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Three Children Killed in Baghlan Blast

TOLO News - Tue, 12/01/2015 - 07:48

Early reports indicate that at least three children were killed and 14 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.

Ghani, Sharif and Cameron Meet on Sidelines of COP21

TOLO News - Tue, 12/01/2015 - 07:44

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.

Afghan Forces Fighting Competently Against Taliban: Stoltenberg

TOLO News - Tue, 12/01/2015 - 06:20

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 ministars 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.

TOLOnews 10pm News 30 November 2015

TOLO News - Tue, 12/01/2015 - 05:37

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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.

MEHWAR: Violation Of Law By Government Officials Discussed

TOLO News - Tue, 12/01/2015 - 05:19

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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NDS Arrest 13 Insurgents in Nangarhar

TOLO News - Tue, 12/01/2015 - 04:25

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.

FARAKHABAR: Danish's Claims That Officials Are Breaking The Law Discussed

TOLO News - Tue, 12/01/2015 - 03:22

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


Ghani Tells COP21 Delegates He's Committed To Fighting Terrorism

TOLO News - Mon, 11/30/2015 - 17:03

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.

TOLOnews 6pm News 30 November 2015

TOLO News - Mon, 11/30/2015 - 15:41

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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.

Danish Claims Officials Are Breaking The Law

TOLO News - Mon, 11/30/2015 - 15:27

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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Police Detain Two For Murder Of Asia TV Boss

TOLO News - Mon, 11/30/2015 - 14:47

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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Spread Of Polio To End By Mid-2016: Official

TOLO News - Mon, 11/30/2015 - 14:36

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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Body Of Migrant Killed At Iranian Border 'Missing'

TOLO News - Mon, 11/30/2015 - 14:21

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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Ghani-Sharif Meeting At Pakistan's Request: Abdullah

TOLO News - Mon, 11/30/2015 - 13:09

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.

Efforts to Revive Afghan-Taliban Peace Talks Under Way

TOLO News - Mon, 11/30/2015 - 05:50

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.

TOLOnews 10pm News 29 November 2015

TOLO News - Mon, 11/30/2015 - 05:43

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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.

Ghani Arrives in Paris For Climate Change Conference

TOLO News - Mon, 11/30/2015 - 04:00

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.

Two Taliban Commanders Killed in Sar-e-Pul

TOLO News - Mon, 11/30/2015 - 03:54

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.

Mehwar: 1,400 New Recruits Graduate From ANA Academy

TOLO News - Mon, 11/30/2015 - 03:19

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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TAWDE KHABARE: Atmar's Meeting With Russian Envoy Discussed

TOLO News - Mon, 11/30/2015 - 03:02

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


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