Dostum warns to leave Afghanistan if Ghani ignored his request regarding Qaisari

The First Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum demanded the immediate release of his close ally and former police chief of Qaisar district of Faryab Nizamuddin Qaisari.

Gen. Dostum raised the demand shortly after returning to Kabul and appearing before a press conferene in his office in Kabul.

He said he will hold talks with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani regarding the release of Qasairi.

However, he warned that he will leave the country once again if President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani did not accept his demand for the release of Qaisari.

This comes as sources close to Junbish Milli Party had earlier said that the First Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum will step up efforts for the release of Commander Nizamuddin Qaisari after his return to Kabul today.

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Afghan forces can launch operations in cities during ongoing ceasefire

The cities and highways have not been included in the government’s unilateral ongoing ceasefire with Taliban and that the Afghan security forces can launch operations in these areas, a reliable government source told Ariana News on Monday.

According to the source, the Afghan security forces would target the gatherings of the Taliban in these areas.

The Interior Ministry did not comment in this regard but stressed on preserving the government’s unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban.

“We are fully preserving the ceasefire, and the security and defense forces have been ordered to react in case of any action being taken from the other side,” the ministry spokesman Najib Danish said.

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HPC announces preparation for legitimate reconciliation with Taliban

The High Peace Council (HPC) has announced readiness for any legitimate agreement and reconciliation with the Taliban group.

HPC held a consultation meeting with a number of religious scholars from across the county to find practical ways to achieve lasting peace and end the war.

“Now, practical and promising measures are underway for starting an official talk with the armed opposition groups,” said Karim Khalili, chairman of HPC.

The HPC senior officials stressed that the council is ready for bargaining on any issue with the armed Taliban group.

“We are ready for any kind of agreement. Opening an office or the withdrawal of foreign troops are the issues that can be discussed. They can share any of their demands that we can find a solution,” said Akram Khaplwak, HPC head of secretariat.

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