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TOLOnews 6pm News 01 July 2016

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 16:56

Top news in this Bulletin:

Amrullah Saleh, the ex-chief of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Friday blasted the government over the mass transportation of police cadets from Maidan Wardak province to Kabul in the wake of a deteriorating security situation in the country.

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A day after two suicide bombers attacked a convoy of Afghan police cadets in Kabul, a number of residents spoke out about the incident that killed 32 soldiers and wounded 53 others.

Monitoring Bodies Warily Welcome New Anti-Corruption Center

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 15:18

The Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) Friday cautiously welcomed the opening of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Justice Center, but said government made a symbolic move as a sign of cooperation in fighting corruption ahead of and in the wake of international summits on the issue.

The MEC believes that corruption is still a problem in Afghanistan and that government has failed to deliver on its promises regarding a serious war on corruption.

"The establishment of the center, despite being symbolic, is a good move even if it starts its work one week before Warsaw Summit, but we need to wait for the gains by this center," said MEC member Abdul Aziz Arayayee.

Afghan Anti-Corruption Network (AACN) has also cautiously reacted to the inauguration of the anti-corruption justice center, saying the center's undertakings will prove effective if its independence and freedom is protected.

"Unfortunately whenever there is international summits, government takes such moves and creates these types of centers - as Warsaw and Brussels Summits head closer, government wants to tell the world that at least it has created this center to fight corruption," said Khan Zaman, chairman of AACN.

After the formation of the National Unity Government (NUG), President Ashraf Ghani and his CEO Abdullah Abdullah pledged to take more coherent measures and robust action against corrupt elements.

Ghani Thursday said the government was determined to implement the laws against corruption on government officials in an equitable way.

Ghani made the remarks during a ceremony at the presidential palace which was convened to mark the inauguration of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Justice Center.

"We are prepared to implement the law on all government officials regardless of their position, including myself. Based on our campaign promises, Dr. Abdullah and I will not tolerate corruption," Ghani said.

Although critics argue that the government has failed to achieve something positive in its fight against corruption, government continues to defend its anti-corruption policies.

The Specialized Anti-Corruption Justice Center is expected to probe corruption cases of high-ranking government officials. But critics say that the inauguration of the anti-corruption justice center so close to the Warsaw and Brussels Summits on Afghanistan is confusing.

Meanwhile, a number of residents have expressed mixed-ideas about the center.

"Establishment of this center is a good job, but its undertakings should be non-political and neutral," Kabul resident Qais said.

"Government must appoint transparent and honest cadres in the specialized anti-corruption justice center," another resident Shafiq said.

"All corruption cases will be investigated by this center after it started its operations," said Basir Azizi, spokesman for the Attorney General of Afghanistan.

Ghani and Abdullah have pledged that the center will operate with complete freedom and there will be no political interference in its work.

Ghani said that staff at the anti-corruption center will be appointed by the office of the attorney general, courts and ministry of interior.

Both Ghani and Abdullah reiterated that no one will be allowed to meddle in work of the center.

 

Taliban Attack On Cadets 'A Violation of Islamic Principles'

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 15:08

Religious scholars on Friday strongly condemned the Taliban's attack on a convoy of Afghan police cadets in Kabul that left 32 dead and 53 others wounded.

They said that the Taliban's act of terrorism, its violence and killing of people is against the Islamic guidelines and human values and it is in clear enmity of Islam and the Muslim nation.

Two Taliban suicide bombers on Thursday targeted a convoy of Afghan police cadets on their way from Maidan Wardak province to Kabul. The attack marked one of the deadliest against Afghan security forces - particularly against the police force - over the past few years.

Meanwhile, a number of residents have said that religious scholars must take a tougher stance against the Taliban.

"Such killing is prohibited and it is an act of aggression, verses of the Holy Quran proves this," said Maulavi Rahmatullah, the Imam from Khairul Bashar mosque.

According to scholars, those committing acts of terrorism are infidels and they cannot represent Muslims and Islam.

"Such killing is unlawful and it is a great sin especially during the holy month of Ramazan," another scholar Abdul Hadi Hedayat said.

But, still there are some mosques in Kabul which have not reacted to the incident.

Residents have strongly criticized those scholars who have not reacted to the Taliban's violence.

"It is not only a crime, but also enmity against the Prophet of Islam and Allah and the religion. Violence has no place in Islam," another scholar said.

At the same time, residents have asked the government to clarify the friend and the enemy.

"It is the responsibility of every scholar to denounce these acts of violence in the Juma prayers," Kabul resident Baktash said.

"When a high-ranking government official is travelling, dozens of armed vehicles accompany them and provide them security. All cadets who graduated yesterday came to Kabul without the coordination of the ministry of interior," another resident said.

"I think yesterday's incident was pre-planned, it is impossible to carry out such attacks without making plans," said another Kabul resident.

Thursday's attack marks one of the deadliest attacks against Afghan police in recent years.

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Taliban Attack on Police Cadets Draws International Condemnation

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 15:06

Various countries as well as the United States and the United Nations on Friday strongly condemned the double suicide bombing by the Taliban against a convoy of busses carrying Afghan police cadets in Kabul on Thursday.

Thirty two cadets were killed and 53 others wounded.

The UN slammed Thursday's attack on the police officers and said it was an unjustifiable crime. They called on all warring factions in Afghanistan to stop the bloodshed and respect human rights.

The U.S has said that the attack on police cadets was carried out because of the international support to Afghanistan particularly the support of the United States to the government and the people of Afghanistan.

"This incident during the holy month of Ramazan underscores the extremists' complete disregard for human rights and the harm they continue to inflict on the Afghan people. Attacks like these are only deepening our support for the people and government of Afghanistan and their efforts for stability and security in their country," U.S state department spokesman John Kirby said.

A day after the deadly attack, a number of wounded soldiers gave chilling accounts of the attack and questioned the policy of transporting large numbers of cadets simultaneously.

"There were two or three private individuals at the door of the academy, they took them (cadets) to the vehicles, they looked frightened, the suicide attackers targeted the fifth and first vehicles," said one cadet, Esmatullah.

Meanwhile, some other wounded soldiers said that there is a possibility that it was a planned attack and certain elements from inside the police force had coordinated it.

"Two of my friends were sitting beside me and two others on the other side, when I saw them on the ground, they had been martyred," another wounded soldier Khirad Aqa said.

Along with the UN, Britain, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Brazil and other countries also condemned the attack on the police cadets and expressed their sympathies with the families of the victims.

India's government has said that New Delhi is with the people of Afghanistan in their struggle against terrorism.

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Eyewitnesses Recount Horror Tales Of Twin-Bombing

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 14:51

A day after two suicide bombers attacked a convoy of Afghan police cadets in Kabul, a number of residents spoke out about the incident that killed 32 soldiers and wounded 53 others.

Thursday's attacks not only had a devastating impact on the lives of many Afghan families but also increased fear among residents.

The attack also had a major financial impact on nearby shops while a school and a mosque were also affected.

According to reports, several civilians were also hurt in the attack. A sixty-year-old man and two beggars were also killed in the incident.

Residents in Qala Haidar Khan, where the incident happened, have said that they were still collecting body pieces of victims that had been flung far from the blast site. They also said they thought the casualty toll was higher than that issued by government.

"Two women were begging here, but they were killed and I saw their bodies," one eye witness Qurban said.

"I saw one beggar was dead and another one wounded, I ran with my son to help her and we took her to the hospital, but she did not survive," another resident of Kabul Karim said.

"I strongly criticize the police, despite being warned of suicide attacks, they (police officials) still transport the sons of the people on these buses," another resident Mohammad Nasir said.

"95 percent of school windows have been shattered, the loss is huge," Mohammad Gul, a school watchman in the area said.

"Our hands are still crippled because of the shock of the attack, we are extremely frightened after seeing the attack," a Kabul resident Abdul Salam said.

Insurgents also stormed a police check post in the same area a few weeks back, however they fled the scene after coming under fire by security forces. At least six police officers were reportedly killed and wounded in that attack.

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NDS Cautioned Wardak Police Over Ferrying Of Cadets to Kabul

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 14:39

Amrullah Saleh, the ex-chief of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Friday blasted the government over the mass transportation of police cadets from Maidan Wardak province to Kabul in the wake of a deteriorating security situation in the country.

He said that two weeks back the NDS informed Wardak police headquarters about a possible planned attack on police cadet busses.

"I think those responsible who did not consider the small factors of the planning, must be fired from their posts so that it can be a lesson to others," Saleh said.

Joining Saleh, meanwhile, former minister of interior Mujtaba Patang said the attack on the police cadets' convoy was pre-planned. He called for the prosecution of police officials who were negligent in their duties.

He also said that the idea of a fifth pillar involvement cannot be ruled out.

The statement comes a day after two Taliban suicide bombers attacked a convoy of Afghan police cadets in Kabul, killing at least 32 and wounding more than 50 others.

Saleh said that the policy of mass transportation of police cadets raises questions.
"I think the transportation of the cadets during the day comes in the category of neglecting their duties and even we can call it an act of treason; they were able to move them at 2am or 1am or after Iftar while there is no traffic on the roads," Saleh said.

Amid speculation, meanwhile, the ministry of interior has said that it has launched an investigation into the attack.

"There has been a problem or a gap which provided a way to the enemy and the enemy succeeded to reach to the target, every angle and every side of the incident needs to be investigated," said Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for the ministry of interior.

Patang said that officials cannot reject the idea of the involvement of infiltrators and fifth pillar elements in the attack.

"Time has been spent on the attack and the enemy closely worked on it, there is a possibility that infiltrators exist within the ranks of the security forces and they provided the completed planning to their collaborators about the timing of the convoy and how many personnel were on board," Patang said.

Thursday's deadly attack was not the first attack on Afghan security forces, but critics blast government for not finding an alternate to using a number of busses simultaneously to transport cadets – especially as they had been aware of threats.

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Over 7,000 Afghan Refugees Detained In Pakistan

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 09:54

More than 7,000 Afghan refugees have been arrested by Pakistani police in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province over the past week, Consulate General of Afghanistan said on Friday.

Afghan Consul General Abdullah Waheed Poyan told TOLOnews that harassment of Afghan refugees in Pakistan has reached its peak and that they have discussed the issue with Pakistani officials.

"Unfortunately, after the Torkham dispute, harassment of Afghan refugees increased to its highest level; therefore, I and the Afghan ambassador [Omar Zakhilwal] talked about the issue with Pervez Khattak, the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in order to address the problem," Poyan said.

He added: "Nearly 10,000 families have promised to voluntarily return to Afghanistan after the Eid al-Fitr."

Meanwhile, a number of Afghan refugees spoke of mistreatment by Pakistani police against the Afghans living Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

"I urge Afghan government to do something for us. Police and even the people mistreat Afghan refugees here in Pakistan. This problem must be solved. Up to 7,000 refugees were arrested over the past few days," said Feda, an Afghan refugee in Pakistan.

"Pakistani police ask for our cards. We show our cards, but they arrest us," said Jalil, another Afghan refugee in Pakistan.

Other refugees meanwhile said Pakistani police take money from Afghans living in Pakistan.

"Not only police, but civilians harass Afghan refugees in Pakistan. They [Pakistani police] take money from Afghans," said Roeen, an Afghan refugee, who lives in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Another Afghan refugee, Khalid, said: "They [Pakistani police] say that they have spent money on refugees. They take between 1,000 to 1,500 Pakistani rupees; particularly from those who are dressed up with Afghan costumes."

This comes after the United States promised to work closely with Pakistan in order to overcome Afghan refugees problems.

Pakistan, which neighbors Afghanistan, hosts about 1.5 million registered and about one million undocumented Afghans refugees.

TOLOnews 10pm News 30 June 2016

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 08:25

Top news in this Bulletin:

Twin Taliban suicide bombers on Thursday attacked a convoy of Afghan police recruits in capital Kabul, killing at least 30 recruits and wounding more than 50 others.

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President Ashraf Ghani Thursday said the government is determined to implement the laws against corruption on government officials in an equitable way.

TAWDE KHABARE: Afghan Refugees' Situation in Pakistan Discussed

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 08:17

Pakistan has intensified its crackdown against Afghan refugees amid signs of further deteriorating relations between the two countries in the aftermath of Torkham border skirmishes.

Pakistan, which neighbors Afghanistan, hosts about 1.5 million registered and about one million undocumented Afghans refugees.

In this episode of Fara Khabar, host Zabih Sadaat discusses Afghan refugees' situation in Pakistan.

With him in the studio are:

• Nasir Ahmad Taraki, university lecturer

• Matiullah Kharoti, political affairs analyst

• Fazlullah Wahedi, former Herat governor

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MEHWAR: Govt's Peace Efforts With Hekmatyar Discussed

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 08:06

In this episode of Mehwar, host Massoud Malik discusses government's efforts for peace with Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

With him in the studio is Fatima Nazari, MP.

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MEHWAR: Attack on Police Convoy Attacked Discussed

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:54

In this episode of Mehwar, host Massoud Malik discusses attack on police convoy in Kabul that left dozens of police recruits dead and wounded.

His guests are Mirza Mohammad Yarmand, former deputy of interior ministry, and Bashir Ahmad Bezhan, analyst in political affairs.

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FARA KHABAR: Attack On Police Convoy Reviewed

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:43

In this episode of Fara Khabar, host Fawad Aman discusses attack on a convoy of Afghan police recruits in capital Kabul that left nearly 30 dead and over 50 wounded.

With him in the studio are:

• Khalid Pashtun, MP

• Jawed Kohistani, analyst in military affairs

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Signs Of 'Healing' Ozone Layer Over Antarctic: Study

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:08

The hole in the ozone layer over the Antarctic has begun to shrink, signaling good news for the environment decades after an international accord to phase out certain pollutants, researchers said Thursday.

The study found that the ozone hole had shrunk by 1.5 million square miles (four million square kilometers) -- an area about the size of India -- since 2000.

"It's a big surprise," said lead author Susan Solomon, an atmospheric chemist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in an interview with Science magazine.

"I didn't think it would be this early."

The study attributed the ozone's recovery to the "continuing decline of atmospheric chlorine originating from chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)," or chemicals that were once emitted by dry cleaning, refrigerators, hairspray and other aerosols.

Most of the world signed on to the Montreal Protocol in 1987, which banned the use of CFCs.

"We can now be confident that the things we've done have put the planet on a path to heal," said Solomon.

Co-author Anja Schmidt, an academic research fellow in volcanic impacts at the University of Leeds, agreed, describing the Montreal Protocol as "a true success story that provided a solution to a global environmental issue."

- Volcanic activity -

The ozone hole was first discovered in the 1950s.

It reached record size in October 2015, but Solomon and colleagues determined that this was due to the eruption of the Chilean volcano Calbuco that same year.

The volcano slightly delayed the recovery of the ozone, which is sensitive to chlorine, temperature and sunlight.

"Volcanic injections of particles cause greater than usual ozone depletion," said Schmidt.

"Such eruptions are a sporadic source of tiny airborne particles that provide the necessary chemical conditions for the chlorine from CFCs introduced to the atmosphere to react efficiently with ozone in the atmosphere above Antarctica."

The ozone goes through a regular cycle each year, with depletion of ozone starting in late August at the end of Antarctica's dark winter.

The hole typically peaks in size in October.

The overall trend toward recovery became apparent when scientists studied measurements from satellites, ground-based instruments and weather balloons in the month of September, not October.

"I think people, myself included, had been too focused on October, because that's when the ozone hole is enormous," said Solomon.

"But October is also subject to the slings and arrows of other things that vary, like slight changes in meteorology."

Co-author Ryan Neely, a lecturer in observational atmospheric science at Leeds, said the scope of the study allowed the team to "quantify the separate impacts of man-made pollutants, changes in temperature and winds, and volcanoes, on the size and magnitude of the Antarctic ozone hole.

"Observations and computer models agree," he added.

"Healing of the Antarctic ozone has begun."

Hesarak District On Verge Of Falling To Taliban: Sources

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 04:37

A reliable security source told TOLOnews on Friday morning that Hesarak district in Nangarhar is on the verge of falling to the insurgent Taliban.

The source said four outposts of national and local police force members had fallen to Taliban on Thursday night, adding that two other outposts collapsed on Wednesday night.

According to the source, the clash is now near the district chief's office.

The source added that police force members have criticized the central government for not supporting them in the battle and have said that the district may fall to the militants if they are not helped.

Meanwhile, Nangarhar governor spokesman Attaullah Khogayni said that nearly 30 Taliban fighters were killed and 20 others wounded in Hesarak conflict.

According to him, the insurgents were killed in security forces offensive as well as in air attacks carried out by foreign forces.

He added that two Afghan security force members were killed and nine others wounded in the battle.

TOLOnews 6pm News 30 June 2016

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 17:26

Top news in this Bulletin:

Twin Taliban suicide bombers on Thursday attacked a convoy of Afghan police recruits in capital Kabul, killing at least 30 recruits and wounding more than 50 others.

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President Ashraf Ghani Thursday said the government is determined to implement the laws against corruption on government officials in an equitable way.

Wounded Soldiers Give Chilling Accounts of Kabul Attack

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 17:01

The Afghans across the nation on Thursday strongly condemned the Taliban suicide attack on a convoy of Afghan police recruits that left at least thirty officers dead and 53 others wounded.

The attack was one of the deadliest on Afghan police in recent years.

"We condemn the attack in the strongest possible terms. It shows that armed opponents have been defeated in the battlefields, therefor they conduct such attacks," Kabul resident said.

They called on the government to devise more inclusive security measures for the country.

Veterans who were wounded in the attack have been transferred to Kabul hospitals for treatment.

"It was a huge explosion, three vehicles were badly damaged, several officers were killed and some others badly wounded. I saw some of them," a wounded ANP solder Mohammad Jawed said.

"The explosion happened. After that I don't remember what followed next," another wounded soldier Rahman Gul said.

"Ten wounded men were moved to our hospital today. Three of them were slightly wounded and discharged after treatment. Seven wounded officers have been admitted, the condition of three wounded officers is critical," said Sara Hamahang, Health coordinator at Kabul Emergency Hospital.

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Taliban Suicide Bombers Hit Afghan Police – Kill 30, wound 53

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 16:38

Twin Taliban suicide bombers on Thursday attacked a convoy of Afghan police recruits in capital Kabul, killing at least 30 recruits and wounding more than 50 others.

"At least 30 people were killed and 53 others wounded," said interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.

An independent source has however told TOLOnews that up to 50 were killed and 80 others wounded.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

The incident happened when the police convoy was attacked in two-pronged explosions. An eye witness has told TOLOnews that the explosion occurred inside the police bus.

The convoy was on its way from Wardak province to Kabul on Thursday afternoon when it was hit, officials said.

The attack took place in the Qala-e-Haidar Khan village of the Company area in Kabul city.

"After the two explosions, we transported a wounded police officer to an emergency center," a resident of Qala Haidar Khan said.

The convoy was transporting newly graduated police officers from Wardak to Kabul when it was struck, security officials said.

They did not provide more details about the incident but said that twin explosions occurred in the area.

"The convoy was on its way from Maidan Wardak academy to Kabul, several killed and wounded," Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said.

The driver of one of the police busses has said that a magnetic mine was apparently placed inside the bus.

"Two police vehicles exploded, there were mines inside the police vehicles as well," he said.

The Afghan government has condemned the attack.

"The attack shows that the enemy is not able to fight our security and defense forces on the warfronts, therefore they resort to such attacks," deputy presidential spokesman Sayed Zafar Hashemi said.

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Taliban Suicide Bombers Hit Afghan Police – Kill 30, wound 53

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 16:38

Twin Taliban suicide bombers on Thursday attacked a convoy of Afghan police recruits in capital Kabul, killing at least 30 recruits and wounding more than 50 others.

"At least 30 people were killed and 53 others wounded," said interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.

An independent source has however told TOLOnews that up to 50 were killed and 80 others wounded.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

The incident happened when the police convoy was attacked in two-pronged explosions. An eye witness has told TOLOnews that the explosion occurred inside the police bus.

The convoy was on its way from Wardak province to Kabul on Thursday afternoon when it was hit, officials said.

The attack took place in the Qala-e-Haidar Khan village of the Company area in Kabul city.

"After the two explosions, we transported a wounded police officer to an emergency center," a resident of Qala Haidar Khan said.

The convoy was transporting newly graduated police officers from Wardak to Kabul when it was struck, security officials said.

They did not provide more details about the incident but said that twin explosions occurred in the area.

"The convoy was on its way from Maidan Wardak academy to Kabul, several killed and wounded," Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said.

The driver of one of the police busses has said that a magnetic mine was apparently placed inside the bus.

"Two police vehicles exploded, there were mines inside the police vehicles as well," he said.

The Afghan government has condemned the attack.

"The attack shows that the enemy is not able to fight our security and defense forces on the warfronts, therefore they resort to such attacks," deputy presidential spokesman Sayed Zafar Hashemi said.

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Warsaw Summit to Review NATO Mission in Afghanistan

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 15:39

NATO member countries will review their mission in Afghanistan during upcoming the Warsaw Summit, says U.S Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken.

As the alliance's leaders prepare to convene their meeting in the Polish capital Warsaw in July, they will – in addition to the current state of insurgency levels in Afghanistan – focus on key issues such as the war against Daesh, the Syrian conflict, Russia-NATO relations and Afghanistan.

Blinken said the US and its NATO alliance will finalize their decision regarding the funding of Afghan security forces until 2020.

"We will sustain our commitment to Afghanistan, including making a pledge of additional three years of financial support to Afghan security forces through 2020. We won't have to tackle these challenges alone and have invited the EU to join us in Warsaw. There we will deepen cooperation between the two organizations especially bolstering security in the Mediterranean," he said.

The US department of state has said that close cooperation between Afghanistan, Pakistan and India was key to maintaining peace and stability in the region.

"Pakistan and India, United States and Afghanistan – all these countries have to work more closely together. Many of these terrorist groups operate within that environment and all of these governments in the region have to be diligent in their efforts to combat the current threats," US state department spokesman John Kirby said.

The US has also urged close cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan at a time of heightened tensions between the two countries in the aftermath of recent skirmishes at Torkham crossing in border between the nations.

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Ghani, Abdullah Vow Robust Action Against Corruption

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 15:25

President Ashraf Ghani Thursday said the government is determined to implement the laws against corruption on government officials in an equitable way.

Ghani made the remarks during a special ceremony at the presidential palace convened on occasion of the inauguration of Specialized Anti-Corruption Justice Center in Kabul.

"We are prepared to implement the law on all government officials regardless of their position, including myself. Based on our campaign promises, Dr. Abdullah and I will not tolerate corruption," Ghani said.

In reference to the creation of Specialized Anti-Corruption Justice Center Ghani said that the center will help boost capacity against corruption. The law will be implemented evenhandedly on government officials.

Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah said corruption has hindered the development and progress of the country.

"The center has not been created for political purposes and no one can use it for politics. We do not expect that those who are involved in corruption to come tomorrow and offer certificates to members of the center," Abdullah said.

Afghanistan Attorney General Farid Hamidi has said that the center will act firmly against corruption. Those involved in corruption will be punished.

"We will not allow government officials to put their hands in the pocket of the people of Afghanistan," he said.

President Ghani said that staff of the anti-corruption center will appointed by the office of the attorney general, courts and ministry of interior.

Both Ghani and Abdullah reiterated that no one will be allowed to meddle in work of the center.

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