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The ONSC press announced that National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib chaired the Security Sector Leadership Meeting on Sunday to discuss security preparations for the upcoming presidential elections.
NSA Mohib highlighted the importance of providing security to citizens as well as candidates during elections.
In turn, the security officials and IEC assured the NSA that preparations for conducting safe and sound elections are in place and they have already drafted joint operational plans to address potential security threats.
The head of private universities of Ministry of Higher Education said that the process of introducing Kankor applicants to private institutes of higher education will officially start next week by signing an MOU with Association of Private Universities and Institutes of Higher Education.
Addressing a joint news conference on Sunday in Kabul, Mohammad Amir Kamawal said that Kankor applicants who have secured seats in private universities are announced.
He further added that these applicants should refer to ministry of education after July 27 and through completing the related form, they can enter the private universities by meeting the specific mechanism.
He added that, around 60000 applicants were referred to private institutions.
Meanwhile, Abdul Qadir Khamosh head of the National Examination Office said that, Kankor process is a competitive exam between 12th grade graduates and this competition is equally implemented for everyone.
He emphasized that, having a sufficient score for faculty and correct selection of the field are the two major factors for the success of the exam takers, and any mistakes in either of these will result in the disappointment and failure of the applicants.
This year, a total of 174,871 participated in the exam. Out of them, 61,799 secured seats in state higher education institutions while 15,130 succeeded to semi-higher education institutions.
A total of 6000 were referred to private institutions. 20,000 failed.
Security officials have announced that 10 Taliban insurgents including a prominent member of the group were arrested in Kabul.
The Ministry of Interior in a statement said on Sunday that police special forces carried out a raid operation on Saturday in Chahar Asyab district of Kabul city.
The statement further added that, 10 Taliban insurgents including a prominent member of the group who has been identified as “Mofti Nasim” were arrested in the operation in surrounding of Chahar Asyab district.
Meanwhile, security forces arrested IS-K weapons facilitator in Kabul city on Sunday morning.
Three individuals were killed and wounded in a shooting in Herat province, as per security officials.
“An individual opened fire on two civilians in Darab Malak area in surrounding of PD9, as a result a person was killed and inured another”, Abdul Ahad Walizadah, spokesman of Herat police said.
Walizadah added that, a shopkeeper who was also in the scene was wounded in the shooting.
The Police has arrested an individual with a pistol and in initial investigation the detainee confessed that he had done the killing due to personal motives, according to Walizadah.
Local officials have reported the arrest of a Taliban commander in Takhar province.
Provincial press office of Takhar in a statement said on Sunday that, Qari Sanaullah, resident of Deh Marsalan village of Namak Ab district, was arrested by Takhar National Directorate of Security.
The statement further added that the detained individual is a member of Qari Baratullah terrorist group, and is military chief of Taliban for the district.
The individual was detained as he was attempting to scape from Namak Ab district to Nahr village, the statement said.
According to Takhar province press office, the arrested individual has confessed to his crimes.
The Ministry of Interior announced that 12 Taliban insurgents were killed and four others were injured in a joint overnight operation carried out by General Command of Police Special Units (GCPSU) in Namak Aab district of Takhar
Also, the Afghan National Police (ANP) detected two roadside bombs, placed by terrorists in the vicinity of the Musa Khil district of Khost and this foiled an attack.
Meanwhile, the General Command of Police Special Units (GCPSU) discovered and neutralized five roadside bombs after several hours of efforts and point to point search operations.
The operation took place in Pato district of Daikundi.
In another report, Afghan National Police (ANP) detected a roadside bomb, placed by terrorists on Sar-e-Pul- Jowzjan highway.
Iran will continue its oil exports under any conditions, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told his British counterpart Jeremy Hunt in a telephone call on Saturday, according to a statement on the Iranian foreign ministry website.
Zarif also said that Britain should promptly release the Grace 1 oil tanker, which was seized last week by British Royal Marines off the coast of the British Mediterranean territory of Gibraltar on suspicion of violating sanctions against Syria.
Hunt told Zarif that Britain would facilitate the release of the tanker provided Tehran gave guarantees it would not go to Syria, Hunt wrote on Twitter.
Security officials have reported the arrest of IS-K weapons facilitator in Kabul city.
The Ministry of Interior in a statement said on Sunday that during an operation, Special Operations Unit of the Afghan National Police arrested a suspected insurgent in connection with facilitating weapons supply to IS-K terrorists in Kabul.
The Special Force detained the suspect from the 16th district of Kabul city, as per statement.
According to Ministry of Interior, the detained individual has been identified as Juma Khan.
President Ghani, with a number of ministers laid down the cornerstone of Darul Aman Administrative Complex during an official ceremony on Sunday morning.
Speaking at the ceremony, president Ghani emphasized on reforms and better service delivery as he laid the cornerstone of Darul Aman Administrative Complex
Kabul city’s center will be returned to citizens as government buildings will be shifted to Darul Aman, President Ghani said.
In reaction to Taliban attack on a hotel in Badghis province, the presidential palace said that despite the Taliban promising in Doha intra-Afghan conference to not attack civilian institutions and bring civilian casualties minimized to zero, their attack on Saturday showed they have not stopped killing innocent people.
Presidential palace in a statement said on Saturday night that by extending their crimes and terror and carrying out a terrorist attack on a hotel in PD1 of Qala-e-Naw city of Badghis province, Taliban killed and injured some people.
While condemning the attack, the presidential palace ordered the related authorities to use all means to help the families of victims and injured people.
Meanwhile, according to Ministry of Defense, 5 suicide bombers entered at a hotel in Qala-e-Naw, the center of Badghis on Saturday afternoon and the clash broke out with security forces which resulted in the killing of three assailants and the arrest of two others.
Four security forces and civilians were killed and 20 others were injured.
Afghan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib met with German Ambassador to Afghanistan Mr Peter Prügel in Kabul on Sunday. They discussed the recent Intra-Afghan Dialogue in Qatar & acknowledged it as a good start toward a more comprehensive dialogue amongst Afghans.
NSA Mohib thanked Germany for such an initiative & asked for continued collaboration toward peace.
Another statement by ONSC Press informed that NSA Mohib met with Mr. Rahmani, speaker of the Lower House & congratulated him for successfully building the House leadership team. Mr. Rahmani thanked the government for not interfering and the internal affairs of the house & assured that he will cooperate with the government on mutual issues.
Deputy Foreign Minister Idrees Zaman met Saudi Ambassador to Kabul Jassim bin Mohammed Al-Khalidi, the ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement on Saturday.
Both sides talked about extending political and economic relations between the two countries, and the upcoming presidential elections.
They also discussed the Afghan Led and Owned Peace Process, the recent meeting in Doha, the seventh round of negotiations between Mr. Khalilzad and the Taliban, and the current political situation in the country and the region.