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The chairman of High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), Abdullah Abdullah says nothing can be resolved in the peace process in the absence of the Afghan people.
“Nothing can be decided in the absence of the Afghan people, no one can promise the Taliban that this will guarantee your future or leave the future of the country to you,” he said.
The chairman of HCNR, speaking at the inauguration of the council’s women’s commission on Tuesday, described the country’s future, belonging to the people.
“Whatever discussion you have, bring it to the negotiating table. The people of Afghanistan want peace. There is diversity in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, there are different thoughts, and opinions. People have rights, and today, because it is a matter of women in the country, no one has given women rights and freedoms as gifts. Women have been on the scene throughout the country, and in the last 20 years they have emerged and demonstrated the power of their ability,” Abdullah said.
Dr. Abdullah said there are evidences that the Taliban are behind the targeted assassinations and killings in the country.
The chairman of HCNR added that the “table and venue” for the talks are clear and that the Taliban group can raise “any discussion and whatever they want” there.
Abdullah stressed that the people have come to the conclusion that war, killing and targeting the people are not the solution.
According to him, each side that takes responsibility for continuing the war must also weigh the consequences; Because the only lesson from the forty years of war in Afghanistan is that no one can impose their will on the people by force.
Abdullah Abdullah emphasized that no one can impose his/her will on women and deprive them of their rights.
According to him, rights and freedoms have not been given to women as gifts and these rights and freedoms are taken into account in peace talks.
Following the increase of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosions in the capital, Kabul, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) in a statement said that at least eight civilians were killed and wounded in two days.
According to the statement, three civilians were killed and five more were wounded in the IED explosions in PDs of 2, 7, 10, 3 and 4 in the first two days of the February.
The rights body has called for an end to targeted killings and attacks on civilians, stressing that the use of magnetic mines in public and urban areas, in addition to targeted individuals, has always resulted in civilian casualties.
AIHRC also noted that the perpetrators of such attacks should be prosecuted at any time and place and will be held accountable.
The AIHRC has also called on the authorities to take effective precautionary measures, identify the perpetrators and deal with them fairly and legally, and provide justice for the victims of these attacks.
The National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives have arrested an 11-member network of the Taliban group in Herat province.
The governor of Herat, Abdul Wahid Zahid Qatali in a press conference on Tuesday said that the detainees were the main masterminds and perpetrators of terrorist attacks, who were directly responsible for targeted assassinations in the city and districts of Herat on the direct orders of Taliban intelligence.
According to Qatali, the network planned to carry out eight terrorist attacks in Herat province in upcoming days.
He added that the detainees confessed of having responsibility for the targeted assassinations in Herat province and have been equipped by the Taliban intelligence chief.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said on Tuesday that at least 52 Taliban fighters were killed in Balkh, Kandahar, and Kunduz provinces.
MoD in a statement said that Taliban fighters planned to attack ANDSF outposts in Khan Abad, Timurk, and Mesgaran villages of Chahar Bolak district of Balkh province, Arghandab and Dand districts of Kandahar province and in Bakhmal Kocha area of Imam Sahib district in Kunduz province.
According to the statement, Afghan national defense and security forces rebuffed the planned Taliban attack by killing 15 of the group’s affiliated members in Balkh, 25 in Kandahar, and 12 others in Kunduz province.
MoD said in the statement, that more than 20 Taliban were wounded in Balkh, three in Kandahar and six others in Kunduz province During the Afghan security force’s reciprocal attacks some of the weapons and ammunition belonging to the Taliban were seized and three of the group’s strongholds were totally wrecked.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Tuesday reported 53 new positive cases of coronavirus out of 1888 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
The ministry also reported one death and 75 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
The cumulative number of total cases is now 55,174 the number of total reported deaths is 2,406 and the total number of recoveries is 47,798.
The new cases were reported in Kabul, Herat, Kandahar, Balkh, Nangarhar, Nimroz, Maidan Wardak, Ghazni, Helmand, Faryab, Paktika and Nuristan.
Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar, who is heading a high-level delegation to meet with Uzbek officials and attending the Afghanistan-Uzbekistan-Pakistan trilateral meeting in Tashkent, met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Investment and Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan Sardor Umurzakov on Monday.
The Ministry of Foriegn Affairs (MoFA) in a press release said that Foreign Minister Atmar thanked the Uzbek authorities for inviting the Afghan delegation to discuss mutual interest issues and strengthening bilateral relations in the fields of economy, security, trade, and transit.
According to the press release, the two sides discussed implementing the Mazar-e-Sharif-Kabul-Peshawar railway project and considered the completion of this project important in expanding trade, economic growth, and regional connectivity.
The Foreign Minister also stressed the Cargo and Freight Transportation Center and effective use of Tirmuz city to increase trade between Kabul and Tashkent.
The Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan welcomed the Foreign Minister and his accompanying delegation to Tashkent and assured Mr. Atmar of his country’s full support for the Afghan peace process.
In the meantime, Sardor Umurzakov added that Afghanistan’s peace and stability are the keys to development, economic growth, and increased cooperation at the regional level.
He noted that his country is ready to invest in Afghanistan’s infrastructure and support comprehensive regional connectivity.
The governor of Nangarhar province, Ziaulhaq Amar Khail has said that unidentified individuals set fire the “Peace and Freedom” business institute in Momandara district of the province on Monday night.
Amarkhail stated that the fire was contained by security officials in a timely manner and that efforts are being made to identify and arrest the perpetrators of the incident.
In the meantime, the spokesman of the governor of Nangarhar said that two classrooms and the equipment of this institute were ablazed.
At least two people were killed and four more were wounded in two explosions in Kabul city this morning, security officials said.
The spokesman of Kabul Police, Ferdaws Faramarz said the first blast happened when a vehicle targeted by an IED blast in Joy Shir area of PD2 at around 07:35am. At least two people were wounded in the incident.
The second blast occurred in Salim Karawan area of PD4, targeting a 4Runner type vehicle at around 08:30am.
Farmarz added that at least two civilians were killed and two more were wounded in the incident.
No group has claimed responsibility for the blasts so far.