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Monday, July 27, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan has written to the United Nations Security Council over continued violations of its territory by Pakistani military forces and said it will ask the 15-nation U.N. body to take necessary measures and actions to end them if the situation is not de-escalated bilaterally. Afghanistan’s Permanent Representative to the U.N.
Adela Raz wrote to the President of the Security Council, Germany, to report on the most recent violations of the Afghan territory by Pakistan’s military forces and said the incursion represents a reiteration of violations as Kabul had previously expressed its concerns to the Security Council in February and August 2019. Raz said in the letter that on July 15, Pakistan military forces began unprovoked artillery attacks against Afghan border posts and civilian residential areas in the Sarakano and Asad Abad districts of Kunar Province.
The attacks included 12 heavy artillery strikes targeting Asad Abad district and more than 160 artillery rounds fired at Sarakano district. In addition to four casualties among members of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces, the attacks claimed the lives of six civilians, including two women, and eight injuries and resulted in significant damage to civilian property. “We would like to once again reiterate, as we have in previous communications, that the issue of violations of Afghan territory by Pakistani military forces has continued despite numerous appeals made to the Government of Pakistan, bilaterally and through other measures, to cease their illegal and provocative activities in our sovereign territory. “In that regard, the government of Afghanistan expresses, once again, its strong condemnation of Pakistan’s failure to adhere to its obligations under the principles of the Charter of the United Nations as well as international law and international humanitarian law,” she said in the letter. Raz said the Afghan Government is currently working to de-escalate the situation bilaterally, but should this fail, it will call on the Security Council to take measures and actions necessary to bring about an end to the violations identified above. She also requested that the letter of complaint regarding Pakistan’s continued activities be circulated as a document of the Security Council and kept on record for reference should attempts at de-escalating prove unfruitful.

Monday, July 27, 2020
Kabul (BNA)  Leading a high ranking delegation, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani arrived to the western Zaranj city, the capital of Nimruz province on Sunday morning, to inspect the general situation in the province and to see the progress of the construction of the third phase of the Kamal Khan Dam.
The President was accompanied by First Vice President Amrullah Saleh, a number of cabinet members and officials of a number of departments, and was welcomed by a number of civil and military officials and elders of Nimroz province upon his arrive in Zaranj Airport, the statement from presidential press office said.
The President then inspected the progress of the construction of the third phase of the Kamal Khan Dam, while Engineer Hekmat Wali, the construction manager of the dam, provided information to the President. Engineer Hekmat Wali said that in the next four months, the remaining work on the dam will be completed and the Kamal Khan Dam will be ready to reserve water, which, in addition to irrigating thousands of acres of land, would have the capacity of producing 9 megawatts of electricity. Engineer Hekmat Wali said:
"Despite the fact that Corona has affected our work and some technical colleagues and construction materials are stuck abroad, but we are trying to complete the construction work of this section on time."
After hearing the presentation, President Ghani visited various sections of the Kamal Khan Dam and its workflow, while Engineer Khan Mohammad Takel, Director General of the National Water Regulatory Authority, provided information.

Monday, July 27, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The special envoy of Iran’s foreign minister for Afghanistan Mohammad Ebrahim Taherianfard said that Iran emphasizes the need for peace, based on the results of the Afghan-Afghan-led talks. Rejecting US diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad’s claims with regard to Iran’s views and performance in Afghan peace process, Taherianfard said on Sunday that the Islamic Republic of Iran supports peace and stability in Afghanistan and stresses the need for peace, based on the results of the Afghan-Afghan-led talks.
The special envoy of Iran’s foreign minister for Afghanistan advised the US officials to study about Iranian Government's views on regional issues and Afghanistan before making any comment. Khalilzad had earlier claimed that Iran does not provide enough support for the efforts to maintain peace in Afghanistan.
This is while, Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araghchi had said earlier that the US intentions in the Afghan peace process are doubtful. Araghchi stressed that the peace process in Afghanistan should be addressed through dialogue between Afghans, but that there are various factors that discourage Iran from the US peace plan with the Taliban.

Saturday, July 25, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The United Nation Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Head Deborah Lyons on Thursday urged Afghan government and the Taliban to lower violence, release necessary, observe ceasefire during Eid and start intra-Afghan talks immediately.
UNAMA on its official twitter handler wrote:
“UN envoy @DeborahLyonsUN: “For the good of all #Afghanistan it’s time for both sides to lower levels of violence, release the necessary prisoners, call a halt to fighting over next week’s Eid and start talks immediately afterwards.”
“At a time when Afghans should be together discussing peace in intra-Afghan negotiations, there is a spiraling cycle of violence in #Afghanistan with terrible numbers of Afghans from all walks of life being killed or injured.”
It said, “Attacks in civilian-populated areas, including ground engagements, airstrikes and IEDs are inflicting an appalling toll, with a disproportionate impact on women and children across #Afghanistan.”

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