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Saturday May 16, 2020
FAIZABAD CITY (BNA) Several have been cleared from existence of anti-government militias in northeastern Badakhshan province.
Nek Mohammad Nazari spokesman of Badakhshan governor told BNA reporter, Afghan security forces by conducted a joint military operation succeeded to clean-up 15 villages in Tashkan district of the province.
The military operation has started three days ago and will continue until the district completely cleared from being of terrorists, Nazari added.

Saturday May 16, 2020
SHABERGHAN CITY (BNA) Foodstuffs have been distributed to 150 needy and poor families in northern Jawzjan province.
According to BNA local correspondent report, the aids have been provided by TIKA that included flour, cooking ghee, rice, sugar, pea, tea, salt and tomato sauce.
Abdul Qader Maliya acting governor of Jawzjan appreciated from assistances of TIKA agency said, residents of Jawzjan province need more humanitarian aids during outbreak of COVID_19.

Saturday May 16, 2020
Kabul (BNA) US President Donald Trump on Thursday in answer to a question about the attacks in Afghanistan told reporters: “At some point they’re going to have to be able to take care of their country.”
“We’ve been there for many years, we’re like a police force. We’re not fighting in Afghanistan, we’re a police force in Afghanistan and at some point, they’re going to have to be able to take care of their country,” Trump said.
However, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Twitter on Wednesday that the United States remained committed to a “lasting peace” in Afghanistan and will “stand by our Afghan partners.”
On Tuesday, 24 were killed and 16 others were wounded in an attack on a maternity hospital that lasted more than five hours, said the Ministry of Public Health.
The three attackers stormed the hospital dressed as Afghan security forces, according to eyewitnesses. Many of those killed were women, and there were babies killed as well.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Also, 32 people were killed in an explosion at a funeral in the eastern province of Nangarhar on Tuesday, said local officials. 103 others were wounded in the blast, officials said.
President Ghani, in response to the attacks, which killed dozens of civilians and security force members, ordered the Afghan forces to switch from “active defensive” mode to “offensive” mode, and to resume attacks on the Taliban.
The Afghan forces were in “active defensive” mode since late February when the Taliban agreed to reduce violence in exchange for signing a peace deal with the United States. But their attacks surged dramatically after they signed the deal in late February.

Saturday May 16, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has warned militants for being pounded by the country’s security forces, a statement from the Presidential Palace said Friday.
While visiting the personnel of the Army Corps Special Operation Command, the country’s president assured he in personal pays heavy attention to them, said the statement.
“You are empowered and I have responsibility to remain attentive for aspects of your lives,” the president assured.
The country’s president lauded the forces and said he hails their families, the statement quoted.
“Today is the day for you to pull out your swords from sheathe for the enemy to once again see our commandos’ might,” said the president adding the enemy cannot confront the country’s security forces and attack civilians, women and children.
He said they wouldn’t allow anyone to kill children and women. “Time has now reached for you to show your might and I am sure that you can show.”
President Ghani said turning to offensive status helps create conditions for a fair and lasting peace restoration in the country. “They [the government armed oppositions] think we are begging and they sell our helicopters as scrap metal to the neighbors.”
The president pointing to the leaders of the government armed oppositions said they are outside the country and think the country is empty of elders and heroes. “They are the heroes who can drive the enemy out of the country.”
“We want to suffice with the name of commandos only for enforcing the rule of law and the enemy should be witnessing of accurate and planned momentums,” said the president.
Pointing to the recent deadly attack happened in Dasht-e-Barchi maternity hospital and said he went there and saw the bloods of mothers, children and midwives were shed everywhere.
“The future of their children depends on your determination and well,” said the country’s president.
“I am sure that you are able to both manage war and foil the enemy’s plots,” the country’s president assured.

Saturday May 16, 2020
FAIZABAD CITY (BNA) At least two commuters lost their lives and 12 others were wounded following traffic accident in northeastern Badakhshan province the other day.
According to BNA report, local officials in Badakhshan told, the incident took place, while a military vehicle type of “Ranger” crashed with a passengers’ vehicle type of “Saracha” in Pul Gozar region, Argoy district of the province, in which two persons lost their lives and 10 more were injured.
But, Dr. Shafiq Hamdard head Ustad Burhanuddin Rabbani’s provincial hospital told media that two commuters lost their lives and 12 others were wounded due to the accident, all the victims have shifted to the hospital.

Tuesday May 12, 2020
PUL-E-KHUMRI CITY (BNA) Aids have been distributed to dozens families those affected due to recent flash floods in northern Baghlan province the other day.
Mujeeb Rahman Baheen head counter-disaster department of Baghlan told BNA correspondent, the department with cooperation of WFP, IOM and Agha Khan Development Foundation distributed foodstuffs and non-foodstuffs to 71 flash floods affected families.
The aids include flour, cooking ghee, pea, kitchen site and non-foodstuffs that distributed to the families in Dahna Ghori, Tala-o-Barfak, Nahreen districts and Pul-e-Khumri city the provincial capital of the province.

Tuesday May 12, 2020
PUL-E-ALAM CITY (BNA) At least 11 anti-government militias were killed during military operation conducted by Afghan special police personnel in central Logar province the night before last.
Dedar Lawang spokesman of Logar governor told BNA correspondent, the military operation have conducted by Afghan police personnel in Kooli region, Mohammad Agha district of the province, as a result 11 terrorists were killed and four more were wounded.
Two suspicious along with two Kalashnikovs were arrested during the military operation as well, Lawang added.

Tuesday May 12, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Nineteen-year-old Robaba Mohammadi was born with a condition that has left her unable to walk or use her hands. The majority of her early life she would spend at home, unable to even attend school due to a lack of infrastructure or facilities for disabled people in Afghanistan.
But the many days of loneliness drove her to find her passion. The first time Mohammadi picked up a pencil, she used her foot, but she found that rather difficult. With the encouragement of her father, she tried using her mouth to learn how to paint. She says she had given up so many times in her early attempts to draw.
But she kept practicing, for hours every day, until she could draw a straight line and continued to learn from an art book given to her by a friend.
Her detailed charcoal drawings of people, objects, animals and pencil flowers gradually earned her fame by the age of 16.
Mohammadi has now launched her own arts center to help train other aspiring artists with disabilities.
"One of my dreams was to have my own gallery to teach my students and now that dream has come true with the help of my family," she said.
"There are about 40 students in the morning and in the afternoon classes. It is because we are new and things are just getting started. I mean it has been very difficult for me to start from scratch and get to this position."
Mohammadi has created about 200 paintings in the last five years, focusing mainly on topics such as feminism in Afghanistan and challenges faced by women.
Today, Mohammadi uses oil paints to portray the streets in Afghanistan and the country's people. She also paints people with disabilities in bold colors and often in landscapes.
Her work is now sold and exhibited internationally, which helps provide the funds needed to keep her art center open.
She also hopes to create a literacy course for people with disabilities who, like her, have been unable to attend school.

Tuesday May 12, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Qatar has reiterated its deep commitment to achieving peace in Afghanistan, continuing its positive role and making efforts to facilitate peace talks between the parties in Afghanistan.
This came during the participation of HE ambassador Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif al-Thani, Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations, as a speaker at a virtual event organised by "Women Forward International" and Georgetown University, in co-operation with the embassy of Qatar to the United States, under the title " Launching Peace in Afghanistan.
HE Sheikha Alya highlighted the role played by Qatar in Afghanistan's peace talks, and touched on Qatar's broad participation in the mediation efforts, facilitating and hosting the peace talks and sponsoring the reconciliation process led and shared by all Afghan parties.
HE Sheikha Alya stressed that preventing conflict, mediation and maintaining peace is a priority of the foreign policy of Qatar.
She expressed the satisfaction and pleasure of Qatar that its efforts resulted in a historic agreement signed in Doha to bring peace to Afghanistan between the United States and the Taliban.
She also expressed the hope of Qatar that the agreement would lead to talks between Afghans, the Taliban and stakeholders in Afghanistan.
She noted that the Afghan peace conference that Doha hosted in July 2019, held under the auspices of Qatar and Germany, aimed at pushing forward the Afghan negotiations for peace.
HE Sheikha Alya stressed the need for involving women in Afghan peace talks, pointing to the commitment of Qatar to guarantee the right of women to peace operations, and made it clear that the lack of participation of women would reduce the possibility of a peaceful settlement on a large scale.
She praised the participation of 11 prominent women from the government and civil society sectors in the Doha Afghan Peace Conference, as well as the participation of civil society representatives, political and religious leaders and youth in the peace conference.
She also highlighted the support of Qatar since the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 implementing the women's, peace and security agenda, noting Qatar's pride in supporting the global study on the implementation of Council Resolution 1325, which provided a comprehensive and important information that demonstrates that women's participation in peace processes is vital to sustaining peace .
HE Sheikha Alya stressed the importance and necessity of the participation of young women and men in the peace process, where Qatar welcomed the Security Council Resolution 2250 on youth, peace and security, noting the State of Qatar's participation in March 2019 along with Colombia, Finland and the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General's envoy for youth in the first international conference on youth participation in mediation processes held in Helsinki.
She highlighted Qatar's determination to hold the second international conference in co-ordination with the envoy of the Secretary-General for Youth, with a special focus on the role of young women in peace and security. She expressed Qatar's hope that the conference that will be hosted by Doha provides a concrete opportunity to enhance the integration of young women in effective and sustainable peace processes, emphasising the paramount importance of the comprehensive integration of young women and men into peace processes.

Tuesday May 12, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Shafiqullah Shafaq was on Sunday handed a six-year ban from all forms of cricket by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) after the wicket-keeper batsman accepted his involvement in corrupt activities during the APLT20 and Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). Shafaq accepted four charges relating to breach of the ACB Anti-Corruption Code during the inaugural edition of the Afghanistan Premier League T20 in 2018 and the 2019 edition of the BPL.
"Shafaq was charged under breach of article 2.1.1 which is directly related to "fixing or contriving in any way or otherwise influencing improperly, or being a party to any agreement or effort to fix or contrive in any way" which also includes deliberate under-performance," the ACB said in a statement. "The breach of article 2.1.3 relates to "seeking, accepting, offering or agreeing to accept any bribe or other Reward to (a) fix or to contrive in any way or otherwise to influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any Domestic Match " The other two charges relate to failure to report corrupt approach to the anti-corruption unit. The 30-year-old Shafaq has played in 24 ODIs and 46 T20Is. His last international appearance was in a T20 game against Bangladesh in September, 2019.
"Under the provisions of the Code, Mr. Shafaq chose to admit the charges levied against him and agreed to the sanctions by ACB in lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing," ACB press release stated. Addressing the matter, ACB's Senior Anti-Corruption manager, Sayed Anwar Shah Quraishi said: "This is a very serious offence where a senior national player is involved in the corruption of a high-profile domestic game in APL T20 2018. "The player had also attempted but failed to get one of his teammates to engage in corruption in another high-profile game during the BPL 2019."

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