Latest news and happenings of Afghanistan and region…
Addressing an event in Kabul, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said that the Afghan parliament’s failure to elect a speaker is questionable and said the Mujahedin are the owners of Afghanistan and they will determine the fate of the country.
Hekmatyar expressed that efforts are underway to “weaken” political parties and disrupt unity among the people and added that Afghanistan needs inclusive parties if “we want to strengthen democracy”.
Today’s war in Afghanistan was started by the then USSR and then NATO has inherited the then USSR’s war in Afghanistan, he said.
Hekmatyar remarked that peace is dependent on a transparent and fair election, but according to him, Afghanistan “is not able” to make an independent decision on elections.
Hekmatyar says Afghanistan is not independent in terms of election because foreigners are appointing the election date and time.
Hekmatyar is of the belief that the district and provincial council elections have been intentionally postponed because it will pave the way for the Constitutional Loya Jirga.
Taliban suffered heavy casualties due to an ANDSF operation in Kandahar province.
55 Taliban Insurgents were killed in different districts of the province, according to the police chief, Gen
Tadin Khan. Gen Khan also said that among the Taliban insurgents killed, some were Pakistanis as well.
Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed was appointed as the Director General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (DG ISI) in place of Lt Gen Asim Munir, who was transferred and appointed as Corps Commander Gujranwala.
Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed, a former senior ISI figure, was appointed director general of the agency, according to a statement by the military’s press wing, which did not explain the re-shuffle.
The army is arguably the most influential institution in Pakistan, with the military having ruled the country for nearly half of its 71-year history since independence from Britain and enjoying extensive powers even under civilian administrations.
By turn, the head of the ISI occupies one of the most important posts in Pakistan. The agency has long been accused of supporting Islamist militants targeting neighbour and arch-foeIndia as well as sheltering the Afghan Taliban and other militants.
Hameed was seen to be hugely influential within ISI during his previous stint at the agency, according to analysts.
He was one of the figures who brokered the Faizabad agreement in late 2017, when protesters blocked off roads into capital Islamabad, in an incident that further stoked civilian-military tensions.
Security officials have reported the killing and injury of 32 Taliban insurgents in Faryab province.
The Press office of Afghan Air Force said in a statement on Monday that, as a result of Commando and air force operations in Khwaja Sabz Posh, Gurziwan and Qaisar districts, 19 Taliban insurgents were killed.
The statement further added that, 13 insurgents were injured in the operation.
Six Taliban insurgents were killed after Afghan National Police (ANP) launched an operation in Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar, as informed in a statement by Ministry of Interior.
Two passengers were also freed from Taliban custody and no ANP or civilian was harmed during the operation.
In other news, ANP seized a large cache of ammunition during an operation in Uruzgan. The cache containing 1 mortar, 16 mortar round, 1 rocket launcher with 22 rockets, 3 PK machine guns, 1 M4, 1 AK-47, 1 bomb launcher, 1 pistol, 2 radio handsets, 2 vehicles & some of amount military equipment.
Afghan National Security Advisor, Hamdullah Mohib has traveled to Russia to attend the 10th annual meeting of high-security representatives in Ufa, Russia.
Rariq Aryan, spokesman of NSC said that Mr. Hamdullah Mohib is set to leave for Russia on Monday at the official invitation of Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev.
He added that, NSA Mohib will speak on behalf of Afghanistan on security issues in Afghanistan and the region.
It is said that, this meeting of high security officials will be held for two days on June 18-20, in Ufa city of Russia.
Officials of Afghanistan Central Bank have announced that Khalil Sediq, the governor of the bank, has resigned from his post.
The Central Bank spokesman Emal Hashoor told media that Mr. Khalil has resigned from his post due to personal problems and ill-health.
Mr. Sediq served as the governor of Central Bank for four years and he is about to continue his tenure till 7th July of the current year.
His resignation comes after AFG currency has been experiencing fluctuation in value against dollar. Recently, the value of each dollar reached about 80 AFG, which has led many citizens and businessmen to criticize the central bank’s monetary policy.
Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah delivered a speech at the Council of Ministers meeting on Monday.
Dr Abdullah said that an international consensus has been created regarding peace in Afghanistan and that he hopes that relevant organizations will support the voter registration process which has already started in the country for the presidential elections.
With respect to cultural and historical sites in the country, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah announced that the Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture should have a leading role in protection of historical sites and that other govt organizations should cooperate with the ministry in this regard.
Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation says that Minister Sayed Hussain Alami Balkhi has travelled to Islamabad to attend tripartite and multilateral Regional Meeting and discuss the situation of Afghan refugees in Iran and Pakistan.
The Ministry of Refugees said in a statement on Sunday afternoon that, Mr. Balkhi leading a high-level delegation went on an official visit to Islamabad, and he is set to attend multilateral Meeting of Pakistan, Iran and UNHCR on behalf of Afghanistan.
In this meeting Alami Balkhi will hold bilateral talks with Pakistan and also Iranian foreign minister to discuss issues regarding improving the situation of Afghan refugees in these two countries, the ministry added.
Meanwhile, with the intensification of tensions between Iran and the United States and increase of US sanctions against Iran, return of Afghan immigrants from Iran has amplified due to bad economic conditions.
Iran’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, Mohammad Reza Bahrami recently remarked that Tehran wants a role for the Taliban in Afghanistan’s government, but that role should not be dominant.
“We agree on the participation of the Taliban in power, but we do not agree with a dominant role for them,” Bahrami told TOLOnews.
“Our position is very clear. We want to say there is a structure present where the Taliban can participate”, he added.
“I want to clarify this issue that we are not to be blamed for the uncertainty about the future. Instead, those who have pushed the legitimization of the Taliban to an irreversible situation and those who are leading the [peace] process should be blamed [for this]. Those who have weakened the official institutions through their approach and those who have created a negative rivalry for their contact with the Taliban should be blamed,” Bahrami explained while hinting at US Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad.
President Ghani arrived in UK and met with the British Prime Minister Theresa May as well as other senior officials.
He is on his three day visit to the country.
Expansion of bilateral relations and Afghan peace process is on the meeting agenda.
President Ghani will also attend the World Cup 2019 cricket match between Afghanistan and England on Tuesday.