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Gov’t Will Propose a Clear Peace Plan to Taliban Tomorrow: ARG

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(Last Updated On: February 27, 2018)

The second round of Kabul Process Conference which aims to combat against terrorism and bring a lasting peace to Afghanistan will be held in Kabul on Wednesday.

Representatives of 25 countries and three international organizations at senior levels are expected to take part in this summit tomorrow in the capital of Afghanistan.

Haroon Chakhansuri, President Ashraf Ghani’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Communications and Media, told a press conference on Tuesday that government will propose a clear peace plan to the Taliban insurgent group at the end of this meeting.

“Different groups of the Taliban are willing to participate in peace negotiations, the peace doors are open for them,” Chakhansuri said. “This time, the government of Afghanistan will propose a peace plan to [the Taliban] with full clarity.

He added that government was ready to negotiate with the Taliban anywhere that the group wants.

At the same time, a senior member of the Afghanistan’s High Peace Council (AHPC) complains the government for not consulting with women about peace talks.

“We are a group of 12 women, but no one has taken our idea regarding the Kabul Process and I want to confess that I’m sure no one has asked the men as well,” the Deputy Chair of the High Peace Council, Habiba Surabi said.

Meanwhile, a number of experts doubt about the satisfactory outcome of the conference.

“I don’t believe to the outcome of this process, because the National Unity Government of Afghanistan has failed to create a regional consensus about the war and peace in Afghanistan,” Daoud Naji, a political activist said.

This comes after on Monday the Taliban in a statement called on the United States to talk directly with their political office in Qatar regarding a “peaceful solution” to the Afghan conflict. The insurgent group stressed that the ongoing war in the country is “not in the interest of anyone”.

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UN Security Council to meet over situation in Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: September 26, 2022)

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is scheduled to hold a meeting on Tuesday that will focus on the current situation in Afghanistan.

UNSC members are expected to discuss economic, humanitarian and security concerns.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) spokesman Bilal Karimi said the IEA welcomed meetings that are held with the aim of cooperating with the government and people of Afghanistan.

He also said that Afghans expect cooperation and that such meetings must be held in accordance with international laws and principles.

However, the IEA still does not have a designated UN representative – one year after taking control of the country.

Instead, Naseer Ahmad Faiq, who assumed leadership of the Afghan mission to the UN in December last year, will address the security council members.

The IEA does not however recognize him as the legitimate envoy to the UN.

In a series of tweets on Monday, Faiq said that he would address the security council meeting and speak on behalf of Afghans.

“On behalf of Afghans, in this important meeting, like always, I would like to raise the voice of my nation,” he said.

In September last year, the IEA asked the UN to accredit Suhail Shaheen, the head of the IEA’s political office in Qatar, as the new ambassador.

But in December, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution in which it indefinitely delayed a decision over the rival claims to the representative seat for Afghanistan.

At the time, the IEA criticized the UN’s failure to decide on this issue, saying it was ignoring the rights of the Afghan people.

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Influential Muslim cleric al-Qaradawi dies at 96

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Senior Muslim cleric Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi, who was based in Qatar, died on Monday, according to a post on his official Twitter account.

The cleric was an Egyptian Islamic scholar and was chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars.

He was best known for his programme al-Sharīʿa wa al-Ḥayāh (“Sharia and Life”), broadcast on Al Jazeera, which has an estimated audience of 40–60 million worldwide.

He is also known for IslamOnline, a website he helped to found in 1997 and for which he served as chief religious scholar.

Al-Qaradawi published more than 120 books, and received eight international prizes for his contributions to Islamic scholarship, and is considered one of the most influential Islamic scholars today.

Al-Qaradawi has long had a prominent role within the intellectual leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Egyptian political organization, although he repeatedly stated that he was no longer a member. He has over the years been critical of Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

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Rare 5,000-carat Afghan ruby unveiled in Dubai

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A rare 5,000-carat gemstone that went on private display in Dubai has been heralded as a “blessing from heaven” for the residents of the impoverished village in which it was unearthed.

The ruby, which weighs about 1 kilogram, has been hailed as “one of a kind” due to its rich purple coloring and size, the National News reported.

The ruby was discovered in the village of Hyderabad, bordering Iran and Afghanistan and its owner said he hoped the unexpected find would help bring a change of fortune for villagers without access to schools, hospitals or even electricity for some.

The uncut stone could cost at least $10 million in the market, asset manager Patrick Pilati told The National.

“It was an accidental finding from the village called Hyderabad bordering Iran and Afghanistan. There is no mining activity in the village that is under the jurisdiction of Afghanistan,” he said.

The rough stone is deep purple in color and bigger than the palm of a hand.

A certificate of authenticity …by the International Testing Laboratory Gems and Jewellery, in Jaipur, Rajasthan in India, and shown to The National, stated the rough ruby weighs 5,010 carats.

Azad Rokhsati, a gemologist, who was also present at the event, confirmed the size and weight.

“I have never seen anything like this,” he said.

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