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Monday, August 3, 2020
Kabul (BNA) A high-ranking Afghan government delegation has traveled to Kandahar to investigate the recent clash between Afghan and Pakistani forces at the Chaman crossing in Spin Boldak, said the National Security Council (NSC) in a statement on Sunday.
The delegation is led by the deputy head of the NSC, the statement said, adding that members of the delegation also include representatives from the ministries of foreign affairs, defense and interior, as well as the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), the statement said.
The delegation will first meet with provincial officials in Kandahar and “than will visit the area of the incident,” the statement said.
On Saturday, MoFA said that Afghanistan has raised the issue of the recent clash with Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul and the Pakistani ministry of foreign affairs.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has also urged the need for a diplomatic solution to the tensions that emerged in the wake of recent clashes in Spin Boldak district.
The Spin Boldak clash left at least 15 Afghan civilians dead and 80 more wounded. Afghan officials claim the shelling was started by Pakistani forces.
Over the past several years, Pakistan has frequently launched missile attacks on Afghan territory along the Durand Line.

Monday, August 3, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani had phone conversations with Presidents of Iran and Uzbekistan here yesterday, a statement said.
In conversation with Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan, the two sides exchanged Eid al-Adha greetings, sincerely wishing the fraternal peoples of the two countries peace, harmony and prosperity.
The Presidents noted with deep satisfaction the steadfast consolidation of late of the Afghan-Uzbek relations built on robust bonds of friendship and traditional good-neighborliness, common history, traditions and customs.
The telephone conversation has served to discuss pressing issues in the bilateral cooperation, primarily the enhancement of practical interaction in the economy, energy, transport and communications. President Ghani and President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and exchanged views also on critical aspects of the regional agenda.
The two leaders expressed full support for the decisive measures taken in both countries to counter the spread of coronavirus infection and control the epidemiological situation. The importance of minimizing the pandemic’s negative impact and maintaining the dynamics of trade and economic relations was emphasized.
The Presidents attached specific significance on intensifying the efforts designed to promote priority infrastructure and investment projects towards Afghanistan’s sustainable development and its active engagement in regional economic processes. In particular, it is the creation of a modern trade and logistics infrastructure in the border areas, implementation of major projects concerning the construction of power line Surkhan – Pul-e-Khumri and efficient transport corridors in Afghanistan, including with active involvement of international financial institutions and donor nations.
The heads of state considered issues of peaceful settlement of the Afghan crisis and expressed full support for the efforts undertaken on the soonest launch of inter-Afghan negotiations.
Meanwhile, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani highlighted the historic role of the March 2018 Tashkent International Conference on Afghanistan, which resulted in significant progress in the political resolution of the Afghan conflict.
Towards the end of the phone talk, the leaders of Uzbekistan and Afghanistan stressed their commitment to furthering the multilayered partnership in the interests of the two countries and the Central Asian region as a whole.
Meanwhile in another conversation with Iranian president, the two sides described peace in Afghanistan as peace and stability for the entire region, with Iranian leaders saying "The Islamic Republic of Iran has always stood by the people and government of Afghanistan for peace and stability, and the role of the Afghan government in international efforts with the aim of achieving peace is important for Iran".
In this telephone conversation, the President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf hani congratulated Eid al-Adha, and appreciated the goodwill, cooperation and support of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the people and government of Afghanistan, including medical and health services to Afghan refugees in Iran in fighting coronavirus, adding, "Some studies in Afghanistan show the process of controlling the outbreak of coronavirus in Afghanistan, which I hope will be the case".
Stating that the private sectors of the two countries have well known the way of interaction with each other, the President of Afghanistan said, "Chabahar Port is developing at a good pace and I hope that the economic relations between Iran and Afghanistan will develop further by using this capacity".
President Ghani appreciated the Islamic Republic of Iran's position in supporting the system of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on the topic of peace and the efforts and cooperation of the foreign ministers of the two countries in this regard and emphasized, "I hope Iran's support for the peace process brings about more peace and security to the region and the world".
Speaking in a telephone conversation with the President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani on Saturday evening, Dr. Hassan Rouhani felicitated Afghan president on Eid al-Adha, and said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to always deepen relations with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan based on historical and cultural common grounds and strengthening these relations by taking advantage of economic, trade and transit capacity between the two countries".
Rouhani expressed hope that the comprehensive document on Iran-Afghanistan cooperation would be completed soon, adding, "If the situation caused by the outbreak of coronavirus allows, we can hold an important meeting in the coming months".
"In addition to signing a comprehensive document on cooperation between the two countries in Tehran, we can also record the operation of the Khaf-Herat railway as two historic events in the long list of friendly interactions between the two sides," he continued.
Expressing satisfaction with the establishment of a temporary ceasefire in Afghanistan and expressing hope for the continuation and strengthening of the ceasefire and reduction of violence in the country, the President said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported the peace process led by the Afghan government and we hope that intra-Afghan talks pivoting around the legitimate government all political groups in Afghanistan and the Taliban will yield results according to the constitution".
Rouhani expressed satisfaction with the Afghan President's remarks on the results of studies that show the process of controlling the outbreak of coronavirus in the country, and said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has been alongside the people and government of Afghanistan in fighting coronavirus, and will not spare any effort in this regard".

Sunday, August 2, 2020
JALALABAD CITY (BNA) A top Intelligence in-charge of ISIS-K was killed in eastern Nangarhar province late on Saturday.
Attaullah Khogyani spokesperson of Nangarhar governor said BNA correspondent, Ziaurahman known as Asadullah Orakzai was killed during a military operation conducted by Afghanistan National Directorate Security (NDS) personnel in relevant areas of Jalalabad city the provincial capital of the province yesterday evening.
Asadullad Orakzai was involved in most terrorist and destructive activities carried out by ISIS-K fighters in eastern provinces of the country, Khogyani added.
Ziaurahman was resident of Akhail Orakzay region, Agency-Pakistan, NDS said in  a statement.

Friday, 31 July 2020 08:31

Eid-ul-Adha and Abraham’s Sacrifice

Friday July 31, 2020

Kabul (BNA) The Feast of Sacrifice is based on the experiences of the Prophet Abraham. All three monotheistic faiths believe that he was tested by God, who ordered him to sacrifice his son before replacing him with a ram at the last moment.
Millions of Muslims around the world will begin celebrating the Feast of Sacrifice or Eid-ul-Adha this Sunday, evoking the Quranic account of Prophet Abraham’s trial, in which he was ordered by God to sacrifice his most beloved possession, his son Ishmael.
Abraham, whose name etymologically means the father of nations, would have slaughtered his son following God’s command without question, but in the face of the Prophet’s sheer determination and strength of faith, God swapped Ishmael with a ram and Abraham slaughtered it instead.
Since the Prophet Mohammed’s era, Muslims have marked the incident by sacrificing animals.
After the sacrifice, Muslims share meat with the needy, who might not eat meat often, and their relatives, fulfilling God’s vision of brotherly relations.
They also visit each other to tighten their friendships and to heal old wounds.
How Islam explains Abraham’s trial
The Quran recounts the incident in a chapter called Saffat (The Aligners).
It first talks of Abraham’s happiness having received a “righteous [son]” but when the boy is of working age, the patriarch receives a vision commanding him to sacrifice his son on God’s orders.
“Now see what thy view is!” Abraham asked the son to which he responds: "O my father! Do as thou art commanded.”
During the run up to the sacrifice, Abraham is tested by Satan who tries to convince him to ignore God’s command by appealing to his ego, that of his wife, and that of his son.
With the help of the angel Gabriel, Abraham forces Satan away by pelting him with stones.
Muslims symbolically reenact the incident during the Hajj pilgrimage by pelting three pillars marking where Satan stood in his encounter with Abraham.
The ritual known as the ‘Stoning of the Devil’ takes place in the neighborhood of Mina close to Mecca.
According to Islamic tradition, Abraham brought his second wife, Hagar, and his son Ishmael, to Mecca, near to where the sacrifice was to happen.
There he rebuilt the Kaaba, the central fixture of worship for Muslims, which represents the oneness of God.
Afterwards, Abraham and Ishmael went to Mount Arafat, which is also located close to Mecca, to implement the divine order.
According to the Quran, at Mount Arafat, Abraham “had laid him [Ishmael] prostrate on his forehead [for sacrifice].”
But God suddenly intervened, declaring: "Thou hast already fulfilled the vision!"
An animal, which was a ram in the opinion of many Muslim scholars, appeared to replace Ishmael and the sacrifice was fulfilled by slaughtering it, the Quran says.
Abraham’s steadfast stance in implementing God’s wish earned him divine praise, and his emotionally powerful experience is marked today in the Feast of Sacrifice and celebrated by more than 1.8 billion Muslims globally.
“We left [this blessing] for him among generations [to come] in later times: ‘Peace and salutation to Abraham!’” The Quran says about a figure honored by Muslims, Jews, and Christians.

Friday July 31, 2020

Kabul (BNA) Taliban fighters after attack on Afghan security forces’ security shell sustained fatalities in central Ghazni province.
According to BNA report, group of Taliban stormed on Afghan security forces’ checkpoints in Deh Dawlat region, Khawaja Omari district of Logar province, which were faced with full resistance of Afghan Commando forces.
Nine anti-government militias including their two top leaders were killed and several more were wounded.

Friday July 31, 2020

Kabul (BNA) For 16-year-old Negin Afshar, riding a motorbike around a dirt track in Kabul isn’t just about the excitement. It is also a way to show that Afghan women can be tough too in a country where concerns are growing that hard-earned rights might be lost.
Encouraged by her parents, Afshar took up motocross about a year ago after having competed for Afghanistan in athletics when she was younger.
Wearing a white helmet and black and red motorbike suit, she trains with male riders on a barren lot surrounded by warehouses and private homes.
“When I saw the men motorcycling here, I decided to pursue motocross to inspire Afghan women and show that they can do this tough sport as well,” Afshar said during a break from practice.
“I tried to be one of the first women to take this path, and I hope we can encourage others as well.”
She and her mother worry that pursuing her passion may not be so easy in future, with the hardline Islamist Taliban movement bidding for a share of power in a country where it has led a ruthless insurgency since 2001.
When the group ruled Afghanistan in the late 1990s, girls were not allowed to attend school, women could not work and they had to wear all-enveloping burqas when they left their homes.
In recent months the Taliban has projected itself as more moderate, as it seeks to turn battlefield gains into formal recognition. Talks with a government-mandated committee remain stalled amid violence and mutual suspicion.
Asked whether she was concerned about the rights of girls and women being eroded should the Taliban return to power, Afshar replied:
“God willing, this will not happen, because our government will not allow the Taliban to do so ... If they want to violate our rights, we will stand against them and resist. I will not leave my country, and I want to stay here and serve my country.”
Her mother, Frishta Afshar, head of the women’s committee of the National Motorcycling Federation of Afghanistan, agreed.
“Some people do not agree with this, and they have a negative view, while others agree and encourage,” she said. “In any case, my husband and I will support her as much as we can, and we want to take Negin to the highest peaks of success.”
For the time being, such dreams are on hold.
Sayed Nabiullah Sadat, the motorcycling federation’s president, said the motocross team had been invited to competitions in Iran and Malaysia, but the coronavirus pandemic had disrupted those plans.

Friday July 31, 2020

Kabul (BNA) Eid-ul-Adha or feast of the sacrifice or greater Eid, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to honor the willingness of prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to Allah, before Allah intervened to provide him with a sheep to sacrifice instead.
The Muslims celebrate the holiday of Eid-ul-Adha, the festival of sacrifice at the end of the Hajj. Eid-ul-Adha in Afghanistan is celebrated on the 10th day of the month of Zul Hijjah of the lunar Islamic calendar.
The two Eids of Fitre and Adha, are considered as the days of blessings for all the Muslims around the world and they make sure that they celebrate these two Eids with grandeur and maximum pleasure. Eid-ul-Adha is celebrated to remind the Muslims and the world of the great sacrifice that Hazrat Ibrahim was willing to present to Allah Almighty.
He expressed his readiness to sacrifice his beloved son Hazrat Ismael in order to make pleased Allah the Almighty. To remember the same, the Muslims in Eid-ul-Adha sacrifice different animals, which are ‘halal’ for them.
Apart from the religious aspect of Eid, there are many social aspects to it, as well. It reminds the people of their important duty towards their fellow being. It is basically an invitation for social interaction and gathering.
Muslims begin their Eid by going to Eid prayer in the Masjids, where they get together, and bow in front of Allah the Almighty without any distinction of social class and differences.
In fact, Eid is not just an occasion to wear new attire; rather it is a message of religious integrity and social responsiveness. It demands that Muslims must feel that the more they become wealthy and influential the more they have to be responsible; not only for the fulfillment of their duties towards Allah, but also towards the people.
They must, in no case forget that they stand equal in front of Allah; the only dominance is of the ones who perform virtuous deeds – the deeds that give the people pleasure, not pain.
But in Afghanistan, behind the cheerful facades, our people live with sadness and tragedy in their hearts. To our unmitigated chagrin, our compatriots are victim of terrorism.
It is, indeed, a matter of great concern that crime is committed against innocent civilians, including women and children, not only in Afghanistan but in many Islamic countries such as Iraq, Syria, Palestine and etc.
Terrorists have turned into an international menace terrorizing all the people on the earth. Moreover, it is a matter of great surprise that the Taliban or ISIS who claim to be religious and follower of Islamic laws, murder some other mullahs and also break the holiness of Masjids by shedding the blood of worshipers. Indeed they are labeling their terrorist acts as Jihad and as an Islamic obligation; the veneer of virtue can never conceal their sinister face and anti-Islamic actions.
Islam neither allows the killing of children and women nor other innocent civilians; it upholds the holiness of sacred places. Moreover, slaughtering human beings or killing non-Muslims who live peacefully in Islamic countries is strongly condemned by Islamic sharia.
The real and meaningful Eid for Afghan people and other Muslims across the globe is the day when everyone can breathe a sigh of relief in a democratic and secure environment. Likewise, happiness will be meaningful for the people when the breadwinners are not worried about a morsel of food and when people are no more fearful of having their earnings snatched by armed and powerful gangs.
The real Eid is the day when the rift between the poor and the rich is removed and people of all races, religions and sects live peacefully beside each other in the country.
Lailuma Noori

Friday, 31 July 2020 08:28

Five Terrorists Kill in Logar

Friday July 31, 2020

Kabul (BNA) At least five anti-government militias were killed during clashed with Afghan security forces in central Logar province the night before last.
Emal Momand acting press office of 203 Tander army corps told BNA, Taliban fighters wanted to carry out attack on Afghan national army troops’ checkpoints in relevant areas of Charkh district of the province, which were faced with full resistance of Afgahn security forces.
Five militants were killed and two others were wounded following the attack, Momand added.
Bodies of the rebels and their weapons have remained at the battlefield.

Thursday July 30, 2020

Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) today reported 65 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Afghanistan in the last 24 hours.
According to BNA report, the ministry also reported 10 people lost their lives due to coronavirus and 155 recoveries within the last 24 hours.
With this, the total cases are now 36,538 the total reported deaths are 1,281 and total recoveries are 25,494 in Afghanistan.
Officials in Ministry of Public Health reported that 9,834 active cases of COVID-19 among patients at under their care as Sunday morning in Afghanistan.
It is mentionable that until now 88,502 samples of coronavirus has been tested in laboratories of the ministry across the country, the officials added.

Thursday July 30, 2020
MAZAR-E-SHARIF CITY (BNA) Over 17 terrorists were killed and 11 others including deputy commander of Taliban “Red Unit” were wounded in northern Balkh province the other day.
Senior in-charge in Shaheen army corps said BNA reporter, the militants were killed, while they wanted to conduct attacks on Afghan security forces’ checkpoints in Qozi Bay Qala region Dawlat Abad district and Cheghtak region, Almar district of the province.
He added, 17 Taliban fighters were killed, 11 more including deputy commander of Taliban “Red Unit” were wounded and a hideout and three motorcycles belonged to the rebels have been demolished following the attacks.

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