IEC to announce Presidential election timeline within next week

Officials from the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday said that works are underway to outline a timeline for the upcoming presidential election and that it would be announced within next week.

The upcoming presidential election is scheduled to take place on April 20, next year. The IEC said that it will finalize a timeline for the upcoming polls next week.

“Next week, we will share the timeline of the presidential elections with people, the international community, electoral complaints commission, and election observes,” said Hafizullah Hashimi, a commissioner of the IEC. “Currently, work is underway to finalize the timeline.”

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MoI warns of taking ‘legal action’ against General Raziq

The Interior Ministry on Saturday warned of taking “legal action” against General Abdul Raziq, the Police Chief of southern Kandahar province, stressed that no member of police personnel can stand against the law.

Days earlier, following the controversial dismissal of Atta Mohammad Noor, former governor of Balkh province, Gen. Raziq said that the National Unity Government has neither appointed him, nor can remove him from the post.

“I have been appointed based on the demands of Kandahar people and I will leave based on their demands,” he asserted.

The Interior Ministry, however, said that government has not taken any decision to remove the Police Chief of Kandahar from his post, insisting that any debate in regard is “premature”.

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Mohaqiq expresses concern over increasing Daesh activities, displacement

Deputy Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqiq has expressed his concerns regarding the expansion of Daesh militants activities in northern provinces of Afghanistan.

“Daesh and its branches have intensified its activities in Afghanistan and it has caused widespread concerns among the people of Afghanistan,” Mohaqiq who was speaking in a seminar on migration in Kabul said.

He stated that the extremist group is widely active in Faryab, Jawzjan, and Sar-e-Pul provinces.

In addition , he said disagreements within the government, discrimination and nepotism are the main reasons behind insecurities and fleeing from the country.

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Massoud Accuses Govt of Ethnic Polarization, Power Monopoly

Ahmad Wali Massoud, chairman of National Agenda Process on Monday accused Afghanistan’s National Unity Government (NUG) of deliberate attempts to sow the seeds of division among the ethnic groups, of dictatorship and of monopolizing political power.

He warned such moves by the government could lead to the collapse of the present political system.

He also recommended a plan known as “National Consensus” to government and the political parties in the country to overcome the ongoing issues currently facing Afghans.

“Unfortunately, we see in the politics of this country that they deliberately break the principle of the national unity by ethnic polarization. We also see indications that there are signs of repression and dictatorship,” said Massoud.

Meanwhile CEO Abdullah Abdullah has stressed the need for the systematic reforms to be put in place in the government institutions.

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Dostum strongly reacts at Ghani and US embassy remarks regarding Ishchi case

The first vice president and leader of Junbish Millie party General Abdul Rashid has strongly reacted at the remarks of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and a top US diplomat, hours after reports emerged that the controversial case involving the vice president and his rival has been referred to the court.

The office of the first vice president in a statement said the Attorney General Office is not having such an authority to permit the vice president to travel abroad, pointing towards President Ghani’s remarks during a press conference on Tuesday where he had said Gen. Dostum is in Turkey for the treatment on the permission of the Attorney General Office.

The statement further added that the US embassy must respect independency of Afghanistan and bilateral relations between the two countries, insisting that the legal and judicial system of the country has a clear definition and approach regarding such cases.

Gen. Dostum’s office also added that irresponsible remarks by the foreign diplomats and missions will only spark concerns among the people.

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U.S. lawmakers: Trump must treat Afghanistan with urgency

President Trump and his administration must treat Afghanistan with the same urgency as the fight against the Islamic State, two U.S. lawmakers have said.

The urge was made by John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and senator Lindsey Graham, a member of the committee, in an opinion article published on Washington Post on Tuesday.

Citing call by commander of international forces in Afghanistan who described situation a stalemate, the senators said that the stalemate could slide into strategic failure if Trump doesn’t treat Afghanistan with urgency.

“Make no mistake: Afghans are fighting ferociously to defend their country from our common enemies. At the same time, we must recognize the United States is still at war in Afghanistan against the terrorist enemies who attacked our nation on Sept.11 and their ideological heirs. We must act accordingly,” they said in the article.

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Over 3,500 Military Operations Launched In Seven Months

Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Sunday said at least 3,600 military operations have been launched across the country over the past seven months – killing nearly 9,000 insurgents so far.

“We managed to carry out 10 to 30 military operations on a daily basis in various provinces. Thousands of insurgents have been killed and their important resources have been destroyed so far,” said Mohammad Radmanish, deputy spokesman for the Defense Ministry.

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