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The Afghan officials took delivery of Iran’s medical aids in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital of Balkh, on Wednesday.
According to the local officials, the shipment contained 60,000 masks and 1,100 medical gowns to be distributed in Mazar-i Sharif hospitals in the fight against the coronavirus.
The deputy governor of Balkh, Mohammad-Basheer Tohidi appreciated the Iranian assistance and added that the virus has cut the relations between countries, but Afghanistan is trying to keep its economic, tourism, and other important relations with all countries, especially Iran.
The Independent Afghanistan Human Rights Commission says 21 civilians have been killed in Taliban-planted bombs in Kandahar’s Arghistan district during the past 10 days.
The Human Rights Commission said Wednesday that 21 civilians had been killed and two others wounded in four Taliban roadside mines’ explosions in the past 10 days in Kandahar’s Arghistan district.
The commission quoted residents of Kandahar’s Arghistan district as saying that the Taliban had planted mines in different parts of the district, which exploded two or three times a week, killing civilians.
AIHRC has called on the Taliban to adhere to international humanitarian law principles and prevent civilian casualties.
The commission also called on the Taliban to refrain from planting mines in residential areas that would cause civilian casualties without segregation.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) says at least 76 new positive Covid-19 cases have been detected in different parts of the country over the last 24 hours, bringing the number to 37,345.
MoPh in a statement said that the new cases were reported in the provinces of Herat (26), Kandahar (15), Balkh (15), Takhar (4), Kabul (3), Nimroz (3), Daikundi (3), three in Laghman, 2 in Nangarhar and two others in Badakhshan.
According to the MoPH, there have been 10 people who have succumbed to the virus, bringing that total to 1,354 deaths.
In addition, 279 patients have recovered, bringing the total number of recovered to 26,694.
The senior Pakistani military commanders discussed the progress of the Afghan peace talks in the aftermath of the Loya Jirga (Grand Assembly of Tribal Elders) which recently concluded in Kabul.
According to the Pakistani media, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistani military, in a statement said the 234th Corps Commanders’ Conference discussed the progress of Afghan peace process among other regional issues.
“Forum appreciated the progress of Afghan Reconciliation Process and hoped for early commencement of intra-Afghan dialogue,” the ISPR statement added.
Gen. Qamar Bajwa, the Chief of Staff of the Pakistani Military, chaired the meeting of the top Pakistani military commanders on the issue.
The consultative Loya Jirga on Afghan peace process concluded earlier this week in Kabul with President Ghani signing a decree on the recommendation of the Jirga to release the remaining 400 Taliban prisoners.
The Afghan government and the the United Arab Emirates-based PAL 4 Solar Energy LLC have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a solar power plant.
The President’s office has said in a statement that the project would be implemented across the country.
The MoU was signed by Mohammad Zafar, managing director of the solar power company, Ataullah Nasib, head of the Investment Facilitation Unit of the Office of the President, and Ahmad Daud Noorzai the CEO of Afghanistan’s power company, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), in the presence of Kabir Isakhel, Chief Legal Advisor for President Ashraf Ghani.
Once complete, the project will provide the opportunity for Afghanistan to generate up to 3,000 MW of electricity across the country.
The agreement was signed at the Afghan Embassy in Abu Dhabi, in the UAE.