Latest news and happenings of Afghanistan and region…
8 people were killed and wounded as a result of vehicle-laden blast in Paktika province, as per security officials.
In a statement by the press office of Paktika province: “in a vehicle-laden explosion which took place on Tuesday noon in Mata Khan district road, Sharan city, 2 civilians including a child were killed and 3 civilians were injured.”
The target of this vehicle-laden has been Abdul Wadood Andar, police chief of Mata Khan district, as per the statement.
According to Paktika police command, no harm came to Mata Khan police chief, but three of his bodyguards were injured in the explosion.
Former NDS Director Rahmatullah Nabil tweeted that as US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad is back in Kabul, he feels Khalilzad will try to convince President Ghani to accept political framework.
“I think the US pushing for two options”, he said.
According to him, the first option is to extend current government with Ghani as acting president for 1-2 years then an “honorable exit package for Pre. Ghani.”
The second option will be-Election will happen in September whilst the US & others will “not be vocal about election fraud”, and if & when inter-afghan dialogue is finished then an honorable exit package will be prepared for Ghani.
Nabil conceded that Pakistan and Taliban are given priority by US in the political framework “deal” they have envisioned, whereas priority of Afghans are secondary for Khalilzad.
Mohammad Hanif Atmar, one of the presidential candidates, expressed in reaction to remarks of US president Donald Trump, that, Trump’s statements reverse national pride and dignity.
“Afghanistan is a country with deep-rooted ancient history that has historically been able to protect and preserve its sovereignty, territorial integrity, and national pride with sacrifices”, Hanif Atmar in a statement said on Tuesday.
He added that Trump’s remarks came at a time when Afghanistan is working with the American people to fight terrorism and open a new chapter in contemporary history of Afghanistan, jointly taking steps in pursuit of which have made sacrifices.
Atmar has emphasized that “the remarks of Mr. Trump is contrary to the values and national interests and the mutual commitments of both countries.”
He said that the Peace and Moderation Team supports the Afghan reconciliation process and emphasized on immediate end to the war and the realization of a just and lasting peace.
Boris Johnson has been elected new Conservative leader in a ballot of party members and will become the next UK prime minister.
He beat Jeremy Hunt comfortably, winning 92,153 votes to his rival’s 46,656.
The former London mayor takes over from Theresa May on Wednesday.
Mr Johnson began his acceptance speech by praising his successor, saying it had been “a privilege to serve in her cabinet”.
He promised the audience he would “deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn”.
Outgoing PM Theresa May congratulated Mr Johnson, promising him her “full support from the back benches”.
Almost 160,000 Conservative members were eligible to vote and turnout was 87.4%.
Donald Trump’s stunning claim that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate on the Kashmir issue triggered a massive political row on Tuesday even as the government asserted that no such request was made to the US president and all issues will have to be resolved with Islamabad bilaterally.
The issue rocked both houses of Indian Parliament with the Opposition demanding Modi’s statement on Trump’s controversial remarks, holding that Kashmir is a bilateral issue and no third party can intervene.
As the opposition ramped up the attack on the government, India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said in the Rajya Sabha that Modi had never made any such request to Trump and stressed that all outstanding issues with Pakistan can be discussed only bilaterally.
“Any engagement with Pakistan will require an end to cross border terrorism,” he said, adding that the Simla and Lahore accords signed between India and Pakistan provide the basis for resolution of all issues bilaterally.
On Monday, as Pakistani PM Imran Khan met with US President Trump in White House, Trump remarked that US is willing to mediate into Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan.
Trump’s multiple statements in this meeting have received backlash and met with shock. Regarding Afghanistan, Trump said that he would have ended the war in Afghanistan in a matter of just 10 days, but since it would have wiped off “Afghanistan off the face of earth”, he didn’t want to go that route.
AGO has announced that the prosecutor of combating crimes (internal and external) security of Nimroz province was killed.
Attorney General Office in a statement said on Tuesday that: “Hekmatullah prosecutor for combating crimes internal and external in Nimruz province was killed by unknown individuals.”
AGO has appointed a team to investigate the case and bring to justice the culprits of this incident, as per statement.
Provincial officials have reported that an IS-K commander along with 8 other terrorist Pakistani IS-K citizens were killed in Nangarhar province.
As a result of clash between Public Uprising Forces with IS-K terrorists in Bandar Khola area, Achin district of the province, 9 terrorists who were Pakistan citizens were killed, Nangarhar press office said in a statement on Tuesday.
The statement added that, the commander killed in the clash has been identified as Ehsanullah hailed from Bajaur Pakistan.
Four public uprising forces were injured in the clash, as per the statement.
In response to president Donald Tramp’s remarks made in a meeting with Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan, the presidential palace has affirmed that the government underscores that foreign heads of state cannot determine Afghanistan’s fate in absence of the Afghan leadership. Afghanistan will remain dignified and firm in the global political arena.
Afghanistan as one of the most deep-rooted and ancient countries of the world have been able to overcome countless crisis during history.
The Afghan nation has not and will never allow any foreign power to determine its fate.
Our cooperation and partnership with the world countries, particularly with the United States, is grounded on common interests and mutual respect. While the Afghan government supports the US efforts for ensuring peace in Afghanistan.
“Considering relations between the two countries, through diplomatic ties we want Washington to provide clarification about President Trump’s remarks with Pakistan’s Prime minister,” the Afghan presidential Palace conceded.
Meanwhile, in a meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Trump said that “If we wanted to fight a war in Afghanistan and win it, I could win that war in a week. I just don’t want to kill 10 million people.” Trump also hinted at restoring the billion-dollar aid to Pakistan which was revoked last year.
US President Donald Trump has now voiced optimism after meeting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan when the latter promised to help broker a political settlement to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan. Trump in fact hinted at the possibility of restoring aid to Islamabad.
“I think Pakistan is going to help us out to extricate ourselves,” Trump said, with Khan sitting next to him at the start of a White House meeting on Monday.
Trump spoke of possibly restoring $1.3bn in American aid that he had cut last year, depending upon the results of the meeting. He also offered to mediate in the Kashmir dispute between Pakistan and India.
Trump last year complained on Twitter that the Pakistanis “have given us nothing but lies & deceit” and “give safe haven” to armed fighters. Pakistan has denied the accusations.
Khan, the former captain of the Pakistani cricket team who assumed office last year, fired back.
He tweeted that Pakistan had suffered 75,000 casualties and lost $123bn in the “US war on terror”, even though no Pakistanis were involved in the September 11 attacks. He said the US only provided a “minuscule” $20bn in aid.
A local radio news director and two members of her family were assaulted by an employee of Baghlan municipality.
Nai, supporting open media in Afghanistan quoting Nasima Nawrozi, the local radio news director said on Tuesday that she was assaulted by an employee of Baghlan municipality after she posted a text on her Facebook page about the 100th anniversary of Afghanistan’s independence in which she mentioned the misuse of authority by a staff of Baghlan municipality.
According to Nai, this employee went to her home on Monday and assaulted the journalist, her mother and brother and then threatened them.
Nai has called on the Ministry of Interior to arrest the preparator of this violence against the journalist and seriously investigate this case. Afghanistan has continually become one of the most dangerous places for journalists.
Local officials have reported that an explosive-laden truck was destroyed and three suicide attackers were killed before they could reach their target in Ghazni province.
The Ghazni press office said in a statement on Tuesday that, an airstrike was carried out on Monday night that eliminated an explosive-laden truck and three would-be suicide attackers in Giro district of Ghazni province.
According to the statement the explosive-laden truck and suicide attackers intended to carry out a terrorist attack in Ghazni province.
Ghazni press office in another statement said that, Jan Aqa Falastin, former head of criminal technique of CID of Ghazni province who had retired, was killed by unidentified gunmen in PD2 of Ghazni city.
UNDP’s UNESP project held a two day workshop from July 21-22 to strengthen the Afghanistan Independent Election Commission and Independent Electoral Complaints Commission’s capacity to manage the electoral process.
The workshop followed discussions on the various phases of the election campaign & the issues the officials and staff will encounter/work through.
“A key output of the event is the development of key messages for the EMBs, which will b a reference document for the Commission for the remainder of the election period”, UNDP Afghanistan tweeted.
The workshop also provided hands-on experience, built trust and confidence between the IEC and IECC, and by doing so, in the electoral process, by establishing an election administration framework conducive to the conduct of free, fair and credible elections.
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad is set to travel to Afghanistan and Qatar from July 22 to August 1, to facilitate a peace process, as per US Department of State.
Khalilzad will consult with the Afghan government on the steps to be taken next in the peace process, including identifying a national Afghan negotiating team that can participate in intra-Afghan negotiations, the statement added.
It was also informed that Khalilzad will also meet with the representatives of civil society, including peace advocates and women’s rights groups, to further encourage broad participation in the peace process and in Doha, he will resume talks with the Taliban.