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Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Taliqan (BNA) A local commander of Taliban with two of his colleagues were killed in Takhar last evening.
Colonel Syeed Merajuddin Sadat police chief of Takhar told BNA, Mawlavi Zmari known Talha a local commander of Taliban with two of his colleagues were killed in a clearing operation of security troops in Akbarkhan region, Takhar-Kunduz highway.
During the operation, three other Taliban rebels were also injured, said the source.
The mentioned region was cleared from Taliban and several strongholds of them have been demolished, said Sadat.
T. Yarzada


Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Lashkargah (BNA) Seven militaries were martyred and six others have been injured in a suicide attack in Helmand last night.
The event occurred in Naharsaraj district, while a suicide bomber detonated his car packed explosive near security forces checkpoint.
Security official in south of country told BNA, seven militaries were lost their lives and six others have been injured.
Security officials in south of country blamed Taliban for the deadly terrorist attack.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, 05 May 2020 08:08

Deadly Raid of ASF on Taliban in Zabul

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Qalat (BNA) Eighteen Taliban rebels were killed in latest air and ground raids of Afghan Security Forces in Zabul last night.
The raids carried out on Taliban rally in two regions and suburb of Qalat city.
The Taliban wanted to target several checkpoint of security troops that suppressed by Afghan security forces and killed.
Atal army corps media office in south of country with releasing a statement said, eighteen Taliban rebels including two local commanders of them were killed in the raids.
Another report says, police of Zabul discovered and confiscated 15 mines from crowded ways of the province and prevented from a series of deadly blast.
No one has been detained in connection of the failed mine planting.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Sharan (BNA) Twenty civilians were wounded in throwing of hand grenade by Taliban in Paktika.
A security official of Paktika told BNA, the civilians were wounded in Khirkot district while performing of Taraweeh prayer.
It is mentionable that the health status of three civilians have been reported critical.
T. Yarzada


Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Kabul (BNA) NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has appointed Stefano Pontecorvo as the alliance next Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan, a statement said on Monday.
"I am glad to announce that I have appointed Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo as NATO’s next Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan,” the statement quoted Stoltenberg as saying.
Ambassador Pontecorvo will take up his post on June 1. He brings a long-standing diplomatic experience, including on Afghanistan and the broad regional context.
“I look forward to working closely with him at this critical juncture for Afghanistan’s future, where all actors need to come together in the interest of peace and to fight the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
“I thank Italy for its continued commitment to strengthening the Afghan security forces so that they can create the conditions for a sustainable peace,” Stoltenberg said.
Stoltenberg also thanked outgoing Senior Civilian Representative Ambassador Sir Nicholas Kay for his outstanding service, and his contributions to the cause of peace and security for all Afghans.



Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Deputy Public Health Minister Wahid Majroh on Monday said that in the past 24 hours 190 positive cases have been recorded across the country, and the country total is 2,894.
The 190 new coronavirus case were reported in Paktia (41), Herat (30), Kandahar (25), Kabul (24), Balkh (17), Nangarhar (13), Laghman (11), Farah (9), Sar-e-Pul (6), Kunar (5), Zabul (3), Paktika (2), Khost (1), Uruzgan (1), Helmand (1) and Nimruz (1).
Majroh said that in the past 24 hours there have been five deaths: Herat (1), Kabul (1), Paktia (2) and Wardak (1).
Majroh also said that the threat of the coronavirus is currently at its "highest level."
The number of reported recoveries in the country is 397, while 90 have died.
The number of deaths from COVID-19 globally is more than 247,497, and 3,507,424 have been infected with the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.


Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Addressing media at the Government Media and Information Center, the Presidential Palace spokesman Sediq Sediqi on Monday said people lost their trust in the peace process following recent Taliban attacks, asking the rebels to declare truce to deal with Covid-19 crisis.
He said that the Afghan government and Afghans were asking the Taliban again to stop violence and declare ceasefire as the Covid-19 would give birth to more challenges.
He said it was time that the Taliban should also consider Covid-19 pandemic seriously, otherwise they will pay for the damage.
He said, “We all should provide needed materials to people at risk of Covid-19, but Taliban violence will not let us do so.”
He said regional and international consensus was that the Taliban should announce truce. Sediqi said truce it was not only the demand of the Afghan government but of regional countries and international community to prevent coronavirus from spreading in the country.
He said Taliban attacks caused people lose their trust in the ongoing peace process. He said the Afghan government was committed to peace process and had taken practically steps in this regard.


Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Following coronavirus outbreak and lockdown of various cities in Afghanistan, thousands of Afghans have lost their work and become unemployed in the country.
The number of unemployed and those who have lost their jobs in Kabul is increasing day by day due to high level of the population. To address this problem, presidential office operation department has prepared a plan based on which 41,000 residents of Kabul are provided with jobs. Based on the plan, all surface water of Kabul will be managed and the city will get green.
According to presidential office operation department, nearly 11,350 people have been appointed as workers for the program so far and the process is ongoing and implemented by National Development Company, which has been recently created after a number of government enterprises were merged. The company has recently constructed Herat’s COVID19 hospital in 20 days and currently the company has started implementation of the program in six zones of the capital.
“National Development Company is implementing a plan based on which 41,000 residents of Kabul are appointed as workers to manage surface water of the city, improve environment and green the city,” said Mohammad Mustafa Navid, advisor to the National Development Company.
According to advisor to the respective company, currently work to implement the program is underway as nearly 11,350 people have been appointed as workers in six zones of Kabul, the capital.
“To better implement the project, Kabul has been divided into six zones as Darul Aman, Qargha, Deh Sabz, Bagrami and Wasilabad,” Navid said, adding that it is a one-year project and work on the project has already started and will cover Qurogh, Wasilabad, Bagrami and Gospand dara mountains as well as Qasaba, Dasht-e-Patola and Chelsetoon.
Regarding to modality of appointment of workers, Navid said that National Development Company was appointing workers from all six zones of Kabul and priority in appointment of workers was given to those living in vicinity of the projects.
As Kabul city has faced with lack of water in particular underground water in recent years, digging trenches is considered as one of the best way for controlling and absorption of the surface water; therefore, National Development Company has taken the responsibility to dig trenches and holes in outskirts of Kabul mountains through which surface water of Kabul coming from rainfalls and snow is absorbed and controlled.
Based on information, holes and trenches which will be dug by National Development Company will be 5m length and 70m depth and through this way surface water of Kabul is absorbed and controlled.

Tuesday, May 5, 220
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan National Security Council has declared that 850 other Taliban prisoners will be soon released.
“Based on the decree of the president, 98 inmates were released from the Pul-e-Charkhi jail. So far 748 Taliban have been released, another 850 will also be released,” said Javid Faisal, a spokesman for Afghanistan National Security Council.
Based on the peace agreement signed by US and Taliban, 5,000 Taliban prisoners and 1,000 prisoners of Afghanistan government security personnel were planned to be released within ten days from both sides, but Afghanistan government considers the process as complicated.
Meanwhile, sources close to the Taliban have said that if the Afghan government ensure the collective release of 5,000 inmates demanded by the Taliban, this will help to start the intra-Afghan talks in the near future.
Releasing of Taliban prisoners was a precondition for starting the intra-Afghan dialogue. The Taliban so far have released 112 Afghan government forces.
Previously, both sides had informed of gaps in connection with releasing prisoners. A number of Afghanistan government officials have disclosed that Taliban in first step asked for releasing their 15 commanders from Afghanistan prison, while Afghanistan government rejected the demand.
Reduction in violence has been demanded from the Taliban by UN, US and Afghanistan government, but Taliban has rejected the demand and continued violence and attacking on ANDSF in various parts of the country.
Meanwhile, US special peace envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad in a tweet has asked the Taliban and Afghanistan government to accelerate the releasing process of prisoners and reduce violence in the country to pave the way for the intra-Afghan dialogue between Afghans.
“Both the Taliban and the government need to accelerate efforts to release prisoners and lower violence, which is the fastest means to intra-Afghan negotiations and a comprehensive permanent ceasefire,” Khalilzad tweeted.
Khalilzad in his separate tweet has called on both sides: “Both sides must also accelerate the release of prisoners. The war on COVID-19 makes it urgent and will also aid the peace process including getting intra-Afghan negotiations underway.”
As all demand for ceasefire, it is time that Taliban should show their intention and will for peace in the country. If the Taliban group wants to end the ongoing war through negotiations, they should at least declare ceasefire to show their good will for talks with Afghanistan government.
Without ceasefire, it is not possible to reach lasting peace in the country as ceasefire is considered as preface for ending the war and strengthen the ongoing peace process. It is also considered as a test for the respective side to show in action that they have an option for ending the war rather than war and violence. Moreover, ceasefire and starting the intra-Afghan dialogue is a serious need and should be implemented.


Sunday May 03, 2020 Kabul (BNA) At least 17 civilians lost their lives and 49 more were wounded by Taliban in the first seven days of Ramadan. Javid Faisal spokesman of National Security Council (NSC) in a tweet said, the civilians lost their lives and wounded in different parts of the 17 provinces of the country. IEDs and direct fire by Taliban have cause the majority of the casualties, Faisal added. M.A.Ansari
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