Newsfeed: Sunday, October 20 2019

Latest news and happenings of Afghanistan and region…


  • 20 Oct 2019 Share this post

    Developing: Car Bomb Explosion Leaves 3 Killed in Wardak

    At least three traffic police have been killed in a car bomb blast that targeted convoy of Wardak governor, local officials said.
    The spokesman of Maidan Wardak governor, Muhibullah Sharif Zay told Reporterly that the convoy of governor, Muzafaruddin Yameen has come under a suicide bombing.

    Sharif Zay added that Muzafaruddin Yameen was not harmed in the incident.

    He confirmed that 3 traffic police were killed in the explosion but civilians did not suffer causalities.

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    Delay in Announcement of Election Result Is Questionable: TEFA

    The Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) says, the institution monitors the election commissions’ performances every day, and the delay in announcing the preliminary results of the Presidential election is questionable and doubtful.

    TEFA in a statement on Sunday said that their monitoring findings indicate that Independent Election Commission (IEC) had prepared for more than 9 million voters in the presidential election, but the turnout was less than two million.

    The statement noted that as a national observing institution, TEFA has found out that the delay in announcing the preliminary results of the presidential election is due to political pressure and weak management of electoral commissions.

    “The postponement in announcing the results will hamper the final results of the election and further increase doubts about the transparency of the process”, TEFA emphasized.

    The observing institution stated that postponement in announcement of preliminary results will automatically interrupt other electoral process defined in election calendar.

    Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan called on the electoral commissions to clarify the documented reasons for the delay in the preliminary election results and to carry out their plans according to pre-determined plans and not create more room for doubt in the presidential election.

    This comes as the preliminary results expected to be reported on October 19, but the election commission has postponed the announcement of the preliminary results.

  • 20 Oct 2019 Share this post

    Delay in Announcement of Election Result Is Questionable: TEFA

    The Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) says, the institution monitors the election commissions’ performances every day, and the delay in announcing the preliminary results of the Presidential election is questionable and doubtful.

    TEFA in a statement on Sunday said that their monitoring findings indicate that Independent Election Commission (IEC) had prepared for more than 9 million voters in the presidential election, but the turnout was less than two million.

    The statement noted that as a national observing institution, TEFA has found out that the delay in announcing the preliminary results of the presidential election is due to political pressure and weak management of electoral commissions.

    “The postponement in announcing the results will hamper the final results of the election and further increase doubts about the transparency of the process”, TEFA emphasized.

    The observing institution stated that postponement in announcement of preliminary results will automatically interrupt other electoral process defined in election calendar.

    Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan called on the electoral commissions to clarify the documented reasons for the delay in the preliminary election results and to carry out their plans according to pre-determined plans and not create more room for doubt in the presidential election.

    This comes as the preliminary results expected to be reported on October 19, but the election commission has postponed the announcement of the preliminary results.

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    Developing: Car Bomb Explosion Leaves 3 Killed in Wardak

    At least three traffic police have been killed in a car bomb blast that targeted convoy of Wardak governor, local officials said.
    The spokesman of Maidan Wardak governor, Muhibullah Sharif Zay told Reporterly that the convoy of governor, Muzafaruddin Yameen has come under a suicide bombing.

    Sharif Zay added that Muzafaruddin Yameen was not harmed in the incident.

    He confirmed that 3 traffic police were killed in the explosion but civilians did not suffer causalities.

  • 20 Oct 2019 Share this post

    Mark Esper Arrives in Kabul on His First Trip to Afghanistan as US Defense Secretary

    U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has arrived in Kabul to assess what comes next for the U.S. military in Afghanistan.

    Peace talks with the Taliban are stalled and persistent violent attacks by the insurgent group and Islamic State militants have complicated the Trump administration’s pledge to withdraw more than American 5,000 troops.

    Esper tells reporters traveling with him that he believes the U.S. can reduce its force in Afghanistan to 8,600 without hurting the counterterrorism fight against al-Qaida and IS. But he says any withdrawal would happen as part of a peace agreement with the Taliban.

    The U.S. has about 14,000 troops in Afghanistan as part of the U.S.-led coalition training and advising the Afghan forces and conducting counterterrorism operations against insurgents.

  • 20 Oct 2019 Share this post

    EU Calls For Ceasefire in Afghanistan

    The European Union officials called Sunday for a ceasefire in Afghanistan, saying the breakdown in talks between the US and the Taliban presented an opportunity to push anew for a truce.

    Roland Kobia, the EU ambassador to Afghanistan, said the talks’ collapse provided a chance to push for a ceasefire which would, in turn, prove a large enough change in Afghanistan for Trump to consider resuming negotiations.

    “It’s the right moment and the right opportunity to maybe go one step beyond a simple reduction in violence and explore ways in which a ceasefire … will take place,” Kobia told Kabul journalists.

    “The idea is really to see how we can move the ceasefire idea forward instead of leaving it for later. … There is an opportunity here today”.

    When asked how the EU, which has only a limited footprint in Afghanistan, could leverage a ceasefire, Kobia suggested that the Taliban might return to power in “one form or another” within months so would entertain a truce to help normalise future relations with the European bloc.

    “A ceasefire would be a token, a guarantee of goodwill and good preparation for the normalisation of these relationships,” Kobia said.

    Afghanistan is currently in an uneasy waiting period following the first round of presidential elections on September 28.

    Results were supposed to be released Saturday but have been indefinitely delayed due to “technical issues”, the Independent Election Commission said.

    Pierre Mayaudon, head of the EU delegation in Afghanistan, said a delay of a few days to finalise results was legitimate to ensure votes were fairly counted.

    “But not many more days that again will go into weeks and will possibly raise the perception that something is happening,” he told reporters.

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    Developing: Wardak Governor Survives Car Bomb Explosion

    The governor of Maidan Wardak, Muzafaruddin Yameen has survived a car bomb blast today, local officials said.

    According to the officials, a car bomb hit the convoy of the governor in Maidan Shahr area of the Wardak province at around 15:00PM.

    The spokesman of Maidan Wardak governor, Muhibullah Sharif Zay told Reporterly that the convoy of governor has come under a suicide bombing.

    Sharif Zay added that the incident had casualties but the exact figure is still not clear.

  • 20 Oct 2019 Share this post

    Delay in Election Results’ Announcement Not Acceptable: Hekmatyar

    The Presidential candidate, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has said that the delay in announcing the election results is unacceptable for him.

    While delivering speech at a press conference on Sunday in Kabul, Hekmatyar declared that the delay is either by circles inside or outside the commission who prevented it.

    “We have evidences of fraud in the election, and at the proper time we will share the evidences. A huge number of people were not able to vote during the election. We had many such issues on the election day”, he said.

    Hekmatyar claimed that the campaign of one unnamed candidate received approximately $170 to $180 million for the election, and said the candidate’s electoral team spent $4 million to hold a large campaign rally that didn’t happen.

    The Presidential candidate called on people to take election matters seriously, and if there was fraud they must take practical measures because of their fates.

    Why, Hekmatyar asked, did anyone bother to place these non-biometric votes, since, “before the election, it was promised to candidates that all votes would be biometrically-processed.”

    “Why are there more than one million non-biometric votes, and who put them in the ballot boxes?”

    He raised questions about the German company Dermalog, which provided the biometric devices, and the possible impropriety of its relationship with the Afghan government and other election stakeholders.

    The remarks by Hekmatyar come as the preliminary results expected to be reported on October 19, but the election commission has postponed the announcement of the preliminary results.

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    President Ghani Visited Families of Nangarhar Mosque Bombing Victims

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani visited the Haska Mina district of Nangarhar province on Sunday to meet the families of the mosque bombing victims.

    While meeting the families of victims, President Ghani expressed his deep condolences.

    According to the spokesman for the Nangarhar governor Attaullah Khogyani President Ghani was accompanied by the Senate House Speaker Fazal Hadi Muslimyar, National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib, as well as the first deputy speaker of the house of representatives, advisers, MPs and other cabinet ministers in his trip.

    At least 62 were killed and more than 50 were wounded in the incident which took place on Friday.

  • 20 Oct 2019 Share this post

    IS-K Terrorist Surrenders to Security Forces in Nangarhar

    Local officials has said that a fighter of IS-K terrorist group hailing from Iran surrendered himself to the Afghan Security Forces in Nangarhar province.
    The 23-year-old IS-K fighter handed himself over to Afghan Border Forces in Haska Mina district of Nangarhar province, provincial governor’s office said in a statement.


    The statement noted that the fighter confessed that Abdul Ahmad Irani, one of the leaders of IS-K recruited him to IS-K ranks in Nangarhar.
    However, he said he decided to abandon the group after he realized that the group’s activities are against all principles and regulations of Islam.

    This comes as Nangarhar provincial governor’s office on Saturday said that at least 10 IS-K terrorists related to Khorasan branch of the group have been killed in Nangarhar province.

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    IEC Chairperson Apologizes For Delaying Election Result

    The Chairperson of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), Hawa Alam Nuristani, has said that the Election Commission apologizes to the Afghan people for the delay in announcement of the preliminary results of the presidential polling on time.

    The preliminary results expected to be reported on October 19, but Nuristani noted that the delay would “further ensure the transparency of the [electoral] process” and “restore the people’s confidence in it.”

    “Unfortunately, because of some technical issues and for transparency, we could not announce the results based on the election timetable,” she said.

    The chief election commissioner promised to release preliminary results as soon as possible but did not say exactly when that would happen.

    In the meantime, President’s spokesman, Sediq Sediqi has declared that the Afghan people yearn to hear about the results of the presidential elections.

    “We respect the Independent Election Commission’s decision to postpone announcing the results to ensure fairness, transparency and accountability of the final vote”, he said.

  • 20 Oct 2019 Share this post

    Gunmen Kill Judge in Paktia Province

    Unidentified gunmen shot killed a local judge in Eastern Paktia Province, a local official said.

    The incident happened at midnight on Friday when a group of unknown armed men attacked Justice Lahore Khan, shooting him dead in the Ahmad Abad district’s Rud area of the province, 100 kilometres south of Kabul, official noted.

    According to him, an investigation into the incident is underway and no group has claimed responsibility for the killing.

    Within the past six days, two police officers, district chief, and a praying leader have been shot and killed in targeted attacks across the country.