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Kabul Rejects Islamabad Claim of Haqqani Network Operating from Afghanistan



(Last Updated On: October 24, 2022)

Afghan Defense Ministry has strongly rejected Pakistan’s Foreign Office claim that Haqqani Network operates from Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria on Thursday claimed that the Haqqani Network operates from Afghanistan, not Pakistan.

He also claimed that the Taliban and other terrorist outfits have been eliminated from Pakistan and that those surviving are functioning from Afghanistan. He stressed that most Haqqani leaders had been killed in Afghanistan.

His remarks came a day after U.S. Senator John McCain said that the U.S. should change its ‘behaviour’ towards Pakistan if the country does not stop supporting the terrorist networks.

In response to Pakistani Foreign Office Spokesman’s statement, the Afghan Defense Ministry Spokesman Dawlat Waziri said that Pakistan attempting to devious the U.S. and international community’s stand towards insurgent groups in the region.

“At a time when the United States is about to announce its new strategy against terrorism in the region, Pakistan now wants to devious the international community by delivering such remarks,” Waziri said.

Recently, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States in an article which has been published by the New York Times has said that the U.S. policy in Afghanistan should involve adopting a “tougher” approach to Pakistan.

“The Taliban are said to control or contest 40 percent of Afghanistan’s territory, Taliban leaders operate from the safety of Pakistan,” Hussain Haqqani wrote.

Confirming the remarks made by former Pakistani diplomat, Hussian Haqqani, the Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman said that the ongoing war in Afghanistan being managed in Pakistani soil. Adding: “If Pakistan acts honestly, sixty percent of security in Afghanistan could be ensured.”   

It comes as the Afghan and U.S. officials have been increasing pressure on Pakistan to cut its ties with the Haqqani network – an affiliate of the Taliban regarded by Washington as the most dangerous security threat to coalition and Afghan forces in Afghanistan.

By Shakib Mahmud 

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Magnitude-6.5 earthquake shakes Afghanistan



(Last Updated On: March 21, 2023)

An earthquake of magnitude 6.5 shook Afghanistan at 9:17 pm local time on Tuesday, the United States Geological Survey (USGC) reported.

The quake happened at a depth of 187.6 kilometers and its epicenter was in Badakhshan province, according to USGC.

People in Kabul were seen leaving buildings as the earthquake struck.

Tremors were felt also in Pakistan and India.

There were no immediate reports of human casualties or property damage, if any.

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Three-day expo held in Kabul to boost domestic products



(Last Updated On: March 21, 2023)

The Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC) says a three-day expo titled “Premier Services of National Expo” was opened in Kabul on Tuesday in support of domestic products.

Female and male entrepreneurs showcased their products at this expo.

MoIC officials have said that in this new Solar Year, 1402, supporting domestic products is their priority and they are considering a plan that government institutions will have to purchase domestic products only.

The officials said they are still trying to attract investment and increase the country’s exports abroad.

“We are in contact with countries so that our products are marketed abroad and our products reach there,” said Qudratullah Jamal, deputy minister of industry and commerce.

“It is the duty of youth to once again work for greenery, reconstruction, economic development, technology and other sectors for the country,” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman of the IEA.

In addition, the Ministry of Economy has also said that despite international sanctions and pressure, the IEA was able to control the economic situation to some extent.

According to this ministry, it will expand economic activities in the country in 1402.

“Not only did we act appropriately and decently in providing services, but we also maintained the price of goods and the price and value of services,” said Abdul Latif Nazari, deputy minister of economy.

At this expo, dozens of male and female entrepreneurs have displayed their products and asked people to support the domestic market.

“Again, women did not accept failure and more women are engaged in handicrafts,” said Yalda, a female entrepreneur.

The expo is open to visitors for three days, and several similar expos have been held in recent months in Kabul and in provinces around the country.

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Over 50 instances of artifact smuggling prevented in last 18 months: officials



(Last Updated On: March 21, 2023)

More than 50 cases of smuggling of antiques have been prevented in the last 18 months, officials in the Ministry of Information and Culture said on Tuesday.

“More than 50 artifacts have been seized. We have put the artifacts on display. This is a great achievement. These artifacts were obtained from different areas and customs during the last year and a half,” said Zabihullah Sadat, head of the archeology department of the Ministry of Information and Culture.

Officials at the National Museum of Afghanistan said that they are committed to preserving antiques.

“The National Museum is a place where antiques are kept and preserved, and we are committed to preserving the antiques. The National Museum has also helped prevent smuggling of antiques,” said Mohammad Zubair Abedi, head of the National Museum.

In the latest case, 75 ancient coins were discovered in Baghlan province and handed over to the National Museum in Kabul.

The Department of Information and Culture of Baghlan said that these coins were obtained with the cooperation of local people of Jalga district.

“People’s cooperation in this regard is very necessary. Unless there is cooperation of people, no activity will be done properly. Alhamdulillah, here too, it was the cooperation of the people that we could seize this number of objects,” said Asadullah Mustafa Hashemi, the head of Baghlan Information and Culture Department.

More than 50,000 historical and cultural artifacts from different eras have been registered and put on display at the National Museum in Kabul.

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