Newsfeed; Sunday, September 8

Latest news and happenings of Afghanistan and region…

  • 8 Sep 2019 Share this post

    US-Taliban Talks Should Resume in a Clear & Transparent Manner: Karzai

    Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he hopes that the US-Taliban peace talks should resume in a clear and transparent manner that leads to lasting peace and stability in the country.

    In a reaction to US President Donald Trump’s decision to call off peace talks, Karzai said on Sunday that peace is the desire of every Afghan citizen and is the highest priority for the people of the country.

    “When peace talks between the United States and the Taliban began, the US move was welcomed by the Afghan people, and now that the process has been called off by the United States,the Afghan efforts shall not stop, on the contrary, these efforts should be increased,” Karzai remarked.

    Karzai called on parties involved in Afghanistan to stop the violence and accelerate the intra-Afghan talks for a permanent peace in the country.

    Hamid Karzai also called on the major regional countries to continue to work with Afghan people for achieving peace in Afghanistan as well as urged them enhance their partnership.

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    Four Taliban Extortionists Killed in Ghazni Province

    At least 4 Taliban extortionists were killed in Ghazni province, local authorities said.

    The Ghazni press office in a statement said on Sunday that the security forces killed 4 Taliban extortionists in vicinity of Ab Band district.

    The insurgents were occasionally setting up check points to extort people on Kabul-Kandahar highway, the statement said.

    According to the statement, the insurgents were killed in an operation carried out by security forces on Saturday night.

    Additionally, a medical facility, 9 motorcycle and some ammunition of the group were also destroyed in the operation, the statement said.

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    Chief Executive Calls for Investigation Into Acting Hajj Minister Case

    The Chief Executive, Abdullah Abdullah has urged President Ashraf Ghani to personally investigate the assault vase of Mawlavi Abdul Hakim Munib the acting minister of Hajj and religious affairs.

    Chief Executive Office in a statement said that insulting the acting minister of Hajj and Religious Affairs in presidential palace mosque is against religious and ethical values.

    “Attack on the dignity of the cabinet minister inside presidential palace mosque is neither acceptable nor justifiable,” the statement added.

    Meanwhile, the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs on Saturday said that its acting minister, Monib was assaulted by Mullah Tarakhel and his family members.

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    Afghan Government Welcomes Peace Efforts By Its Allies

    The Presidential Palace in a statement on Sunday said the Afghan government welcomes peace efforts by its allies and “is committed in working with the US and other allies in bringing sustainable peace in the country.”

    The statement said that government is committed to overall peace efforts and cited the current Taliban war and violence against Afghans as the main reason that the US- Taliban peace talks were called off.

    The statement further added that Afghan government sees Taliban violence as the main hurdle in the way of peace process.

    The Afghan government stresses on the formation of a strong and legitimate government through upcoming presidential election in order to move forward the ongoing peace process with further attention, the statement added.

    The remarks come just after US President Donald Trump called off the Afghan peace negotiations.

    U.S. President Donald Trump in a series of tweets said that he has called off “secret talks” that were to be held on Sunday at Camp David with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and major Taliban leaders.

    Trump added that he called off the talks with the Taliban after the insurgent group admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed 12 people, including one US soldier.

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    Taliban Release Six Abducted Journalists in Paktia

    Security officials confirmed on Sunday that Taliban group has released the six journalists who were abducted in Paktia.

    “The journalists contacted the head of media office in Paktika around 09:30AM on Sunday morning and told him that they were released by Taliban”, provincial spokesperson Shah Mahmood told Reporterly.

    He added that the journalists have not yet reached Paktika but they ensured that Taliban group has freed them.

    Taliban group had abducted the journalists on Friday afternoon in Zurmat district when they were on their way to Paktia to cover a ceremony in the province.

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    Dasht-e-Archi District of Kunduz Falls to Taliban

    Security forces confirmed on Sunday that Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz province has collapsed to Taliban.

    Kunduz police spokesperson Anamuddin Rahmani told Reporterly that communication was lost with the provincial capital to Dash-e-Archi district last night around 18:00PM.

    He added that, this morning the communication was restored, yet reception was bad.

    Security forces have retreated from Dash-e-Archi and the district has collapsed to Taliban, Rahmani said.

    He emphasized that, due to communication interruption, there is no exact report about casualties and damages inflicted on security forces.

    Meanwhile, Taliban said that the group has launched their operation in Dash-e-Archi since past few days and they captured the district on Saturday night.

    Earlier, Taliban group had launched massive attacks on Kunduz city and had captured the provincial hospital which was retaken by security forces and their attacks were pushed back.

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    Govt. Will Soon Announce Position on Developments of Peace Process

    Presidential spokesperson Sediq Seddiqi said that Afghan government will soon announce its stance on recent developments in the peace process.

    The remarks come just after US President Donald Trump called off Afghan peace negotiations.

    U.S. President Donald Trump in a series of tweets said that he has called off “secret talks” that were to be held on Sunday at Camp David with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and “major Taliban leaders.”

    Trump added that he called off the talks with the Taliban after the insurgent group admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed 12 people, including one US soldier.

    Taliban group has not yet commented about it.

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    AIHRC Calls on Govt. to Identify the Killers of Ghor Acting Head

    Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) calls on Afghan government to identify the perpetrators of killing the Afghan human rights defender and bring them to justice.

    The acting head of the organization’s office in the western province of Ghor Abdul Samad Amiri was kidnapped earlier in the week by Taliban on his way [from] Kabul to Ghor in Jalreez area of Maidan Wardak province. Amiri was travelling to Ghor to attend a family matter.

    His body had been found along the Kabul-Ghor highway. The AIHRC released a statement saying Amiri was shot by Taliban insurgents.

    In a statement released on Saturday, AIHRC called on the defense and security agencies to urgently ensure the safety of the highways, especially the Wardak-Bamiyan path that has seen repeated abductions and killings of civilians.

    In addition, the commission called on anti-government groups, including the Taliban, to commit themselves to protecting human rights defenders.

    “AIHRC condemns this killing in the strongest possible terms. Mr. Amiri’s killing goes against the teachings of Islam, the Constitution, and International Humanitarian Law,” the AIHRC statement reads.

    The killing comes two weeks after Amnesty International warned that Afghanistan’s human rights community was under “intensifying attacks” from both the authorities and armed groups.

    Human rights defenders and activists have been largely ignored by the Afghan government and the international community as they face “intimidation, harassment, threats, and violence,” the group said on August 28.

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    Pakistan, China, Afghanistan Agree to Accelerate Efforts for Regional Peace, Stability

    The 3rd China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue was held here in Islamabad on Saturday, and the three sides stressed the need to jointly safeguard regional peace and stability amid the changing and complicated circumstances.

    The dialogue was led by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Salahuddin Rabbani, and State Councilor and Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi.

    The three countries reaffirmed their commitment of not letting any terrorist organization, element or individual use their soils against any country.

    For their part, Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi made positive assessment on the progress achieved in cooperation and exchange on the three major themes within the framework of the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue, namely political mutual trust and reconciliation, development cooperation and connectivity, and security cooperation and fighting terrorism.

    They also spoke highly of China’s contribution in pushing forward the cooperation among the three countries.

    With the complicated regional situation which is undergoing fast change, Afghanistan and Pakistan are willing to boost communication and coordination with China so as to deepen cooperation in such fields of economy and trade, people to people exchange, communication and connectivity, jointly build the Belt and Road, join hands in combating terrorism including the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, maintaining regional peace and stability as well as promoting regional development and prosperity, they said.

    The foreign ministers from China, Afghanistan and Pakistan reached agreement on pressing forward the realization of lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan through the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process and implementing common connectivity programs with international financial institutions including the World Bank, among others.

    The three foreign ministers also agreed to hold the 4th China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue in 2020 in China.

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    Khabib Nurmagomedov Submits Dustin Poirier to Retain Lightweight Title

    With a performance worthy of strong consideration as the pound-for-pound best in MMA today, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov took one step closer to one day rubbing elbows with the greatest the sport has ever seen.

    Nurmagomedov (28-0) preserved his incredible unbeaten streak with a dominant third-round submission win over interim titleholder Dustin Poirier in Saturday’s unification bout headlining UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi.

    Save for a pair of hard left hands from Poirier to open Round 2, which briefly caused the champion to take a step back, this was as thorough and impressive a performance as Nurmagomedov has recorded to date in the second defense of his 155-pound title.

    Nurmagomedov, a native of Dagestan, Russia, entered the cage as the crowd favorite in his first bout since submitting Conor McGregor at UFC 229 last October.

    The pay-per-view blockbuster, which set a new UFC record for buys, ended with an ugly melee that saw Nurmagomedov serve a nine-month suspension in the aftermath.

    There was no such theatrics or disdain between fighters on Saturday. In fact, Nurmagomedov went above and beyond to show respect for Poirier by hugging him after the fight, wearing his t-shirt during his post-fight interview and imploring the crowd to donate to Poirier’s charity.

    “Why do we have so much more respect between us than the last fight? You know this bullshit guy [McGregor] that I had a lot of crazy stuff but I want to forget everything,” Nurmagomedov said. “We show what this is in MMA that No. 1 is respect. That is what your coach teaches you first that you have to respect the gym, your teammates and to clean the gym. MMA is not about trash talking and this is what we show.”

    Nurmagomedov extended his UFC win streak to 12 fights, which is tied for the third longest in promotional history.

    With his father and original trainer Abdulmanap in his corner for the first time in the UFC (after years of visa issues kept him from being able to travel to the United States), Nurmagomedov showcased every aspect of a dominant grappling game that is unrivaled in UFC history.