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TOLOnews 6pm News 30 May 2016

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 18:21

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President Ashraf Ghani on Monday inaugurated the reconstruction project of Darul Aman Palace in Kabul, and said it was one of the main demands of Afghans to see the palace renovated.

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The independent commission for overseeing the implementation of the ‎constitution said they are concerned over the implementation of government's agreement with Hizb-e-Islami as according to them parts of the deal are against the Afghan Constitution.

Sections Of Govt's Accord With Hizb-e-Islami 'Against Constitution'

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 17:14

The independent commission for overseeing the implementation of the ‎constitution said they are concerned over the implementation of government's agreement with Hizb-e-Islami as according to them parts of the deal are against the Afghan Constitution.

The commission said the electoral commissions are impartial authorities and that the presence of Hizb-e-Islami representative in electoral bodies is against the constitution and also invalid.

It also criticized the first paragraph of the 11th article of the agreement which is about judicial immunity, arguing that it violates civilians rights.

"We accept an agreement which leads the country towards a durable, lasting and respectful peace, but we urge both parties to consider the constitution seriously," said deputy of the commission, Lotfurrahman Saeed.

Meanwhile, the Presidential Palace said nothing will be done beyond the law and that civilians' rights will be maintained‎.

"Afghanistan's electoral bodies are independent and professional, and there will be no way to interfere and infiltrate them, but the law has allowed political parties to take part in parliamentary elections and they can have their members in Wolesi Jirga and Meshrano Jirga (Lower and Upper houses of parliament] if they get vote from the people," said President's deputy spokesman Sayed Zafar Hashemi.

Meanwhile, Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdul Raouf Ibrahimi criticized the agreement between government and Hizb-e-Islami‎.

"Kabul is responsible to be more cautious in this regard as it is not possible that an additional power is created besides government," he added.

MP Fakori Beheshti meanwhile said: "I believe that the problems should be considered seriously. This is one of the main duties of parliament and peace with anyone should be done after consultation with MPs."

According to the independent commission for overseeing the implementation of the constitution, government should consider the redlines of the constitution in any of its political plans.

Presidential Palace Guard Held On Kidnapping Charges

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 17:10

A presidential palace guard was arrested on kidnapping charges after security forces received a complaint against him and two of his colleagues, said security officials on Monday.

"Relevant organizations arrested another individual who is now under investigation. The two include a father and a son," said Interior Ministry spokesman, Sediq Sediqqi.

The Presidential Palace also confirmed that another guard of the authority was apprehended by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives on abduction charges.

"We have committed to sincerely cooperate with judicial organizations in the investigation of this incident. This is a family issue and should be assessed properly," said President Ashraf Ghani's deputy spokesman Sayed Zafar Hashemi.

A number of MPs said the president's colleagues give him wrong advice when hiring individuals for his office.

"President Ghani always says that he will fight corruption, act against kidnappers, but it is interesting that two of his guards are arrested on charges of kidnapping. He should not pay attention to advice of anyone who tells him to hire this or that person," said MP Juma Din Giyanwal.

According to security officials, the move was taken after three presidential guards were accused of kidnaping by a close relative of the victim.

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Analysts Call On Islamabad To Repair Ties With Kabul

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 17:06

A number of analysts from Afghanistan and Pakistan on Monday said that Islamabad has changed its relations with Kabul after the death of Taliban's former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour and that ties should be repaired.

They said Pakistan should bring the Taliban to the talks table instead of making its ties worse with Kabul.

"I think Pakistan has a failed policy. The fact is that the policy which is engineered by Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army General Raheel Sharif should be consulted about with Pakistani politicians in a bid to review it and make it help improve Kabul-Islamabad ties," said Ahmad Rasheed, a political analyst from Pakistan.

"Afghan government has not seriously criticized Iran for helping Taliban, but it blasts Pakistan every day and Iran has kept Kabul happy," said Rahimullah Yusufzai, political commentator from Pakistan.

Meanwhile, political analysts from Afghanistan said a change in Islamabad's policy towards Kabul is not good for the country and that they call on Afghan government leaders to put more pressure on Pakistan.

Meanwhile, the Presidential Palace deputy spokesman Sayed Zafar Hashemi said: "Afghanistan's stance gets clearer by each passing day. It means that we want Pakistan to act against those groups that announce war against our people from inside that country. This is the commitment that was made by Pakistan and we hope that it fulfills it."

Over 2,000 People On Afghan 'Blacklist'

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 17:01

The Interior Ministry has said the names of nearly 2,400 people are on Afghan security agencies' blacklist and that they continue their efforts to arrest them.

The Interior Ministry spokesman, Sediq Sediqqi, said it has been part of their duty for the past few years to arrest blacklisted people accused of various crimes – including drug smuggling and terror activities, among other crimes.

"There are a number of systems that we work on in collaboration with other security agencies. There are a number of individuals that we are chasing who are suspects or criminals and some that the court has announced a verdict against," he said.

According to TOLOnews' Tamim Hamid, there is limited information about the identities of blacklisted individuals and that security agencies have not provided further details in this regard.

"If they are in cities and if police see them, they will be recognized or their place will be identified and then they will be arrested," said former deputy interior minister Mirza Mohammad Yarmand.

It is said that many of the people that have been arrested on charges of big crimes have escaped to remote areas which are not under government's control and a number of such individuals have gone to Iran or Pakistan, reports say.

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Air Force Needs U.S Support: MoD

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 16:59

Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Monday said that until the air force is self-sufficient it will need U.S air force support.

The Ministry said that U.S forces have helped Afghan armed forces in tough situations and brought heavy casualties to the Taliban.

"Besides our air force, U.S forces really cooperates with us against Daesh in Kunduz and Nangarhar and they [U.S forces] have contributed in the destruction of the enemy," said MoD spokesman Dawlat Waziri.

More than 20 months have passed since the signing of the Kabul-Washington pact – the Bilateral Security Agreement - and in this time, Afghan armed forces have been equipped with advanced technology by the U.S but it still needs more.

"A number of articles of the agreement regarding the Afghan security forces' salaries and providing technical assistance are partially implemented but it is the duty of the Afghan government to ask for serious implementation of the agreement from United States and NATO as it is not enough for the current situation," said Jawed Kohistani, a military analyst.

On the other hand, a number of experts believe that the Afghan government has not made the best of the security agreement with the U.S government, especially in mobilizing the armed forces.

"There was continued cooperation in 14 years between Afghanistan, United States of America and NATO, but what needed to be done was a precise and effective plan on how to use the aid systematically, which government did not do," said Hamid Saboory, a political analyst.

Ghani Inaugurates Darul Aman Palace Reconstruction Project

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 16:52

President Ashraf Ghani on Monday inaugurated the reconstruction project of Darul Aman Palace in Kabul, and said it was one of the main demands of Afghans to see the palace renovated.

He said a museum will be built in the palace and that its reconstruction will cost $16.5 million USD, which be paid for out of government's budget.

"Reconstruction of Darul Aman Palace is our nation's demand; therefore, a national museum will be built here and important guests will be invited," Ghani said.

Meanwhile, Urban Development Affairs Minister Sayed Sadat Mansour Naderi said the reconstruction work will be carried out quickly.

According to officials, Afghan architects and engineers will work on the project which will take four years.

"It is a big step forward and it has our support," said Chief Executive of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah.

Meanwhile, Senator Lailuma Ahmadi said the palace is clear evidence of crimes that were done to Kabul and its residents and that it should not be covered up by its reconstruction.

"They should build a similar building besides Darul Aman Palace in order to leave the palace as a sign of war crimes for the next generations to come," she said.

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DNA Tests Confirm Mansour Died In U.S Drone Strike

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 13:00

Pakistan's Interior Ministry on Sunday said DNA tests confirmed that the second person killed in a U.S drone strike in Baluchistan province recently was Mullah Akhtar Mansour, former leader of the Taliban.

"It is confirmed that Mullah Mansour was killed in the U.S drone strike in Noshki area of Baluchistan," a spokesman from the Interior Ministry of Pakistan said as quoted by Dawn News.

According to the spokesman, the DNA sample from Mansour's body was matched with the DNA of one of his close relatives who went to Pakistan to claim the body.

"DNA of Mansour matched one of his relative who came from Afghanistan to collect his body," the spokesman said.

According to Pakistan's Interior Ministry, the other person killed in the attack has also been identified.

Adviser to Pakistan's Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz confirmed Mansour's death on Thursday - five days after the drone strike in Baluchistan.

"All indicators confirm that the person killed in the drone strike was Mullah Mansour, who was travelling on a fake identity," Aziz stated.

The drone strike that targeted Taliban's former leader was directly ordered by U.S President Barack Obama.

MEHWAR: Afghan Student Invents Anti-Explosive Device

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 11:23

In this episode of Mehwar, host Muslim Shirzad discusses an Afghan student's invention which could help prevent explosions. With him in the studio is student inventor, Khalilurrahman.

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MEHWAR: Optimism Over BSA Discussed

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 11:20

In this episode of Mehwar, host Muslim Shirzad discusses the optimism over the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA).

Guests:

• Hoshang Hassanyari, global affairs analyst
• Mirdad Khan Nijrabi, head of security commission in parliament
• Abbas Noeyan, political analyst

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TOLOnews 10pm News 29 May 2016

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 10:46

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Critics and members of the public on Sunday lodged a volley of criticism at government leaders for their poor performance in terms of bringing change in the country and delivering on their campaign promises.

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Criticizing the appointment of Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada as Taliban's new leader, Mullah Mannan Niazi, spokesman for the Taliban's breakaway faction led by Mullah Rassoul, said on Sunday that the newly appointed leader is a puppet of Pakistan – just as his predecessor, Mullah Mansour, was.

Dozens of Children Drown As Shipwrecks Claim 700 Lives

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 09:56

A week of shipwrecks in the Mediterranean culminated Sunday with 700 migrants feared dead and survivors giving harrowing testimony of dozens of small children drowned.

Survivors brought to safety in the Italian ports of Taranto and Pozzallo told the UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) and Save the Children how their boat sank on Thursday morning after a high-seas drama which saw one woman decapitated.

"We'll never know the exact number, we'll never know their identities," said the UNHCR's spokeswoman Carlotta Sami. But multiple witness reports suggested over 500 people had drowned in that shipwreck alone.

With some 100 others missing after a boat sank Wednesday, and 45 bodies recovered from a wreck that happened Friday, the UNHCR said it feared up to 700 people had drowned in total this week.

Giovanna Di Benedetto, Save the Children's Sicily spokeswoman, told AFP that survivors of Thursday's wreck said around 1,100 people had set out from Libya on Wednesday in two fishing boats and a dinghy, before running into trouble.

"The first boat, carrying some 500 people, was reportedly towing the second, which was carrying another 500. But the second boat began to sink. Some people tried to swim to the first boat, others held onto the rope linking the vessels," she said.

According to the survivors, the first boat's Sudanese captain cut the rope, which snapped back and decapitated a woman. The second boat quickly sank, taking those packed tightly into the hold down with it.

The Sudanese captain was arrested on his arrival in Pozzallo along with three other suspected people traffickers.

Iraqi Forces Enter Daesh-Held Fallujah

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 08:09

Iraqi forces entered Daesh's bastion of Fallujah from three directions on Monday in a new phase of the operation to recapture the city, commanders said.

"Iraqi forces entered Fallujah under air cover from the international coalition, the Iraqi air force and army aviation and supported by artillery and tanks," said Lieutenant General Abdelwahab al-Saadi, the commander in charge of the operation.

"Counter-terrorism service (CTS) forces, the Anbar police and the Iraqi army, at around 4 am (local time), started moving into Fallujah from three directions," he said.

"There is resistance from Daesh," he added.

CTS spokesman Sabah al-Norman told AFP: "We started early this morning our operations to break into Fallujah."

The involvement of the elite CTS marks the start of a phase of urban combat in a city where US forces in 2004 fought some of their toughest battles since the Vietnam War.

The week-old operation had previously focused on retaking villages and rural areas around Fallujah, which lies just 50 kms west of Baghdad.

Only a few hundred families managed to slip out of the Fallujah area ahead of the assault on the city, with an estimated 50,000 civilians still trapped inside, sparking fears the jihadists could try to use them as human shields.

Fallujah is one of just two major urban centers in Iraq still held by Daesh. They also hold the second city Mosul.

Taliban Shadow District Governor Arrested in Kunduz

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 07:27

Qari Saleem, Taliban's shadow district governor for Khan Abad district of northern Kunduz province, was arrested in a military operation on Sunday night, local officials said.

The operation was launched in Khan Abad during the night. Special forces arrested Qari Saleem and six of his men, Provincial Police Chief Gen. Qasim Jangalbagh said.

He said that there were no casualties among the special forces and no civilian casualties were reported during the operation.

However, he did not provide further details.

11 Policemen Killed By Taliban In Helmand

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 06:24

At least 11 policemen were killed in a Taliban attack in southern Helmand province on Sunday night, local officials said.

In addition, seven other policemen were injured.

The attack took place in Gereshk district of the province after dozens of Taliban insurgents attacked a number of police outposts and started clashes, police chief of 505 Bost zone Esmatullah Dawlatzai said.

Dawlatzai said that seven other policemen were missing. However, there were no reports about Taliban casualties during the clash.

In the past few days the Taliban insurgents increased their attacks in different parts of the province especially in Gereshk, Nahr-e-Saraj and along the Helmand highway.

TAWDE KHABARE: US Passes New Law, Giving Troops More Power

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 04:38

The US Congress's committee on military affairs has passed a new law on the basis of which the US forces are granted special powers to target the Taliban, Daesh and Haqqani network in Afghanistan.

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The new law has defined some additional authorities to US forces and says that the American troops must be provided with more resources and that 9,800 US forces will stay in Afghanistan until April 2017.

Meanwhile, the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) has said that the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Kabul and Washington provided new hope for the Afghan security forces and it confirmed United States' continued aid to Afghanistan in the military spheres.

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

• Mohammad Jan Rasoulyar, political analyst
• Gharzai Khowakhozhi, military analyst
• Helai Ershad, MP

 

FARAKHABAR: US Presence A Sign Of Robust Action Against Terrorism: MoD

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 04:14

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Sunday said that the establishment of U.S military bases in Afghanistan will help determine an effective campaign against threats emerging from the Taliban and other terrorist groups.

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

• Jawed Kohistani, military analyst
• Haroon Mir, political analyst

 

Herat To Get 30MW Power From Salma Dam

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 03:59

At least 30 megawatts (MW) of power will be added to Herat's electricity system within the next 10 days, officials said Sunday.

Provincial head of power company Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), Wahid Ahmad Karmani, said the electricity will help boost agricultural and industry activities in the province and that Herat's eastern districts will have permanent electricity.

Salma Dam which has been named the Afghan-India Friendship Dam will be inaugurated within the next 10 days.

"The dam will help overcome a lack of electricity in Herat and we are trying to make more efforts in this regard," he said.

Meanwhile, a number of Herat residents said they see the inauguration of Salma Dam as a big sign of Afghanistan-India's close friendship.

They said it will help them improve their industrial and agricultural activities.

"Salma Dam was a dream for Herat residents and we are happy that we will use it in the near future," said Mohammad Daud Ansari, a resident of Herat.

Another resident, Daud Rahmani, said: "We are happy that finally we will get the benefits of the dam. This will overcome lots of problems for Herat residents."

TOLOnews 6pm News 29 May 2016

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 15:58

Top news in this Bulletin:

Critics and members of the public on Sunday lodged a volley of criticism at government leaders for their poor performance in terms of bringing change in the country and delivering on their campaign promises.

To watch the whole news bulletin, click here:

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 Criticizing the appointment of Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada as Taliban's new leader, Mullah Mannan Niazi, spokesman for the Taliban's breakaway faction led by Mullah Rassoul, said on Sunday that the newly appointed leader is a puppet of Pakistan – just as his predecessor, Mullah Mansour, was.

Afghan Teen Invents Gadget To Foil Terror Attacks

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 15:41

A local teenager, Khalil-ur-Rahman Afghan, says he has invented a gadget that could be used to foil terror attacks from a distance.

He said his gadget, which is much like a jamming device, works from 300 meters away, while a similar, foreign product, works only up to 100 meters away.

The 17-year-old boy urged government to help him to improve his invention and introduce it to the security organizations.

Afghan has made the gadget from computer and bicycle parts.

"The gadget weighs 1.5 kilograms and can foil a suicide vest which works on a circuit system. It costs $7,000 USD but the same gadget made in America costs $20,000 USD," he said.

He said his gadget is more efficient than the one that is used by U.S troops in Afghanistan.

According to him, nearly 10 of his gadgets are already being used by government officials.

This comes after a number of Afghan youths recently started inventing new gadgets which many say brings hope to other youths – who should stay and help build the country.

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