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President Ghani’s spokesperson said that secretariat of High Peace Council is dissolved, however not the entire body.
Presidential spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said at a press conference that, the High Peace Council is terminated based on a decree issued by President Ghani, adding all peace related issues will be handled by the state ministry for peace.
After the news conference presidential spokesman Sediq Sediqqi in a tweet corrected his comments at a press conference in Kabul and said that only the secretariat of the High Peace Council has been dissolved, not the High Peace Council.
Sediq Sediqqi also said that President Ghani had four meetings with US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad – in the last week – where they discussed the roadmap for peace.
Sediqqi added that the Afghan government is close to forming a negotiating team.
About the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, he noted that president Ghani spoke by phone with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Mr. Pompeo has said that the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan is based of the demands of the country.
Speaking about the security for the upcoming election, Mr. Sediqqi emphasized that meeting of armed forces council chaired by Mohammad Ashraf Ghani was held today in which the security plan for elections were presented by security institutions in the presence of leadership of electoral commissions
The main part of the plan is that the elections should be held in a secure environment and the security must be provided for all voting sites, according to Sediqqi.
Sediqqi added that the security forces’ measures to prevent civilian casualties were also discussed at the meeting, based on that special strategies will be taken for special operations of the security forces.
Local officials reported the arrest of two suspects in Herat on charges of spying for foreign countries.
Speaking to Reporterly on Saturday, the provincial governor’s spokesman Jailani Farhad said that, during past three months, two suspects were detained in Herat province on spying charges.
He said that these individuals aren’t government employees and are ordinary people.
The arrested individuals are charged of spying for regional countries.
It is not clear yet that for which countries they were spying and the investigation has not been completed so far.
National Directorate of Security said on Saturday that NDS special forces killed 13 Taliban insurgents in a raid on their gathering in eastern Paktika province.
The operation was conducted in Khairbin village of Yosuf Kheil district of the province, NDS said in a statement.
The statement further added that, two key Taliban commanders and one foreign national were also among killed in the operation.
The NDS special forces killed Qari Khalid, Taliban’s military chief for Sharan, Sanaullah alias Obaida, the intelligence chief of Taliban for Sharan, Qari Ghairat, a brother of Taliban’s shadow governor for Mata Khan district, the statement said,
According to NDS, arms and ammunition were also confiscated in operation.
A truck bombing attack on Kandahar National Directorate of Security was prevented, as per provincial officials.
Taliban insurgents had planned to use the truck loaded with explosives to attack on provincial headquarters of National Directorate of Security in PD9 of Kandahar city, Kandahar press office said in a statement on Saturday.
The truck was detected based on intelligence information of NDS forces, a vehicle was seized and a suspected individual was detained, the statement said.
The investigation is underway from the detained individual, as per statement.
The security forces reported the killing of a Taliban sharpshooter in Laghman province.
A sharpshooter of Taliban insurgent was killed by police after attacking a security post in Alishang district of Laghman province, Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior said.
Rahimi added that, the insurgent was killed along with his companion in an ambush of Laghamn police.
Furthermore, Rahimi said the slain insurgent had carried out numerous attacks and had killed several security personnel.
Provincial officials reported that 10 security forces were killed in Taliban attack in Kijran district of Daikundi province.
Sakina Ehsani, spokesperson for Daikundi Governor told Reporterly on Saturday that “Taliban insurgents attacked on Sang-e Seya outposts, army forces compounds and outpost of Bazar Mushtarak of Kijran district on Friday midnight,” as a result of which at least 10 security forces were killed and 7 others were wounded.
The clash finished at 4 AM but there is still Taliban threats in the area, Ms Ehsani added.
She emphasized that most of the forces killed in the attack are local police, but there are a number of army forces among the wounded individuals too.
Causalities were also reportedly inflicted to the Taliban insurgents but no exact number is available.
Provincial officials reported the killing of a National Directorate of Security personnel in Parwan province.
A National Directorate of Security personnel of Kabul province who was local resident of Rubat village of Bagram district of Parwan was killed at 5:25 Saturday morning by two motorcyclists in Du Saraka area of Parwan, Wahida Shaahkar, spokesperson of Parwan province told Reporterly.
She added, the NDS personnel was killed when he was on the way to his work in Kabul.
No one has been arrested in connection with this incident, but police investigation is underway, spokesperson of Parwan province said.
As a result of a car bomb explosion in Ghazni province, 15 people have been killed and injured, according to security officials.
Ahmad Khan Sirat, Ghazni police’s spokesperson told Reporterly that “at 04:30 am, a Humvee vehicle, packed with explosives, detonated at the entrance checkpoint of Ab Band district’s police headquarters.”
3 security forces were killed and 12 others were wounded in the explosion, Mr. Sirat added.
Meanwhile, Taliban group in a statement claimed the responsibility for the incident saying that as a result of the blast, the building of Ab Band police headquarters was completely destroyed.
The explosion has severely damaged the buildings of Ab Band district and Police headquarters, according to Ghazni governor press office.
The Representatives Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa on Friday reiterated support to ‘Afghan-led, Afghan-owned’ peace and reconciliation process.
At the meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs/International Relations, the representatives reiterated support for international and national efforts to build a peaceful, secure, united, stable, prosperous and inclusive country that exists in harmony with its neighbors, the statement read.
They also expressed their concern over the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan particularly the increase in the number and intensity of terrorist-related attacks on the Afghan National Security Forces, the Government and civilians.
They looked forward to the Presidential elections scheduled for September 2019, the statement added.
The ministers reaffirmed the commitment to upholding and respecting international law and to an international system in which sovereign States cooperate to maintain peace and security, advance sustainable development and ensure the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all.
The Ministers agreed to further deepen BRICS three-pillar-driven cooperation in the areas of economy, peace and security and people-to-people exchanges.
Security forces reported that 91 Taliban insurgents and 8 security forces were killed and wounded in Kandahar province.
Ministry of Interior in a statement said on Saturday that as a result of ANDSF joint operation in Shorabak and Registan districts of Kandahar province, 61 Taliban insurgents were killed and 30 others were injured.
The statement further added that, Taliban hideouts and vehicles were also destroyed in the operations.
According to Ministry of Interior, 3 police personnel were killed and 5 others were wounded.