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Mohammad Mohaqiq, Second Deputy Chief Executive of the Afghan Government has called the arrest of commander Alipoor, as a mistake and called for his release.
Mr. Mohaqiq told news sources that the arrest of Alipoor will not solve any problem, but will increase the gap between the people and the government on the contrary.
He demanded the release of the commander Alipoor.
It comes after commander Alipoor was arrested by NDS in PD 13 of Kabul Province this afternoon.
Following the arrest, people in Kabul and Bamyan province have been organizing protest rallies.
Mr. Mohaqiq is currently in Tehran attending International Islamic Unity Conference.
It has been reported that several dozen protestors and supporters of 15 parliamentary candidates in Baghlan’s capital Pul-e-Khumri have closed the Baghlan-Mazar highway.
The reason cited for such a demonstration is “due to fraud in election”. The protestors are asking IEC to invalidate non-biometric votes.
Media sources have announced the detention of Alipoor, known as Qomandan Shamshir, a famous people uprising commander.
It was reported that Alipoor was arrested by the NDS Forces in PD13 of west Kabul.
Samin Arif, the deputy spokesperson to President Ghani has announced that the President has appointed a five-member watchdog commission on Access to Information Law.
“Their [the commission] job is to ensure public offices abide by Access to Information Law, and people’s right to information is secured,” Mr Arif added in his statement.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock (MAIL) has announced that the pistachio harvest has surged by 100 tons in northeastern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan, as compared to last year.
Total harvest of the province becomes 400 tons as compared to 300 last year.
The Directorate of the Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock of Badakhshan said that the majority of pistachio trees and transplants are located in Shahr Bozorg, Tashkan, Yaftal Payan, Drayam, Darwazha, Ragh, Yawan, and Kohistan districts of the province.
According to the officials, the level of income from pistachio harvest is satisfactory in Badakhshan provinces which reaches to almost 285.7 million Afghanis annually and are mainly sold in Takhar, Kunduz, Kabul, and Balkh markets.
Pistachio gardens have also been planted in 250 acres of land through National Horticulture and Livestock Project (NHLP) while natural pistachio trees exist in 14 thousand hectares of land in the jungles and mountains of Badakhshan.
Two armed Taliban insurgents were killed and four other armed Taliban were wounded following a Counter-Terrorism operation as per a statement by Ministry of Interior.
The operation was carried out by General Command of Police Special Units (GCPSU) in Qarachghi region, Qadis district, northwestern Badghis province, yesterday.
No GCPSU member and civilian was harmed during the operation, the statement added.
The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces have stepped up Counter-Terrorism operations to suppress the insurgency activities of the terror groups.
The press office of the Farah Police has reported that General Scott Miller, the Commander of the NATO Resolute Support Forces in Afghanistan had made a visit to Farah province on Saturday.
Farah police said that Scott Miller’s visit aimed to assess the security situation the province.
Farah Police chief Rahmatullah Siddiqi praised NATO’s Resolute Support operations for suppressing armed insurgents and called for more cooperation in order to improve the security situation in the province.
General Miller also praised the courage of the Afghan security forces to fight the Taliban, and has expressed its support for these forces.
“Pakistan will participate in a key international conference on Afghan peace& development being held in Geneva on Nov 27-28, officials said on Saturday,” Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua will lead a high-level Pakistani delegation as per the statement of foreign ministry of the country.
The Geneva Ministerial Conference is a UN-based meet which is to be held from Nov 27-28 in Geneva. President Ghani has been confirmed to attend the conference as well.