06 August 2020

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Sunday July 26, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Security checkpoints have been targeted by two cars full of explosive materials in southern Helmand province last night.
According to BNA report, Mohammad Omar Zawak spokesman of Helmand governor told media, the security checkpoints have been targeted by two cars packed with explosive materials in No1 highway at Nahr Saraj district of the province.
Two Afghan security soldiers were martyred and three more were wounded following the incidents, Zawak added.
No individual or group has commented regarding the events so far.
M.A.Ansari

 

 

Sunday July 26, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) today reported 121 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Afghanistan in the last 24 hours.
According to BNA report, the ministry also reported 12 new deaths from coronavirus and 387 recoveries within the last 24 hours.
With this, the total cases are now 36,157 the total reported deaths are 1,259 and total recoveries are 25,180 in Afghanistan.
Officials in Ministry of Public Health reported that 9,995 active cases of COVID-19 among patients at under their care as Sunday morning in Afghanistan.
It is mentionable that until now 86,166 samples of coronavirus has been tested in laboratories of the ministry across the country, the officials added.
M.A.Ansari
 

Sunday July 26, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Construction work of two primary school buildings has been completed in Faryab and Badghis provinces.
Faridoon Azhand spokesman for ministry of rural rehabilitation and development told BNA reporter, the school buildings has been constructed in Khan Chahar Bagh district, Faryab and Bala Murghab district, Badghis province.
By construction of the school buildings, better educational environment provided to more than 1000 students (girls and boys) in the mentioned areas, Azhand added.
M.A.Ansari
 

Sunday July 26, 2020
Kabul (BNA) At least 8 people were arrested accused of different criminal cases in western Herat province within the last 24 hours.
Abdul Ahad Walizada spokesman of Herat police chief told BNA correspondent, the people were arrested accused of robbery and transferring and keeping illegal weapons from relevant areas of 4th, 5th precincts of Herat city and Guzara district of the province.
A pistol, two vehicles, a motorcycles and four livestock have been seized from them, Walizada added.
M.A.Ansari
 

Sunday July 26, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Body of a policewoman was found in relevant areas of Andar district, central Ghazni province late on Saturday.
Few days ago, Fatima was abducted by Taliban fighters in Qara Bagh district, Ghazni province.
Wahidullah JumaZada spokesman of Ghazni governor told, two bodies have founded in relevant areas of Andar district of the province, a body belonged to Fatima resident of Jaghori district; who had worked as policewoman at Afghanistan ministry of interior.
The bodies have been shifted to civil hospital of Ghazni, JumaZada added.
JumaZada said nothing about the second body; founded at the area.
M.A.Ansari

 

 

Sunday July 26, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Iranian and Afghan officials reviewed the ways to complete Harat-Khaf railway on Friday.
Afghan official with Herat Governor's Office Jilani Farhad told IRNA that a joint committee convened following the emphasis of the Afghan president to accelerate construction and completion of the project considering its significance to improve transit between Iran and Afghanistan.
Vahid Ghatali, the governor of Harat, appreciated the efforts made by the Iranian consulate in Harat to help accelerate the “national project”.
Construction of Harat-Khaf railway, which is underway in four parts and is 193 km, began in 2007.  
Two parts of the railway (77km), which is located in Iran, has been completed a long time ago but the two other parts (116km), on the Afghan soil, are yet to be worked out.
Irna
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Friday July 24, 2020
Kabul (BNA) As many as 9 terrorists including two local commanders were killed during clashes with Afghan security forces in central Logar province the night before last.
According to BNA report, the conflicts took place while a group of Taliban fighters wanted to launch attack on Afghan security forces’ convey in Mohammad Agha district of the province.
Thander Army corps by releasing a statement issued, seven anti-government militias including their two local commanders were killed during the clashes.
Taliban said nothing about the incident so far.
M.A.Ansari

 

Friday July 24, 2020
Kabul (BNA) More than 24 anti-government militias were killed and six more were wounded in northern Balkh province.
Press office of Shaheen army corps reported, the incident took place, while group of Taliban fighters stormed on Afghan security forces’ checkpoints relevant areas of Nahr Shahi district of the province.
The source added, 24 insurgents were killed and six more were wounded following the conflicts.
M.A.Ansari

Friday July 24, 2020
Kabul (BNA) On July 21 this year an international virtual conference on stabilizing the situation and implementation of socio-economic projects in Afghanistan took place.
The event, organized by the Institute for Strategic and Regional Studies under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan together with the representative office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation for Central Asia, was attended by the heads and leading experts of analytical and research centers of Germany, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
At the conference, issues of peaceful settlement of the conflict in Afghanistan and the role of Central Asian countries in restoration of the Afghan economy were discussed.
Opening the event, Akramjon Nematov, First Deputy Director of the Institute for Strategic and Regional Studies under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, emphasized that recently favorable conditions have been formed for resolving the conflict in and around Afghanistan, which serve as a solid basis for achieving long-term peace in Afghanistan.
First, the consensus between the regional and world powers on the principles and approaches to solving the Afghan problem has significantly strengthened, which, in turn, contributed to a qualitatively new stage and transition to the practical plane of the peace process in this country. This was also the result of the consistent implementation of the provisions of Tashkent Declaration, adopted following the international conference on Afghanistan in March 2018 in Tashkent and for the first time took a consolidated position at the global and regional levels on the need to start as soon as possible direct negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
Second, historic documents were signed – a peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban, as well as an agreement between the political leaders of Afghanistan on creation of an inclusive government and the Supreme Council for National Reconciliation, which is an important step towards an early resolution of the Afghan crisis. At the same time, the further achievement of a stable and long-term peace will depend, first of all, on involvement of all intra-Afghan political forces in the peace process. Only ensuring an inclusive political process can guarantee the achievement of national consensus in the country.
Third, thanks to the open and consistent foreign policy course of the leaders of the Central Asian countries, based on the principles of good-neighborliness and mutually beneficial cooperation, a completely new political atmosphere of mutual trust is being formed in the region. The achieved high level of consolidation of the Central Asian countries creates necessary conditions for the joint solution of urgent regional problems, favorably affects the effective promotion of sustainable development and security issues in the vast Eurasian space.
The most important condition for stabilizing the situation in Afghanistan, according to the head of the center of the Institute for Strategic and Regional Studies under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Bakhtiyor Mustafayev, along with a political settlement, is development of trade-economic cooperation with Central Asian states.
As the expert emphasized, Uzbekistan has designated the implementation of economic and infrastructure projects as a priority direction of its Afghan policy.
B. Mustafayev noted that joint transregional economic development programs will become a powerful driver for strengthening interconnection and sustainable development of Central and South Asia, can serve as a factor of forming a consensus between stakeholders on the need for long-term peace in Afghanistan.
The results of the virtual conference again indicated that the consolidation of efforts of the international community on implementing socio-economic and infrastructure projects will contribute to the early establishment of peace and stability in Afghanistan. Such a prospect is capable of transforming the long-suffering country into a place of cooperation and interaction of all the involved parties.
UZA
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Friday July 24, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Over 14 trucks with goods worth ₹5 crore from Afghanistan have crossed over to India through the Attari-Wagah border in Punjab’s Amritsar since Pakistan allowed Afghanistan to send goods to India, a trade body said on Wednesday.
Both Pakistan and India had suspended trade through the border in March to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Pakistan had allowed Afghanistan to send goods to India using the border from July 15 under the Pakistan-Afghanistan Transit Trade Agreement.
“The arrival of 14 trucks laden with dry fruits, mulathhi [liquorice] and other assorted goods in the last four days till July 21 worth over ₹5 crore has brought back semblance of normalcy in the markets,” said Ashok Sethi, Director of the Confederation of International Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Traders from India usually import dry fruits and herbal items from Afghanistan.
Mr. Sethi said Indian traders who dealt in Afghan food items such as almonds, raisins, fig, apricots, mulathhi and spices had started placing orders since the transit trade was allowed. The resuming of business would revive the ₹250-crore dry fruits trade, which would benefit a large section of people directly and indirectly, including daily wage earners and transporters, he said.
Amritsar-based leading custom clearing agent, Jaspal Singh, said: “Our business has come to a standstill for the last four months, resulting in huge loss as there is literally no working at the land port. No imports have rendered the entire labor jobless.”
Thehindu
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