Newsfeed: Wednesday, May 15

Latest news and happenings of Afghanistan and region…

  • 15 May 2019 Share this post

    Taliban Insurgent Arrested in Helmand

    A key Taliban insurgent group member who was also the mastermind of the terrorist attacks of the group in Helmand province was arrested, as per officials.

    As a result of night raid of special police units in Jomand village of Lashkar Gah city of Helmand province, a key Taliban insurgent group member by the name of Aho Jan was arrested, said Interior Ministry on Wednesday.

    The ministry has not provided details about the attacks that the arrested individual has been involved with.

  • 15 May 2019 Share this post

    Deputy Attorney General’s Office in Military Affairs has investigated 554 Cases

    According to the Deputy Attorney General’s Office in Military Affairs, during March 2019, the office has registered 554 criminal cases.

    Among this, 203 cases have been sent to preliminary court after preparing their indictment and lawsuit and 50 of those cases have been resolved and 39 of them have referred to Appeal Court.

    Meanwhile, the other 153 cases are still under investigation.

    The officials say that 17 cases have been rejected and 50 others are disbanded because of lack of evidence and proof.

    The reports say that these cases are comprised of 12 cases of crime against individuals, 5 cases against goods (deception, betrayal, fake, illegal extortion and embezzlement) and 4 cases were about crime against internal and external security.

    Based on the provided information, an amount over 2 million has been deposited to government account from cash penalty, embezzlement, narcotics and deduction of 50 % salary of the military personnel.

  • 15 May 2019 Share this post

    Ghani Welcomes Newly Elected Representatives of Lower House

    President Ghani has welcomed the new incoming members of Lower House after Kabul and Pakita final results were announced.

    “Ghazni election is important to be held with other elections but yet lack of Ghazni MPs in the parliament is a vacuum and I want the attention of the electoral commissions in this regard,” Ghani says.

    Ghani called on new MPs to pay “more attention” to the amendment of the election law in the future.

    New Kabul and Paktia MPs took the oath of office at a ceremony in the Presidential Palace on Wednesday.

    President Ghani administered the oath-taking ceremony of new MPs of Kabul and Paktia.

    “It is hoped that the government’s impartial role in parliamentary election has been proven”, Ghani said.

    However, President Ghani called the previous two electoral commissions “incompetent”.

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    Nai: Government Aspires to Act Against Freedom of Speech

    Nai Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan says that Afghan government wants take steps against freedom of speech.

    In response to recent statement of Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology in an interview with BBC Persian, Nai said in a statement, “This is the most concerning action that the National Unity Government has taken in last few years to confine freedom of expression.”

    Telecommunications Minister’s remarks are against constitution and it is the first step towards tyrannizing the system, Nai said in the statement.

    Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan has urged international organizations who support freedom of expression that through legal pressures and official channels hold Afghan government accountable to its commitment.

    Meanwhile, Shahzad Aryobee, Minister of Communications and Information Technology in an interview with the BBC had said, “We have made Internet access local and now we are able to censor anything we want to do, we can block things which is not necessary or pose harms to Afghanistan and our tradition and culture”.

  • 15 May 2019 Share this post

    Blast Foiled in Maidan Wardak as Suicide Bomber Killed

    Security officials have announced that a suicide bomber was killed by police personnel in Maidan Wardak.

    A suicide bomber who planned to blow up explosives by entering a building of Saydabad district of Maidan Wardak province was identified and killed by police personnel of the district, Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.

    Saydabad is a district located on the Kabul-Kandahar highway, is among the insecure districts of Maidan and security forces supply convoys have been repeatedly attacked by Taliban insurgents in the district.

  • 15 May 2019 Share this post

    Covering Face Banned for Men in Herat Province

    Herat Police Command has said that, from now on covering face and head with any clothing is banned for men in Herat province

    Men covering their face and head generally causes fear among citizens, said Herat police command.

    Herat Police Command further stated that police investigations show that many individuals used to cover their heads and face for criminal offenses and activities.

    In respect to the above concerns, 100 suspicious street dwellers were arrested on Tuesday and only after biometric check and providing guarantee were they released, said Herat police command.

  • 15 May 2019 Share this post

    IEC Declares Final Results for Kabul Parliamentary Elections

    The Independent Election Commission declared the final results of Kabul parliamentary elections after a delay.

    The candidates announced from Kabul who are going to be representing the province in the Lower House of Parliament are:

    Haji Ajmal Rahmani
    Alhaj Abdul Qayum Khair Khah
    Khan Agha Rezaee
    Alhaj Mullah Mohammad Khan Ahmadi
    Fada Mohammad Ulfat Saleh
    Ahmad Jawid Jaihoon
    Mir Amanullah Gozar
    Alhaj Amir Gul Shaheen
    Ghulam Hussain Naseri
    Dr. Ramazan Bashardost
    Alhaj Sayid Mohammad Mohamadi
    Alhaj Allah Gul Mojahid
    Haji Khan Mohammad Wardak
    Alhaj Qazi Mir Afghan Safi
    Najibullah Nasir
    Habibu-rahman Sayyaf
    Anwar Khan Auriakhel

    Sofi Abdulraziq Istalifi
    Tawfiq Wahdat
    Haji Zalgai Habibi
    Mohammad Naim Wardak
    Haji Hafizullah Jalili
    Erfanullah Erfan
    Obaidullah Kalimzai Wardak
    Wakil Fatima Nazari
    Genral Nazifa Zaki
    Shinkai Karokhail
    Morsal Nabizadah
    Fawzia Naseryar Guldaraye
    Robina Jalali
    Maryam Samah
    Zohra Nawrozi
    Bibi Haji Parwan Durani

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    Trump Denies Sending 120K Troops to Counter Iran

    M US President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied a New York Times report that U.S. officials were discussing a military plan to send up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East to counter any attack or nuclear weapons acceleration by Iran.

    “I think it’s fake news, OK? Now, would I do that? Absolutely. But we have not planned for that. Hopefully we’re not going to have to plan for that. And if we did that, we’d send a hell of a lot more troops than that,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

    The Times reported that Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented an updated plan last week in a meeting of top national security aides that envisions sending as many as 120,000 American troops to the region if Iran attacks U.S. forces or accelerates work on its nuclear weapons.