07 August 2020

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The number of American troops in Afghanistan will be down to 4,000-5,000 by Election Day which is scheduled for November 3, US President Donald Trump has said.
The US has reduced its troop presence in Afghanistan to 8,600 as part of a deal with the Taliban signed in February.
The deal requires the US to fully withdraw its forces by next May, if conditions permit. Trump has been eager for a full US withdrawal from Afghanistan, asserting that US military role in the country has basically turned into a police force.
“We will be down in a very short period of time to 8,000. Then, we are going to be down to 4,000. We are negotiating right now. We have been there for 19 years,” Trump said in an interview with “Axios on HBO.”

Wednesday, 05 August 2020 05:02

Afghan Universities to Reopen from Today

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The cabinet of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has decided that universities should reopen from today (Wednesday), the government said on Tuesday.
Schools will remain closed as the cabinet meeting asked the education ministry to present a new plan for reopening schools at next meeting, Sediq Sediqi, a presidential spokesman, said at a press conference. Previously, authorities had announced that schools and universities would remain closed until September as the nation’s number confirmed coronavirus cases continued to climb. On Tuesday, a spokesman for Public Health Ministry said that schools could reopen gradually starting from upper grades, but reopening primary ones would be too dangerous. The ministry has registered 36,787 coronavirus cases and 1,288 deaths from it so far.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani spoke yesterday morning during a consultative meeting with Mir Rahman Rahmani, Speaker of the Wolesi Jirga and its administrative panel, about holding a Peace Consultative Loya Jirga.
At the meeting, which was attended by the Vice Presidents, the Head of the Peace Negotiating Team and the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, President Ghani stressed the need to convene a Peace Consultative Loya Jirga to determine the fate of 400 Taliban prisoners. President Ghani said that in the Peace Consultative Jirga, important national issues will be discussed and decided in the light of the consensus and views of the people and their representatives, including peace. Amrullah Saleh, the first vice president, and Sarwar Danesh, the second vice president, also spoke about the mechanism for convening the Loya Jirga and called the role of the Wolesi Jirga in the Consultative Peace Jirga important.
At the end of the meeting, the Speaker of the Wolesi Jirga called the support of the people for the system and their consultations on national and crucial issues important and assured of his cooperation in this field. 

Tuesday, 04 August 2020 09:50

Dozens Kg Narcotic Drug Seized in Samanagan

Tuesday August 4, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Dozens kg narcotic drug have been discovered and seized by Afghan national police personnel in northern Samangan province yesterday.
Muner Rahimi spokesman of Samangan police told BNA reporter, 60 kg narcotic drug have been placed inside a vehicle and it was supposed to transfer to Balkh province that seized by Afghan police personnel in Samangan province.
A person was arrested accused of the case and he is under investigation, Rahimi added.

Tuesday August 4, 2020
Kabul (BNA) A doctor was murdered by Taliban fighters in western Farah province yesterday.
Sakhi Akbari director of Farah national security told BNA correspondent, the doctor went to toward his duty that was assassinated by Taliban militants in Dor Aabad region, Farah city.

Tuesday August 4, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) today reported 36 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Afghanistan in the last 24 hours.
According to BNA report, no COVID-19 patients have been and no one have died within the last 24 hours.
With this, the total cases are now 36,782 the total reported deaths are 1,288 and total recoveries are 25,669 in Afghanistan.
Officials in Ministry of Public Health reported that 9,790 active cases of COVID-19 among patients at under their care as Tuesday morning in Afghanistan.
It is mentionable that until now 89,377 samples of coronavirus has been tested in laboratories of the ministry across the country, the officials added.

Tuesday August 4, 2020
Kabul (BNA) As many as six anti-government militias were killed during air attack conducted by foreign troops in eastern Kunar province last night.
The insurgents have been targeted inside their hideouts in a region close to Durand Line.
Sylab army corps by releasing a statement reported, six armed oppositions were killed following the attack.
According to reports, the militants have been gathered to organize a series of terrorists and destructive activities that targeted by unmanned aircraft.

Tuesday August 4, 2020
Kabul (BNA) At least 15 suspects were arrested accused of different criminal cases in southern Helmand province within the last 24 hours.
The suspects were arrested during military operations and vehicles’ searching in districts and Lashkargah city the provincial capital of the province.
Press office of Helmand police by releasing a statement issued, the arrested people are accused on robbery, murderer, human trafficking and narcotic drug smuggling.
The dossiers of the suspects will submitted to judicial organs, the statement added.

Tuesday August 4, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) and Cordaid, a leading Dutch relief and development organization hosted a virtual discussion on Afghan women’s role in the upcoming intra-Afghan talks on July 28, 2020. Panelists included former Ambassador of Afghanistan to Norway Shukria Barakzai; former Afghan Minister of Mines, Petroleum and Industries Nargis Nehan; former UN Special Envoy to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria Staffan de Mistura; and Director of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department of Stability and Humanitarian Aid, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Marriët Schuurman.
Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security moderated the panel. She opened up the discussion by stating “this is a particularly critical moment to call world attention to the importance of Afghan women’s meaningful participation in the anticipated peace talks because the stakes are high for Afghanistan, the region and the international community.”
Former Ambassador Shukria Barakzai expressed that “the current peace process is not a peace process because it is lacking the nation’s voice.” She added, “What kind of peace is it when they are marginalizing 60% of the country?”  Madeleine Albright also noted during her remarks that “peace cannot be made on the backs of Afghan women. The best way to ensure that does not happen is for women to fully participate in the peace process. Women need to be a party to the negotiation, not just an issue to be discussed.” Former Ambassador Shukria Barakzai stated that negotiators must be aware that “when four women are facing 45 men (at the negotiating table) this is injustice.”
Participants called for national and international officials to ensure Afghan women’s meaningful participation in an inclusive peace process and to preserve Afghan women’s rights. “The future rights and role of women in Afghanistan must be a priority and that starts with their substantive involvement in the peace process,” said the former U.S. Secretary of State. They also demanded international assistance and funding to support women’s rights during and after the intra-Afghan talks, the inclusion of Afghan civil society women’s groups, youth groups, minorities, the private sector, academics, and other segments of society.
They asked the international community to oversee the peace process and assess the Afghan government to make sure it fulfills its commitments to support women’s rights and their meaningful participation, and have a sufficient exit strategy that will promote lasting peace from the international community. Nargis Nehan also explained that “oversimplification of the peace process by only including the Taliban is very dangerous. The settlement will not be getting us anywhere and it will rather be a quick fix with a temporary direction and permanent handing over of Afghanistan to the Taliban that none of us want.”
While talking about the concerns of Afghan women, the participants were hopeful. “The resilience, courage, and leadership of Afghan women is a story of hope. They are not victims, but agents in their own right with a diversity of opinions. The international community should be there to lend support. It should be a shared commitment with the equal participation of Afghan women on the ground,” said Ambassador Marriët Schuurman. “As for cooperating with the Taliban: the Afghan women are ready to teach the Taliban how to be a good citizen”.

Monday, 03 August 2020 04:55

Flood Affected Families Received Aids

Monday, August 3, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA) Assistance was provided to families affected by the recent floods in Nangarhar.
Following the floods in parts of Koz Kunar district, local officials spoke of the transfer of humanitarian aid and its distribution to the victims.
Sixteen people were martyred four injured in recent floods in Koz Kunar, Nangarhar.
Nangarhar Media Office says in a newsletter that cash and some food items were distributed to dozens of families affected by the floods in Koz Kunar, Nangarhar.
The Nangarhar Disaster Preparedness Committee, which carried out the humanitarian aid, says efforts are under way to provide more aid to the flood victims.
Floods in Koz Kunar, including houses destroyed hundreds acres of farmland
T. Yarzada

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