26 May 2020

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Sunday, May 10, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Deputy Minister of Public Health, Wahid Majroh, announced on Saturday that in the past 24 hours 253 out of 520 samples tested positive for COVID-19, which brings the total to 4,033 in the country.
There were 6 deaths and 29 recoveries reported in the past 24 hours, Majroh said, adding that total deaths are 115 and total recoveries are 502. The 253 new cases are reported in Herat (71), Balkh (43), Nangarhar (39), Takhar (24), Jawzjan (22), Paktia (16), Laghman (11), Kunduz (11), Ghazni (8), Kabul (4), Bamiyan (1), Panjshir (1), Kunar (1) and Nuristan (10).
Recent reports indicate Public Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz, who tested positive for COVID-19 is in “very good condition.”
Referring to increased health capacity, he said there are now 3,230 beds available across 34 provinces. So far, over 15,560 samples have been tested, which analysts say is too low a number when compared to the country’s population. The number of deaths from COVID-19 globally is more than 274,934, and 3,940,866 have been infected with the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University. So far 1,323,998 other people have recovered, JHU said.

Sunday, May 10, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani issued a decree and assigned a delegation, led by Commander-in-Chief Military Inspector Mohammad Hamid Tahmasi, to thoroughly investigate the incident near Afghanistan-Iran Border that resulted in the killing of a number of Afghan citizens/migrants, a statement said.
The delegation is composed of representatives from the Lower House; ministries of Interior, Defense, Foreign Affairs, Refugees and Repatriation; National Directorate of Security; Herat Governor Office and Provincial Council, and 207th Zafar Army Corps, the presidential press office statement added. Based on the decree, the assigned delegation is required to comprehensively probe the incident in close cooperation with Herat Governor and present its findings and report to the President of Afghanistan through Office of the National Security Council, according to the statement.

Sunday, May 10, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Afghan government announced yesterday that nearly 1000 Taliban prisoners had been released so far from different jails across Afghanistan.
According to, National Security Council (NSC) spokesperson Javid Faisal, the releases took place in compliance with President Ghani’s decree to promote the peace process and contain the coronavirus spread in the country.
According to him, 67 of Taliban prisoners were recently released from the Parwan Central Prison, bringing the total number to 1,000. Faisal said the releases had highlighted the government’s commitment to peace. Now it is Taliban's turn to accelerate the release of government prisoners, stop killing Afghans and start face-to-face talks as soon as possible.
The official called reduction of violence and a ceasefire a basic demand of the Afghans and a key requirement to advance the peace process.
He asked the Taliban to respond positively to this demand of the Afghan, as well as the international community.
Taliban's continued violence was sabotaging the peace process, he claimed.
The Taliban have also released about 160 government prisoners so far. But the government says the 160 people also include civilians and public servants.

Sunday, May 10, 2020
Kabul (BNA) India should discuss its concerns on terrorism directly with the Taliban, said U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, adding that he had discussed how India could play a “more active role” in the Afghan reconciliation process during his talks in Delhi on Thursday. “India is an important force in Afghanistan and it would be appropriate for that [India-Taliban] engagement to take place,” Khalilzad told The Hindu in an exclusive interview.
The envoy said India had a “significant role” in Afghanistan’s development, but paradoxically, doesn’t play a role in the international peace efforts. “India and Afghanistan have historic ties, and I believe that dialogue between India and the Taliban is important, and it would be important that issues of concern like this [terrorism] are raised directly,” he added.
This is the first time the U.S. has publicly suggested an engagement between India and the Taliban. New Delhi, that still considers the Taliban a terror group allied to Pakistan, has thus far distanced itself from any talks. During their meeting on Thursday, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval had raised concerns over increasing violence in Afghanistan and the need to protect minorities including Afghan Sikhs and Hindus. Khalilzad, the architect of the U.S.-Taliban agreement, travelled to Doha, Delhi and Islamabad, in an effort to iron out an impasse in the agreement over the release of prisoners and intra-Afghan negotiations. While recognizing concerns over the Doha agreement, he told The Hindu that there “was no alternative” to it and hoped that India would engage “all forces” in Afghanistan, including the Taliban.

Sunday, May 10, 2020
Kabul (BNA)  A protested turned violent after the police forces opened fire on protesters in North-western Ghor province, leaving at least four dead. Dozens of residents of the province launched a protest close to provincial governor’s office earlier yesterday, protesting against the unfair distribution of aid by the government.
According to reports, the police forces opened fire to disperse the angry protesters after they started hurling stones towards the governor’s office. The eyewitnesses say at least four protesters lost their lives and at least 17 others have sustained injuries. However, Mohammad Arir Abir, a spokesperson for the provincial government said two people lost their lives in the incident and five others sustained injuries.

Friday May 8, 2010
Kabul (BNA) A depot of explosive materials have been discovered by Afghan national police personnel in Kabul city late on Thursday.
According to BNA report, Ministry of Interior in a statement reported that Afghan special police personnel by conducting a military operation succeeded to discover a depot of explosive materials in relevant areas of 21 precinct of Kabul city.
252 kg explosive materials type of ammonium nitrate have seized from the depot, the statement added.
A person accused of the case was arrested by Afghan national police personnel, the statement concluded .

Friday May 8, 2010
Kabul (BNA) Three people were arrested accused of narcotic  drug selling and smuggling in southern Helmand and northern Faryab provinces.
According to BNA report, Ministry of Interior by releasing a statement issued that Afghan national police personnel succeeded to detain a person accused of narcotic drug smuggling in 3rd precinct of Lashkargah city the provincial capital of Helmand province.
58 kg narcotic drug type of “Hashish” and a pistol have discovered from the smuggler, the source added.
Meanwhile, two narcotic drug sellers along with 2 kg drug type of “Opium” were arrested by police personnel in 10th precinct of Maimana city the provincial capital of Faryab province, the statement underlined.

Friday May 8, 2010
Kabul (BNA) At least 16 people were arrested accused of cooperating with IS-K and Taliban terrorist groups in eastern Kunar and northern Takhar provinces within the last 24 hours.
According to BNA report, Ministry of Interior by releasing a statement reported that Afghan special police personnel by launching a military operation succeeded to detain 10 people accused of assisting with IS-K in Khadi Khail region, Chawki district of Kunar province.
Some weapons, ammunitions and advertising’s documents have been seized from the suspects, the statement added.
Also, six people accused of cooperating with Taliban group were arrested during a military operation conducted by Afghan police personnel in relevant areas of Taliqan city the provincial capital of Takhar province, the statement further added.
The dossiers of the people after primary investigations have been delivered to judicial organs, the statement concluded.

Thursday May 7, 2020
LASHKARGAH CITY (BNA) A senior commander of Taliban and his 14 men were killed during clashes with Afghan security forces in southern Helmand province the other day.
The conflicts took place in Bazzar Nad Ali district, Helmand province.
Press office of Helmand police in a statement reported that Mullah Saifullah Khalid top commander of Taliban group with his men were busy on organizing a series of terrorist and destructive activities in Nad Ali district that targeted by Afghan security forces.
Foreign citizens were among the dead as well, the statement added.
Taliban said nothing about the incident so far.
According to another report, Afghan national police personnel by discovering and confiscating eight round of different type of mines succeeded to prevent several deadly incident in crowded areas of Helmand province.
No one was arrested accused of the foiled mine plantings so far.

Thursday May 7, 2020
PUL-E-ALAM CITY (BNA) As many as 10 anti-government militias were killed following air attacks conducted by Afghan air forces in central Logar province the night before last.
Shah Poor Ahmadzai spokesman of Logar’s police told BNA reporter, the Taliban fighters had plan to storm on Afghan security forces’ checkpoints in Baraki Barak district of the province, which based on discovery and defense information the insurgents were targeted before carrying out their plans.
10 militants were killed, 13 more were wounded and some heavy and light weapons have been destroyed during the attacks, Ahmadzai added.

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