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|Taliban’s deputy shadow governor dies of critical wounds in Herat|
|[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The deputy shadow governor of the group for western province Manan Lewanay has died of critical wounds he sustained during the operations of the Afghan police forces.|
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Lewanay died of his wounds earlier today, days after he was critically during operations of the police forces.
The statement further added that Lewanay was in Rezak area of Obe district during the operations few days earlier.
|Taliban attacks in Afghanistan kill at least 22 security forces|
|[Al Ahram] Talibs killed at least 22 security forces, including a district police chief, in separate attacks on security checkpoints in two Afghan provinces, officials said on Sunday, ahead of parliamentary elections set for this week.|
The have ramped up attacks in strategic provinces in their battle to expel foreign forces, topple the Western-backed government and restore their version of hardline Islamic law.
The police chief of Mizan, a district in southern Zabul province, was killed in armed with Taliban on Saturday night, the provincial governor, Rahmatullah Yarmal, said.
In the western province of Farah, Taliban fighters killed 21 troops at two checkpoints in the district of Posht-e Rud.
The Taliban captured 11 soldiers and seized their weapons, added Gul Ahmad Faqiri, a member of the Farah provincial council.
The hardline Islamist group claimed the attacks.
"Our fighters have killed the police chief and 25 Afghan soldiers in two provinces on Saturday night," its , Zabiullah Mujahidhe, said in a statement.
|Taliban release details of the meeting with the U.S. delegation in Qatar|
|[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Talibs released the details of the recent meeting between the U.S. delegation led by U.S. Special Adviser for Afghanistan reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and the Taliban Zabiullah Mujahid in a statement said the Taliban political delegation consisting of the head of Qatar office Alhaj Sher Mohammad , deputy chief of the political office of Taliban Mawlavi Abdul Salam Hanafi, members of the political office Sherikh Shahabudin Delawar, Qari Din Mohammad Hanif, Alhaj Mohammad Zahid Ahmadzai, and Mohamamd Sohail Shaheen met with the U.S. delegation led by Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad on Friday. in |
The statement further added that the two sides discussed the prospects regarding an end to the presence of the foreign forces in Afghanistan and peaceful approach to end the issues of Afghanistan.
According to the statement released by Taliban, the of the group have told the U.S. delegation that the presence of the foreign forces is a major barrier on the way to resolve the issues and for the return of lasting peace in Afghanistan.
The two sides also agreed to continue to their negotiations in a bid to find an Afghan inclusive solution to the ongoing issues in Afghanistan, the statement added.
|Over 50 Taliban militants killed, wounded after attacking a district in Paktika|
|[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan Military in the Southeast claims that more than 50 Talibs have been killed or after launching a coordinated attack on Khoshamand district.|
The 203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan Military in the Southeast in a statement said the armed forces of 203rd Thunder Corps responded jointly with the other security personnel to a coordinated attack, leaving more than 50 dead or .
The statement further added that the Afghan forces also confiscated 15 landmines and vehicle were also seized following the attack.
According to 203rd Thunder Corps, the dead bodies of at least 18 are still left in the area where the clash took place.
No further details have been regarding the possible casualties of the Afghan armed forces during the .
In the meantime, the 203rd Thunder Corps said at least 11 were killed and 6 others were in separate that took place in Sultan Bagh of Andar, Sahibzada of Qarabagh, and Tasang of Deh yak district in Ghazni province.
|Senator announces to boycott in camera meetings to discuss blasphemy law|
|[DAWN] Fazal (JUI-F) Senator Maulana on Wednesday announced that he will boycott meetings of the Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology if in camera meetings are held to discuss a proposed law seeking equal punishments for those convicted of blasphemy and those who make false accusations of blasphemy.|
The Prevention of Electronic Crimes (Amendment) Bill 2018 was moved on the directions of Islamabad High Court after Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui ordered last year during a case that those who make false accusations of blasphemy should be given the same punishment as those convicted of blasphemy.
The bill was later prepared by the government and was referred by the upper house to the committee for discussion.
Chaired by Senator Rubina Khalid, the committee decided not to discuss the bill in the absence of Information Technology Minister Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, who tabled the bill in Senate but Senator Haideri still started discussing the issue.
"The matter is being discussed in the religious circles and we are of the view that such kinds of bills should not be passed. Many people register baseless cases of theft, robberies and other crimes and people are killed in the main markets but the aggrieved families cannot prove murder because witnesses refuse to record their statements in the court," Mr Haideri said.
|3 soldiers martyred, 5 wounded as roadside bomb explodes in South Waziristan|
|[DAWN] At least three soldiers and five others were in a blast in South near the Pak-Afghan border on Thursday, officials said.|
The soldiers were reportedly carrying out routine search operations in Makeen Tehsil of South Waziristan district when the took place, local officials told AFP.
While there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the , the military has been battling and Al Qaeda linked in the region for years.
Violence across the country has declined in recent years following a series of military operations along the border with Afghanistan, but groups are still able to carry out deadly attacks.
There have been a number of fatal assaults in recent months in the northwest, as well as in The army launched an operation in mid-2014 to wipe out bases in the area and end the near decade-long insurgency that has cost thousands of lives.
The operation was intensified after the Taliban massacred more than 150 people, the majority of them children, in the attack on the Army Public School (APS) in in December 2014.
|What lies beneath India’s ‘sudden’ cancellation of talks with Pakistan?|
|[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] New Delhi’s sudden cancellation of a scheduled meeting between the Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistain on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York is still an unsolved mystery intriguing diplomats and analysts alike.|
Last month India’s External Affairs Ministry spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar, announced with a flourish that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj would hold talks with her Pak counterpart, Makhdoom Shah , in New York "next week", but within 24 hours India called off the bilateral meeting without a valid explanation for the change of heart.
The buzz in India is that US President exerted pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to agree to a Pak proposal to resume talks resulting in the announcement. But Mohan Bhagwat, chief of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ‐ the mother of all Hindu right-wing bodies including the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party ‐ ordered Modi to cancel the talks.
Apparently, Bhagwat conveyed to Modi ‐ who is himself an RSS member like his cabinet colleagues ‐ that resumption of peace dialogue with Pakistain at this juncture wouldn’t go down well with the BJP’s core constituency ahead of crucial assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh, not to speak of the 2019 general elections. And Modi fell in line.
If the talks had not been cancelled, it would have been the first face-to-face meeting between the Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistain since December 2015.
Diplomats and commentators refuse to buy New Delhi’s official explanation that the talks were cancelled because of the killing of an Indian security personnel and a Pak stamp honoring separatist Burhan Wani as both the "deeply disturbing developments" took place before the talks were announced.
The harsh language of the Ministry of External Affairs statement, replete with inaccuracies, while calling off the meeting ‐ "the evil agenda of Pakistain stands exposed" and the "true face" of has been "revealed to the world" ‐ also raised eyebrows.
The statement claimed that Khan had been in office "for a few months" when in fact it had only been a month. Sharat Sabharwal, India’s former High Commissioner in Pakistain, virtually said that MEA run by Indian Foreign Service (IFS) had been completely bypassed in the announcement and cancellation of talks between the two foreign ministers.
"IFS does not draft such election-oriented statements or take such hasty flip flop decisions. Seems like the handiwork of ’muscular’ thinking. More ’brawn’ than ’brain’!", said an outspoken Sabharwal.
Sabharwal seemed to hint that Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor, known for his hawkish views on Pakistain, had drafted the statement released by MEA announcing cancellation of talks instead of career diplomats who are more circumspect.
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India’s "muscular" statement gave Khan an opportunity to attack Modi personally. Said Khan: "All my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture", while Pak commentator Zarrar Khurho said that the "language used in the Indian cancellation is nothing short of a Bollywood script or a Star Plus drama".
Jyoti Malhotra, Editor National Affairs & Strategic Affairs of The Print website in New Delhi, told Al Arabiya English that the cancellation of talks by India "demonstrated insecurity".
"The Indian government put out several reasons for the confirmation and cancellation of talks with Pakistain within a span of 24 hours. But the truth is that it demonstrates a certain insecurity for a country that wants to project itself as a regional power. And the tragedy is that ordinary people of the two countries will suffer from the lack of contact," she said.
|U.S. airstrikes inflict casualties on Taliban, destroy 3 APCs in Faryab|
|[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The U.S. forces carried out s on a hideout of the group in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan, leaving at least 13 dead or and destroying three armored personnel carriers.|
The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said the airstrikes were carried out at around 11:00pm local time on Wednesday in Ghormach district.
The statement further added that ten Talibs were killed during the airstrikes and three others sustained injuries.
According to 209th Shaheen Corps, a commander of the Taliban group identified as Qari Nasir, also famous as Ansar, was among those killed.
The airstrikes also destroyed three Armored Personnel Carriers equipped with heavy weapons, the 209th Shaheen Corps added in its statement.
|Several dead as airstrikes target gathering of Taliban leaders in Wardak|
|[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Several Talibs including their high ranking leaders were killed during the operations of the Afghan armed forces in central Maidan Wardak province.|
The Afghan Intelligence, (NDS), in a statement said the intelligence opertives conducted a special operation in Syedabad district with the support of the air forces.
The statement further added that 21 including some high ranking leaders of the and were killed during the operations.
The key Taliban leaders killed during the operations include Taliban’s shadow intelligence chief Mawlavi Naqibullah also famous as Majid, Taliban leader in charge of looking after the disabled Mawlavi Abdul Rahman, Haqqani network leader Mawlavi Saif Ur Rehman, Mawlavi Samad, Taliban’s shadow district chief for Syedabad, Taliban’s commander for Tangi area of Syedabad Mawlavi Syedullah, and in charge of a group of 15 Mullah Naqi,b NDS said.
At least 15 other were also killed during the operations and 2 others sustained injuries, NDS added in its statement.
|Taliban commander leading a group of 50 militants killed in Faryab airstrike|
|[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A local commander who was in charge of a group of at least 50 was killed in an in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan.|
The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said the airstrike was carried out at around 12:20am on Wednesday.
The statement further added that the airstrike left at least seven dead, including a who was in charge of a group of at least 50 s.
According to 209th Shaheen Corps, the airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Shakh area of Qaisar district.
The killed in the airstrike has been identified as Mullah Daud Taimani, the 209th Shaheen Corps added in its statement.
|#BringBackOurGirls activist runs for Nigeria’s presidency|
|[Al Ahram] The woman who led the global campaign to free Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by is now running for president, saying she is fighting for "the soul" of Africa’s most populous nation.|
Oby Ezekwesili is the most prominent woman to seek the presidency in Nigeria, where politics, as in many African nations, have long been dominated by men.
A former World Bank vice president, Ezekwesili also co-founded Transparency International, one of the world’s leading organizations against corruption ‐ a widespread problem in oil-rich Nigeria.
But she is perhaps most well-known for her vocal work in turning the world’s attention to Boko Haram’s Islamic insurgency and its abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls from the community of Chibok in 2014.
The #BringBackOurGirls movement, supported by former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and others, put relentless pressure on Nigeria’s government to free the students.
Police broke up some of the campaign’s protests with violence. Finally, after a breakthrough in negotiations ‐ and, reportedly, millions of dollars paid to Boko Haram ‐ scores of the girls were freed last year.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who promised to fight both Boko Haram and corruption when he took office in 2015, met with the freed schoolgirls while his government claimed a victory.
More than 100 of the Chibok schoolgirls have never returned, however, and a similar mass abduction occurred earlier this year in the community of Dapchi.
Almost all of those schoolgirls have been released, but the kidnapping exposed Nigeria’s difficulties in defeating the s.
Now Ezekwesili is challenging the 75-year-old Buhari on his campaign vows, drawing on personal experience on both fronts ahead of the February 2019 election.
A major challenge is the attitude toward female candidates in Nigeria, where many say women are fit only for the kitchen.
|Afghan officials get 20 years for handing secrets to Pakistan|
|[Al Ahram] Two Afghan military officials were for 20 years after a two-year trial for sharing state secrets with Pakistain, a prosecutor said on Wednesday.|
The sentence highlights a long-standing belief between Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistain that the other country does not adequately prevent cross-border attacks.
Shah Mohammad and Nazirullah were in 2016 after travelling to Pakistain to hand over information to Pakistain's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) agency. They but eventually "confessed to their crime" before the military court in the eastern city of Jalalabad, officials said.
"Each of them has been sentenced to 20 years in prison by the primary court," said Najiburrahman Nadim, a military prosecutor.
Nadim said the accused had shared secret information about attacks and s.
Afghanistan’s Western-backed government has long accused Pakistain of harbouring Afghan s, a charge that Islamabad denies.
Islamabad, in turn, accuses Afghanistan of not doing enough to eradicate Pak Talibs, many of whom are based in Afghanistan and mostly carry out attacks inside Pakistain.
A defence lawyer representing the two army officials rejected the court's verdict, which was delivered on Tuesday.
"My clients were beaten during the investigations and they were forced to confess. We don't accept the decision and we will appeal," said Toryalai Muqanen.