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TOLOnews 6pm News 30 September 2016

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 17:39

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

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

Rabbani's 5th Death Anniversary Marked In Kabul

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 16:39

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fifth Round Of RAPL Ends As Thousands Attend Final Match

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 16:10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rabbani's 5th Death Anniversary Marked In Kabul

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 16:10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Large-Scale Military Operation Lunched In Kunduz

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 16:04

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reports indicate that Taliban suffered heavy casualties in the operation.

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

Afghanistan Urged To Support Baluchistan's Freedom

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 16:01

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Afghanistan To Receive More Assistance At Brussels: U.S Envoy

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 16:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Uruzgan Battle Leaves Thousands Of Families Displaced

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 11:17

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

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

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

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

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

They urged government to address their problems.

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

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

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

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

FARAKHABAR: Peace Agreement With Hekmatyar Discussed

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 07:10

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

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

• Mohammad Yunus Fakor, political commentator

• Mohammad Musa Fariwar, university lecturer

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TOLOnews 10pm News 29 September 2016

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 07:05

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

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

UN Condemns Airstrike That Killed Civilians In Nangarhar

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 06:25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14 Afghan Refugees Killed In Iran Road Accident

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 06:09

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

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

The report did not say what caused the crash.

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

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

Simorgh Stands Third In Afghan Premier League

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 17:12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOLOnews 6pm News 29 September 2016

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 16:36

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

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

Hekmatyar Urges Govt To Free Taliban's Prisoners

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 15:42

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kabul Youth Perform Street Show To Support Peace Deal

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 15:40

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MoI Investigates NY Bombing Suspect's Family

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 15:11

Officials at Hamid Karzai International Airport on Thursday said three family members of Ahamd Khan Rahami, who was accused of a recent bombing in New York City, have been deported to Kabul and are under investigation by Ministry of Interior (MoI) officials.

Head of the airport, Mohammad Asif Jabarkhel, said Najiba Rahami, mother of Ahmad Khan, Qasim Rahami his brother and Marwa Rahami his wife traveled to Dubai from Kandahar airport three days ago, but they were deported to Kabul on 26 September.

According to Jabarkhel, Ahamd Khan's mother and wife have been kept in a shelter in Kabul and Qasim, his brother, is under investigation by intelligence officials of the Ministry of Interior.

"They wanted to travel from Kabul to Kandahar and from there to Dubai. But they were not allowed and they were sent to Kabul. The MoI's intelligence office has taken them from here," he said.

Critics Welcome Kabul's Decision To Boycott SARRC Summit

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 14:41

Afghan government on Thursday said it will not participate at the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SARRC) summit expected to be held in Pakistan as long as big security issues in the region are addressed.

"Afghanistan will not participate at SARRC summit in Pakistan as long as the neighboring countries' vision is clarified about security and other issues in the region," said Shahussain Murtazavi, deputy spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani.

Meanwhile, a number of analysts said they welcome the move by Afghan government and that Afghanistan can use more options to isolate Pakistan.

"Afghanistan is about to win. Pakistan has been isolated in South Asia by this move and other regional countries are also supporting Afghanistan in its decision to boycott the summit in Pakistan," said Nasrullah Stanikzai, a University lecturer.

"This is a good option for the Afghan government to avoid attending the summit. We appreciate this move," said Abdul Subhan Mesbah, deputy head of Afghanistan's Lawyers Union.

New Delhi was the first country that refused to participate at the summit as Indian government believes that Islamabad backs terrorist groups.

So far five countries have refused to participate in the conference, reports indicate.

Good News On The Way: HPC Chief

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 14:23

Pir Sayed Ahamd Gailani, head of the High Peace Council (HPC) at the signing ceremony of the peace deal with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar on Thursday said the peace agreement is a good start for an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace talks and that good news are on the way in this respect.

"We have made some other progresses and you will hear good news in the near future," he said.

Meanwhile, Karim Amin, head of Hizb-e-Islami delegation urged the international community to support Afghan government in talks with armed groups.

"Our neighbors need to know that destroying Afghanistan will result in destroying their own countries and building Afghanistan will impact them positively," he said.

"The peace accord is as a symbol for other armed groups to quit war and violence." Said Sediqa Balkhi, member of HPC.

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah also said he welcomes the peace deal with Hizb-e-Islami.

"Peace is something that all Afghans want. All Afghans want a stable peace in the country," Abdullah said.

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Afghans Welcome Govt's Peace Agreement With Hekmatyar

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 13:56

Afghans from around the country welcomed the peace agreement between government and Hizb-e-Islami party led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

They called on other anti-government armed groups to join the peace process.

The peace deal with Hizb-e-Islami was signed by President Ashraf Ghani and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar at a ceremony on Thursday.

"This move by Hizb-e-Islami to join peace will positively impact the security situation and stability in the country," said Nek Mohammad Nazari, a resident of Badakhshan.

"Now that Hekmatyar decided to join with Afghan government, other armed groups will also decide to accept the Constitution and join the peace process," said Abdullah, a resident of Helmand.

"We urge all Afghans to ignore their disagreements and problems with government and join the peace and negotiations process as did the Hizb-e-Islami," said Barakat, a resident of Balkh.

"Our country needs peace and we support any individual or groups that intends to join this process," said Abdul Wali, member of Logar Provincial Council.

Residents of Nangarhar also welcomed the peace deal and said they hope to see better days in the country.

"We hope that peace and stability are ensured the country and it will not witness war and violence in the future," said Rahman, a resident of Nanagarhar.

"We have no idea how much honest Hekmatyar is, but we urge both parties to implement the agreement," said Feraidoon, a resident of Herat.