TOLOnews.com RSS Feed http://tolonews.com/ Sat, 01 Oct 2016 17:20:14 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) NUG's 'Inaction' Draws Fire Amid Vacant Cabinet Seats http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27565-nugs-inaction-draws-fire-amid-vacant-cabinet-seats nug-1-10

President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah were criticized on Saturday for not having filled all cabinet positions, despite having been in power for two years.

One example is that of the key Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) – which is still being headed by an acting minister.

Many believe that the NUG leaders are not doing anything to fill this post – an issue analysts said had increased mismanagement in the particular ministry.

After assuming office, Ghani said he will implement systematic reforms in the ministry of mines and petroleum. But this has not been done.

Economists believe that investments in the mining sector and extractions is the only way for Afghanistan to become self-sufficient.

"We implemented 30 reforms during the last year, another 30 reforms will be put in place this year in order to change the system which has dominated in the ministry of mines over the past 30 or 40 years," said Muhaiuddin Noori, spokesman for the ministry.

Economic commentators believe that the national unity government over the past two years has not taken much of an interest in this sector.

"Mining is considered an important element of economic development, but the process has been totally forgotten and there are a lot of questions about it," said economic analyst Sayed Massoud.

There are reports about the involvement of war-criminals, illegal armed groups and mafia in the illegal extraction of mines in several regions across the nation. It is also widely believed that insurgency is also being funded through illegal mining.

"The issue of acting chiefs should come to an end, the capacity of elites and their knowledge should be taken into consideration," said senator Nisar Haris.

This comes just days before the Brussels Summit where the Afghan leaders will outline their programs about good governance and reforms.

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Sat, 01 Oct 2016 16:59:22 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27565-nugs-inaction-draws-fire-amid-vacant-cabinet-seats
Balkh's Historical Sites In Need of Reconstruction http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27563-balkhs-historical-sites-in-need-of-reconstruction culture-1-10

Balkh's head of Information and Culture Saleh Mohammad Khaliq said on Saturday that 120 historical monuments and ancient sites can be found in the province but that many are in need of repair.

According to Khaliq most of the historical monuments and sites are in Balkh, Dawolat Abad, Khalm and Kushenda districts.

Balkh province, which is located in the north of the country is home to almost two million people.

Khaliq said that at least 60 historical sites date back to pre-Islam times. Among these, 50 percent need reconstruction.

"There are more than 120 monuments and historical sites; it means 60 historical buildings are from different eras even pre-Islam," said Khaliq.

However many have been reconstructed.

"Fifty percent of these historical buildings have been reconstructed very well and the others need reconstruction," Khaliq added.

Meanwhile a number of academics ‎have said there is a need for maintenance of these historical sites and that if attention is not paid to this, the intellectual capital of the country will be destroyed.

"Every country's ancient relics is the history of the people which introduces the past to those today and this is the responsibility of each generation and government to pay attention to the maintenance of these ancient relics," said Mabina Khairandish one historian.

"The monuments link and connect the past with the present and future generations and this is one of the government's responsibilities to maintain the monuments," said Habibullah another academic.

Meanwhile Balkh culture and information department said that dozens of historical sites and monuments have been reconstructed with the aid of America, Turkey, Norway and Holland and efforts are under way to keep them from being destroyed.

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Sat, 01 Oct 2016 15:27:39 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27563-balkhs-historical-sites-in-need-of-reconstruction
Tension Reported Between Hizb-e-Islami, Jamiat-e-Islami In Badakhshan http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27562-tension-reported-between-hizb-e-islami-jamiat-e-islami-in-badakhshan war-1-10

Supporters of Hizb-e-Islami on Friday allegedly attacked supporters of the Jamiat-e-Islami party in Argo district of Badakhshan, leaving two dead and nine wounded, said Maulavi Hamidullah Muslim, a member of Badakhshan's provincial council and supporter of Jamiat-e-Islami.

"A number of men related to Hizb-e-Islami on Friday attacked supporters of the Jamiat-e-Islami party and killed two people who were shopkeepers and wounded nine other supporters of Jamiat-e-Islami. Then Akbari's men with his brother attacked on our house and that open fire on us," Muslim said.

However, members of Hizb-e-Islami in the province said the attack was not carried out by their supporters.

Saifullah Akbari, a member of Hizb-e-Islami and the commander of public policing order in Argo, rejected the claims and said there was no animosity between the two groups in the area and that police had killed the two civilians.

But he said Hamidullah Muslim, along with his son, Saifullah Muslim a member of parliament had caused problems for Argo residents.

"Jamiat-e-Islami and Hizb-e-Islami do not have problems in Badakhshan. Muslim gathered the people and spoke to them over a loud speaker and then attacked the police headquarters. Police reacted to their move and a few people were killed and wounded," Akbari said.

"The parties do not have any problems. The clashes happened between irresponsible armed men and the commander of public uprising. After a few hours of firing, police managed to control the situation," said Zahid Mosadiq, district governor of Argo.

"Parties do not have problems in Badakhshan, but a number of irresponsible persons used their names. The situation is under control and we are trying to arrest the perpetrators," said Ghulam Sakhi Ghafoori, chief of Badakhshan police.

Argo is the biggest and the most secure district of Badakhshan – where Taliban are not active.

However, military analysts believe that both parties should call their supporters to order.

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Sat, 01 Oct 2016 15:13:57 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27562-tension-reported-between-hizb-e-islami-jamiat-e-islami-in-badakhshan
TOLOnews 06 pm News 01 October 2016 http://www.tolonews.com/en/video/27561-tolonews-06-pm-news-01-october-2016- wahid-1-10Top news in this Bulletin:

Fawzia Kofi, the head of the parliamentary commission for women's affairs, said Saturday that the women's delegation selected by government for the Brussels Summit is not representative of all Afghan women.

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Five National Army Commandos and a police soldier were killed and five other policemen wounded in a foreign air force airstrike in Farah province on Friday night, officials said Saturday.

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NUG's Foreign Policy Track Hailed A Success http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27559-nugs-foreign-policy-track-hailed-a-success brussels-1-10

The National Unity Government (NUG) has pursued an effective foreign policy track over the past two years and Afghanistan is no longer an isolated country, said the president's deputy spokesman Shahhussain Murtazawi on Saturday.

Analysts have also said the NUG has managed to forge a united front against Pakistan in the international arena over the past two years, terming it a major gain for the leaders.

Afghanistan's bilateral relations have expanded unprecedentedly with foreign countries except Pakistan, said Murtazawi.

The NUG also managed to mend ties with Washington which had been badly damaged during the Karzai administration.

Besides mending ties with Afghanistan's key ally the U.S, the NUG leaders also defined new policies to extend ties with the Russian Federation and China.

"This indicates that Afghanistan is no longer an isolated country, but on the focal point of all countries and international institutions," said Murtazawi.

"We can forge better ties with Russia besides having a security agreement with America, we can also forge good relations with China and India," said political analyst Hekmatullah Shahbaz.

According to political analysts, the NUG leaders succeeded in isolating Pakistan in the international sphere.

"Initially the national unity government tried to benchmark Pakistan's honest cooperation with the Afghan government, but later it was revealed that Pakistan was not an honest country, in the wake of those efforts, Kabul then launched extensive efforts to forge an international consensus against Pakistan," said political analyst Hadi Meeran.

This comes just a few days ahead of an international summit on Afghanistan in Brussels where the world will renew its commitments to Afghanistan for another four years.

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Sat, 01 Oct 2016 15:07:25 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27559-nugs-foreign-policy-track-hailed-a-success
Joint Committee To Implement Peace Deal http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27560-joint-committee-to-implement-peace-deal hia-1-10

The National Unity Government (NUG) and Hizb-e-Islami have started efforts to create a joint committee that will be responsible for implementing the recent peace accord.

The committee will have six members, three from the High Peace Council (HPC) and three from the Hizb-e-Islami party.

Meanwhile, members of Hizb-e-Islami have said their first step will be to discuss, with the HPC, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and the National Security Council (NSC), the issue of removing Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's name from international blacklists and to free their prisoners.

"We are trying to establish a joint committee with three members from the Hizb-e-Islami and three from the HPC or NUG and they will discuss issues such as removing Hekmatyar's name from the U.S blacklist and others and the committee will be created to negotiate with the Ministry of Justice, the NSC and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs," said Mohammad Nadir Afghan, a spokesman for Hizb-e-Islami.

Meanwhile, Hekmatyar has announced a ceasefire.

Officials at the Ministry of Defense (MoD) also confirmed that following the peace deal they have not conducted operations against Hizb-e-Islami supporters.

"Hizb-e-Islami armed men have been present on the battlefield, and based on the peace deal, they decided to cooperate with us," said Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for the MoD.

In the peace deal it is stated that Hizb-e-Islami supporters must lay down their arms and end their anti-government activities, however, analysts said that knowing the exact number of Hizb-e-Islami militants is vital for the NUG.

"Now Hizb-e-Islami should tell to the NUG how many armed men they have and it should be clear. Also Hizb-e-Islami should register its armed men with the Afghan security forces," said Mohibullah Samim, former governor of Paktika.

The NUG has said that HPC has been ordered to pursue further negotiations with the Hizb-e-Islami, however, the HPC have not commented in this regard.

But on Saturday, Mullah Trakhil Muhammadi, an MP, along with a number of clerics declared their support for the peace deal.

"Afghans are tired of fighting and we can't bear seeing Afghans being killed anymore," Trakhil said.

Hizb-e-Islami is the first anti-government group that joined the peace process. However, analysts insist that the implementation of the peace agreement is important for the future of the country.

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Sat, 01 Oct 2016 15:05:10 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27560-joint-committee-to-implement-peace-deal
Officials Summoned To Parliament Over Vacant Govt Posts http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27558-officials-summoned-to-parliament-over-vacant-govt-posts parlaimnet-1-10

MPs on Saturday summoned officials from the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), Ministry of Education (MoE), Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MoLSA) and the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Services Commission (IARCSC), regarding the issue of vacant posts in government.

However, the ministers of MoPH and MoE failed to attend and instead sent their deputies to answer questions.

"Ministers have to respond to the MPs, not their deputies. Because we have voted for the ministers, they should respond to us," said Bashardost, an MP.

"Based on the constitution and the principles of parliament's internal duties, participation by deputies instead of ministers is against the law and that should not be ignored," said Ghulam Hussain Nasiri, an MP.

Meanwhile, the director of IARCSC said three months ago more than 25,000 vacant positions existed in government but that has now been reduced to 14,650 vacancies.

"Three months ago, there were 25,000 vacant positions in government departments. But in the past three months, the employment process has been accelerated and that number has been reduced to 14,654 vacancies," said Ahamd Massoud Tokhi, head of IARCSC.

But Sayed Hamidullah, acting minister of the MoE, said that the number of schools that have been closed due to security threats has risen to 1,000.

He said, the closure of schools and 3,800 vacancies at the MoE have created big challenges in terms of education in the country.

"The MoE is facing numerous challenges and recent statistics shows that around 1,000 schools have closed across the country due to insecurity," Hamidullah said.

The officials said to the MPs that the number of vacancies in the government institutions had reduced significantly in the past three months.

"The employment process is in progress in the government institutions. It takes time, but we try to create more job opportunities through employing more applicants," said Nasrin Oryakhil, minister of the MoLSA.

"The employment process is being conducted in the MoPH and soon the vacant positions will be filled," said Ahmad Jan Neem, deputy minister of the MoPH.

Currently dozens of independent directorates, including the IARCSC are being managed by acting directors.

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Sat, 01 Oct 2016 14:56:02 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27558-officials-summoned-to-parliament-over-vacant-govt-posts
Summit Delegation Not Representative Of Afghan Women: Critics http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27557-summit-delegation-not-representative-of-afghan-women-critics women-1

Fawzia Kofi, the head of the parliamentary commission for women's affairs, said Saturday that the women's delegation selected by government for the Brussels Summit is not representative of all Afghan women.

Women's rights groups also added their concerns and said the group was Kabul-centric.

These comments come just days before next week's summit where the Afghan government will report back on its promises to its international partners on a number of issues including women's economic development and self-reliance.

But, Afghan female lawmakers and women's rights activists hit out over government's selection.

According to activists, government should make sure that the women's delegation is representative of the whole country.

"Always, individuals are introduced to international conferences who are active only in the capital and they always present the same programs and programs which are limited to the capital," said Kofi.

"If the present delegation participates at the Brussels Summit, this will not be acceptable to us, because their (delegation) programs are not compliant with the issues of the entire nation," said Wazhma Forogh, founder of Women for Peace.

Activists argue that the lack of interest in appointing an energetic and powerful women's delegation for the summit will hamper their potential to seek consistent support from the world in the years ahead.

"We are concerned that this time again we lose opportunities where we make commitments to the international community for aid," said MP Massouda Karokhail.

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) which has the responsibility of organizing such delegations for the summit said they had chosen the group in consultation with a number of ministries.

"These delegations have been nominated in harmony with the ministry of women affairs, ministry of labor and social affairs and the ministry of foreign affairs, they will represent the women in the capital and all provinces," said Ajmal Abdulrahimzai, spokesman for the MoF.

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Sat, 01 Oct 2016 14:39:41 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27557-summit-delegation-not-representative-of-afghan-women-critics
Foreign Forces Airstrike Kills Six Soldiers in Farah http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27556-foreign-forces-airstrike-kills-six-soldiers-in-farah

Five National Army Commandos and a police soldier were killed and five other policemen wounded in a foreign air force airstrike in Farah province on Friday night, officials said Saturday.

A number of security force members who survived the strike told TOLOnews that on Friday night a foreign forces jet bombed the Kansk area of Bala Blok district of Farah province.

207 Zafar corps media office confirmed the incident and said that investigations are being carried out.

ANA officials in Herat also confirmed the incident.

This comes after Afghan National Police (ANP) members were reportedly killed in a foreign troops airstrike on their checkpoint in central Uruzgan province last month.

The checkpoint situated in the Sagai area of Trinkot, on the Uruzgan-Kandahar road, was also bombed – reportedly by a foreign air force - a police commander in Uruzgan, Rahimullah said after the incident.

"The enemies were far, about 800 meters from our check posts and their flags were up and they were coming and bombing the police. It seems that it was ordered, not a mistake - if they come and later say it was unintentional. Anyone who was involved in this should be punished," he said.

Torjan, one of the soldiers who survived the bombing said: "I was at my check post. The first attack killed our colleagues and while we were trying to pull-out our colleagues from the check post than another attack happened."

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Sat, 01 Oct 2016 07:42:45 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27556-foreign-forces-airstrike-kills-six-soldiers-in-farah
UN Chief Offers To Mediate Over Kashmir Tensions http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27555-un-chief-offers-to-mediate-over-kashmir-tensions india-01-oct-16

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday offered to act as mediator between India and Pakistan to defuse rising tensions over disputed Kashmir.

The offer came after Pakistan's ambassador met with the UN chief and urged him to personally intervene, while India said it did not want to aggravate the situation.

Ban called on "both sides to exercise maximum restraint and take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation," a statement from his spokesman said.

The UN chief said India and Pakistan should address differences through diplomacy and dialogue, and offered to mediate.

"His good offices are available, if accepted by both sides," the UN spokesman said.

Tensions between the two arch rivals have been boiling since the Indian government accused Pakistan-based militants of launching an assault on an army base in Kashmir earlier this month that killed 18 soldiers.

India on Thursday said it had carried out "surgical strikes" several kilometers inside Pakistan-controlled Kashmir on what they called "terrorist" targets.

"This is a dangerous moment for the region," Pakistan's Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi told AFP after meeting with Ban at UN headquarters in New York.

"The time has come for bold intervention by him if we are to avoid a crisis, because we can see a crisis building up."

Lodhi accused India of creating "conditions that pose a threat to regional and international peace and security."

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since they gained independence from Britain seven decades ago, two of them over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

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Sat, 01 Oct 2016 06:11:49 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27555-un-chief-offers-to-mediate-over-kashmir-tensions
MEHWAR: Reactions Over Hekmatyar's Remarks Discussed http://www.tolonews.com/en/mehwar/27554-mehwar-reactions-over-hekmatyars-remarks-discussed mehwar-gulbuddin-30-sep-16

Host Masoud Malik discusses the topic with Haron Amirzada a political analyst.

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Sat, 01 Oct 2016 05:57:43 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/mehwar/27554-mehwar-reactions-over-hekmatyars-remarks-discussed
MEHWAR: Family Claims Mullah Killed relative http://www.tolonews.com/en/mehwar/27553-mehwar-family-claims-mullah-killed-relative mehwar-faryab-30-sep-16

A family claims that Mullah Karam a powerful figure in Faryab has killed one of his family member's.

Host Masoud Malik discusses the topic with Bashir Ahmad Tayanj, Faryab representative in parliament, and Fazlurahman, the victim's relative.

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Sat, 01 Oct 2016 05:50:06 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/mehwar/27553-mehwar-family-claims-mullah-killed-relative
MEHWAR: Successful Kidney Transplant Surgery Discussed http://www.tolonews.com/en/mehwar/27552-mehwar-successful-kidney-transplant-surgery-discussed mehwar-30-herat-16

Host Masoud Malik discusses the topic with Dr. Mohammad Basir Usmani a kidney transplant surgeon.

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Sat, 01 Oct 2016 05:43:14 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/mehwar/27552-mehwar-successful-kidney-transplant-surgery-discussed
TOLOnews 10 pm News 30 September 2016 http://www.tolonews.com/en/10pm-news-bulletin/27551-tolonews-10-pm-news-30-september-2016 jamal-01-oct-16Top news in this Bulletin:

Richard Olson, Special Representative of the United States for Afghanistan and Pakistan has said the international community will pledge a package of $3 billion USD for Kabul but in exchange for reform in Afghan government.

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Members of Jamiat-e-Islami party on Friday commemorated the 5th anniversary of former head of the High Peace Council (HPC) Burhanuddin Rabbani's assassination, where they called on Hizb-e-Islami to be honest it its commitments made in the peace deal with Afghan government.

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Sat, 01 Oct 2016 05:23:02 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/10pm-news-bulletin/27551-tolonews-10-pm-news-30-september-2016
TOLOnews 6pm News 30 September 2016 http://www.tolonews.com/en/video/27550-tolonews-6pm-news-30-september-2016 6pm-30Top Stories:

Baluch Women's Organization at a gathering in Kabul urged Afghan government to support Baluchistan's freedom as India did.

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Richard Olson, Special Representative of the United States for Afghanistan and Pakistan has said the international community will pledge a package of $3 billion USD for Kabul but in exchange for reform in Afghan government.

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:39:40 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/video/27550-tolonews-6pm-news-30-september-2016
Rabbani's 5th Death Anniversary Marked In Kabul http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27549-rabbanis-5th-death-anniversary-marked-in-kabul Rabbani-30

Members of Jamiat-e-Islami party on Friday commemorated the 5th anniversary of former head of the High Peace Council (HPC) Burhanuddin Rabbani's assassination, where they called on Hizb-e-Islami to be honest it its commitments made in the peace deal with Afghan government.

Former jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rassuol Sayaf said at the ceremony that he is concerned about causalities among the security forces.

Sayyaf urged government to mobilize public uprising forces in order to support Afghan security forces in their war against insurgents.

"I have a request from government: It should use the people to support security and defense forces as they have had lots of casualties," he said.

At the same event, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah shared their views about the peace agreement with Hizb-e-Islami.

He said: "The peace deal was signed by President Ashraf Ghani and Hekmatyar and we are supporting it," said Abdullah said.

"Signing of the peace accord does not mean that government gives immunity to someone; it means that government puts citizenship responsibilities on the shoulders of Hizb-e-Islami members," said Foreign Affairs Minister Salahuddin Rabbani.

Meanwhile, former President Hamid Karzai called on all anti-government armed groups to join the peace process.

"Do you remember when I said Hekmatyar is our brother you were angry on me? Now I say that one day you will sit with the Taliban to talk about peace and negotiations," Karzai said.

The event was disrupted during Sayyaf's speech as a number of participants changed slogans against Karzai.

Commenting on this, acting Balkh governor Atta Mohammad Noor meanwhile said those who disrespect the leaders, are not members of the party.

"These kinds of acts have no place in Jamiat-e-Islami part - the party that was established more than 60 years ago," Noor said.

Members of the Jamiat-e-Islami said called on government to kick start the electoral reform process and implement its commitments.

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:39:45 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27549-rabbanis-5th-death-anniversary-marked-in-kabul
Fifth Round Of RAPL Ends As Thousands Attend Final Match http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27548-fifth-round-of-rapl-ends-as-thousands-attend-final-match League-30

More than 7,000 audiences participated in the final match of the fifth round of Afghanistan Roshan Premier League (RAPL) where they cheered their favorite teams and showed their interest for peace and unity in the country.

The audience at the stadium said they feel happy watching their favorite teams and they want peace in the country.

"I feel very happy. Today Afghanistan has its football league and people have gathered here to support their teams," said Mohammad Wali, a resident of Kabul.

"I am very excited to see which team will win," said Ahmad Sajjad, another resident of Kabul.

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and a number of other political figures were also among the spectators of the final match between Shaheen Asmayee and Da Maiwand Atalan.

"Both teams are good. They play very well. One team will be announced winner but I think both of the squads are winners," Abdullah said.

"This league brings happiness to Afghans. It is a big achievement," Said Farid Hamidi, the Attorney General of Afghanistan.

A large number of women were also among the audience at the stadium.

"My friend told me about the match and I came here to watch it," said Aasia, a university student.

"There were more women among the spectators this year," said Maryam, a resident of Kabul.

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:10:47 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27548-fifth-round-of-rapl-ends-as-thousands-attend-final-match
Rabbani's 5th Death Anniversary Marked In Kabul http://www.tolonews.com/en/brussels-summit/27547-rabbanis-5th-death-anniversary-marked-in-kabul Rabbani-30

Members of Jamiat-e-Islami party on Friday commemorated the 5th anniversary of former head of the High Peace Council (HPC) Burhanuddin Rabbani's assassination, where they called on Hizb-e-Islami to be honest it its commitments made in the peace deal with Afghan government.

Former jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rassuol Sayaf said at the ceremony that he is concerned about causalities among the security forces.

Sayyaf urged government to mobilize public uprising forces in order to support Afghan security forces in their war against insurgents.

"I have a request from government: It should use the people to support security and defense forces as they have had lots of casualties," he said.

At the same event, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah shared their views about the peace agreement with Hizb-e-Islami.

He said: "The peace deal was signed by President Ashraf Ghani and Hekmatyar and we are supporting it," said Abdullah said.

"Signing of the peace accord does not mean that government gives immunity to someone; it means that government puts citizenship responsibilities on the shoulders of Hizb-e-Islami members," said Foreign Affairs Minister Salahuddin Rabbani.

Meanwhile, former President Hamid Karzai called on all anti-government armed groups to join the peace process.

"Do you remember when I said Hekmatyar is our brother you were angry on me? Now I say that one day you will sit with the Taliban to talk about peace and negotiations," Karzai said.

The event was disrupted during Sayyaf's speech as a number of participants changed slogans against Karzai.

Commenting on this, acting Balkh governor Atta Mohammad Noor meanwhile said those who disrespect the leaders, are not members of the party.

"These kinds of acts have no place in Jamiat-e-Islami part - the party that was established more than 60 years ago," Noor said.

Members of the Jamiat-e-Islami said called on government to kick start the electoral reform process and implement its commitments.

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:10:07 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/brussels-summit/27547-rabbanis-5th-death-anniversary-marked-in-kabul
Large-Scale Military Operation Lunched In Kunduz http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27546-large-scale-military-operation-lunched-in-kunduz Kunduz-30

Security officials in Kunduz said the Afghan National Army (ANA) in collaboration with police force members have launched a large-scale military operation to clear Aqtash district of Taliban.

According to the officials, dozens of villages were cleared of the Taliban in the military operation and in addition to that, Taliban's key commander Mullah Ahmad Shah was killed in the offensive.

Aqtash, Gul Tepa and Kalbad districts were formed by President Ashraf Ghani last year.

The three districts were under the control of Taliban when President Ghani ordered to establish them; however, after heavy clashes since then, government have control over the districts.

Army officials in Kunduz said they have taken primary steps to retake the districts and clear the region of militants.

"Taliban's strongholds and weapons have been destroyed. Our fight is for peace," said General Amanullah Mobin, commander of Army Commando.

Reports indicate that Taliban suffered heavy casualties in the operation.

According to local officials, parts of Dasht-e-Archi, Qala-e-Zal and Khanabad districts are also under Taliban's control and heavy clashes are ongoing between security forces and militants in the areas.

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:04:30 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27546-large-scale-military-operation-lunched-in-kunduz
Afghanistan Urged To Support Baluchistan's Freedom http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27545-afghanistan-urged-to-support-baluchistans-freedom Conference-30

Baluch Women's Organization at a gathering in Kabul urged Afghan government to support Baluchistan's freedom as India did.

Head of the organization said by establishment of a free Baluchistan, Afghanistan will not become a victim of terrorism anymore.

"I hope Afghan government helps us in freeing Baluchistan, because freedom of Baluchistan is our fundamental demand," said Naila Qadiri, director of Baluch Women's Organization.

"Indian officials supported freedom of Baluchistan and hoped that Afghan government will do the same," said Zohra, member of the organization.

Meanwhile, Abdul Karim, head of Afghanistan's Baluchs Council said nearly four million Baluchs are living in the country and Afghan government should address their problems.

"I hope that Afghanistan also supports freedom of Baluchistan as others did," he stated.

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:01:15 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27545-afghanistan-urged-to-support-baluchistans-freedom
Afghanistan To Receive More Assistance At Brussels: U.S Envoy http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27544-afghanistan-to-receive-more-assistance-at-brussels-us-envoy Brussels-30

Richard Olson, Special Representative of the United States for Afghanistan and Pakistan has said the international community will pledge a package of $3 billion USD for Kabul but in exchange for reform in Afghan government.

"It is no secret that today Afghanistan remains dependent on donors and about 70% of Afghan government's expenditures are funded through external donors. The Afghan government's objective is to define a path to stimulate domestic growth and expand the revenue," Olson said.

Olson said the United States will try to continue its support to Afghanistan up to 2020 in the current level or below Washington will invest $5 billion USD every year in the country.

"The U.S and international support to Afghanistan is not a bank check. Our support is conditioned and conditional on Afghan progress. And our collective ability to continue providing significant levels of support to Afghanistan as dependent on the Afghan governments' performance," he added.

The National Unity Government (NUG) will present its plans at the Brussels Summit and if the international community is satisfied with plans commitments made by Kabul, it will grant new aid packages to Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, a number of political analysts criticized the NUG for not fulfilling some of its commitments, saying that it will damage Kabul's reputation among the people and the international community.

"The international community has seen that NUG have not fulfilled its commitments, but it has to announce its support to Afghan government in order to address the challenges," said Farhad Hashimi, a political analyst.

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:00:31 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27544-afghanistan-to-receive-more-assistance-at-brussels-us-envoy
Uruzgan Battle Leaves Thousands Of Families Displaced http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27543-uruzgan-battle-leaves-thousands-of-families-displaced displaced-sept-30-2016

As heavy clashes continue in Trinkot city in Uruzgan, thousands of families left their homes and have fled to neighboring provinces including Kandahar, local officials said on Friday.

According to the officials, nearly 6,000 families have escaped to Kandahar who are going through difficult times as they have poor access to food, water and other facilities.

Mohammad Azam Nawabi, provincial director of Refugees and Repatriation Affairs, said he calls on welfare organizations and wealthy individuals to help the displaced families.

"At least 260 of the families have received assistance so far. We welcome this move and we hope that it continues by other individuals and organizations," Nawabi said.

Meanwhile, a number of displaced families said they are faced with numerous challenges – including lack of drinking water, shelter and food.

They urged government to address their problems.

The displaced families said the Taliban used their houses as their strongholds, adding that government should ensure Uruzgan's security in the near future.

"People have left their homes and now they have nothing except their clothes," said Mohammadullah, a resident of Uruzgan, who has left his home along with his family and is living in Kandahar.

"Taliban attacked our house in an early morning. We inevitably escaped to Kandahar while others fled to other provinces," said Nafisa, another displaced resident of Uruzgan.

According to reports, the United Nations has assisted nearly 400 displaced families in Kandahar so far.

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:17:39 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27543-uruzgan-battle-leaves-thousands-of-families-displaced
FARAKHABAR: Peace Agreement With Hekmatyar Discussed http://www.tolonews.com/en/fara-khabar/27542-farakhabar-peace-agreement-with-hekmatyar-discussed Farakhabar-today-sept-29

President Ashraf Ghani and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of the Hizb-e-Islami party, signed the peace agreement at a ceremony on Thursday.

In this episode of Farakhabar, host Jamalnasir Farahmand discusses the topic with following guests.

• Mohammad Yunus Fakor, political commentator

• Mohammad Musa Fariwar, university lecturer

Click below to watch full episode.

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:10:55 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/fara-khabar/27542-farakhabar-peace-agreement-with-hekmatyar-discussed
TOLOnews 10pm News 29 September 2016 http://www.tolonews.com/en/10pm-news-bulletin/27541-tolonews-10pm-news-29-september-2016 10pmNewsSept29-2-16Top Stories:

President Ashraf Ghani and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of the Hizb-e-Islami party, signed the peace agreement at a ceremony on Thursday.

Click below to watch full bulletin.

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:05:01 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/10pm-news-bulletin/27541-tolonews-10pm-news-29-september-2016
UN Condemns Airstrike That Killed Civilians In Nangarhar http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27540-un-condemns-airstrike-that-killed-civilians-in-nangarhar http://www.tolonews.com/TOLOnews_photo/Afghanistan_Nights/UNAMA-25.jpg

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan on Thursday condemned the killing of at least 15 civilians and wounding of nearly 13 others in an airstrike which was carried out to target Daesh fighters' hideouts in Achin district in Nangarhar on Wednesday.

UNAMA said in a statement that an international military forces unmanned aerial vehicle conducted an airstrike, reportedly targeting members of Daesh that struck a civilian home killing the 15 civilians.

The civilians had gathered in a village to celebrate the return of a tribal elder from the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and were reportedly sleeping in a guesthouse of the elder when the airstrike occurred, the statement added.

According to UNAMA, civilian victims of the airstrike included students and a teacher, as well as members of families considered to be pro-government. Government sources report that Daesh personnel also died in the attack.

In a press release issued on Wednesday (28 September), United States forces in Afghanistan acknowledged conducting the airstrike but refrained from elaborating further while they "are still reviewing all materials related to the strike."

UNAMA reiterates the need for all parties to the conflict to adhere to their obligations under international humanitarian law.

UNAMA calls on the government and international military forces to launch a prompt, independent, impartial, transparent, and effective investigation into this incident.

The statement stated that UNAMA expresses deepest condolence to the families of those killed in this incident and wishes a speedy recovery for all those injured.

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:25:08 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27540-un-condemns-airstrike-that-killed-civilians-in-nangarhar
14 Afghan Refugees Killed In Iran Road Accident http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27539-14-afghan-refugees-killed-in-iran-road-accident http://www.tolonews.com/TOLOnews_photo/sport/truck-iran-traffic-accident.jpg

A crash in southeastern Iran has killed 14 Afghan refugees and wounded 11 others, Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency reported on Thursday.

According to the agency, the deadly accident involving two pickups took place Thursday morning on Saravan-Khash road.

The report did not say what caused the crash.

The area has been scene of occasional clashes between narcotics smugglers, bandits and al-Qaida-affiliated rebels against police and border guards.

With annual 17,000 casualties in road accidents in Iran, the country has one of the world's worst traffic safety records.

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:09:14 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27539-14-afghan-refugees-killed-in-iran-road-accident
Simorgh Stands Third In Afghan Premier League http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27538-simorgh-stands-third-in-afghan-premier-league Mawjha Vs Simorghtoiday

In the last match ahead of Afghan Roshan Premier League's (RAPL) final, Simorgh Alborz beat Mawjhai Amu by 1-0 and stood third in the league.

Mawjhai Amu started the game posing a competitive appearance to fashion an effort for impressing Simorgh Alborz at the beginning. However, the players could not take any advantage to spark the first opening goal.

The rival, Simorgh Alborz maintained their unbeaten start to the pitch as a first-half goal from Monirulhaq Nadim, on 32 minutes, secured a deserved 1-0 lead. The rest of the first-half ended with locked result in favor of Simorgh.

In the second-half, Amu's fans expected thrilling changes to recover the deficit and drag back the team's tone.

Yet, neither side was able to fashion an effort on target that were desperately short on goals. To prevent any crack, Simorgh Alborz strengthened its defense-line and focused more on counter-strikes to book another goal.

Likewise, Amu's back-to-back strikes ended scoreless and wide despite of enjoying a better game possession compared to Simorgh.

With this victory, Simorgh Alborz is standing in the third place of RAPL 2016 and Mawjhai Amu awarded as fourth position holders.

In the final match of the league, Shaheen Asmayee will play against De Maiwand Atalan on Friday.

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Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:12:21 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27538-simorgh-stands-third-in-afghan-premier-league
TOLOnews 6pm News 29 September 2016 http://www.tolonews.com/en/video/27537-tolonews-6pm-news-29-september-2016 6pmnews-29-septemberTop Stories:

President Ashraf Ghani and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of the Hizb-e-Islami party, signed the peace agreement at a ceremony on Thursday.

Click below to watch full bulletin.

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Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:36:53 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/video/27537-tolonews-6pm-news-29-september-2016
Hekmatyar Urges Govt To Free Taliban's Prisoners http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27536-hekmatyar-urges-govt-to-free-talibans-prisoners Reaction-29-september

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, head of Hizb-e-Islami party of Afghanistan, in his speech on Thursday said he has a number of demands which are not mentioned in the peace agreement with Afghan government.

Releasing Taliban's key prisoners and accepting a number of Taliban's demands without any condition are part of Hekmatyar's requests from the National Unity Government (NUG).

"I ask Mr. President [Ashraf Ghani] to prove his honesty and talk with the Taliban and release their prisoners without any condition," Hekmatyar said.

"Taliban should come to the table of negotiations and should share their legitimate demands and we will support them," Hekmatyar said.

Meanwhile, a number of MPs reacted to the demands made by Hekmatyar.

"Government has already released a number of prisoners who then fought against the security forces. The Constitution has cleared how to deal with the prisoners," said Fawzia Koofi, an MP from Badakhshan.

"Releasing Taliban's prisoners will increase clashes in the country," said Daud Kalakani, an MP.

"If Hekmatyar increases his demands, then questions will arise. Today's agreement should be based on the future needs of Afghanistan," Moin Marastyal, a political analyst said.

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Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:42:21 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27536-hekmatyar-urges-govt-to-free-talibans-prisoners
Kabul Youth Perform Street Show To Support Peace Deal http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27535-kabul-youth-perform-street-show-to-support-peace-deal Peace-29-september

A number of youths in Kabul on Thursday performed a street show to support the peace agreement between Afghan government and Hizb-e-Islami.

They called on other armed groups to join the peace process and quit violence in the country.

They said Afghans are tired of war and Afghanistan's new generation wants to live in peace.

The youth they have the right to live in a peaceful country.

"Afghans want peace. We want to show that peace is not a dream; it is a phenomenon and we deserve to have it," said Baresh Sarwari, head of Khatera Afrinan Association.

"We welcome peace deal with any group that respects the Constitution," said Yasamin Barikzai, an MP from Herat.

Meanwhile, government officials said they demand a long-term peace in the country.

"New changes will happen soon. Peace will be ensured in the country and Afghanistan's enemy will be defeated," the Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said

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Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:40:35 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27535-kabul-youth-perform-street-show-to-support-peace-deal