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The Lower House of Parliament on Wednesday approved three ministers and rejected two ministerial nominees of the education and rural rehabilitation development. Afghan lawmakers also did not approve the head of the Central Bank.
Ahmad Jawad Osmani was approved as minister of Public Health with 145 votes in favor, Mohibullah Samim as minister of Borders and Tribal Affairs with 209 votes, and Karima Hamid Faryabi as minister of Economy with 136 votes.
Parliament Members voted out Rangina Hamidi as minister of Education, with 114 voting in favor, Mujib Rahman Karimi as minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, with 118 votes in favor, and Ajmal Ahmadi, head of the Central Bank, who received 72 votes in favor.
In previous session at the Parliament, the parliament speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani asked President Ghani to introduce two new nominees for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and of Information and Culture, respectively.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Wednesday reported 263 new positive cases of Coronavirus out of 1358 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
The ministry also reported 22 deaths and 119 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
The total reported deaths from COVID-19 is 1,822 and the total number of recoveries is 37026.
The new cases were reported in Kabul, Herat, Kandahar, Balkh, Nangarhar, Baghlan, Parwan, Daikundi, Nimroz, Ghazni, Logar, Kapisa, Panjshir, Zabul, Norstan and Faryab provinces.
Asad Durrani, the former chief of Pakistan’s Inter-Service-Intelligence (ISI), has said that Pakistan can do nothing more than bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table with the Afghan government.
As per BBC report, Durrani had previously told a Pakistani TV that the forthcoming talks between the Taliban and representatives of the Afghan government would be difficult.
“Pakistan can use its influence on the Mujahideen and the Taliban and tell them to talk to each other and whatever decision you make is acceptable to Pakistan, but Pakistan can do no more,” Asad Durrani told BBC.
He also said that Pakistan had always been in contact with the Mujahideen and had helped them because they were fighting foreign forces, as they had done with the Taliban and despite all the pressure, Pakistan had maintained its influence and relations with them. .
projects was held yesterday afternoon at the Presidential Palace which was chaired by President Ashraf Ghani, ARG said.
The Presidential Palace in a press release said that based on the agenda, the Minister of Mines and Petroleum Mohammad Haroon Chakhansuri provided information on new small-scale and large-scale mining sites, small-scale mining projects and extension of four small-scale mining licenses.
Chakhansuri said that about (1.6) billion AFG have been allocated on new investment for 5 years, employment will be provided for about 4,000 people and about 400 million AFG will be collected from the perception of royalties and land rent annually.
He added that Talak mining revenues in Nangarhar province and salt mines in Takhar province are being collected and with the implementation of new mining projects, about (31) illegal mining sites will be turned into licensed and legal mining sites.
In the meantime, President Ghani said that the goal of the Government of Afghanistan is the economic mobilization of the country and the government will use all resources for economic mobilization. He added that the government’s priority is to prevent the country’s mining smuggling.
The High Economic Council approved new small-scale mining sites and small-scale mining projects ready for licensing.
The Council also instructed the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum to hold regular meetings under the supervision of the First Vice President and in cooperation with relevant institutions and submit its report with specific proposals to future meetings of the Supreme Economic Council.
Two bloody explosions in Bamiyan province prompted opening of three new Police Districts in the city, said the province governor’s press office on Wednesday.
Bamiyan governor’s press office in a statement said that a PD has been upgraded to four PDs in the city due to the high security threats and for the betterment of security of the residents.
Police command in Bamiyan said that the new PDs will start their activities at the earliest time.
At least 20 people have been killed and 60 more wounded in two bloody IED explosions in Bamiyan during the current month.
Taliban’s shadow deputy governor for Badghis province has been arrested from Quetta, Pakistani security officials said.
The shadow deputy governor for Badghis province, Qari Salahuddin along with seven other Taliban members were arrested from a house in Nasrullah Khan Chawk on Saturday, Taliban officials told Daily Times on condition of anonymity.
Salahuddin was Taliban’s governor for Faryab province until recently and had influence in northern provinces, especially Faryab. Salahuddin was shifted to an unknown place while others were released, they said.
A vehicle of the Russian embassy in Kabul was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the capital, Kabul on Tuesday and its employees received a slight concussion.
“Employees of the Russian diplomatic mission in Afghanistan have suffered minor injuries after their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in the capital Kabul,” the Foreign Ministry of Russia said.
Moscow has demanded a thorough investigation of the incident, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova said in a briefing in Moscow.
She noted that the ministry believes the IED was intended for a vehicle carrying Afghan security forces in Kabul.
“The Russian embassy in Kabul is implementing additional measures aimed at increasing the security of personnel and facilities of the diplomatic mission,” Zakharova added.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed to take practical steps for the promotion of trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan, besides protecting borders, Pakistani officials said.
According to Pakistani media outlets, the Prime Minister of Pakistan was chairing a high-level meeting regarding improving existing border management system in Islamabad.
Imran Khan said his government believes in independent, but secured borders. He directed to establish a special division for border management system and instructed all the concerned departments to ensure timely sharing of information and date.
The meeting was briefed that it is utmost necessary to consolidate detail of all the people, who enter Pakistan from neighboring countries through land, sea, or air routes at one place.