this website, we know how fraud has been happened.”
“Some people in the Election Commission are trying to enter fraudulent votes into the system and yesterday we noticed that the process of entering the fraudulent votes is underway in the system”, he said.
Saadati noted and if this process continues their team will stand against it.
He further stated that the guarantee for accuracy is the biometric devices, and the only valid votes are those processed through biometric devices, but for the past two days the IEC has been entering non-biometric votes into the system which is contrary to the law as well as pre-election agreements.
“We call on IEC to maintain its impartiality and transparency in the election process”
The stance of Stability and Partnership team is principled, legal and based on the national and international agreements, and the IEC has no right to register invalid votes, he added.
The commission was supposed to announce the preliminary results of the election sooner; as information should have been transmitted to the central server and websites within 48 hours, but so far the data of no more than 4000 stations have been transmitted to DERMALOG server and website.
This comes as IEC says the process of registering the result sheets have begun at the National Tally Center and more than 14,000 forms have entered into the system.
Local officials in Kapisa province said that foreign forces killed two civilians and arrested two others in an operation in the province.
The provincial governor’s office in a statement on Saturday said,” Foreign forces carried out an operation in Wakraj, Bazar and Pastawali villages of Alasay district of Kapisa at around 10:00 PM Saturday night.”
The statement noted that a famous Taliban commander, Mohammad Rabi, alias as Saqid was killed in Wakraj village.
“Two civilians were killed and two others were detained by foreign forces in the same operation,” the statement said.
According to the statement, the operation has inflicted heavy financial damage to the local residence.
This comes as some civilians were killed and injured on Thursday night in an operation carried out by Khost Protection Force in Laghman province.
Ministry of Defense (MoD) said that Taliban shadow district chief for Khake Safid district of Farah has been killed in an airstrike.
MoD in a statement on Saturday said that the airstrike targeted a vehicle carrying Taliban insurgents in Farahrod area of Farah province.
The statement further noted that the airstrike killed Bari Jan also known as Haji Hamid, Taliban shadow district chief for Khake Safid district along with a drug trafficker identified as Shawali.
MoD described Mawlavi Bari as a key Taliban member in Farah province and added that his death inflicted a major hit to the group.
At least six IS-K terrorists have been killed in a US airstrike in the Pachiragam district of Nangarhar province, local officials said.
The spokesman of Nangarhar governor, Ataullah Khogyani said, “The airstrike was conducted in the Sulaiman Khail area on Thursday night.”
Khogyani noted that the security forces recovered and defused five landmines planted by the insurgents in Spagwestama Weyali area of Ghani Khail district of the province.
Local officials said that Qotbaddin Kohi, a journalist for Pajhwok News Agency who was abducted by Taliban has been released.
A spokesperson for Faryab police, Abdulkarim Yourish told Reporterly, “Qotbaddin Kohi was abducted by Taliban at around 03:00 PM Friday while traveling from Faryab toward Balkh.”
He noted that the media employee was released by Taliban on Saturday morning through efforts of tribal elders.
Yourish added that the journalist is now in Andkhoy district of Faryab province.
Taliban group has not yet commented regarding the incident.
Afghan National and Defense Security Forces (ANDSF) have retaken the control of Dasht-e Archi district of Kunduz province from Taliban, local officials said.
A spokesperson for Kunduz provincial governor, Esmatullah Muradi told Reporterly, “ANDSF retook the control of the district at around 01:00 AM Saturday.”
Based on initial reports, 6 Taliban insurgents were killed and 4 others injured in the operation which was launched to recapture the district, Muradi noted.
209 Pamir Corps also in a statement said that Dasht-e Archi district has been cleared of insurgents by ANDSF.
The statement of Pamir Corps did not provide details about the causalities of the operation.
Dasht-e Archi district of Kunduz had collapsed to Taliban group on 7 September.
National Directorate of Security (NDS) said that a group of four Taliban insurgents who blown up a power pylon in Salang has been arrested.
NDS in a statement noted that these individuals were arrested in Ahangaran village of Parwan’s Salang district.
The detainees are identified as Del Agha alias as Mamati, Feda Mohammad Hairan, Mohammad Shafi and Agha Sherin, the statement read.
The statement said, “The group has confessed that as per instruction of their leaderships, they called head of Breshna asking for 1 hundred thousand dollars and threatened to explode the pylons if they do not receive the money.”
According to NDS the individuals have previously committed such action three more times.
Meanwhile, the electricity of 11 provinces including Kabul were interrupted when a power pylon was blown up in Salang.
Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have agreed to implement the three pillars strategy of voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees, sustainable reintegration in home country and support for host countries.
The agreement was reached at an informal session of informal Quadripartite (Q4) meeting held in Geneva on the sidelines of the 70th session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme, said a message on Friday.
The Q4 group formally and in principle agreed that Global Refugees Forum being held in December should showcase the good work done for Afghan refugees.
It was observed that the shortcomings that still exist in the management of refugees and their gradual and voluntary repatriation should be plugged.
The meeting also agreed in principle for a “Support Platform” that would include additional players, expected to contribute to this cause for both the host and home countries.
The Q4 was attended by Minister for SAFRON and Narcotics Control Shehryar Khan Afridi, Iran’s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, Afghan Minister for Refugees and Repatriation Syed Hussain Alemi Balkhi and the UNHCR Regional Director.
Afghan Minister for Refugees and Repatriation Alemi Balkhi said that his government supported the return of all Afghan refugees and their reintegration.
He said that the Afghan government has been working on 15-20 areas for the rehabilitation of refugees.
“Those areas are being developed to settle the returnees. We are also working for an incentive for them. We are hopeful that the Global Refugee Forum meetings due in December in Geneva this year would go a long way in this regard,” Balkhi said.