The Office of the National Security Council (NSC) said that the process of prisoner exchange was completed between the Afghan government and the Taliban on Thursday. Javid Faisal, spokesperson for the NSC wrote on Twitter that the Taliban has released all the Afghan commandos they had detained. “The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has received our commandos held hostage by Taliban, after which the government released

3 September 2020

President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday, led a high-level government delegation to Parwan’s provincial capital, Charikar that was devastated in the floods. The delegation included First Vice President Amrullah Saleh, National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib, and various other officials. They surveyed the flooded areas of Charikar and met with families of the victims. The province lost 157 people while 927 homes were completely or partially destroyed. Parwan

3 September 2020

President Ashraf Ghani signed three agreements totalling $23.95 million financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to construct hospitals and procure essential supplies to support the national Coronavirus response. The agreement was signed by acting Minister of Public Health Ahmad Javad Osmani and representatives of the Housing Construction Corporation, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the World Health Organization (WHO) at a ceremony in

3 September 2020

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) appointed 12 ambassadorial candidates and extended the term of office of a current ambassador on Thursday. In a press release, the MFA said this move would “further strengthen the diplomatic apparatus” and help in achieving Afghanistan’s foreign policy priorities. The new members are: U.K. - Zalmai Rassoul, former Foreign Minister and National Security Advisor. Germany - Yama Yari, former Minister of

3 September 2020

Residents of Ghazni staged a sit-in protests asking the government to act on the increase of security incidents in the province on Thursday. The protests, which had started on Wednesday, asked for the removal of high-ranking provincial civilian and military officials, like the governor, the head of security and the army commander, for their inability to curb the violence in the province.

3 September 2020

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said that 45 new cases of Coronavirus were reported across Afghanistan in the past 24 hours from the 523 samples tested. One person succumbed to the virus while 75 recoveries were also reported in the past day. The new cases were reported in the provinces on Kandahar (20), Herat (9), Kabul

3 September 2020

Afghanistan will transfer seven Taliban prisoners who release had been demanded, to Qatar ahead of the peace talks, reported Reuters on Thursday. Speaking to Afghan officials and Western diplomats, Reuters said that the captives would be released soon. An Afghan official said the prisoners had not been released yet as they were guilty of killing foreign soldiers. Local media also reported that the prisoners will

3 September 2020

The Cabinet Law Committee, chaired by Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh, ruled that virginity testing will not be authorized without the consent of the woman and an ordery by the court, with perpetrators being imprisoned. The meeting of the Cabinet Law Committee was held on Wednesday where they discussed amendments to the article related to virginity testing in the country's penal code.

3 September 2020

The 209th Shaheen Corps said on Thursday, that six children were killed in a landmine explosion in Sancharak district of Sar-i-Pul province. Around 5:45 pm on Wednesday, a handmade mine exploded inside Mohammad Issa’s home in Gajwa village of the district. Hanif Rezaei, a spokesperson for the 209th Shaheen Corps, said the children were between the ages

3 September 2020

Former Afghan politician Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani was sentenced to three years of probation and six months of home confinement after he pleaded guilty to theft of public money, said Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) on Wednesday. Nuristani pleaded guilty to “theft of public money,” admitting that he received over $100,000 in government benefits by concealing foreign travel and residency between July 2015 and

3 September 2020
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