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Tuesday July 28, 2020
HERAT CITY (BNA) Four Afghan security forces lost their lives following mine blast in western Herat province yesterday.
The incident took place, while a military vehicle type of Humvee hit with a roadside mine in Kashak Sirowan region, Pashton Zarghon district of the province.
Commander of Zaman Abad security shell and his three soldiers lost their lives due to the blast.

Tuesday July 28, 2020
SHABERGHAN CITY (BNA) As many as four armed oppositions were arrested by Afghan security forces in northern Jawzjan province yesterday.
Mohammad Haneef Rezayee spokesman of 209 Tandar army corps told BNA correspondent, four militants were arrested along with four Kalashnikovs and two motorcycles in relevant areas of Qush Tepa district of the province.
The anti-government militias had plan to conduct attack on Afghan security forces in Jar Quduq region, Qush Tepa district of the province, the source added.

Tuesday, 28 July 2020 08:08

Six Taliban Fighters Kill in Logar

Tuesday July 28, 2020
Pul-e-Alam (BNA) Six Taliban fighters were killed during conflict with Afghan security forces in logar province the night before last.
The rebel have been killed, while they wanted to launch attack on Afghan security forces’ checkpoints in Mohammad Agha district and Pul-e-Alam city the provincial capital of the province.
Six Taliban fighters were killed following the conflict, Tandar Army Corps said in a statement.
Taliban said nothing about the incident so far.

Tuesday July 28, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Four Taliban fighters were killed due to mine blast in Ghazni province yesterday the other day.
Ghazni governor press office by releasing a statement issued BNA, the Taliban fighters have been killed due to mine blast planted by themselves in Gilan district of the province.
Civilians have not sustained damages following the incident.
According to another report, five Taliban fighters were killed due to air strike in Kandahar province yesterday.
The insurgents have been killed due to air strike conducted by Afghan security forces in Nish district of the province, 209 Atal Army Corps reported BNA.
Three Kalashnikovs, one PK machine gun and three motorcycles have been destroyed during the air raid, the source added.

Tuesday July 28, 2020
Qala-e-Naw City (BNA) A local commander of Taliban with his twenty two men have put down weapons and have joined peace process in Badghis province.
The commander with his men were busy on conducting terrorist activities for many years in some parts of Badghis province.
A security official stated BNA, the commander; who joined peace process has relented from his activates, said after joining peace process he will take part in reconstruction and ensuring security in the country.
By joining of them to peace process security situation will be improved in some parts of Badghis province, source added.

Tuesday July 28, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday held the first joint virtual conference with his counterparts from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nepal during which he mooted a four-point plan to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, boost economic recovery and resumption of the BRI infrastructure projects.
Afghanistan’s acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar and Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali attended the virtual meeting, according to a Chinese Foreign Ministry press release.
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi did not participate in the meeting. Pakistan was represented by Economic Affairs Minister Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar.
Addressing the meeting, which is the first involving the four countries, Wang proposed the four-point action plan including consolidating the consensus on unity and fight against the pandemic, avoiding politicization and stigmatization of the coronavirus and firmly support the World Health Organization (WHO) in playing its due role to jointly building global health community.
Earlier this month, the Trump administration formally notified the United Nations of its decision to withdraw the US from the World Health Organization (WHO), breaking off ties with the global health body despite the raging coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The US has accused the WHO of siding with China on the outbreak of the coronavirus, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, alleging the health body misled the world resulting in deaths of over half a million people globally, including over 146,000 in America alone.
Wang said all the four countries should carry out regional cooperation on joint prevention and control of the pandemic drawing the experience of China and Pakistan, according to the press release.
He said when the Chinese vaccine is developed, China will improve the accessibility of vaccines to the three countries and help them strengthen their public health systems.
Significantly, he also proposed post-pandemic, the four countries should resolutely support the joint development of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) by promoting the resumption of work and production of key cooperation projects, maintain the stability of industrial and supply chains, and create new economic growth points in the digital field.
"We will actively promote the building of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the Trans-Himalayan Connectivity network (THCN), support the extension of the corridor to Afghanistan, and further unleash the dividends of regional connectivity,” Wang said.
The BRI is a multi-billion-dollar initiative launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping when he came to power in 2013. It aims to link Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Gulf region, Africa and Europe with a network of land and sea routes.
While USD 60 billion CPEC is the flagship project of the BRI, over which India has protested to China as it is being laid through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (POK), the THCN aims to connect Nepal and China through Tibet.
"We should give play to our geographical advantages, strengthen exchanges and connectivity between the four countries and central Asian countries, and safeguard regional peace and stability,” Wang said.
His remarks assume significance as it came amidst the border tensions between India and China. Pakistan and Nepal are also actively involved in building major infrastructure projects under the CPEC and the THCN, causing much concern in New Delhi.
The ministers of Pakistan, Nepal and Afghanistan "actively supported" the four-point cooperation initiative proposed by Wang and thanked China for providing medical material assistance and food support, and shared experience in epidemic prevention and control, the statement said.
All parties supported the maintenance of multilateralism, strengthen the role of the WHO, backed the realization of a ceasefire in Afghanistan during the epidemic, and the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan, it added.
Bakhtiar, who represented Pakistan in the conference, stressed that the participating counties should develop political consensus against COVID-19 and declare a united front to combat it.
He said that COVID-19 had inflicted a punitive human and economic cost globally and disrupted the social and political architecture of the world.
"Pakistan was ready to both enhance cooperation in combating COVID-19 and in post-pandemic economic recovery with the participating countries,” the minister said.
Bakhtiar said that the CPEC could play an important role in boosting regional growth and recovery in the post-COVID-19 period.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi did not participate but in a video message at the Conference he stressed the need for unity, solidarity and multilateral cooperation to fight COVID-19 pandemic.

Tuesday July 28, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) President Manjinder Singh Sirsa met External Affairs Ministry officials and claimed that he had been assured that 600 Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan will be issued visas by India in the coming days.
A delegation led by Mr Sirsa met the in-charge of Afghanistan and Pakistan desk of the ministry, JP Singh, a DSGMC statement said. Mr Sirsa said he took up the issue of bringing to India the remaining Hindu and Sikh families from Afghanistan and the ministry assured him that 600 people whose list is ready will be given visas within a week.
"India will issue visas to all remaining Hindu and Sikhs families to repatriate them as soon as possible. This assurance was given to the DSGMC president Manjinder Singh Sirsa here today," the statement said.
Mr Sirsa claimed that the ministry has assured him that the Hindus and Sikhs will be issued "long term" visas.
Those left out can apply for visa and will get the same as soon as they will apply, the statement said.
"We will ensure that those Hindu and Sikh families left out in Afghanistan are brought here," Mr Sirsa said thanking the government and Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
Eleven members of Sikh and Hindu communities from Afghanistan who were allegedly "persecuted" there reached Delhi''s IGI airport on Sunday.
Mr Sirsa said he also took up the issue of conversion of Shaheedi Asthan of Bhai Taru Singh at Lahore, which is a gurudwara, into a mosque.
India on Monday lodged a strong protest with Pakistan High Commission over the issue, according a spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs.
Mr Sirsa was accompanied by DSGMC members Paramjit Singh Chandhok, Harvinder Singh KP, Jasmen Singh Noni and Gurdev Singh Bhola, the statement said.

Tuesday July 28, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Three persons were killed by fighters of Taliban group in Qara Bagh district, Kabul province this morning.
Hanif Sediqi district governor of Qara Bagh by confirmed the news said, the persons have been targeted by Taliban fighters, while they were moving toward their homes in relevant areas of the district.
It has been said, the persons were former soldiers.

Tuesday July 28, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has abruptly sacked its chief executive officer Lutfullah Stanikzai on Monday, two years before his contract expires. In a letter written to Stanikzai, which ESPNcricinfo has seen, ACB chairman Farhan Yusefzai said Stanikzai's contract was being terminated for "mismanagement", "unsatisfactory performance," and "misbehavior with managers." The board also made the announcement through a release on Monday.
"This is to inform you that this letter serves as confirmation that your employment contract in the capacity of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Afghanistan Cricket Board is terminated effectively. Your last employment date with ACB is July 29, 2020," the letter said.
"The reason(s) of your contract termination is as below:
Unsatisfactory Performance
Misbehavior with Managers."
The ACB release also stated Stanikzai had been sacked due to "ignorance in his responsibilities," and he had been "warned verbally and in writing in the past." The board said it would advertise for the vacancy soon.
Stanikzai said he was surprised by the development and first found out about it from social media and not by any communication from the board. He said he had spoken to Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhail, the state minister for parliamentary affairs, who sits on the ACB Board and even he was not aware.
"I spoke to a [ACB] board member and was told that they are not aware" Stanikzai told ESPNcricinfo. "According to ACB constitution, the CEO is appointed by the Board and any decision concerning the CEO should be done by the Board."
Stanikzai, who had served previously as a media manager, was hired as the CEO on a three-year contract in July last year immediately after Afghanistan's dismal performance at the 2019 World Cup where they finished last in the 10-team tournament without a single win.
Stanikzai had replaced Asadullah Khan, who had been charged with breaching the ACB constitution and policies on various decisions. Khan's tenure as acting chief executive was short lived months after the ACB sacked its chairman Atif Mashal and Shafiqullah Stanikzai early in 2019.
The hand of the Afghanistan government in the ACB politics is not lost upon the ICC. ESPNcricinfo understands the ICC last year alerted the ACB that it was concerned by the inconsistency in the leadership in the Afghanistan board. That message was delivered by Imran Khawaja, then ICC's deputy chairman, who was recently appointed as interim chair of the global cricket body.
It is understood that Khawaja raised three issues with the ACB last September: concerns about its leadership, the money that the ACB receives from the ICC be strictly utilized for development of cricket in the country and, thirdly, the ACB should strengthen its internal audit.
Afghanistan were granted Full Membership in 2017, which entitled them to a distribution cost from the ICC for participating in global tournaments. As per the new finance model, they would get around US$ 40 million for the 2016-23 commercial rights cycle for projected ICC revenues of $2.7 billion. However, with the ICC's projected revenues coming down, those costs have been adjusted to close to $4.8 million per year.
In January this year the ACB received about $2.4 million as part of the ICC's distribution money. However, the ACB has been reeling financially after one of its major team sponsors pulled out in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Consequently the ACB cut salaries of its entire coaching staff since May.

Tuesday, 28 July 2020 08:03

Three Policemen Martyred in Balkh

Tuesday July 28, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Three policemen were martyred in northern Balkh province late on Monday.
According to BNA report, eyewitnesses say the policemen were martyred by Taliban fighters in Bazzar Balkh district of the province,
The attackers succeeded to flee from the area, eyewitnesses added.
Security officials in Balkh said nothing about the event so far.

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