22 January 2019

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Kabul (BNA) US Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad met Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday at the Pakistani Foreign Office.
During their meeting, Khalilzad thanked the Pakistani FM for facilitating the direct talks between the United States and the Taliban.  The US envoy briefed the foreign minister of his recent engagements in the region for Afghan peace and reconciliation process.
Pakistani FM Qureshi assured Khalilzad of Pakistan’s support for the Afghan peace process.  The foreign minister asserted that peace in Afghanistan is their common responsibility.
The US envoy arrived on Thursday in Pakistan and held talks with Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua.  The two sides discussed developments in the Afghan reconciliation process.  The FO spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said, “Foreign Secretary reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to facilitate Afghan reconciliation process to realize the shred goal of peace and stability in the region.  It was noted that taking the Afghan peace process forward remained a shared responsibility.”
Khalilzad also traveled to Afghanistan, China and India as part of the four-nation trip which will end on January 21.
The US State Department issued a press release which reads that this trip by the US envoy is to facilitate an inclusive peace process in Afghanistan’.
The press release further stated, “The United State supports the desire of the Afghan people and the international community for a political settlement that ends the 40 year conflict and ensures Afghanistan never again serves as a platform for international terrorism.”
 

Saturday January 19, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with US Secretary of State’s Special Envoy on Afghan Peace Process Zalmai Khalilzad, the Presidential Palace said in a statement the other day.
During the meeting, Khalilzad shared the details of his visits to regional countries, India, China and UAE aimed to establish a regional consensus to commence peace process, adding he would continue his visits, according to the statement. He also answered the questions had been asked by participants. Afterwards, the president while appreciating Khalilzad’s efforts to revive peace negotiations with Taliban said there was a complete consensus to restore peace in Afghanistan. Both sides also stressed on starting Afghan-led and owned peace process. The meeting was attended by First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum, Second VP Sarwar Danesh, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, and some other national figures and political parties’ leaders.
 

Saturday January 19, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday talked over the telephone and invited each other to visit their countries besides discussing the Afghanistan peace process.
A statement from the Presidential Palace said both the sides discussed the Afghanistan peace process under leadership and ownership of the Afghans. President Ghani invited the Pakistani premier to visit Afghanistan at his earliest convenience and Khan reciprocated by inviting the Afghan president to visit Pakistan, the statement added. The telephonic contact between President Ghani and Pakistani premier Imran Khan coincides with US representative for reconciliation in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad’s arrival in Islamabad on Thursday morning.
 

Thursday January 17, 2019

Kabul (BNA) The release of munitions by the US Air Force (USAF) over Afghanistan remained at a high level in November 2018, according to US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT).
Recently released data shows that USAF aircraft (manned and unmanned) released 841 munitions during that month as part of Operation 'Freedom's Sentinel' and the NATO-led 'Resolute Support' mission in the Central Asian country: 72 more than in the previous month and 489 more than in September 2017.
The intensified use of air power is part of a military campaign launched in November 2017 by US and Afghan forces that is aimed at destroying the revenue sources, training facilities, and support networks of militant groups operating in Afghanistan, including the Taliban and the Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) groups.
Janes
 

Thursday January 17, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Banned Afghan football boss Keramuddin Karim has lost the first crucial stage in his effort to clear his name over allegations of sexual abuse.
FIFA says chief ethics judge Vassilios Skouris has dismissed Karim’s appeal against a 90-day interim ban while an investigation continues.
Ethics investigators announced the provisional ban, which can be extended by 45 days, in December after media reports of allegations by senior figures associated with the women’s team.
FIFA was alerted last year to reports of abuse which allegedly happened at federation headquarters in Kabul and a training camp in Jordan.
Karim has totally denied any wrongdoing saying there were those “inside and outside the country plotting against us”.
But Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has also ordered an investigation while Danish sportswear brand Hummel have cancelled a national team sponsorship deal.
Insideworldfootball
 

Thursday January 17, 2019

Kabul (BNA) An Afghan official said on Tuesday Iran and Afghanistan have numerous commonalities and they are inseparable in commercial cooperation.
Head of Ghazni Chamber of Trade and Industries Abdul Matin Qalandari added during the meeting on avenues for promoting trade between Kerman and Afghanistan that economic activists of both countries should solve their problems sincerely. “We are in Kerman to take advantage of commercial opportunities in favor of both nations,” he said, noting Afghanistan's imports from Iran is meager and customs problems such as quarantine of fruits should be solved through dialogue.
Currently, China meets Afghanistan’s needed fruits while Kerman boast of numerous potentials for exporting fruits to the country, he said. Transit from Hurmozgan is easy and imports form Karachi and China costs a lot for Afghanistan, he said. He also promised that Afghan merchants will remain alongside Iran in sanctions era sincerely. If Afghan government does not create obstacles, economic activists can double Afghan exports to Iran, Qalandari said.
Irna
 

Thursday January 17, 2019

Kabul (BNA) The Taliban issued a statement Tuesday threatening to end contact with the U.S. even as Washington's peace envoy makes another round of the region in pursuit of a negotiated end to Afghanistan's protracted conflict before a frustrated President Donald Trump makes good on his 2016 campaign promise to end America's involvement.
Earlier in the day, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul said Zalmay Khalilzad had arrived in Kabul following visits to India, the United Arab Emirates and China. Khalilzad was to meet President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and other political leaders to discuss the next steps in U.S. efforts to get an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process started.
The Taliban have refused repeatedly to meet directly with representatives of the Kabul government. According to the insurgent statement, the U.S. agreed in meetings in November on a two-point agenda: Withdrawal of foreign troops and guarantees that Afghanistan would not again be used as it was by al-Qaida to plot attacks on other countries. The statement accused Washington of seeking to expand the agenda, presumably a reference to a U.S. demand that the Taliban hold direct talks with the Afghan government.
Meanwhile, Khalilzad was expected in Pakistan following his meetings in the Afghan capital.
There were reports Tuesday that Pakistan had arrested Taliban leader Hafiz Mohibullah in Peshawar, in northwest Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan. Taliban officials, who confirmed the arrest, said he was later released. Mohibullah is a member of the Taliban political commission based in Pakistan. Previously he was head of the Taliban military commission overseeing operations in 18 norther and eastern provinces.
Stripes
 

Thursday January 17, 2019

Kabul (BNA) United States former ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter Tuesday called on Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Prime Minister’s Office. Welcoming the ambassador, the prime minister reiterated the importance of a strong Pakistan-US relationship based on mutuality of interest and trust. The prime minister noted his government’s priorities to bring about a meaningful transformation in the lives of Pakistani citizens through socioeconomic development and equitable distribution of resources. Imran said regional security environment was necessary to realize the economic agenda of his government. He emphasized that Pakistan fully supports a political settlement in Afghanistan which was the only viable option to end this conflict. “Solution to the Afghan imbroglio can only be found through political initiatives,” he opined. The former ambassador said that he continues to advocate for a strong relationship between Pakistan and the US, adding that Pakistan is an important country of the region and critical to US national security objectives.
Dailytimes
 

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 12:06

Policemen Martyred in Taliban Attack

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Mazar-e-Sharif (BNA) Nine policemen were martyred in Balkh province last night.
Abdul Mateen Khwajazada Chamtal district governor told BNA correspondent, the policemen have been martyred in attack of Taliban on police checkpoint in Bangala village, Chamtal district.
According to Khwajazada, three other policemen were also wounded in the event.
It is mentionable that most of the martyred of the event were local police officers.
Six policemen were also martyred in Taliban attack on police checkpoint in Chamtal district, Balkh province two weeks ago.
  T. Yarzada
 

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 12:04

Blast Prevented in Ghazni

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Ghazni (BNA) Blast was prevented in Ghazni province today.
Ahmad Khan Seerat spokesman for Ghazni security commandment told BNA, police of 3rd zone in Ghazni province discovered and neutralized quantity of explosive materials which were placed in a sack for terrorist activities by Taliban on a main road.
He added, police started investigation to identity and arrest the perpetrators.
T. Yarzada
 

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