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TAWDE KHABARE: Taliban Peace Delegation Travels to Pakistan

TOLO News - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 19:21

A three member Taliban peace delegation travelled to Pakistan soon after reports surfaced in the media of secret negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government in Doha.

Although, the Afghan government has not confirmed such a trip by the Taliban delegation, the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) announced the journey was in clear violation of UN sanctions on the resurgent group.‎

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

Abdul Qadir Zazai Watandost, MP

Obaidullah Barakzai, MP

Farhad Sediqqi, MP


FARAKHABAR: Spike in Drug Production in Afghanistan Discussed

TOLO News - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 17:10

Andrey Avetisyan, regional representative of the United Nations on Drug and Crime (UNODC), said on Sunday at a joint press conference that based on a new survey of UNODC, in 2016, the total land area that has been cultivated with poppies has increased by 10 percent compared to last year.

He said that in 2016, drug production in Afghanistan will increase by 43 percent.

Avetisyan ‎said maintaining security, reduction of corruption and economic growth in the country is related to the eradication of poppy fields.

In this episode of Farakhabar, host Fawad discusses the topic with former minister of counter narcotics Din Mohammad Mubariz Rashidi


TOLOnews 6pm News 23 October 2016

TOLO News - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 16:09

Top news in this Bulletin:

Andrey Avetisyan, regional representative of the United Nations on Drug and Crime (UNODC) said on Sunday at a joint press conference that based on a new survey of UNODC, in 2016, the total land area that has been cultivated with poppies has increased by 10 percent compared to last year.

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The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Sunday they have arrested a Mullah in Kabul who is suspected of helping another Mullah in the kidnapping of two young girls.

Breast Cancer Is Curable: MoPH

TOLO News - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 15:39

Minister of Public Health (MoPH), Ferozuddin Feroz, on Sunday said at an awareness workshop, attended by nearly one thousand female students, that yearly around 1,700 people die of breast cancer.

He also stated that currently almost 3,500 people have the disease.

"Most of the people who get the disease is because of being overweight, of no physical activity, drinking alcoholic drinks, harmful rays (of the sun), the first menstruation early, late pregnancy or not getting pregnant. Thus diagnosis early is vital," said Feroz.

Shenkai Karokhil, a member of parliament (MP) also had the disease. She received treatment for her disease and now an activist providing awareness to people regarding the disease and its diagnosis.

"It is a disease and we should not treat it as a shame. But we should think how to refer people to doctors. Negligence in treating the disease will lead to the patient's death," Karokhil said.

"Mostly in families women are not supported emotionally by their husbands. While half of treatment of cancer belongs to being mentally happy and relaxed. So women fighting the disease need emotional support," said Farhad Darya, ambassador for the fight against cancer in the country.

However, specialist doctors in the field say that women above 40 years old should see a doctor annually.

"Breast cancer is curable. When you feel something abnormal in your body, you must go to a doctor. Because on-time diagnosis can save your life," said Fawzia Elm, representative of the country's first lady.

"If a mother or a daughter has breast cancer in a family, the rest of the female siblings of the family also should see a doctor. Because this is a genetic disease," said Shirin Aqa Zarif, head of Kabul Medical University.

In recent months, nearly 950 patients who have got breast cancer have been referred to the center of diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in Kabul city. But most of the patients do not go to medical centers due to the poor economy and lack of awareness about the disease.

Sar-e-Pul Residents Prepare For Battle Against Terrorists

TOLO News - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 15:29

Sar-e-Pul residents claim almost 2,000 of them have taken up arms and are ready to fight for their districts in the event of an insurgent attack.

The armed residents on Sunday announced they will support the security forces and are ready to fight to eliminate terrorists.

"Residents of northern provinces and Sar-e-Pul are probably facing threats from Daesh. So it is wise to stand at the side of security forces at such a sensitive time," said Mohammad Azim Qoyash, a senator.

The residents said they are fed up with the Taliban in the vulnerable parts of the province and they are ready to fight the insurgents.

"We assure the local police and commanders that we will support them for a better life and for better security in Sar-e-Pul province," said Syed Assadullah Danish, Sar-e-Pul provincial council deputy.

"Taliban, Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan and Haqqani network once again want to kill our people and destroy our homes," said Kaml, the local uprising group's commander.

Meanwhile provincial police chief Abdul Qayum Baqizoy, who praised people for their support of the security forces, said that such action increases the morale of security forces.

"This is an honor for our people, such honor has been recorded and will be recorded in history," said Baqizoy.

This comes after public uprisings have occurred in Balkh, Jawzjan and Faryab provinces – where residents have pledged the same support for the Afghan security forces.

Mullah Arrested For Selling Kidnapped Girls

TOLO News - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 15:23

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Sunday they have arrested a Mullah in Kabul who is suspected of helping another Mullah in the kidnapping of two young girls.

The two girls were kidnapped two weeks, but security forces managed to rescue them.

Meanwhile, the families of the kidnapped girls have called on government to arrest and prosecute the kidnappers.

Mullah Gulbuddin, the suspected kidnapper who was arrested, has reportedly confessed that he kidnapped five girls in the past and moved them to Khost district in Baghlan province.

He reportedly claims to have married two of them and gave three others to relatives in exchange for money. Three of his relatives allegedly each married a girl.

According to the families of the victims, the Mullah had been teaching the girls the Quran.

Mullah Gulbuddin was busy selling the girls each for 200,000 Afs when arrested by security forces.

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Children's Literature Forgotten in Afghanistan: Activists

TOLO News - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 15:12

A number of writers and cultural figures on Sunday raised their concerns over what they say is a lack of interest in the country to promote Afghan children's literature.

They say nothing solid has been done in this regard in the past ten years.

They also accused government of neglecting the education and training process of children.

But, children's rights groups have said that they have published 160 children's books in at least eleven provinces in recent times.

"We recently launched a new program known as Lets Learn for the children of Afghanistan. The program paved the way for Afghan writers inside and outside the country to write for children so that their books are published on a large scale and distributed without any charge to children in Afghanistan," said Bahirullah Wayar, a children's rights activist.

Writers blamed the Ministry of Education (MoE) for not taking steps to address the problem and promote learning and education among children.

"If we go to the root of the problem ... I think we can still find a major vacuum in this respect, we have still a classic idea regarding the educational curriculum in the country," said Mohammad Fazil Sharifi, a local academic.

"The ministry of education reviews its curriculum once in three years. But we plan to review Afghanistan's educational curriculum once again, but very analytically so that systematic changes are put in place," said Mujib Mehrdad, the spokesman for the MoE.

Currently, of the estimated 14 million children in Afghanistan, only nine million have access to education.

But 190 children's rights are active in the country. However the number of child laborers in the country is still on the rise with an estimated one million children working on the streets alone.

Senators Concerned as Ministries Fail to Spend Development Budget

TOLO News - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 14:56

Minister of Finance Eklil Hakimi on Sunday told members of the Meshrano Jirga (Upper House of Parliament) that the majority of ministries this year failed to spend more than 35 percent of their development budget.

In consultation with the national assembly, President Ashraf Ghani will take a decision about these ministries, said Hakimi.

On Sunday Hakimi addressed a senate session to give senators feedback about the Brussels Summit.

However, only "35 percent of the development budget has been spent, today we are only two months away from the end of the fiscal year; it is very unfortunate, according to my information, the president has taken the issue very seriously, I am sure that the right decision will be taken in this respect in consultation with you (lawmakers)," Hakimi said.

Meanwhile a number of senators said that balance had not been considered while making the budget.

"Those ministries which have failed to spend their budget must be introduced to the Attorney General so that the president and the national assembly can decide about them in line with the prevailing laws," said Senator Muhaiuddin Munsef.

"Attentions was not paid to remote provinces and the money has gone missing, some money from aid must be allocated for some remote provinces like Nuristan and other provinces," said Senator Abdul Latif Nahzat.

"Does the Afghan government have the ability to deliver on promises it has made to the international community," another senator, Nadir Baloch, said.

"I hope that the money is spent in the right place and at the right time under the supervision and control of responsible institutions," said Senator Gulalai Akbari.

Barmak Calls for Prosecution of IEC Officials Suspected of Fraud

TOLO News - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 14:51

Sarir Ahmad Barmak, an Independent Election Commission (IEC) member, on Sunday called for the prosecution of IEC officials suspected of fraud during the 2014 elections.

The remarks come amid extensive efforts aimed at finalizing the appointment of members of the selection committee of the IEC.

The 2014 presidential elections in Afghanistan hit an impasse following fraud and vote-rigging accusations by CEO Abdullah Abdullah, who at the time was one of the presidential frontrunners and key rival to now President Ashraf Ghani.

While government is determined to stick to its plan of undertaking systematic reforms in Afghanistan's election system, Barmak maintains that reforms will not help by just removing IEC officials.

He states that action must be taken against those who played a role in rigging the elections thereby pushing the nation towards political deadlock and social uncertainty.

"Those individuals who committed fraud and who rigged the election must be investigated. If they really want to bring reforms to Afghanistan, in order to revive public confidence, they (government) must look at who committed repression and fraud and sabotaged the process, then reforms will mean something," Barmak said.

In reference to Barmak's remarks, meanwhile, the CEO's office said the legal and judicial bodies will take proper action against corrupt officials once the new members of the election commission have been appointed.

"Those who committed treason on the ballot papers of the people of Afghanistan must respond to their act of treason," said Jawed Faisal, deputy spokesman to the CEO.

"It is the responsibility of the legal and judicial institutions to tackle the issue," said deputy presidential spokesman Dawa Khan Menapal.

In addition, the Office of the Attorney General of Afghanistan (AGO) has also said that the concerned body will take necessary measures to probe the issue if complaints against individuals are lodged.

"The attorney general is committed to following the case seriously and serve the law equally on all," said Jamshid Rasoli, spokesman for the AGO.

"If someone has not done his duty and moved the country towards a crisis and brought disunity and disintegration then he must be punished," said MP Sayed Hussain Sharifi Balkhabi.

Following the revelations of corruption during the elections, Ghani's rival Abdullah suspended all cooperation with the IEC and accused its members of rigging the elections.

However, Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani, who at the time was serving as IEC chief, was removed from his position.

However, he was recently appointed as Afghan ambassador to Spain, a move that drew strong reaction from Abdullah.

Nuristani's appointment also sparked strong reaction by Minister of Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani.

Reports surfaced that ties between the president and the foreign minister were strained following the appointment.

43 Percent Increase In Drug Production In 2016

TOLO News - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 12:09

Andrey Avetisyan, regional representative of the United Nations on Drug and Crime (UNODC) said on Sunday at a joint press conference that based on a new survey of UNODC, in 2016, the total land area that has been cultivated with poppies has increased by 10 percent compared to last year.

He said that in 2016, drug production in Afghanistan will increase by 43 percent.

Avetisyan ‎said maintaining security, reduction of corruption and economic growth in the country is related to the eradication of poppy fields.

"Drugs have direct links with corruption, terrorism and development. Without tackling drug problem and elicit economy, in general, it will not be possible to solve other problems facing Afghanistan," ‎ Avetisyan ‎s‎aid.

Avetisyan‎ also expressed his concerns over the reduction of funding for fighting narcotics and insisted that the international community should continue its aid for tackling drugs and regional countries should help Afghanistan in this regard.

Based on a survey carried out by UNODC, Ministry of Counter Narcotics (MCN) and counter-narcotics at the ministry of interior (MoI) said in 2016 poppy cultivation had increased.

Survey of poppy cultivation and drug production in 2016 against 2015 is as bellow:




Land cultivated poppy                

183.000 Acres              

201.000 Acres‎

Provinces out of poppy               

14 provinces                

13 provinces

Elimination of poppy fields        

3.760 Acres                  

355 Acres

Drug production                         

3.300 metric tons       

4.800 metric tons = 43 percent increased.


The survey shows that Helmand, Badghis, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Nangarhar, Farah, Badakhshan and Nimroz are the provinces that poppies were largely cultivated in.

Survey findings also indicate that in last, Jawzjan province was out of poppy. But in 2016, poppy were cultivated in the province.

However, Salamat Azimi, Minister of MCN said elimination of poppy fields in 2016, faced problems.

"In 2016, 93 percent of drug cultivated in the south, east and west of the country where security challenges was high," Azimi said.

"Unfortunately this year also we could not include elimination of drug in our plan. Challenges, threats and insecurity caused us to lose opportunities and we could not take serious steps in this regard," said Baz Mohammad Ahmadi, deputy minister of interior affairs on counter-narcotics.

Most of Taliban's Leaders Are Based in Pakistan: Abdullah

TOLO News - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 09:16

CEO of the National Unity Government (NUG) Abdullah Abdullah said on Sunday at a press conference after his trip to Saudi Arabia that "most of the Taliban's leaders are based in Pakistan."

"Taliban's trip to Pakistan is not news because they are there and carry out all their activities from there," Abdullah said in response to a journalist's question.

Regarding the government's secret peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar, Abdullah said: "I don't know details over government's peace talks with Taliban in Qatar."

This comes after senior members of the Taliban's political commission based in Qatar travelled to Pakistan for discussions with security officials about possible peace talks with the Afghan government, the Guardian reported Saturday.

Reports also emerged last week that a Taliban delegation held secret talks with Afghan officials in Doha, Qatar recently and the Guardian reported that three Taliban officials left Doha on Wednesday for talks with Pakistan officials.

The Taliban said the discussions being held in Pakistan follow successful contacts made with both Afghan and US officials in recent months.

Abdullah meanwhile said that during his trip to Saudi Arabia he discussed the Afghan peace process and that Saudi officials "showed interest in helping Afghanistan in the peace process. We also talked about the peace agreement with Hekmatyar."

More than a month ago the Afghan government signed a peace agreement with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's Hizb-e-Islami party.

Abdullah said that at the meeting "terrorism issues were also discussed with Saudi Arabian officials - which is a threat to the region" and added that "Saudi Arabia also had same views over fighting against terrorism."

He said that during the trip he also discussed economic cooperation between the two countries, investments in Afghanistan, Afghan issues and also cultural cooperation.

"A delegation will come from Saudi Arabia to look at investing in the economic sector and other sectors in Afghanistan," he said.

He added they also asked about increasing of education scholarships for Afghans which they agreed on.

"Discussions were also held over building of a clinic in Afghanistan. This will start soon," according to Abdullah.

Water Rights is Key to Economic Growth in Afghanistan: UNAMA

TOLO News - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 08:44

UNAMA in a new report released early Sunday says that "more effective and transparent means resolving disputes over water rights key to economic growth and avoiding conflict" in Afghanistan.

The report said that the demand for water to support agricultural development in Afghanistan, which has been badly affected by conflict, deteriorating infrastructure and drought, often results in high-stakes water-right disputes.

'Water Rights: An Assessment of Afghanistan's Legal Framework Governing Water for Agriculture' outlines the importance of water to the country's economy.

"Many rural communities depend on reliable access to water sources to grow the crops and nourish the livestock on which their lives and livelihoods depend. Almost 80 percent of Afghans derive their livelihood from the agricultural sector," according to the report.

Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA also said in the report that "as this report clearly outlines, the stakes involved in water disputes are high. Resolving these disputes peacefully is of critical importance."

"In Afghanistan, formal and informal means are used to resolve water-related disputes. These means include the 2009 Water Law, along with traditional customs and practices associated with the longstanding authority and community respect for water masters, or mirabs," the report said.

The report documents the results of a field study designed to assess the effectiveness of dispute-resolution mechanisms. The report also provides practical recommendations to facilitate the resolution of disputes without escalation to violence.

"One key finding of the report is that, notwithstanding the Water Law's comprehensive regulatory scheme, water users continue to rely predominately on local water masters to resolve disputes. This is largely due to gaps in the Water Law's scope and associated administrative structure," it said.

In the meantime, Michael Hartmann, Director of UNAMA's Rule of Law Unit, stated that this finding "confirms that the challenge is not with the law as written but, rather, with the law as implemented," and that "UNAMA will continue to assist in achieving broader implementation of the Water Law."

MEHWAR: Concerns Over Increase of Insecurity Discussed

TOLO News - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 07:56

Host Jamal Nasir Farahmad discusses the issue with Basir Salani former Parwan governor.

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14‎ Taliban Insurgents Killed And Wounded In Kunar Clash

TOLO News - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 07:49

At least 14 Taliban insurgents were killed and wounded in clashes with security forces on Saturday in eastern Kunar province, officials said.

The provincial governor's spokesman Abdul Ghani Mosamim confirmed the report and said that the clash occurred Saturday morning around 07:00 am local time when dozens of Taliban insurgents attacked a police check point in Noorgul district of Kunar province.

However, two policemen were killed and two others were wounded in the clash, Mosamim added.

Meanwhile provincial police chief Juma Gul Hamat said that the Nangarhar-Kunar highway was closed for four hours due to the clash.

No civilian casualties were reported.

Iraq Forces in Fierce Kirkuk Clashes with Daesh

TOLO News - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 06:47

Security forces battled for a second day Saturday with Daesh group gunmen who infiltrated Kirkuk in a brazen raid that rattled Iraq as it ramped up an offensive to retake Mosul.

A toxic cloud released by a fire Daesh militants started at a sulphur plant south of Mosul earlier this week killed at least two civilians and forced some U.S service members to wear masks.

A day after the shock attack on the Kurdish-controlled city of Kirkuk, jihadist snipers and suspected suicide bombers were still at large, prompting Baghdad to send reinforcements.

Special counter-terrorism and intelligence units were hunting down some of the dozens of Daesh fighters who stormed public buildings early on Friday.

"We have 46 dead and 133 wounded, most of them members of the security services, as result of the clashes with Daesh," an interior ministry brigadier general told AFP.

The toll was confirmed by a source at the Kirkuk health directorate, which called for blood donations to assist with the emergency.

The Kirkuk police chief said 48 jihadist attackers had been killed so far and several others wounded, including a Libyan believed to be among the raid's leaders.

"The security forces control the situation now but there are still pockets of jihadists in some southern and eastern neighborhoods," Brigadier General Khattab Omar Aref told AFP.

The large-scale "inghimasi" attack, a term for jihadist operations in which gunmen, often wearing suicide vests, intend to sow chaos and fight to the death rather than achieve any military goal, caught Kirkuk off guard.

The large city, which lies in an oil-producing region around 240 kilometres north of Baghdad, woke up on Friday to find jihadists roaming the streets of several neighborhoods.

They used mosque loudspeakers to broadcast praise of their self-proclaimed "caliphate", which has been shrinking steadily since last year and is looking closer than ever to collapse.

- Distraction from Mosul -

Abu Omar, a 40-year-old butcher, spent 24 hours locked up in his home with his wife, mother and three children.

"It felt as if this day lasted a year," he said. "We could hear shooting and explosions all the time but we didn't dare venture outside to see what was happening."

Clashes broke in the countryside just east of Kirkuk between Daesh fighters fleeing the city and security forces, a senior regional security official said.

The attack, which is believed to have been carried out both by sleeper cells and militants who entered the city on Friday, was widely seen as an attempt by Daesh to draw attention away from their setbacks in the battle for Mosul.

Pentagon chief Ashton Carter arrived in Iraq Saturday to review the offensive, which his country and around 60 other nations support.

Mosul is the most populous city in the "caliphate" Baghdadi declared in June 2014, and the operation to recapture it is Iraq's largest in years.

With 3,000 to 4,500 Daesh men facing tens of thousands of Iraqi forces backed by massive US-led air power, the outcome of the battle is in little doubt.

But jihadists have been launching dozens of suicide car bombs against advancing forces, inflicting casualties and slowing their progress.

On Saturday, Iraqi federal forces moved into Qaraqosh, which lies just east of Mosul and was Iraq's largest Christian town before its population fled the jihadists in 2014, the joint operations command said.

Kurdish forces were also leading a major push northeast of Mosul, but complained that air support from the U.S-led coalition was insufficient and leaving them exposed.

- Sulphur cloud -

In his meetings in Baghdad on Saturday, the U.S defense secretary had been expected to attempt to convince the government to lift its opposition to the participation of Turkish forces, who have a base north of Mosul.

But Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi reiterated his rejection of Turkish participation in the offensive, saying that "this is something the Iraqis will handle".

Launched on Monday, the offensive is still in its early stages and is likely to involve a siege before elite forces enter the city and engage in street fighting with die-hard jihadists.

A key concern is the presence in Mosul of up to 1.2 million civilians, who are trapped and unable to leave until forces move closer and safe corridors are opened.

According to residents contacted by AFP, living conditions are deteriorating daily, with some food supplies running low and Daesh paranoia of informants greater than ever.

Earlier this week, Daesh fighters set part of a sulphur plant south of Mosul ablaze.

The toxic cloud it released killed two civilians in the area, a senior interior ministry officer told AFP in Qayyarah, the main staging base south of Mosul.

"Of course, this is affecting our planned progress," he said.

The local health center said it had checked 500 people complaining of breathing problems.

Some U.S personnel at a nearby base wore protective masks Saturday after changing winds blew the cloud towards Qayyarah.

Iraqi officials said the fire at the Mishraq plant was extinguished later Saturday.

An Iraqi cameraman was killed by an Daesh sniper south of Mosul Saturday, a day after another TV journalist died of a sniper bullet to the chest during the Kirkuk clashes.

Taliban Using ‎Camera Drones In Helmand

TOLO News - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 04:59

The Taliban has released a video of drone footage taken of the Nawa district in Helmand, which is under their control, the Helmand media office said in a statement.

According to the statement the Taliban have received the drones from outside intelligence agencies and are using these for operational purposes.‎

In June 2016 the National Unity Government (NUG) banned the use of camera drones in Afghanistan due to security issues.

This move was however met with mixed reaction.

"With consideration of certain security issues and for the sake of national interests, the national security council has decided that drone cameras will no longer be allowed to be used in Afghanistan, the government of Afghanistan has major respect for media activities and because of this it has taken the decision," a spokesman to CEO Jawed Faisal said at the time.

But Afghan media companies and journalists slammed government's move to ban the use of camera drones during media coverage of events in the country, terming the move a violation of the mass media law.

They also said it is an attempt to restrict media activities.

Daesh militants have however used the hi-tech devices to film their own rocket attacks for propaganda videos in Iraq.

TOLOnews 10 pm News 22 October 2016

TOLO News - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 04:51

Top news in this Bulletin:

Leaders of the national unity government are expected to convene another meeting in the near future in a bid to resolve their disputes and move forward in order to address national issues, said Jawed Faisal, deputy spokesman to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah as tensions between the two officials continue to prevail.

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Fazel Hadi Muslimyar, chairman of the Meshrano Jirga (upper house of parliament), on Saturday said that the Taliban and Daesh operatives are undertaking insurgent activities in at least sixteen districts in Nangarhar province which has had repercussions on the peace and stability in the eastern province.

TAWDE KHABARE: Ghani's Decree on Removal of Sanctions on HIA Discussed

TOLO News - Sat, 10/22/2016 - 18:35

President Ashraf Ghani in a decree issued earlier this week ordered the Afghan National Security Council (NSC) to take necessary measures to lift sanctions on the Hizb-e-Islami leaderships and its members.

In the decree, Ghani has also appointed members of the joint commission assigned to oversee the implementation of the recent peace accord Kabul signed with the former militant group.

In this episode of Tawde Khabare, host Zabi Sadat discusses the topic with the following guests,

Dawoud Asas, advisor to chief executive officer

Gharzai Khawkhoghai, military analyst

Mohammad Nadir Afghan, member of HIA


FARAKHABAR: Ghani, Abdullah Rift Discussed

TOLO News - Sat, 10/22/2016 - 18:15

Leaders of the national unity government are expected to convene another meeting in the near future in a bid to resolve their disputes and move forward in order to address national issues, said Jawed Faisal, deputy spokesman to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah as tensions between the two officials continue to prevail.

In this episode of Farakhabar, host Fawad Aman discusses the topic with the following guests

Ghulam Mohammad Mohammadi, historian

Gulalai Noor Safai, MP


Germany to Deport Unqualified Afghan Asylum Seekers: Envoy

TOLO News - Sat, 10/22/2016 - 16:41

German Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Sabin Sparwasser, on Friday reaffirmed Berlin's longstanding cooperation with Afghanistan, but urged the Afghan political leadership to take steps and deliver on their promises to the Afghans through reforms.

"At the same time, many Afghans have come to Germany, we had 150,000 last year and about 50,000 again this year and many of those Afghans who come will not qualify to have asylum status, so we will look at every individual case, but in the end a great part of those who came will have to return home, in order to do that in a way that is orderly and acceptable and making it also easier for the individuals we have an agreement and a memorandum of understanding on migration," Sparwasser added.

On the other hand, the ministry of refugees and repatriations has said that on the basis of the memorandum of understating signed between the two countries, Germany has committed to give three years to the migrants whose cases are rejected to repatriate voluntarily.
Mohammad Salim is an Afghan migrant who sold all his assets last year and fled to Germany.

But, he returned to his home country after his case was rejected by the German government.

"I was thinking what will I do after reaching Europe, but now I regret it and think that if I had not travelled to Europe, my assets would be worth more today, but now I regret my decision," he said.

"Those who are willing to repatriate voluntarily and have family will be allotted land in special townships inside the country," said Islamuddin Juraat, spokesman for the ministry of refugees and repatriations.

It is believed that many among the refugees are now suffering psychological issues in the wake of their plight in European countries.

More than 300,000 Afghans flocked to Europe since the start of 2015 with the majority of them seeking asylum in Germany.


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