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Wednesday, 29 July 2020 05:46

Terrorist Attack Prevented in Khost

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Khost police prevented a terrorist attack during Eid in Khost by discovering a car bomb.
The press office of the Ministry of Interior informed BNA, Khost police found a car full of explosives last night in Dumandeh district of the province.
The perpetrators of the incident have been arrested. They said that they intended to bring this car into Khost city for an explosion during Eid days.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, 29 July 2020 05:45

Taliban Associates Detained in Jawzjan

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Sheberghan (BNA) Four Taliban associates have been arrested in Jawzjan yesterday.
Mohammad Hanif Rezayee Shaheen 209 army corps spokesman told BNA, the security officials of the province arrested the men with four Kalashnikovs and two motorbikes from outskirt of Qoshtapa district.
He added that the detained Taliban had plan to attack on defense and security forces in Jarqadaq village of Qhoshtapa district of Jawzjan.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Mazar-e-Sharif (BNA) Balkh police arrested two men with tens of kilograms of narcotics in the province yesterday.
Adel Shah Adel spokesman of Balkh security directorate told BNA, the anti-narcotic police of the province arrested two men with amount of drugs from Kaldar District of the province.
Likewise, Balkh police arrested three men on suspicion of stealing a Saracha car from 10th district of Mazar-e-Sharif.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, 29 July 2020 05:39

Mines Neutralized in Farah

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Farah (BNA) Police of Farah discovered and neutralized six mines in Anardara District, Farah yesterday.
Mohibullah Mohib spokesman of Farah security commandment told BNA, the officials of the commandment discovered and neutralized six mines planted by Taliban from outskirt of the mentioned district.
Another report says, a Taliban insurgent was killed following attacked on police checkpoint in Gulistan district.
In the event, a policeman was slightly injured.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Addressing a meeting in Kabul, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday portrayed a grim picture of the situation in Afghanistan, saying that between February 29 and July 21 up 10,708 members of the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF) have been killed and wounded. “Between February 29, 2020, and July 21, 2020, ANDSF losses have been 10,708, with 3560 martyred, 6781 wounded and the rest kidnapped, imprisoned or unaccounted for,” said Ghani while speaking at the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) in Kabul. He said that the Afghan civilian losses during this period have been 3073, with 775 killed, 1609 wounded and 689 kidnapped. Ghani also said that rocket attacks during his provincial visits have become routine. On Taliban-Al Qaeda ties, president Ghani said:
“There is no evidence that the Taliban have severed their ties with Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations nor have they socialized peace among their commanders and fighters.” President Ghani said that to ensure that the window remains open for peace in the country, the Afghan government has offered proof of its commitment and moral courage by the release of Taliban prisoners. “
To ensure that the window remains open, we have offered proof of our commitment and moral courage by the release of Taliban prisoners, a move without precedent in the annals of peace-building,” he said. On the controversy over the release of the Taliban’s 5,000 prisoners, president Ghani said: “To demonstrate the government’s commitment to peace, the Islamic Republic will soon complete the release of 5000 Taliban prisoners as part of the exchange with ANDSF prisoners. With this action, we look forward to the start of direct negotiations with the Taliban in a week’s time.
We call on the Taliban to join us at the negotiating table and to concluding promptly there a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire. Commitment to a ceasefire during the coming 'Eid will be an indication of things to come.” On Tuesday evening the Taliban called a three-day ceasefire for Eid. "Our condemnation of senseless violence and strong voice in support of a humanitarian ceasefire, and the start of direct negotiations between us and the Taliban, is reassuring to our people and the ANDSF, who have displayed immense restraint in the face of a Taliban campaign of violence," President Ghani said. Anti-corruption: "There is a national outrage against corruption and a demand for accountability and sufficient capacity in the accountability, rule of law, and security organizations and the active engagement of the media, the Ulema and civil society organizations have created the enabling conditions to have a comprehensive strategy to make measureable and sustained progress against corruption," president Ghani said. The president also added: We are determined to complete all the remaining benchmarks of our current anti-corruption strategy and to enforce the decisions of the Attorney General on those found guilty by the end of October. “We invite all our bilateral and multilateral partners to join the people and government of Afghanistan in identifying key drivers of corruption and bad governance through a mutual accountability framework based on UNCAC and governing the norms of conduct and accountability of all parties engaged in allocation, distribution, and management of resources for Afghanistan. Dealing explicitly with “special treatment” granted to some individuals and organizations will be essential. Even more essential will be to make anticorruption an integral component of the political agreement with the Taliban,” president Ghani said.
The president also highlighted some mutual accountability items: Reform of revenue, grants and aid in terms of OECD standards and tools, Welcome robust conditionality on policy, Welcome strict criteria on outcomes of programs and projects, Welcome third party evaluation and monitoring, Thanks to sustained work by bi-lateral and multi-lateral organizations, scholars, and international civil society networks, there is a range of tools addressing the questions of what to do, how to do it, and how to measure it.
We request a core group from you to work with us online and in-person to help us reform and strengthen our accountability and rule of law institutions and organizations by tailoring an approach suited to our complex context." Afghanistan’s economic situation:
In the speech, president Ghani also defended his economic policies and portrayed an optimistic picture of Afghan exports. “We expect to export 6,090 (metric) tons through the air corridor in 2020. Our exports through the dry port of Zarang alone, however exceeded 6k tons up until now, underlining the crucial role of regional connectivity in the generation of prosperity. Thanks to President Aliyov and Birdie Muhammadov for the recent virtual summit on trade, transit and investment along the Lapis Lazuli corridor.
Thanking Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan for the rail corridor as well as power transmission line. A contract for 1,000 megawatts at 5 cents for 10 years is an important signal, as well as USAID’s support for private sector investment in renewables,” said president Ghani. “Revenue projection has been reduced from Afs 208.9 billion to Afs 175.8 billion, amounting to 12% instead of 13.7% of the GDP. As of July 27, we have collected 54% of the revised target and expect to meet the target by the end of the year. We expect to spend 93% of the development budget by the end of 2020,” he said.
President Ghani thanked SOM members for their continued support of Afghanistan. “Heartful thanks for your continued interest, support, and partnership for the government and people of Afghanistan, women, and men who are striving to lead meaningful, peaceful, and productive lives in a democratic polity and tolerant society,” said president Ghani.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Public Health on Tuesday reported 105 new cases of COVID-19 out of 416 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 36,368 countrywide.
The ministry also reported one death from COVID-19 that happened in Herat and 160 recoveries.
The total recoveries are now 25,358 and total deaths are 1,270.
The recoveries were reported in Kabul (14), Herat (133) and Balkh (13). The positive cases were reported in Kabul (37), Herat (39), Balkh (8), Takhar (3), Baghlan (1), Badghis (12), Logar (1) and Badakhshan (4). According to data by the Ministry of Public Health, there are 9,740 active cases of COVID-19 in the country. So far, 87,794 samples have been tested in the country’s laboratories, the ministry’s data shows.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Taliban on Tuesday announced a three-day cease-fire in Afghanistan during the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, starting from July 31. In a brief statement, the group's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed said “Mujahedeen” are directed to observe a cease-fire during the three days of Eid. "
Also, all the Mujahedeen [Taliban insurgents] must stay attentive that no one [among them] is allowed to go to government-controlled areas and enemy elements are not allowed to enter our areas," said the statement issued in Dari and Pashto languages.
Earlier in the day, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani pledged to release all 5,000 Taliban militants as part of the prisoner swap agreement signed by the US and Taliban, and urged the militant group to get ready for talks in a week. In May, the group had also announced a three-day cease-fire for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, which was reciprocated and welcomed by the Afghan government.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Gen. Austin S. Miller, the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, on Monday in video message said that the violence needs to come down for an opportunity for a peace to be maintained. Following the release of the UNAMA civilian casualties report yesterday, Miller said that the violence is too high, and the civilians bear the brunt of it.
"The violence is too high...We all know that as long as the violence levels go high, the people are going to pay...the civilians. Violence...needs to come down so we have an opportunity for a sustainable peace pathway.” Said Miller. Meanwhile, former president Hamid Karzai in reaction to UNAMA’s report called for both Afghan sides to work for the country and start peace talks. “
The latest UNAMA report on civilians being exposed to extreme levels of violence in Afghanistan is deeply saddening. I urge the Afghan sides to show patriotism and love for their country, immediately start peace talks, and end this foreign-imposed conflict,” Karzai tweeted. According to a new report released by UNAMA the UN documented 3,458 civilian casualties in Afghanistan (1,282 killed and 2,176 injured) in the first half of 2020. The report said that Afghanistan remains one of the deadliest conflicts in the world for civilians despite civilian casualty figures being 13 percent less than the first six months of 2019.
The drop is due to the decreased involvement of foreign forces and Daesh, the report said Anti-Government Elements (AGE) continued to be responsible for the majority of civilian casualties, the report said. A total of "58 per cent of civilian casualties" were caused by anti-government elements, with the Taliban responsible for 1, 473 (580 killed and 893 injured) representing 43 percent of the total number of civilian casualties in the January 1 - June 30, 2020 period, said the report. On the other hand, the Taliban in a statement rejects the UNAMA report, which accuses the group of 43% of civilian casualties over the past 6 months, saying it uses all means available to prevent civilian casualties.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, attended and addressed a ceremony marking the National Flag Day here yesterday, a statement said.
At the ceremony, which was held at the Presidential palace and was attended by the Vice Presidents, a number of cabinet members and officials of the security and defense organs and various government departments, the President congratulated the flag day and said that the Afghan flag is a symbol of republic, equality of people, credibility of the security and defense forces and the commitment of women and the will of all our people.
He added that Rostam Zaboli, who was from Nimroz, had a large battle flag. Ahmad Shah Baba and other heroes of our history shone with flags in different periods, and Mawla Ali's struggle in ancient Balkh is a repetition of our blessed tradition and one of the high Islamic values. The president said he would remember the border guard soldier who held the Afghan flag high after the Bonn agreement in Nimroz, saying that Afghanistan had given it to me, I would give blood for it, but I would not put it down. The President of the country said that Malalai raised this flag in Maiwand and along with the flag, the poetry of Maulana, Amir Ali Shir Navai, Khoshhal Khan Khattak and our other poets are our common values which are centered on justice and this common thought and view Represents our shared identity. The President said that Amir Ali Shirnawayee and Khoshhal Khan Khattak called for a system of justice in which justice was not possible, except in the Republic, where justice is possible and fundamental, because patriotism, equality before the law and obedience to the law are the connecting point of all of us. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, referring to the declaration of Mullah Hibatullah, said: He tells the people to obey us.
I wanted to give his answer, but the answer was given to me today by the people of Afghanistan and they raised this flag in every corner of the country.
The flag of Afghanistan is the flag of our dignity, honor, unity and equality. Addressing the Taliban, the president said:
"We want you to return to Afghanistan and not become a tool of foreigners, do not kill Afghans, because there is no honor in targeting Afghans."
He added that we have the will to build and integrate the homeland. “The embrace of the republic is big and the plans of others are small.
The republic belongs to all Afghans and no one can force, command or forbid it.” President Ghani stated that we must make our people aware of key values. He once again thanked the officials of the security and defense forces of the country and said that every soldier is a willing, devoted patriot, a true hero and protector of the values of the republic. At the end of his speech, the President said: "Every time our athletes are present in national and international arenas, they raise the national flag and sing the national anthem." We are all proud of them, because a state and a nation are not only for material values, but also for spiritual values.

Tuesday July 28, 2020
Kabul (BNA) A person lost his life and two more were wounded following magnetic mine blast in Kabul city this morning.
Fardaws Faramarz spokesman of Kabul police chief told BNA reporter, the incident took place in Badam Bagh region, 4th precinct of Kabul city.
The mine planted in a military vehicle type of “Ranger”, as a result a person was killed and two others including a civilian were wounded, Faramarz added.
M.A.Ansari

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