RSS Feed Tue, 01 Dec 2015 14:33:37 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev ( Afghan, Indonesia Clerics Meet In Kabul

Religious leaders from Afghanistan and Indonesia came together on Tuesday in Kabul where they strongly condemned terrorism and called for acceptance and moderation among Muslims.

Delegates, attending the 2015 Annual Forum for Promoting Peace, Respect to Human Rights and Countering Radicalism, said Muslims should treat the followers of other religions as well as all Muslims with respect.

One religious scholar Faziulghani Kakar said: "The lives and properties of those who are not Muslim and are living in a Muslim country should be safe. These are human rights introduced to Muslims by the Prophet 14 centuries ago. This was the message of the Prophet for real Muslims who want to live in harmony with all people."

Meanwhile the Indonesian Ambassador to Kabul Anshory Tadjudin said that Islam and modernization go hand-in-hand in Indonesia and that is why his country is improving.

He said: "Our people live together alongside followers of other religions and as I said during my speech Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and Hindus all live in an accepted environment in our country."

"This is the way we obey the issue of human rights in Indonesia. We respect each other," he said.

Minister of Hajj and Religious Affairs Faiz Mohammad Osmani said it is important for religious scholars to take a stance against insurgent activities in the country.

He said: "We need to be more active than we were in the past. We should not stay calm. In such sensitive situations where innocent children are being killed under the flag with the Tawhid, and our religious scholars are being beheaded, we should stand up against this."

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 13:56:28 GMT
Concerns Raised Over Women's 'Death By Stoning' Sentence

The Ghor parents of a 25-year-old woman voiced their distress on Tuesday over the recent conviction of their daughter by a Taliban court which has allegedly sentenced her to death by stoning.

The woman was accused of having run away with a security force member, before being captured by Taliban insurgents.

Their kangaroo court hearing was reportedly held in Ghalmin area in Ghor province four days ago.

The woman was found guilty and allegedly sentenced to death by stoning.

The woman's mother said: "They have taken my daughter four days ago and they want to sentence her to death."

While her father said: "He [security force members] kidnapped my daughter and gave her to the Taliban. She has been sentenced to death."

The woman sentenced to death has four children. One of them was with her at the time of her capture. This child is allegedly being held by the insurgents, said her parents.

Two of her other children have meanwhile appealed to government to step in and prevent their mother from being killed.

One of them said: "The Taliban want to stone my mother and I urge government to stop them."

Meanwhile Ghor police chief Ghulam Mustafa Mohseni said the allegations are baseless and that the woman was taken by a security force member and police are still trying to find her.

He said: "We are trying to find the woman. We will return her to her family where ever she is."

However a number of tribal elders said the Taliban's decision to stone her to death is confirmed and if government does not step in and stop this from happening she will be stoned in the same area where 19-year-old Rokhshana suffered the same fate.

Rokhshana was stoned to death last month after having been found guilty by the Taliban of eloping with a man.

One tribal elder Haji Nek Mohammad said: "They say they are going to stone the woman to death. Her uncles went to get her but they were not successful."

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Tue, 01 Dec 2015 13:33:17 GMT
Afghan, Indian Officials Mark 100-Year Anniversary Of Govt-In-Exile

Afghan and Indian officials on Tuesday celebrated the 100-year anniversary of the establishment of a provisional government of India, which was a government-in-exile, in Kabul.

The Provisional Government of India was established in Afghanistan on December 1, 1915 by Indian nationalists, many of them Muslims, during World War I.

Its purpose was to enroll support from the Afghan Emir as well as Tsarist (and later Bolshevik) Russia, China, and Japan for the Indian Movement.

The provisional government found significant support from the internal administration of the Afghan government, although the Emir refused to declare open support, and ultimately, under British pressure it was forced to withdraw from Afghanistan in 1919.

Meanwhile, delegates at Tuesday's event said Afghanistan's neighbors can help bring peace and security to this country.

They called for Pakistan's support in bringing peace to Afghanistan.

Afghan Minister of Information and Culture Abdul Bari Jahani said: "We request our partners and neighboring countries to support us in order for Afghanistan to secure peace, even if peace incurs losses for them."

The Indian Ambassador to Kabul Amar Sinha said his country tries to maintain good relations with its neighbors especially Afghanistan.

He said: "So today, as a debt to the help that was given to these people at that point in time, I guess we owe it to both India and Pakistan to come to the assistance of Afghanistan,"

Pakistan's Ambassador to Kabul Syed Abrar Hussain said his country has always tried to have a good relationship with Afghanistan and has tried to help their neighbor overcome challenges.

He said: "Not only are our borders shared but so are our problems. Threats as well as our opportunities are shared so let's come together against political, security and economical threats."

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 13:25:16 GMT
Taliban, Daesh Fighters Still Being Trained In Pakistan: Olomi

The Ministry of Interior on Tuesday said Taliban and Daesh fighters are being trained in Pakistan and then sent to Afghanistan to fight security forces.

Interior Minister Noorulhaq Olomi said insurgents are recruiting the youth and are continuing their attacks on Afghanistan while giving orders from Pakistan.

Speaking at an event on Tuesday which saw security forces destroy 19,000 kgs of drugs along with a large amount of alcohol, Olomi said drugs are one of the main revenue sources for insurgents.

Olomi said: "Taliban and Daesh fighters as always are being trained in Pakistan. They are equipped and financed there and are then sent to Afghanistan. They [insurgents] are being given hope while in Pakistan of achieving their goals in Afghanistan."

He went on to say: "Drugs are one of the main sources of income for insurgents in the region. They continue their attacks and are recruiting our youth through drugs."

Meanwhile the Counter-Narcotics Minister Salamat Azimi said the problem of drugs is a major challenge for Afghanistan.

He said: "The drug problem is a serious challenge for Afghanistan and the international community."

"In order to overcome the problem, we need the joint cooperation of the international community."

The counter-narcotics department under MoI recently announced its achievements in fighting the scourge. Since January they have seized over 100 tons of drugs in 1,135 operations.

They also said the department had seized over 400 vehicles, 240 weapons and 244 mobile phones from drug dealers and smugglers.

The seizure of drugs increased by 16 percent this year and alcohol by 36 percent.

Security force members from the unit meanwhile arrested a total of 1,876 people – including 20 policemen, 29 soldiers, 26 women and two foreigners - a Kazakhstani and an Iranian – for dealing and smuggling drugs.

Of the total, 227 were king-pin drug smugglers, 49 were middlemen and 1,600 were dealers.

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 12:54:48 GMT
NATO Pledges Funding To Afghan Security Forces Until 2020 Brusseles-1-dec-2015

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday announced the alliance will fund the Afghan National Security Forces to the tune of $4 billion USD annually until 2020.

Speaking at the Foreign Ministers meeting in Brussels, Stoltenberg said their current commitment was until 2017 but the alliance has extended this through to 2020.

"We will also launch work to ensure we can finance the Afghan security forces from 2018 to 2020. Because as you know we made a pledge back at our summit in Chicago several years ago to finance Afghan National Security Forces but that pledge ends in 2017 so we have to make a new decision to continue to finance the Afghan National Security Forces also after 2017. And we will start to address that at our Foreign Ministerial meeting and then hopefully make the final decision at our summit in July next year," he said.

Stoltenberg said NATO wants to keep 12,000 troops up to the end of 2016.

"I welcome that several Allies and partners have announced willingness to continue with military support through 2016. And we will make final decisions, but we are aiming to keep approximately 12,000 troops, also through 2016," he said.

"And almost half of them will be non-US troops, the rest will be US troops."

"We will maintain, sustain our force levels in Afghanistan, and also we will have a presence not only in Kabul, but a regional presence."

Meanwhile, US Ambassador to NATO Douglas E. Lute said Afghanistan has a special importance for NATO countries.

"I think that for NATO, Afghanistan remains unfinished business. And despite these competing challenges closer to home we have to follow through on those commitments. It's going to require a long-term effort, but the good news is today we have a much more willing and a much more capable Afghan partner than we had in the past. That's session number one," Lute said.

Stoltenberg also pledged to help increase the capacity of the Afghan Air Force.

Meanwhile the ministry of interior's spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said NATO's assistance to the Afghan Air Force is critical in eliminating insurgents.

"One of the main elements of our victory against terrorism will be through increased capacity of Afghan Air Forces."

Simin Barikzai, an MP, welcomed the move and said: "We welcome their assistance. The Afghan Air Forces have to be equipped and the international community has to fulfill its commitments."

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 11:46:40 GMT
PEOPLE'S VOICE: Baghlan Residents Share Their Challenges’s-voice/22607-peoples-voice-baghlan-residents-share-their-challenges PEOPLES-VOICE-30-Nov-2015

Residents of northern Baghlan province speak out about their challenges – from insecurity to corruption, unemployment and other problems. They also speak about the performance of their representatives in Parliament.

The guests are as follows:

• Wakil Mohammad Rahim, tribal elder
• Susan Wafa, women's rights activist
• Mawlawi Mohammad Amin Nasir Woqas, religious scholar
• Sayed Kazim Fazil, lecturer at the University

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Tue, 01 Dec 2015 08:44:49 GMT’s-voice/22607-peoples-voice-baghlan-residents-share-their-challenges
Three Children Killed in Baghlan Blast police-blast-police

Early reports indicate that at least three children were killed and 15 others injured in a mortar explosion in northern Baghlan province, local officials said on Tuesday.

The incident happened early Tuesday in Pul-e-Khumri, the capital of the province, after a group of boys found the mortar and started playing with it, officials at Baghlan hospital said.

Officials did say however, that the death toll could increase.

This comes less than a week after eight children died in a mortar explosion in Kabul.

This incident happened when the children apparently found the unexploded device, believed to have been left over from the civil war, while playing at a construction site.

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 07:48:09 GMT
Ghani, Sharif and Cameron Meet on Sidelines of COP21 Sharif Ghani

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and British Prime Minister David Cameron held a trilateral meeting in Paris on Monday on the sidelines of the UN Summit on Climate Change (COP21).

During the course of discussions, Sharif stressed the need for all parties to remain committed to the promotion of peace and stability in Afghanistan, notwithstanding the obstacles and impediments in the pursuit of this objective.

Sharif also assured the leaders of Afghanistan and the United Kingdom of his government's strong resolve and commitment to ensure that Pakistani soil is not used for terrorism activities.

He also told Ghani that a warm welcome awaits him in Islamabad at the Heart of Asia Meeting scheduled to start on December 9.

Cameron meanwhile spoke of his great admiration for Sharif and Ghani and lauded their strong commitment to working for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

He assured both leaders that the UK would remain available with its support and assistance in their common endeavor to promote the reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

However Nasrullah Stanikzai, a lecturer at Kabul university, said: "Pakistan talks about peace in Afghanistan when two issues arise – one when they come under international pressure and second when they see insurgency in Afghanistan is tapering off."

"It is for this reason that Pakistan makes use of this for its own benefit," he said.

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 07:44:29 GMT
Afghan Forces Fighting Competently Against Taliban: Stoltenberg NATO-Secretary-General-Jens-Stoltenberg

The NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at the Foreign Ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday said Afghan security forces are fighting competently against the Taliban and other insurgents.

The two-day meeting of NATO Foreign ministers which starts Tuesday will start with a meeting on Afghanistan with Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani and other operational partners participating in the Resolute Support mission.

The ministers will look at how Allies and partners will continue the mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces during 2016. They will also launch work to look at how the security forces will be financed from 2018-2020.

Stoltenberg said that Afghan military forces have "proven to be very capable and very competent" in battling Islamist fighters and that NATO will continue to "train, assist, and advise" the troops.

He said he expects NATO foreign ministers to formally approve later this week a motion to maintain the current level of troops in Afghanistan through 2016.

His comments come after President Ashraf Ghani talked about the increased presence of Daesh in Afghanistan and that it is better that the Afghans are fighting Daesh by themselves "and that [NATO] supports them."

Stoltenberg said that despite the increased violence by Islamist groups in the northern Kunduz, Faryab, and Badakshan provinces, the alliance is not considering establishing a new combat operation in Afghanistan.

"No one believed that this was going to be an easy task or that there was going to be peace and stability in Afghanistan [right away]," said Stoltenberg.

At the start of the second day, ministers will decide whether to invite Montenegro to begin accession talks to join NATO.

The ministerial will wrap up with a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission with Ukraine Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin to discuss Ukraine's reform path and review NATO's practical support to Ukraine.

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 06:20:00 GMT
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CEO Abdullah Abdullah confirmed Monday that President Ashraf Ghani will meet with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the Congress of Parties (COP21) conference in Paris this week.

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Afghanistan's Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said on Monday it hopes to eradicate polio by the middle of next year as 2015 has seen the lowest number of reported cases to date.

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:37:19 GMT
MEHWAR: Violation Of Law By Government Officials Discussed Mehwar-30-Nov-2015

In this episode of Mehwar host Fawad Aman discusses the topic with Mohammad Natiqi Chairman of the Commission on Political Agreement.

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Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:19:54 GMT
NDS Arrest 13 Insurgents in Nangarhar arrested man

At least 13 insurgents were arrested by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in eastern Nangarhar province, NDS said in a statement on Monday.

The statement said that insurgents were arrested by the NDS forces in separate operations in Bati Kot, Nazyan, Chaparhar and Ghanikhil districts of the province.

During the operations, the security forces discovered weapons and security force uniforms, according to the statement.

However, the statement did not provide more details about the operation.

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 04:25:48 GMT
FARAKHABAR: Danish's Claims That Officials Are Breaking The Law Discussed FaraKhabar-30-Nov-2015

Speaking before Afghan legislators in the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) on Monday, President Ashraf Ghani's second vice president Mohammad Sarwar Danish said government officials and institutions are breaking the law - an issue which he said undermines the implementation of the constitution and rule of law.

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In this episode of FaraKhabar, host Yama Siavash discusses the issue the following guests,

Assadullah Saadati, MP
Faizullah Jalal, lecturer


Tue, 01 Dec 2015 03:22:28 GMT
Ghani Tells COP21 Delegates He's Committed To Fighting Terrorism

Addressing delegates at the Congress of Parties (COP21) conference in Paris on Monday, President Ashraf Ghani once against expressed his commitment to fighting terrorism.

Ghani, who had been welcomed by French President Francois Hollande, thanked France for hosting the conference especially after the recent attacks against them. He said the Afghan nation feels their pain and stands by in solidarity.

"Afghanistan people experience acts of terror every day therefore we feel and understand your pain and suffering and we have a strong determination to change our country into a graveyard for terrorism," Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said.

"We, the people and leaders of the Muslim majority of Islamic countries speak about Islamic values as patience not like those who destroy millions of peoples lives," Ghani added.
He again said that Afghanistan is committed to ridding its country of terrorists.

Ghani is one of dozens of heads of states, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S President Barack Obama who are attending the six-day conference on climate change.

In total 147 countries are represented at the conference. Key topics to be discussed over the next few days are issues including global warming, greenhouse gases, water scarcity, deforestation, pollution, and other issues that affect climate change.

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:03:35 GMT
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CEO Abdullah Abdullah confirmed Monday that President Ashraf Ghani will meet with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the Congress of Parties (COP21) conference in Paris this week.

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Afghanistan's Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said on Monday it hopes to eradicate polio by the middle of next year as 2015 has seen the lowest number of reported cases to date.

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:41:14 GMT
Danish Claims Officials Are Breaking The Law

Speaking before Afghan legislators in the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) on Monday, President Ashraf Ghani's second vice president Mohammad Sarwar Danish said government officials and institutions are breaking the law - an issue which he said undermines the implementation of the constitution and rule of law.

Danish was addressing parliament on the occasion of the introduction of six candidates for positions of membership of the Independent Commission Overseeing the Implementation of the Constitution. He also called on lawmakers to approve the candidates so that the relevant commission can start working as soon as possible.

"The violation sometimes means that the government institutions while trying to implement their authorities and duties cross the set boundaries which are interpreted in the constitution and that they act beyond their legal authority," Danish said.

"We can implement the rule of law in its real spirit on the day that the commission overseeing the implementation of the constitution is able to hold every high level government official including the president, presidential deputies, ministers and lawmakers accountable and regularly report on the implementation of the law to the people of Afghanistan," he said.

The Afghan government dispatched six nominees to the lower house to get approval from MPs on the nominees for members of the constitution overseeing commission.

"Dr. Mohammad Qasim Hashimzai, Dr. Abdullah Shafayee, Dr. Sayed Abu Bakr Mutaqi, Dr. Abdul Rauf Herawi, Qazi Mohammad Arif Hafiz and Ghizal Haris have been introduced as nominees for the commission overseeing implementation of the constitution," speaker of the Wolesi Jirga, Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said.

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Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:27:37 GMT
Police Detain Two For Murder Of Asia TV Boss

Kabul Police have detained the brother-in-law and one other in connection with the shooting in Kabul of Amanullah Ataee, head of Asia television, said Kabul police Monday.

Ataee was the head of Asia TV an independent television channel. He was gunned down outside his house in Kart-e-Naw in Kabul city on Sunday night.

Ataee's family said that he was killed by relatives.

"We have detained two people in connection with the murder. One of them is named Ajmal and both of them are in police custody," said Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi.

Meanwhile the victim's brother Abdul Qadir Ataee, blamed family for the murder.

"Those who killed my brother are family and we told the police who they are. We ask the police to arrest them and punish them," said the victim's brother Abdul Qadir Ataee.

Amanullah Ataee's family called on government to ensure justice is carried out and said that if government does not take the matter seriously they will take action.

This is the second attack in the past week in Kabul against public figures. Last week two men on a motorcycle opened fire on Ahmad Saeedi a well-known political analyst. He was shot in the head but is in a stable condition in hospital.

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Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:47:09 GMT
Spread Of Polio To End By Mid-2016: Official

Afghanistan's Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said on Monday it hopes to eradicate polio by the middle of next year as 2015 has seen the lowest number of reported cases to date.

This comes after a scare on Sunday where health officials suspected 75 cases of the virus in Helmand. However the children thought to have contracted the disease were tested and results came back as negative, officials confirmed Monday.

But this year, 17 polio cases have been registered - a major decline against last year's recordings of 38, said Hedayatollah Stanikzai, an advisor to the ministry of public health.

This decline shows the polio immunization campaigns being conducted in the country are starting to show results.

The Ministry of Public Health has said that concerted efforts have been made to control the spread of virus in the country, adding that Afghanistan will hopefully be a polio free country within four years.

But Stanikzai was a little more positive and said: "God willing, we will overcome the spread of the polio virus in the country by June 2016 and this is a national commitment," Stanikzai said.

However, blood tests of suspected patients are sent to Pakistan laboratories for testing. Health officials want this changed.

"We send lab samples to Pakistan, but now we are concerned, we made a request to World Health Organization to send the samples to another country," he said.

The statement comes a day before the launch of a major polio immunization campaign in south and western provinces. The ministry of health says that children under the age of five will also be vaccinated against polio in insecure regions.

"We do not have concerns that some children could be deprived of vaccination, we are determined to vaccinate them all," head of Helmand health department Abdul Ahad Hazeem said.

Statistics of ministry of public health reveals that eight polio cases in Nangarhar, one in Helmand, one in Herat, four in Farah, one in Nimroz and one in Faryab were recorded this year.

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Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:36:26 GMT
Body Of Migrant Killed At Iranian Border 'Missing'

The family of the woman allegedly shot by Iranian border police while trying to enter Turkey recently, said on Monday they still have not received her body.

The women's husband Mohammad Zarif said his wife's body has apparently been sent by Iranian soldiers to Afghanistan but that he has not been able to track down her body here.

Zarif said he and his wife, along with their three children, had wanted to go to Europe through Iran and Turkey but that they were shot at by Iranian border police in Oromia. His wife was hit and died at the scene, he said.

"It is almost 10 days that we have been contacting Afghanistan embassy and no one has helped us. What should we with with such a government," said Zarif.

One of Zarif's sons who also witnessed his mother's death said: "Going to Europe is full of problems, I request my people to not go there, it is full of troubles and difficulties".

Meanwhile, Mohammad Alif, a Herat resident said: "If government addresses people's problems and find jobs inside the country for people, we wouldn't need to go to other countries. If there were opportunities we would rather stay in our country."

This latest incident comes on the heels of recent reports that over 146,000 Afghans have sought asylum in Europe this year alone.

Poverty, unemployment and insecurity are the main reasons behind this migration.

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Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:21:17 GMT
Ghani-Sharif Meeting At Pakistan's Request: Abdullah

CEO Abdullah Abdullah confirmed Monday that President Ashraf Ghani will meet with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the Congress of Parties (COP21) conference in Paris this week.

Abdullah said the meeting was at the request of Pakistani officials.

"A delegation of Pakistan's National Awami Party dispatched a request from Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, requesting a meeting between the two leaders to be conducted on the sidelines of the climate change conference in Paris," Abdullah Abdullah said.

The meeting is taking place amid strained bilateral relations between the two countries following a barrage of deadly attacks on the capital Kabul a few months ago – attacks that Afghan officials say were planned in Pakistan.

Annoyed by Pakistan's controversial role in the war against insurgency, some Afghan political commentators have stressed the need for a firm stance to be adopted by the Afghan government against Pakistan, asking Ghani to raise Afghanistan's concerns with the Pakistani side.

"Government must only negotiate with those who do not intend to cheat us and follow tricks," MP Abdul Rauf Enaami said.

"The president must focus on clear interventions of Pakistan and presence of Pakistani military generals in the battlefields and settle the issue," MP Mohammad Azim Hussaini said.

"I believe that the U.S has already realized that it should press Pakistan to endorse the peace process, because the peace is in the interests of both of us," MP Naqibullah Fayeq said.

After the establishment of the National Unity Government, the leaders had looked forward to stronger ties with Islamabad and had hoped the neighboring nation would contribute honestly towards the fight against insurgency and help bring the Taliban to the peace talks tables.

Despite efforts to foster better ties by Ghani and Abdullah the Kabul-Islamabad relations crumbled in the wake of a series of coordinated attacks on Afghan cities, forcing Ghani to change his flexible policy.

The news of Taliban leader Mullah Omar's death, two years earlier, also scuppered peace talks plans.

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21 or CMP 11 will be held in Le Bourget, from November 30 to December 11.

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:09:53 GMT
Efforts to Revive Afghan-Taliban Peace Talks Under Way Afghanistan-Pakistan flag

President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are expected to meet Monday on the sidelines of the United Nations Congress of Parties conference (COP21) in Paris in what is believed to be the first step towards mending bilateral relations.

This comes amid efforts by the U.S, Pakistan and China to revive stalled peace talks between the Afghan government and that Taliban, reported the Wall Street Journal on Monday.

According to them, the question of whether Ghani will participate in a regional forum on Afghanistan in Islamabad early next month is expected to be on the agenda at Monday's meeting. Officials on both sides of the border are hopeful the Heart of Asia conference could rekindle peace negotiations in the weeks that follow, taking advantage of the winter lull in fighting in Afghanistan.

"If we lose the next three or four months, it will make the chances of peace in Afghanistan bleak," said a senior Pakistani official. "All the stakeholders want to see a breakthrough, so there is no spring offensive mounted by the Taliban next year."

Pakistan said it is still waiting for a request from Afghanistan to restart the peace process.

This comes after Pakistan's army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif visited the U.S earlier this month. During his trip, Dfense Secretary Ash Carter "underscored the importance of increased Pakistan-Afghanistan cooperation" according to the Pentagon.

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 05:50:46 GMT
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Members of the Selection Committee said on Sunday they are waiting for President Ashraf Ghani's orders to start work. They said they will not bow to pressure by any organization but that they first need Ghani's go-ahead. "We are ready. The president is expected to visit the committee members. We will start our work whenever the president gives us orders to do so," said Mohammad Nadir a member of the selection committee.

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Government has not yet launched a military operation to secure the release of the 10 bus passengers kidnapped 10 days ago in Zabul, said local officials Sunday. However, according to them, tribal elders are negotiating with the kidnappers and they are confident the hostages will be released soon.

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 05:43:01 GMT
Ghani Arrives in Paris For Climate Change Conference Ghani-in-Paris

President Ashraf Ghani arrived in Paris on Sunday night to attend the Conference of Parties (COP21), climate change summit scheduled to start Monday in Paris, the president's office said in a statement.

Ghani will also hold meetings on the sidelines of the conference with a number of world leaders including the presidents of France, Italy and Germany.

On the talks agenda will be the Afghan migrant problem in Europe – especially in Germany – as well as continued cooperation and assistance in the fight against terrorism.

Ghani will also meet Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

It is expected that 40,000 people including leaders of 150 countries will attend the conference and it is hoped the leaders will reach an agreement in the upcoming 11 days over climate change.

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 04:00:22 GMT
Two Taliban Commanders Killed in Sar-e-Pul force-Afghan-north

At least two local Taliban commanders and three other insurgents were killed in military operations in northern Sar-e-Pul province, local officials said on Monday.

The operation was launched three days ago in Sancharak district of the province to clear the area of insurgents, Provincial Governor, Mohammad Zahir Wahdat said.

"During the clashes with the insurgents two residents were also injured. They were supporting the local security forces," he said.
"At the moment 300 residents of Sancharak are fighting the insurgents in support of the security forces."

However, he did not provide more details about the operation.

On Sunday Provincial Police Chief Abdul Qayoum Baqizoy said at least eight Taliban insurgents had been killed in a military operation in Sancharak.

In addition, three other insurgents were injured.

He said that the operation is ongoing to clear all insurgents.

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 03:54:08 GMT
Mehwar: 1,400 New Recruits Graduate From ANA Academy Mehwar-29-Nov-2015

The Afghan National Army on Sunday gained an additional 1,400 troops after they graduated from the Kabul Military Training Academy following a two-month training course.

In this episode of Mehwar, host Fawad Aman discusses the topic with ANA academy trainer academy trainer Mohammad Amin Wahidi.

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Mon, 30 Nov 2015 03:19:59 GMT
TAWDE KHABARE: Atmar's Meeting With Russian Envoy Discussed Tawde-Khabare-29-Nov-2015

In a meeting with Russian ambassador to Kabul, President Ashraf Ghani's national security advisor, Mohammad Hanif Atmar reportedly discussed Moscow's military cooperation with Afghanistan. Despite strong ties with the US, Afghan and Russian officials have been in talks over military cooperation these past few months.

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A number of analysts have announced the move as key to strengthening Afghanistan's regional policy.

In this episode of Tawde Khabare, host Shahpoor Bakhtiyar discusses the topic with the following guests,

Muhibullah Samim, former governor of Paktia, Khalid Pashtoon, political analyst Musa Khan Akbar Zada, former governor of Ghazni


Mon, 30 Nov 2015 03:02:23 GMT
FARAKHABAR: The Need For A Strong Strategy To End The War Under Review farakhabar-29-15

As Afghanistan's war rages, a much needed strategy to end the fighting seems to be missing. While Pakistan, which is allegedly behind the continued security issues in the country seems to be pursuing a confused policy towards Afghanistan, the Kabul government still does not have a clear policy towards Pakistan.

In this episode of FARAKHABAR, host Yama Siavash discusses the issue with Sayed Ishaq Gillani, chairman Hiz-e-Nahzat-e-Hambastagi Milli Afghanistan Party Naqibullah Fayeq, MP

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 17:49:18 GMT
MSF Shocked By US Investigation MSF-29-nov-2015

The Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has sharply criticized the U.S over their findings following the investigation into the airstrike that destroyed their hospital in Kunduz last month.

Speaking to TOLOnews, MSF country director for Afghanistan Gilliam Mulini said the organization had been shocked by the statement made by Gen. John F. Campbell the Resolute Support mission's commander in Afghanistan.

Mulini asked how it was possible to dismiss the deaths of 30 people as a "mistake" and to say that the bombing was attributed to "human error" and a lack of coordination.

The air raid was carried out by U.S troops on the Kunduz MSF trauma facility on October 3 and lasted 29 minutes. Campbell said the building had been mistaken for that of a nearby government facility that was thought to have been under Taliban control.

Campbell said: "US forces Afghanistan is currently working hand in hand with MSF to identify the injured and families of those who lost loved ones in order that we may offer appropriate condolences. Based upon the information learned during the investigation, the report determined that the approximate cause of this tragedy was the direct result of avoidable human error, compounded by process and equipment failures."

However the results of the investigation and Campbell's remarks have raised other questions for MSF officials who are concerned the incident will be forgotten. Mulini said that unless something is done, a global protest will take place.

He said: "We still have no explanation. We still didn't receive the report. There is no transparency and accountability that was promised is not there. The public couldn't access this report and so we still don't know how, we still don't know in a way why this incident was not avoided by these people."

However, he went on to say that despite everything, they are glad that the initial rumors of them having harbored Taliban insurgents in their hospital could now be put to rest as this had undermined the activities of the organization in Afghanistan.

He added: "Positive impact of this press conference is that all the allegations that the hospital could have been used for any military activity was actually untrue and is not confirmed by the US, NATO and Afghan reports so that is the first thing that we are in a way happy that now the truth is coming [out]."

The deadly attack on the MSF hospital in Kunduz claimed the lives of 30 people, including doctors, staff, patients and visitors. The hospital was completely destroyed in the attack.

Sun, 29 Nov 2015 15:39:43 GMT
Herat Men Launch Movement In Support Of Women women-29-15

A group of men from western Herat province on Sunday launched Afghanistan's first ever movement in support of women in a bid to stop violence against the female population.

The movement known as Men Supporting Women was founded by eighteen male activists to curtail violence against women and promote awareness around the problem.

Scores of religious scholars and civil activists gathered on Sunday in Herat city to announce the launch of the new movement.

One of the criteria in terms of joining the movement is that any male member may not take a second wife.

"When we talk about women rights and violation of women rights, in general the men commit violence, we need to make them aware of women's rights," head of AIHRC site office in Balkh, Abdul Qadir Rahimi said.

Women welcomed the move and many at the launch said that in most cases of violence against women, men were behind the incidents.

"One of the fundamental issues in Afghan society is that the men commit violence against women, it is good to have some good examples of men in society," member of Herat provincial council Sakina Hussaini said.

Highlighting the importance of women in Islamic society, a number of religious scholars said that Islam has rewarded women with major rights, urging those who believe in the teachings of Islam to abstain from committing violent acts against women.

"If we have to move the society toward equality, then there should be mutual respect," head of Herat women affairs department, Mohboba Jamshidi said.

Meanwhile, Helmand residents have welcomed the launch of the new organization and dozens of men have shown their willingness to join the group and help stop violence against women.


Sun, 29 Nov 2015 15:36:22 GMT
1,400 New Recruits Graduate From ANA Academy MOD-29-nov-2015

The Afghan National Army on Sunday gained an additional 1,400 troops after they graduated from the Kabul Military Training Academy following a two-month training course.

According to ANA officials, the new recruits will soon be deployed to the battlefields. They say they are ready to fight insurgents.

Training officials have said the graduation of these officers will help bolster the security forces.

One graduate Abdul Wasi said: "Our request to anti-government groups is to join the peace process or else we are ready for any kind of defense against their moves."

Another graduate Mohammad Asif said: "We will not let the enemies destabilize our country until we have spilt the last drop of our blood."

While a third officer Bahruddin said: "We are always ready to serve the people, under any condition. And we are ready to defend the country, the soil and the people."

Training academy officials said these officers received good training and will be strong reinforcements on the battlefield.

One academy trainer Mohammad Amin Wahidi said: "The country's enemies - led by Inter-Services Intelligence ISI [of Pakistan] - is not staying calm and push them [militants] to go to battle in order to keep the Afghan security forces busy but the ISI of Pakistan is unaware about the fact that we are always ready to thwart their plots."

Meanwhile, the number of Afghan National Army troops is currently estimated to be about 200,000 but the spike in casualties and the desertion of troops has increased the army's challenges. Despite these challenges however the Ministry of Defense says in recent months there has been an increase ion interest among the youth to join the army.

Sun, 29 Nov 2015 15:31:49 GMT