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Taliban’s political office in Doha says the group’s political deputy and head of political office Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and head of the group’s negotiation team met with US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and US commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Scott Miller on Saturday.
“The importance of the agreement, full and good implementation of it was discussed during the meeting. Especially, the IEA mentioned the issue of the release of its remaining detainees and the removal of the Blacklist, which are the text and important items of the agreement,” Naiem Wardak, the spokesman of Taliban political office in Doha said.
“The IEA emphasised that, in general, the lake of total implementation of the agreement, and, especially, not taking serious measures about above mentioned two articles, which should have been acted on to the large extent, can affect the ongoing process of negotiations,” he added.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Sunday reported 81 new positive cases of coronavirus out of 1,584 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
The ministry also reported four deaths and 401 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
The cumulative number of total cases is now 54,062 the number of total reported deaths is 2,343 and the total number of recoveries is 45,868.
The new cases were reported in Kabul, Herat, Kandahar, Balkh, Nangarhar, Takhar, Baghlan, Kunduz, Badakhshan, Kapisa, Laghman, Kunar and Khost provinces.
President Ashraf Ghani has condemned the attack on Afghan women judges in Kabul on Saturday, the President Palace (Arg) said.
Arg in a statement said that President Ghani called the attacks on Afghan women, children, religious scholars and influential people are attacks on honor and dignity of Afghanistan.
“Attacks on our defenseless countrymen and violence against them by the Taliban and other terrorist groups are against Islamic principles and the spirit of peace and means illegal war and hostility against the people that could undermine the national consensus of the people on peace,” the statement said quoting President Ghani as saying.
Ghani stated that the Afghan government reiterates its call on the Taliban that violence, assassination, brutality and crime are not the solution to the problem and that the ongoing crisis and war in the country is intensifying and prolonging it.
The statement added that President Ghani instructed the relevant authorities to follow up today’s case and punish the perpetrators and conveyed his condolences to the families of the martyrs and wished the injured a speedy recovery.
A Humvee tank of Taliban full of explosives was detonated in Shakh village of Garizwan district on Saturday night, local officials said.
The spokesman of Faryab Police, Abdul Karim Yourish said the blast had no casualties but remained financial losses for civilians.
According to Yourish, the Taliban militants blocked the area after the blast.
He noted that the Humvee tank was captured by the Taliban a few years ago and the group attempted to use it to target security forces in the district, which detonated before reaching its target.
This is the third car bomb blast in Faryab province in the past two weeks.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) says at least 30 Taliban militants were killed in Kapisa province on Saturday night.
MoD in a statement said that the insurgents stormed security outposts in Shah Wali Kot and Zherai districts last night that faced security forces’ resistance under defense mode.
According to the statement, 30 Taliban were killed, four more were wounded and three of their positions were destroyed.
This comes as a vehicle workshop of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) was targeted by a car bomb and insurgents attack in Daman district of Kandahar province.
The first Vice-President Amrullah Saleh, said that Police in PD3 of Kabul have arrested two young girls who were extorting money from celebrities and well-known people.
Saleh on his official Facebook page wrote today that the two girls have been arrested under the direct instruction of the 06:30 a.m. security meetings under the framework of National Security Pact.
Saleh noted that the two girls threatened men that if they ignore to pay them, they would complain to their families and to the Human Rights Commission that they had been sexually harassed.
According to Saleh, a number of men were forced to pay the two girls in order to maintain their dignity and avoid any possible controversy.
“One of the big problems is that the presence of women in the judiciary as well as in the police force is low,” VP Saleh said. “This imbalance has limited the government’s access to half of society in terms of investigating and dealing with criminal and legal issues, and in many cases has completely blocked them.”
Unidentified gunmen shot killed two Afghan women judges working for the Supreme Court during an early morning ambush in the country’s capital Sunday, officials said.
The attack on the judges took place as they were on way to their office in a court vehicle, Ahmad Fahim Qaweem, a spokesman for the court in Kabul said.
“Unfortunately, we have lost two women judges in today’s attack. Their driver is wounded,” Qaweem said.
There are more than 200 female judges working for the country’s top court, the spokesman added.
Kabul police also confirmed the attack.
“They were judges working for the Supreme Court,” said Jamshid Rasuli, spokesman for the attorney general’s office.
At least six Taliban militants were killed after a failed attempt to storm an outpost in Kahsan district of Herat province on Saturday, security officials said.
The Special Operations Corps in a statement said that the Afghan commando forces prevented their attack and six more militants were also wounded during the clashes.
Afghan forces also seized a number of arms and weapons from the insurgents.
The foreign minister of Turkmenistan on Saturday held an international briefing regarding the newly inaugurated energy and connectivity projects with Afghanistan.
The projects — a power line, 30-kilometer railway, international fiber-optic communication system, and transit flows along the route of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan — aim to boost bilateral and regional ties.
Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov described the projects as real steps aimed at the consistent involvement of Afghanistan in the regional and international economic process along with the country’s integration into the continental transport and logistics ties.
Meredov also noted that the construction of infrastructure facilities in both countries had both geo-economic and geopolitical importance and they transcended their regional boundaries, connecting Central Asia and South Asia with Europe and the Middle East, and meant the formation of a new belt of transport and communication along with energy supplies of the continental level.