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TOLOnews 6 pm News 19 December 2014

TOLO News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 15:30

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Acting Minister of Interior Gen. Mohammad Ayoub Salangi visited Kunar's district of Dangam on Thursday to evaluate the situation and in conclusion has ordered all Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) to use all their "abilities and efforts" in defeating the insurgents that have drowned the district.

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"I have talked with our security officials of their plans in defeating the insurgents," Gen. Salangi said. "We have noted the deficiencies and shortcomings, but meanwhile our preparations made to defeat the insurgents are well planned."

A female lawyer's body was found on Thursday in Bagrami district of Kabul, police officials said.

According to police, the lawyer's body has been identified as Kabul's family court lawyer know as Fahima.

High Costs Burden Afghan Medical Patients in India

TOLO News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:13

Afghans who travel to India for medical treatment have complained of rising fees and extortion practices that have combined to make receiving care in India more expensive and difficult for Afghans than in the past.

TOLOnews correspondent Syed Tariq Majidi reported on the plight of Afghan medical patients, most of who prefer to go to India despite its high costs. In addition to the hundreds of Afghans who travel to India for tourism and business, since the 2001 NATO invasion, many have relied on Indian medical expertise in lieu of a more developed medical sector in Afghanistan.

"I preferred to bring my patient to India, because I took him to the hospitals in Afghanistan several times with no positive outcomes from the treatment, the government must do something to ensure better medical treatment of citizens inside the country," Syed Mohammad, the relative of a patient in India, told TOLOnews.

"My father is a heart patient, but hospitals ask for huge amount of money here in India," another Afghan named Abdul Basit said.

The treatments Afghans travel to India for are usually intensive and related to serious ailments. Nevertheless, it is often not just the treatments Afghan patients find themselves busting the bank for. "I have traveled to India twice, initially I was suffering from cardiac disease and now coping with a new illness, and in every hospital the patient consults and interpreters ask for money for different reasons," an Afghan patient in India named Mohammad Ishaq claimed. "I am fully aware if a patient spends 100,000 Indian rupees at the hospital, 20,000 rupees go to the accounts of the interpreters."

Although the Indian government has tried to make its medical sector more available to Afghans, some patients have been forced to return to Afghanistan without adequate treatment because of their inability to pay their bills. "It is almost ten days since I arrived in New Delhi, but today I will return to Kabul, because I have no money to stay anymore," another patient named Fahim told TOLOnews.

Referring to the issue, the Afghan Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) reported that programs would be developed to ensure better treatment inside Afghanistan. "We are determined to attract confidence of the citizens and avoid our citizens having to travel abroad for medical treatments," Ministry spokesman Kanishka Turkistani said.

In part of the Indian capital New Delhi, there is a township where hundreds of Afghans have brought patients for medical treatment and they pay 1,000 AFG rent per night, which is said to be beyond the financial capacity of most travelers. In addition to medical expenditures, most Afghans are also compelled to pay for varying amounts of gas, food, electricity, water and other necessary items.

Civil Society Activists Join Mounting Pressure for Kabul-Islamabad Cooperation

TOLO News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:58

Pakistani civil society activists on Friday called for Islamabad and Kabul to unite in a large-scale offensive against all insurgents groups in the region, and emphasized the need for cooperation with Afghanistan.

The push for greater coordination and commitment to combating insurgency and terrorism in both country comes after weeks of deadly Taliban attacks on either side of the border. Earlier this week, the Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack on a army-run school in Peshawar that left over 130 people dead, most of which were children, according Pakistani officials.

"It's beyond someone's thought and I don't understand how someone dares to commit an atrocity and resort to killing children and civilians, such an action poses a major threat to the government and these attacks should be stopped," civil society activist Gulalai told TOLOnews.

Meanwhile, Pakistani political commentator Emal Khatak said that: "Afghanistan and Pakistan must jointly combat terrorism and both nations must honestly contribute in this area, because in the past, meetings were held and commitments made, however, the promises were not fulfilled."

Afghan and NATO leaders have for years pushed the civilian government in Islamabad and the military to crackdown on militants inside Pakistan, many of which have fought in Afghanistan and continue to support the Afghan Taliban's insurgency. But tensions between the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan have simmered around the issue of the Pakistani intelligence service's covert support for the Taliban.

"Distinctions between good and bad Taliban must be avoided, both Afghanistan and Pakistan should abide by this and our common enemy should be identified so we can reach our targets," Pakistani civil society activist Amna Durani said on Friday.

Many in Afghanistan hope that Tuesday's attack on the school in Peshawar will be the catalyst to wake Pakistan up to the real threat posed by militants and spark a major push to subdue the groups.

On Wednesday, Pakistan's Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif traveled to Kabul to meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to discuss combating terrorism in both countries and the region more broadly.

President Ghani was said to have expressed his condolences to Sharif and the nation of Pakistan in regard to the innocent lives lost in Tuesday's horrific attack.

Gen. Sharif, according to the press release, said that Pakistan is trying its best to hunt down those behind the Peshawar attack and ensure justice is served. "Afghanistan and Pakistan must fight terrorism together to prevent such incidents," a statement released by the Presidential Palace quoted Gen. Sharif as saying.

ANSF Must Use All Abilities, Efforts to Defeat Insurgency: Salangi

TOLO News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 11:36

Acting Minister of Interior Gen. Mohammad Ayoub Salangi visited Kunar's district of Dangam on Thursday to evaluate the situation and in conclusion has ordered all Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) to use all their "abilities and efforts" in defeating the insurgents that have drowned the district.

"I have talked with our security officials of their plans in defeating the insurgents," Gen. Salangi said. "We have noted the deficiencies and shortcomings, but meanwhile our preparations made to defeat the insurgents are well planned."

The leader in Dangam leading the residents in the fight against the insurgents said that an air strike will only end this, stressing that without it families of the district are in the shadow of death.

"We have been fighting for more than 10 days and the government is still telling us they are 'preparing a plan,'" Muzamil, leader of the residents leading the uprising against the local and foreign insurgents, said. "Our children have been killed, our people have been surrounded and there is no food and no way for it to reach us," adding that six civilians have been killed and roughly 50 others wounded in the battle.

Meanwhile, Kunar representatives have warned the government and security officials that if there is no air strike, Dangam's villages will not be cleared of the insurgents.

"Until there is not an air strike, the insurgents will continue to push thru," Sakhi Mashwani, Kunar representative, said. "Just a few days ago foreign forces conducted an operation in the area and now that there is an actual war happening they are nowhere in sight to assist."

But Kunar army officials have said that efforts are being made to foil the attack in the district as soon as possible.

"We are following thru with our plan," Afzal Khan, Commander of the 2nd Army Brigade in Kunar, said. "We have taken control of vital areas and are moving forward cautiously and slowly."

Kunar's district of Dangam borders Pakistan where in the past few months the residents have risen against the local and foreign insurgents in hopes that the government will step in to restore security.

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New York Times Topic:Afghanistan - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 10:00
Wanting to go beyond his usual Middle East haunts, Bryan Denton went looking for someplace exotic for his latest photo essay.

Female Lawyer Found Dead in Bagrami

TOLO News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:52

A female lawyer's body was found on Thursday in Bagrami district of Kabul, police officials said.

According to police, the lawyer's body has been identified as Kabul's family court lawyer know as Fahima.

Kabul police said that Fahima disappeared Thursday after she left the office around 3 p.m.

Her body was later found the same night around 8:30 p.m. and according to initial investigations, police have taken her husband in custody as a prime suspect in the case.

‎Police reports indicate that Fahima reached home as her purse and belongings from the office were inside her home.

The report also added that there were no gunshot wounds or signs of struggle. Police believe this may be a domestic violence case that led to the death of the Kabul lawyer.

First 100 Days: Afghanistan and Pakistan Commit to Combat Terrorism

TOLO News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:25

Issue: Afghanistan and Pakistan Commit to Combat Terrorism

In a meeting with President Ashraf Ghani yesterday, Gen. Raheel Sharif, Pakistani Chief of Army Staff said that in order to prevent the repetition of such attacks, Afghanistan and Pakistan must jointly work against terrorism. Meanwhile, Ghani condemned the attacks on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan and the recent suicide bombings in Paktiya province and Istiqlal High School of Kabul. Ghani emphasized serious combat against terrorism.

Host Omid Farooq discusses the topic with the following guests:

• Ahmad Saeedi, Political Analyst
• Shah Hussain Murtazawi, Journalist
• Mirza Muhammad Yarmand, Security Analyst
• Basheer Bezhan, Political Analyst

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TAWDE KHABARE: Counter Narcotics Report

TOLO News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:06

Issue: Ministry of Counter Narcotics Report

A recent report by the Ministry of Counter Narcotics show that the poppy cultivation has increased by 36 percent this year compared to other years.

After spending $7.6 billion and 13 years of efforts, poppy cultivation is still on the rise in Afghanistan. Why has the efforts of Afghanistan and the International Community not been effective in preventing poppy cultivation?

Host Shahpoor Bakhtyar, discusses the matter with the following guests:

• Lalai Hameedzai, MP

• Hashem Wahdat Yar, Regional Official from United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

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Paghman Gang Rape Escapee Arrested

TOLO News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:47

One of the three Paghman gang rape escapees was arrested with an associate in Kabul province.

Officials at the National Directorate of Security (NDS) have reported the arrest of Farzullah, a resident of Faizullah village in Khuwaja Musafer of Paghman district.

An associate of Farzullah named Aminullah was also arrested.

During the initial investigations, Farzullah admitted in assisting the rapists by driving from the scene and for reporting oncoming and going vehicles from the area.

He further admitted that that Friday evening he had informed the team leader of a red corolla with females inside, which they stopped and raped the women.

After the rape incident, Farzullah drove the rapists away from scene in exchange for 5,000 AFS.

The five Paghman men were put to death after being convicted for robbery and the kidnapping and rape of four women last month. Their case caused outrage around the country, and calls for their execution eventually came all the way from the Presidential Palace.

After the Attack in Peshawar, Will Afghanistan and Pakistan Cooperate?

New York Times Topic:Afghanistan - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 16:34
One element missing from the fight against the Taliban has been serious cooperation between the governments in Kabul and Islamabad.

TOLOnews 6 pm News 18 December 2014

TOLO News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 15:05

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Director of Kunar People Association said that Pakistani families, who have sought refuge in Kunar, were armed by the Pakistani government to attack the villages of Dangam district, where in recent days the residents have rose against the Taliban. Five days have passed since more than 2,000 domestic and foreign insurgents attacked a village in Dangam district, where local residents alongside Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) are still fighting.

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 According to a number of security officials, the absence of foreign troops, air support and intelligence has resulted in the challenges faced by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), and, of course the nation.At a recent Parliament session, acting Director of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Rahmatullah Nabil, stressed that the lack of intelligence gathering tools has overshadowed the efforts of the ANSF. Nabil presented to the Parliament that Kabul "may be the only capital in the world that is being threatened by 107 terrorist groups."

Wave of Attacks Could Prompt Increased Afghan-Pakistani Cooperation on Taliban

TOLO News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 15:01

In a sign of potential increased cooperation on counterinsurgency and counterterrorism efforts in the region, the Pakistani Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif, traveled to Kabul the day after a shocking Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar left over a 100 children dead, and met with President Ashraf Ghani and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander General John Campbell.

Following his visit, General Sharif said that the Afghan president and ISAF commander assured him that the Taliban would not be allowed to use Afghan soil as a launching pad for attacks on Pakistan, exposing the simmering distrust that remains between the sides after 13 years of war. The general's comments come after Afghan and NATO coalition leaders have for years pleaded with the Pakistani government to do more to keep the Taliban from using the tribal belt as a safe haven for recruiting fighters and launching attacks into Afghanistan.

But after the Tuesday's deadly attack by Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on a military-run school in Peshawar, it is possible the Pakistani armed forces and civilian government in Islamabad are more inclined to crack down on terrorism and seek help in doing so than ever before. A number of security analysts have encouraged that view, arguing that Afghanistan and Pakistan should come together and establish a joint counter-terrorism task force.

"To combat militancy, not only the two governments, but also the role of the people and media of the countries is essential and they must undertake a joint strategy to fight insurgency effectively," Pakistani political commentator Nisar Mohammad Khan said on Thursday.

In the wake of the Peshawar attack, as well as the brutal Afghan Taliban attack on Estiqlal High School in Kabul earlier in the week, leaders and commentators on both sides of the border have emphasized the transnational nature of the insurgency and terrorist threat in the region. They have said the Taliban do not respect any existing borders and will attack either country just as they will attack a soldier or civilian - indiscriminately.

"Existence of militants, whether in Afghanistan or Pakistan, threatens both countries, so both countries must honestly cooperate in fighting insurgency," Pakistani journalist Mahmoud Yousafzai told TOLOnews.

Stability in one country contributes to stability in the other, many have claimed. "If a joint force is established, this would be in the interests of both countries, because stability in Afghanistan ensures Pakistan's stability and stability in Pakistan guarantees Afghanistan's stability," said Attaullah Habib, a member of the Afghan Parliament's Internal Security Commission.

But Afghanistan's calls for greater cooperation on counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations are nothing new. For much of the past decade, Afghan officials have harbored intense suspicion and resentment toward their Pakistani counterparts because the Afghan Taliban received support and protection from the Pakistani intelligence service and military. Even if Pakistan's stance on militants shifts on account of blowback like the attack on Peshawar, many Afghans say they need to see Islamabad take a stand against Taliban fighters supporting the conflict in Afghanistan if it is to be considered an honest partner.

"Now it is winter season and the Afghan Taliban has settled in Pakistani territory; if Pakistan is honest, then it should eliminate Afghan Taliban fighters," Afghan military analyst Atiqullah Amarkhail said.

The porous border and shared ethno-tribal ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan have enabled insurgents fighting on either side of the border to travel easily between the two countries and elude pressure from either government.

Nangarhar Provincial Council Accuses Highway Administrators of Corruption

TOLO News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 14:54

Members of the Nangarhar Provincial Council have alleged widespread corruption exists within the weigh station administration system along the Kabul-Torkham highway.

According to local officials in Nangahar, the Khairokhail scale administration receives hundreds of thousands of AFG from truck drivers on the Kabul-Torkham highway and only a small percentage of the money reaches the national treasury.

The Nangarhar Provincial Council has called attention to the corruption, and demanded the central government step in because high ranking officials are involved. "Huge amounts of money is earned with these scales on a daily basis, we know that the money goes to personal accounts with the support of high level government officials, such serious stealing isn't possible without the support of high level government officials," Nangarhar Provincial Council member Jawed Zaman said.

Meanwhile, the Managing Director of the Khairokhail High Tonnage Scale, Ghulam Qadir Faqiri, has claimed that 30 to 50 thousand AFG on average is earned daily and the money is charged based on orders from the Council of Ministers.

But a number of drivers have reported paying a fee of up to 20,000 AFG to scale administrators for a single vehicle. "We are tired of the oppression, there is no monitoring on these scales," one driver on the Kabul-Nangarhar highway named Abdullah told TOLOnews.

Heavy-load trucks have been the subject of frustration among many infrastructure developers and local governments in part because they tend to contribute to the deterioration of roads faster. Increased fees on higher trucks could be a response to the need for funds to repair roads damaged by heavy weight trucks.

House Commission Recommends Changes to Election Law, Removal of Current Commissioners

TOLO News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 14:40

The Legal and Judicial Commission of the House of Representatives announced on Thursday that it had finalized recommendations for changes to job description and authorities of the Independent Election Commission as they will be stated in the newly amended election law.

According a number of members of the commission, based on the changes, the current members of the electoral commissions will be relieved of their duties. In total, there will be changes brought to 10 articles of the election law.

"The changes have been brought so that after the finalization members of the electoral commissions will not be able to continue their jobs," said Abdul Rauf Inami, Deputy Chairman of the Legal and Judicial Commission of the House of Representatives.

When the national unity government was first formed, bringing the runoff election process to a close, one of the primary conditions of its existence was the agreement that reforms would be brought to the country's election process and the organizations that administrate it. But after months of inaction on the part of the president's office, the House of Representatives has stepped in.

According to the new terms of the election law, the members of the electoral commissions will be appointed by the President and the CEO after being nominated by the Chairmen of Parliament. After members are selected, they will be sent before the House of Representatives for a vote of confidence. Meanwhile, the eighth article of the election law now states that the term limit of the members of the commission is two and half years, a major decrease from the six years it was previously.

The twelfth through fifteenth articles of the new law concern accountability and checks and balances for the commissions. The twelfth states that two international observers must stay as permanent observers at the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC), and based on the fourteenth article, the electoral commission members will be answerable to both the president and Parliament. The 15th article states that meetings and decisions of the commissions must take place with a majority of the members present.

Finally, the sixteenth article of the law states that the Chairman and deputies of the Commissions Secretariats will be appointed by the president, and must be confirmed by the majority of members of the commission, then confirmed by the CEO.

Before the current amendments to the election law can be implemented, however, the law must be reviewed and approved by all 18 commissions in Parliament and then put up for a general vote.

Election observer groups have said that they support the House's proposed amendments. "I hope that the modifications are brought so the country's democratic process is supported and the changes are not political," said Muhammad Naeem Ayoubzada, Chairman of the Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan.

Pakistani Immigrants Behind Dangam Attacks: Residents

TOLO News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 14:08

Director of Kunar People Association said that Pakistani families, who have sought refuge in Kunar, were armed by the Pakistani government to attack the villages of Dangam district, where in recent days the residents have rose against the Taliban.

Five days have passed since more than 2,000 domestic and foreign insurgents attacked a village in Dangam district, where local residents alongside Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) are still fighting.

"More than 2,000 individuals have entered the village by force," Kunar Member of Parliament, Shahzada Shahed, said. "Tens of houses have been set on fire, large numbers of people have been killed, and several others wounded."

A number of tribal elders from Kunar gathered in Kabul on Thursday to criticize the government's policies towards Pakistan and its immigrants.

"The prior government's policy to provide shelter to a group of people who were distinguished as 'displaced' was wrong," Director of Kunar People Association, Gul Agha Hassani, said. "It was a tactical policy of Pakistan to arm these people and send them to Afghanistan and the result today is the fighting and that too with heavy weaponry."

Several MPs from Kunar have also complained of the lack of security in the province, criticizing the absence of strategic coordination of the ANSF resulting in the residents being surrounded by anti-government armed forces.

"So far the security forces haven't even reached their destination," Kunar MP Wazham Safi said. "They are still in Asmar district and have done nothing to help the people of the attacked district," adding that the insurgents are killing civilians and burning homes of those who rose against the Taliban.

According to the Ministry of Interior (MoI), additional forces have been deployed to Kunar, but the route leading to the village has been planted with mines by the Taliban.

"Hundreds of security forces have been deployed to Dangam," MoI spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said. "The acting Minister of Interior is also in Kunar to evaluate the situation."

The eastern provinces of Kunar and Nuristan are known as the most insecure according to security officials, who added that alongside the Afghan Taliban terrorists in connection to al-Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Taiba are also fighting against the ANSF in attempts to control the districts.

Lack of Intelligence Hinders Afghanistan Security

TOLO News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 14:04

According to a number of security officials, the absence of foreign troops, air support and intelligence has resulted in the challenges faced by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), and, of course the nation.

At a recent Parliament session, acting Director of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Rahmatullah Nabil, stressed that the lack of intelligence gathering tools has overshadowed the efforts of the ANSF. Nabil presented to the Parliament that Kabul "may be the only capital in the world that is being threatened by 107 terrorist groups."

"There was a time when 150,000 foreign troops were present in Afghanistan who had the technology for intelligence gathering," he explains. "The balloons used in Helmand by foreign forces identified threats, but now it is not the same as we do not have that technology."

The lack of intelligence information has weakened the ANSF and has strengthened the anti-government forces.

"NATO intelligence was very helpful to us; their balloons were very helpful to us," former Deputy Minister of Interior Mirar Muhammad Yarmand said. "But now the security forces are being targeted every day and respond without a strategic plan."

But the threats to the lives of Kabul residents do not end there. NDS information illustrated that of the 26 gates to enter the capital, only four are protected by the ANSF.

"This war is an intelligence war and needs a lot more investment," Chairman of the Defense Commission of Parliament, Humayoun Humayoun, said. "Foreign troops should help the intelligence and security institutions."

One of the major challenges in the insecurity cases is that there is no defense strategy in Afghanistan.

FARAKHABAR: 17 December 2014

TOLO News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:26

Pakistan's Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif arrived in Kabul on Wednesday, just a day after the Peshawar attack, to meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to discuss combating terrorism in both countries and the region.

According to the Presidential Palace media release, Ghani expressed his condolences to Sharif and the nation of Pakistan in regards to the innocent lives lost in Tuesday's horrific attack on a military-run school in Peshawar.

He said that the attack witnessed in Peshawar was an "attack on Afghanistan, Muslims and humanity," emphasizing that the insurgents were the same who attacked the youth in Yahya Khail district of Paktika province and Lycee Istiqlal High School.

Gen. Sharif, according to the press release, said that Pakistan is trying its best to hunt down those behind the Peshawar attack and serve justice.

Meanwhile, according to Pakistan's The Express Tribune, Gen. Sharif's reason traveling to Kabul was "to deliver a warning to Afghan authorities to take decisive action against sanctuaries of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) or else Pakistan would go for hot pursuit."

Although, both sides during their meeting in Kabul emphasized the need for cooperation in order to counter terrorism and extremism in the region.

In this episode of Farakhabar, host Yama Siawish discusses the topic with the following guests:

• Naqibullah Faieq, MP
• Maulana Farid, political analyst

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First 100 Days: Raheel Sharif Visits Kabul

TOLO News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:23

Racheel Sharif Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan's visits Afghanistan for the second time in the last two months to discuss peace talks.

Second Panel:

According to the report released by the EU-EAT, reforms need to be made in the electoral institutions.

In this episode of the program, host Omid Farooq discusses the topics with the following guests:

• Saleh Mohammad Registani, former MP
• Dr. Jafar Mahdawi, MP
• Naeem Ayoubzada, Head of the Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA)
• Khalil Roman, Author and researcher

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TAWDE KHABARE: Security Problems

TOLO News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:09

Called before the Lower House of Parliament for questioning on Wednesday, Afghanistan's top security officials acknowledged the dire state of security in the capital and around the country more broadly, but cited the misconduct of powerful individuals outside of their control as the primary cause.

According to Rahmatullah Nabil, the Acting Director of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), only four out 26 gates guarding entrances into Kabul are protected by the Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF). He also said there are 103 armed groups in Kabul and in the surrounding areas, alone, and the NDS is unable to do anything about it because of a lack of resources and political will.

Host Shapoor Bakhtiyar discusses the topic, with the following guests:

• Abdul Jabar Qahraman, MP
• Sakhi Mashwani, MP
• Eng. Kamal, MP
• Meyagul Wasiq, political analyst

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Suspects Arrested in Supreme Court Chief Secretary Murder‎

TOLO News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 06:16

The suspects behind the assassination of the Supreme Court Chief Secretary‎ Atiqullah Raoufi have been arrested by Kabul police, officials said.

"Last week the Supreme Court Chief Secretary Atiqullah Raoufi was assassinated in Kabul by a group organized to kill him, who are now in the custody of Kabul police," Kabul Police Chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said on Wednesday at a press conference in Kabul.

According to Rahimi, in the past two weeks 76 suspects have been arrested and charged for criminal and terrorist activities.

"About 76 individuals were arrested in connection to terrorist activities, kidnapping, armed robbery and murders in Kabul city," Rahimi said.

While reassuring the residents of Kabul about the security, he asked the residents to cooperate with the police forces to prevent terrorist attacks in the city.

The Chief Secretary of the Supreme Court of Afghanistan was shot dead by two unidentified gunmen early Saturday in the capital city of Kabul.

The incident took place in police district five of Kabul when two armed motorcyclists opened fire at Raoufi when he was on his way to the office, said Aziz, Raoufi's driver.

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