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At least 98 Taliban insurgents have been killed during last week in Balkh province, as per Army in north of the country.
As a result of ANDSF operations, clashes, airstrikes and commando forces operations 98 Taliban insurgents were killed including two commanders of the group and 17 others were injured, 209 Shaheen Corps said in a statement.
The statement added, the operations were carried out in Balkh, Charbolak, Sholgara and Zari districts of Balkh province.
In addition to the Taliban’s casualties, a strategic compound, an ammunition, explosives and IEDs cache and more than 20 motorcycles of Taliban insurgents have destroyed during the operations, the statement said.
209 Shaheen Corps did not comment about causalities of security forces but announced the continuation of operation in surrounding of Balkh, Chimtal, Sholgra and Zari districts of the province.
The Office of Chief Executive of the government announced that the agreement on appointment of Ms Naheed Esar as Deputy Foreign Minister for Management and Resources has been finalized between presidential palace, chief executive office and foreign ministry.
The statement added that based on this agreement Ms Naheed Esar has officially occupied her position in the ministry.
The office of chief executive said that other issues like, how the ministry should work and solve problems so that the Afghanistan diplomacy system is not delayed were discussed.
While wishing success to Nahid Esar, the office of chief executive said that the government officials should do their duties in a coordinated way and consider the official hierarchy.
Meanwhile, the appointment of Naheed Esar as Deputy Foreign Minister for Management and Resources by president Ashraf Ghani was met with serious opposition of Salahuddin Rabbani, the acting foreign minister.
Security officials reported that Taliban group flogged a boy and girl in Faryab province.
Rafiq a 20-year-old boy was in touch with Zahra, a 17 year old girl from Kohistan district, over the phone. He then fled with her to his home in Qaraye village of Almar district, an area under the control of Taliban insurgents, Abdulkarim Yourish, spokesperson of Faryab police told Reporterly on Saturday.
Yourish added that, following the incident the Taliban became aware of the matter and acted upon it, this morning by punishing them with 50 lashes in public.
After the punishment, the Taliban group handed them to their families, according to Yourish.
15 Taliban insurgents were killed and 23 others were injured during a joint clearance operation carried out by ANDSF in Ashkmash District of Takhar.
Haji Sattar, a key local commander of Taliban insurgents was among those killed. Several villages of the Ashkmash was cleared off insurgents.
In another incident, five Taliban insurgents were killed and another was arrested following a clash with ANP in Gul Dara village, Pashtun Kot Disrict of Faryab. ANP seized 3 rifles, 1 motorcycle and some amount of military equipment from the scene.
In the Babi region of Braki Barak District of Logar, 3 Taliban insurgents were killed and 6 others arrested during ANDSF joint clearance operation. Babu, a senior commander of Taliban terrorists was among those killed.
Additionally, in an overnight clash with ANP in Ghazi Abad region, Khogyani District of Nangarhar,five Taliban insurgents were killed and eight others injured
Meanwhile the ANP detected and defused roadside bombs placed by insurgents in Herat- Chesht highway,Mandozai District of Khost and Pul-e-Alam City of Logar.
A commander of public uprising forces, his son, and two of his comrades were killed by Taliban in Herat province, as per local officials.
Confirming the incident to Reporterly, the provincial governor’s spokesman Jailani Farhad said that Sayed Kamal Sadat, a commander of public uprising forces was killed in a Taliban attack in Farsi district in the western Herat province on Friday night.
Farhad added that, the son of the commander and two of his comrades were also killed in the incident.
The Taliban also took the two young members of the commander’s family after they were injured, said Farhad Jailani.
At least 6 people were killed, including women and children and 12 others were wounded in a traffic accident in Kandahar province, security officials confirmed.
Abdul Basir Khakasar deputy spokesperson for Kandahar police told Reporterly that, the accident occurred on Saturday morning when a vehicle carrying 18 passengers was enroute from Girishk district of Helmand to Kandahar to attend a wedding ceremony and overturned on the road.
The vehicle was carrying more than safe amount of people and that’s why the accident happened, Khaksar said. He added that the accident took place in Maiwand district of Kandahar province.
A sub-group of the Financial Action Task Force on Friday blacklisted Pakistan for providing safe havens for terrorists.
The Asia Pacific Group of the FATF blacklisted Pakistan. On 11 effectiveness parameters, Pakistan was adjudged as low as 10.
Despite its efforts, Pakistan has been unable to convince the 41-member Plenary to upgrade it on any one parameter. The discussion lasted for over seven hours that ran into two days.
The FATF found Pakistan non-compliant on 32 of 40 compliance parameters on money laundering and terror financing, Indian officials were quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India.
Pakistan has been trying to avoid the ban by taking certain measures. Pakistan reportedly halted intrusion across the Line of Control and shut down as many as 20 terror camps operating in the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. For the uninitiated, the Financial Action Task Force is set to hear the case in connection with blacklisting Pakistan over money laundering and terror funding activities.
According to its official website, the FATF requires each country to identify, assess and understand the terrorist financing risks it faces in order to mitigate them and effectively dismantle and disrupt terrorist networks. Countries often face particular challenges in assessing terrorist financing risks due to the low value of funds or other assets used in many instances, and the wide variety of sectors misused for the purpose of financing terrorism.
Before the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meet in Bangkok, Pakistan registered fake and weak Police First Information Reports against terror outfits and terrorists operating on its soil, as per news media sources.
A convoy of foreign forces was targeted by a car bomb explosion near Bagram Airfield in Sayyad district, Parwan Province, on Friday evening.
There were no casualties reported in the incident, the provincial police chief Mohammad Mahfooz Walizada said.
A spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan, Col. Sonny Leggett, confirmed an attack on foreign forces convoy in Parwan but said, “There were no casualties or injuries to US or Coalition forces”.
Security officials reported that in a clash between a former Jihadi leader and his cousin, claimed the life of 5 people including the leader himself.
The clash between the two groups occurred after a traffic incident that took place around 6:30 yesterday evening in Bazar of Qarabagh district of Kabul, Ferdows Faramarz a spokesperson at Kabul Police told Reporterly on Sunday morning.
Faramarz added, “The clash occurred between Haji Kamil, former Jihadi leader and his cousin as a result five people including Haji Kamil and a neutral person were killed and another one was injured.”
The nature of clash has been attributed to personal hostility and the police has arrested an individual injured in the clash and investigation into the incident is underway.
A US Department of Defense audit has revealed that US taxpayers’ money spent to create a new payroll system for the Afghan government, part of an ambitious effort to prevent fraud by tracking the flow of funds down to individual soldiers and police officers, is not working as intended.
As per the auditors, reported the Washington Post, the system didn’t connect to other Afghan government computer systems and relied too much on the same manual data-entry process it was supposed to get rid of.
But as the government of Afghanistan is now set to take over full oversight of the program in 2020, officials have notes a significant delay.
The system is currently overseen by a NATO-funded, Kabul-based office called the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A). A spokesman for Resolute Support, the NATO organization that trains and said that CSTC-A has already implemented the inspector general’s recommendations.
“Since the [inspector general] concluded the audit in July 2018, CSTC-A has implemented the recommendations and we continue to work to improve the Afghan Personnel and Pay System,” Lt. Col. Josh Jacques said in an email to the Washington Post.