TOLO News

Lower House Refuses to Bend On Election Commission Reform

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 17:00

Administrative Board members at the House of Representatives have said that there is strong commitment to bringing changes to the job descriptions and authorities of the election commissions. Representatives would not allow themselves to be pressured away from the reforms, they added.

The House of Representatives is expected to put the Job Description and Authorities of Electoral Commissions Law up for a vote in the upcoming weeks. Sources inside the House have said that the new law would see the current members of the electoral commissions relieved of their duties.

Commissions of the Lower House will be reviewing the draft of the new law, which was first proposed by the Legal and Judicial Commission.

"The House of Representatives is committed to bringing changes in this law, and we think that the only legal way for bringing change to the electoral commissions is through this law," Deputy Secretary of the House Irfanullah Irfan said.

Officials from the Independent Elections Commission (IEC), however, have rebuked the move by Parliament. With the threat of losing their jobs hanging over them, commission officials have maintained that changing the election law during an election year is unconstitutional.

But the he'd of Legislative Issues at the House of Representatives, Qazi Nazeer Ahmad, has said the the IEC officials misunderstand what exactly the legislators are doing. "We are not having any discussions regarding the election law, because the Constitution does not allow us to change the election law," Mr. Ahmad said on Monday. "But the discussing the Job Descriptions and Authorities Law of the Electoral Commissions, and changing the law, has no legal issues..."

Many representatives have already reviewed the draft law and called its ratification an important step for bringing reform to the electoral commissions, which were the subject of heavy criticism from Parliament and elsewhere for the tumult of this year's election process.

"Among the responsibilities of Parliamentarians, making law is a duty, we can bring changes in the areas of the law that we see defects in," Maidan Wardak MP Ghulam Hussain said.

"Mr. President himself said the commissions need reform and one of the ways is this law," Farah MP Muhammad Sarwar Usmani said.

Based on the draft law, members of the election commissions will be introduced to the House of Representatives for a vote of confidence after being selected by the President and CEO, with their term of service bumped down from six years to two and half years.

In addition, two international observers will be permanent members of the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC).

TOLOnews 6 pm News 22 December 2014

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 16:49

Top news in this bullitine

Administrative Board members at the House of Representatives have said that there is strong commitment to bringing changes to the job descriptions and authorities of the election commissions. Representatives would not allow themselves to be pressured away from the reforms, they added.

To watch the whole bullitine, Click Here:

{youtube}muVqFVIpng4{/youtube}

But the he'd of Legislative Issues at the House of Representatives, Qazi Nazeer Ahmad, has said the the IEC officials misunderstand what exactly the legislators are doing. "We are not having any discussions regarding the election law, because the Constitution does not allow us to change the election law," Mr. Ahmad said on Monday. "But the discussing the Job Descriptions and Authorities Law of the Electoral Commissions, and changing the law, has no legal issues..."

New Fiscal Year Begins Without Approved Budget

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 14:45

The new fiscal year has begun without a government budget approved by Parliament. Concerns have been raised about the budget draft, as well as the detrimental effects continued delay in passing any budget at all could have on the country.

According to officials, the 2015 budget draft has been sent to the House of Representatives by the Senate, but without any approval or rejection.

Afghanistan Integrity Watch has said that the draft budget for 2015 is unbalanced and unfair, and must be reviewed. However, others have emphasized that if the budget for the upcoming year is not approved as soon as possible, it will cause development projects to stall.

Members of the Lower House's Finance and Budget Commission have shown little optimism regarding the 2015 budget draft, and said that it will likely be rejected when put up for a vote.

"Last year too, we didn't have money in our budget for the completion of incomplete projects, we are not optimistic about the this years' budget either," said Akbar Stanekzai, a member of the Finance and Budget Commission.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Ministry of Finance disputed the claims made by Afghanistan Integrity Watch and said that the proposed budget for the upcoming year would be balanced, economical, transparent and based on national interests.

"The budget for the upcoming year is a balanced and economical; this shows our good management, that we have introduced a balance budget with limited resources," Ministry spokesman Abdul Qader Jeelani said.

A number of economic analysts have warned that continued delay in passing the budget will have consequences for the economy. "Delay in approval of the budget will harm peoples' trust and, on the other hand, will have unpleasant consequences for the economy," said Said Masood, an economics professor at Kabul University.

Speculation Persists Amid Cabinet Appointments Delay

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 14:31

Rumor and speculation continue to fly around the formation of the new cabinet, a process which has dragged on for months and raised concerns about the national unity government's ability to compromise effectively. Negotiations around the distribution of ministries between President Ashraf Ghani's camp and that of Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah have reportedly concluded, but bargaining over leadership appointments for the ministries remains unfinished, according to Abdullah's deputy spokesman.

"Work is nearly in the completion stage for the formation of the new cabinet and we will soon introduce a number of ministers to the people of Afghanistan," Jawed Faisal said.

Meanwhile, the President Palace has not commented on the formation of new cabinet. The caginess could be a result of the fact that the two deadlines previously set by officials close to the president have come and gone without appointments being made. But the lack of clarity on the process and its timeline has enabled rumor and controversy around the issue.

On Sunday, the CEO's Second Deputy, Mohammad Mohaqeq, claimed that the ministers for economic and security sectors would be announced within one or two days. "The important part of the new cabinet will be announced by the president and the chief executive officer of the country today or tomorrow, and ministers for security and economic sectors will also be announced within one or two days," he said.

Previously, a list was received by Afghan media outlets indicating that the president and chief executive had already agreed on the individuals that would be appointed to the country's top ministerial leadership positions. Yet given no announcements have been made to that effect, it is doubtful the list is fully accurate. Furthermore, sources close to the negotiations have indicated there remain some points disagreements between the president and chief executive when it comes to the appointments.

"The bargaining is aimed at ensuring the right people are introduced for the new cabinet, those individuals who are really capable and energetic and acceptable to the people," political analyst Mia Gul Waseeq said.

Northern Provinces Face Serious Security Threats

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 14:07

Insecurity has widely spread in northern provinces threatening the lives in five provinces which are relatively unrest, said Parliament members from northern areas.

Badakhshan, Faryab, Kunduz, Sar-e-Pul and Jowzjan are said to be the five northern provinces witnessing most of insurgent attacks.

Most of the insurgent attacks in northern provinces are plotted by the local insurgents, said Brishna Rabi, female lawmaker from northern Balkh.

"Local insurgents are behind the security threats which are increasing day to day," Rabi stated. "If the local forces curb insurgents, this will help the central government in fighting terrorists."

MP from Badakhshan, Abdul Raouf Enami, warned the security situation of northern zone would be further deteriorated if solid steps not taken by the government.

"If the problem continued, in future no one would be able to travel from Kabul to northern parts," Enami said.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) officials admit insecurity in some parts of northern provinces but emphasize that the security forces would never allow insurgents to take control of these areas.

"Insurgents can never have training centers in Afghanistan because our security forces have full control on all parts of the country," deputy MoD spokesman Dawlat Waziri noted.

But according to Ministry of Interior (MoI) officials, insecurity increased in northern provinces because of insurgents' plan to target northern areas in 2014.

"The insurgents had planned to make unsafe the northern parts but fortunately they didn't reach their aim," MoI spokesman Sediq Sediqi said. "Insurgents in Faryab, Kunduz and Badakhshan are facing strong defeat."

According to local officials in Kunduz and Badakhshan, foreign militants affiliated with Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) militant group are conducting most of the attacks in northern provinces.

Afghan Refugees Oppose Pakistan's Repatriation Deadline

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 11:27

The Afghan refugees are strongly worried about their forcible expulsion from Pakistan after the neighboring country issued a month deadline to the refugees residing in its northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province.

The refugees asked the Afghan government to discuss the issue with Pakistan's government and help them stay in the country.

"We don't accept this deadline because it is impossible to us," said Meyakhil, a refugee in Peshawar. "It is very hard for a person who lived here for a decade to collect all his stuff and shift his business within a month."

The deadline by KPK provincial government came after the terrorists attacked an Army-run school in Peshawar killing at least 145 people, including 132 children. The horrific attack was claimed by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) but Pakistan's government claimed that the mastermind of Peshawar attack was in Afghanistan.

"The provincial cabinet has decided to expel all Afghan refugees within 30 days," KPK government spokesman Mushtaq Ghani said. "Time has come for the federal government to take practical steps for the repatriation of the refugees."

Ghani added the Afghan refugees must now return home because they were a major burden on Pakistan.

But the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman in Pakistan, Qaiser Afridi, said that based on the trilateral decision between Afghanistan, Pakistan and UN, the Afghan refugees are allowed to stay in Pakistan until the end of 2015.

According to UN statistics, nearly three million Afghan refugees are currently residing in Pakistan; of them, only about 1.5 million people are registered with Pakistan's government.

24 Insurgents Killed in Nationwide ANSF Raids

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 07:54

At least 24 Taliban insurgents were killed during a nationwide operation led by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said in a statement on Monday.

Sixteen other insurgents were injured in the operations.

The operations were conducted in Kandahar, Uruzgan, Ghazni, Paktika and Paktia provinces, the statement noted.

In the operation the Afghan security forces have discovered explosive devices and weapons.

The statement, however, did not provide details of possible ANSF casualties.

First 100 Days: Amendment in Election Law Threatens Stability: Nuristani

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 05:44

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) Chief has warned that amendments in the electoral law would likely threaten the country's security and stability.

To watch the whole program, click here:

{youtube}Kc3ZVoOFSBE{/youtube}

Expressing these statements in a press conference Saturday in Kabul, Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani claimed the new electoral draft law by Parliament had a political motive and was also against the Constitution.

Nuristani stressed that Parliament does not have the authority to bring changes to the law.

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

• Ahmad Zia Rafat, University professor
• Abdul Rahman Hotak, member of the Independent Human Rights Commission
• Mohammad Noor Ishaqzai, member of the High Peace Council

 

TAWDE KHABARE: Parliament Sets Final Deadline to NUG on Cabinet

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 05:16

Parliament has set a final deadline to the National Unity Government (NUG) for formation of the cabinet.

To watch the whole program, click here:

{youtube}4YoSieH5odk{/youtube}

On the Saturday's session, the Parliament criticized the NUG over the delay in introducing the cabinet. The House Speaker Abdul Raouf Ibrahimi said the new government is false, compulsive and inefficient.

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

• Daoud Kalkani, MP
• Ghulaam Hussian Naseri, MP
• Akbar Pulad, political analyst

FARAKHABAR: 21 December 2014

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 03:56

U.S. Government has released four Afghan prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay and hand over to Afghan government.

To watch the whole program, click here:

{youtube}5FwoSqUvLgc{/youtube}

The four prisoners were released to the Afghan government this week, after President Ashraf Ghani pushed for their release in the wake of the U.S.

Senate's highly controversial report on the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) torture program following the 9/11 attacks. Eight other Afghan prisoners remain imprisoned at Guantanamo.

This come while 2014 was the bloodiest year for the civilians and with the release of the Taliban prisoners what will be the outcome?

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

• Shukria Barakzai, MP
• Fahim Dashti, journalist

TOLOnews 6pm News 21 December 2014

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 16:02

Top news in this Bulletin:

In a meeting with a number of Balkh residents in Kabul, Second Deputy to the CEO of the National Unity Government (NUG) Muhammad Mohaqeq said that the president and chief executive will announce an important portion of the cabinet "today or tomorrow" pertaining to the sectors of economy and security.

To watch the bulletin, click here:

{youtube}gQbervA83SE{/youtube}

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) Chief has warned that amendments in the electoral law would likely threaten the country's security and stability.

Experts Say Prisoners Released by U.S. Have Minor or Nonexistent Taliban Ties

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 15:20

Sources close to the issue have maintained that the four Afghan prisoners recently released by the U.S. government from the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba have minor ties to the Taliban at most, and in some cases, none whatsoever.

The four prisoners were released to the Afghan government this week, after President Ashraf Ghani pushed for their release in the wake of the U.S. Senate's highly controversial report on the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) torture program following the 9/11 attacks. Eight other Afghan prisoners remain imprisoned at Guantanamo.

Officials say the our who were released this week were originally detained for the following reasons:

1- Shah Wali, 51 years old, was arrested in accusation of cooperating with Taliban intelligence.
2- Kheyal Gul, 51 years old, was arrested for cooperating with the Taliban in 2002.
3- Said Abdul Ghani, 42 years old, was accused of having relations with the Taliban and was arrested in 2002.
4- Muhammad Zaher, 61 years old, was accused of having relations with the Taliban, and also arrested in 2002.

All four men are said to have denied having any connections with the Taliban and maintained their innocence when subjected to interrogation.

Said Akbar Agha, a former leader of the Taliban, has said that the four men were not among prominent members of the Taliban and were arrested in the early years of the Afghan war. "They should not have spent 12 or 13 years in prison," Agha said. "These men should not have been imprisoned, and should not have lived in fear; the government of Afghanistan is responsible and should be held accountable."

Meanwhile, Ismael Qasimyar, a member of the Afghan High Peace Council, bolstered those claims by calling the men "normal" and denouncing their detention. "These are normal people," Qasimyar told TOLOnews. "These men were arrested for 12 or 13 years without any charges."

The U.S. Department of Defense has said that the prisoners were released based on an agreement made between Kabul and Washington. However, according to Associate Press reports, top U.S. military leaders in Afghanistan were against the decision.

The four men are expected to be handed over to their families soon, though some human rights organizations have raised concerns about their rapid release.

Amendment in Election Law Threatens Stability: Nuristani

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 15:18



The Independent Election Commission (IEC) Chief has warned that amendments in the electoral law would likely threaten the country's security and stability.

Expressing these statements in a press conference Saturday in Kabul, Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani claimed the new electoral draft law by Parliament had a political motive and was also against the Constitution.

Nuristani stressed that Parliament does not have the authority to bring changes to the law.

"Any action under the names of changes and reforms will result in the country's instability," the IEC Chief warned. "Not only is it not a reform, but this is equal to corruption."

Suggestions on amendments and reforms in the country's electoral system came after the electoral body was accused of supporting large-scale fraud that occurred in the run-off presidential election.

Both President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah, soon after taking oath into their offices, promised the nation to bring solid reforms to the electoral system.

However, the MPs said the Parliamentary justice committee has drafted a new electoral law since the new government has not brought changes in the electoral system yet.

The MPs emphasized that based on the Constitution the Parliament has the right to bring changes in the electoral law, which they believed was a faulty law that paved grounds for fraud in the elections.

Based on the new draft by Parliament, the election commission members can be appointed by the president and chief executive in consultation with the Parliament.

In addition, the working duration of the election commissioners has been reduced from six years to two and half. In addition, two foreign observers would be a part of Electoral Complaints

Commission to monitor the election process.

Border Police Return Fire On Militants Across Border in Pakistan

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 15:15

Kandahar Police Chief General Abdul Razeq said on Sunday that he had ordered his border police forces to respond with force to militant attacks emanating form across the border in Pakistan.

General Razeq comments came as he visited the border check posts of Shurabak district on Sunday. In a move that could aggravate tensions between Kabul and Islamabad at a time both governments have trumpeted a new chapter in cooperation, Razeq said that the border forces have already begun to attack terrorists on the other side of the border.

"Our enemies fire on us 100 meters away from Pakistani forces, which is clear evidence, and our goal is also to eliminate them," Razeq said. He is one of many high-ranking leaders of the Afghan security forces who have held no punches in condemning the support the Pakistani intelligence service and military have provided the Taliban fighting in Afghanistan.

Yet it is unclear the level of support Razeq has for his tit-for-tat, cross-border strategy among security elite in Kabul. "I want the Ministry of Interior to solve this issue with the Pakistanis, so it's not repeated," Razeq said on Sunday. "If these kinds of attacks continue, I have ordered all security forces that where ever they are fired at from, they can fire in return; it is not important whether it's from inside Afghanistan or outside Afghanistan."

The border region shared between Afghanistan and Pakistan is considered the hotbed of insurgency in the region and the sanctuary of the Taliban. The lack of military and security force presence along the mountainous border has long made it easy for militants and terrorists to cross back and forth, evading authorities.

Vital Section of Cabinet to be Announced Soon: Mohaqeq

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 15:11



In a meeting with a number of Balkh residents in Kabul, Second Deputy to the CEO of the National Unity Government (NUG) Muhammad Mohaqeq said that the president and chief executive will announce an important portion of the cabinet "today or tomorrow" pertaining to the sectors of economy and security.

"The formation of the cabinet will take a little longer to develop, but the results will be worth the wait," Mohaqeq said. "By the grace of God, the main part—the sectors of economy and security—will be announced today or tomorrow. The remainder of the cabinet will be announced in a week or 10 days."

Meanwhile, the Senate has asked the NUG to introduce qualified and specialized people to the House of Representatives so they obtain the vote of confidence.

"As per the law of Afghanistan, the demand of the people, the need of time and promises made by the president and chief executive, the new cabinet nominees should be knowledgeable and have the ability to rightfully practice their responsibilities with professionalism," Deputy Chairman for the Senate, Muhammad Alam Izadyar, said. "It should be someone who can save Afghanistan from going to a crisis."

Senator Zalmai Zabuli requested that President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah only present those qualified for the position.

"Our request is that before they present unspecialized people to the House of Representatives and Senate, they should reconsider the list that has been released," Zabuli said. "The government must not divide the nation just to please one person."

Members of Parliament will be leaving for their winter vacation in a month, hence they have asked the government to select qualified ministers so that the nominees can receive the vote of confidence from Parliament.

Roadside Bomb in Kunar Kills 7 Civilians

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 10:29

At least seven civilians including three children were killed in a roadside mine blast in eastern Kunar province, local officials said on Sunday.

The incident took place Saturday night in Narai district when a vehicle, with women and children on board, struck a roadside bomb, killing four men and three children, acting Governor Shuja-ul-Mulk Jalala said.

He added three other civilians were injured in the explosion.

No group including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the incident.

It comes a day after the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in its annual report called 2014 the deadliest year for Afghan civilians.

According to the UNAMA statement, the civilian deaths, resulted by ground battles, has increased by 19 percent as compared to the previous year.

7 ALP Killed in Clash with Taliban in Jowzjan

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 08:13

Seven Afghan Local Police (ALP) and five Taliban insurgents were killed in clashes in northern Jowzjan province on Saturday night, local officials said on Sunday.

Five other ALP and five insurgents were injured in the clash.

Ahmad Farid Azizi, a spokesman for Jowzjan police said that the clash took place in Quash Tapa district of the province after a number of Taliban insurgents attacked an ALP outpost and began clashing.

"The clash took place for more than four hours after a number of Taliban insurgents attacked a police outpost," Azizi said.

However, the Taliban have not yet commented about the attack.

ISI’s Strategic Depth Has Failed The Nation of Pakistan

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 07:57

As an Afghan, the barbaric slaughter of school children in Peshawar was a reminder of the every day carnage of innocent Afghans by the same extremist groups who have continued killing their own Muslim brothers and sisters for decades now. As I was reading the news and following the unfolding of the events on social media, I was confronted with many reports and opinions that inspired me to share my thoughts with my Afghan fellows and the youth in Pakistan.

I grew up in violence and conflict in the 1980s Afghanistan, although the world condemned the government in power because of the support it had from the Soviet Union, the news of innocent lives lost would hardly reach the countries on the other side of the Iron Curtain. The Mujahideen were the holy warriors and the West lauded their actions of terror as acts of freedom fighters. Hillary Clinton acknowledged the fact that groups such as the Haqqani were financed by the US during the Cold War in Pakistan. Despite claiming responsibility for killing innocent Afghans, the Haqqanis and their likes are walking freely on Pakistani territory.

What disturbs me about the coverage of media on Peshawar's attack is that the extremist groups responsible for terror attacks are labeled on the basis of nationality. The continued distinction of the terror groups by the Pakistani authorities is the indication that their fear towards India still dictates their policy of strategic depth in Afghanistan. If the Pakistan government and ISI want to end the menace of terrorism in the region, they have no choice but to change their mindsets as well as their current narrative on terror groups such as the Taliban. There is no such thing as a good or bad Taliban, Afghan or Pakistani or young and old Taliban and none of these groups have leverage over each other. We all have fallen prey to the violent acts of terror.

Ambassador Husain Haqqani very accurately points out in his article today, "The savage attack in Peshawar demonstrates the futility of attacking one group of jihadis while leaving others in place." Therefore, ISI's strategic depth has failed. My father, the former Afghan President Najibullah, twenty years ago, in one of his speeches had explicitly said that the fire Pakistan had ignited in Afghanistan would eventually engulf the region and the world. In the short term, with the five years of Taliban rule, perhaps ISI thought of itself as a winner but in the long run not only ISI but all of us have lost. We have lost because our future generations have to live in fear and become victims of hatred and violence in Afghanistan, Pakistan or India.

It is important that the Pakistani leadership, in this historical and delicate moment, take decisions not on the basis of fear but for the future of the region. They have to stop hosting and sponsoring the Taliban and other terror groups. A school going child in Kabul, Paktika, Helmand, Kunar is no different to the school children in Peshawar, Quetta or Karachi. They have one aspiration, i.e. to learn and they should be given an equal chance to do so.

To the citizens and Pakistani youth, I would like to say that you are not alone, there are many Afghans such as myself who share your pain, fears and sorrow. I lost my 1st grade teacher who was eight months pregnant and her 12 years old son in a market bombing in 1982 when I was five years old. I lost a dear classmate in a cluster bomb because he thought it was a toy, he was only 11 years old in 1988. I would have nightmares, as a child that what happened to Shah Rukh would happen to me. I have lost family members whose deaths remain a mystery like the ones of assassinated Pakistani leaders. Even today, three decades later, in 2014 the Taliban have killed many young innocent children and teenagers in Paktika, Istiqlal School, and Helmand. Therefore, I can say that Afghans such as myself can only understand the pain of the families and friends who have lost their loved ones in Peshawar. If there is any nation that understands your sorrow, pain, anger and fear that would be Afghanistan because decades since the start of strategic depth, Afghanistan's new generations are still killed in vain by acts of terror.

In this moment of trauma and pain, I just hope that you take a moment to also look deeper and understand why this is happening to you. I hope that you realise that the failed policies of ISI and the Pakistani authorities have equally wounded us. I dream of the day that your recognition of a desperate need for a shift in the regional policies of your country can eventually lead to a change of your policy makers mindset. In the hope that it may extinguish the fire my father had spoken about so our next generations can live in peace. From experience, I know that your hearts will carry this heavy weight of loss for years to come but I know with time you will heal. May their souls rest in peace along all those who have been the victims of terror around the world.

Heela Najibullah is a peace scholar and an aid worker.

The views expressed in this Op-Ed are those of its author and not representative of TOLOnews.

Military Soldier Killed in Nangarhar Blast

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 06:52

An Afghan military soldier was killed and a civilian injured in a blast in eastern Nangarhar province on Sunday morning, local officials said.

The incident took place around 9 a.m. in Torkham area of Nangarhar while a military vehicle was passing the area and an explosive device detonated, killing a military soldier and injuring a civilian, spokesman for Nangarhar Governor, Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said.

He said that the police have started investigations on the blast and that the victims have been taken to a nearby hospital.

"It is not yet clear if the blast was caused by a roadside mine or a magnetic mine," Abdulzai said.

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

 

First 100 Days: 2014 Deadliest Year for Afghan Civilians: UNAMA

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 06:31

 

2014 has been the deadliest year for civilians in Afghanistan where the number of casualties have increased by 19 percent as compared to the previous year, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) head, Nicholas Haysom, said Friday at a press conference at the UN headquarters in New York.

To watch the program, click here:

{youtube}8G7woINBlFM{/youtube}

Haysom, who is also the Secretary General Special Representative for Afghanistan, highlighted the devastating impact of the conflict on Afghan civilians in a statement posted on its website.

Also present at the briefing was Georgette Gagnon, the director of UNAMA Human Rights, saying that the number of civilians killed and injured in the first 11 months of this year totals 9,617, with 3,188 civilians killed and 6,429 injured.

In this episode of the program, host Fawad Aman discusses the topics with the following guests:

• Musa Mahmoudi, Executive Director of AIHRC
• Shah Gul Razaye, MP
• Zahir Sadaat, MP
• Moean Marastyal, member of the Truth and Justice Party