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Monday May 25, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Six irresponsible armed men were killed during clashes with two irresponsible armed groups in northern Baghlan province yesterday.
Col. Yousufi security directorate in police chief of Baghlan told BNA reporter, the conflicts took place between two irresponsible armed groups in Shah Kash region, Bano Andarab district of the province, in which two irresponsible armed men from both sides were killed.
Police officials started searching to identify and capture the perpetrators of the incident, Yousufi added.
M.A.Ansari

Monday May 25, 2020
Kabul (BNA) India on Sunday welcomed the ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban over three days covering the festival of Eid.
“We hope that this ceasefire would extend further and become permanent to address the dire humanitarian situation resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and pave the way for durable peace and stability for the people of Afghanistan,” the Ministry of External Affairs said.
“India stands with the people of Afghanistan in their quest for enduring peace, security, sovereignty, and prosperity,” the statement added.
Earlier, India had expressed concern over the violence in the country despite a deal between the US and the Taliban that would allow for the US to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan after a more than 18-year long stay.
Last week, on May 17, within hours of a power-sharing deal between Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday after months of political discord triggered by last year’s disputed presidential election, India on Sunday welcomed the deal.
In its response, India hoped the political agreement and creation of a council for national reconciliation will result in renewed efforts for establishing enduring peace and stability, and putting an end to externally sponsored terrorism and violence in Afghanistan.
“India welcomes the political agreement concluded by the political leadership in Kabul today,” the Ministry of External Affairs had said in a statement.
It had said India is concerned over continuing violence and terror attacks in Afghanistan and called for an immediate ceasefire as well as assistance to people reeling under the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the deal, Ghani will stay as the president while Abdullah will helm the High Council of National Reconciliation (HCNR) with executive authority and his team will have a 50 per cent share in the cabinet, Afghan media reports said.
Indianexpress
Ansari

Monday May 25, 2020
Kabul (BNA) In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
I extend my sincere congratulations and greetings to the entire Islamic world on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
Happy Eid-ul-Fitr!
May Almighty Allah accept your prayers and worships during the holy month of Ramadan.
Unfortunately, this year we observed Ramadan amidst spread of corona pandemic, which gravely affected people in Afghanistan and across the globe. I appreciate all our elders for attending here during this hazardous time.
However we had the honor of hosting our people on such a day at the Presidential Palace, this time we need to limit the number of people. On the one hand, offering Eid prayer is incumbent upon us according to the Shariah/Islamic Law, and on the other hand the risky situation requires adopting preventive and precautionary measures.
Moreover, we are required to follow the instructions of the Ministry of Public Health and as you see all elders here are maintaining a proper distance. I ask all the people of Afghanistan to follow the instructions of the Ministry of Public Health as well as that of the international health organizations and avoid communal Eid celebrations and unnecessary visits.
Our religious clerics have consensus that those who lose their lives due to coronavirus have the rank of Shaheed – martyrs. I pray for speedy recovery for the infected and wish high rank in paradise for the demised.
I extend my gratitude to Public Health Ministry staff, health professionals in private sector, doctors, medics and nurses for fighting the invisible enemy. We wish health and wellbeing for all our health personnel, who are the first responders and fighting the contagion on the front line. Based on the Cabinet’s decision, special benefits and privileges have been taken into account for them that will come into effect.
My honorable compatriots;
Today we are proud that proponents of the Republic are standing in unity. I particularly appreciate Dr. Abdullah for accepting to lead the High Council for National Reconciliation. It is a heavy burden resting on our shoulders, but we can carry the burden by sharing it.
I once again welcome the Taliban’s announcement of a cease-fire. Last night I instructed all Afghan Defense and Security forces to thoroughly observe the ceasefire and adopt a defensive posture. I repeat: I instructed all Afghan Defense and Security forces to thoroughly observe the cease-fire. I hope this Eid becomes a joyous and happy moment for all our compatriots, as it was during the three-day Eid ceasefire two years ago.
As a responsible government, we want to take another step. We declare that the Taliban prisoners’ release process will be accelerated for which necessary measures will be in place. In the meantime, I call upon the Taliban to release the Afghan defense and security forces in their captivity as soon as possible.
One issue needs to be clarified. Some circles have instilled into the Taliban that accepting a ceasefire will weaken them; and in case they observing a cease-fire for a long period of time, they will lose their political influence/force. I want to clarify that the Taliban are a reality of the Afghan society. Where the Taliban can prove this political influence is the negotiation table, not the battle field. And we need to understand that announcement of ceasefire by the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan that has been my and Dr. Abdullah’s stance for several years, signifies our strength, not weakness.
Winner of the peace will be the great nation of Afghanistan. The war brought nothing, but adversity and misery particularly for Afghan women. Afghan women are at the front row of political consensus for peace like the Afghan politicians here and the entire Afghan nation.
Peace is our national demand and we need to understand that the people of Afghanistan will be the owner of peace agreement, not individuals and groups. It is the Afghan people that ultimately approve the peace agreement.
I ask the Taliban to avoid harming the Afghan nation. Anybody who gets wounded or martyred will cause another irreparable suffering and damage. From a Sharia perspective, all our Islamic clerics agree that the ongoing war is not legitimate. Therefore, the fundamental approach is to enter into peace negotiations, where the Afghan government’s negotiating delegation stands ready to immediately begin the process. This is an inclusive delegation that represents the Afghan nation and government in which presence of all segments of the Afghan society is ensured.
Stability is the ultimate goal of peace. We have gone through instability; we know and feel it in our bones. Peace is the lost piece of our society; peace and stability are interrelated. Therefore we need to look for a year of sustainable and lasting peace that can lead to stability.
I have separately discussed with army corps commanders, provincial police chiefs and directors of national security during the past four weeks as an effort to improve the general security status of the country and to assure them of my full support for our brave defense and security forces.
I reaffirm my commitment that we continue to support our forces financially and spiritually and to provide them with better equipment, enablers and food.
I extend gratitude to our Defense and Security forces that are fighting and paying the ultimate sacrifice to protect their compatriots and bring stability to their homeland. I am grateful to their families who send their sons to serve at the ranks of the Afghan forces to defend the homeland. Once again, I extend my congratulations to the Afghan nation, particularly the families of our fallen heroes on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
A stable Afghanistan will lead to a stable region, and a prosperous Afghanistan will ensure prosperity in the region. Regional connectivity and ample regional cooperation is the key to our future success. Here I want to call upon all our regional partners and our neighbors, near and far, to work together with the Afghan government and people for peace and enhancing stability in the Afghanistan and the region.
Stay home. Stay healthy and safe.
Long live Afghanistan
Ansari

 

Saturday, May 23, 2020
Pul-e-Khomri (BNA) A four Member-Taliban militants were joined peace process in Baghlan.
According to BNA correspondent, colonel Mohammad Wais Samimi police commander of Baghlan told reporters, the militants were joined to government with their hand weapons.
This is the second group of armed opposition to join the peace process in Baghlan this week.
Meanwhile, a group of 15 Taliban insurgents joined the government three days ago in Tala and Barfak District, Badakhshan.
T. Yarzada

 

Saturday, May 23, 2020
Faizabad (BNA) Fourteen Taliban terrorist group were killed in security forces raid in outskirt of Faizabad city Badakhshan.
Senaullah Rohani police spokesman of Badakhshan told BNA, Taliban late yesterday night attacked on police checkpoint in Faizabad city, which were faced with sever resistance of security troop, and with killing of 14 insurgents and wounding of several others, they fled the scene.
Two policeman were also martyred in the conflict, Rohani added.
T. Yarzada

 

 

Saturday, May 23, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA) Chaparhar district governor of Nangarhar Mohammad Sediq Doulatzai, was wounded in a suicide attack yesterday.
BNA quoting from spokesman governor of Nangarhar, Chaparhar district governor was come under attack by suicide bomber while moving from work toward his home, in the event, he and his son was injured.
T. Yarzada

 

Saturday, 23 May 2020 00:20

Deserved Families Received Aids

Saturday, May 23, 2020
Bazarak (BNA) Foodstuffs distributed to dozens of deserved and poor families in Panjshir.
According to BNA local correspondent, Azizi Bank to his series of humanitarian aids distributed 200 bags of flour to poor and deserved families in Panjshir.
The donation was distributed in presence of deputy governor of Panjshir Mohammad Amin Sediqi to deserved families.
Deputy governor of Panjshir while distributing of the aids, thanked the Azizi Bank officials said, that in the current situation, such aid would not be without benefits for poor families.
T. Yarzada

 

Saturday, May 23, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Officials saying capital Kabul will be completely quarantined during the days of Eid-ul-Fiter to prevent the outbreak of the fatal Coronavirus.
According to officials, people should stay indoors throughout the Eid and avoid traveling at all. Aimed to stop the Coronavirus outbreak, at a cabinet meeting Thursday, President Ghani called on the nation to refrain from traveling during the Eid-ul-Fiter holidays.
Kabul Governor Mohammad Yaqoub Haidari has also said that there would be a severe curfew in Kabul during the holiday for the same purpose.
Meanwhile, the ministry of interior has said that in line with the cabinet decision, this Eid will be a full curfew in Kabul and that the police are going to enforce it strictly.
Public Health Deputy Minister Waheed Majrooh, also wants the people not to make visits on Eid days and celebrate the Eid with their families only.
Health officials also say that an unprecedented calamity is on its way to hit the nation unless the people abide by the rules of restrictions and follow the health guidelines. On the other hand, President Ghani has approved a plan presented by governor of Kabul to gradually ease restrictions on business and travel after Eid holidays.
Yarzada


 

Saturday, May 23, 2020
Kabul (BNA) UNAMA chief in a statement on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr asked warring parties to stop violence during the auspicious days.
“I warmly extend Eid Mubarak wishes to all Afghans on behalf of the United Nations in Afghanistan.
Yes, we share your hopes for an Eid without conflict so every family can celebrate this auspicious and important time in peace,” Deborah Lyons, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA said.
She urged all those in positions of power to do everything possible to stop the violence and to respect this time of reflection and tolerance.
“This year COVID-19 presents a new challenge for the country, including events during Eid when extended families would normally gather in celebration.
I encourage everyone to take the necessary preventative measures to protect yourselves, your loved ones and community, she said. UNAMA chief hoped that the sense of solidarity enjoyed during Eid will continue after the festivities, ultimately ushering in a time of peace that Afghans so deeply want and so richly deserve. “The United Nations continues to stand with the people of Afghanistan in their quest for peace, prosperity and harmony.”
Yarzada


 

Saturday, May 23, 2020
Kabul (BNA A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Airbus A320 flying from Lahore has crashed in the densely populated Model Colony residential area of Karachi yesterday.
Flight PK8303, carrying 91 passengers and eight crew, was trying to land at Jinnah International Airport.
President Ghani in a tweet said: “My heart goes out to the families of victims who lost their lives in the PIA plane crash in Karachi. I offer my sincere commiserations to the people and the government of Pakistan. Afghans stand with you in this moment of grief.” Local health officials confirmed at least 37 fatalities, but a far higher death toll is feared. At least two passengers survived.
The pilot had reported a loss of engine power and subsequently issued a mayday. Air disasters timeline TV footage showed rescue crews combing through debris strewn across the streets of Model Colony, 3.2km (two miles) north-east of the airport.
A number of houses were destroyed.
The plane lost contact with air traffic control just after 14:30 local time (09:30 GMT), an airline spokesman said.
The crash came just days after Pakistan began allowing commercial flights to resume after a coronavirus lockdown. Pakistanis across the country are preparing to celebrate the end of Ramadan, with many travelling back to their homes in cities and villages.
Yarzada
 

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