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Three cops dead as complex attack targets police station

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KABUL: A coordinated attack targeted a police station in Pul-e-Alam, capital of Logar province, killing three police and wounding 13 others including eight civilians, police said Wednesday.

Two gunmen stormed the compound 1st police station after a suicide bomber detonated his explosive laden car at the entrance of police station at approximately 5:30 a.m. (local time), Shah Pur Ahmadzai, spokesman of Logar police told AIP.

He said both the attackers were killed by security forces after few minutes fighting, adding head of the police station Khan Agha among three cops were killed and five more wounded. According police, eight civilians were also injured in the incident.

Unconfirmed reports suggested two traffic cops were also killed in adjacent traffic police headquarters.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AIP that three bombers took part in the attack as of them detonated his explosive packed car at the entrance of police station paving way for rest the two to enter compound and attack police.

He claimed that numerous police and other troops including officers were killed and a large number more wounded.

The Taliban also released images of the attackers.

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‘Number of registered voters exceeds 4m’

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KABUL: So far more than four million people have registered to vote in the Oct 20 parliamentary and district council polls nationwide, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said.

A IEC list, available with Afghan Newsmen, shows that till yesterday’s afternoon, more than four million and 20,000 individuals have registered their names at voter registration centers including women, men, Kuhchis and Hindus in provincial capitals and district centers.

According to the list, 2.6 million men, 26,000 women, 76,000 Kuchis and near;y 500 Hindus are among the those registered as voters so far.

According to the IEC information, the voter registration drive would complete in two phases — first in cities and the second phase in districts centers and third in far off villages.



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Ten people killed in Urzagan  Airstrike attack

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URZAGAN: At least ten people including three policemen and seven Taliban militants were killed in the airstrike conducted in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan.

According to the provincial council members, the airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Chora district late on Monday night.

A provincial council member Hayatullah Fazli confirmed that three policemen lost their lives in an airstrike in Chora district late on Monday.

Fazli further added that the airstrike also left at least seven Taliban militants dead.

According to the provincial council member, an unmanned aerial vehicle fired two missiles with targeting a police check post as well as another check post where the Taliban insurgents had taken position.

The local government and security officials have not commented regarding the report so far.

On the other hand, the Taliban group claims that seventeen check posts collapsed into the hands of the Taliban fighters during a clash in Chora district.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claims that several security personnel belonging to army, police, and militia forces were killed during the clashes.




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Deadly Attack On Interior Ministry In Kabul Repelled, Officials Say

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KABUL: An attack on Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry in Kabul has been repelled with one policeman and all of the attackers being killed in the latest in a series of militant attacks in the city.

A suicide bomber blew himself up at the first checkpoint of the Afghan Interior Ministry compound in Kabul before gunmen exchanged fire with the security forces, officials say.

The attack, claimed by the Islamic State (IS) extremist group, involved seven gunmen who were killed by security forces, Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish told  media that more than an hour after the May 30 assault was launched.

One police officer died and six other people were wounded in the attack, he added.

“The fighting is over. The attackers have all been killed by security forces between the first and second security perimeter,” Kabul police chief Daud Amin said.

The assault comes as the Taliban and a local affiliate of the IS group have launched a number of attacks in the Afghan capital in recent months, killing hundreds of people.

Also on May 30, officials said at least three Afghan police officers were killed after a group of suicide bombers attacked a police station in the eastern province of Logar.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the group was responsible for the attack, which took place in the province’s capital, Pol-e Alam.

Khalid Safi, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said the slain policemen included the commander of the police station, another officer, and the deputy director of traffic police for the provincial capital.

Twelve other people, including four police officers and eight civilians, were wounded in the attack, provincial police chief Mohmmad Abdali told media.

Some reports said a total of six police officers were killed in the attack, which began when a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle full of explosives close to the police building. Three would-be suicide bombers then tried to enter the compound, but were shot and killed by security forces.

A number of civilians’ houses were reportedly damaged by the car bomb.

Meanwhile, in the southern city of Kandahar, three civilians were killed and at least 10 others wounded by a May 30 explosion that appeared to have targeted a mechanic’s workshop repairing Afghan National Army vehicles, a spokesman for the provincial governor said.

Six of those injured are in critical condition, according to the spokesman, Daud Ahmadi. No group has yet claimed responsibility for that attack.


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Muslimyar meets speaker of Saudi Shura Council

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KABUL: The Meshrano Jirga chairman called on Speaker of Saudi Shura Council Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Sheikh.

Ziaur Rahman, spokesman for the Meshrano Jirga, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Muslimyar was currently in the oil-rich country in response to an invitation from the Saudi government.

During the meeting, both sides discussed the Afghan peace process and an upcoming ulema conference. Muslimyar stressed ties between the two countries’ councils should be strengthened.

Fazil Hadi Muslimyar is currently leading a delegation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries.

According to the Saudi Press Agency, ways of enhancing bilateral relations, especially parliamentary links, came up for discussion at the meeting.


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‘Talks the best way to bring peace, stability in Kabul’

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BEIJING: China has welcomed Afghanistan’s new peace strategy with the Taliban and said peace was the only suitable option to end current conflict in Afghanistan, a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said on Tuesday.

Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai has traveled to China and held meetings with Chines Foreign Secretary Kong Xuanyou, the statement said.

During the meeting Karzai thanked the Chinese government for organizing trilateral meetings between Afghanistan, Pakistan and China for counter-terrorism and pushing new energy in the peace efforts.

The two sides also discussed the June 9th and 10th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting and the sideline meeting between the presidents of both countries.

The Afghan deputy foreign minister asked his counterpart to help accelerate development projects China was conducting in the country.

The two sides discussed cooperation between the two countries sin different fields and assured the implementation of commitments made under the 3- nation meetings.

The Chinese deputy foreign minister hailed the Kabul Process Conference and added peace talks were the only positive way which could ensure peace in Afghanistan.



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286 unregistered Afghans return from Pakistan in one week

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KABUL: As many as 286 undocumented Afghans have returned from Pakistan last week through Torkham and Spin Boldak border crossings, officials say.

Border monitoring teams of the Directorate of Refugees and Repatriation (DoRR) say 271 Afghans returned home voluntarily while 15 were deported.

The number of returnees shows a 66 percent decrease compared to the previous week when 837 Afghans came back to their homeland, according to ReliefWeb.

Since the start of the current year, 14,860 unregistered Afghan refugees have returned from the neighboring country.


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Women victims of violence inadequate access to justice

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KABUL: A law on the elimination of violence against women has been in place in Afghanistan since 2009, but Afghan women’s access to justice remains severely inadequate, finds a new report released Tuesday by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

The report, ‘Injustice and Impunity: Mediation of Criminal Offences of Violence against Women,’ documents the individual experiences of Afghan women, survivors of violence across the country, between August 2015 and December 2017, and identifies the human rights implications of the widespread use of mediation in cases of violence against women. The report describes how mediation deprives women of access to justice and hinders the realization of their fundamental rights.

“The use of mediation in criminal cases serves not only to normalise violence against women but also to undermine confidence in the criminal justice system as a whole,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. “The report’s findings, including details indicating unchecked impunity in honour killings and the murder of women, signals that justice for Afghan women victims of violence remains severely inadequate.”

In the criminal cases of violence against women outlined in the report, UNAMA found that the majority were mediated by traditional dispute resolution mechanisms, with Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) Law institutions referring the cases, participating in the proceedings or observing the proceedings.

Afghanistan’s EVAW Law and penal code do not include any legal provision allowing for the mediation of criminal cases.

“Many of the women interviewed for this report said that they were pressured into withdrawing their official complaints and agreeing to mediation, as if no actual crime had occurred,” said Danielle Bell, head of UNAMA Human Rights. “The mediation of incidents of brutal violence against women essentially transforms criminal acts into mere family disputes; such mediation directly contradicts the spirit and letter of the EVAW Law.”

The report details Afghanistan’s obligations under domestic and international law to ensure the effective prevention and protection of women from such crimes, and makes several recommendations, including that the Government of Afghanistan ensure the full implementation of the EVAW Law and the 2018 Penal Code provisions regarding the elimination of violence against women.

The report notes that the existing legal framework and court adjudication processes in Afghanistan provide options for women facing violence, and emphasises that mediation cannot replace the judicial protections provided to women by the constitution and laws of Afghanistan. It states that mediation should not be used to resolve criminal offences of violence against women, including murder and honour killings, and the crimes set out in Articles 18-22 of the EVAW Law.

“The government has taken concrete steps to establish measures for accountability, and our report recognizes this, but the reality is that brutal violence against women continues to take place,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, who is also head of UNAMA. “It is our expectation that the insights presented in this new report will trigger the reforms needed to protect Afghan women and to improve their access to justice.”


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President’s spokesman resigns ahead of elections

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KABUL: Presidential spokesman Dawa Khan Meenapal resigned announced his resignation Tuesday as he plans to run for the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Meenapal posted a statement on his official Facebook page, stating that he will run for the parliamentary elections on behalf of the Nomads. He thanked the Afghan people, media outlets, and reporters for the support while he was serving as presidential spokesman.

Meenapal vowed to continue serving the Afghan nation, emphasizing that he has considered national interests of the country while taking all the decisions in the past. The parliamentary and district councils elections are due to be organized on 20th October this year.

The registration of the candidates for the upcoming parliamentary and district councils elections formally kicked off on Saturday across the country.

The Afghanistan Independent Election Commission Chief Gula Jan Abdul Badi Sayad told reporters that the nomination process has kicked off in the capital and all other provinces.

Sayad further added that the nominees can obtain the registration forms from IEC offices in Kabul and in provinces.



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Nangarhar’s electricity shortage 80% resolved

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JALALABAD: Power department officials in eastern Nangarhar province said 80 percent of electricity shortage was resolved with installation of a new 20-megawatt transformer.

The officials said it was the fourth transformer to be installed in the province, increasing the power supply to 75 megawatts.

Provincial power department head Omaid Sabah told Afghan media that the new transformer was installed in Hamisha Bahar Substation on Sunday to electrify houses of 20,000 more people. The transformer has the ability to run 10 to 12 factories in Sheikh Mesri Industrial Park where the number of factories would increase to 34, he said.

The electricity shortage in Jalalabad, the provincial capital, would be resolved by 80 percent with the transformer’s installation while Rodat district would be facilitated with solar electricity, he said.

Sabah added that efforts for building a power dam in Kama district were underway to resolve electricity shortage of local residents there.

He thanked Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) for providing technical cooperation in installation of the transformer.

Meanwhile, Eng. Sayed Akram, a lawmaker from Nangarhar province, welcomed installation of the transformer and urged the central government to develop a long-term plan for electricity problem of the province.

He said Nangarhar was a great place for factories and resolving electricity problem of the province would create jobs for thousands of people.