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Badghis governor says Taliban and security forces have called an Eid truce

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(Last Updated On: July 15, 2021)

Badghis Governor Hesamuddin Shams said Thursday government forces and the Taliban militants have declared a ceasefire following mediation of tribal elders in the province.

The ceasefire was declared at 10 am Thursday and the Taliban have also retreated from the outskirts of the provincial capital Qal-e-Naw city, sources told Ariana News.

According to the sources, the ceasefire will continue until the end of Eid al-Adha next week.

The Taliban has not commented yet.

Despite repeated calls for a ceasefire, by government, the international community and humanitarian organizations, the Taliban has continually said they will call a truce once certain conditions have been met. Their conditions include the release of 7,000 Taliban prisoners and the removal of the names of their leaders from the UN blacklist.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Nader Naderi, a member of the Afghan Republic’s negotiating team, stated: “Taliban have proposed a three-month ceasefire but in return, they want the release their 7,000 prisoners and the removal of their leaders’ names from the UN blacklist which is a heavy demand by them.”

Sources, meanwhile, had told Ariana News that an eleven-member delegation led by Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, will head to Doha on Friday for talks with the Taliban.

So far, the delegation head and members, their authority, and the agenda for the talks have not been finalized, sources said.

However, the US State Department’s spokesman Ned Price also said on Wednesday that a senior delegation from the Afghan government will visit Doha.
Price did not however give names nor any other details about the trip.

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At least five dead in Kabul mosque bombing

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(Last Updated On: May 25, 2022)

Kabul Emergency Hospital report at least five people have died and 22 wounded in this evening’s explosion at a mosque.

The incident happened in PD4 at the Hazrat Zakaria mosque.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the blast.

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IEA printing passports in Lithuania to resolve shortage problem

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(Last Updated On: May 25, 2022)

The General Directorate of Passports of the Interior Ministry of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) said Wednesday that efforts are being made to address the shortage of passport booklets in Afghanistan and that tens of thousands of passports will be available in the next few days.

The directorate said on Wednesday that three million passport booklets have been printed in Lithuania and will be delivered to Kabul within two weeks.

According to officials this is being done in cooperation with the United Nations.

Meanwhile, Shafiullah Tasal, media secretary for the General Directorate of Passports, told VOA that a Lithuanian company printed the passports and that the IEA government has paid the company.

According to Tasal discussions were currently underway regarding delivery.

The IEA has been only issuing ten-year passports for the past month to Afghans over the age of 15.

Children and teenagers under the age of 15 are issued with five-year passports.

The IEA charges more than 5,000 Afghanis for a five-year passport and 10,000 Afghanis for a ten-year passport.

For several weeks now, the distribution of passports across Afghanistan has stopped, and the IEA has only distributed them in Kabul.

However the General Directorate of Passports said once the new shipment of passports arrives, distribution will resume in all provinces.

Two days ago, the department said that a number of people had recently printed fake passport booklets in “neighboring countries” and illegally distributed them to the public in exchange for money.

According to the department, some of these “profiteers” have been detained by IEA intelligence officials and are being investigated.

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Tajikistan to host regional security summit on Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: May 25, 2022)

Tajikistan is scheduled to host a regional security summit on Afghanistan on Thursday and Friday this week.

The meeting will be held in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, and will be attended by representatives from countries in the region.

In addition to this, another meeting was held this week between an Afghan Defense Ministry delegation and the commander of the Uzbek Border Guards.

At this meeting, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) officials reassured Uzbekistan that Afghanistan’s territory will not pose a threat to any country.

Meanwhile, Tajikistan will host this week’s meeting following successive meetings of regional countries on the situation in Afghanistan, which will be attended by national security advisers of countries in the region.

They are expected to review the security, political, economic and humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.

The meeting will be held on Thursday and Friday in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, and will be attended by India’s national security adviser and representatives from Russia, China, Iran and Central Asian countries, Indian media reported, but it is unclear whether Pakistan will send a delegation to this meeting or not.

“The border situation and the threat posed by terrorism to Central Asian countries and Afghanistan’s other neighbors will be discussed at the meeting,” India’s national security adviser was quoted as saying. “Women’s rights and the need to form an inclusive government will also be discussed,” The Times of India reported.

The Islamic Emirate, however, has repeatedly said that there is no threat from Afghanistan to neighboring countries and the region, and instead called on these countries to expand their interactions and cooperation with the new Afghan government.

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