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TOLOnews 6pm News 25 January 2015

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 16:58



The Foreign Relations Commission at the House of Representatives said on Sunday that, after reviewing letters of second citizenship revocation for Noor-ul-Haq Uloomi, Salahuddin Rabbani and Saadat Naderi, a joint committee will decide whether the three cabinet nominees will be considered for appointment.

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Of the seven cabinet nominees originally identified by Parliament as holding dual citizenship, a status that gives MPs the right to turn them away on face value, only three men mentioned have had their second citizenships revoked. Noor-ul-Haq Uloomi is nominated for Minister of Interior (MoI), Salahuddin Rabbani for Minister of Foreign Affairs and Saadat Naderi for Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled.

Police Special Forces Ready to Counter Insurgency in Wardak

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 14:49



Afghan Police Special Forces have launched a wide military operation in Wardak to fight off insurgents in the province.

Leading the operation in Wardak is Mohammad Khalid who said that the forces have performed more than 200 night raids.

"We will continue our night operations," Khalid said, adding that they "have all equipments and experiences necessary" to successfully operate.

He added that in 24 hours the forces have combated the insurgents at least three to four times.

The men in the Special Forces have been trained for more than two years to endure and counter terrorists.

Mohibullah, a police special force soldier, who has conducted more than 200 night operations has been injured several times, but despite his injuries has pushed thru to continue to fight insurgency.

"I have been working as a part of the special forces for more than six years," he said. "I have faced the Taliban several times and even just a few meters away and while I was injured, I killed them all."

MoI Launches Public Police Radio

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 14:46

The Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoI) has launched its "Radio Police" services aimed at removing the distance between the police and citizens.

During the inauguration ceremony on Sunday, the acting Interior Minister Ayoub Salangi stressed that the new broadcasts would result in better cooperation of people with the police forces.

According to MoI officials, Radio Police has launched only in Kabul and some surrounding provinces.

"The the purpose of this initiative is to strengthen the relations between the people and police," Salangi said. "Through this, people will be able to help the police in preventing enemies' plans from unraveling."

The launch of "Radio Police" comes as the MoI's 119 emergency helpline is already active in six provinces that allow citizens to inform the police about any suspicious activities. According to MoI officials, this service has helped the police in neutralizing a number of insurgent plans in different parts of the country.

"During the past seven years, the citizens from all over the country have contacted us about the placement of bombs by the enemies," 119 Director Humayoon Aini said. "We have been able to prevent hundreds of explosions and even suicide bombings in different areas of the country, especially on roads and highways."

Broadcasted on 96.5 FM, the "Radio Police" will be holding eight to nine hours of programs in Kabul and the surrounding provinces on a daily basis. The MoI officials promised to expand the coverage to the rest of the provinces in the near future.

House to Review Nominees Who Gave Up Second Citizenship

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 14:27



The Foreign Relations Commission at the House of Representatives said on Sunday that, after reviewing letters of second citizenship revocation for Noor-ul-Haq Uloomi, Salahuddin Rabbani and Saadat Naderi, a joint committee will decide whether the three cabinet nominees will be considered for appointment.

Of the seven cabinet nominees originally identified by Parliament as holding dual citizenship, a status that gives MPs the right to turn them away on face value, only three men mentioned have had their second citizenships revoked. Noor-ul-Haq Uloomi is nominated for Minister of Interior (MoI), Salahuddin Rabbani for Minister of Foreign Affairs and Saadat Naderi for Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled.

In addition to reviewing the three nominees revocation documents prior to including them in the vote of confidence all appointees must pass, MPs have said the nominee for Minister of Information and Culture, Ay Sultan, has also taken steps to have his second citizenship revoked and should be considered by the joint commission.

"If the joint committee is satisfied, and confirms that, yes, they have abandoned their citizenship, then we will bring their documents to the House so that all the MPs can be assured they have revoked their second citizenship," Foreign Relations Commission Chair Abdul Qader Zazay said on Sunday. "Every decision of the House then will be accepted by the joint committee as well."

Meanwhile, Hafeez Mansoor, a member of join committee formed to review the cabinet nominees, has said that of the four men who have supposedly had their second citizenship revoked, only the formal documents of Noor-ul-Haq Uloomi have been received and confirmed. Mansoor said only Mr. Uloomi can be introduced by the government at this time.

The Presidential Palace has said that any candidate whose second citizenship is not revoked will be replaced with a new nomination.

Voting on nominees has been tentatively scheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday, though the debate over dual citizenship will need to be concluded before the vote.

"We will try to finalize the question and answer process tomorrow, so that we can put ballot boxes up for voting on Tuesday," House Second Deputy Irfanullah Ifran said. "But if not Tuesday, I assure you that Wednesday will be the voting day."

Khalil Sediq, nominee for the Central Bank of Afghanistan, was asked to leave the House on Saturday when he visited the chamber to outline his policy plans to MPs. It remains unclear what the lawmakers have decided when it comes to his nomination, given that the Afghan Constitution does not address the citizenship status of the Central Bank Governor position.

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House to Review Nominees Who Gave up Second Citizenship

Chairman of Global Affairs Commission at the House of Representatives has said that after review of revocation of citizenships by Noor-ul-Haq Uloomi, Salahuddin Rabbani and Saadat Naderi, joint committees will decide whether the three nominees will come to introduce their programs.

Of the seven minister nominees with dual citizenships, three nominees, being Noorul Haq Uloomi for the Ministry of Interior, Salahuddin Rabbani for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Saadat Nader for the Ministry of Labour,Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled has revoked their second citizenship.

Meanwhile, House of Representatives have said that revocation documents of the individuals will be reviews and after confirmation, the House will vote for the candidates.

Global Affairs Committee of the House has said that revocation documents of nominee for the Ministry of Information and Culture, Ay Sultan is also under review by the joint commission.

"If the joint committees were satisfied, and confirmed that yes, they had left their citizenship; we will bring their documents to the House so that all the MPs can assure that they have revoked their second citizenship. Every decision of the House then will be accept to the joint committee as well" says Abdul Qader Zazay, Chairman of Global Affairs at the House of Representatives.

Meanwhile, Hafeez Mansoor, member of join committee at the House has said that of the four nominees, only documents of Noorulhaq Uloomi has been confirmed and government can now introduce Mr. Uloomi as nominee for the Ministry of Interior.

This is while earlier, Presidential palace had said that any candidate whose second citizenship is not revoked, they will be replaced with a new nomination.

Meanwhile, the House has decided on putting ballot boxes for all the nominees on Tuesday or Wednesday.

"We will try to finalize the question and answer process tomorrow, so that we can put ballot boxes for voting on Tuesday but if not Tuesday, I assure you that Wednesday will be the voting day" says Irfanullah Ifran, Second Deputy, House of Representatives.

Khalil Sediq, nominee for the Central Bank of Afghanistan was asked to leave the House of Saturday, is still not clear what the MPs have decided regarding him. Constitution has not said anything regarding the dual citizenship of the Governor of the central bank.

Kabul Children's Hospital Faces Overcrowding

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 14:24



Officials at Indra Gandhi Children's Hospital in Kabul have reported a jump in cases of pneumonia, asthma and inflammatory bowel disease in recent weeks, causing the hospital to become overcrowded in recent weeks.

At the moment, there are three-to-four child patients for each bed at the Ghandi Children's Hospital; with 350 beds total, and on any given day, some 500 kids hospitalized. "Due to the rush of patients, we are forced to use single beds for two and even three patients at a time," said Muhammad Basheer Quraishi, the Deputy Director of India Gandhi.

The Indra Gandhi Children's Hospital is a government operated facility dedicated to healthcare for children in Kabul. However, is also sees patients from other parts of the country as well, because it is considered one of the best hospitals, especially for children's care, in the country. "Approximately 90 percent of patients who are brought here are cured, while others die," Indra Ghandi Dr. Noor Muhammad told TOLOnews.

The emergency room of the hospital is a chaotic, crowded place with far few doctors for the number of patients waiting with ailments. The adverse conditions due to the sudden climb in patients, which some doctors have attributed to harshening weather, are likely to impact the quality of care the hospital is able to provide.

"The number of losses in this hospital is based on the number of visitors," Quraishi said. "Last month our loss percentage was 5.4 percent."

The Ministry of Public Health has been appealed to by Indra Ghandi officials for help in staffing and equipment in order to better handle the recent sharp influx of patients, but no action has yet been taken. Ministry officials declined to comment on the issue when approached by TOLOnews.

Signs of Discord Over Electoral Reform, Parliamentary Elections Timing

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 14:18

After months of negotiations between national unity government leaders over the formation of the new cabinet, sources close to the President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah have indicated that the two men may be at odds with one another again, this time over reforming the election commissions.

Following this year's troubled election process, which saw Abdullah launch major allegations of fraud against his then opponent Ghani as well as the election authorities, calls for reform were resounding. Across the board, government leaders seemed to agree that major legislative reform needed to be enacted to address the duties and responsibilities of the election commissions as well as their structure and the selection process for their leadership.

However, this week, while a spokesman for Abdullah stressed the importance of reforming the election commissions before the upcoming parliamentary elections, the Second Vice President of President Ghani suggested the elections would be held with only slight changes to the commissions.

"Going toward the election process, we cannot gain the people's trust as much as a transparent process would," said Asef Ashna, the Deputy Spokesman for Abdullah. "Reforms must be made, so that trust is gained from the people and the institutions that are financially supporting the elections."

Meanwhile, the President's Second Vice President, Sarwar Danish, has maintained that the election laws and commissions do not require many changes. His representatives have said that legislative reforms will take time and not be in place by the time parliamentary elections begin, and that the only way to ensure they are in place is to have them issued by presidential decree.

"If reforms are brought, the predicted mechanisms will not be brought in the remaining time," said Muhammad Hedayat, the head of Mr. Danish's Media Office. "If they need to be done within the given time frame, they need to be based on the president's order."

Election monitoring groups have expressed concerns that disagreement among national unity government leaders over the reforms could cause them to be weak, diluted and compromised so much they are ineffective.

"The issue of disagreement has its own specific concerns, because we have very limited time until the elections and the people of Afghanistan are still concerned," Civil Society Institutions Board of Directors member Humaira Saqeb told TOLOnews. "One of the suggestions of the civil society network for improving the electoral process is that the electoral commissions must not be politicized."

The current leadership of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) are expected to meet soon with President Ghani to discuss reforms and decide on the timing of the parliamentary elections.

Cabinet Nominees Continue to Present Platform to MPs

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 11:07

As the trend of presenting platforms to the MPs continues in order to win a vote of confidence from the House of Representatives, four more minister-designates on Sunday appeared before the lawmakers to convince them of their eligibility.

Nominated by CEO Abdullah Abdullah for the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation, Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi began his agenda with a promise to resolve the issues of Afghan refugees, mainly in Pakistan and Iran.

Fighting against corruption was one of his top priorities, Balkhi said, adding he would work on his ministry's capacity building if he won the seat.
"I have drafted a six-article program to solve the problems of our refugees," the former lawmaker assured.

As the number of Afghan refugees across the globe has reached about 7 million, Balkhi promised to the House members to strive for the refugees' repatriation.

This comes as more than 2,000 Afghan refugees have been arrested these days in Pakistan after the country decided to expel all (about 1.6 million) Afghan refugees following a terrorist attack on a School in its Peshawar City.

"If I win a confidence vote, I will solve all the issues of Afghan refugees in Pakistan," Balkhi assured the lawmakers.

The next cabinet nominee to present his agenda was Sardar Mohammad Rahimi, nominated for the Ministry of Commerce and Industries, the youngest nominee introduced by Abdullah, said the country's trade and industry sectors were in the "state of emergency."

Saying that he was all aware about the ministry's situation, Rahimi promised to fight the tragedy of corruption to a large scale. He complained that the government has been unable to so far to take control of the country's markets.

He stressed the need for people's collaboration in rescuing the country's dire economic situation.

Announcing to ban import of low-quality goods if he won a vote of confidence, the Ph.D. holder assured to support the country's industries in order to increase export of domestic products.

Touching on women's role in business, Rahimi promised to highly appreciate women's participation in the business sector.

When the turn came to one of female cabinet nominees, Khatera Afghan, Ghani's pickup for the Ministry of Higher Education, she promised to built more dormitories and provide the students with required educational materials.

Pointing out the significant achievements made over the past 13 years, Afghan stressed that the education sector still needed earnest attention of the government.

Shortages of scholarships and the problems in the classic Kankor tests, the university entry tests, were the areas where she promised to bring notable improvement.

The last minister-designate to present his platform was Sardar Mohammad Rahman Oghli, Abdullah's nominee for the Ministry of Economy, who also mentioned fight against corruption as one of his main tasks if won the seat.

"If I win a vote of confidence, I will not allow any project to be implemented without the approval of the ministry," Oghli said, adding that the so far achievements were not sufficient in respect to the country's demands.

Saying that the economic growth of the country had been dependent on foreign aid, Oghli concluded with a promise to focus mainly on domestic revenue.

However, during the presentation of platforms, some of the MPs were found reluctant to listen to the ministerial nominees while others left the House during the session.

Regarding the reluctance of MPs, some lawmakers have claimed that a number of their fellows have received bribe from the nominees to approve their nomination.

"As far as I know, bribing has taken place among House members where MPs have already been paid," claimed Abbas Ibrahimzada, member of the House of Representatives. 

For the next few days, the MPs will continue listening to the platforms of all nominees before voting in favor or against the new cabinet. 

KANKASH: India Concerned Over Investment Safety After Troops Exit

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 07:43

During the U.S. President's trip to India, Indian officials expressed their concerns over threat facing their investments in Afghanistan, after the exit of foreign troops from Afghanistan.

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Indian officials have said that terrorist groups under the wing of Pakistan will intensify their attacks in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, U.S. President called the hidden terrorist cells in Pakistan "unacceptable."

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

• Jafar Mahdawi, University Professor
• Ahmad Saeedi, Political Analyst
• Said Mahdi Manadi, University Professor

 

TAWDE KHABARE: Ghani and Abdullah Welcome Parliament Resolution on Dual Citizenship

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 07:31

Members of the International Affairs Commission of the Parliament have said that President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah have welcomed the Parliament's resolution banning approval of cabinet nominees holding dual citizenship.

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They added that the administrative board members of the Parliament have met with the government leaders in this respect.

In this episode of the program, host Shapoor Bakhtiyar discusses the topic with the following guests:

• Shikeeba Hashemi, MP
• Abdul Raouf Enami, MP
• Gharzai Khwakhugi, political analyst
• Naqibullah Fayeq, MP

FARAKHABAR: 24 January 2015

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 04:03

The issue of dual citizenship of cabinet nominees resulted in a physical clash among two female MPs.

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After which, the nominee for the Governor of Central Bank was asked to leave.

This is while, a number of MPs have said that some MPs have received money from the nominees that hold dual citizenship.

Why has this issue become so fervent?

In this episode of FaraKhabar host Yama Siavash discusses the topic with the following guests:

• Helai Irshad, MP
• Ghulam Naseri, MP

Two Civilians Injured in Kabul Blast

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 03:15

At least two civilians were injured in a blast in Qasaba area of Kabul City early Sunday, local officials said.

The blast took place after improvised an explosive device which was placed inside a car exploded in which injuring two civilians, the Acting Interior Minister, Gen. Ayub Salangi said on his twitter.

The police have started investigation about the blast.

However, no group including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the blast so far.

TOLOnews 6pm News 24 January 2015

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 16:03



On Saturday, nominees for the Ministry of Water and Energy, and Ministry of Finance presented their platforms to the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) for a confidence vote in becoming the ministers to their designated outlets.

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Nominated for the Ministry of Water and Energy by Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, Abdul Rahman Salahi said that "water resources should be managed with the construction of infrastructure."

High Tariffs in Iran, Pakistan Discourage Afghan Iron Producers

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 15:15



Iron producers in Afghanistan have complained of exorbitant tariff rates they face when exporting their goods to neighboring Iran and Pakistan.

They argue that the tariffs should be reconsidered as Afghanistan's steel mills grow and the country's beleaguered economy seeks to industrialize.

According to a number of steel mill owners, up to 90 percent tariffs are imposed on all iron products exported to Iran and Pakistan, while Afghanistan only imposes a 10 percent tariff on iron imported from abroad. The disparity in duties has made it impossible to compete with foreign companies, the Afghan iron producers maintain.

The Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) has voiced support for the iron producers, echoing calls for the tariffs to be lowered for Afghan products being exported abroad. "Afghanistan's production is improving, steel mills are active and are working, so neighboring countries must reconsider their custom tariffs," said Mir Zaman Popal, the Chairmen of Industrial and Export Development at ACCI.

Economic experts have agreed that ramping-up Afghanistan's exports is essential to developing the nation's economy as the levels of foreign aid continue to decline in confluence with the NATO coalition's withdraw.

Yet officials at the Ministry of Finance (MoF) have responded to the concerns of the iron producers with mild resignation. "When traders export iron products to Iran and Pakistan, these countries create problems for Afghan traders, as they only want to sell their own products in the markets," MoF spokesman Abdul Qader Jeelani said on Saturday. He highlighted that no fees are imposed on domestic products in Afghan customs offices.

There are currently six active steel mills in Afghanistan and they are said to produce approximately 450 tons of iron every day. Meanwhile, the country as a whole reportedly requires at least 4,500 tons of iron daily.

Kabul's 111th Battalion Matures, Expands

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 15:08

The 111th Central Battalion was created to secure Afghanistan's capital and the larger central zone it lies within. But with the battalion now fully matured when it comes to number of personnel, training and equipment, its commander, General Qadam Shah Shaheem, says that the elite fighting unit is involved in combat operations in various parts of the country.

"The 111th Battalion was created six years ago due to the threats that the capital faced, in order to maintain the security of Kabul," Gen. Shaheem said on Saturday. "Now, this battalion is complete from the point of view of equipment and personnel."

Parts of the 111th are now said to be fighting in Kunar, Badakhshan and Kapisa provinces.

The primary duties of the 111th in the central zone include guarding the third security belt of the capital, as well as maintaining security for Kabul airport, Asmaye Mountain, Kabul Bala Hesar and other strategic sites in the capital. During special occasions and celebrations, like Loya Jirgas, New Years and Eid, the 111th is often relied upon.

The 111th is the only battalion that has over 50 battle tanks, 30 of which are completely active in the field. However, the tanks are said to be remnants of the Soviet invasion and are in need of repair.

Muhammad Nowroz Hedayati, the tank commander for the 111th Battalion, told TOLOnews that new equipment would be helpful, but is not necessary for them to be effective in the immediate term. "The army forces must be equipped with modern technology, but for now, we see the current warfare as sufficient," he said.

Mubarak Shah, a tank operator in the 111th, said when he is in the field he relies on the infantry for direction. "When we go to battle, we are under the command of foot forces," he said. "I assure that our forces are honestly defending our country against threats."

Parliamentary Election With Same System to Create Crises: IEC Officials

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 15:04



Stressing the need for urgent reforms in the electoral system, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials believe the Parliamentary elections if held with the same electoral structure will possibly lead the country towards crises.

IEC commissioner Sareer Ahmad Barmak said on Saturday that transparent Parliamentary election was linked to political will of the government and international community.

"If the coming elections are to be held with the same classic system, definitely we will face new crises," Barmak said, warning if the government is not serious in bringing reforms, the international community will no longer provide financial aids and support the security forces.

Meanwhile, the former IEC chief, Fazl Ahmad Manawi, warned that holding of parliamentary elections before necessary reforms would be a political suicide.

"I don't believe holding of elections could be possible without reforms," Manawi said, warning that the IEC officials would likely create chaos in order to retain their seats.

According to election monitoring bodies, if necessary reforms were not brought into the electoral system, neither the international community will support the elections, nor the people will participate in the elections.

The MPs have proposed amendments in more than 30 articles of the election law; however the changes are yet to be finalized and approved by the Parliament.

But the legal and judicial commission of the House of Representatives says the amended election law will be finalized after the winter recess of the MPs.

After the National Unity Government (NUG) was formed following the longest Presidential Election in Afghanistan's history which was marred by massive frauds, both the NUG leaders, President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah, promised the nation to bring necessary reforms in the electoral system to avoid reoccurrence of crises.

Ghani to Respect Parliament, Replace Dual Citizen Nominees

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 15:02

A presidential spokesman on Saturday said President Ashraf Ghani has promised lawmakers in Parliament that he will respect their resolution regarding cabinet nominees with dual citizenship and will replace those nominees who not have their second citizenship revoked.

"The president's decision regarding the resolution of the House is that those nominees with dual citizenship and ones who have not revoked their dual nationality will be replaced with new nominees," presidential spokesman Nazifullah Salarzai said. "The president has shown from the start of the national unity government that he respects the decisions of MPs."

Of the seven total nominees who supposedly have dual citizenship, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has confirmed that Noorul Haq Uloomi, nominated for Minister of Interior, as well as Saadat Naderi, nominated for Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled, have successfully given up their respective second citizenships. In addition, The Administrative Committee of the House of Representatives said Salahuddin Rabbani, nominated for Minister of Foreign Affairs, has also given up his second citizenship. Legislators are expected to decide Sunday whether to put the three men back on the list of nominees that will be voted on next week.

The issue of dual citizenship has divided Parliament, with some MPs standing unbending against the appointment of candidates with close ties abroad. "People said not to vote for those whose wives live in America, whether they are minister, director or MP," Kunduz MP Abdul Wudood Paiman said on Saturday. "You MPs voted and raised your cards, now you are going against the resolution," he added, referring to emerging opposition to a resolution passed last week banning dual citizen nominees.

In addition to issues surrounding citizenship, some MPs have accused nominees of submitting forged educational documents. "In regard to education documents, the nominee for the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriates does not have a high school diploma, but the Ministry of Higher Education has confirmed the educational documents against the law," MP Jafar Mahawi said, referring to Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi, a nominee proposed by Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.

With over four months gone by since the national unity government first said it would have its new cabinet formed, the House Administrative Committee has said that it expects MPs to hold a vote of confidence on Tuesday or Wednesday of the coming week.

Concerns of Harassment of Girls and Boys by Herat Police

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 11:57

The Human Rights Department of western Herat province has accused the police forces of harassing and arresting girls and boys on allegations of illicit relationships.

The provincial head of the Human Rights Department, Abdul Qadir Rahimi said that the police are arresting girls and boys seen together in public on charges of adultery and "unlawful" relationships.

"A number of police want to abuse and stop men and women who are going about their day and question their marital status," Rahimi said adding that this is against their civil liberties.

The Human Rights Department believes that such activities have caused chaos for families who want to leave the house, explaining that the police ask for legal documentation from both men and women who walk the city, go to restaurants, or just simply run errands.

Herat's provincial attorney chief Gul Ahmad has not rejected the allegations, but claims that many men and women have been jailed on the charges of adultery.

"Overall, we have 93 people arrested on the charges of adultery and immoral activities, but it's not clear how many are true," Gen. Ahmad said.

This comes while the head of Herat's Association of Lawyers, Rafi Naderi said that there is no law that allows the arrest of the couple on suspicion of a possible illicit relationship.

"There are reports that police are arresting couples regardless of their lack of knowledge of the law," Naderi said, adding that the arrest of people without documentation is an illegal act.

Reports indicate that after clearing the allegations, police have asked for money and other illegal demands in order to hide the matter from the alleged suspects' families. Some of these cases have reportedly resulted in rape by the police force.

A spokesman for the Herat Police Chief, Abdul Raouf Ahmadi has confirmed the news and said that they have ordered the police forces not to stomp on the civil liberties of people.

"No one has the right to create problems for families when the proper documentation is not in hand," Ahmadi said.

It said that dozens of women have been jailed in Herat on adultery allegations.

Nominees for Ministries of Energy, Finance Present Platforms to Parliament

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 08:24

On Saturday, nominees for the Ministry of Water and Energy, and Ministry of Finance presented their platforms to the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) for a confidence vote in becoming the ministers to their designated outlets.

Nominated for the Ministry of Water and Energy by Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, Abdul Rahman Salahi said that "water resources should be managed with the construction of infrastructure."

Salahi stressed that addressing the body of waters that borders the neighboring countries are important for Afghanistan, adding that there is a lack of safe water supply in the nation that has been "caused by the increase of poverty and unemployment."

Touching on energy, he added that the lack of access to energy is an "irreparable damage to Afghanistan's economy," adding that "Afghanistan has the capability to become the regions electricity hub" instead of importing.

Next nominee was Eklil Ahmad Hakimi, who was nominated for the Ministry of Finance by President Ashraf Ghani, said that economic situation of the country is at stake.

"The economic situation of the country is facing a rapid decrease. The current budgeting system is filled with issues needing to be solved," he said stressing that "the internal revenue is dependent on imports."

Hakimi said that Afghanistan can increase its internal revenue by attracting foreign investments.

For the next few days, MPs will continue listening to the platforms of all nominees before voting in favor or against the new cabinet.

NDS Operation Kills 3 Insurgents, Arrests 10

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 06:52

At least three insurgents were killed and 10 others including two suicide bombers were arrested by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) operations in eastern Nangarhar province, NDS said in a statement on Saturday.

The suicide bombers wanted to launch an attack in Behsood district of Nangarhar, but before they could reach the target they were arrested by the NDS, the statement said.

"The suicide vests were controlled by mobile phones," the statement detailed.

This comes while, three insurgents were killed and eight others including their commander were arrested in a separate operation in Pacheragam district of the province, according to the statement.

However, the NDS did not provide any details of casualties of the forces during the operations.

The Taliban have not yet commented about the operations.

TAWDE KHABARE: Parliament's Second Day Hearing Nominees Present Platforms

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 05:32

On Thursday, the cabinet nominees for spy chief for the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Mine and Ministry of Communications and Information Technology presented their programs to the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) for a confidence vote in becoming the ministers to their designated outlets.

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In this episode of the program, host Shapoor Bakhtiyar dicussess the topic with the following guests:

• Ghulaam Dastgeer Hedayat, lawyer
• Ghulalai Noor Safi, MP
• Qudratullah Zaki, MP