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48 Killed in Rescue Operation to Free Hazara Passengers

TOLO News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 16:00

At least 48 militants have been killed so far during the operation in southern Zabul province to rescue about 30 passengers abducted about two weeks ago on the Kabul-Kandahar highway, security sources said.

Three commanders of the armed militants operating under Daesh group were also among the killed militants, said Gen. Abdul Hamid, commander of the Afghan National Army (ANA) 205th Atal Corps.

"Domestic and foreign militants holding black flags are being fought in this operation in which 48 militants have been killed so far," Gen. Hamid said. "A woman wearing military uniform has also been arrested after being injured in the battle, and she is now under medical treatment."

The operation has entered its second day after the security commanders decided to launch an operation against the abductors following the failure of negotiators to free the passengers.
About 30 passengers belonging to Hazara ethnic minority were kidnapped 10 days ago by armed masked men from Shah Joy district of Zabul.

According to the drivers and eyewitnesses, the abductors drove the passengers away to Khak Afghan district after identifying them to be Hazara men.

The operation, which was already warned by the officials, was launched after the mediation between the Zabul elders and abductors apparently failed.

The Kandahar Police Chief Gen. Abdul Raziq and 205th Atal Corps commanders are currently leading the operation in an attempt to free the passengers without any harm.

However, the families of the abductees still wait on news about the fate of their beloved ones, keeping eyes at their doors for the past 10 days.

Civil society activists rallied two days ago in northern Balkh, criticizing the government for not putting adequate efforts to rescue those abducted.

Former Afghan Football Coach Returns to Kabul

TOLO News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:55

Afghanistan former national football coach Mohammad Yousuf Kargar, after receiving treatments in India has recovered from his injuries and returned to Kabul Wednesday evening.

Two months ago, Kargar, 51, was stabbed in the head by unknown men and immediately transferred to India for further medical treatments.

He coached the national football team twice, once in 2008 and another in 2010 leading the team for four years onward.

Under the guidance and coaching of Kargar, the national football won the South Asian Football Championship in 2013 and pulled co-champion in the 2011 South Asian matches.

He was announced as Afghanistan's "Great Man"‎ in 2014.

SIGAR: 15,000 ANA Soldiers Quit Service in Single Year

TOLO News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:50

A new report published by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) based in Washington, D.C. indicates that, over the past year, some 15,000 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers quit their jobs. According to SIGAR, the loss of 8.5 percent of the ANA's force to attrition has left it will a smaller number of troops than it had at the start of last year.

In response to the report, the Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) published a press released Wednesday maintaining that the 15,000 figure in fact makes up just 3.5 percent of the military, and includes soldiers who were killed or injured in the line of duty.

Yet analysts, including former security officials, have suggested the main factor behind the worrying attrition trend of the ANA that SIGAR hoped to highlight could simply be poor management on the part of the MoD.

"It could be improper attitudes of the officials, or the burden of the job and too few holidays, or the rejection of demands made by the soldiers," former Deputy Minister of Interior Mirza Mohammad Yarmand told TOLOnews.

Some suggested the spike in attrition could be the result of some Taliban strategy. "It could propaganda of the enemy, in some areas enemies put pressure on families to ask their sons quite the ANA," military analyst Atiqullah Amarkhail said. Nevertheless, senior defense officials are considered most responsible. "Secondly, it is the triangle of the management," Amarkhail added.

The ANA is an all-volunteer force, and new soldiers join the ANA by signing a contract. Millions of dollars are spent annually for their training and support. In total, the United States has spent 8.34 billion USD on training and equipment for the ANA. But with report of high attrition rates, concerns about the wasting of valuable, limited resources on account of poor management have peaked.

Government officials, particularly from the MoD, have sought to quell those concerns. "Our Defense and Interior Ministries now have the best management system possible, and sometimes the traumas of war cause such issues, but God willing, everything will continue going well," said Ahmad Zia Massoud, the Presidential Advisor for Good Governance and Reform.

According to the new SIGAR report, from September 2013 to September 2014, up to 40,000 enlistees were deleted from the Ministry of Defense database. But the report did not specify under what conditions those enlistees ended their active duty.

HRW Urges For Prosecution of Human Rights Violators

TOLO News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:37

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report on Tuesday emphasizing the new Afghan government to prosecute officials and commanders whose human rights violations have gone unpunished.

Referring to the upcoming visit of President Ashraf Ghani to the U.S., the HRW has called on U.S. officials to pressure Ghani in prioritizing and implementing justice for the past abuses.

"The previous Afghan government and the United States enabled powerful and abusive individuals and their forces to commit atrocities for too long without being held to account," Deputy Asia Director at Human Rights Watch Phelim Kine said. "The Ghani administration has already taken the welcome step of launching a national action plan to eliminate torture. The United States, which helped install numerous warlords and strongmen after the overthrow of the Taliban, should now lead an international effort to support the new government to remove serious human rights abusers from their ranks."

The 96-page report titled, "Today We Shall All Die: Afghanistan's Strongmen and the Legacy of Impunity," entails the profiles of eight "strongmen" whose links to the police, intelligence agencies, and militia forces have allowed them to enjoy impunity and raise concerns about the National Unity Governments and international community's efforts in holding the Afghan National Police units, National Directorate of Security officials, and the Afghan Local Police forces accountable.

The eight "strongmen" profiled by HRW are Abdul Hakim Shujoyi, commander of illegal armed groups; Khair Mohammad Timur also known as "Cherik", former chief of police of Takhar; Azizullah Karwan, commander of local ALP in Urgun district of Paktika province; Atta Mohammad Noor, acting governor of Balkh; Haji Najibullah Kapisa, former NDS chief of Takhar; Mir Alam, former senior commander with the Jamiat Party; Assadullah Khalid, former head of NDS and Abdul Raziq, Kandahar police chief.

These men have been known for their history of abuses and extrajudicial executions that have gone unpunished, but not unnoticed.

Since August 2012 HRW has carried out 125 interviews, which was used in the report released Tuesday, with victims of abuse. The cases described are from eight provinces out of the 34 in Afghanistan—Balkh, Ghazni, Kandahar, Kunduz, Paktiya, Paktika, Takhar, and Uruzgan. The report illustrates that the victims and perpetrators were of ethnic Pashtun, Tajik, Hazara and Uzbek.

"Afghanistan's international allies have exacerbated the problem by prioritizing short-term alliances with bad actors over long-term reforms," Kine said. "It's time for this pathology to end."

In response to HRW's report, Ministry of Interior's deputy spokesman Najibullah Danish said that the accounts are based on "allegations."

"These cases are still allegations," Danish explained. "Therefore, we are assessing the matter and will undertake necessary measures to prove them."

There have been several cases of convicted criminals escaping the hands of justice living life in the legacy of impunity, leaving the victims to lose faith in the justice system.

"The Afghan government and its supporters should recognize that insecurity comes not only from the insurgency, but from corrupt and unaccountable forces having official backing."

Herat Remains Shut in Protest Against Inflated Electricity Rates

TOLO News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:36

Western Herat City will likely remain shut for two days after the people's council called for a two-day strike to protest against the increase in electricity rates.

The protests began about two weeks ago after dozens of residents including religious leaders staged protest against what they claimed skyrocketing electricity bills.

The Herat People's Council warned if the government didn't fulfill their demands, the people would not pay their bills, and would begin further civil movements.

"This is the first stage of our protests," protester Haji Aminullah warned. "If our demands are not fulfilled, the people's council will go for long-term protests."

Continuing the sit-in protests in the city, they accused the government of mistreating the people of Herat who they claim are the high taxpayers in the country.

"The protesters will continue their sit-in protests in order put an end to the government's discriminatory treatment of the citizens," another protester Abdul Qadeer Salehi said.

According to the residents of Herat, previously they paid nearly 3.5 AFN per kilowatt hour (kWh), but now they were asked to pay 5.5 AFN for each kWh.

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS)—the national power utility—has acknowledged increase in the electricity rates, but blamed Iran for inflating the tariff on electricity imported from the country.
Recently, DABS officials declared that it was the lowest price they could set for Herat consumers.

TOLOnews 6pm News 04 March 2015

TOLO News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:34

Top news in this bullitine:

The Afghanistan National Cricket Team played its fourth match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 against Australia, losing the match by 275 runs. Played in Perth city of Australia, the Australian team batted first and set a big target of 418 runs for the Afghan cricketers who are playing in the World Cup for the first time.

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The Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report on Tuesday emphasizing the new Afghan government to prosecute officials and commanders whose human rights violations have gone unpunished.

Ghani to Inaugurate Parliament's 5th Session on Saturday

TOLO News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:34

President Ashraf Ghani is expected to open the new session of Parliament next Saturday, marking the legislator's fifth year, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Naeem Farahi said on Wednesday.

"All arrangements have been made and the 5th legislative session of the Parliament will be started next Saturday with a speech by the president," Farahi told TOLOnews.

Yet, for now, the occasion is overshadowed by the continued absence of new cabinet nominees for the 16 ministries and central bank that remain under the direction of acting officials spilled over from the Hamid Karzai administration. While national unity government leaders promised to use Parliament's 45-day recess to materialize a list of nominees to fill the remaining cabinet positions, there remains no news of progress.

"So far we haven't received the cabinet list," Farahi acknowledged on Wednesday. But he also maintained there is still plenty of time. "After the Parliament starts work, in the first step, an election will be held inside the House, then commissions will be established, and later on the government will send the list."

However, a number of lawmakers have expressed more urgency on the matter, calling on President Ghani to introduce nominees for the remaining cabinet posts before he leaves for his upcoming trip to the United States.

"We hope that the government dispatches the list of ministerial nominees for a vote of confidence as soon as possible so that the government can be complete," House of Representatives Secretary Syed Ekram said.

In Ekram's opinion, the list of nominees should have already been completed. "The government should have sent the list of ministerial nominees to Parliament before it started work, because the Parliament Administration Board was present," he said.

Heading into the new session, Parliament will have its hands full with a number of pressing orders of business, including the implementation of electoral reforms and holding votes of confidence for new cabinet nominees.

As of now, just eight ministers and the head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) have been approved by Parliament. In addition to the 16 ministries and the central bank that remain without new leadership, the national unity government will also be expected to soon appoint new Ambassadors to represent Afghanistan abroad as well.

Afghanistan-Australia ICC World Cup Match

TOLO News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 14:10

The Afghanistan National Cricket Team played its fourth match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 against Australia, losing the match by 275 runs.

Played in Perth city of Australia, the Australian team batted first and set a big target of 418 runs for the Afghan cricketers who are playing in the World Cup for the first time.
The Australian team played all 50 overs of the game with losing its 6 wickets after the Afghan skipper Mohammad Nabi won the toss and chose to field first.

Despite an early wicket of Australian opening batsman Aaron Finch taken by Afghan opening bowler Shapoor Zadran, the 178 individual runs of David Warner helped the Australian team to reach one of the highest totals of the mega event.

Zadran and Dawlat Zadran both took two wickets each while Hamid Hassan and Nawroz Mangal took one wicket each.

Afghanistan began a relatively good chase after the opening batsmen made quick 30-runs partnership just in 6 overs. However, after Usman Ghani's wicket gone, the run rate dropped sharply.

Despite another hopeful 48-runs partnership between Samiullah Shenwari and Nawroz Mangal, the whole Afghan team was bowled out in 142 runs in 37.3 overs.

The Afghan cricketers played their fourth match of the event. Afghanistan has so far won only one match and has lost three matches, ranked sixth out of the seven teams in the Pool A standings.

Afghanistan will play its next game on March 8 against New Zealand which has won its all four pool matches and has remained top in the standings.

Despite defeats in three matches, the cricket experts appreciate the performance of Afghan players who have qualified for the first time in this mega event.

Afghanistan-Australia ICC World Cup Match

TOLO News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:21

The Afghanistan National Cricket Team played its fourth match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 against Australia, losing the match by 275 runs.

Played in Perth city of Australia, the Australian team batted first and set a big target of 418 runs for the Afghan cricketers who are playing in the World Cup for the first time.

The Australian team played all 50 overs of the game with losing its 6 wickets after the Afghan skipper Mohammad Nabi won the toss and chose to field first.

Despite an early wicket of Australian opening batsman Aaron Finch taken by Afghan opening bowler Shapoor Zadran, the 178 individual runs of David Warner helped the Australian team to reach one of the highest totals of the mega event.

Zadran and Dawlat Zadran both took two wickets each while Hamid Hassan and Nawroz Mangal took one wicket each.

Afghanistan began a relatively good chase after the opening batsmen made quick 30-runs partnership just in 6 overs. However, after Usman Ghani's wicket gone, the run rate dropped sharply.

Despite another hopeful 48-runs partnership between Samiullah Shenwari and Nawroz Mangal, the whole Afghan team was bowled out in 142 runs in 37.3 overs.

The Afghan cricketers played their fourth match of the event. Afghanistan has so far won only one match and has lost three matches, ranked sixth out of the seven teams in the Pool A standings.

Afghanistan will play its next game on March 8 against New Zealand which has won its all four pool matches and has remained top in the standings.

Despite defeats in three matches, the cricket experts appreciate the performance of Afghan players who have qualified for the first time in this mega event.

Afghan Airstrike Kills 21 Taliban in Kunduz

TOLO News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 05:41

An Afghan airstrike in Kunduz province has reportedly killed 21 Taliban insurgents on Tuesday, local officials said confirmed Wednesday.

The incident took place in Imam Sahib district when the Afghan Air Force bombarded Taza Quli village, said District Governor Imamuddin Quraishi.

According to Quraishi there were no civilian and Afghan forces causalities in the operations.

The Taliban insurgents have not yet commented about the operation.

BA REWAYATE DIGAR: Management of Afghanistan's Water Resources

TOLO News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 03:49

Theme of discussion:

evaluation Afghanistan's water resources:
What is the scale of threat to Afghanistan's water resources
70 percent of Afghanistan's water resources are used by neighboring countries Iran and Pakistan, while Afghanistan itself is need of water for its agriculture purposes

Guests:

Dr. Ibrahim Jaffari, university professor
Shujauddin Ziayee, Deputy Minister of Water and Energy
Najib Fahim, writer
Professor Mohammad Naeem Iqrar, university professor

To watch the program, click here:

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FARAKHABAR: 03 March 2015

TOLO News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 03:47

Future of 30 Hazara Abductees Still Uncertain As Military Operation Launched.

The Afghan security forces launched a military operation in Khak-e-Afghan district of Zabul province to rescue 30 Hazara passengers abducted by unknown masked men a week ago.The security forces started the operation after the talks in mediation of tribesmen with the abductors failed.

According to Zabul police, dozens of Daesh militants have been killed.

Will the military operation lead to the freedom of the Hazara passengers?
In this episode of FARAKHABAR, host Yama Siavash discusses the topic with the following guests:

Fatima Nazari, MP

Jawed Kohistani, political commentator

To watch the program, click here:

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TAWDE KHABARE: MoFA Announces End of 11 Ambassadors Tenure

TOLO News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 03:28

Sources in the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) revealed Monday that the ministry has declared end of tenure of 11 Afghan Ambassadors following their age and incumbency.

Based on the diplomatic principles of the MOFA, a diplomat is obligated to work for three years inside and three years outside the country.

But among the dismissed ambassadors, there are some who have remained in their positions for years despite the ending of their time.

At the meantime Kabul Police Chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi announced Monday that 27 police officials would be getting the axe, a move reportedly aimed at improving security conditions in the capital city.

Among the officials terminated from their positions are 16 Kabul district police chiefs and 11 police battalions commanders. According to Rahimi, the replacements have been found after careful consideration of their skills and qualifications.

In this episode of TAWDE KHABARE, host Shahpor Bakhtyar discusses the topic with the following guests:

Aminullah Shariq, political analyst

Mohammad Natiqi, former diplomat

Kamal Sadaat, political analyst

To watch the program, click here:

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Edward Snowden 'Ready to Return to States'

TOLO News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:44

Edward Snowden, the fugitive whistleblower who has been given refuge in Russia, is willing to return to the United States if he is given a fair trial, his lawyer said Tuesday.

"He is thinking about it. He has a desire to return and we are doing everything we can to make it happen," Anatoly Kucherena, the Russian lawyer who represents the former National Security Agency contractor, told a news conference.

Snowden was given political asylum in Russia in the summer of 2013 after the US revoked his passport. He now leads a reclusive life there.

"With a group of lawyers from other countries, we are working on the question of his return to America," Kucherena said.

"Snowden is ready to return to the States, but on the condition that he is given a guarantee of a legal and impartial trial," he said.

The lawyer said Snowden had so far only received a guarantee from the US Attorney General that he will not face the death penalty.

He said that Snowden is able to travel outside Russia since he has a three-year Russian residency permit, but "I suspect that as soon as he leaves Russia, he will be taken to the US embassy."

Kucherena's comments came at a presser where he presented a thriller loosely based on his encounters with Snowden.

US filmmaker Oliver Stone has bought the rights to the book as he prepares to shoot a biopic about Snowden starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Agriculture Ministry Forecasts Rainfall While Researchers Warn of Drought

TOLO News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 17:20

Despite fears among many farmers and researchers, officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MoAIL) have voiced optimism about the small likelihood of any major droughts occurring this year.

"Considering the rainfall and snowfall of the past few weeks, we are optimistic that the level of crops will increase," said Rabani Haqeeqat Pal, the Director of Census at the MoAIL. Although he did not go into any details about how the ministry would try to mitigate the effects of a drought if one does happen, he assured that a strategy exists. "We have specific programs, but it is still too early to introduce them," he told TOLOnews.

However, researchers from the Afghan Sciences Academy have pointed out that Afghanistan, over the past 50 years, has faced two or three droughts every ten years. Based on the lack of rainfall and snow this year, they have posited, a drought is not out o fate question.

"Our research shows that every ten years, there is a chance that Afghanistan will face two or three droughts," Geography Department member at the Afghan Sciences Academy Rafiullah Nasrati said. "The government and the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock have no programs on hand in case of a drought," he asserted.

Meanwhile, MoAIL officials have responded by highlighting increased measures in Nangarhar, Nuristan, Laghman, Kunar, Farah, Badghis, Panjshir, Ghazni and Kapisa provinces. According to them, last year, the amount of rainfall was sufficient, and as a result, farmers produced some 5.3 million tons of wheat and 6.7 million tons of crops.

Against ISIS, Try Patience

New York Times Topic:Afghanistan - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 16:30
We should remember that the threat posed to us by radical Islam, while real, is not an existential one.

Prominent Pakistani Religious Leaders Announce Support for Afghan Peace Talks

TOLO News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 15:27

The Chairman of Pakistan's Ulema Council and the Provincial Chairman of the political party Jamaat-e Islami Pakistan have announced their support for the renewed peace process between the Afghan government and the Taliban. The move marks an unprecedented policy shift for the influential Pakistani leaders, who have traditionally been vocal supporters of the insurgency.

Hafiz Muhammad Taher Ashrafi, the Chairman of the Pakistani Ulema Council, had previously tried to justify suicide bombings and Jihad in Afghanistan before this week, when he announced his hope for the new peace talks being pursued by the national unity government in Kabul. Meanwhile, Ibrahim, the Provincial Chairman of Jamaat-e Islami Pakistan, has called on the Pakistani to do everything in its power to support Afghanistan in peace negotiations with the Taliban.

The endorsements mark another major advance for the prospects of reconciliation between the Taliban militancy and the Afghan government led by President Ashraf Ghani. The first sign of progress came last month when it was revealed that Islamabad, under pressure from China, had communicated with senior members of the Afghan Taliban based in Pakistan and convinced them to help plan for talks with U.S. and Afghan officials.

In a meeting yesterday in Lahore, Chairman Ashrafi and other members of the powerful Pakistani Ulema Council, asserted their support for the peace process. "Both sides, the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban, must resolve the issues between them," Ashrafi said. "The people of Pakistan can only pray for a positive result from the talks; Pakistan and Afghanistan have been both facing conflicts for decades, and it's time for the government of Afghanistan to resolve the issue through peace talks."

Although the last few years of the administration of former president Hamid Karzai devoted much attention to attempts at getting the Taliban to the negotiating table, it wasn't until this year, with the NATO coalition's combat mission over and a new government in Kabul, that the Pakistani government and senior Taliban leaders have shown concerted interest in a peaceful resolution.

In an exclusive interview with TOLOnews on Tuesday, Ibrahim, the Provincial Chairman of Jamaat-e Islami Pakistan, urged the government in Islamabad to ensure the talks are successful.

Meanwhile, the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has welcomed the overtures from Pakistani leaders. "Cooperation between the two countries has entered a new season, the Islamic Government of Afghanistan welcomes the recent attempts of its friend and brother country Pakistan, and its cooperation in maintaining stability in Afghanistan," MoFA spokesman Shekib Ahmad Mostaghni said.

In the past, Chairman Ashrafi was in concert with the controversial Mawlana Fazel Rahman, a leading Pakistani religious scholar who has very recently spoken out in favor of the Taliban's war on the Afghan government. Together, they proclaimed violent Jihad permissible in Afghanistan, Palestine and Kashmir.

According to analysts, the apparent shift in stance among Pakistani political and religious leaders is more a result of Pakistan's need for stability in the region than it is their interest in a prosperous Afghanistan.

"Today, Pakistan does not have the ability to support extremist groups anymore in the region and in Afghanistan," analyst Aziz Rafiee told TOLOnews. "Pakistan knows that the continuation of insecurity in Afghanistan and the region is not in its interest, and that is why we can say that government and military of Pakistan will impact the peace talks."

Rescue Operation Launches in Zabul to Free 30 Hazaras

TOLO News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 15:14

The Afghan military forces launched a rescue operation in southern Zabul province on Monday night to free the 30 Hazara passengers who were kidnapped by unknown masked men, an Afghan security official, on condition of anonymity, said.

The operation was launched in Khak-e-Afghan district of Zabul and is still underway. So far, 36 insurgents have been killed and 50 others injured. Leading the operation is Kandahar Police Chief Gen. Abdul Raziq, Military Commander of Atal 205th Corps Maj. Gen. Abdul Hamid Hamid, and Zabul security officials.

This comes after the 25-member mediation team of Zabul elders were in talks with the insurgents on Saturday on releasing the abducted passengers, but to no prevail.

Recently, the Zabul acting Governor Mohammad Ashraf Nasiri had warned that if negotiations between the tribal elders and the armed masked men did not triumph that military action will be taken.
However, the families of the abductees still wait on news about the fate of their beloved ones, keeping eyes at their doors for the past nine days.

"I want my dad back home," said a little daughter of Khudabakhsh, the abducted passenger who was returning from Herat to Kabul after taking her sister to a hospital.

His family called on the government to help their beloved ones return home safe and sound.

"He called me early Monday morning that he is departing from Herat to Kabul," Khudabakhsh's wife said. "I asked him when he will arrive, he replied 'God willing, possibly this evening'."

In an attempt to identify the armed masked men, Nasiri had recently blamed the abduction on local Taliban, the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militants and the Chechens.

There has been no clarification on who the armed masked men are and who their affiliation is, but speculations from security officials battling against the masked men indicate that they are Daesh.
The 30 passengers, specifically belonging to the Hazara ethnic minority, were abducted last week from Shah Joy district of Zabul as they were on their way to Kabul on the Kabul-Kandahar highway.

TOLOnews 6pm News 03 March 2015

TOLO News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 15:07



The Afghan military forces launched a rescue operation in southern Zabul province on Monday night to free the 30 Hazara passengers who were kidnapped by unknown masked men, an Afghan security official, on condition of anonymity, said.

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The operation was launched in Khak-e-Afghan district of Zabul and is still underway. So far, 36 insurgents have been killed and 50 others injured. Leading the operation is Kandahar Police Chief Gen. Abdul Raziq, Military Commander of Atal 205th Corps Maj. Gen. Abdul Hamid Hamid, and Zabul security officials.




Teenage Girl Raped By Mullah in Takhar Pregnant

TOLO News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 15:07

The victim of sexual abuse, who was raped by a local mullah in northern Takhar province eight months back, was threatened to not speak, is now eight months pregnant.

The 13-year-old victim who does not want to be named, was sent to her local mosque by her family to receive an education in religious studies by the 35 year old mullah who raped her, warning her not her to raise her voice and informing her family of the crime.

"The mullah, 35, committed the rape and threatened the victim and her family from raising their voice against him," Provincial Head of Women Affairs Razm Ara Hawash said. "He warned them that he would kill them all. So they did not disclose the crime to anyone until eight months later."

The victim is currently in the care of the child protection center in Takhar.

"We received the case two days ago and she is currently at the child protection center," Bismillah Waziri, official at Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, said.

The mullah is in custody and a case has been filed against him. According to the head of the local attorney's office in Takhar, Abdul Marof Fayeq, said that the case was received two days ago and that the mullah has confessed to the crime.

The victim's family did not respond to a TOLOnews request for information.

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