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The governor of Mohammad Agha district in Logar has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for accepting millions of AFN bribe, an official said.
The spokesman of Afghanistan General Attorney, Jamshid Rasouli said, the district governor was accused of taking 18 million AFN and the verdict was issued by the anti-corruption court.
Apart from being sentenced to imprisonment, the culprit is required to pay the money he took as bribe, Rasooli added.
The Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and Iran’s new ambassador to Afghanistan said in a meeting on Wednesday that relations between the two countries are based on common values.
CE Abdullah declared that Iran is among the strategic allies and close friends of Afghanistan and thanked Iran for its cooperation with Afghanistan in different junctures.
The Iranian ambassador Bahador Aminian noted that Afghan development and security are common objectives for Iran as well, adding that the relations between the two neighboring countries have taken shape on amity and historical and cultural common values.
Aminian hoped to take effective steps to strengthen and expand the ties between the two countries.
Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock on Wednesday said that the saffron production in Afghanistan has soared to record levels in 2019, with a 22 percent increase compared to last year.
“The latest statistics showed that saffron or so-called ‘red gold’ production increased 22 percent, reaching 19,469 kg this year, which is about 20 metric tons,” the ministry said in a statement.
The statement added that more than 7,557 hectares of land were for cultivated saffron across the country this year. The country produced 16 tons of saffron last year, according to the statement.
“Saffron farmers would receive some 27 million U.S. dollars in revenues from this year’s harvest,” the statement noted.
Taliban insurgents have abducted 27 members of the People’s Peace Movement from western province of Farah, a leader of the group said on Wednesday.
The insurgents took the activists from Bala Buluk district while they were travelling in a peace march from the neighboring western Herat, Bacha Khan Mullah Dad, a member of the movement said.
The abducted activists were in the middle of a new round of protests, travelling around the country to spread a message of peace.
They have been calling for all sides of the conflict in Afghanistan to agree upon a ceasefire, a statement from the movement reads.
The People’s Peace Movement has always claimed to be an impartial group, only advocating for peace in the embattled country.
Doha has emphasized on reduction of violence in Afghanistan and vowed that the ongoing war should be resolved through negotiations and talks.
Qatar’s Foreign Ministry in a statement has said that Doha wants the Afghanistan conflicts be solved by discussion. The country has condemned the attack that has taken place in a funeral ceremony in eastern Laghman province.
Qatar currently hosts the Taliban political office in its capital city, Doha. The US diplomats and Taliban representatives have conducted several rounds of peace talks in Doha.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) says the Taliban’s shadow district chief for Nawzad district of Helmand province has been killed in Daikundi province.
MoD in a press release said that a group of Taliban’s Red Unit fighters who attempted to attack security forces’ outposts in Kejran district of Daikundi have been targeted by air forces.
According to the press release, at least seven Taliban fighters including Taliban’s shadow district chief named Abdul Wase have been killed in the airstrikes.
MoD added that a vehicle of Taliban full of arms and weaponry was also destroyed in the airstrikes.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) says at least five civilians have been wounded in a blast in Kandahar province.
The spokesman of MoI, Nasrat Rahimi said, “A number of explosives which have been placed by the Taliban in a vehicle went off at 20:50pm (local time) on Tuesday night in Ayno Mina Street of Kandahar city.”
Rahimi added that the wounded have been transferred to the hospital.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) says the Taliban’s shadow chief district for Shindand district of Herat province has been killed.
MoD in a press release has said that the Afghan Commando forces have carried out a special operation on the Taliban’s shadow chief district hideout in Abb Barik village of Kashk-e Kohna district.
According to the press release, the Taliban shadow chief district identified as Abdul Marouf known as Mukhles has been killed along with one of his bodyguards.
The press release added that Afghan Commando forces have also seized an AK weapon, one motorcycle and two smart phones during the operation.
The Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and US ambassador to Kabul, John Bass have emphasized on the impartial address of the Afghan presidential electoral complaints by the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC).
The Executive Office in a press release has said that the CE Abdullah met the US ambassador on Tuesday and discussed over addressing the election complaints by the IECC, efforts to achieve peace and the latest security developments in the country.
According to the press release, both sides have stressed that the process of addressing the electoral complaints should be impartially, in accordance with the law and electoral procedures.
An Indian Intelligence Bureau report has said that there is a plot that has been hatched to bomb the Indian missions in Afghanistan.
The report further states that the ISIS has tasked the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and the IS-K in Afghanistan to carry out the bombings.
As per One India report, most of the Indians who are part of the ISIS Khorasan in Afghanistan are from Kerala, India.
The report says that the attacks are being coordinated in Pakistan and are being overseen by one Saifulla who is a native of Lahore.
The report also says that the attacks would be in the nature of a suicide bombing and 5 persons have been trained for the operation.
In the year 2008, a suicide bombing outside the Indian embassy had claimed 40 lives. The Indian missions have been the primary targets of these groups.
Hours after the U.S. military announced a soldier from Bergen County had been killed in combat, a GoFundMe page has raised nearly $25,000 for his family.
Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Goble, 33, of Westwood, was injured Sunday in the Kunduz Province and died from his injuries on Monday, officials said.
“We lost a true American hero yesterday. Anyone that crossed paths with Mike was truly blessed. I have never met a soldier that was more passionate and patriotic than Mike Goble,” wrote Lisa Barker of Connecticut, who organized the GoFundMe.
Goble was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, the military said.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for Goble’s death, although the military would not confirm whether the movement’s claims were accurate.
In a UN-backed radio programme broadcast from Afghanistan’s south-eastern province of Ghazni, rights activists and other community leaders urged audiences to step up their efforts to eradicate violence against women.
As per UNAMA report, in the panel-style discussion, participants who were brought together by UNAMA’s Gardez regional office in Ghazni’s capital discussed the roles different community groups can play in raising their voices to support and protect women’s rights in Afghanistan.
The panel participants jointly called for investing in women’s education to address the main obstacles that hinder their full participation in Afghanistan’s social, political and economic life, and focused especially on the importance of raising awareness across the nation about protecting women’s rights.
The discussion also touched on harmful traditional practices which include child marriage, forced marriage, the giving away of girls to settle disputes, forced isolation in the home and ‘honour’ killings – as barriers to the full empowerment of women.
Afghanistan has made strides in addressing women’s rights with legislation and in other areas, but much remains to be achieved as Afghan women continue face violence and discrimination. Many structural barriers – including poverty, inequality, illiteracy, harmful traditional practices and violent extremism – make women, especially those in remote provinces, especially susceptible to violence and abuse.