07 August 2020

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Thursday July 30, 2020
LASHKARGAH CITY (BNA) At least 18 people were arrested accused of different criminal cases in southern Helmand province within the last 36 hours.
The suspects were arrested during military operations and vehicles searching in various parts of Lashkargah city and districts of the province.
Press office of Helmand police chief in a statement reported, the people were arrested accused of robbery, murderer, people harassing and narcotic drug smuggling.
The dossiers of the suspects will submitted to judicial organs as soon, the statement added.

Thursday July 30, 2020
QALA-E-NAW CITY (BNA) More than 28 armed oppositions were killed following air attacks carried out by Afghan air forces in Badghis province the other day.
Bahauddin Qadesi member of provincial council of Badghis told BNA correspondent, the insurgents have been targeted inside their hideouts, while they wanted to launch attack on Afghan National Army troops’ security shell in Bala Murghab district of the province.
Qadesi added, 28 rebels were killed and some military equipment belonged to the terrorists have been destroyed during the air attacks.

Thursday July 30, 2020
KANDAHAR CITY (BNA) As many as 16 anti-government militias were killed and several more were wounded during clashes with Afghan security forces in southern Kandahar province within the last 24 hours.
Attal army corps by releasing a statement reported, the conflicts took place, while Taliban militants wanted to conduct attacks on Afghan security forces’ checkpoints in various parts of Kandahar province.
The statement added, 16 terrorists were killed and several others were wounded following the clashes.

Thursday July 30, 2020

JALALABAD CITY (BNA) Humanitarian aids have been distributed to hundreds needy and poor families in eastern Nangarhar province.
The families have been affected during COVID-19 outbreak.
An in-charge of refugees and repatriation department of Nangarhar told BNA correspondent, the humanitarian assistances have been provided by World Food Program (WFP).
The aids include flour, cooking ghee, pea, salt and soap.

Wednesday, 29 July 2020 05:48

Deserved Families Received Aids

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Seventy-six poor families in Sar-e-Pol and Takhar provinces received food and non-food assistance.
Feraidon Azhand spokesman for the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development told BNA, the mentioned materials include rice, oil, tea, soap and spring clothes, which have been distributed to fifty-two deserving people in Takhar and another twenty-four deserving people in Sar-e-Pol through the National Program of Citizenship Pact of that ministry.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, 29 July 2020 05:46

Terrorist Attack Prevented in Khost

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Khost police prevented a terrorist attack during Eid in Khost by discovering a car bomb.
The press office of the Ministry of Interior informed BNA, Khost police found a car full of explosives last night in Dumandeh district of the province.
The perpetrators of the incident have been arrested. They said that they intended to bring this car into Khost city for an explosion during Eid days.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, 29 July 2020 05:45

Taliban Associates Detained in Jawzjan

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Sheberghan (BNA) Four Taliban associates have been arrested in Jawzjan yesterday.
Mohammad Hanif Rezayee Shaheen 209 army corps spokesman told BNA, the security officials of the province arrested the men with four Kalashnikovs and two motorbikes from outskirt of Qoshtapa district.
He added that the detained Taliban had plan to attack on defense and security forces in Jarqadaq village of Qhoshtapa district of Jawzjan.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Mazar-e-Sharif (BNA) Balkh police arrested two men with tens of kilograms of narcotics in the province yesterday.
Adel Shah Adel spokesman of Balkh security directorate told BNA, the anti-narcotic police of the province arrested two men with amount of drugs from Kaldar District of the province.
Likewise, Balkh police arrested three men on suspicion of stealing a Saracha car from 10th district of Mazar-e-Sharif.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, 29 July 2020 05:39

Mines Neutralized in Farah

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Farah (BNA) Police of Farah discovered and neutralized six mines in Anardara District, Farah yesterday.
Mohibullah Mohib spokesman of Farah security commandment told BNA, the officials of the commandment discovered and neutralized six mines planted by Taliban from outskirt of the mentioned district.
Another report says, a Taliban insurgent was killed following attacked on police checkpoint in Gulistan district.
In the event, a policeman was slightly injured.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Addressing a meeting in Kabul, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday portrayed a grim picture of the situation in Afghanistan, saying that between February 29 and July 21 up 10,708 members of the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF) have been killed and wounded. “Between February 29, 2020, and July 21, 2020, ANDSF losses have been 10,708, with 3560 martyred, 6781 wounded and the rest kidnapped, imprisoned or unaccounted for,” said Ghani while speaking at the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) in Kabul. He said that the Afghan civilian losses during this period have been 3073, with 775 killed, 1609 wounded and 689 kidnapped. Ghani also said that rocket attacks during his provincial visits have become routine. On Taliban-Al Qaeda ties, president Ghani said:
“There is no evidence that the Taliban have severed their ties with Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations nor have they socialized peace among their commanders and fighters.” President Ghani said that to ensure that the window remains open for peace in the country, the Afghan government has offered proof of its commitment and moral courage by the release of Taliban prisoners. “
To ensure that the window remains open, we have offered proof of our commitment and moral courage by the release of Taliban prisoners, a move without precedent in the annals of peace-building,” he said. On the controversy over the release of the Taliban’s 5,000 prisoners, president Ghani said: “To demonstrate the government’s commitment to peace, the Islamic Republic will soon complete the release of 5000 Taliban prisoners as part of the exchange with ANDSF prisoners. With this action, we look forward to the start of direct negotiations with the Taliban in a week’s time.
We call on the Taliban to join us at the negotiating table and to concluding promptly there a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire. Commitment to a ceasefire during the coming 'Eid will be an indication of things to come.” On Tuesday evening the Taliban called a three-day ceasefire for Eid. "Our condemnation of senseless violence and strong voice in support of a humanitarian ceasefire, and the start of direct negotiations between us and the Taliban, is reassuring to our people and the ANDSF, who have displayed immense restraint in the face of a Taliban campaign of violence," President Ghani said. Anti-corruption: "There is a national outrage against corruption and a demand for accountability and sufficient capacity in the accountability, rule of law, and security organizations and the active engagement of the media, the Ulema and civil society organizations have created the enabling conditions to have a comprehensive strategy to make measureable and sustained progress against corruption," president Ghani said. The president also added: We are determined to complete all the remaining benchmarks of our current anti-corruption strategy and to enforce the decisions of the Attorney General on those found guilty by the end of October. “We invite all our bilateral and multilateral partners to join the people and government of Afghanistan in identifying key drivers of corruption and bad governance through a mutual accountability framework based on UNCAC and governing the norms of conduct and accountability of all parties engaged in allocation, distribution, and management of resources for Afghanistan. Dealing explicitly with “special treatment” granted to some individuals and organizations will be essential. Even more essential will be to make anticorruption an integral component of the political agreement with the Taliban,” president Ghani said.
The president also highlighted some mutual accountability items: Reform of revenue, grants and aid in terms of OECD standards and tools, Welcome robust conditionality on policy, Welcome strict criteria on outcomes of programs and projects, Welcome third party evaluation and monitoring, Thanks to sustained work by bi-lateral and multi-lateral organizations, scholars, and international civil society networks, there is a range of tools addressing the questions of what to do, how to do it, and how to measure it.
We request a core group from you to work with us online and in-person to help us reform and strengthen our accountability and rule of law institutions and organizations by tailoring an approach suited to our complex context." Afghanistan’s economic situation:
In the speech, president Ghani also defended his economic policies and portrayed an optimistic picture of Afghan exports. “We expect to export 6,090 (metric) tons through the air corridor in 2020. Our exports through the dry port of Zarang alone, however exceeded 6k tons up until now, underlining the crucial role of regional connectivity in the generation of prosperity. Thanks to President Aliyov and Birdie Muhammadov for the recent virtual summit on trade, transit and investment along the Lapis Lazuli corridor.
Thanking Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan for the rail corridor as well as power transmission line. A contract for 1,000 megawatts at 5 cents for 10 years is an important signal, as well as USAID’s support for private sector investment in renewables,” said president Ghani. “Revenue projection has been reduced from Afs 208.9 billion to Afs 175.8 billion, amounting to 12% instead of 13.7% of the GDP. As of July 27, we have collected 54% of the revised target and expect to meet the target by the end of the year. We expect to spend 93% of the development budget by the end of 2020,” he said.
President Ghani thanked SOM members for their continued support of Afghanistan. “Heartful thanks for your continued interest, support, and partnership for the government and people of Afghanistan, women, and men who are striving to lead meaningful, peaceful, and productive lives in a democratic polity and tolerant society,” said president Ghani.

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