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Kabul: A prosecutor has been arrested for taking 40,000 Afghanis as a bribe in Kapisa, the Attorney General’s Office announced on Sunday.
The prosecutor in charge of the investigation was the primary prosecutor of the Nejrab district of Kapisa. According to the Attorney General’s Office, the accused was arrested on April 27 by the General Prosecutor’s Office for Control and Surveillance in cooperation with the security forces following a complaint from a resident of Kapisa province.
The complainant stated that the Investigative Prosecutor of the Nejrab District Prosecutor’s Office in Kapisa Province had demanded 100,000 afghanis from him to demand death sentence or imprisonment for his brother’s killer.
Kabul: Adhering to medical ethics of utmost importance apart from providing health service, said Acting Minister of Health, Vahid Majrooh at the opening ceremony of the first Medical Ethics Committee at Malalai Ziegenton Hospital on Sunday.
Majrooh said, “We will try to provide all the necessary facilities to the health workers in the hospitals, and we expect you to observe the ethics of medicine in addition to your services.”
According to Majrooh, in health centers, there are people who treat the patient well and they are the role models of the health sector.
On the other hand, Nasrin Oryakhil, chairwoman of the Afghan Medical Council, said at the ceremony that she was working to expand the committee to all Kabul hospitals and monitor the performance of doctors, especially the way they treat patients in health centers and clinics.
In the past, however, patients and their companions have repeatedly complained about the mistreatment of health workers and doctors in public hospitals and in some cases in private hospitals.
Kabul: Seeking an end to the violence and bloodshed, Herat residents called on the government to try to enforce a ceasefire between the security forces and the Taliban, while they took out a protest in front of the governor’s office in the province on Sunday.
“Take heed of the holy month of Ramadan and stop the bloodshed. The Taliban have no excuse for continuing their war as withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan has begun. Unfortunately, in recent months, the war in Afghanistan has flared up and we want all parties to the war to stop fighting,” one of them said.
Meanwhile, Herat Governor Sayed Abdul Wahid Qatali said that the intensity of Taliban attacks in the districts showed that the group had no intention of ending the war. He said that the Taliban will never achieve their dream of controlling the geography.
He added that government forces are fighting the Taliban to the best of their ability.
The withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan began on May 1 formally. The Istanbul Peace Summit was scheduled to take place last April, but the Taliban refused to attend it. As of now, only the draft peace plans of both the warring sides are with the High Council for National Reconciliation.
Kabul: Condemning Friday night car bomb blast in Logar province in which 30 people, including high school students died, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has called on the global powers to continue its support to Afghanistan even after the foreign troops withdraw from the country.
“Logar incident could be the first in a line of incidents to mark the dialing down of international support for peace in Afghanistan. Situation in Afghanistan is perilous, especially when the peace process hangs in the balance. Support from the international community has never been more urgent; smart, targeted, long-term assistance can both bolster the likelihood of a sustainable peace agreement and Afghanistan’s resilience to future shocks. Sustained diplomatic and financial engagement from countries like the US and UK has never been more critical to ensure an inclusive peace process and meaningful improvement in the lives of millions of Afghans,” said Vicki Aken, country director for the IRC in Afghanistan.
Civilian casualties are all too common after four decades of war in Afghanistan. Afghanistan represents the modern face of humanitarian crisis, enduring a triple threat of climate change, conflict and COVID-19. A peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict is the only sustainable solution.
Meanwhile, even Russia’s special envoy Zamir Kabulov has called for compromise between the United States and the Taliban. “US will need to find a compromise so that the Taliban does not resume large-scale hostilities,” he said.
“We need to create a normal, inclusive, as they say now, government in Afghanistan, capable of dealing with these tasks on its territory and Moscow will make every effort to ensure that peaceful inter-Afghan negotiations take place, including cooperating with the American side,” he added.
US troops were originally scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan by May 1 as part of Washington’s deal with the Taliban. However, the date has been pushed back to September 11 after Joe Biden’s announcement on April 14.
Kabul: At least 260 Taliban insurgents have been killed and over 200 others have been wounded in 70 operations launched by security officials in Herat province over the past three months, said Herat police chief Ghulam Sanayee Stanekzai at a press conference on Sunday.
Stanekzai added that 24 Taliban insurgents had also been detained as a result of the operations, which took place at Adraskan, Zawl, Kohzur, Kashkakhana, Obe, Pashtun Zarghun, Kashk Robat Sangi, Golran, Karkh, Zandijan and Ghorian districts.
He added that some of these military operations were carried out independently by the police.
Meanwhile, Herat police have arrested 450 people in the last three months on various charges, including murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, membership in armed groups, drug trafficking, forgery of documents and bribery, in the city and districts of the province.
He added that cases of more than 70 robbers have been sent to the Herat Prosecutor’s Office.
Kabul: At least six members of the Taliban Red Unit have been killed in Sarkhroud district of Nangarhar province in a counter-attack by security forces in Ghazi Baba area on Saturday night, as per the Nangarhar press office press release.
The report added that two more were injured in the attack.
The Taliban have not yet commented to the media.
The Taliban Red unit was reportedly formed in 2016 and has been involved in several large-scale attacks in various parts of the country. In parts of Nangarhar, the Taliban and fighters from the IS-K group known as Daesh are active.
Kabul: The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Sunday reported 166 new positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in the last 24 hours.
The ministry also reported five deaths and 119 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
The total number of cases now stands at 60,288, while the number of reported deaths is 2,642 and the total number of recoveries is 53,391.
MoPH added that the new cases were reported in Kabul, Herat, Kandahar, Balkh, Nangarhar, Takhar, Baghlan, Kunduz, Parwan, Bamiyan, Maidan Wardak, Badakhshan, Kunar, Laghman, Panjshir, Uruzgan and Farah provinces.
Kabul: Three police officers have been killed and two others have been wounded after the Taliban attacked a security outpost in Qalat city, the center of Zabul, on Saturday night, according to the head of provincial council Ata Jan Haqbayan.
Local officials added that nine Taliban insurgents have also been killed during the clashes, which lasted for several hours.
The Taliban is yet to comment on the matter.
An average of 11 to 49 soldiers and civilians have been killed in Taliban attacks in Afghanistan on a daily basis following the announcement of the withdrawal of US troops from the country on April 14, local media reported.
According to statistics provided by local media, 226 Afghan civilians and military personnel have been killed in Taliban attacks in 24 provinces since April 15. Of the figure, 69 are civilians and 157 are security force members.
Kabul: Polish soldiers, numbering in thousands throughout the mission, have already begun their withdrawal from Afghanistan as per the guidelines of the staff of the Resolute Support mission, said Armed Forces Branches Operational Commander General Tomasz Piotrowski on Sunday.
The withdrawal comes after US President Joe Biden announced the drawdown of US and NATO troops from the war-ravaged country after 20 years by September 11, ending the forever war. General Tomasz Piotrowski said that the planned pullout of the Polish soldiers was being continuously adjusted to the plans of the chief commander of Resolute Support in terms of transportation, safety and logistics.
May 1 marked the formal start of the withdrawal process and although the West is discontinuing its military presence in Afghanistan, it will, regardless, continue to support the Afghan army and police. The West will also try to persuade the Taliban and the Kabul government to advance peace talks.
The drawdown continues even as efforts are underway to ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan. Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, Mirwais Nab, met Qatar’s Ambassador in Kabul, Saeed bin Mubarak Al-Khayarin Al-Hajar to discuss the peace process, consolidate regional cooperation in the post-withdrawal period of the Resolute Support Mission and expand bilateral relations.
Nab appreciated the Qatari government’s hosting of the Afghan peace talks and spoke of the beginning of a new chapter in the international community’s cooperation with Afghanistan. He said that strengthening constructive cooperation between the two countries is vital to regional peace and prosperity. The Qatari Ambassador praised the Afghan government’s comprehensive efforts to achieve lasting peace through a political solution.
Meanwhile, turbulence on ground continues unabated and Afghan National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib on Saturday questioned ongoing the violence by the Taliban, saying that the government does not see any justification for the violence at a time that the US and NATO forces have started withdrawing from Afghanistan.
“The Taliban is a force that is only seeking power,” Mohib said. “They use different tactics to justify the violence. If they justify the killing of the civilians, they even justify the slavey of an intelligence agency. The Taliban are slaves of the ISI. They get all their equipment and explosions for killing of Afghans and destruction of Afghanistan from there (Pakistan) and the entire world knows about it and the Taliban needs to explain it,” he added.
Mohib said that Al-Qaeda is playing a key role in keeping the Taliban’s war machine active in Afghanistan. Taliban has often rejected the allegations that it has close ties with Al-Qaeda.
Meanwhile, members of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have reiterated their determination to defend the nation and the country’s borders against any hostile move.
Kabul: With rising daily positive cases of the coronavirus infection, the Ministry of Public Health officials on Saturday said that the COVID-19 wave is moving from east to west of the country and most of it was recorded in Nangarhar, Laghman, Kandahar, Kabul, Herat, Nimroz and Khost provinces.
The officials raised the issue at a consultative meeting on the management of the third coronavirus wave and a number of Afghan health professionals from the United States and Europe were consulted at the meeting, the presidential palace statement said.
The meeting discussed further coordination to combat the COVID-19 wave, vaccine adaptation, oxygen delivery and hospital equipment.
According to the statement, officials from the Ministry of Public Health said that there are currently 24 coronavirus testing laboratories in 18 provinces and that these laboratories will be available in all provinces by the end of June.
Meanwhile, President Ashraf Ghani stressed on the need to address the challenge of oxygen deprivation and said that private sector cooperation should be sought in this regard and a program should be worked on to address the challenge of oxygen deprivation.
Kabul: At least seven people have been killed and 14 people were injured after a fire broke at the northern gate of Kabul in the Karizmir area of the Shakardara district of the province on Saturday night, said Kabul administration’s Interior Ministry Spokesman Tariq Arian.
According to him, some of the injured are in good health and have been released from the hospital after initial treatment.
The Interior Ministry spokesperson had previously said that dozens of fuel tankers had been destroyed as a result of the fire. He emphasizes, however, that these are initial figures and may change.
Arian said that efforts are underway to extinguish the fire which started from a “tanker” and then, spread further. The exact amount of damage caused by the fire has not been determined yet.
At the same time, the Afghan Breshna Company announced on Saturday that due to the fire, the 220 kV line of imported electricity was cut off and most areas of Kabul were without electricity. On Sunday morning, however, Breshna announced that the power line had been reconnected and work was underway to connect a second line.
Meanwhile, a number of drivers injured in the fire have reportedly protested and blocked the Kabul-North highway from traffic.