26 May 2020

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Thursday May 7, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Taliban late on Tuesday announced the release of another 20 prisoners in southern Kandahar province.
Taliban’s Qatar Office Spokesperson Suhail Shaheen said 20 government prisoners were released on Tuesday in Kandahar province.
He added the Taliban offered fares to every released prisoner and sent them home.
Earlier on Tuesday Afghan government freed 154 Taliban prisoners from Kabul’s Pul-i-Charkhi prison.

Thursday May 7, 2020
ASADABAD CITY (BNA) Foodstuffs have been distributed to hundreds needy and destitute families in eastern Kunar province the other day.
The aids have been provided by Mamond and Mustafa charity organizations.
Press office of Kunar by releasing a statement said, in this round more than 300 poor families have received flour, cooking ghee and rice in Khas Kunar district of the province.
After outbreak of COVID-19 epidemic in Afghanistan, hundreds people lost their works and distribution of humanitarian aids by internal and external charity organizations has increased as well.

Thursday May 7, 2020
JALALABAD CITY (BNA) Man was arrested accused of killing his wife and son in eastern Nangarhar province.
Police officials in the province said, after disputes the man killed his wife and son.
Meanwhile, neighbors of the man say he has mental health problem.
Nangarhar press office by releasing a statement reported that the arrested man was addicted to drugs as well.

Wednesday May 6, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Public Health on Wednesday said that in the past 24 hours 168 positive cases have been recorded across the country, and the total cases reached 3,392.
The 168 new coronavirus cases were reported in Kabul (68), Herat (32), Kandahar (14), Nangarhar (11), Laghman (9), Faryab (9), Logar (8), Balkh (4), Paktia (4), Baghlan (4), Kunar (2), Nooristan (1), Sar-e-Pul (1), Samangan (1) and Helmand (1).
The Health Ministry said that in the past 24 hours there have been nine deaths: Kabul (1), Herat (5), Balkh (1), Takhar (1) and Parwan (1).
The number of reported recoveries in the country is 458, and the reported number of deaths is 104.

Wednesday May 6, 2020
MAZAR-E-SHARIF CITY (BNA) Taliban “Red Unit” commander along with his 15 men were killed during air attack in northern Balkh province yesterday morning.
Mohammad Hanif Rezayee spokesman of 209 Shaheen Army corps told BNA correspondent, Mullah Yaqoub known as Mansour Taliban “Red Unit” commander and his 15 men were killed following an air raid carried out by Afghan air forces in Koshanda district of Balkh province.
The attack launched while the insurgents wanted to organize a series of terrorist and destructive activities, Rezayee added.

Wednesday May 6, 2020
KUNDUZ CITY (BNA) Cash have been donated to more than 700 needy and poor families in northern Kunduz province.
Ghulam Sakhi Rasouli head of Refugees and Repatriation Department of Kunduz told BNA reporter, OID organization with cooperation of the department have donated cash to 738 needy and destitute families in the province.
Each families those affected due to recent war have received 7570 Afghani, Rasouli added.
It is mentionable that already cash have been donated to the families as well.

Wednesday May 6, 2020
Kabul (BNA) In a joint statement following the first meeting between First Vice-President Amrullah Saleh and UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General Deborah Lyons, “both agreed that the collective efforts of all Afghans are needed to tackle this pandemic that has already killed nearly a quarter-million people around the world.”
“Vice-President Saleh affirmed that the government wants to hold regular strategic meetings with the United Nations on the COVID-19 response to maximize the contribution of UN agencies and ensure full coordination with the government’s efforts,” reads the statement.
Lyons’ discussions with Vice-President Saleh took place after she had held consultations with President Ashraf Ghani, who has designated his first vice president to lead the government’s relations and coordination with the UN agencies.
The joint statement also reads:
“Special Representative Lyons, who is also head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), recognized the government’s leadership role to date, and acknowledged the importance of the eight priorities which the government has identified. This work has already established a detailed plan for the health sector by the Ministry of Public Health, and would soon lead to plans in the other priority areas. The United Nations will work in support of such plans in key areas such as health, education, food-security and livelihoods, as well as returnees and internally displaced people.”
The joint statement concludes: “Vice-President Saleh asked the United Nations to respect and support the government’s leadership in handling this crisis and invited the Special Representative and the Humanitarian Coordinator, Toby Lanzer, to join him in attending the Inter-ministerial Emergency Committee and in creating a joint framework for action whereby United Nations’ agencies can work closely in support of individual ministries. Special Representative Lyons highlighted the need for deep collaboration with all partners to create a united front against Covid-19

Wednesday, 06 May 2020 07:46

Ten Terrorists Annihilated in Badakhshan

Wednesday May 6, 2020
FAIZABAD CITY (BNA) More than 10 anti-government militias were killed during clashes with Afghan security forces in northeastern Badakhshan province the other day.
Hadi Jamal in-charge press office in 217 Pamir army corps told BNA correspondent, the insurgents have been targeted in different parts of Karan and Manjan district of the province.
Twelves more terrorists were injured during the conflicts, Jamal added.
Taliban fighters have launched several attacks on various parts of Karan and Manjan district of the province within the last days, but Afghan security forces succeeded to push back their attacks.

Wednesday May 6, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan’s power distribution company, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), said pylons used to import electricity from regional countries were once again targeted by unidentified groups yesterday.
On Monday night missiles were fired at the transmission towers in the Gul-Ghondi area in Charikar city of Parwan province, the latest of three such attacks on DABS power pylons in the past eight days, according to company.
Earlier on Monday, four DABS employees were wounded in a blast as they returned from repairing a power pylon that is located in the Chimtala area in Kabul’s PD17, according to DABS.
That power pylon was damaged in an explosion on Sunday, but the electricity supply was unaffected as the damage was not too extensive.
Two of those wounded are in critical condition, DABS said in a statement.
According to DABS, the bomb was placed on the employees’ vehicle and was remotely detonated.
The incident comes days after another power pylon was destroyed in the north of Kabul in Mir Bacha Kot district. It took the company one week to repair, and it caused power shortages in the city.
No group has claimed responsibility for the past three attacks on the power’s pylons in outages in northern Kabul.
Breshna Company and citizens have called on the security ministries to make information public about the perpetrators and their motives.
The country’s power is mostly provided by imported electricity from Central Asian countries.

Wednesday May 6, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Addressing the Summit Level Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement Contact Group in response to COVID-19 via a video conference on Monday afternoon, President Ghani said Covid-19 was a hyper event, plunging the interconnected world into turmoil by disrupting the normal modes of conduct and forms of sociability.
“Deep uncertainty regarding the future, across the world, therefore, characterizes the Corona –effect. We may never comprehend its complexity but are likely to remember history as before and after Covid-19,” the president said, adding to stand united against Covid-19 is to choose alignment, as controlling it requires alignment at the level of humanity.
“We stand united in sympathy and solidarity with the victims of Covid-19 across the world. We offer deep appreciation for the medical profession in their heroic efforts and support the efforts of the global scientific community to win the race against Covid-19 in developing a vaccine. Our calling as public servants and our duty as heads of state and government make it imperative to think beyond the pain of the moment and to create the necessary alignments at the local, national, regional and global levels to meet the expectations of our fellow human beings and fellow citizens for providing relief, recovery and ushering of normalcy.”
“To enable us to lead and manage the response in Afghanistan, we identified five phases: acknowledgement; diffusion; adversity; relief; and recovery, following the premise that the duration of each phase, the scale and scope of its impact and the response of the people will be uncertain,” the president added.
The president said: Using technology to engage public servants and elected officials across all levels of government enabled us to understand the expectations and to reallocate and reprogram resources to focus on public awareness, relief, recovery, regional connectivity and global partnerships and solidarity. As listing all the countries, organizations and individuals that have helped us will require time; let me express gratitude for the assistance rendered to us in this global and regional hour of need. As we are still in the phases of awareness and diffusion, we do not want to make predictions but focus all our efforts on possible adversity and relief and recovery.
War, unfortunately, casts a long shadow over focused efforts against Covid-19, for the Taliban have yet to accept our offer of a humanitarian ceasefire. We ask all members of the non-aligned movement to call upon the Taliban to cease the senseless violence and engage in the political process to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan and the region.
The president further added that as the Covid-19 is as disruptive as WWII, overcoming its effect is going require a true sense of urgency to re-examine the capacity, capability and suitability of international institutions and regional organizations deigned to meet the challenges of the mid-20th century and the subsequent decades of polarization. “We, the Afghan people, who have suffered for 40 years from the games of polarization and proxy conflict, will like to transform our country into a platform of regional and global cooperation. Join us in this noble quest.”

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