UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutierrez condemned yesterday’s attack in the district of Nangarhar, in eastern Afghanistan, which killed more than 60 people and injured at least seven. Nangarhar Governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani said the explosion occurred during Friday prayers while one rak’ah was offered.
The US Embassy, whose staff recently visited the Afghan Election Commission and the commission’s work process, said “There’s no place for fraud in Afghan Elections.” The US Embassy in Kabul wrote on its official Twitter page that its staff has access to the Afghan Election Commission Information Center and appreciates the hard work of Afghan election officials.
The Afghan Taliban said that three engineers belonging to India have been released in exchange for the release of several top Taliban commanders. The release includes ten key commanders and one member of the Haqqani network. Three Indian engineers, who were rescued on Sunday, were among seven engineers abducted last year in northern Afghanistan along with their driver.
A top Afghan Taliban delegation, led by the Taliban’s top commander, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, met Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday. A PMO official told reporters that the Pakistan Army Chief also attended this meeting on Thursday afternoon. Earlier, the delegation also met Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi at the Pakistan Foreign Ministry office. The meeting was also attended by Lt Gen Faiz Hameed, the head of ISI, the intelligence agency of the Pakistani Army.
The Taliban have said that they are ready to resume peace talks with the United States, ten days after President Trump declared the talks “dead” and in the aftermath of two bloody attacks in Afghanistan yesterday, which they claimed responsibility. “The doors are open for negotiations,” chief negotiator Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai said in an interview with the BBC. “We hope the other party will rethink its decision on the negotiations,” he added.
Two suicide bombings perpetrated by the Taliban have today, Tuesday, shaken Afghanistan, occurring in a mere one-hour interval. The first explosion took place in the north of the country where a bomb has exploded near the location where Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, was conducting his presidential campaign rally for the country’s presidential elections scheduled for September 28. The second attack has occurred in Kabul, a few meters from the country’s US embassy.
The US. has confirmed that Hamza bin Laden, Osama bin Laden’s son, considered the heir apparent to al-Qaeda’s command, was killed in a U.S. counter terrorism operation. The American media had earlier reported his death in late July. Hamza, aged roughly 30 years old, was the fifteenth of Osama bin Laden’s 20 children.
Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani says the government is ready to talk to the Taliban, but insists peace talks are not possible without a ceasefire. Mr. Ghani said Afghanistan was at a critical juncture, and both peace and elections were necessary. He said that peace is the demand of the whole nation, which will belong to the whole Afghan nation.
Pakistan has reacted to US President Donald Trump’s recent remarks, and said that Islamabad will always believe that Afghanistan’s conflict cannot be resolved through war. Pakistan is optimistic that talks will resume between the US and the Taliban, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a television interview that he would not talk to the Taliban unless they change their attitude. Mr. Pompeo told ABC News that the Taliban had escalated violence, and that the group had taken credit for the latest suicide attack in Kabul, which killed eight people, including an American. With this incident, President Trump said that “It is enough.”
The US Congress has called on Zalmay Khalilzad, the country’s special envoy for Afghan peace, to provide details of the deal with the Taliban. Rep. Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, urged Mr. Khalilzad to present details of the deal with the Taliban to Congress in a public hearing. The Democratic Party has a majority in the House of Representatives.
Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan, says the US military will vacate five military bases in the first phase in the event of a peace deal with the Taliban. Khalilzad will arrive in Doha after the end of the ninth round of talks with the Taliban.
The Afghan Interior Ministry says at around 4 pm today, an explosion occurred in northern Kunduz province. Nusrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, said that two Afghan security forces were killed and four others, including four civilians and four policemen, were wounded in the incident.
Despite protests and criticism, the German government has returned a number of Afghan citizens to their country. The forced return of Afghan asylum seekers and immigrants began last December. German news agencies on Wednesday quoted Kabul airport officials saying that a plane originating in Germany with seven Afghans landed at the airport at 6 am local time.
Amnesty International in its new report has expressed concern that human rights activists and defenders in Afghanistan are facing fear, abuse, threats, and violence. The most recent report, released Wednesday in Kabul, said the defenders were attacked by both sides of the conflict, the government, and the opposition, as well as armed groups. The agency added that six Afghan human rights workers were killed in a car crash in the east of the country, killing two and injuring two others. The Afghan government has so far not arrested anyone in connection with the case.
US President Donald Trump says there is “no rush,” and “no timeline” for Afghan peace talks with the Taliban. President Trump told reporters on the sidelines of the G7 summit in France on Monday that there are no plans for withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan.
The Afghan Presidential Palace says it is monitoring ongoing peace talks between the Taliban and US in the Qatari capital, Doha. Talks to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan entered their ninth round on Tuesday. The day starts with an effort to finalize the final points of the agreement.
A suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan left at least 63 people dead and 182 wounded on Saturday night at a wedding party. The Islamic State terror group has since claimed credit for the brutal attack. It is the worst attack in months in the Afghan capital, at a time when the population awaits an agreement between the Taliban and the United States.
The British Embassy in Kabul announced its contribution of $4 million to support the Afghan presidential election this year. Meanwhile, in the run-up to the election, another candidate, Abdul Latif Pedram, began his campaign with the slogan “Justice, Security, and Freedom.”
Inter-group talks have been underway since the end of Eid, both between members of the Taliban’s political bureau in Doha and at the level of the Taliban leadership, a source told news reporters in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday. According to the source, who did not want to be named, the Taliban group will make its final decision on a “final deal” with the US within two days. The source added that another meeting between the group’s representatives and the United States would soon be needed if changes were made to the final draft of the agreement with the United States.
The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs criticizes the Uzbek government’s official acceptance of the Taliban, saying such acceptance does not represent a basis for peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban representatives. Two days ago, the Taliban announced that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the head of Taliban’s political bureau in Qatar, met with Uzbekistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdul Aziz Kamelov.
Afghan presidential candidate Mohammad Hanif Atmar has announced that he has decided to halt his campaign. His Peace and Moderation Party have criticized the government for “undermining the credibility of the election” because of the ruling party’s “unlawful actions.”
On the third day of the eighth round of talks between the United States and the Taliban in Qatar’s capital Doha, top US and Taliban sources confirmed that further progress had been made, but a peace agreement would be signed and announced later. It is not yet clear how many more days, weeks or months it will take to announce the success of the peace talks between the United States and the Taliban, but at the end of the third day, the two sides look promising.
Today following the world news can be seen in a world at unrest. In these countries especially is apparent World Unrest:
Khazakhstan – The world’s largest land locked country and the ninth largest in the world with an area of 2,724,900 square kilometers. It is a democratic secular republic with a diverse heritage. After the elections resulting in the overwhelming victory of interim president Toqaev began wave of protests against the lack of fairness in the elections.