HPC chief says Taliban not interested in peace

Khalili said Taliban are not interested in peace and they do not want to start peace negotiations with government.

Taliban has not shown any indication that it will accept government’s peace offer, said Mohammad Karim Khalili, the chairman of the High Peace Council, on Saturday.

He said the group does not want to start negotiations with government.

During a trip to Herat province on Saturday, Khalili said if all the people are not involved in the peace process it will fail.

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Ghani: security institutions should take intelligence ‘seriously’

Addressing a ceremony of joint command of the Police and National Directorate of Security Special Units on Saturday, President Ashraf Ghani called on the security institutions to take intelligence reports “seriously”.

“We are now facing an imposed and brutal war, and I am thankful of the National [Directorate of] security because of their important, vital and timely discoveries, and I emphasize that the [gathered] findings and information should be taken seriously and actions should be based on that information,” Ghani said.

Stressing on security forces’ role in the ongoing war, Ghani said that the forces special operations are important as “it creates fear in the heart of the enemy, adding that he will not allow the special force units to be used in outposts.

At the same event, Mohammad Massoum Stanikzai, Chief of National Directorate of Security emphasized on the security force combat in the ongoing war.

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Karzai condemns recent artillery shelling on Kunar province

The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai reacted at the recent artillery shelling by the Pakistani military on eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan.

The Office of the former President in a statement said the former President Hamid Karzai strongly condemns the shelling of Kunar and calls for an immediately halt to the incursions.

Karzai called the shelling a clear violation of the Afghan sovereignty and such the incursions harms the local residents.

The former President also added that that Afghan nation has never bowed before the force and and will never do so in the future as he urged the authorities in Pakistan to be prudent and act with dignity while dealing with Afghanistan in a bid to maintain a brotherly and friendly relations between the two countries.

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UNAMA chief concerned about use of ‘Ambulance’ in attack

The head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto condemned Saturday’s deadly bombing in Kabul that killed at least 95 people and said he was extremely concerned that the vehicle used looked like an ambulance.

In a statement issued on Saturday evening, Yamamoto said: “On behalf of the United Nations in Afghanistan, I unequivocally condemn today’s attack in Kabul city in which scores of civilians were killed or injured.

“The facts in this incident are clear. The explosion occurred near a High Peace Council facility in a civilian-populated area of Kabul. While the Taliban claim suggested the purpose of the attack was to target police, a massive vehicle bomb in a densely populated area could not reasonably be expected to leave civilians unharmed.

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Gen. Raziq next target of government’s conspiracies, claims Noor

The Chief Executive of Jamiat-e-Islami party Ata Mohammad Noor claims that the government leaders continue to their policy of elimination of key political figures and warned that the next target of the conspiracies of the government leaders is the provincial police chief of Kandahar province General Abdul Raziq.

Speaking to a gathering of the tribal elders and residents of the northenr provinces of the country on Tuesday, Noor claimed that the government will attempt to oust the Kandahar governor Gen. Raziq as part of their conspiracies against the influential figures.

However, he insisted that Gen. Raziq will not be alone and will be supported against the conspiracies, similar as he (Gen. Raziq) supported him against the recent upheavals.

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Religious scholars play effective role in war, peace

Afghanistan religious scholars can play an effective role in war and peace in the country, the High Peace Council (HPC) said.

HPC held a 2-day advisory meeting with nearly 700 religious scholars from all across the country to find solutions for reaching a lasting peace.

“Religious scholars’ efforts can bring peace. Their cooperation and coordination have effective impacts for the factions involved in war. They also can provide facilities for peace negotiations,” said Karim Khalili, the chairman of HPC.

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United States strategy against militant groups in Afghanistan has failed

Afghan Senators claim the United States’ strategy against militant groups in Afghanistan has failed, warn if the signed security agreement with U.S. was not “honestly” implemented, the ongoing crisis would deepen even further in the country.

After the collapse of the Taliban region in 2001 and thereafter, with the presence of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, many believed the country would experience stability but it wasn’t the case as the conflict and insecurity being extended in the country.

The Second Deputy Speaker of Upper House (Meshrano Jirga) said the U.S. did not implement the commitments made for stability of Afghanistan and in most cases the Afghan-U.S. security agreement being violated and it caused the ongoing conflict to be extended in the country.

“U.S. has not been successful in Afghanistan war and dual policy being followed by the country, it has developed distrust among Afghan people,” Second Deputy Speaker of Upper House, Mohammad Asif Sediqi said.

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