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Monday June 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Taliban militants from several sides have stormed on Anar Dara district, western Farah province last night and this morning.
A senior commander of Afghan National Army in the west of the country told BNA reporter, after the attack clashes ongoing between Taliban and Afghan security forces in Anar Dara district, Farah province.
Taliban militants’ sustained heavy casualties, but the exact number is not clear yet, the source added.
By ending 3-days ceasefire of Taliban, the rebels started their attacks on Afghan security forces across the country.
Meanwhile, senior military officials say, Afghan security forces by full preparation are ready to push back any movements of Taliban militants in different parts of the country.
M.A.Ansari
 

Monday June 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) About 13 Taliban fighters were killed during clashes with Afghan security forces in southern Helmand province last night.
The clashes took place after ending of Taliban 3-days ceasefire when Taliban militants carried out attack on several Afghan security forces’ checkpoints in vicinity of Helmand province.
Press office of Helmand governor by releasing a statement reported that 13 Taliban militants were killed, but there is no report about probably casualties suffered to Afghan security forces during the clashes.
Meanwhile, two weapon storages belonging Taliban militants have been discovered by Afghan security forces in relevant areas of Lashkargah city the provincial capital of Helmand province.
Several heavy and light weapons have been seized from the weapon storages, a military official says.
M.A.Ansari
 

Monday June 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) At least seven Taliban militants were killed when they launched attack on Afghan security forces’ checkpoints in eastern Laghman province last night and this morning.
Senior commander of police in the east of the country told BNA, Taliban militants attacked on Afghan security forces’ checkpoint after their 3 days ceasefire ended in Alishing district of Laghman province, in which 7 rebels were killed and four others were wounded.
Afghan security forces were ready to react against any movements of Taliban militants after ending their ceasefire, the source added.
The senior police commander said nothing about probably casualties caused on Afghan security forces following the attack.
According to another report, Afghan security forces by discovering and confiscating six round of different types of mines succeeded to prevent a series of bloodiest incidents in various parts of Laghman province.
M.A.Ansari
 

Monday, 18 June 2018 06:00

Increasing Trend of Taliban To Peace

Monday June 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The massive presence of Taliban among their families and people during Eid days indicates that the demand for peace is increasing by passing each day, even Taliban want to live among their people.
BNA social affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes the three day ceasefire between the state forces and Taliban provided the ground for hundreds of Taliban to cease violence and fighting and join their families and people and at least be away from armed clashes and explosions during Eid days.
The presence of Taliban in the cities living freely there, on one hand proved that the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is committed to encourage armed oppositions to enjoy a peaceful life, on the other hand the presence of Taliban during Eid days in big cities is a clear indicative that how much they are exhausted from war and how much they are eager to live among their people and relatives.
Likewise, the warm welcoming of Taliban by security forces and people made it clear that the two sides are serious in ensuring peace in the country and peace is the demand of every citizens of this war suffering nation.
The warm welcoming of Taliban by people especially the residents of the capital gave a message for Taliban that we ignore the previous pains and agonies caused by suicide attacks, explosions and other criminal acts because Almighty God calls peace good and favorable and responding to this holy call, is responding to the heartbeats of thousands of widows, orphans and disabled people and finally listening to the war exhausted citizens of this country. 
Coming to the cities, Taliban found that how much the life is pleasant among the people and the rule of law and how much delightful is working in a democratic society.
The massive presence of Taliban among the people and their desire for living free of violence prove that Taliban like other citizens of the country are exhausted from fighting. We hope, the leadership of the group, to understand the desires and wisely work for realizing them.
 

Monday June 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) In a message on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar said foreign countries and their intelligence agencies have been keeping the war flames alive in Afghanistan.
Reacting to video and pictures on social media showing cheerful soldiers and Taliban hugging one another and exchanging Eid greeting in several provinces, NSA Hanif Atmar said the two men- one soldier and one Talib- with their smiling faces indicated a fortunate future and trust building between the sides. “These two men live in different worlds of thinking, but their features show they have the same blood, they are from the same race and both want a bright future for their motherland.” “On our sacred land, foreign countries and their intelligence agencies have been keeping alive the flames of war in Afghanistan to reach their nefarious designs, otherwise, the Afghans under no circumstances want the war to continue,” said the NSA. Video and pictures on social media showed cheerful soldiers and Taliban hugging once another and exchanging Eid greetings in Logar province, south of Kabul and Zabul in the south and central Maidan Wardak. No report of violence could be reported over the past 24 hours after the Taliban’s ceasefire went into effect on Friday, overlapping with an Afghan government ceasefire which lasts until Wednesday.
 

Monday June 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Unfortunately deadly terrorists attack in the eastern province of Nangarhar targeted people celebrating cease fire and peace in 2nd Eid-ul-Fitr day.
According to BNA report, denouncing the attack, President Ghani said: “Enemy of peace and stability committed human crime in the holy days of Eid-ul-Fitr and once again they proved that they have to disturb peaceful atmosphere in any cost. Expressing his deep condolence to the bereaved families of the incident, the President said the terroristic attack was an attack on the Afghan people and that those killed in the attack would be named the Peace Martyrs.
 

Monday June 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Saturday in an address to the nation ordered security forces to extend an already in place ceasefire with the Taliban and urged the rebels to reciprocate.
The President said many were skeptical about Taliban’s positive response to the ceasefire before it was put into practice, but all those doubts vanished once the ceasefire went into effect and assumption made by many analysts and politicians proved wrong. “We’re ready for comprehensive negotiations on all those issues and demands that have been put-forth, we are ready to discuss them at the peace talks. The Afghan government is ready to discuss issues of mutual concern with neighboring countries and presence of foreign forces,” the President added.
President Ghani said peace was an urgent need and as it turned out there had been a consensus between the Afghan government and the Taliban in the last 24 hours on peace. “It proved that we are all for peace. Fortunately, there’s also consensus among the international community on peace in Afghanistan.” “A good example of this consensus is the joint Eid prayers performed by the Taliban and government employees in different mosques. Both sides sang about peace and harmony and in Eid the environment during sermons was different than before, all the religious scholars and Imams spoke about the value, significance and importance of peace in Islam,’ the President noted. “To respect the public’s wishes and to support their demands about peace, I am ordering the security and defense forces to extend the ceasefire from the fourth day to Eid. We will soon share the details of the proposed ceasefire with the nation.” “We also request the Afghan Taliban to extend their ceasefire. During the ceasefire, we will provide medical assistance to the wounded Taliban and will provided them any humanitarian assistance if needed. Taliban prisoners will also be allowed to contact and see their families,” the President said. He said in the country’s north, northwest, west and south there had been a severe drought causing millions of Afghans to suffer and face monumental risks. He said if the ceasefire continued, it would allow everyone to share their resource in order to help affected people. “So, our desire for peace and prosperity will be truly realized.”
 

Monday June 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani after the Eid-ul-Fitr prayer, appeared to media and expressed hope for the extension of peace in the country.
According to BNA report, the President recalled the peace loving rally of the Afghan youth particularly the Helmandis convoy who walked hundreds of kilometers to extend peace message. The country’s President announced a one-side ceasefire, which was observed by the armed Taliba, as many of them arrived in the cities, where they hugged and shocked hands with security forces. The President, meanwhile praised the efforts of the country’s Ulama for releasing a Fatwa, condemning war and bloodshed and calling on the Taliban to give up arm and join peace process. The President also thanked the international community, particularly the US, NATO and the Islamic Cooperation Organization for their support to the Afghan government announced ceasefire.
“This looks like the people of Afghanistan recognize no other alternative except the elections as an effective option,” as the last better experiences led the country to disaster. He said the country’s constitution was a national assurance and the parliamentary and district councils’ elections would be held under the constitution to help the people determine their future and leadership. According to another report, the country’s President granted a one-month additional salary to the country’s special segment personnel and enquired the injured of the country’s armed forces in the Sardar Mohmmad Daud Khan hospital.
 

Monday June 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) In an unexpected move, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on June 5 announced an unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban until June 20, coinciding with the end of the holy fasting month.
On June 9, the Taliban announced that their fighters would stop attacking Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) for the first three days of Eid-ul-Fitr. The government ceasefire fostered a rare assurance of peace in the war-torn country. Deputy interior minister Massoud Azizi said the ceasefire was being monitored throughout the country.” Luckily there have been no attacks,” he told media. Governors in Helmand, Kandahar and Zabul said both sides had adhered to the ceasefire and that there had been no reports of violence in 3 days of Eid-ul-Fitr. Members of right groups organized a brief meeting between Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents in Helmand’s capital city, Lashkargah. Men and women gathered around the soldiers and Taliban fighters and urged them to keep their weapons at their sides before they hugged each other. “It was the most peaceful Eid. For the first time we felt safe. It is hard to describe the joy,” said Qais Liwal, a college student in Zabul. The ceasefire coincided with the start of the World Cup, a cricket test match debut against India and hopes for elections later in the year and for peace that lasts longer than just a few days following months of deteriorating security, especially in the capital, Kabul. Waving their white flag, a number of Taliban militants though unarmed entered the capital Kabul on Saturday after being allowed by government authorities amid an ongoing truce between the warring sides. On Saturday, the day two of Eid, Afghan security forces allowed some unarmed Taliban members to enter the capital city and meet people. The development comes a day after cheering Afghan soldiers and Taliban militants posed for selfies and exchanged Eid greetings in several areas. Video clips on social media show a number of militants with white flags in their hands stand together with Afghan security forces on Kota Sangi Bridge in Mirwais Maidan area of Kabul. Addressing the nation, President Ghani on Saturday ordered security forces to extend an already in place ceasefire with the Taliban and urged the rebels to reciprocate. The President said many were skeptical about Taliban’s positive response to the ceasefire before it was put into practice, but all those doubts vanished once the ceasefire went into effect and assumptions made by many analysts and politicians proved wrong.
 

Friday June 15, 2018

Bengaluru (BNA)  India is "completely committed to strengthening and rebuilding Afghanistan including their sports," said Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore on the sidelines of the ongoing first-ever test match between the two countries in Bengaluru's M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Both, Rathore and Afghanistan's Chief Executive left Chinnaswamy stadium after witnessing part of Test match between the two countries.
The minister said that when it comes to inter-country relations, they are like "inseparable brothers". Speaking to ANI he said, "Relations of India and Afghanistan date back to many, many decades; and India Afghanistan are two inseparable brothers, we are completely committed to strengthening and rebuilding Afghanistan including their sports." He congratulated Afghanistan on becoming a full Test team and further wished to see them perform in several other sports.
"We have seen them in Indian Premier League (IPL) and congratulations to Afghanistan for becoming a full Test team now. We would like to see them more in other sports as well, wrestling leagues, kabaddi leagues and many other Olympic sports," he added.
Further, he added that Afghanistan's potential will start blooming once peace in the country starts to descend. Meanwhile, Chief Executive of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah while speaking to ANI appreciated Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for their help to the Afghanistan team, as they had provided the team with a cricket ground in Uttar Pradesh's Noida city for practice. "BCCI has helped our team throughout, but they (Afghanistan) have shown big talent, spirit, and energy and they have come thus far, we are very hopeful towards their future," Abdullah said. After watching part of the test match, he hailed it as a new dimension in the inter-country relations. "It is a historical event in our sports history and also in our relations between both countries. As far as sport is concerned, the Afghan players have come a long way in a short period of time," he said. He praised the Afghanistan team for making cricket a well-known sport in the country in a very short time; and especially spinner Rashid Khan, who had a successful stint in the 11th edition in the Indian Premier League.
The 19-year old finished with a total of 21 wickets for runner-ups, Sunrisers Hyderabad. "Rashid Khan is a well-known name in India, so are one or two more of these. Cricket was not a known sport in Afghanistan a few years back, but today because of players like them it's now very popular.
Our people feel proud of them," he said. On a related note, India won the toss opted to bat first in the historic one-off Test match against Afghanistan at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday. India has headed into the match without their regular captain Virat Kohli, who is currently undergoing rehabilitation for a neck injury sustained during his campaign with the Rajasthan Royals at the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). For Afghanistan, Afsar Zazai will keep wicket while two frontline spinners-- Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman-- have also been named in the Playing XI.
Afghanistan, who has fast established themselves as a force to reckon with in the shorter formats, will become the 12th side to feature in men's Test cricket after Ireland debuted against Pakistan last month.
In day one of the test match, India is on the crease, having scored 280runs for the loss of a single wicket.
(ANI)
 

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