KABUL (SW): A number of Wolesi Jirga (lower hosue) members on Monday blamed top government officials for interfering in parliamentary affairs.
KABUL (SW): Mohammad Akram Khpalwak, Secretary of the High Peace Council, made it clear on Monday there is no proposal in place to handover certain areas to the Taliban for the peace process.
KABUL (SW): The grand council of nomads on Saturday announced its backing for the government’s offer for peace talks with the Taliban.
Mohammad Ismail Khan, a Jihadi figure and the former Minister of Water and Energy, called on the President of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, and the CEO of the National Unity Government, Abdullah Abdullah to resign and that an interim government should be formed until the next election.
The Hezb-e Islami Executive Council led by Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal said Gulbuddin Hekmatyar does not qualify for the removal of members of the party.
KABUL (SW): Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer of the National Unity Government, has said differences between Arg (Presidential Palce) and Atta Mohammad Noor, the unseated governor of Balkh province, will soon be resolved.
KABUL (SW): A well-placed source has informed Salam Watandar, the government through a robust military campaign backed by the U.S. would force the Taliban to enter peace deal.
KABUL (SW): Humayoun Humayoun has won the election for the seat of deputy speaker at the Wolesi Jirga (lower house) here on Sunday.
Abdullah Adbullah, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Unity Government (NUG) said that Afghanistan is in the worst situation and that fueling the ethnic and linguistic tensions will make the situation uncontrollable.
KABUL (SW): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said the strategy for peace outlined at the Kabul Process is comprehensive, and the government would not backtrack from the path of peace.
KABUL (SW): A number of media outlets on Monday reported that the Presidential delegation has reached an understanding with the unseated governor of Balkh province.
KABUL (SW): The Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) has noted that an overwhelming 90 per cent of current members of the Wolesi Jirga (lower house) are eying return to the house via the forthcoming elections.
KABUL (SW): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday called upon the Taliban to shun violence and become a political party obeying the Constitution and scraping ties to terrorist groups.
KABUL (SW): A gathering of the Jamiat-e-Islami party in Kabul on Tuesday turned violent amid anti-government slogans.
KABUL (SW): The Afghan government is set to host the second round of the Kabul Process international conference in the capital city on Wednesday.
KABUL (SW): The war in Afghanistan is imposed from outside, and many neighboring countries are secretly backing the Taliban, officials at the High Peace Council (HPC) said on Monday.
HERAT CITY (SW): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Saturday launched project to register private property at a ceremony in Herat attended by official and local elders.
KABUL (SW): The NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan, Ambassador Cornelius Zimmermann, has said fight in Afghanistan against terrorism has to be matched by talks.
General Abdul Rashid Dostum, the first vice president in exile, said it is difficult to negotiate peace with Taliban without him. Peace in Afghanistan comes only when peace agreements achieved between leaders of the government first, he added.
KABUL (SW): Japan has announced new assistance to promote the UN Electoral Support Project to assist the upcoming electoral cycles in Afghanistan, including the parliamentary and district council elections announced for 2018.
Qader Shah, spokesperson for the National Security Council advisor told Salam Watandar that Mohammad Hanif Atmar, the National Security Advisor, headed to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
AIBAK (SW): Amid tight security arrangements, Abdul Latif Ibrahimi on Tuesday took charge as governor of Samangan province after Abdul Karim Khudam, the ousted governor, agreed to step down.
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (SW): The Turkmen community members from Balkh, Jawzjan, Faryab and Kunduz province on Monday staged protest demonstration against the sacking of governor of Samangan.
MAIMANA (SW): An armed conflict in Faryab province between Nizammudin Qaisari, a commander associated with the first Vice President Abdul Rasheed Dosum, and Fatehullah Qaisari, a member of the Wolesi Jirga (lower house) rages on.
KABUL (SW): Mohammad Mohaqeq, first deputy to the Chief Executive Officer of the National Unity Government, on Sunday stressed every ethnic group in the country should be officially recognized.
KABUL (SW): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said the government would announce its strategy for peace with the armed opposition in the forthcoming Kabul Process’ international conference later this month.
PUL-I-ALAM (SW): Hundreds of people gathered in Pul-i-Alam, provincial capital of Logar, to stage a protest demonstration against Pakistan.
KABUL (SW): Following reports about launch of biometric identity cards at the Arg (Presidential Palace), Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer of the National Unity Government (NUG) on Friday called for halting the process.
KABUL (SW): Najib Azad, deputy spokesperson for the President, said he has submitted his resignation to the President due to the restrictions imposed on providing information to the press by a 'small circle' in the Arg (Presidential palace).
TALUQAN (SW): Residents of Takhar province’s Chahab district have set-up a protest camp against the return of the Hezb-e-Islami commander Bashir Qanet to the area.
KABUL (SW): The unseated governor of Balkh province, Atta Mohammad Noor, has warned to hold mass public rallies from 15 provinces later this month.
MAZAR-E-SHARIF/ JALALABAD (SW): Hundreds of protesters in Balkh and Nangarhar provinces on Sunday took to the streets in solidarity with the activists of the Pashtoon Long March in Pakistan.
KABUL (SW): To follow-up discussions on the terrorists’ sanctuaries in Pakistan, a delegation from Kabul would visit Islamabad on Friday.
KABUL (SW): President Mohammad Ashraf on Saturday urged neighboring countries not to exploit Afghan refugees for their political gains.
KABUL (SW): Led by former minister Anwarul Haq Ulomi, the Afghanistan Peoples’ Front (APF) on Saturday announced to campaign for unity and harmony in the country.
KABUL (SW): Mohammad Masoum Stanikzai, Director of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), and Wais Ahmad Barmak, Minister of Interior (MoI) on Wednesday handed over proof of Pakistan-based terrorists’ involvement in the latest spate of assaults in Afghanistan to the authorities in Islamabad.
KABUL (SW): The President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, on Monday landed in Kabul on a first state visit to Afghanistan by the head of state of the island nation in over five decades.
The former Pakistan ambassador to Afghanistan, quoting a source in the Taliban, said the delegation of Taliban visited Pakistan to discuss negotiations with the Afghanistan government with their leaders in Pakistan.
WASHINGTON (SW): The White House has noted it is closely following the current dispute over the governorship of Afghanistan’s Balkh Province.
KABUL (SW): Following the dismissal of Atta Mohammad Noor from Balk province, the government named Engineer Davood as the new governor. However, Atta Mohammad Noor, the sacked governor of Balkh and the CEO of Jamiat-e Islami (JI), has rejected the decision of Arg (Presidential Palace) and stuck to his seat as Governor of Balkh.
Mujib-ur Rahman Rahimi, spokesperson for the CEO of National Unity Government, said that the constitution has put all the power in the hands of the presidential palace (Arg), and in order to decentralize the power, the constitution needs to be amended.
KABUL (SW): The U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has spoken with the Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani by phone over various issues.
KABUL (SW): Ghulam Hussain Nasiri, member of the Wolesi Jirga (lower house), has raised objections over the appointment of Hafeezullah Hashimi at the Independent Election Commission (IEC) as a commissioner.
KABUL (SW): The High Peace Council (HPC) has confirmed talks between a faction of the Taliban and the Hezb-e-Islami for peace process have entered second day in Turkey.
KABUL (SW): Leaders of the Sadat community on Saturday urged the government to legally recognize this ethnic group in the proposed new biometric identity cards.
KABUL (SW): The Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah has blocked talks between his Jamiat-e-Islami party and the Presidential Palace (Arg) over the unseating of governor of Balkh Atta Mohammad Noor.
KABUL (SW): Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer of the National Unity Government (NUG), on Monday defended the delay in issuance of the proposed biometric identity cards.
KABUL (SW): A leaked documents from the Wolesi Jirga (lower house)’s security and privileges committee demanding raise in perks and privileges for the members has caused an uproar.
KABUL (SW): The Minister for Water and Power on Monday survived the vote of confidence at the Wolesi Jirga (lower house) after an unexpected summoning.
KABUL (SW): The Wolesi Jirga (lower house) is set to summon Ali Ahmad Usmani, Minister for Water and Energy, on Monday.