President Ashraf Ghani said that the Taliban value their deal with the Americans more than the Quran and Sharia in the peace talks. Speaking on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi on Thursday, Ghani said that Taliban have claimed to have “stood for religion” in the past 20 years but are now valuing the Doha agreement they signed with the U.S. and insisting on making it

29 October 2020

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) announced that in the past 24 hours, 123 new Coronavirus cases were found positive from the 523 samples tested across Afghanistan, pushing the confirmed cases to 41,268 so far. According to the MoPH, three people succumbed to the virus while two have recovered. New cases were reported in the provinces of

29 October 2020

First Vice President Amrullah Saleh said that some of the crimes that had plagued Kabul city residents have declined and are now close to zero. “Crimes such as mobile phone theft, car theft, armed robbery, street harassment, public sale of drugs and extortion that were rampant have dropped to near zero,” Saleh said in the Facebook post regarding security decisions in the capital on

29 October 2020

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad met with Taliban’s political deputy Mullah Baradar in Doha on Wednesday evening to discuss the Afghan peace process and high levels of violence, the Taliban spokesperson said. Naeem Wardak, spokesperson for the Taliban’s political office in Qatar, tweeted on Thursday that Khalilzad was accompanied by U.S. Forces in Afghanistan (USFOR-A) and NATO Resolute Support commander Gen.

29 October 2020

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has sent the case of former Wardak governor and 16 others to the court on charges of embezzling more than 800,000 AFN from the Coronavirus budget. Jamshid Rasouli, spokesperson for the AGO, told Reporterly on Thursday, the embezzlement case had been reviewed by them and then sent for prosecution. The names of those investigated include the former governor, director of

29 October 2020

Former Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati on Wednesday said Iran opposes the continuation of the war in Afghanistan and said any kind of war among Muslims was “foul” as he reiterated Tehran’s support for the peace process. Velayati was meeting the Afghan Ambassador to Tehran Abdul Ghafoor Lival and voiced opposition to the presence of American forces in Afghanistan.

29 October 2020

Health officials in Herat said that eight prisoners were killed and 12 people, including security forces, were injured in the revolt in the province’s prison on Wednesday. Jilani Farhad, spokesperson for Herat governor’s office, told Reporterly on Thursday, that the riots took place after the police started confiscating prohibited items and furniture inside the prison. Herat Prison Director Maiwand Samadi said that the riots started

29 October 2020

Acting Foreign Minister Haneef Atmar was especially invited for the India-Central Asia dialogue hosted by Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar with the attendance of counterparts from Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and the first deputy foreign minister from Kyrgyzstan. The meeting discussed cooperation in political and security matters, and all the countries called for settling the Afghan conflict on the principle of an “Afghan-led, Afghan-owned

29 October 2020

There are no changes, modifications and suspensions in the distribution of electronic ID cards, Fazel Fazly, director general of the Administrative Office of the President, wrote on Facebook on Wednesday. In response to the approval of the draft amendment of the electronic ID card by the House of Representatives, Fazly said that law has not been amended yet and the distribution is going on

29 October 2020

An Iranian passenger train arrived in Afghanistan through the Khaf-Herat railway on Wednesday, the provincial governor’s office said. An Iranian delegation is in Herat to discuss the project and inaugurate the Khaf-Herat railway’s third phase from Iran’s Sham Tegh to Herat’s Rawzanak village. The fourth phase – and the final one – which will end in Herat

29 October 2020