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Kunduz women meet with Vice and Virtue officials

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(Last Updated On: August 30, 2022)

For the first time, a face-to-face meeting was held on Tuesday between women and the Department of Vice and Virtue in Kunduz province.

The women called on the officials to ensure the directorate treats them well and that they make it possible for them to get an education and to work.

The head of the Vice and Virtue directorate in Kunduz says that the overseers of the directorate have no right to insult nor humiliate women and the Islamic Emirate does not deny women their right to education and work.

Meanwhile, there are women who are happy with the Islamic Emirate’s approach and say that some of their problems are being solved and they expect schools will be reopened for girls above the sixth grade.

“We are really in favor of the hijab. There is no problem for women. Today, our women go to work and school, and we have not faced any problems in the past year,” said one women’s rights activists in Kunduz.

The head of the Vice and Virtue directorate in Kunduz province says that women and girls can work and study.

Mohammadullah Akhundzadeh still asks his subordinates not to behave offensively towards anyone, especially women.

He emphasized that if women are treated inappropriately, they can file a complaint.

“We promise women, whether they are women or men, we do not have the authority to punish and insult women, we and our employees, no one has this authority, on this basis, we ask them file a complaint if they are treated inappropriately,” said Mufti Mohammadullah Akhundzadah, head of the Vice and Virtue directorate.

Balkh

Seven members of one Balkh family die in ‘mysterious’ shooting

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(Last Updated On: February 5, 2023)

Security officials in Balkh province say that seven members of a family were shot dead under mysterious circumstances in Chamtal district of Balkh province.

Mohammad Asaf Waziri, Balkh police spokesman, says the incident took place on Friday night.

According to Waziri, children and women were among the victims.

Waziri says an investigation is being carried out and that the perpetrators are being sought.

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Nangarhar

Two Chinese arrested in connection with lithium smuggling operation

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(Last Updated On: January 22, 2023)

The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum said Saturday two Chinese nationals and three Afghans were arrested while trying to smuggle about 1,000 tons of rocks containing raw lithium out of the country.

The lithium was seized while being illegally transported to Nangarhar province from Nuristan and Kunar.

The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum said about 300 tons was seized in Nangarhar and handed over to the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, and about 700 tons was seized in Kunar province.

According to the ministry the arrests were made by security and intelligence agencies.

Dr. Bashir, the head of operational affairs of the intelligence department, said at a press conference in Nangarhar province on Saturday: “We found out that there was a plan to smuggle these precious stones, which are not contracted and are extracted secretly. Therefore, in order to arrest the main perpetrators, we gave them a chance to reach Jalalabad city. Five people were arrested, two foreign smugglers who are Chinese and three Afghans who were their collaborators and did most of the buying,” said Bashir.

Lithium is a rare metal that is mostly used in modern technology, including smart phone batteries, electric motors, computers and drones.

Officials add that according to the decree of the leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, smuggling and illegal transfer of the mineral of the country is prohibited.

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Nangarhar

66 prisoners, including women and children, released from Nangarhar jail

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(Last Updated On: January 20, 2023)

Nangarhar officials said Thursday that 66 prisoners, including women and children, have been released from the province’s central prison.

According to Nangarhar’s provincial media office, the prisoners were freed on the order of the supreme leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), and were reunited with their families.

Sheikh Mohammad Gulab Farooqi, the head of the Nangarhar Appeal Court, said that five women, 11 children and 50 men were released.

“Within one and a half months, the cases of the remaining prisoners will be examined and those whose crimes are minor or those who have been forgiven by the other side will be released,” Farooqi said.

Mawolavi Bilal Shahin, the head of Nangarhar prisons, says that currently 1,100 people are incarcerated at the facility and that educational programs have been provided for them.

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