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Wednesday May 1, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Tuesday that Iran supports any efforts or talks that help establish peace, stability and security in Afghanistan.
“Iran supports any process and dialogue in line with Afghanistan’s independence, peace and stability,” Mousavi stated.
A four-day consultative grand assembly, known as a Loya Jirga, started meeting in Kabul on Monday. The rare consultative meeting is aimed at finding ways to negotiate a peace deal with the Taliban and end the long-running war in Afghanistan.
It is an attempt by President Ashraf Ghani to influence peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban, which the Taliban have excluded his government from.
“It is a proud moment for me to have representatives from all over the country here and today we are gathered to speak about the peace talks,” Reuters quoted Ghani as saying in an opening ceremony in huge tent set up for such assemblies in central Kabul.
This week’s meeting, being attended by 3,200 tribal elders, and community and religious leaders from all 34 provinces, aims to set out Kabul’s conditions for any peace deal.
But opposition political leaders and government critics, including former president Hamid Karzai, are boycotting the assembly accusing Ghani of using it as a platform to boost his status as leader in an election year.
Ghani has invited the Taliban, but they have rejected the offer and urged others to boycott it.
The group has also alleged that this is an attempt by the government to deceive the country and extend its “illegitimate rule”.
“Do not participate in the enemy’s conspiracy under the name of Jirga; instead find ways to further sideline the shaky administration of Kabul,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement, according to Press TV.

Wednesday May 1, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The United States on Tuesday said it has found "no evidence" to suggest that India is using the Afghan soil to perpetrate terrorism in Pakistan.
“I don’t have the evidence what you’re referring to, but our policy is clear that no country should support non-state actors,” the Express Tribune quoted US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, Alice Wells, as saying. Wells was responding to a question at the US embassy in Islamabad against the backdrop of a narrative put forth by Pakistan, claiming that India is using the Afghan soil to cause trouble in the country. The American diplomat, who was in Islamabad as part of a delegation headed by US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, also asserted that it has no information regarding Army’s latest allegations that Afghan and Indian secret agencies were funding the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM). On Tuesday, Major General Asif Ghafoor had blamed India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) for allegedly funding PTM, a human rights movement of the Pashtun community against Pakistani security establishments for violating their human rights. Wells urged regional countries to respect each other’s sovereignty and work together to achieve peace and economic growth in the region. “We recognise and respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan. We do not support any separatist or irredentist movements. We think it’s critical that nations of this region respect one another and work to achieve peace and economic growth,” she said. (ANI)

Friday March 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Forty nine people have been killed and more than 20  others have been seriously injured at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch after at least one gunman opened fire on worshipers.
The man, who identified himself as 28-year-old Australian-born Brenton Tarrant, filmed the attack on social media. Dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying an automatic rifle he started randomly shooting people in the Al Noor mosque shortly after 1.40pm local time (12.40am GMT).
Tarrant, who filmed himself attacking a Christchurch mosque in a Facebook Live video, posted a 74-page manifesto in which he claims to be from a “working class, low income family”.
He said he was of Scottish, Irish and English stock and moved to New Zealand temporarily to plan and train and then stayed there after deciding to conduct the attack.
“I have read the writings of Dylann Roof and many others, but only really took true inspiration from Knight Justiciar Breivik,” he wrote.
New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said police had also defused a number of improvised explosive devices found on vehicles after the mosque shootings.
New Zealand had been placed on its highest security threat level. Police have asked all mosques across the country to close their doors today, advising people to stay away from them.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there was no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme violence.
"Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand, they may even be refugees here," Ardern said.
The Bangladesh cricket team which were in Christchurch to play New Zealand in a third cricket on Saturday was arriving for prayers at the mosque when the shooting occurred but all members were  reported safe.
The teams later announced the test would be cancelled.

Thursday February 28, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Aurangzeb Khan Zalmay, Editor of The Pashtun Times condemned the Pulwama terrorist attack. Being a Pashtun himself, Aurangzeb said that the Pashtun welcome surgical strike conducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF). He said, “Being a Pashtun I condemn the Pulwama terrorist attack. After this attack we saw Indians sinking into grief. It was an irreversible loss for Indian jawans. As far as the recent surgical strike is concerned, Pashtun welcome this attack. Pashtun in Pakistan are tired of the atrocities of Pakistani militaries upon Pashtuns. Not only Pashtuns, but also Baloch and Sindhis are suffering from these atrocities. Pakistan is not only producing terrorism, but Pakistan is also exporting terrorism to the world. People want to get rid of terrorism.”

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