Politicians working on ‘plan for talks’ with Taliban

Members of the Grand National Coalition of Afghanistan (GNCA) said on Monday that the government has failed to bring the Taliban to negotiating table and politicians are working on a plan to ensure talks with the armed group.

Speaking at a ceremony held on Sunday to mark the 17th death anniversary of Ahmad Shah Massoud on Sunday in Kabul, former jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf said that efforts underway to ensure peace talks with the Taliban.

Elaborating on the issue, today Ahmad Zia Massoud, a member of the GNCA said that they have formed a commission within the coalition to make peace talks with the Taliban.

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President Ghani orders to investigate distribution of fake ID cards

President Ashraf Ghani in an order set up a delegation led by the Attorney General’s Office to investigate the fraud in distribution of national ID cards.

Ghani’s order comes after the Grand National Coalition of Afghanistan revealed thousands of “fake national ID cards with their stickers”.

President tasked the delegation to investigate the distribution process of national ID cards from the year 1396 to 1397.

In another decree, President tasked a delegation to investigate the overall campaign of distributing the paper ID cards and to specify the exact number of distributed ID cards.

In the meantime, the electoral observing and monitoring institutions expressed deep concern over the management of time in holding the upcoming election.

“We concern over the management of time. Time passes and the election commission’s tasks slowly move forward. There are no political agreements and the technical weaknesses remain in place,” Naeem Ayoub Zada, the Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) said.

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