Several religious scholars during a discussion on the Afghan peace talks in Balkh province on Thursday expressed: “The religious scholars here at this gathering and religious scholars in general are in favor of any option which is used for achieving peace whether it is an interim government or a transitional government. We accept all of them. We hope that government and Taliban accept

31 January 2019

The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) says that the October parliamentary ballot was challenging for women as illegal demands and lack of campaign opportunities hurt their confidence in the credibility of the vote. Maryam Arween Barakzai, in charge of women and youth affairs at FEFA, said the polls were conducted on the basis of weak management and the electoral process had

31 January 2019

Afghanistan’s Senior Deputy Minister for Security, General Akhtar Mohammad Ibrahimi met with INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock to identify areas for enhanced cooperation to combat organized crime and terrorism. The Afghan delegation, which included the head of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Kabul, Colonel Ahmad Zia Rashidi, also met with other senior INTERPOL officials to be briefed on the Organization’s global databases.

31 January 2019

At least 14 Taliban militants were killed or wounded during an operation of the Special Forces of National Directorate of Security (NDS) in northern Kunduz province. The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS) in a statement said that operation was conducted in the vicinity of Khanabad district of the province. The statement further added that a

31 January 2019

At least 50 insurgents were killed and 20 others were wounded in different defense forces' operations across 10 provinces of Afghanistan, ministry of defense said in a statement on Thursday. As a result of ANA clearing and offensive operations backed by Afghan air force attacks in Kunar, Kapisa, Maidan Wardak, Ghazni, Khost, Kandahar, Herat, Badghis, Balkh and

31 January 2019

The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) announced the final parliamentary election results for Farah, Faryab, Nuristan, Khost, and Badakhshan provinces on Thursday. According to IEC announcement, Humayoun Shahidzada, Abdul Satar Hussaini, Abdul Nasir Farahi, Abdul Ghafar Arman, and Belqis Roshan have been elected as lawmakers from Farah province. Hashmatullah Arman, Mohammad Rasool Faryabi, Sanjar Kargaar, Mohammad Hashim Khan, Syed Babur Jamal, Mohammad Shakir Karimi,

31 January 2019

The US Embassy in Kabul on Wednesday announced that their Ambassador Alice Wells, is in Kabul “learning about preparations for the upcoming presidential elections. She has been meeting with Afghans from across society to hear their views. Elections are a key part of any democracy, and unity among Afghans for the elections process shows how much Afghans value their democratic institutions. The Afghan

31 January 2019